THE LAST BUS TO WISDOM -- the last novel from a great American storyteller is charming, wise, and slyly funny
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig (2016, Riverhead Books; 480 pages)
This is a beautifully written tale about the summer adventures of an imaginative eleven year old boy. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother on a ranch in western Montana. When Gram needs to address some medical issues, Donny is sent to spend the summer with her sister in Wisconsin. Aunt Kate is bossy and tyrannical, setting the scene for a miserable summer. Her henpecked husband, Herman the German, befriends Donny and before long the two find themselves on an unplanned adventure. This is a wonderful book!
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Recommended by: Ann
A MAN CALLED OVE -- a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2015, Washington Square Press; 337 pages)
At 59, Ove is a grumble Gus of the first degree. Rules are made to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed, and don’t even get him started about computers and mobile phones. In truth, Ove has been this way his whole life, but he’s gotten worse in the last four years since his wife, Sonia, died, taking with her all the color in a world Ove sees as black-and-white. Ove has decided life without Sonia is not worth living and plans to join her in the next world. But a young couple and their two children (a third is on the way) move in next door, his oldest friend and most feared enemy is about to be forcibly removed to a nursing home, and a street-scarred cat insinuates itself into his life. Suddenly, Ove’s suicide plans get delayed as he helps solve neighborly crises large and small.
The story of Ove is one of transformation, about a grumpy old man who has suffered great loss. Enter a cast of unlikely, diverse characters that turn his world upside down. It’s a fast, feel-good read.
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