Thursday, September 07, 2006

"The Kiss"
by Kathryn Harrison

"The Kiss" is a memoir by Kathryn Harrison, who as
a college student had an affair with her ex-theologian father.

She did not really meet her father until she was 20 years old.
He was absent during most of her childhood.

Kathryn takes the reader on a difficult journey into her loveless childhood,
her bouts with anorexia, bulimia, and eventually, the incestuous
four year affair with her father.

While reading this book, I had stop now and again to
remind myself that this was a true story.

"The Kiss" can be found in our nonfiction section .

Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks

The subtitle of this book is A novel of the Plague, but don't let this stop you from a fascinating read. In 1665, the Bubonic plague attacks the village of Eyam. The tale unfolds through the eyes of an 18-year-old widow named Anna Frith. Anna is the housemaid for the local rectory.
Through this job she sees the life of the gentry and decision-makers of the village. In a decision brought about by the Reverend Mompellion, the Villagers voluntarily quarantine themselves! No one is to leave and no one can enter! Many of the villagers believe that the plague is God's punishment for a sinful world. The villagers reveal panic, rage, greed, complacency, and murderous superstition. Anna, the heroine, questions the idea that the plague is a call for repentance, and not just merely a fate of nature. Her character development transforms her from a servant to a woman of power.

Geraldine Brooks has written this historical novel based on three letters written by the rector of the real village of Eyam.

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