Review: Tears of the Giraffe

I liked this book so much I actually bought used copies from the same series as this.

After a torturous semester in college many years ago where the professor tried to drag out conversations about detective novels where there were none, especially for a once-a-week, three hour class (can one say torture?) and having to read books that weren’t worth the money I paid for them, I haven’t really given detective novels much attention.

When asked, I say Faye Kellerman and her series.  I do enjoy her series and try to keep up to date with her.

Until now.  I found another one.

This has to be the most easy-going, enjoyable detective book I have ever read.  Page turner, yes, but in a different way.  These are real people, real problems, real follies.

I can’t wait to read more of the series.




Review: Pictures of Hollis Woods

Hollis Woods is trouble, or is she?

As this story unfolds, the reader meets Hollis in both the past and present.  Hollis has been written off and Hollis is always running.  Yet now Hollis finds herself in a situation where she must care for herself and her caregiver.  As this story unfolds, Hollis reveals what happened to get her to where she is now.

An excellent, inspirational story.  A must read, especially for preteens and teens.

Review: Buck Up, Suck Up……

2002 seems like a million years ago, even though it was only 15 years ago.

And a warning: this book is very political.  If you don’t like politics, don’t read this book.  Yet this book provides some very good advice and points that can be applied to all areas of life.

The subtitle is “12 Winning Secrets From The War Room”.

Best secret of all?  Work your tail off if you want something.

And they include some recipes and some really good stories and some suggestions about working with people.


Review: Jack and Jill

A local high school was giving this away in their Little Free Library.  I was shocked and saddened to see they cleaned this one out.

This book is by Louisa May Alcott, the same author who wrote Little Women.

Jack and Jill, in this story, get into a sledding accident and the book goes through their year of recovery and how it changes their lives and how people around them react to their tragedy.

It’s a very calming, charming, well-written book about preteens and all of their shenanigans.  Jack and Jill aren’t the only ones who get into and find themselves in a bit of trouble.  There is plenty for boys to read about, and identify with, as well.

I’m surprised I haven’t seen this one on any reading lists.  Preteens can identify with the characters and Alcott’s prose is top notch.

Get a copy and share with the preteens in your life.

Book Review: A Thread of Grace

Your Mind in Bloom, LLC rating for making your mind bloom: 9 out of 10.

Mary Doria Russell read another book I read years ago called Benevolence and Betrayal and took the inspiration from that to write this book.  I also read Benevolence and Betrayal many years ago and the book opened my eyes to one of those under reported spots in history.  The book goes through individual stories of Italian Jews under Mussolini and during World War II.

During World War II, Italy was one of the safer countries to be Jewish in.  Many Italians helped to hide Jewish friends and neighbors and many Jews fled to Italy in order to hopefully get through to other countries, especially Switzerland.

Russell takes the stories from Benevolence and creates a fictional account of a 12 year-old girl and her family.  The family fled from France into Italy and are barely ahead of the Nazis invading.

Both books are tough to read but must reads to understand the individual loss during war time.

Review: Ribbons of the Sun

This is the story of Rosa whose family loses everything and her father brings her to the city to sell her into servitude.  She is 12 years old at the hands of people she doesn’t know and must survive by her wits.  Rosa becomes pregnant, not of her own volition, and must find her way with her baby in tow.

This is a heartbreaking and heart wrenching story.  A must read for those interested in women’s rights, poverty, immigration issues, and a host of other issues.

Review: The Warden’s Daughter

This is a nice coming-of-age story set in Pennsylvania in 1959.  Cammie O’Reilly’s father holds a unique position in town and Cammie isn’t just known for that, either.

This is a story about waiting for the truth to be revealed, trying to guess at what is going on, wishing and wanting, heartbreak, and Cammie’s realization that everyone is connected even if we don’t realize it at first.

Cammie is a character one can identify with.