Last weekend, on our long drive home from Maryland, I picked up a book that I had thrown in the car for a long drive a few weeks earlier. I didn't end up reading it on the previous drive, so since I was getting incredibly bored and antsy, I decided to give it a try.
The book was "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver
It was a little violent and slow in the beginning, but I kept reading (mostly because we still had at least 5 hours to drive). And I really enjoyed it. The author used a lot of picture language and she has a good way of tackling tough issues in a nonconfrontational, roundabout way. That was what I appreciated the most - this book was entertaining while reading, and made me think more afterwards about one of the big issues in the book - illegal immigrants. I tried to read one of her other books, "Poisenwood Bible" years ago and never got very far with it. This book is worth the read. It's not very long and only took me a few hours to finish.