The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell -- I decided to get as many of her books as I could find in my local libraries. This one dealt with the Puritans and their colonies in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. She discusses John Winthrop a lot, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Henry Vale, and other people here and there. It was an interesting way to learn more about this time in US history. I liked this book least of her books though. I think because it was more "wordy" (get it?) instead of talks of her travels to various places. She did travel some, but New England's not that big so ...Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell -- a pretty good way to learn more about Hawaii's history; I ... didn't know much about it
Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury -- another book my mom read and thought I might like. These are easy reads for me. This one dealt with a few NFL players (fictitious) and the foster care system. Really made me wish I had more of a heart for helping children especially older ones who are jaded by the system. My heart hurts for them.
The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism by Deborah Baker -- this book is about a Jewish woman who converted to Islam, and moved to Pakistan where she wrote articles that spoke against the evil West. In my opinion, she's a horribly weird woman. Read more here if you want.
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett -- curious what it's like to be held hostage in Somalia as a female? Here is one woman's experience - wow; Bridget recommended this memoir and my library had it
Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove -- found this in the new book section at my local library; the author and his wife live in a hospitality house in a predominately black neighborhood north of Duke University's campus. Since I live about 30 minutes or so from that area, I decided this might be an interesting book. It was. I admire the way they live among addicts, and homeless people, and those leaving for and returning from prison. How they really get involved in these lives and learn more about themselves in the process. How we are all in this together...that sort of thing.Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury - another book my mom had that I decided to read before returning to the library. A family in Michigan gathers to bury their father - and to deal with some issues they have with each other.