December Suggestion: Our Lady of the Forest

When Ann Holmes starts having visions of the Virgin Mary, the bedraggled teen runaway becomes the last hope for the inhabitants of an economically depressed logging town. Hordes of miracle-seekers descend on it. Anne soon becomes a symbol of the intimate relationship between the sacred and the profane. Author David Guterson also wrote Snow Falling on Cedars and  East of the Mountains. You'll remember this book after reading it. Wonderfully written.

16 Favorite Authors

Stephen King; Dark suspense/horror
Frank Delaney; Irish Fiction
Cormac McCarthy; (Very) Dark Fiction
Margaret George; Historical Fiction
Phillipa Gregory; Historical Fiction
Wally Lamb; Mainstream Fiction
Ken Follett; Historical Fiction
Patricia Cornwell; Police Mystery
Gregory Maguire; Fairy Tale Fiction
Augusten Burroughs; Autobiographical
Jodi Picoult; Mainstream Fiction
Edgar Allen Poe; Poetry, Dark Fiction
Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Literature
Charles Dickens; Literature
Vikas Swarup; World Fiction

Amy Tan; World Fiction

January 2021: Waiting for Columbus

A man is brought to an insane asylum in contemporary Spain, claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus. Found in the treacherous Straight of Gibraltar, he is clearly delusional and has suffered a trauma so severe that he has turned away from reality. As he spins the tall tales of adventure and romance of someone who existed in the late fifteenth century, one nurse can’t help but be enchanted by his spirit. Who is Columbus? Where did he come from? This dazzling story about one man’s painstaking search for truth and loyalty is a very compelling and memorable read. LOVED it.

Looking for a great read? Books I'm Glad I Read: (Very, very, very favorites highlighted)

