1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed and the beginning of the Revolutionary War, but oh so much more on the human level. Using history backed up by a variety of sources, David McCullough tells a story about what is left out of the history books. The side-stories and information about people we think we know are what make this book an interesting read.
If you are one who likes to know what is behind the history, you'll enjoy 1776.
I forced myself to read this book by offering it in a swap. Why or why did I wait so long! I love Dr. Siri Paiboun. Although he has lived for 72 years, he is neither old nor crotchety. He rightfully feels his age with a sense of humor about his position and his time in history.
I've spent a lot of time on his age and humor which carries the book through to the end. The story and mystery are equally engrossing. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and hope there are more to come.
This was a fast-paaced interesting read especially for the month of December. When you read it, you will understand why. There are a number of wordy spots that seem to cover the same thing. In retrospect, however, these sections were true to the struggles of the characters.
I had figured out one aspect of the ending, but not the way it came about. The last five paragraphs (of which four were only one sentence long) were totally unexpected. Although it set up the possibility of a sequel, I hope one is not written, except by each of the readers for themselves.
The only similarity between the TV series "Bones" and this book's main character is their occupation. This does not, however, take away from either.
Kathy Reichs introduces Temperence Brennan (Tempe) while only revealing basic characteristics. Intelligent and competent as a forensic anthropologist, Tempe has a tendancy to make rash decisions and is a bit of a loner when it comes investigating a case. As a divorced mother, she is vulnerable and has misgivings about her personal life. I look forward to seeing how Reichs developes her.
My only negitive comment has to do with all the similies and metaphores that Reichs uses. There are so many of them in the first part of the book that I nearly stopped reading. They are creative and accurate, but there are too many. It was as if Reichs was trying to use all she had just in case this book was her only one.
At first I was disappointed with this book. I expected anecdotes and tales of feline hilarity. Instead it is a love story about a woman dedicated to life, her family, her job, her town, her state, and her cat, Dewey Readmore Books.
It is easy to identify with the characters and the setting. Cat and other pet lovers will feel the emotion and connectedness that comes with having a pet. Book lovers will recognize the library, even if they have never been in Spencer, Iowa. Small town inhabitants will assume that the author has visited their town.
The book ends with a modern day parable that exemplifies what life is all about. This is a feel good read with message of which we all need to be reminded.
Monica Holloway's writing is honest and straight forward with a touch of humor. She takes the reader on a journey that ultimately names the reason why she always felt her family "were the weird ones."
I expected this memoir to be morbid. It was uplifting. I expected an overall unhappy and 'woe is me' outlook on life. Instead, the author takes the reader through thirty-four years of her life with candidness. The difficult times are not glossed over. The good times are not maudlin. It is overall a sincere and positive story.
Monica's story will remain with me for a long time. I rate it 4.5/5.
Abraham Issac Lee was lives in, not at but in, the Flamingo, the largest drive-in theater in the world. At least in 1960. His father built it along an Atlantic Ocean beach in Florida and next to the Turner West Funeral Home. The lives and characters in the book do not move much beyond these places.
This is a powerful coming of age novel that includes angst, humor, and most other emotions usually associated with this genre. The characters are real. The story believable. The ending heart-stopping. I had never heard of it before reading it and I don't know why. It goes on my very short list of favorites with a five star rating.
I trudged through 150 pages before giving up! The three pages of "1920s Jazz Age Slang" should have been a clue. The protagonist and a few others used it as every day language. They sounded like Teeny-Boppers trying to make an impression which only enhanced the extremely elementary writing.
I just couldn't take it after this sentence (page 159 in ISBN9780989417006)... 'He escorted us to an elevator operated by an old Negro man in a red uniform and hat that opened out onto the second floor.'
This book is so full of Southern hospitality, it even ends with eight pages of Sipsey's recipes from the Whistle Stop Cafe. I only hope that come summer, my fried green tomatoes actually taste as good as I imagine Sipsey's do. By the way, Sipsey is the cook.
Each character reminds me of folks I've known in some of the "whistle stop" places I've lived. I wish I had a best friend like Idgie. The Threadgoods live in just about every small town.
This is a good read filled with family, neighbor, and community love. There is humor along the way and a couple of real surprises. It is about Southern life both black and white; rich and poor. It is about friendship and the passing of time. I will go as far as saying, "It is about time you read this book." I wish I hadn't waited so long!
Twelve is an odd age. It is the start of the time between child and adulthood. For each of us there is a of memorable events that impact us forever. For Alice Winston that life effecting year is her twelfth year. Sometimes very mature, sometimes childish, sometimes insightful, she relates the impact these events had on her life.
I read mixed reviews on this book but read it anyway. I am glad I did. There are funny moments, sad moments, poignant moments. There are times I wondered about her active imagination and where it would lead her. One conclusion to which she came was that, "Blame is, in fact, irrelevant, if only because it changes nothing." I wish I had learned that in my early teens!
This is a coming of age book that all ages can enjoy.
The "Honk," as it is lovingly called by its paraplegic owner and eccentric customers, is fictitious. It is patronized by a mix of characters the figment of Billie Letts' imagination. However, as I read, I felt like I was sitting at the counter sipping coffee with them. Perhaps that is because "The Blue Bird," "The Sweet Basil," "The Blue Rose," and "Mohr's" are real places I have been. There is a little of "The Honk" in each of these and other such places across America.
I felt welcomed there and part of the lives of each person: I struggled with Bui to become accepted; I felt Molly O's longing for her daughter; understood Vena's search for the meaning of her life; and somtimes, I'm as seemingly crazy as Big Fib. I was welcomed. I felt at home. You will,also. Just visit the "Honk and Holler Opening Soon" and see.
Karin Muller as a way of writing that firmly plants the reader into the situation and emotion of the events that she experiences. She conveys the restraints and the openness of the culture with both humor and wonder.
If you are looking for an easy, enjoyable read--this is it. If you are looking to learn about Japan--this is not an history or sociology book but you will come away with increased understanding. You will, also, have an idea of what 'wa' is and pershaps a desire to experience it for yourself.
I was plesently surprised to find that this was NOT just another cookie cutter book by James Patterson and one of his numerous co-writers. Although not a "great" book, it is a well written story and an easy read.
Taking place in the eleventh century with the dark side of the Crusades as background Hugh de Luc, the Jester, fights for such timely issues of rightness, morality, justice, freedom, and, of course, love. Above all, it is a book of hope. The phrase "That may be, but it will not always be" repeated throughout the story gives hope to what seems impossible then and now.
This is a bittersweet story of how a coincident of timing brought life into the dreary existence of a widower and his twelve year old daughter. After his wife and two year old daughter are killed in an automobile accident, Robert Dillon attempts to escape reality by moving to an isolated part of New Hampshire. His older daughter, Nicky, beings to find answers to her questions about growing up and what it means to be a family when Charlotte shows up at their door. She is also trying to find answers. A two day snow storm binds them together in their isolation and search.
The emotions of each are clearly drawn out by the author and felt by the reader. Their meeting sets a new course for each while leaving an imprint on the others. Anita Shreve gives us a snapshot of time, life, and how events and decisions change us.