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Book of Mercy Paperback – September 9, 2011
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"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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Four stars because it was well written and is a good read. It became a page turner for me in the latter chapters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Winnie
This book intrigued me on many level, injustice, perseverance, struggle and resilience. Reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver. These were people I cared about.Published 7 months ago by Rise' (rhymes wirh Lisa)
Easy reading, likeable characters, sometimes a little bit too charming to be believable. Main conflicting, the banning of books, it's solved in a way sort of easy and predictable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Enrique Castillo
Sherry Roberts did a wonderful job grabbing my attention from the first page. The main character, Antigone Brown is dyslexic and fights hard to keep a small group of powerful town... Read morePublished 11 months ago by colleen
Thoroughly enjoyable. I felt like I was right there. There is one aspect of the book I felt was a little "out there" for my taste, but I would love to read further... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anne Kirsche
Good, quick read with a nice story line. You'll enjoy reading this book too. Interesting characters, good topic, good ending.Published on July 24, 2014 by quiltermomfifty
I wanted to like this book, but it was a combination of a superficial discussion of a serious subject along with silly scenes that would do better in a Lifetime movie. Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by P. Johnson
It was the topic of this book that grabbed me when I saw the description -- banning books. This is a hot-button issue for me, as I have a deep love of books and a dislike toward... Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Kenya Starflight