Summer Reading Book Reviews 2012

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Submitted by Ann Lentz at the Beaufort Branch Library on Monday, July 2, 2012

This book captured and held my interest throughout. Janie, the main character, is bound by her mother's and grandmother's history and by her own choices. She defies convention and makes people talk because she has long straight hair even though she's a black woman, she stands up for herself and what she wants, and then because she marries a man who is twelve years younger than she is. As it turns out, even though he is her third husband, he is the love of her life. They grow up together, even if they don't get to grow old together. The glimpses into life in Eatonville and on the muck are fascinating.

Let's Pretend This never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Submitted by Linda Farrenkopf at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Monday, July 2, 2012

Ms. Lawson has a very skewed perspective on life that makes for entertaining reading as long as you are not put off by liberal use of the "f" word and frequent references to her vagina. Although I did laugh out loud several times, more often her tales eli

Say It Loud I"m Black and I'm Proud wished the white girl: An Autobiography by Lynn M. Bryant
Submitted by Deborah L. Martin at the St. Helena Branch Library on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Author Lynn Bryant is a childhood friend, so I eagerly anticipated the publication of her autobiography, Say It Loud… And I was not disappointed! Her candor and sensitivity, molded by her beliefs as a member of the Baha’i Faith, provide a unique perspective of life on both sides of the color divide in South Carolina in the late 1960s and 70s. Her story conveys a strong message that in reality we are all God’s children.

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
Submitted by Grace Cordial at the Beaufort Branch Library on Sunday, June 24, 2012

This epic historical novel of Richard the Lionheart's trials and tribulations during the 3rd Crusade with his able Muslim enemy, Saladin, and his many European rivals. Penman offers a solidly researched base upon which she weaves the tale of this battle-hardened King of England, his neglected wife, Berengaria of Navarre, his forceful mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the lords and ladies of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. I appreciate how she concentrates upon the reveal of Richard's character through his relationships with the women in his life and his nephew, Henri, Count of Champagne.

Postcard Killers by James Patterson
Submitted by Grace Cordial at the Beaufort Branch Library on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Incestuous fraternal twins slaughter their way across Europe in this harrowing tale of sexual predation with murderous intent in this contemporary novel. The audiobook version used three narrators which I liked. The graphic violence and strong language may be offensive to some listeners.