My sister and I bought this book the year my Mother died of ALS. The reality of living with ALS or caring for someone with ALS is almost indescribable. This author made a good attempt of portraying the day to day life of an ALS patient but I found the book to fall short of capturing the true picture of this disease.
A thoroughly enjoyable group of short storiesI loved this collection. It’s full of intriguing stories, plot twists, and often leaves the reader wondering what will happen next. It is true that the stories are dark but not depressing. I’m don’t usually like short story collections but these stories grab your attention from the start. After reading The Unninocent, I will certainly be trying other titles by this author; and with his Colorado roots, I hope we will see him on the Pen and Podium authors’ lecture series sometime.
This book was an enjoyable read about a rather out-of-the-ordinary family. Although this family harbors some fairly significant secrets, there is probably truth in the idea that people routinely hide their most intimate selves from the people with whom they live most closely. If you were a fan of “Arrested Development,” you will enjoy this book.
This book takes an unsentimental look at immigration and family relationships. I love reading novels based in China because of the view it gives me of day to day life in a culture different from my own. While the story focuses on a family migrating from China, it takes place almost exclusively in Canada. I enjoyed the story and the view it gave me of the impact of immigration on the individuals and their families. I especially liked the chapters focusing on Seid Quan, the first family member to move to Canada. In fulfilling his obligation to his village, he sacrificed his own personal dream and a relationship with his children. I wish the author had given us more information about each main character. The book moved through three generations so quickly that in the end, it left me wishing I knew the main characters more intimately. An enjoyable read.
There are obvious similarities between this book and The Poisonwood Bible. I loved both stories but don't come to this book hoping to re-read Poisonwood. This story has something different to offer and the non-linear style of the author allows the reader to continually understand things differently. I loved the messages in the book and the strong female characters.
This is a interesting story of three teen girls caught up inside a very adult situation. The portrayal of teen angst and the time period when teens become too secretive is very realistic. The plot line of the mystery had secrets within secrets and the main character's family was just odd enough to be intriguing. A worthwhile read.
The Headhunter's Daughter was an enjoyable book. As you might expect, the interaction between different cultures lays the groundwork for the story. I always enjoy learning about other cultures and this book provides a little glimpse into cultures in the Congo pre-1950. Since I had not read the previous book in this series, there were times when I wished I knew some of the background to certain situations or wished characters were more developed. Overall, this book will appeal to someone looking for a light mystery without shocking or lurid details of crime. The story was pretty tame and is tied up in a neat package at the end. The author's interview at the end of the book was very interesting and left me wishing I could read a memoir of her childhood.I would recommend this book and will probably try to read the first book in this series.
Loved this book.I love to read books about small towns and all the independent but interconnected stories. The characters in this book feel very real to me. If you grew up in a small town (or still live there) you will know someone just like the town banker and you will recognize the best of what small towns have to offer. The members of the community are all struggling with their own problems and they are aware of the back story on all their neighbors. I appreciate that the author does not portray the characters in stereotypical ways. Juliet isn't full of zany people straight out of Green Acres and the portrait of the town is not a sentimental Mayberry RFD.The book follows every character's story line separately but if the reader pays attention, you will see the main characters from one story playing a bit part in another character's story. I highly recommend this book and will be looking for others by this author.
The best one word description for this collection of stories would be "unsettling." The stories have all the components of horror stories and some reminded me of the old campfire stories where the listener is drawn further in, until the surprising shock ending. But the theme that unifies the stories is the dark depths of the emotions of the main characters. I found the book a good read but had to set it aside half way through due to the dark emotional content. I liked that the stories did not fit one set pattern and that each left me with a different response: wonder, shock, horror or intrigue. Some of the endings left me hoping to know what would happen next. This collection is totally worthwhile but might be best enjoyed in small doses.
Even if you have kept reasonably informed of the activities of Warren Jeffs and the FLDS, you will find new information in this book. After reading this, I realized how much the FLDS is manipulating the popular press to rehabilitate their reputation. This author does not condemn their religion or polygamy, but he is clear about the abuse and repression of women and children in this cult. It is fascinating to wonder why the adults in this group will willingly submit to the dictatorship of their leaders.The other thing that I realized while reading this book is how much of the fictional story Big Love was based in reality. I had always thought most of the Juniper Creek story line was the imagination of the writers. Time after time, I recognized characters and situations that paralleled the TV show. Fans of Big Love will enjoy connecting the dots.Whether or not you have read information on this group in the past, this is a worthwhile read. Becoming informed may help to stop the abusive ways of this group.