The Sandy Bottom Orchestra

Added Garrison Keillor and Jenny Lind Nilsson’s The Sandy Bottom Orchestra to my book recommendations list. Happy book! Yay! Also added little blurb in intro about me and owning books. 🙂

[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at My old book review webpage is no longer up, but I’ve pasted the text of my review below.]

This is a children’s book, but an intelligent and completely engaging one written by radio personality Keillor and his wife Nilsson. I very much sympathize with the main character, Rachel, who loves classical music and has interesting, intellectual, artistic parents in a small Midwestern town where most people aren’t interested in (or don’t know about) such things.

Classification: This is a totally delightful read. The people are funny and likeable and very real, especially Rachel. It’s a splendid book to read in the summer, but even during other times of year it will make you feel like it’s summer again. If you like classical music, you especially need to read this book, it’s just full of it and will make you want to sing or play or whatever you do. This is not a ‘stupid book,’ but you won’t have to think too much, and best of all it has a happy ending that will leave you feeling like you’ve just found out from looking into his eyes that your crush likes you too.