GRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK

Our book club’s pick for discussion this month is Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. The title refers to Ben Montgomery’s grandmother and her walk on the Appalachian Trail. She walked the trail no less than three separate times –all after she was 67 years old! Her 1950’s walks and love of the Trail led to general renewed […]

THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING

This book is a new one by former President Bill Clinton and prolific author, James Patterson. The story begins when the President disappears. The world is in shock. The gist of the book is that a cyberattack is about to be launched against the United States by parties unknown. The result would be catastrophic, shutting […]

TWO MORE BOOKS

“So many books, so little time!” (I love that saying!) I am now reading a Michael Connelly book The Closers. The character has returned from a 3 year hiatus to take over cold cases for the LAPD. I have read several other books by Connelly and always enjoyed them. Maybe someday I will tire of […]

THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE

This historical novel is by author Melanie Benjamin. It tells of the close friendship and partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends: screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has moved to Los Angeles, where she wants to live independently as an artist. But the word on […]

A NEW DETECTIVE AUTHOR

Though I am fan of James Burke’s mysteries set in Louisiana, recently I have been reading other detective novels non-stop. I have discovered a new author named George Pelecanos.  His characters and their stories are mainly set in the Washington, D.C. area. I feel as though he knows the city’s subculture very well and the truth of […]

THE END OF THE ALPHABET

(Conclusion) Previously: Malaina told how she discovered Sue Grafton, a favorite mystery writer, had died. Over the decades since the 1980s, I had kept my fingers crossed that Grafton would live a long life and finish her taunt, well-written Alphabet series. Along the way, private detective Kinsey Millhone became one of my favorite characters. To […]

THE END OF THE ALPHABET

(Part 1 of 2) By not watching regular TV, I avoid exposure to news. In my view, it is depressing. Why watch it every day? On the other hand, by not watching the news, I miss the occasional tidbit I might like to know –such as the passing of mystery author, Sue Grafton, who was […]

A NEW ANNE PERRY

April 10, 2018, Anne Perry’s newest book in the Pitt series, Twenty One Days became available. I borrowed it from the library. The story begins in 1910 with Charlotte and William Pitt’s son Daniel. This boy is now 25 years old and a lawyer. His sister, Jemima, is married with children. Two of the series’ […]

MY BOOK CLUB READS

I just got back from my book club. We had a good discussion on two books: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and great small things by Jodi Picoult. There was a similar thread to both volumes regarding prejudices or bias within our-selves. (We might not even be aware of them.) Both stories illustrate how we […]

PATIENT H 69

Recently, I read Patient H 69 by Vanessa Potter. The true story is about a woman who lost her sight over a period of 3 days in 2012. That was followed by the loss of some physical abilities and sensation. Eventually she was diagnosed with NMO, neruomyelitis optica, a condition that affected her vision and […]