Read Any Good Books Lately? 

February 20, 2018

What book have you read lately that was so entertaining or thought-provoking that you want to share it with everyone? Send a brief book review to The book doesn't have to be in the Plymouth Library collection. – Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel, is a novel written by the mother of a transgender child about a family with a transgender child, largely with the mother as protagonist. I was astounded by the acceptance and nurture which the writer portrays. We follow from the parents' courtship through the (youngest of five) child's middle school years. The author lives in Seattle, and most of the story is set in Seattle. It concludes after mother and child return from the mother's medical assignment to remote, primitive Thailand. This last journey was not predictable; it was fumbling and touching as was the entire book. I recommend this book highly. – Review by Kathryn Rood

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a riveting and highly creative novel that re-imagines the underground railroad as an actual railway operating underground to help escaping slaves to the north. Beautifully and powerfully written, it tells the story of one of these slaves named Cora and the people who help her escape a plantation in Georgia before the Civil War. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. -Review by Don Bell

I received as a gift the book Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man. As a former history major, I knew about Seward, of course, but this book seems like it could be describing the current political climate. The book is very long, but it reads well, and I pick it up whenever I have few spare minutes--usually before falling asleep. -Review by George Lundin

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