Three books are finished and stacked on my bedside table to be traded, gifted or taken to donate. First is Ten Degrees of Reckoning: The True Story of a Family’s Love and the Will to Survive by Hester Rumberg. In 1993 Judith and Michael Sleavin and their two children set out to live their dream: to sail around the world. Almost three years later, one night off the coast of New Zealand, a freighter carrier altered its course by a mere ten degrees and cut their forty-seven foot boat in half.

This is the true story of unbelievable loss and a meditation on the strength to survive.

            Next in the pile is,  Mommy’s Little Girl: Casey Anthony and Her Daughter Caylee’s Tragic Fate by Diane Fanning. This book presents the first in-depth account of the Caylee Anthony case, a three-year-old who disappeared from her Florida home in 2008. Caylee’s mother became the prime suspect after the body was found. Casey’s trial is set for later this year.

Most recently completed is Time is a River by Mary Alice Monroe. While she is recovering from breast cancer surgery, Mia is overwhelmed by her husband’s infidelity and request for a divorce. She flees to the mountains of North Carolina to a remote cabin recently inherited by her fly fishing instructor, Belle Carson.

            The cabin once belonged to Belle’s grandmother — a legendary fly fisher and journalist of the 1920’s, Kate Watkins, who was accused of murdering her lover. The scandal plagued the family for generations. Mia is intrigued when she discovers Kate’s journal.

            This is a solid work in which a broken woman rediscovers her self-worth. Monroe is known for her lyrical style and this book is no exception. The tale comprises many layers of mystery, reconciliation and romance.

             June Poucher (Mar.’10) adds, “I cannot imagine a life without books lying around.”

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