I listened to the audiobook on a trip up and back to Massachusetts. I’ve read a bunch of Lisa Scottoline’s books (she’s a lawyer who writes really cool mystery books), so I thought I’d try this. She’s written a series of books with her daughter and I wanted to check it out. They take turns with the chapters and they talk about their lives alone and together and all kinds of stuff that happens in between. I enjoyed this, as a lot of it reminded me of my daughter and me. Now I may look for their other books, since I enjoyed this one. Request a copy.
I listened to this as an audiobook, and it ultimately took me about 2 months to finish it, and I still can’t believe Lin-Manuel Miranda took this giant book on a tropical vacation to read! That being said – it’s one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. The life that Alexander Hamilton lived and the accomplishments he was able to achieve in his relatively short life are absolutely mind boggling. His influence is still felt today in our financial world near and far. A life truly cut too short. What a loss to our country, but we are to this day indebted to him and his ideas. Listen or read this book – it will floor you! Request a copy.
Just how I like it – a story about a man, a woman, with a murder mystery in the background. Set on the island of St. Lucia, the story weaves just the right amount of intrigue with a smattering of kidnapping and a murder or two to keep your attention. A very quick read, definitely good as a vacation book.
A patron at the library recommended this to me…it’s a story about a woman unable to have a biological child of her own who makes a split decision one day to kidnap a child. She convinces everyone that she adopted the child and raises the baby girl as her own. Things start to unravel as the daughter, now in law school, discovers the truth. Brings up lots of questions and no easy answers.
A lovingly written book by a father about his 5-year-old daughter and her unexpected diagnosis of cancer. The author of this book is himself an author and illustrator of children’s books (that I now have to look for in my own library). In this book he deftly straddles all of his hopes and fears for his family and really paints quite a picture of the realities of living (and not dying) from cancer. A book of survival and what it means to try and find a new normal.
Another book from the YA section of the library and it’s a really good one. The subject matter deals with the death of a teenager (not sure why I’ve gravitated toward these books lately), but I did not find it depressing at all. In fact, this is another book that I felt dealt with this subject in a very realistic way. All involved survivors are grief stricken, but there are moments of humor as well. Added to the mix are the feelings of the main characters as they navigate through high school and budding relationships . I enjoyed this book and will look for others by this author.
I just enjoy Alice Hoffman so much. The way she can interweave characters and their stories is so enjoyable. This book doesn’t disappoint. It is a very quick read that refers to Albany and the Berkshires, and of course a little mysticism and magic. I think you’ll like it, and it may even lead you to Hoffman’s other works as well.
This was my end of summer book to read. It didn’t take long at all to get through. You would find it in the YA section of the library but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek it out as an adult reader. It deals with a serious subject matter with great humor. I felt that the three main characters — Greg, Earl, and Rachel — were appropriately portrayed as teenaged. They were not as unrealistic as the characters in The Fault In Our Stars. I also felt that the author dealt with the relationship the kids had with their parents in a very mature and realistic manner. I also appreciated that the demise of Rachel was not a long, drawn out affair. For anyone who might not want to read the book, there is a movie that was made.
My summer pick for a classic I’ve never read was Wide Sargasso Sea. I’m surprised I hadn’t read it, as it’s the story of the woman that marries Mr. Rochester, yes, that Rochester from Jane Eyre. The book tells the story of Antoinette, born in Jamaica to ex-slave owners. Eventually her father drinks himself to death and her mother exhibits signs of insanity. Antoinette is cared for by the nuns at her convent school and occasionally by her Aunt Cora. Mr. Rochester, while never directly named in the book, arrives on the island and marries Antoinette without really knowing much about her past. This book was a richly detailed story full of secrets and superstitions as well as deep-seated resentments, especially of the ex-slaves toward the white aristocracy. So glad I picked this to read this summer.
This was a beautifully written and poignant book written by a brilliant and sensitive man. He was also a man faced with a terrible diagnosis in the prime of his life yet the way he chose to live his days was a testament to his will to live his life on his terms. It brought me to tears, but also showed me that the power to live and love and be loved is so strong. That is the legacy that Paul Kalanithi left behind.