Thursday, September 29, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Set in New Guinea in the mid-1930s, the novel tells the story of three anthropologists: the young marrieds, Nell Stone and Schuyler Fenwick and the lonely Andrew Bankson. They are all fascinated with each other, professional and personally.
This is a lush, richly written and intriguing novel. Just right for a book club discussion.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
It's getting close to Fall, and I always associate that with Harry Potter for some reason. In this first book Harry discovers he is a wizard and the scar on his forehead was given to him when he survived a death curse from a powerful and dark wizard.
It is a lovely introduction back into the world of magic and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
I was underwhelmed. It wasn't funny or all that exciting and if you've read Janet Evanovich you have pretty much been there, done that with the characters featured in the book. Many of their traits harken back to the characters in some of Evanovich's other series.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Webster is a dog that is too cool for school. When he is taken to a farm rescue group, Webster knows that he will escape at his first available opportunity. Webster has become cynical in terms of loving families. He has been to too many houses where the families have treated him terribly. At the rescue, Webster is given a comfortable bed with home-baked treats. He meets Jack, the Terrier and Florence, the bossy cat who seems to run things around the farm.
When a storm crashes a tree into the fence, Webster (or Bad Hat, as he likes to be called) sees his opportunity for his breakout. Webster thinks that he is alone, until he keeps running into other animals from the farm. Webster, who always wanted to be an outlaw, starts to see himself as a good guy. He learns what it means to have a real family.
Kara was abandoned as an infant in China. An American family, who never formally adopted her, found Kara but she is left with no identity papers. Kara’s father travels back to Montana and it leaves her mother without a visa. Kara’s mother stays hidden for society but when Kara’s sister Jodie comes for a visit, everything goes wrong. Jodie gets sick and has to be rushed to the hospital, exposing Kara’s secret.
Kara is sent to an orphanage for disabled children, since her hand is not formed properly. Kara deals with abandonment and she does not understand why she cannot be with her parents. A family in Florida are interested in adopted Kara, but she is conflicted. The new family comes to get Kara in China and she goes back to Florida to live with them. Kara must learn that you can have more than one family.
Millie Ostermeyer finds the dead body of the football team’s coach. Millie, being the reporter she is, wants to be the first and only reporter on the case for the school paper. However, she must overcome her rival reporter Vivienne for the story. While investigating at Coach Killdare’s house, Millie encounters Chase, the mysterious quarterback/new kid that no one knows about. Millie and Chase grow closer, but Chase’s past keeps him from getting too close to Millie. When Millie’s dad is accused of Coach Killdare’s, Millie will stop at nothing to clear her father, even if means accusing Chase. The identity of the real murderer is a shock.
This was ready by Erin Moon and is a nominee for the Truman Award.
Friday, September 16, 2016
In this outing a teenage girl and old man are murdered, while a blind woman who is near them is left alive. Months later Joe Leaphorn gets a lead that could help solve the case. Problem is, someone is working hard to keep him from surviving the case, let alone solving it.
The book started slowly but ramped up nicely.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Each chapter focuses on a different woman and provides a brief description of her life and role in the war. Part of each chapter is also dedicated to sharing a snippet of information about the war itself.
The book has a glossary, an index, notes and an extensive bibliography. It is targeted to a young adult audience. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is full of interesting information, was easy to read and gave lots of hints on where to find additional information on all of the women who were included in the book.
Two unlikely candidates, Abbey, the estranged granddaughter of Corrie and Kit, a recently fired New York banker just might fill the bill.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Wyatt Parker and the rest of his eight grade class is headed to Washington, D.C. on a class trip. While on the airplane, Wyatt’s best friend Matt believes that the two men behind them are terrorist and tries to get their backpack. This commotion almost gets the boys kicked off the trip and sent back home to Miami.
Things get interesting when Matt steals from the men and ends up getting kidnapped by them. Wyatt, his other two roommates, and Suzana (Wyatt’s crush) set out to retrieve Matt. Which does not go good for Cameron, who gets kidnapped himself after saving Matt.
Things get even more interesting when Wyatt and friends learn why the men are really in Washington, D.C. After everything is said and done, Wyatt ends up a hero to the President.
This was read by Todd Haberkorn.
Crenshaw, an imaginary friend that Jackson had when he was in first grade has resurfaced. When Crenshaw first came around, Jackson’s family fell on hard times and money was scarce. Jackson is now in fifth grade and cannot figure out why he is seeing Crenshaw again.
However, things are not going good at home again. His parents are having a hard time paying the rent and are planning on having a garage sale of most of the family’s items. Jackson realizes that things are not good as his parents are wanting him and his sister to believe.
This was read by Kirby Heybourne.
Timothy was trying to help his mother pay for his brother’s medicine by doing something wrong. To avoid going to juvie, Timothy is sentenced to house arrest. He must meet with this probation officer and a guidance counselor weekly as well as write in a journal for a year.
House Arrest is written in journal form where readers will see the insight of Timothy. How he feels about the new day nurse who helps take care of his little brother or how mad he is at his dad for leaving when things got tough. Though his intentions were good, Timothy must understand why what he did was wrong.
Scotty McCreery was just a kid from Garner, North Carolina who had a thing for country music when he auditioned for American Idol at the age of 16. He ends up winning the 10th season of American Idol. But before that, he was a little boy who loved Elvis. Go Big or Go Home gives insight into Scotty’s life as well as the process of American Idol that you don’t see on TV.
I don’t normally read biographies, but I really enjoyed this one and it was by Scotty McCreery.
Ever wonder why there are so many places and institutions, including a St. Joseph high school, named Lafayette? The Marquis de Lafayette, a young french man, was instrumental in the American Revolution. This is the story of Lafayette and the American Revolution and the role France played in helping ensure America's independence from England.
Thumbs up, especially for the audio version!