Sunday, August 12, 2007

Great New Books

I just read a couple of fine books that I believe will be of interest to some.

The first is High Spirits, a Tale of Ghostly Rapping and Romance by Dianne Salerni. It is the story of the Fox sisters, who in the mid nineteenth century began perpetrating a fraud in which they pretended to be communicating with the dead.

They were able to fool a great many people and survive skeptical inquiries, until one sister fell in love with a worldly traveler. Well written with meticulous detail, this book will appeal to teenagers, women readers, and any who are interested in the spiritualist movement of the nineteenth century.

The second is Tales of a Texas Boy, by Marva Dasef. Ms. Dasef puts on paper the stories told to her by her father of his growing up in the Texas panhandle in the thirties. The stories are real, fresh and heartwarming.

The book is a very quick read and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates reading about the real America in a much simpler time and place. The people are genuine and the stories are touching.

Stay tuned. As I read other interesting books, particularly from self-published authors or authors published by small presses, I will let you know.

Happy reading,


1 comment:

Marva said...

Thanks for the mention, Barry. Of course, when I review Scarecrow it will be posted on my blog.

I have family visiting this week, so not much will get done. Tuesday, we all go to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland (Oregon). Anybody visiting Oregon should try to catch a play. Be sure to order tickets in advance. There are rarely any tix available at the door.