Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Picks with Author Gabriella Goliger

Today we have author Gabriella Goliger here with us sharing some of favorite books from childhood and now. Do you have any in common with her? I know I do!

Gabriella's Picks:

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Warm, tender, funny, cozy, very Brit, and dreamy and picturesque. A book to read while swinging in a hammock on a long summer day.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:  The story of a carriage horse in 19th century England, told from the point of view of the horse. A timeless critique of cruelty to animals and any other kind of cruelty, for that matter.

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: Huck's world – the American rural south in the was totally different from mine and yet I could identify with so much: a boy living on the margins, the escape into the natural world, the bonding with a kindred soul, the outrage at oppression of a vulnerable group.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Again, a book set in the deep south. A white lawyer defends a black man falsely accused of rape,  exposing the ugly race relations in a sleepy Alabama town during the 1930s.

A Member of the Wedding. Gee, deep south again. Carson McCullers' stunning novel about a 13-year-old girl struggling with loneliness, longing and need for connection. A dead-on portrayal  of that character and her world.  

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison.  Morrison's first novel and the one that showed her to be a giant of American literature. It's about a black girl growing up in the American Midwest; deals with racism (including the self-hatred kind), incest and child molestation. Disturbing, but powerful.  

Growing Pains: The Autobiography of Emily Carr. Canada's great west coast painter was also a great writer. With plain, simple words, she nails the subtlest thoughts and creates a panorama of places and people and her life was so brave and interesting.  

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – At 15, I fell in love with Holden Caulfield's bruised, searching, tender soul. 

Metamorphosis  by Franz Kafka – A man wakes up one morning to find himself turned into a giant beetle. What's so masterful is how Kafka puts you in the carapace of that man and how ordinary he makes the horror seem and how the story turns you on your head, even when you know beforehand what it's about. 

Someone to Run With by David Grossman. A wild, wonderful half-fantasy, half-realistic love story/mystery set in modern-day Jerusalem about a boy, a girl trying to save her brother from ruthless drug dealers and a dog who brings them all together. 

Crackpot by Adele Wiseman – Fat-girl outcast Hoda becomes a prostitute to save herself and her blind father from poverty and manages to keep her dignity and sanity despite the tempest within and the buffeting of a cruel world. A gem of a book.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Gabriella! And thank you to The Teen {Book} Scene for another great tour.

Gabriella is the author of Girl Unwrapped, which releases September 1st. Check out her WEBSITE for more information about her and her books.

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