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"If you are a book lover, you will love this book!" -- Faith Sullivan, author of Gardenias, The Cape Ann, and The Empress of One.

"It's going to make you think. And laugh. And get angry. And maybe even cry a little." -- For Books' Sake

"The book takes more than a cursory look at book banning and presents compelling characters with arguments on both sides of the issue. . . . the glimpse into the individual motivations and group dynamics of people we can all identify with brings a richness to the story." -- Book Pleasures

"Book of Mercy is a truly beautiful, heart-warming novel on book censorship, the nature of love, motherhood and friendship. I loved this book from the first page to the end, which had me in tears of joy . . . The ending is perfect and the writing exquisite." -- Tahlia Newland, Awesome Indies

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I wrote this novel on book banning after a book, The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes, was challenged in my daughter's high school in North Carolina. After public meetings and a review committee assessment, the award-winning Gringo was returned to the shelves. But not before a beloved teacher resigned in protest. This is an issue I can't seem to let go. I continue to write about censorship in my blog.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Osmyrrah Publishing (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963888048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963888044
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,863,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first started reading Book of Mercy, I wasn't sure what I had gotten myself into. As a matter of fact, I was feeling frustrated because I had just put two really strange books I had downloaded aside and wasn't sure I was going to find anything worth sticking with. Thank goodness I chose Book of Mercy as my next read.

The reviews I've seen are right - there is absolutely nothing funny about censorship. There's also nothing funny about bullying (on any level - adult, child, physical, or emotional). There is something special about a woman who is willing to overcome her physical handicaps to care for others, grow a town, and set a stunning example for the way human beings should act - with compassion.

Book of Mercy is funny, well-written, and insightful. Read it!
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Book of Mercy was a few hours of sheer pleasure. As a retired school library media specialist who now teaches English to businessmen (and women) in France, I applaud this beautiful book and its stance on censorship, played out in a realistic and balanced manner. No snap judgments here. As a North Carolina native, I felt so very at home with Ms. Roberts' descriptions of the Carolina environment. I simply loved the book and its well-developed and quirky characters, particularly Antigone (a book lover who can't read due to dyslexia), Sam (her husband), Ryder (a broken-hearted NY street kid Antigone stumbles upon and brings home), Earthly (a former ACLU lawyer who fled from the rat race), and Star (Earthly's psychic young daughter). I'd be very happy to read more about them!
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Sherry Robert's has an insightful understanding of the struggle and emotional pain that a child or parent deal with when one or both has a 'disability' and the difficulty they face trying to blend in with society's norm. What I really liked was that her words took the 'dis' off a word that I have disagreed with for years, and instead, showed the ability of the main character. All of the characters in the book are complex, fascinating, believable, and people that you can relate to.
There are a lot of important messages in Book of Mercy. Books, people's rights, choices, and people should not be censored. I agree with the message the book evokes, and I love the understanding, romance, and love between Antigone and Sam. An excellent story and a great read.
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Antigone lives in a world separated by severe dyslexia from those of us who find pleasure in books, a secret she has shamefully concealed for many years. When the leader of the local wealthy, influential ladies' club uses her influence to start banning books from the school library, Antigone stands up to her at great personal and financial cost.
I connected with this book on many levels. As a reader, I am aware of and abhor the often-successful campaigns to ban books, and have seen the desecration of library books. I have also studied and worked in the field of adult illiteracy and know that the adult illiterate often goes to great lengths to hide his or her illiteracy because the illiterate is often considered stupid rather than handicapped. The inability to read is highly stressful and frustrating in today's world. Antigone vents this frustration by driving hard and fast with the wind in her hair and the car radio blaring, much to the distress of her husband and friends.
The author weaves some very serious topics into an interesting tale peopled with quirky, lovable characters, and a few equally quirky, unlovable characters. The book is well written, well edited, and very entertaining.
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Sherry Roberts has woven together quite a mix of topics, characters and places in Book of Mercy, and it works! The characters are believable and developed enough to make you feel like you know them. The settings are painted well enough to make you feel like you're there with the characters. And there are enough serious topics tied into the story to keep you on your mental toes and thinking beyond the story. The book is well written and allows the reader to flow effortlessly through the story, enjoying the ride! Nice job, Sherry!
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It's a serious topic - book banning - but handled in a responsible, fun way with quirky characters, and so-real dialogue. Author Sherry Roberts manages to fit marriage, pregnancy, binge driving, hubcap sculpture, homelessness, vegetarianism, and ESP into this homespun tale with characters that keep coming to mind long after the last page has been read. Librarians will cheer for the plucky heroine, Antigone Brown who stands up to the town bullies with the help of her oddly talented friends. Well-researched, well-written, a delightful read!
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As a teacher, I was interested in the book because the main character, Antigone Brown, has dyslexia. Also it deals with book banning. This is an excellent story weaving several social issues - homelessness, outcasts, handicaps, bullies, animal care, and basic human interactions- into an entertaining and sometimes humorous read. Roberts made the town of Mercy come to life with all of the different and sometimes quirky characters. It was hard to put down because you feel you know these people, and you care about them.
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