11/22/1963 * 206 Bones * 1776 * 1984 * A * A Changed Man * A Confederacy of Dunces * A Doll's House * A Column of Fire * A Far Country * A Gate at the Stairs * A Gentleman in Moscow * A Good Man is Hard to Find * A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms * A Lesson Before Dying * A Lion Among Men * A Map of the World * A Painted House * A Patchwork Planet * A Reliable Wife * A Respectable Trade * A Separate Country * A Soldier of the Great War * A Spark of Light * A Star Called Henry * A Tale of Two Cities * A Tree Grows in Brooklyn * A Wolf at the Table * Alice's Adventures in Wonderland * The Alchemist * All the Pretty Horses * All That Remains * The Almost Moon * American Rust * Amy & Isabelle * Amy Snow * An Anonymous Girl * An Instance of the Fingerpost * An Unkindness of Ravens * And the Mountains Echoed * Angela's Ashes * Anna Karenina * Antigone * Apt Pupil * The Art of Racing in the Rain * As the Pig Turns * At Home in Mitford * Atonement * The Autobiography of Henry VIII * The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb * Away * A Wolf at the Table *  * B * The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell * Bag of Bones * The Beach House * Before She Knew Him * Before We Were Yours * Believing the Lie * Belong to Me * Beloved * The Bible * Black and Blue * Black Notice * Blaze * Bleak House * Blood Meridian * The Bluest Eye * The Body Farm * The Boleyn Inheritance * Body of Evidence * Body of Proof * The Book of Night Women * The Book of Ruth * The Boleyn Inheritance * The Book Thief * The Book of Unholy Mischief * Breaking Silence * The Brothers Karamazov * The Brave * The Breakdown Lane * Brida * The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky * The Burgess Boys * C * The Cabinet of Curiosities * Caleb’s Crossing * Call of the Wild * Candles Burning * Cane River * Careless in Red * Carrie * The Casual Vacancy * Catch 22 * The Catcher in the Rye * Cat's Cradle * Cathedral by the Sea * Cause of Death * The Chalice * Change of Heart * Changeling * Charms for the Easy Life * Child of God * Christine * Cities of the Plain * Cloud Atlas * Cold Sassy Tree * The Color Purple * The Colorado Kid * Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister * The Constant Princess * Conspirata * Cujo * Crime and Punishment * The Criminal Lawyer * The Cross Gardener * The Crossing * The Crucible * Cruel and Unusual * The Cuckoo’s Calling * Cutting for Stone * Cycle of the Werewolf * D * Dark Eagle: The Story of Benedict Arnold * The Dark Half * The Dark Tower Series * Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen * Daughter of Fortune * David Copperfield * The Dead Zone * The Death of Mrs. Westaway * Deception * The Deep End of the Ocean * Defending Jacob * Delores Claiborne * The Deposition of Father McGreevy * Devil Bones * Devil in the White City * Diary of Anne Frank * Desperation * Discord's Apple * The Dispatcher * Dissolution * Doctor Sleep * Doctored Evidence * The Dome * Dorothy Must Die * Down the Darkest Road * Dream Catcher * Drood * Dry * Duma Key * Dune * The Dutch House * E * The Edgar Allen Poe Collection * Edge of Eternity * Einstein * Elegy for April * Elizabeth I * Ellen Foster * The End of Oz * English * Escape from Andersonville * Etta * Every Last One * Evidence of Life * The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore * The Execution of Noa P. Singleton * The Eyes of the Dragon * F * Faithful Place * Fall of Freddy the Leaf * Fall of Giants * Fallen Masters * Fathers and Sons * The Favorite Sister * Fear of Flying * The Feminine Mystique * The Fifth Gospel * Fifteen Minutes * Fifty Shades of Gray * Final Girls * Finders Keepers * Firestarter * The Five People You Meet in Heaven * Flowers for Algernon * For One More Day * Ford County * Frankenstein * Frankenstein: Lost Souls * Freedom * From Potter’s Field  * G * Gap Creek * The Gargoyle * Gerald's Game * The Girl on the Train * The Girl with all the Gifts * The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo * The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon * The Giver of Stars * The Good Lawyer * Gone Girl * Gone Missing * The Good Guy * The Gospel According to the Son * Great Expectations * Great House * The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole * The Green Mile Series * The Guest Book * H * The Hand that First Held Mine * Hannibal * Hannibal Rising * The Heart of the Sea * The Heart is a Lonely Hunter * The Heights * Helen of Troy * The Help * Henderson the Rain King * The Heretic's Daughter * Hiss and Hers * The Historian * The Home for Unwanted Girls * The Honk and Holler Opening Soon * The Hour I First Believed * The Hundred Secret Senses * The Hunger Games * The Husband's Secret * I * The Ice Queen * I Know This Much Is True * I Sing the Body Electric * If it Bleeds * If You Tell * I'll Take You There * The Illusionist * Imperium * In Cold Blood * In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner * In the Heart of the Sea * In the Woods * Indignation * The Irishman’s Daughter * The Institute * Insomnia * Into the Woods * The Invisible Bridge * Invisible Man * Ireland * Is There Life After Death? * It * J * Jane Eyre * Jewel * The Joy Luck Club * Joyland  * Just After Sunset  * K * The Keep * The Kid * Killer by Nature * King Tut * The Kingmaker's Daughter * The Kitchen God's Wife * The Kite Runner * The Known World * L * The Lady of the