Disappearing Dowry

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , |

Debbie Feder, one of the Oakton librarians recommends this book.

As one of the librarians here at Oakton, I try to read a lot of different things. I have recently been reading, “The Disappearing Dowry” by Libi Astaire and “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and have enjoyed both.  “The Disappearing Dowry” was a fun mystery set around the turn of the last century in England. The writing is clever and it is clear the author has read a lot of mysteries. The main character is a young lady who is funny and modest. I was engaged in the story and rooting for the characters to solve the mystery. I recommend it.

“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen is much more serious; however, it is beautifully told. The author’s use of imagery is wonderful. I have actually been listening to this story on CD. This is the story of Jacob Jankowski, a young man at Cornell Vet. School in the thirties. A tragedy happens and he finds himself becoming part of a traveling circus. I highly recommend this book as well. When it comes to reading different formats, we all have a lot of choices. We can download books, listen on CD, and we can get it in print. I think that all these forms of reading are great ways to get with reading. I encourage people to try new formats and keep reading!

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