Eric, reader of good nature books and head maple syrup maker, started the Bookloft in 1974.
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Title: The Children Act
In this era of shelf-bending bestsellers such as The Goldfinch and The Bully Pulpit, Ian McEwan offers some relief with his spare and adroitly written novels.
McEwan has always written masterfully about marriage and parenthood and does so especially well again in this fine slim work. Watch the way, for instance, a husband slides a cup of coffee across the counter to his wife and you'll learn more about the state of that relationship than a lesser writer could reveal in ten pages.
And, as always, you learn so much in a McEwan novel. In this case, the law- particularly law as designed to protect and serve children.
But above all it's his amazing prose style. If you're like me, you'll find yourself re-reading sentences simply to marvel at the wondrous way he puts words together.
A very funny book! Also, insightful and educational. As the real trail is an important part of our Berkshire landscape, Bryson's call for conserving it speaks all the more true. A great gift. I loved it
If it's peace and quiet you want, don't invite these boys to your child's birthday party. George & Harold, ooes, here, have a certain- how should I say this- ZEST for life! They are decidedly NOT Jack & Annie of Magic Treehouse fame. Funny, irreverent, and great to read aloud. Kids who are drawn to Captain , and not all are, always come back for more.