This blog post is devoted to sharing twelve of my most favorite books I read in 2016. You’ll see that I like to read a variety of books. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular book, click on the book title and the link will take you to its Amazon page. If you have a favorite book you’ve read recently I’d like to hear from you.
#12 – The Orchardist: A Novel by Amanda Coplin
This book is historical fiction that takes place at the turn of the 20th century in rural central Washington. It is a story about William Talmadge, a reclusive kind-hearted individual who lives alone on his property tending to his apple and apricot orchards. One day, two runaway, pregnant teenage girls steal his fruit at the market. This is the beginning of his relationship with these sexually abused young women. The author, Amanda Coplin, does an excellent job of fleshing out the characters of her story. She also gives the reader an understanding of a time and place in American history that is not well known.
#11 – Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
Like most of us who grew up seeing Rin Tin Tin on television I thought the dog was only a fictional character. Not true. The real story of Rin Tin Tin begins on a World War I battlefield. It is the story of an American soldier, Lee Duncan, who discovers the abandoned pup in France, nurses him to health and disobeys orders by shipping him back to the U.S. In the early days of Hollywood, Duncan took the well-trained dog to several movie studios asking if Rin Tin Tin could be in a film. The dog eventually gets his opportunity and so begins his movie career. (more…)