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Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen

Recommended by Rose in Adult Services:

Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen, begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine. Her career is now descendent, and she has fled the city. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

She says:
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Rebecca Winter is a likeable and realistic character, whose financial struggles consume and motivate her. After moving to a small cabin in upstate New York, Rebecca meets a number of interesting and colorful characters who help her adjust to her new surroundings and inspire her to new artistic endeavors. What stuck with me most were the vivid descriptions of changing seasons, small town wonder, and introspective narrative. This is the type of book that makes you want to curl up with a warm blanket on a brisk Sunday morning.