Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

The Round House by Louise Erdrich was published in 2012 and was a National Book Award Finalist. This is a complicated story about a horrific crime that takes place on or near a reservation in North Dakota. A woman is attacked, but she is unable or unwilling to share the details with anyone. She retreats into her own mind and cannot leave her room.

Her son, Joe, decides to try to solve the crime himself. His father works in the legal system, and Joe has spent a lot of time reading his dad's law books. Joe has a great love for his mother and is determined to bring her back to their world. Erdrich weaves a rich tale of tragedy, humor, deep-dark, and spiritual writing that brings the reader right into the story. I loved the friendships in this story and how people took care of one another. I loved the relationships Joe had with both his mother and his father. This is a book I would read again.

Erdrich sets a feeling of tension and suspense in this story. I wanted Joe to win; I cheered for him, and sorrowed with him at times. Although there is sadness in this story, it is also a story of hope and love. And the ending, Wow!

Tanya and Hollie brought these books for our NICU babies. We were low on board books and they brought us eight! I am grateful to get these books. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

1 comment:

  1. Hello Building Lifelong Readers!

    My name is Elizabeth Jahns from Beacon Publishing Group, and I want to make you aware of one of our new non-fiction releases, an autobiography by famed comedian Kip Addotta, titled “Kip Addotta: Confessions of a Comedian” (released April 13, 2018).

    Kip Addotta is an American comedian/actor notable for often being featured on The Tonight Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and the syndicated show Make Me Laugh, among many others. He was also featured on The Dr. Demento Show radio show for his songs, “Wet Dream,” “Big Cock Roach,” and “Life in the Slaw Lane,” a series of fish and vegetable malapropisms that, together, form a storyline. In 1989 he released “I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus.” In 1995 Kip Addotta released a DVD, “Live From Maximum Security!”

    His autobiography begins with his first interactions with “The Mob” in his early childhood, his nightmarish life with his father until he was on his own at 15 years of age, through his marriages, and how he became one of the best and most famous stand-up comedians of his time. Kip Addotta tells all. He names names and details the how-to and fine-tuning of comedy.


    I would like to submit “Kip Addotta: Confessions Of A Comedian” (189 pages) for interview/review consideration. We have no specific timeline in mind. If interested, I can forward a PDF digital copy of the manuscript to you. I appreciate your time and consideration.

    Elizabeth Jahns
    Promotions and Publicity
    Beacon Publishing Group
    O: 800.817.8480