The Jane Austen Book club is reading Margaret Maron this year. She's a North Carolina native whose first novel, "Bootlegger's Daughter" won every major mystery award for best first novel. That book was the first to feature Deborah Knott, whose colorful Daddy was a bootlegger. Deborah is an attorney who decides to take a stand against "mean-minded judicial pettiness" and take on the Old Boy's Club by running for a retiring judge's seat.
Picture a high school student named “The Tao,” adopted at around the age of 5 by very loving parents named Jones. You can imagine the remarks when he went to school and announced his name was “The Tao Jones.” After a lot of anger therapy as a result of being abused and abandoned by his birth mother, he matured into a great kid who goes by TJ. He’s witty, incisive, self-aware – a great athlete and very well-adjusted.
We have challenged ourselves this month.