MY FLORIDA VACATION READING

I love to read. I also love to lay in the sun. During a month-long Florida vacation I read eight books and also soaked up the sun! Happiness, happiness! Following is a list of books I read.  The following titles are listed in the order I read them.   Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, […]

READING MY NEW BOOK

I picked up The Children’s Act for one Swiss franc (about one US dollar) at a local renfile, where all kinds of donated goods are sold for very reasonable prices. (I looked up “renfile” in my French-English dictionary. It comes from “renfiler: to rethread, to thread again, restring: clothing: to slip back into….”) Here’s how reading the book developed: […]

DRIVING MISS NORMA

This novel is written by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle. The inspirational story is about what matters at the end of life. When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to have surgery, radiation and chemo. Rather than confining herself to a hospital, Miss Norma, who was newly widowed, rose to her full […]

BOOK MUSINGS

Our last book club read was Humbug: the Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge by Tony Bertauski.  It is a modern, somewhat science-fiction retelling of the Dickens classic.  It lands about mid-point on my rating scale from one to ten –ten being I liked it very much. (Part of my issue with it is likely the fact […]

ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND

This book by Jane Kirkpatrick is based on a real person. Jennie Pickett is a strong young woman with a lot to learn. She struggled to learn to read and write. Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie longs to become a doctor. The Oregon frontier of the 1870’s doesn’t […]

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 […]