Friday, August 3, 2012

TGIF: Unexpected Books

TGIF: Unexpected Books
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Friday Feature:
Unexpected Books: Which books did you have reservations about reading,
but ended up loving once you did?

My undergraduate degree was in history.  One professor used to say (and it has been awhile so it's not exact, but...) history is people in context.  Meaning, history is a great story.  Take all the stories together and you get an amazing picture of a time and a place.

I love history.  I do not love historical fiction.  I tend to take some issues with changing history to fit a story.  I know.  It doesn't make since.  It's not real and sometimes changing history is necessary for creating an interesting plot.  Instead of getting frustrated, I tend to stay away from historical fiction.  But sometimes I just can't help it.  And sometimes this reluctant reads become unexpected favorites.

So here's my list of books that I initially had reservations about reading but ended up loving once I did:

Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle

It is spring 1929, and Prohibition is in full swing. So when Ruben and Jeddy find a dead body washed up on the shore of their small coastal Rhode Island town, they are sure it has something to do with smuggling liquor. Soon the boys, along with Jeddy’s strongwilled sister, Marina, are drawn in, suspected by rival bootlegging gangs of taking something crucial off the dead man. Then Ruben meets the daring captain of the Black Duck, the most elusive smuggling craft of them all, and it isn’t long before he’s caught in a war between two of the most dangerous prohibition gangs.
~Amazon Description~
 Adventure, thrills, mystery, liquor smuggling...this book was pretty awesome.  The cover initially turned me off.  Kind of bland, dark, and "boyish", which shouldn't really be an issue because I like "boy" books, but it just didn't scream "READ ME!"  So glad I did!

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

All Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. Her daddy was a pilot, and years after his death she feels closest to him when she's in the air. But as a young black woman in 1940s Louisiana, she knows the sky is off limits to her, until America enters World War II, and the Army forms the WASPs Women Airforce Service Pilots. Ida has a chance to fulfill her dream if she's willing to use her light skin to pass as a white girl. She wants to fly more than anything, but Ida soon learns that denying one's self and family is a heavy burden, and ultimately it's not what you do but who you are that's most important.

~Amazon Description~

This book intrigued me so much, I checked out ever book about Women Airforce Service  Pilots in our library system, watched a PBS special, and vowed to go to the National WASP WWII Museum.  These women were amazing courageous, fiercely independent, and sincere patriots.  A fantastic read.

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