Lisa See and Abraham Lincoln might be a bizarre combination, but those are two of the people currently lurking in the literature side of my brain. I need some help sorting it all out and getting suggestions...what do you think? Are you up for helping me out?
My dilemma with Lisa See is simple. I've refrained from reading her because she seems to be so popular, and the topic didn't pique my curiosity. However, Dreams of Joy is the next pick for book club. So now I need to know: should I read Shanghai Girls first? Dreams of Joy is the sequel, right?? I actually own Shanghai Girls (someone passed it on to me) so the answer should seem obvious, but then enters my moderate lack of interest and my limited time frame...decide for me??
I'm currently in the middle of a personal Junior Lit challenge, and I think I need a break from quick books. They're making me impatient! That seems a little backwards to me, but there it is. I read enough on a topic to get me interested, and then it's over and I'm off to the next book. I read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and it reminded me of the story about wolves in My Antonia...next thing you know, My Antonia is on my nightstand begging to be read.
Likewise with Abraham Lincoln. I read Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman and really enjoyed it. The information was familiar to me, but I loved how it was written, and the photos were a wonderful bonus. I'd recommend this for children wanting to learn about Lincoln, as well as adults interested in a peek beyond the legend. However, it was so good that it left me wanting to know more, more, more!
Do you have a book (fiction or nonfiction) about Lincoln that you would recommend to me? I've read (a couple times) Love is Eternal by Irving Stone: a biographical novel about Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and that also left me wanting more. I recently bought Lincoln: Life Size, which will help stall my urge a bit, but I'd like something meatier. Suggestions?
I may change the structure of my Junior Lit challenge...instead of plowing through all 15 books in April, perhaps I'll pause to add in some extension reading and then finish in May. The more I think about that idea, the more I like it. Rereading My Antonia....mmmm...sounds good to me.