Dawn Recommends: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Written by Fredrik Backman and translated by Henning Koch
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
I absolutely loved this book and how we got to follow this old, curmudgeon of a man who just made you wonder why anyone would put up with him, from completely unlikeable to someone you could understand and even sympathize with. It was such a lovely read.
Katie recommends Sabriel by Garth Nix
Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.
The description sounds gothic and scary, but really Sabriel reads like a cousin to the Narnia books, complete with talking cats, lost princes, and magical bells. Don’t let the talk of death scare you off–this feminist tale sells every bit of its carefully crafted world, from British boarding school to mystical showdown with the forces of darkness.
Debbie recommends Untamed by Will Harlan
“Nature keeps alive a childlike wonder and enables us to see the world anew through fresh eyes.“
Carol Ruckdeschel is the wildest woman in America. She eats road kill, wrestles alligators, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built herself in an island wilderness. She’s had three husbands and many lovers, one of whom she shot and killed in self-defense. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia.
This book is so wild, and it’s non-fiction! In the very first scene Carol strips all her clothes off and rides a sea turtle into the ocean. She builds a whole wardrobe just from cast offs, builds chicken coops out of scrap lumber, and just makes everything she needs. For years she watched the animals around her, wild horses and turtles and other animals, and gets to know each one for generations and generations. She is at one with her environment, and her story is just stunning.
I would especially recommend it to anyone who loves adult non-fiction and people who like science and adventure stories.