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So many books!  How to choose my favorite ones is not an easy task, but here goes!

The Red Hat Club
Haywood Smith

I laughed 'til I cried!

The Red Hat Club
by Haywood Smith

Read about the fun that Georgia, SuSu, Diane, Teeny, and Linda have as they approach their middle years.  They wear red hats and purple clothes, and as much as I admire their bravery, I'll stick to matching clothes, thank you.
There is a sequel!  The Red Hat Club Rides Again

Diana Gabaldon

My current favorite

by Diana Gabaldon

Historical fiction set in Ireland.  Time travel!  I hated to finish this book, so I checked Amazon to see what else Ms. Gabaldon had written.  I was elated to find that this book is the first in a series of five, so I ordered the other four! 
Visit her website at  If you write her, she will send you free bookplates. 

A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive
Dave Pelzer

On a serious note...

A Child Called "It"
by Dave Pelzer

A must-read for teachers and foster parents.  I absolutely could not put this book down.  As a former foster mom, I have seen children who have suffered at the hands of their parents.  Mr. Pelzer also wrote The Lost Boy, a sequel to this book.

"Everybody has problems," said Pelzer. "Who on this planet isn’t dealing with problems?"

Pelzer knows how to overcome adversity better than most people. He was severely abused by his parents when he was growing up. He was kept in the basement, not allowed to speak and physically tortured. He said teachers saved his life.

Pelzer wrote the best selling book "A Child Called It" about his young life, which has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for more than six years. He’s written five other inspirational books, and is the only author to simultaneously have four, number one international best sellers and four books on the New York Times bestsellers list.

"Thank God for teachers," Pelzer said. "I was rescued by teachers."

Pelzer’s mix of humor, wisdom and compassion enthralled the audience. They laughed along with him when he told jokes, and some people gasped when he detailed the horror of the abuse he suffered as a child.

*Visit for the full article entitled "Best Selling Author Motivates Central WV Teachers."  8/25/05


The Red Hat Club Rides Again
Haywood Smith

Sweetwater Creek
Anne Rivers Siddons

The Undomestic Goddess
Sophie Kinsella

The Pilot's Wife : A Novel
Anita Shreve

Lake News
Barbara Delinsky

A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Diana Gabaldon

My Sister's Keeper : A Novel
Jodi Picoult