The Short Bus: a Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney is about Mooney (labeled learning disabled and dyslexic as a child, struggling in school and eventually graduating with honors from Brown University) as he takes a cross-country trip in a short bus (the short yellow school buses known for their transport of special education students). Along the way, he meets other people in similar circumstances in a quest to see how others deal with or have dealt with the labels (one being "not normal") that made his life miserable growing up.
40 Acres and No Mule by Janice Holt Giles is the true story (told in first person) of Janice's life just after World War II when she, a city girl, met a soldier raised in a Appalachia and moved with him to a part of the country where she had no running water (and for some time no electricity) and had to learn the hill country way of life. Told with great warmth, honesty and detail, I was fascinated by this book and couldn't put it down.
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase is a book I've read several times, but she's one of my favorite authors and this is hands down my favorite of her books. I believe that it won a RITA award (the most prestigious award given by Romance Writers of America).
I hope you're enjoying your summer reading. Have a great day!