Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Lucy Unstrung
by Carole Lazar:

Teens who get pregnant and raise their babies are often in the news. But what about those children who are growing up with parents scarcely half a generation older than themselves? In this wise and funny first novel by Carole Lazar, Lucy is a sensible, perhaps even rigid, thirteen year old who is convinced that Grandma, God, and the Catholic Church are on her side. She tries hard to make her twenty-eight-year-old mother see the error of her ways. It's not that her mother is wild - in their household even a fancy coffee causes a scene - but she has had to put off her own teenage years and she's chaffing at the restraints on her life. Lucy is faced with the loss of her family, her home, her school, and even her best friend. As she struggles to preserve what she can from her past life, she finds that while Grandma, God, and her church are still there for her, there are problems she has to solve for herself.

The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle:

Veterinarian Cami Anderson has hit a rough patch. Stymied by her recent divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdated and obsolete. Couples all around her are approaching important milestones. Her parents are preparing to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Her brother and his partner find their marriage dreams legally blocked. Her former sister-in-law—still her best friend—is newly engaged. The youthfully exuberant romance of her teenage daughter is developing complications. And three separate men—including her ex-husband—are becoming entangled in Cami's messy post-marital love life. But as she struggles to come to terms with her own doubts amid this chaotic circus of relationships, Cami finds strange comfort in an unexpected confidant: an angry, unpredictable horse in her care. With the help of her equine soul mate, she begins to make sense of marriage's great mysteries—and its disconnects.

What did YOU find today?


Lu said...

Love your Friday Finds!

Mine is here:

Also love your blog! Now following :)

Jess said...

Lucy Unstrung sounds awesome!

gautami tripathy said...

Lucy Unstrung seems good!

Here is my Friday Find post!

Jo-Jo said...

Thanks for sharing your finds!

itsJUSTme said...

Lucy Unstrung sounds really cite. Thanks for the idea!

Alyce said...

Lucy Unstrung looks so good! There were a couple of girls at our school when I was a teen who had babies when they were 14 and 15, and it's shocking to me to think that their kids have already graduated high school while mine are still in the lower grades. Anyway, it looks like an interesting take on the topic.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Lucy Unstrung looks like a good read.


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