Rivers * Landsman * The Last Kingdom * The Last Lecture * Last Night in Twisted River * The Last Precinct * The Last Storyteller * The Lecture * The Left Hand of Darkness * The Leftovers * Life of Pi * The Life All Around Me * Light On Snow * The Lifeboat * Light from Heaven * Little Bee * The Little Book * Little Women * Lock In * London * Lone Wolf * Look Again * Look Me in the Eye * Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade * Lord John and the Hand of  Devils * The Lost Men * The Lost Summer * Love You Forever * Lovely Bones * M * Made in the USA * Magical Thinking * The Map of Time * Marie Antoinette * Mary, Called Magdalene * Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles * Master & God * Mayflower: A story of Courage * The Memoirs of Cleopatra * Memoirs of a Geisha * The Memory Keeper's Daughter * Midnight Cab * Midnight Son * Midwife of the Blue Ridge * Midwives * Mile 81 * The Mill on the Floss * Miriam the Medium * Mirror, Mirror * Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children * Misery * Missing Molly * Mistress of My Fate* The Mistress of Nothing * Mistress of the Art of Death * The Mists of Avalon * Mister Mercedes * The Moon is a Harsh Mistress * Mother of Pearl * The Murderer's Daughters * My Sister's Keeper * N * The Naked and the Dead * The Name of the Rose * Needful Things * Nine Perfect Strangers * Nineteen Minutes * Night * The Night Circus * The Night Listener * The Night Tourist * The Ninth Hour * No Country for Old Men * Nowhere, TX  * O * Oh, the Places You'll Go! * The Old Curiosity Shop * Olive Kitteridge * Oliver Twist * Once We Were Brothers * One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest * The Opposite of Fate *  The Orchard Keeper * The Orchardist * The Orphan Master * Orphan Train * The Orphan's Tale * The Other * The Other Boleyn Girl * The Other Queen * Our Lady of the Forest * Out of Oz * The Outcasts * Outer Dark * Outlander * The Outsider * P * The Penny * Pet Semetary * The Picture of Dorian Gray * Pillars of the Earth * The Poe Shadow * Police * Port Mortuary * Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper * Possible Side Effects  * The Postmistress * Postmortem * The Power of One * Practical Magic * The Princess of Ireland * The Pull of the Moon * Q * The Queen's Fool * R * Rabbit, Run * The Ransom of Red Chief * The Rapture of Canaan * The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend * The Red Devil * Red Dragon * Red Mist * The Red Queen * Red River * The Red Tent * Remarkable Creatures * Reunion at Red Paint Bay * Revival * Rise and Shine * Rising Tide * The Road * Robinson Crusoe * The Rope Walk * Rose Madder * Running with Scissors * S * Salt to the Sea * Salem Falls * Salem's Lot * Sara's Key * Saving Fish From Drowning * The Scandal of the Season * The Scarlet Letter * Scarpetta * The Secret Book & Scone Society * The Second Objective * Secret Garden * The Secret History * The Secret History of Witches * The Secret River * The Secret Supper * Secrets of a Fire King * Serpent of the Crown * The Shack * Shannon * Sharp Objects * Sharpe’s Fury * She's Come Undone * The Shining * Silas Marner * The Silence of the Lambs * Silent Child * The Silent Patient * The Silver Linings Playbook * Slaughterhouse Five * Sleeping Beauties * Slumdog Millionaire * Smoke * The Snowman * Someone Knows My Name * The Son * Son of a Witch * Songs of the Humpback Whale * Songs in Ordinary Time * Sophie's Choice * The Stand * *State of Wonder * Still Alice * Still Life * Stones from the River * The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry * The Story of Edgar Sawtelle * The Stranger * Sula * Summer Island * Sun Dog * Suspect * Suttree * The Swan Thieves * The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie * Sword Song * The Sympathizer * T * The Art of Racing in the Rain * The Tailor’s Daughter * Tale of a Sky Blue Dress * The Talisman * The Tattooist of Auschwitz * Telegraph Days * Tenant of Wildfell Hall * Tess of the d'Urbervilles * That Old Ace in the Hole * The Things We Cannot Say * Thinner * The Thirteenth Tale * Third Wish * This Much I Know Is True * Those Who Saved Us * The Time Traveler's Wife * Three Sisters, Three Queens * Tipperary * The Tipping Point * Tis * To Kill a Mockingbird * The Tommyknockers * Traveling with Pomegranates * Trouble * Truly Madly Guilty * Two Little Girls in Blue *U * The Unlikely Event * Under the Dome * The Unnamed * The Used World * V * The Valley of Amazement * Valley of the Dolls * Vengeance * Vengeance In The Woods * The Virgin's Lover * The Vineyard * W * Waiting for Columbus * Washington: A Life * The Water Dancer * Water for Elephants * The Water is Wide * The Weight of Silence * The Weight of Water * The Weird Sisters * West Cork * When Madeline was Young * Where The Crawdads Sing * Where the Sidewalk Ends * Where'd You Go, Bernadette * White Oleander * Whisper Network * The White Queen * Wicked * Wideacre * The Wife Between Us * Winter Garden * Winter of the World * The Winter Witch * Wishin' and Hopin' * The Witch of Portobello * Wolf Hall * Woman on the Edge * The Women of the Cousin's War * The World According to Garp * World Without End * The Worst Hard Time * The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done * Worthy Brown's Daughter * Y * Yellow Brick War * The Yellow House * You Better Not Cry *

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