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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year and First Book of the Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! 

Today is a quiet, peaceful day with a cold, snowy day outside and a crackling fire in the fireplace!  A perfect day for reading!

I'm pleased to take part of the First Book of the Year meme, sponsored by Sheila at Bookjourney (www.bookjourney.wordpress.com).  My choice for first book is "Some Luck" by Jane Smiley. I have had this book in my TBR pile for a few weeks, and I am thoroughly enjoying it!  Here is a little more about the book:

About The Book:

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel—the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. 
On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.
Each chapter in Some Luck covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own, and you discover that your laughter and your admiration for all these lives are mixing with tears.   
Some Luck delivers on everything we look for in a work of fiction. Taking us through cycles of births and deaths, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out, it is a tour de force that stands wholly on its own. But it is also the first part of a dazzling epic trilogy—a literary adventure that will span a century in America: an astonishing feat of storytelling by a beloved writer at the height of her powers.

About The Author:

Jane Smiley
Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2006 she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

My wish for you, dear readers, is to have a wonderful 2015 with plenty of great books!

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Vanessa Morgan said...

Happy 2015 :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

HI Sharon and happy new year! SO glad you participated in the first book. I have yet to read Jane Smiley but I have a couple of her books I need to get to :)

Brona Joy said...

Thanks for being the first blogger of the new year to give me a book to add to my TBR Wishlist :-/

Happy New Year!!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Looks like a good first book choice, Sharon. Happy New Year!

Elizabeth said...

Love your purple theme. Nice sidebars too.

ENJOY your first book of 2015!!

Happy New Year!!

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Nise' said...

I've seen this book around and at the library. It does sound good. Happy New Year.

Katherine P said...

This sounds fabulous! I haven't read anything from this author before but I'll have to add this to my TBR. Thanks for sharing and happy New Year!

Mystica said...

A happy new year to you too.

Here New Year is a working day and everyone turns up at office. Even for a few hours!

Suko said...

Sharon, I hope your enjoy your first book of 2015! It seems like an excellent choice. I have read some nonfiction by Jane Smiley. Happy New Year, happy reading!