I liked the style of this author's writing, however I found the two main characters hard to like. The story pivots between the perspective of Nora, a thin, always nice, school teacher, desperate to have a baby and Annie a chubby mother of two whose husband works with Nora. The two women have been best friends forever but when Cynthia, a perfect woman married to Nora's ex-boyfriend appears on the scene, a rift is created between them. Nora becomes fast friends with Cynthia while Annie can hardly stand the mention of her name. The story goes along and I really did not like either character until the end, and even then I barely liked them.
I found this book a bit challenging to follow, however the story was compelling. Avi, a Jew, is serving time in a Military prison and writes of the past and his friendship with his Arab friend Saleem. The book moves from present day to the past and is written in the first person. The author is definitely talented, I just had a hard time following everything.
This book is a story of murder, yellow journalism, & turn of the century forensics. I found it to be fascinating in each area. Starting with the mutilated headless corpse of William Guldensuppe the author chronicles the journalist wars between William Randolph Heart and Joseph Pulitzer along side of this sensational murder. It reads like a novel but every part is true.
Beautifully written story of a man who battles Tourette's Syndrome. I came to like Josh very much, his love of books and of life are endearing. He is a warrior fighting an illness that is not widely known and hugely misunderstood. The world can be such a small dark place when one is fighting against such an illness, but Josh endures with his wonderful humor intact. Lovely story.
The holocaust through the eyes of a Dutch survivor. Another great historical count of the resilience of the human spirit. Heroic Dutch people hid Jewish families in their homes despite the risk to their own lives. Although the author lost a multitude of friends and relatives to the gas chambers, lots of miracles happened through various people who helped them survive. It is estimated that of the 140,000 Dutch Jews, only 6,000 survived.
A nice clean romantic story with a good dose of mystery. The story is a bit implausible at times, but I still enjoyed reading it. The author is a Christian, but Christian themes seemed to be thrown in helter skelter and the references were such that someone without a Christian background would not understand them. Still it was nice to read something without foul language and sex scenes.
Okay I absolutely love this author! I fall in love with all of her characters and am sad at the end of each book. Stevie Barret is a former fat person having undergone gastric bypass after having a heart attack. She is also dealing with her very troubled childhood. Her mother was schizophrenic and the ramification for Stevie were horrific. A terrible past, but a lovely story. I can't wait for her next book to come out!
This is a hard book to describe. Daniel Quinn is a reporter following after his namesake and grandfather. He begins in Cuba in 1938 where he is speaking with Hemingway in a local bar. During that time he meets Renata, his future wife. She is exotic and in love with love. Finding herself on the run after the Directorio, a rebel group she is involved with attempts to murder the Cuban president Batista, she and Quinn seek out Fidel Castro. After marrying Renata, Quinn talks to Fidel about his rebel army but when he returns from the jungle he finds Renata missing. The story picks up in Albany, New York where Bobby Kennedy has just been shot. The story then follows Quinn and friends during the race riots. The book kept my attention but at times I was wondering how everything tied together. The last page is the answer. For me it was like hearing a joke, not understanding it, but 2 hours later you start chuckling and say "Now I get it!"
Sarah is a 37 yr old mother of three who has it "all"- both she and her husband work 90 hours a week in high paying high stress jobs. She loves every minute of it! Then a car accident leaves her with a brain injury and Left Neglect- an unusual disorder that makes it nearly impossible for her to recognize anything on her left. It was very interesting reading about this phenomenon, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters of the book, unlike Lisa Genova's other novel Still Alice.
This is a memoir of a man with bipolar disorder. Of the 5 family members, only his sister Peggy is free from this disabling mental illness. David gives a rarely seen inside look at this horrible disease and all it's ramifications. Gratefully he has battled and "won" and is able to help the others in his family cope. I am very thankful to this author for writing this book.