The Lion in the Lei Shop by Kaye Starbird is a hit with BookBrowse readers. All 18 reviewers gave it 4 or 5 stars! They have much praise for this book that was first published in 1970:
This novel is one of a group of out-of-print books selected for reprinting by NPR's Nancy Pearl. April and her 5-year-old daughter Marty are living in Hawaii with April's soldier husband Lang on December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor is bombed. Lang is pulled away to military duties, while his wife and daughter are moved around the island for their safety and then shipped home. The Lion in the Lei Shop
, told in the voices of April and Marty, retells the events of the bombing and the war years spent in April's native New England. Author Kaye Starbird does a beautiful job of contrasting the memories of events held by April and Marty, and of highlighting the nature of memory itself. She...
Beyond the Book
Nancy Pearl has a librarian action figure created in her likeness. You know she must be a dynamic, popular person with that kind of claim to fame!
And she is. A librarian and bookseller for years, Pearl's knowledge of and passion for books are both wide and deep. She loves books this is clear and she is dedicated to finding the just right
book for the right reader. She is known, in fact, for her refreshing lack of pretense. She is not out to get you to read the most prestigious book she can find, but instead wants to connect you with the book that you will...