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 various people in government, diplomacy, and the military who have connections in Washington, DC. They include society women, VA horse farm owners, the son and daughter of a Senator, and a journalist. A novel that follows various careers, travels, love affairs, and tragedies. I've just read this book, although had it for years. Have been leaning towards older novels, without today's apparently obligatory extreme violence, sexuality, fantasy, over-the-top characters, etc. This story was a bit old fashioned and slow in spots, but I was always ready to pick it up again and read more. Keyes is now one of my favored authors, and I am ready to read more of her stories.
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.
A sometimes amusing collection of interviews of a wide variety of rich and famous people. Probably would be enjoyed more by someone interested in high fashion/supermodels. Good book if you want to kill an hour or two with an easy read.
Novel about a man who was raised in a commune. He idealizes his childhood, but in reality lived in harsh conditions with little food and so-so shelter. The second part of the book covers his life 'outside' in the real world. Although not a fan of the hippie lifestyle (which seems uncomfortable and dirty) this was an interesting account of an alternative lifestyle.
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.