Sunday, March 19, 2017
First stop? The bus station where a criminal with a suitcase full of cash needs to use the bathroom and entrusts Allan with the suitcase. Oops.
The book fluctuates between the present and Allan's storied life. Remember how Forrest Gump was present for A LOT of stuff in history? Yeah, so was Allan. I rate the book enjoyable, but not lovable.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Maisie is plucky and courageous. This was a fun bedtime read with my 7 year old. The chapters were a nice length so that reading one a night was enough for us. We did have to power through and read the last 40 pages or so one night just to find out the end. This is the first Maisie Hutchins book we have read, even though it's book 3. My daughter is anxious to read the first two though. I think I'll be introducing her to Nancy Drew in a few years.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you enjoy historical fiction from this era. It has some romance, but I wouldn't catalog it as such.
Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes, 352 pages
She also had some important thoughts on saying yes to saying no. Setting limits for yourself. You can't do it all. And it's true. I'm still working on this though.
Oh and the "power pose!" Where you put your hands on your hips and pose like Wonder Woman for a minute or so. It really helps. I tried it.
So as you can tell, I really enjoyed this book. I've been a fan of Shonda's TV shows since the early days of Grey's Anatomy. And even though I haven't watched most of her newer stuff, if I happen to catch a few minutes, I'm probably hooked for the rest of the hour. She's an incredible storyteller. And this book was a true testament to that.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
There is Victor, the 19 year-old runaway who has returned home to Seattle to protest and perhaps, see his step-father the Chief of Police. There is John Henry, the proponent of non-violent protest and his girlfriend, King, who struggles with rage. We meet two police officers, Julie and Park, who battle in the protests. Finally, we meet Dr. Charles Wickramsingne, who is a delegate from Sri Lanka and has a must-get-to meeting with President Clinton to ensure Sri Lanka's entry in the WTO.
This is a fast and unsettling book about one violent day and event.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
This is his story of growing up in India, in a family where he was well loved and his immigration to the United States. It is a funny, sweet, heartwarming memoir.
I listened to the book, read by the author, and enjoyed every minute of it.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
It is an enthralling and intriguing story about the life of Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, who was alive during the Revolutionary War and traveled with him to Paris when he became America's minister to France. They were in France as that country's own revolution started.
Patsy was a wife and a mother of 11 children, but she was always foremost the daughter, companion and protector of her father. Reading this makes me want to learn more about his other family as well, the Hemings.
Monday, February 27, 2017
After Parsifal's mother and one of his sisters visit her in Los Angeles, she travels to Nebraska, in the dead of winter, to find out more about the life Parsifal lived as a boy.
Ann Patchett weaves a wonderful story of loss and love and family and acceptance in this book that also includes a bit of magic.
Friday, February 24, 2017
This is a book about broken families and a broken society that our government isn't able to fix, and is perhaps, making worse. It goes a long way to explaining how our new president got elected.
How do we make the American Dream real and attainable for all Americans? How do we heal broken families and break the cycle of poverty, abuse and lack of education? Until we find those answers as a country and society, I fear we will continue to be divided.
Friday, February 17, 2017
It is a rollicking and nostalgic story that the narrator, Lucius, is telling his own grandson nearly 60 years after it happened. Lucius was 11 years old in 1905 when he and two family employees, one black and one white, "borrow" Lucius' grandfather's car and drive it from Jefferson, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. They pull this off because Lucius' parents and grandparents leave town to attend a funeral.
Stolen cars, stolen horses, prostitutes, amoral lawmen are all part of this adventure. I wondered all through the book when the term "Reivers" would come up. It didn't. I later read a review that said "reivers" is an old Scottish word that means "robber." Ahh, well said, Mr. Faulkner. I mostly internally cringe when I know I am going to read a CLASSIC, but I totally enjoyed this one.