Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt, 304 pages
I listened to the book and each read their own letters. It was a fascinating look into their lives and strong relationship. I probably would have never picked up this book, but I heard Anderson Cooper talk about it at a conference a few months ago and it sounded intriguing.
Monday, July 18, 2016
"Big Little Lies" revolves around three women, all of whom have kindergartners at Pirriwee Public School. Jane is new in town and is a 26 year old single mother. Madeline just turned 40 and is happily married to her second husband. She has three children and a huge grudge against her first husband, who deserted her when her now 14 year old daughter was 3 weeks old. Celeste is also near 40, has identical twin boys and seemingly has the perfect marriage and life.
A quite large calamity happens at the school's trivia night and the novel reveals the build up to that night and what happened afterwards. Ohhh, this was fun and serious and suspenseful and wonderful. Three words: Perfect Summer Read.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
He gets a call from a contact in witness protection who asks him to do a favor. A reclusive billionaire is looking for a doctor / protector to go with sexy paleontologist to find out if a supposed lake monster is really a lake monster or a hoax.
Cursing and bad guys follow. Not as good as the first Dr. Peter Brown book, "Beat the Reaper" but still a fun read.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
I can’t remember the last time I had to work so hard not to read the last page before the ending—which is something I don’t normally do anyway, unless of course I’ve decided beyond a shadow of a doubt that I won’t be finishing the book—because I literally could not stand not knowing. I was hooked from the very first sentence on the first page, to the last sentence on the last page. It was that kind of a book.
Tanya is on the run. Again. Especially since her husband fell to his death down a flight of stairs. (I’m not giving anything away. This is knowledge imparted in the first sentence.) Because of her past she’s sure the police won’t believe her and might even find out why she’s on the run to begin with.
In the course of her cross country travels she picks up then ditches quite a few identities, meets several shady characters, and some not so shady but since she can’t tell the difference she continues to run until… I don’t want to give anything away so you’ll just have to read it for yourself.
Well written, a great storyline, a plucky protagonist quick on her feet, and seriously fast paced, The Passenger is a great read.
Rosemary was a beautiful baby, child and young woman but she was developmentally disabled and never read or wrote beyond about a 4th grade level. She struggled to keep up with her high achieving siblings. As she got older, she became harder to control and deal with. Her father, hearing of the wonders of lobotomies and how docile patients were afterwards, decided that Rosemary should have a lobotomy when she was 23. The surgery was not a success and damaged Rosemary both physically and mentally. Rosemary, who had never been institutionalized, spent the rest of her life in an institution.
Her siblings did not know for many years what had actually happened to her. The tragedy of her own life inspired her siblings, nieces and nephews to help others with developmental disabilities.