When the World Came to Town:  9/11 in Gander Newfoundland by Jim Defede

world came to townSometimes when you least expect it there’s a story that takes you by surprise and captivates you. This book, When the World Came to Town:  9/11 in Gander Newfoundland by Jim Defede did that for me. This story detailed the events that happened in Gander, Newfoundland after the World Trade Center bombing in NYC on 9/11.  Do you remember that the airspace in the US was shut down after that happened?  Many of the planes turned back, others that were very close to the US were diverted to Canada. Others not yet over the ocean were rerouted to Gander.

This story is about the citizens of Gander (population 10,000) and nearby communities and how they stepped up to welcome 38 planes carrying over 6000 people.

Imagine a town of 10,000 finding food, housing, medicine, clothes (suitcases were left onboard the planes) and transportation for over 6000 people? Not only was this effort accomplished, it was done with kindness, friendship and caring.

The book took us away from the smoke and flames and horror of NYC and showed us genuine compassion by strangers in a strange land. Hope was offered in the form of warm meals, hot showers, new underclothes. Friendships were made. Faith in humanity was restored.

Need a reminder about pure goodness? Read this book.

Nice 5 minute story by Tom Brokaw

My Favorite Books: Cuckoo’s Calling

Over the past few years I’ve had some wonderful books cross my path. Some others were not so good but I finished them anyhow and others never gained my attention and were set aside.

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time is called Cuckoo’s Calling by
Robert Galbraith. It was at the library and looked worthy which is how I decided to check it out. What I found out later was that was written by JK Rowling.

Unlike most of the population, I was not a big Harry Potter fan. I read the first book and was done. So, I don’t know that I would have read this book knowing she had written it. Which is why she used a pen name. Anyway … I’m glad I did.

The story is about a detective named Cormoron Strike who lost his leg in Afghanistan. His business is down to one client, his girlfriend just broke up with him, he’s living in his office and can barely afford to pay for a temp.

Everything looked hopeless and bleak until a client walked in the door and handed him the case of a lifetime.

What I liked about the book was the description of the characters. I have a clear picture of Cormoran with his prosthesis, his wiry hair, his beat up office and the people who come into his life.  If you read it, I’d be interested in your opinion – did you like it? If not, feel free to share.

Creating a Top Ten Book List

I just received an email from a friend listing all her favorite books from 2014.

library booksI decided to make a list of my favorites as well. With a new year upon us, it’s time to read 52 books in 52 weeks again. I am usually pretty good about reading unless I come upon a book that bothers me then I walk away and stay away until the feeling passes. Then when I start to read it again, well, there’s that icky feeling. So either I plow through it or set it aside.

If it’s a book for my book club, I often plow through it so I can be part of the group discussion. The members of this group all have their certain likes and dislikes. They all know if it’s a sad or scary book then I won’t like it. I don’t like graphic stories (war, rape, carnage) and have never had success with sci-fi either. Some of my book club friends prefer psychological thrillers but hate romance, love biographies but detest chic lit and on and on.

deep bookshelfWhat amazes me is when I ADORE a book only to find out other members detested it. How can that be? And I was the only one in the group who HATED the book Gone Girl. They all loved it.

Alas, that’s how it is. Some books speak to one person and not others. I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and some others thought it was BORING. How can that be?

So, stay tuned so I can go over my list of books and decide which I loved the best.

If you have any books to suggest, put it in the comment box.

Now…back to creating my top ten list!