LitPicks Book Reviews—March 2008

Theme—Healing: horses, books, people
This month's books use parallel symbolism to explore human healing. A sick horse heals her owner; a damaged manuscript heals its conserver; and a returning spirit heals her mother.
Labels: A Lighter Touch


Chosen by a Horse
Susan Richards, 2006
248 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
March 2008

My sister Janet, a sucker for horses, handed me this book. Neither of us could resist the beautiful face on the cover. It wouldn't matter if the writing inside were drivel. But it's not. Inside is a lovely story about redemption for both horse and human. Grab a tissue.

Richards, an experienced horsewoman, rescues a half-starved race horse. At first sight of the mare, she's overwhelmed: "I'd never had a horse this sick."


People of the Book
Geraldine Brooks, 2007
384 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
March 2008

I was with Salman Rushdie the other night (along with few others...maybe 2,000 or so) as he spoke about the power of the novel to change the world.

Novels, he said, enable us to see the world in a new way and offer the possibility of binding disparate cultures together in a common humanity. It was an inspiring evening for any literature lover. I'd been thinking about recommending Brooks's new novel—now I must!
Labels: Great Works


Toni Morrison, 1987
316 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
March 2008

This book is too recent to have stood the "Test of Time" of the great classics. But it will. Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize winner, and Beloved is her crowning achievement—so this work well deserves its place in the pantheon of enduring Literature.

Possibly the most powerful and imaginative rendering of slavery we have, Beloved confronts the horror of both its practice and legacy.

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