Carol Hays

Carol’s love of books started at an early age, with many hours spent in local libraries or reading from her grandfather’s overflowing shelves of books.  Some of her favorite books are his collection of Emerson’s writings.

She can’t pick a favorite genre, but you’ll find her frequently in historical and current fiction, personal growth and memoirs.  And with six grandchildren, she is often scouring the kid’s section for that next great storybook!

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Full of the honesty, humor, and humanity that have made Lamott beloved by millions of readers, Dusk, Night, Dawn is classic Anne Lamott–thoughtful and comic, warm and wise–and further proof that Lamott truly speaks to the better angels in all of us.  The book resonated with me as I often ponder this journey of life and the path that is in front of us and behind us.  

The Women resonated with me as the daughter of a soldier that served two terms in Vietnam and came home a changed person with stories untold.  This book allowed me to open conversations and learn, listen and cry about the facts of these times.  

This is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.  I was so torn between rooting for Christopher Knight while at the same time, outraged by how his actions effected those in his midst – from his family to the strangers that he victimized.

The Untethered Soul is a book I refer to again and again as I attempt to quite the sounds in my mind.  Michael Singer speaks to the heart of the matter and teaches you how to quiet the voices in your head and enjoy the moment for what it is.  Take this book and a dose of meditative yoga and your soul will be refreshed!

This Tender Land is in the top 5 of one of my all time favorite novels.  Read this book slowly, cheer for the children, be outraged by the injustice of the times and then share it with others.  A modern day Odysseus and his companions travel together towards a life of promise.  

Sometimes you just need a good laugh.  The characters in Michelle Hoffman’s book will have you laughing out-loud at their circumstances as they all look for a way to better their lives.  I led our book group discussion at Story & Song on this book and all agreed it was a great, light, funny read!