Movers & shakers
These books rocketed to the top of our charts this month:
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart TolleA book for anyone who wants to make change on a personal or global scale. Goodreads member Elly says, "I can see why Oprah is making such a big deal about it. I've read my share of pop-psychology and spirituality books, but this is nothing like them. This is THE book for a better Earth."
Suite Francaise by Irene NemirovskyWritten as Nazi forces occupied France, this work was left unfinished when the author was deported to Auschwitz. Arwen tells us, "The very air is heavy with waiting and grief and the madness of dealing with a world turned upside down during a beautiful summer, with birds singing and strawberries ripening as if nothing were different."
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa SeeThe closeted world of Chinese women in the 19th century comes to life. Goodreads member Jennifer placed this book on her "strong-female-characters" shelf and quotes one character's reaction to women's lack of power during this time period in Chinese history: "Obey, obey, obey, then do what you want."
People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine BrooksAn Australian rare-books expert delves into the history of the ancient text Sarajevo Haggadah in this thriller, which was inspired by a true story. Sarah dubs it "the intelligent person's Da Vinci Code" and Kate writes, "I read about this book during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. I was probably the only person more engrossed in the New York Times Book Review than the game, but so much the better for me."
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver RelinTrue story from a failed mountain climber who thanked the poor village in Pakistan where he was nursed back to health by promising to return and build a school. Debbi writes, "I wish Goodreads had a 10-star rating for this book. Anyone who has ever feared their own small voice was too small a drop in the bucket to matter MUST read this book."