Thursday, February 25, 2016
His boss tells him to take a vacation and take care of the personal business that could be at the root of his problems. That personal business is returning to his hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, the place he left 22 years ago and never planned to return. That business also includes finding out why the father he hasn't talked to in 22 years, a judge, is now accused of murder and in jail.
Secrets, lots of shooting and plenty of adventure follows. This was a typical Baldacci thriller and I wasn't disappointed.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
To be fair, Stephanie really is improving as a bounty hunter, as she should be after so many outings.
Listening to another Stephanie Plum book is similar to spending the afternoon with an old friend. There won't be many surprises but it will be a fun afternoon with laughs.
In 1936, Kentucky is suffering from drought and the nationwide Depression. Juna, Sarah and Dale Crowley live with their father on a failing tobacco farm. A stranger comes by and events are put in motion that change their lives forever and make enemies of neighbors.
The book was inspired by a true story of the last lawful public hanging in the United States. The novel was full of darkness and light and I never mind the darkness when there are rays of light too. This is a book club book and I'm looking forward to the discussion the book will inspire.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Real-life White House butler, Eugene Allen, was the inspiration for the fictional character of Cecil Gaines in the 2013 movie, "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
Eugene Allen worked for 8 Presidents, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower and ending with Ronald Reagan. This book delves into his story and the story of making the movie that fictionalized his life. His is a great story and this book tells it well.
Dr. Marina Singh, is a research scientist who gets unwillingly sent to Brazil and the Amazon jungle to check on the status of a fertility drug after the first scientist her company sent dies somewhat mysteriously. That's the plot in a nutshell, but it is so much more than that. Thumbs up and multiple stars and now I have to go back and read all of Ann Patchett's books because, wow.
Friday, February 5, 2016
However, if you are a fan of Gilbert, or happen to have not read anything by her in the past and don't have preconceived notions, then by all means read this little gem. It is one big pep talk about doing what makes you creatively happy and not worrying if you don't become acclaimed or have to keep your day job in order to pay the bills.
I never actually thought about my job as a creative expression of myself, but after listening to this (read by the author) I have more confidence that I am doing exactly what I want and am supposed to be doing and am completely blessed to have the opportunity to do so. And . . . my next book to read is "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett. Anyone who reads or listens to this book will know why.