The One Book list has gotten really, really short. If you were on the fence, now is the time to get reading! We’d love to hear your thoughts on these titles in the comments below.
Here are the 3 books still in the running:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Molly Ayer is a Penobscot Indian who has nearly reached the maximum age for staying in the comforts of foster care. If she isn’t able to find a job or volunteer position, she will be sent to a youth detention center, and maybe then to prison. With no other option left, Molly takes up a service position helping an old woman, Vivian, empty out her house of clutter. The pair’s relationship is strenuous at first, as Molly’s heart is simply not in rummaging through Vivian’s old knickknacks. But over time, Molly begins to realize that the two are more similar than they seemed at first. Vivian tells Molly that she emigrated from Ireland when she was a little girl, but that her parents left her orphaned in New York City. She was then sent to the Midwest on a train packed with orphans just like her. They all hoped the new land would bring them a better life. Molly slowly begins to understand Vivian, and together they work through the hazy details of Vivian’s past to discover the truth that can finally satisfy them both.
Bone Deep (A Doc Ford Novel) by Randy Wayne White
Doc Ford’s friend Tomlinson asks for his help to retrieve a stolen relic for the Crow Indian nation. Doc Ford is only too happy to assist. While Doc might be known in town as a marine biologist now, he was once a skilled operative of the National Security Agency, and he knows how to hunt for clues. Their investigation leads them to Bone Valley, Florida, which is a place that has a reputation for being the home of a dangerous, illegal market for artifacts like the one stolen from the Crow Indians. It is also home to the very lucrative phosphate industry. The landscape is a hodgepodge of excavations, pits, and clay-slurry ponds, where it would be easy to dispose of something–or someone–that could never again be found. Neither the black marketers nor the phosphate companies have any interest in making the headlines, so they do not appreciate questions coming from Doc and Tomlinson. If the two are not careful, they just might find themselves in very deep trouble.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
What would you do if your life fell apart? Cheryl Strayed answers this question in her memoir as she describes her hike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). When Strayed was 22, her mother died of cancer. Soon after that, Strayed’s family moved away and her marriage fell apart. Strayed began making questionable life decisions involving drugs and promiscuity. Then, at 26, she decided that she would find herself by hiking the PCT from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon and into the state of Washington. And she did it alone. With no long-distance hiking experience, Strayed set out completely unprepared for what she would encounter. In her autobiography, she relives her encounters with wild animals, intense climates, and reptiles. She writes about the beauty of the trail and of the people she meets during her travels. More a tale of self-healing than a hiking guide, Strayed not only completes her quest but also finds herself in the process.
All book summaries are from Books and Authors, Gale, June 16, 2014