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In the Unlikely EventBy Blume, Judy

Once again Judy Blume proves she is unforgettable, an author for all ages and times. Her latest work, which was many years in the making, is an adult novel based on a succession of plane crashes that happened during her own teenage years. In 1951, WWII is still a fresh memory, the situation in Korea is a current threat, but air travel is something new and exciting for everyone. Elizabeth, New Jersey is a quiet town where the community mostly knows one another, and which lays directly in the flight path for Newark Airport. Miri Ammerman is a fifteen year old girl, with a loving family, a lot of friends, and in love for the first time. Her life is pretty near perfect when the first plane crashes into the Elizabeth River. Judy Blume paints a thorough picture of a town and community in disbelief and shock. Much like a good Maeve Binchy novel, we are allowed insights into many different characters. Blume’s characters are well developed and their reactions believable. Friends, acquaintances and family members are all affected by the tragedies. Mira’s positive outlook on life begins to harden as things worsen, her best friend Natalie begins to withdraw into herself, and Miri’s Uncle Henry, a reporter for the town’s newspaper, becomes well known for his stories covering the crashes. So many other characters and subplots contribute to this novel, which simply put, is a good story. Thirty years later Miri returns to Elizabeth for an event commemorating the crashes. At which point the reader is lucky enough to see what became of Miri and many other characters after the crashes turned their lives upside down. Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event does not disappoint.

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Delicious foods : a novelBy Hannaham, James

Hannaham’s book is the engrossing story of a Southern family’s disintegration after the death of husband and father, Nat Hardison. It is narrated by Eddie, the couple’s son, as well as an unusual inanimate character named Scotty, and Eddie’s mother, Darlene, absent both emotionally and physically during much of his childhood, unable to cope with the intense emotional burden, local injustice, and overwhelming grief she experiences when Nat is murdered. Eleven year-old Eddie spends a lot of time with his widowed Aunt Bethella, but at one point he decides to try to find his absent mother. Boldly navigating the seedy underbelly of the streets, Eddie’s path leads him to the horrible prison-like agricultural farming enterprise called Delicious Foods, from which he barely escapes with his life. A bold, harrowing story told with amazing love and respect for its characters.

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