This week I read two great books that were hugely entertaining. What would we do without the escape of a good book?
Let’s jump right in!
First up is Amy Poehler’s memoir/essay collection/sort of biography, Yes Please. I was hooked from page 1 where I realized that I really could be friends with Amy in real life. I think everyone feels that way about her! She’s super funny which we all know but also honest and compassionate and real.
Amy writes about growing up on the outskirts of Boston, how she got her start in comedy and performing, her happy times, sad times and regrets too. She talks a little about her marriage and divorce, and about her two sons. I loved reading about her time at Saturday Night Live and her improv days in Chicago.
If you loved Tina Fey’s book and Mindy Kaling’s too, add this one to your library!
I switched genres and moved into The Memory Of Violets by Hazel Gaynor. This novel isn’t available until Feb. 2015 so pre-order now.
As much as I read, and its A LOT, I had never heard of London’s flower sellers aside from Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. I found the story of these children fascinating, I love a great slice of history that is woven into a captivating story.
Here’s the synopsis:
1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden’s flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive. It is a pitiful existence, made bearable only by the presence of each other. When they become separated, the decision of a desperate woman sets their lives on very different paths.
1912. Twenty-one-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s orphaned and crippled flower girls, taking them off the streets. For Tilly, the appointment is a fresh start; a chance to leave her troubled past behind.
Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a notebook belonging to Flora Flynn. Hidden between the pages she finds dried flowers and a heartbreaking tale of loss and separation as Flora’s entries reveal how she never stopped looking for her sister. Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.
I liked the book from the beginning but once I got deeper into the book, I really couldn’t put it down and was anxious to read more when my schedule allowed.