I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

i'll give you the sunJude and Noah are twins.  JudeandNoah.  NoahandJude.  Inseparable, artistic, and incredibly creative, everything changes the summer of their 13th year.

Fast forward three years.  Jude is a junior at the California School of Arts.  All of her sculptures are a disaster – broken, she is quite sure, by the enraged ghost of her dead mother.  And Noah is… normal.  Jude got in, and Noah didn’t, and now he runs cross country and hangs out with all the surf kids Jude used to hang out with their 13th summer.  The summer before she got in to CSA, the summer before their parents split up and their mom died in a car crash.  She and Noah aren’t NoahandJude any more – they aren’t even really Noah and Jude.

Jude is about to be expelled from CSA, but she has one last shot – an internship with Guillermo Garcia, rock star of the sculpture world and famed recluse.  Jude is sure that her angry ghost mother will not be able to break the sculpture she needs to make – not if she carves it from stone.  If Jude carves her sculpture, maybe then her mother will forgive her.  And maybe then she can get Noah back.  All Jude has to do is convince the man who won’t take students that he needs her too.

All of the feelings!  In one book!  With the twins’ 13th year told from Noah’s point of view and their 16th from Jude’s, this novel rockets along with fireworks of color and light, sparks of magic, and a swirling maelstrom of love and grief and anger and love, love, love as the tangled threads of what really happened to NoahandJude are slowly unwound.  Possibly the best book I’ve read all year, if you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to live inside a painting, Noah and Jude’s Pacific Northwest world of color, sand, light, waves, and green green forest is probably the closest thing to it.  Don’t miss I’ll Give You the Sun – and then go make some art!

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

book jacket for Fool's AssassinThe joys of an unexpected book! This one caught me by surprise – the story of Fitz and the Fool, begun in the Farseer trilogy, seemed wrapped up at the end of the Tawny Man trilogy. To have a new book in this, one of my favorite fantasy series ever, is very exciting! I can’t say too much because the books should be read in order and I don’t want to spoil the plot for anybody. But if you enjoy character driven fantasy, then do yourself a favor and start now! Those of you who enjoy George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones might be interested in what he had to say about Hobb: “Fantasy as it ought to be written. Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.” I couldn’t agree more!

 

COME JOIN THE “FLUFF CLUB”

Cover image for Open seasonDon’t worry if you missed the inaugural meeting of the Fluff Club last month; you can join us for the second meeting of this newly created book club.  The Fluff Club is designed for readers who don’t have the time or inclination to pursue weighty reads but still would like to get together and discuss fun, entertaining books that are quick to read.  The selection for the month of November is Open Season by Linda Howard.  Come join us for coffee, treats, camaraderie, and book discussion on Thursday, November 13th, at 6 pm in the Foot Room!

MINNESOTA AUTHOR LOIS GREIMAN COMING TO THE LIBRARY SATURDAY!

Lois GreimanMinnesota resident and author, Lois Greiman, has done many things in her life.  Professional horse trainer, high fashion model, and veterinary assistant were just some of the things on her resume until she discovered her passion for writing.  35 plus books later, Lois Greiman has learned much about life and the writing process.  She’s coming to the library to share her time, insights, and books with us this Saturday,, October 25th at 10 am.

Greiman is known for her Chrissy McMullen mystery series, the Highland Rogues series, and Hope Springs series amongst others.  She’s so prolific she is even venturing into children’s books with the release of her latest book, Buffalo Knees.  Come meet her on Saturday!