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My Sister’s Books Review #102

I am Malala

By: Malala Yousafzai


When Malala Yousafzai was fifteen years old, she was shot in the head, while on the way to school. The doctors didn’t expect her to survive, but her amazing spirit and determination, gave her the strength to live and to continue to fight the injustices of the world. I am Malala is the story of one brave, young girl’s extraordinary life, and her perseverance during the horrific ordeals of terrorism.

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Read With Ariesgrl in September

Hi Everyone,

This month’s Read with Ariesgrl selection is Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. Join me this month as we read a chapter or two a day, then discuss the book every other week, here on the site.


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My Sister’s Books Review #39

Necessary Lies

By: Diane Chamberlain

At fifteen years old, Ivy Hart has known true heartbreak and what it means to be responsible for others. She takes care of her ailing grandmother, her mentally challenged sister and nephew, while going to school and working long hours on the tobacco farm. Her family is on welfare and is regularly visited by Grace County’s social workers, but she couldn’t even imagine how her life would change when she is introduced to Jane Forrester. Jane just got married and her husband wants her to be the typical country club wife, but she chooses to do more with her life. When she interviewed to be a social worker, she had no idea the types of people and the amount of poverty that she would be faced with on a daily basis. When she meets the Hart family, she feels a deep connection with the young girls and vows to help them, even if it costs her everything.

Necessary Lies is a poignant tale about doing what you feel is right, despite what everyone else says. This book is centered on the sterilization laws that North Carolina had in effect to prevent feeble-minded, poor people from reproducing. This subject matter is heartbreaking and could make the book a very depressing read, but Chamberlain makes sure that the characters and readers sense that feeling of hope. Chamberlain does an excellent job of demonstrating the strengths of the human spirit with each of her characters. By balancing the points of view, between twenty-two year old Jane and fifteen year old Ivy, readers will get to see the whole picture. This book is a must read for reading groups and fans Women’s Literature.


Similar Authors:

Jody Picoult, Ilie Ruby, Barbara Claypole White, Kristin Hannah


This review was written for My Sister’s Books bookstore. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #28

Plantation Tours and Tastes Georgetown History

Published by: The Church Women of Prince George Winyah Parish

Plantation Tours and Tastes Georgetown History is a lovely cookbook written by the women of Prince George Winyah Parish, who have hosted multiple plantation tours since 1947. Chocked full of beautiful artwork and the history of Georgetown, South Carolina, this is an exceptional book for southern families. The recipes are organized in appetizers, seafood, drinks and desserts. The spiral binding makes it easier to prop the book up on the counter, for easier access while cooking. Along the edges there is space for notes, bible passages and bonus recipes. This is an enriching book for anyone looking to connect with their inner southern cook.

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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