Book of Mercy: 2011 Midwest Book Awards Finalist
A town banning books
One woman must stop the censors--and she can't read.
There's more worth fighting for than you can ever imagine.
Antigone Brown has trouble reading road signs, keeps a stone in her pocket to help her remember right from left, and despairs of ever being a good mother to her unborn child. As she is quick to tell you, she is not hero material. She runs a deer farm and vegetarian cafe in Mercy, North Carolina, where textiles--not tourism--is king and where Irene Crump and the Mercy Study Club run the show.
But then Antigone takes in a homeless boy against her husband's wishes and the Study Club forces her best friend, the school librarian, to remove "undesirable" books from the school's collection. And soon Antigone finds herself challenging the controlling Irene and fighting for the very things that have made her life a misery--books. The dyslexic Antigone starts her own library and changes Mercy forever.
Book of Mercy is a fun novel about a serious subject (book banning). Without losing a healthy sense of humor, it touches on issues close to the hearts of parents, librarians, people who love reading, and people who hate it.
If you like to read about relationships, the kind that last forever and the kind that make you crazy, you'll want to read Book Mercy.
If you just love reading about books--the whole idea of them, the smell of them, the feel of them (either in paper or encased in plastic)--you'll enjoy Book of Mercy.
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