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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, May 26, 2010 15B ,ilters top readers list l.Llchemy, surgery an00&apos; b00zrriers: Heavy WELCOME, GENTLE :EADEP,. Adults and children--book- sellers, book club members, book lovers and librarians -- are invited to submit short "book reports'" or recommenda- tions on books they have read and want to share with others. To submit a recommenda- tion, include title and author, your first name only, contact information, hometown and three to five paragraphs about the book and why it is recom- mended (or not). Any and all book reports are eligible, al- though the editor reserves the right to edit for grammar, style and length. Send submissions to Mona Hill by e-maU to, by fax at 283-3952 or mail to P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison Toni Morrison's 1987 novel is a powerful tale of a man's struggle to ultimately find meaning in his life. From the cold roots of his easy life in Michigan to the ancestral hill country of Virginia, "Milk- man" Macon Dead searches out his family tree and, in the process, learns more about his life than he ever could have imagined. Ex-slaves, ghosts, men who fly and women who love too much are just a few of the characters who inhabit this strange and wondrous world. Morrison, winner of the No- bel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prizefor:Fiction, gives voice t0the struggles that challenge us imperfect humans, particularly African Americans who are living in white-dominated America. Dysfunctional families, male privilege, racial injus- tice and revenge are just some of the themes that keep this novel vitally alive with spell- like intensity and seduction. Toni Morrison is an impor- tant modern American writer, perhaps all the more so for being black and a woman. Morrison's "Song of Solomon" reaches across racial, gender and cultural barriers to reveal the intri- cate and mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. I can't believe I waited so long to read this incredible story that provides a glimpse into eras gone by, while si- multaneously offering the hope, understanding and ac- ceptance of the myriad diffi- culties and heartbreaks of hu- man life. How fortuitous was I in stumbling across this ex- cellent read in Plumas Char- ter School's Quincy library! Laura "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese Whew! What to say about this book? Fascinating and thought-provoking? Definite- ly. Well crafted? Maybe not quite as well as it could have been -- certainly it was lov- ingly written. A week later, I still haven't resolved exactly what it was all about. The title comes from the Hippocratic oath and is a ref- erence to doctors allowing surgeons to operate for kid- ney stones. Even then, sur- geons were a class apart. First-born twin Marion Praise Stone tells the story and centers on his life as a twin, orphan, adopted child at a mission hospital in 1950s Ethiopia. In the way words are sometimes corrupted in transla- tion, the clinic is known as Missing. THE GRILLE Re.opening for dinner Thursday, May 27 New Chef Mark Howell $10 special appetizer & glass of wine or beer before dinner Starbucks Fresh breads & rolls from  Patio Seating - Dining Room Full Bar 72056 Highway 70 between Graeagle & Portola 832-5528 PORTS BAR CAI EI)AR OF EVFATS .iiili !!!iiii iiiiiii!!i Lunch Served Daily o,:i .... i!i! - DINNER:SPECIALS - Thursday ond Fridoy - $14.95 Dinners Include" Entree, Salad and Deserts Full Service Bar 259-DINE(3463) 433 Durkin Drive, Lake Almanor ....... ,,, .... ::' i i" "i ,,"i { ,', ! , ' In a birth gone horribly wrong, he and his twin, Shiva, were conjoined at the head. Their mother, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, is an Indian, Carmelite nun at the mission who dies in childbirth. Their father, Thomas Stone, is a skilled surgeon at the clinic who is undone by her death and abandons the twins. Hema, the Indian GYOB, who delivers and separates the conjoined twins, adopts them on the spot. Ghosh, another doctor at the hospital, soon marries her and the made-up family moves through life in Ethiopia under Halle Seliasse I -- turbulent times. The author explores "twin- ness" through Marion's eyes, that connectedness that's of- ten reported. In their early lives, Marion refers to himself and his brother as ShivaMari- on, one being of two different parts. Betrayal and revolution take Marion to the Bronx's version of Missing Hospital: Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, where he becomes a surgeon and finds Thomas Stone, now a famed liver surgeon at Boston General. Finally I have decided, this book is about family: What happens to them to make them family. This fam- ily is about love and sup- port, even in the face of be- trayal and danger. This fam- ily shows that blood ties alone do not create families; they can be created out of need and love, however im- perfect they are. Mona Quincy "The Alchemist" by Paul Coelho Most people can remember a book that .... \\; l i truly made ...... them think, as : :: !! well as im- mersed :::::::::::::::::::::::::: them into a deep sto- ry. For me, i((U t. that book :: ' ::: ::: is "The Al- chemist" by Paul Coelho. The book follows a young shepherd boy named Santiago as he learns of his own person- al legend. In the beginning, Santiago is very content with his life as a shepherd. He sees the world and learns a great deal about life from his sheep and the things he encounters. Everything changes when he has a dream about finding treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. He meets an old, wise king, a gypsy, a merchant and the alchemist, all of whom, in their own way, help Santiago find his personal legend and discover what it means to be truly happy in life. I believe this book is about more than just the boy and his adventures of finding what he wants. The characters helping Santiago also help the reader think more deeply about life and happiness. One of the main problems that the boy realizes is that peo- ple are afraid of getting what they want, because they are afraid of losing it. They would rather keep reaching for it than actually receive what they want. By the end of the story, San- tiago learns that when chasing SARDINE LAKE RESORT Season Opening . Friday May 21, 2010 Fine Dining Boats for Hire Cabins for Rent 862-1196 for Reservations and Directions At the base of the Sierra Buttes LOUNGE 395 Main St., Quincy * 283-9788 [ what he wants, there will be trials and hardships, knowing he followed his dreams and that being happy is better than growing old knowing he never did and now it is too late. He also learns that love is why everyone makes the choices they do; when you truly love something, you don't need possession of it, be- cause you know it will always come back to you. I've never read anything quite like "The Alchemist," but I think it's something everyone should read and think about. It is a simple sto- ry; but inside it teaches us the way we can listen to what we actually want and discover how to obtain our dreams -- whatever they may be. Brittany Courtesy of Plumas Charter School, Quincy BOOK SIGNING with Terry Newest book: Crossed Arrows 373 W. Main St. in Quincy 28;3-BOOK (2665) Satin-day 10 - 6  i !T .... <\