Book Review: These Things Hidden

Book Title: These Things Hidden

Author: Heather Gudenkauf

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: Parents are unaware that 16 year old Allison has delivered a baby at home, throws the baby in the river with the help of her sister. Allison goes to prison and when released, tries to reunite with family.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: This was a hard book to read as a parent, but inspired by the Safe Haven Law.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: The author will be coming to the library in June and would like to inquire as to where she gets her ideas.

Book Review: March

MARCH, Book One, MARCH Book Two, MARCH Book Three, written by John Lewis

First of all, I want to say that our Librarian Carol does a very good job getting new books for us to read, whether it be books on the best seller list or something we request from her.  There are so many things I want to read on the “new shelf” that I seldom get to the other shelves.  (So many books, so little time!!)

The “March”  bestselling books are very quick reads, written by John Lewis, a black Congressman.  In them he tells us (in picture form like a comic book) his personal experiences growing up in the south and his peaceful  participation in the civil rights movement and the March to Selma.  You, like me, probably would rather read novels instead of books about the South in the 60’s and 70’s.  But once I picked one up, I couldn’t put it down, and like I said earlier they are easy and quick to read.

I lived through this time in our country’s history but obviously paid little attention to what was happening, because when I read these books I kept asking myself “how could I not know these things happened?”  The marchers sacrificed so much to get their message across, yet were treated so horribly for their efforts, some paying with their lives.  As a young man, John Lewis risked everything in Selma, Alabama, and yet he continues to fight today for justice and non-violence.

I recommend these books to all, whether you are interested in history, or just want a change of pace in your reading material.  Try Book One first, it won’t take hardly any time to read it.  I’ll guess you will want to read the other two.

Review by J. G.