Mini-reviews: Lottery by Patricia Wood; Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery; and Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll

Title: Lottery
Author: Patricia Wood
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the public library
First line: My name is Perry L. Crandall and I am not retarded.

Goodreads blurb: Perry’s IQ is only 76, but he’s not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: She taught him to write things down so he won’t forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of thirty-one. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with. Peopled with characters both wicked and heroic who leap off the pages, Lottery is a deeply satisfying, gorgeously rendered novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable.

I read Lottery several months ago, but this book is not easily forgotten. I loved the story of Perry, and how he proved that a person is so much more than their “number.” Telling his story in first person, Patricia Wood has given the mentally-challenged Perry a voice, and what a voice it is! Highly recommended.

Title: Anne of Windy Poplars
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Bantam Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the public library

Goodreads blurb: Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They’re known as the royal family of Summerside, and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty, and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside’s strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her delicious triumphs.

This book is mostly told in letters from Anne to Gilbert while he is away studying to be a doctor. She is working as principal of Summerside High School, dealing with the parents of her students, and managing to help along some local romances. Not my favorite Anne book, but still full of the spirit I love about her.

Title: Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
Author: Mark and Grace Driscoll
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: This is a costly book.

Goodreads blurb: Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, talk about sex and marriage in down-to-earth terms, hitting issues other Christian books won’t. They share practical help and hope with people just like them–who entered marriage a complete mess, or who are planning to be married someday and want to avoid some sticky pitfalls.

This is the most honest book on marriage I have ever read. Considering that it is written by Christians, intended for a Christian audience, it is encouraging to read such a frank, naked discussion of topics like communication, respect, disagreements, and yes, sex. I’m sure this book will shock some of the “old guard” in the Christian evangelical world, but it is an important resource, and one that every married couple could benefit from.

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14 Responses to Mini-reviews: Lottery by Patricia Wood; Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery; and Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll

  1. Beth Hoffman says:

    I read “Lottery” last year and enjoyed it too. Hope you have a terrific week, Carrie!

  2. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Lottery sounds wonderful to me!

  3. Melissa
    Twitter: avidreader12
    says:

    I’m with you on the Anne books. Even when I read books in the series that aren’t my favorite, I still love her spirit.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Melissa – Me, too – one of my favorite heroines of all time. πŸ™‚

  4. irene says:

    I’m ashamed to say I have not read any Anne books. Terrible for a Canadian. Perhaps that will have to be a challenge for me. I have both of the other books on my TBR pile. Great review Carrie.

  5. Care
    Twitter: bkclubcare
    says:

    I loved Lottery. It is always a treat to see another favorable review.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Care – I remember it getting good buzz a while ago, and have meant to read it since then. It just took longer than it should have. πŸ™‚

  6. Kailana says:

    I am sorry about Lottery… 2012 is not going well…. I am thinking no buddy reads for the rest of the year is a good idea!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kelly – that’s okay – I just figured I better post something before I forgot what I thought about it!

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