More favorites from our Blogging Librarians!
Rachel nominated two books as her favorites for 2015.
Her first choice is The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory. “This novel is based on the life of Catherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII of England. I never really thought about how brave Catherine Parr was to be the sixth wife of a tyrant. Literally unable to refuse his proposal, she had to live out the remainder of his life walking on egg shells making sure she did nothing to provoke his anger. She had constant reminders of what happened to his previous wives when they disobeyed him. Even so, Catherine Parr managed to reunite Henry with his daughters Mary and Elizabeth and son Edward and to influence the religion of the King of England.”
Rachel’s second choice is a non-fiction book, A Dog’s Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man’s Best Friend by Bob Drury. “This book is about a father and daughter team that operate the group Paws4People. This organization raises and trains puppies to be helper dogs for military veterans and children with disabilities. The dogs are trained in prisons by inmates which helps the inmates gain job skills. One thing from this book that stuck with me is that the dogs choose their people; the dogs are not assigned to anyone by the organization. This books is a great example of how an organization can help and touch so many people’s lives.”