7.26.2011

The Swan House


Hello my friends!

After another late date night last night, I'm feeling like I could do this today:

Cutie B always claims he's not asleep, rather he's just "resting his eyes!"

Now in between my yawns, onto today's post!  I wanted to share a fabulous book with you:  The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser.  If you liked The Help, (which I posted about here), you will LOVE this book.


The Swan House is a coming of age story that takes place in Atlanta in the 1960s. Mary Swan Middleton's life is turned upside down when her mentally-ill, artist mother dies in the Orly Plane Crash of 1962.  

During her grief, her family's loyal maid, Ella Mae, decides to take Mary Swan to Grant Park, the inner city of Atlanta.  Ella Mae hopes that exposing Mary Swan to the poverty and sorrows of others and helping them through service will help Mary Swan's grief process.  Working in the inner-city exposes Mary Swan to a way of living she never knew existed and makes her begin to question ideas such as civil rights.  Mary Swan also forms a close friendship with Carl, a fellow teenager from the inner-city, and the two, with Mary Swan's best friend Rachel, embark on an adventure to discover who Sheila Middleton, Mary Swan's mother, really was.  In this story, as Mary Swan seeks to learn more about her mother, she in turn finds more about herself and cultivates relationships that will change her life forever.

Musser

I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those of you who enjoy Southern literature.  I finished the book in just a few days (which was quite the feat considering how busy and exhausted I've been this summer).  It is told from the point of view of 16 year old Mary Swan and is a quick read that also really makes you think.  

Have you ever read this book?  If so, what'd you think?  What has been your favorite summer read so far?

21 comments:

  1. I may have to check this one out, I really liked Bright Young Things and Something Borrowed/Blue

    XO Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

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  2. I will have to pick up that book!

    My nephew (who is 8) says the same thing! He is always just resting his eyelids. ha.

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  3. I am going to have to pick up this book! I loved the help!

    The little guy I nannied for last year would always claim he wasnt tired too! I would always find him 5 minutes later asleep!

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  4. Adding this to my list right now! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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  5. I loved The Help, so I am definitely going to check this book out! Thanks for letting me know.

    aHb

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  6. that book sounds very good-I will have to check it out!

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  7. Definitely going on my must read list! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  8. Definitely want to check this out, just loved The Help!!

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  9. Sounds like a great read .. thanks for sharing it!! priceless photo of Cutie B. ..xo HHL

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  10. I'm gonna have to pick this up along with The Help. My favorite summer read so far is Janet Evanovich's One for the Money.

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  11. Thanks for the book recommendation! I read the Help and Loved it...and can't wait to delve into this one :) What a precious picture of 'cutie B' that sure made me smile! xo

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  12. I will be visiting the library soon enough to read this! Sounds fabulous! Thanks for the suggetsion, Allie- and maybe see you tomorrow!

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  13. Oh, if only I had time to read! This one sounds so good, but I still have 3 piled up next to my bed just waiting to be read. I'll have to remember it though!

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  14. I really loved The Help and am looking forward to watching the movie. This sounds like a great book too - I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  15. Perfect recommendation right before Igo on vacation! Thanks!

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  16. I loooveedd The Help so I am def. picking up this book! Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  17. I LOVE southern literature... and I also loved The Help. Can't wait to read this! :) Thanks for the rec!

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  18. I haven't read this one (actually, I haven't even read the Help yet!) but it sounds fantastic...I could always use a good book recommendation!

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  19. Sounds like a great book! I just read "What is the What" and I think you'd esp like it given its connection to Africa. It's all about the lost boys of Sudan and their experience both in Africa and America.

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