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 […]

A UNIQUE BOOK

I just read a unique book called Two Old Women by Velma Wallis. It’s a short book – 160 pages. It’s an Alaska Legend about Betrayal, Courage, and Survival. Set in northeastern Alaska in archaic times, two old women spend the winter in the wilderness abandoned by their tribe. Their helplessness morphs into bravery and […]

REREADING A BOOK

Our book club’s recent choice was The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I read it a couple of years ago, but did reread the book. I found it interesting that the first time I read it I thought of the author’s parents as “eccentric.” However, upon rereading it, I viewed them more critically and thought […]

ABOUT AUTHOR ANNE PERRY

In the March ‘18 issue of Ninepatch, I read Patricia’s comments on the books written by Anne Perry. She apparently is a fan.   It occurred to me that she probably doesn’t know Perry’s real identity and background. If she’s interested, she should read Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham. […]

JACKIE, JANET AND LEE

I just finished this recently published non-fiction by J. Randy Taraborrelli. It explores the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her two daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis and Lee Radziwill. It begins with their wealthy and entitled childhood and continues through adulthood. Janet would ask her young daughters, “Do you know what the secret to happily […]

BLESSED ARE THE MISFITS

Blessed are The Weird People–the poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters and troubadours–for they teach us to see the world through different eyes. -Jacob Nordby Recently I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up the book, Blessed Are the Misfits. This book is, in fact, written by a Christian Aspie (a person with Asperger’s […]

BEAUTY FADES BUT DUMB IS FOREVER

This humorous title is a memoir by Judge Judy Sheindlin. For those who have watched her TV court show, much of the book will provoke a smile of familiarity. She writes with a sense of humor and tolerance for what her career has taught her. (See next.) Her style is free flowing, easy to read, […]

“THE 15:17 TO PARIS”

My husband and I went to see this movie directed by Clint Eastwood. It was good. It showed these three men as boys in elementary school in Sacramento, California. They were “troubled kids.” But, these same boys grew into the men who saved lives when terrorists boarded a train headed to Paris, France in 2015. […]

DRIVING MISS NORMA

This non-fiction volume is by Tim Bauerschmidt & Ramie Liddle. Here’s an idea of the story from its dust jacket. “When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy… instead Miss Norma –newly widowed … told the doctor, ‘I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.’ And so […]