Monday, July 21, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
This book was okay. I don't feel the characters were well developed. Kudos to Kim Pucell, though, She is donating 20% of sales from this book to organizations that help trafficking victims. She says that 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States every year and at least half of them are children and teens.
In this book Roz Chast chronicles the last months of the lives of her elderly parents. There are cartoons illustrating some of the steps of the way and some of the text and some of the cartoons are hilarious. On the other hand, the truth about what a family goes through during the end of life journey is something Chast details with clarity and dignity.
As an only child Chast has all the responsibility on her shoulders when it comes to advising her parents and making decisions about moving them from their apartment to an assisted living situation. We can all empathize with her quandaries about monetary issues and hospice and end of life care for elderly parents or relatives.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has had experience making any of these decisions.
The therapy causes her to wake up in other times, 1918 and 1941. In these other times she is still Greta, still taking the electric shock therapy and the key people in her life are still there.
I mostly enjoyed this book, though I also found it annoying as Greta was often overwrought with emotion, or maybe that was just the audiobook reader . . . anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing what the other book club members thought about this one.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
So Much a Part of You is a collection of stories which can stand on their own, but which contain characters who interact with each other over the years as they grow and mature. A lot of the stories are about couples who have come to a point where some decision has to be made, do I stay or do I go? It is interesting to see how the characters make their choices.
I really liked Dugan’s writing and look forward to more books by her.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
The Vacationers is a good, well written book. Franny and Jim take their daughter from New York City to Mallorca for a two week vacation at the home of a friend. Charles and his husband, Lawrence, fly to meet them there as do their son, Bobby, and his girlfriend, Carmen.
Everyone has issues and by the end of the book everyone knows everyone’s issue. The outcome is not startling or shocking but the way Straub writes is a pleasure and the story is a good one.
I would recommend this for a beach read or a good long airplane trip.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Raymond Gunt, the narrator of Worst. Person. Ever., is a cad, a cur, a rotter, a scoundrel and a womanizer. He is also a cameraman who is hired to work on a reality television show. He is told he needs an assistant and rescues a homeless man, Neal, from the streets of London, cleans him up, and they set off for an island in the Pacific.
On their way to the film site the two encounter all sorts of adventures and upheavals. There are obscenities galore, references to body parts and sexual activities galore. These men are after women.
Raymond is such a louse that he is called “Worst. Person. Ever.” emphatically, by at least three different individuals, before one is halfway through the book. The book is funny, however, and the determination the two men exhibit in their quest for “companionship” is admirable. Due to language and some descriptive passages, I would say this book is not for everyone but I enjoyed it a lot.