Subject: Odd titles that made you read the book

The Mad Woman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

This book is about the Bronte sisters. A 20 year old is one of the last living of the Bronte clan.  Home schooled by an eccentric father, plus a tutor from Oxford for one hour a week, the student read much more then the average student. She sets out to find a secret family estate hinted at by her father. What does she find?

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde

A Welshman railing against the bureaucracy of Libraries.  This is a comical book, a little strange but . . .?

The Music of Silence: A Sacred Journey Through the Hours of the Day by David Steindle-Rast

An accountant finds himself spending more time at his computer than he wishes. He gets mad at it because it takes time for items to download when he pushes a button. It should be instantaneous. Why does it not work the way he wants it to?  He then explores the way things are really happening in our lives. Are we frustrated because results are not instantaneous?

What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George

A prolific writer, this is a sad story of what happens to three children in England who have a very unfortunate life. Nothing seems to go right, though many do their best.  The book is best described by this paragraph near the end:

“Joel realized at the end of all this that his aunt was apologizing to him, to all of them, really, through the person of him. He wanted to tell her that she didn’t need to. Had he been able to put it into words he would have told her that none of them had asked for what they’d had handed to them, and if they bollixed things up as they tried to cope, whose fault was it, really?  His aunt had done what she’d thought was right at the time.”

Sad as the book was, our reader was glad she had read this provocative book.

This book is available at the Grover Beach Community Library