Friday, January 3, 2014

Best Reads of 2013 (13th in a Series)

World War Z  by Max Brooks

In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, an oral historian takes it upon himself to document the plague that nearly destroyed humanity. Told in the perspective of the many survivors who witnessed the horrors firsthand, the book recounts personal tales of the outbreak, the war against zombies and its aftermath, and the lasting effects the plague had on humanity. This is not your typical zombie book because Max Brooks truly considered what would happen to humanity in such a catastrophic event and what it would take for humanity to fight back and survive.

The China Study Cookbook by LeAnne Campbell Disla

This cookbook was written by the daughter of China Study author T. Colin Campbell, a book which revealed that the traditional Western diet has led to our modern health crisis and the widespread growth of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The cookbook features delicious, fast, and easy to make plant-based recipes, that focus on wholesome nutrients with no added fat and minimal sugar and salt to promote optimal health. The cookbook is a great resource for those who enjoy the vegan lifestyle or for anyone who is simply trying to add more vegetables and nutritious food to their diet.

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

After being deserted by her philandering husband, writer Frances Osgood must find a way to support herself and her two daughters, so she seeks a literary acquaintance with Edgar Allan Poe, who is at the height of his career after the immense success of his poem, “The Raven.” What starts as just a friendship quickly turns into a mutual attraction that is noticed, not only by their peers, but also by Mr. Poe’s frail but devious and manipulative wife, Virginia. As her relationship with Edgar Allen Poe develops, so do Virginia’s schemes and Mrs. Osgood must survive the increasingly threatening involvement of Virginia in her professional, familial and private life.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his name. He emerges only to find himself enclosed in a maze with a group of other teenage boys. Every thirty days a new boy arrives, until one month an unconscious girl shows up with only a strange note and a mysterious connection to Thomas. As their world starts to change, the group quickly learns they must work together if they are to survive and escape from the horrors of the maze and learn the dark secrets of the world they have been trapped in.  

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Written from the perspective of Enzo, the family dog, The Art Of Racing In The Rain, is a deeply touching story of his life and his struggles to keep his family together.  On the eve of his death, Enzo reflects on his life and the role he has had in Denny Swift’s life, his owner and an up-and-coming race car driver. Enzo offers his unique perspective to their human lives, as Denny marries Eve and has a daughter Zoe, but when tragedy strikes and Denny loses Eve, Enzo takes it upon himself to make sure they do not also lose Zoe to her grandparents in a bitter custody battle. The book will have you laughing and crying at times, all the while appreciating the special bonds between humans and their furry companions. 

Victoria Doerr
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