This book is an interesting glimpse into one woman's life as a Haole (white person) on the island of Kauai in the 50's & 60's. She not only relates the incidents of her childhood, she provides historical documentation of the culture and traditions of the land and its people. If you love the true Hawaii and care to learn more than the resort culture, this is a wonderful book.
Fantastic book! It is an unusual mixture of science, philosophy, heart, humor and imagination. If you care for animals and have a curious mind, you will love this book. I'd love to meet Temple Grandin to discuss her ideas in person.
Lillian suffers the severest of losses, her entire family is killed and her young daughter is presumed dead. When she moves on to create a new - but equally difficult - life in America, she has to give it all away. She gives away her pride, her dignity, her expectations - all to find that she'll get more than she'd expected in the least expected places. Interesting characters, unbelievable situations and a likable lead.
Fun read about the misfortunes that befall the Beaudelaire children. For adult readers - this is only an hour or two of reading. This book (and the series) would be great for young readers that read beyond their age group and like mastering new vocabulary!
This book follows the same kind of story arc as many of the Preston / Child books - in fact the characters are far to similar to the stereotypical roles that appear in others. However, it's an interesting premise and an entertaining book. Preston calls into question what shapes belief and religion....whether you agree or disagree, there is plenty to consider as you read. Recommended for Preston/Child fans.
A brief story following the obsession of a small town with football and the bonds between players and coaches. This is a short book that will be most of interest to those that played, had football in their family, or grew up in a town like Messina - where football was the one thing that the town had together.
Yum, yum - another delicious thriller from Tess Gerritsen. Locust Lake seems like the perfect place for Claire Elliot and her son to start a new life, but something isn't right....and she and Noah may pay the ultimate price when she's too close to finding out the truth. This is a good one - you won't be able to put it down!
This is a gem of a book. If you are a member of PBS - you probably have a little bit of Leisl Meminger in you. It is heart wrenching, touching and in a way magical to read about Leisl's life in WWII Germany.
I loved this book. Daniel's life experience is inspiring and fascinating. Amazing to me that someone who as a child was completely unhinged by a change in the route walked to preschool could travel alone to work in a foreign country as an adult. Great glimpse of pure determination.
I'm not sure which family member of mine described too much self-analysis as navel-gazing, but they would label Russo's book as such. Sure, it follows the intertwined lives of small town characters, but in the end, who cares? About halfway through I realized it wasn't really going to get much better and started skimming - and I don't skim.
Save your time - reread Empire Falls, better yet - watch the DVD.
The book that inspired the movie - this is a truly unbelievable and astonishing account of the infamous MIT blackjack team (well,one of them anyway). Even if you've never gambled, after seeing the astonishing results the team achieved, you might think of researching tickets to Vegas. A very engaging story with a likable subject who lives out many people's fantasy.
Good fun read....when Emma spills all her dirty little secrets (and I mean all) to a stranger when she thinks the end is near on a bumpy plane ride - she has no idea how those words will come back to haunt her. If you liked Bridget Jones or any of the Shopaholic books - you'll enjoy this one.
We can be thankful that Lalita Tademy found an interest in her family's history...sparked by family memories of Emily "Tite"....a strong woman that passed many generations before Lalita experienced Colfax and Cane River, Louisiana.
The passion she poured into her search for her family's history provides the gift of this novel, which weaves the details and truths she was able to unearth about the generations of slaves that came before her with her own imaginings of the details and happenings of their days.
Unlike some novels about the slave experience, Cane River is written in straight-forward prose with a focus on the people and personalities - not dwelling unnecessarily on the cruelty and ugliness inherent in slavery. In fact, the ugliness of their situation is treated somewhat matter-of-factly, which I supposed it would have been by the slaves themselves, who would have had no choice but to accept their circumstances.
The players in this book are powerful, passionate and intriguing. The action is engaging and plot propelling. A tremendous work of historical fiction.
Because I am an adult reading this book, my review may not be relevant! I am a Chicago World's Fair buff and collector and was curious to read this fictional account. There is a nice smattering of facts and historical notes throughout and the characters are likable and I think young girls would identify with the main character.