Currently reading

Paul Hanley
A Month in the Country
Michael Holroyd, J.L. Carr
A Tale of the Dispossessed: A Novel
Laura Restrepo, Dolores M. Koch
Mesabi Pioneers
Jeffrey Smith, Russell Hill
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
Jon Rothschild, Amin Maalouf
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Nayomi Munaweera

Invisible Ellen

Invisible Ellen - Shari Shattuck This is a sweet story with warm-hearted, loveable characters. The message is important and it's an easy read. It's a story of Ellen, who has a scarred face and an obese body, starting to interact with the world despite her fears. It is through a new-found friendship that she's able to do so. Just a great beach/summer read.

The reader does need to recognize that this is chic lit and not a serious literary work -- I'm afraid my eyes did roll rather dramatically with the introduction of the twins Temerity and Justice (at least Temerity is the blind one). And the plot is pretty predictable, told in a very matter-of-fact voice. But as long as you're ready for that and can relax into it, it's a touching story.