Weird things happen in a building in L.A. and tenants band together to try to figure out what is going on. I thought based on the blurbs/cover that this was a mystery, but it is more of a science fiction story, so not my cup of tea. I will admit I read all of it because it was well-written, entertaining and fast moving, and I wanted to find out how it ended. Reminds me in some ways of Stephen King's tales.
Novel about a Polish couple during and after WWII. The man escapes to serve in the British military, and the woman subsists/hides in woods until the end of the war. They are reunited in England and try to make a new life for themselves.
Story of 5 people who try to find the remains of a climber on Mt. Everest. A very 'cold' story; keeps your attention throughout. Participants face dangers from intense cold, hurricane force winds, snow blindness, irritated Governments (Nepal, Tibet), other climbers, and a threat of 'yetis' intimidating locals and sherpas.
Story of British pilots in WWII shot down over Germany who escape death by hopping a train full of mental patient SS officers and assuming the identities of two of them. Nazi doctors treated mental illnesses with sleeping pills and electroshock treatments. Good action thriller, but this book gave me nightmares.
Fascinating account of epidemic of sleeping sickness/form of encephalitis that occurred around the same time as 1918 flu. Exact cause unknown; no cure. Thousands of people had sore throats or fevers, fell asleep, and slept for days or weeks or longer. About 1/3 never woke up/died. Another 1/3 got well/long recovery and lead fairly normal lives. Others needed lifelong care, were institutionalized, mainly in mental institutions, as there was no other place for them. Dr. who 'found' some decades later and his story became book/movie 'Awakenings'. Very sad; terrifying that there is no prevention/cure, and very little known about this disease to this day.
Partial autobiography/as-told-to book about her life and career. Started as a way to make money to pay the bills, the project was abruptly ended by Ava. Although he comes off well, it is suggested that Frank Sinatra paid Ava an amount equal to what she hoped to earn from the book to stop writing it. Interesting tales about various Hollywood stars, directors, and others that she worked with and/or dated.
This book alternates chapters about a current day family living in SC plantation and previous occupants who lived there before and during the War Between the States. Love triangles in each era mirror each other to some extent. Held my interest during most of the book; some of the voodoo references/action hard to follow/swallow. Not a great book, but I enjoyed the story for the most part.
Story of an editor's assistant who moves temporarily to L.A. to work for a reclusive author while she finishes long-awaited 2nd novel. Author has a quirky, genius son (Frank) who is fascinated with old movies.