Chelsea is one of the daughters of our store owners. Lucky woman!
As a huge college football fan, I greatly enjoyed the outstanding research that went into Gilbert M. Gaul’s Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football. Gaul takes a shockingly neutral stance on the big money issue that has plagued college football and the NCAA for years. An insightful read for sports fans and non-sports fans alike, this book helps the reader truly comprehend everything that goes on behind the scenes of the country’s (especially the South’s) biggest autumnal entertainment. Gaul lets his opinions shine through while also playing devil’s advocate at times. An entire chapter about women’s rowing (and its importance to football teams) is a great break from the men’s world and is quite educational. It’s apparent this was perhaps Gaul’s favorite chapter to write. Billion-Dollar Ball will educate, enlighten, and ensnare you while also managing to not get in the way of your love for the game.
Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time was everything a Picoult fan could want and more. Told from four different points of view, it is a story of a young girl searching for her mother, a missing elephant researcher, and the two people she has enlisted to help her: a once famous psychic who has lost her ability to communicate with the dead, and a down on his luck private investigator. Picoult employs the use of the elephants, as she has done with many different subjects throughout her novels, to further the story while teaching the reader countless new facts about the majestic creatures, mainly how they grieve. Time has the familiar Picoult tone but is vastly different from her previous novels. Picoult's uncanny ability to get inside the head of each character, man or woman, child or adult, keeps us connected to each character, hanging on every word to find out what each individual fate will be. Even Picoult's biggest fans, who have come to expect shocks, won't see the twist ending coming and that is perhaps the most impressive thing about the consistently unpredictable Jodi Picoult.
Doerr paints a full picture of the German-French relations through the eyes (and ears) of children. He uses beautiful phrases and words to describe the simplest things, from a seashell to a meager can of peaches. One of my favorite reads in a long time.