OUR BOOK CLUB

 Last month, our group read Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn. In letters between Eleanor and Hick (reporter Lorena Hickok), the book tells the love story they shared.  It also gives a window into the marriage of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt. In addition, it touches on the events surrounding the Depression and lead-up to […]

READ OF IMPORT

My latest read of import is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John    Irving whose books are always good. Irving is a great writer. This one in particular has Owen Meany talking in capital letters. What he says is always pithy and important. He is supremely intuitive and able to get to the heart of […]

ORPHAN HERO

This novel by John Babb is a story of a young man’s struggle to survive a journey across America. It covers a time period from 1848 to 1866 that changed the face of history for the U.S. The saga begins with the author’s great-grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Windes, as a 7 year old in Indiana. He […]

A GREAT READ

First, I read this morning then at noon –reading and finishing but not ever wanting the story to end. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a novel by Jan-Phillip Sendker. The book was an international best seller, translated from German. I literally cried for 15 minutes after I finished.  It is a love story that […]

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 […]