Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall Reading Challenge: The Year of Necessary Lies by Kris Radish #FRC2015

This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

The book for our Feminist Studies class is The Year of Necessary Lies by Kris Radish.

About the book:

One amazing year in a remarkable woman¹s life journey becomes the inspiration for generations when she takes a huge risk, follows her heart, embraces forbidden love, and unwittingly becomes the champion of a winged world that is on the brink of extinction. It’s 1903, the world is poised for drastic change, and Julia Briton is a naive, beautiful Boston socialite who suffers a series of devastating losses and discovers that her beloved husband is involved in the plume trade―the massive slaughter of birds for use in the fashion industry. When Julia is secretly ushered into the early 20th century by a group of brazen female activists, she boldly risks everything and embarks on a perilous journey to the wilds of untamed Florida, a place of great danger where men will stop at nothing to get what they want and where one man, and a faithful friend, force her to make yet more life-changing decisions. Years later, when Julia’s great-granddaughter, Kelly, discovers some hidden tape recordings in her famous great-grandmother¹s dresser and learns the real truth about Julia’s year, a year that changed the course of history, she must decide what to do with her grandmother¹s incredible legacy. Will she keep the real “secret of the year”, or will she be brave enough to follow her own heart?

Kim Radish's book is a wonderful story about being strong and overcoming obstacles.  The main character, Julia joins a group of strong women that stand up to the fashion industry and the plume hunters in order to stop them from making plume hats for women.  This is in the early 1900s when women had very little power and were less likely to be heard.  Julia's marriage has been a very hard one and once she finds out her husband is plays a part in what Julia and the Audubon Society are trying to stop she goes on a journey to Florida.  This gives Julia a chance to do some soul searching and to find out what is really important to her in life.  Not only is this book very entertaining but it opens up the eyes for the reader about a few social issues.  It also gives the reader to do a little soul searching themselves and helps them realize that just being you is okay. 

Buy the book:
·    Parnassus Books
·        Amazon

About the author:

Kris Radish grew up dreaming about living a Nancy Drew-like life and always held her own passion for writing very close to her heart. A former journalist, nationally syndicated columnist, magazine writer and university instructor, Radish also loves to tell stories about the times she picked nighcrawlers, served beer to cowboys, worked on a tomato farm and hung out of the side of a fast moving helicoper.

Radish is now the bestselling author of ten novels and has captured the hearts of legions of fans with her heartwarming, real, passionate and often hilarious novels. Her stories focus on the important bonds of female friendship and celebrate the common feelings, heartaches, loves, and struggles that all women share. She loves to call her work "true fiction" because she addresses the real emotions that women live and share every day.

She is also the author of three non-fiction books, writes poetry, is the mother of two young and very feisty adults, is known for her wild laugh and wilder hair, and is working on her eleventh novel and fourth non-fiction book. Radish is also co-owner of The Wine Madonna - a wine lounge in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida where she hosts book groups from around the country

Connect with the author:
·        Facebook
·        Twitter
·       Website

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