This was not an easy book to read, but returning to New Orleans after Katrina was not an easy experience for Chris Rose, or for anyone else. This is a compilation of columns that Chris Rose published in the Times-Picayune for a year and a half after Katrina's landfall. They are fascinating and heart-wrenching.
This is an interesting look at what life might be like when an "ordinary" American man is elected Pope. The personal relationships developed in the book are very interesting, but the long sections on international politics were not interesting to me. The material also feels dated, referencing the "new millenium" of 2001 several times.
THIS is why we love Danielle Steel! She's broken free of the boring "template" that she's used on so many recent books and written a great story, with many interesting characters. Strong women, real problems, and interesting circumstances.
Although Grisham has returned to his popular courtroom setting, it doesn't feel like the magic is back with this book. The cast of characters is so large that it's hard to relate with any one, and easy to get them confused with one another.
In the author's notes at the end of the book, Grisham admits that he was making a political point with this novel. Frankly, in an election year, another dose of politics is the last thing that I'm looking for.
This book is a little bit more difficult to read than it has to be, because it is written from three different perspectives, without the perspectives being labeled. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have to keep flipping around, trying to figure out whose point of view I was reading now.
Throughout this book, the narrator hints at a big event. She teases it, dances around it, and keeps us wondering. But personally, I found the "event" unsurprising, over-written, and frankly, disappointing. If you like a straightforward read, skip over "The Book of Ruth."
I enjoyed this book a lot, but to me, it felt a little bit forced, and wasn't as enjoyable as "Good In Bed." Weiner does a good job of illustrating the difficulties that teenage girls and their mothers encounter, but I felt like Cannie's feelings weren't explored as fully as they might have been. It was a good book, but it pales when compared with "Good In Bed."
We all know Cinderella's side of the story, but what about her stepsisters? Living with a beautiful, wealthy girl isn't easy, and some details may have been "accidentally omitted" in the original telling of the story. This book provides "another perspective" to the classic tale. It is a much easier read than "Wicked" (also by Maguire), in my opinion.
Oprah's first Book Club selection. The book was a good read when I was in college, but now, as a mother, the plot (which revolves around a missing child) gives me bad dreams. The writing is excellent, however.
Frede Ware learned the "Four Nevers" and the "Three Don'ts" at Little Miss Debutante, and has been using them to live a successful, classy, discreet life. Unfortunately, Little Miss Debutante didn't offer Frede any rules for dealing with life after her cheating husband has left, taking all of HER money with him.
Fortunately, Frede has brains and social connections, and leverages them both to regain her money, her social standing, and her happiness.
A great read; especially delightful if you know a true southern lady. Have your maid bring you a glass of sweet tea and settle in to enjoy!
I didn't find a lot of new information in this book. I enjoyed Andrew Morton's book "Diana" much more. If you only have time to read one book about Princess Diana, I would recommend choosing one besides this one.
A very (VERY) quick read. It's similar to the PostSecret books, but without the great artwork, and all of the secrets are mom-centered. Personally, I wish I'd saved my credits for something else and just read truemomconfessions.com or the PostSecret blog.
"Fast Food Nation" is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Although the sections on the history of fast food and its more successful chains are interesting, the book as a whole is more of a textbook than an entertaining read.
As with the other books in the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, this book isn't as good as the original. The descriptions of Africa are still wonderful, and the bits of local flavor injected through language choices and food are nice, but the plot is a little bit thin. There's only one "case" being investigated by the agency, and it is only lightly explored. If you want a mystery, this isn't your book. But, if you want to sip a cup of bush and tea and spend a few hours hanging out with Mme. Ramotswe, this book is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
The Casteel family tragedies continue. Annie seems like a more sympathetic character than Heaven, to me. She is an innocent girl in a tragic situation. Somehow she escapes the recent V.C. Andrews "formula," to feel like a real person.
The first section of the book provides an overview of polygamy, with emphasis on outlining the major polygamist groups in the Americas. I found this section to be very dry, and difficult to read. The majority of the book is comprised of brief histories of different women's experiences in polygamy. These stories are interesting, but lack the details and length necessary to be compelling reading.
This book reminds me of a textbook, rather than memoirs. I did not enjoy it as much as "Shattered Dreams," by Irene Spencer.