It is time for another search of our TBR shelves/piles for those sadly neglected books from the past.  Carole’s Random Life in Books is hosting this event.

Today’s selection is a book I purchased in March 2020. Why? I enjoy the author, and I love the sound of it. I bought it in print format, which explains why it is still languishing. Print volumes seem to take longer to read!

Description: In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son, Xavier, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans―a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter―raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.

With little in common except a property line, these two families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie’s yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

A Good Neighborhood
asks big questions about life in America today―what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.


What have you discovered on your shelves?


6 thoughts on “FINDING TREASURES…

  1. This sounds like an interesting book! I hope you enjoy it when you read it, Laurel-Rain. It makes me think of my relationship with my neighbors. We aren’t close and I don’t know most of their names, sadly, although we do wave when we see each other. There’s one family we know a bit better than the rest because my daughter and their son are the same age and have been in the same class in the past. I think the most drama we have on our street between neighbors is when someone throws a party that stays at high volume into the wee hours of the morning.

    Have a great rest of the week!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Wendy, and I haven’t had a real neighborhood in a while! For twelve years I lived in a condo that was adjacent to others like it, and most people entered their homes through the garage! It was weird and a little frightening at times, just imagining how things could be. But I was actually happy to have left my small town neighborhood where the people could be so annoying! LOL.

      Now my life is so different, with staff coming in and out of our apartments…and sharing the dining room with other residents, one per table and six feet apart!

      I am looking forward to the book.


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