Terrence Hill and Steve Chandler had finished their books discussing Moby Dick
and were deciding what to do next when their wives stepped in and offered them the challenge of Jane Austen. They expected to have a good time making fun of her work, so they took it on, reading Pride and Prejudice
and Mansfield Park
. Of course, they loved the books.
Two Guys Read Jane Austen
is not serious scholarship, just pure fun. It is two friends writing back and forth chatting about a book they are reading together. They discuss the parts they love and argue over details. They tend to wander off topic, which just makes it more fun. I didn’t agree with everything they said, but it is impossible to resist the feeling of joining in a light-hearted discussion about my favorite author.
Austen scholar or interested novice alike will find this a delightful read.
Max and his mom are close, real close. Max who is seven, didn’t want his mom to go to work this time. As a stewardess on a routine Japan flight from Hawaii they were Oceans Apart when she was gone. This time would be the last time he would tell his mom goodbye. Due to a malfunction Max would never see his mom again.
Connor, an airline pilot, and Michele are happily married. Everything is going great until they receive that fateful call from an attorney in Hawaii. Max, a son Connor never knew he had, needs a home and the will stipulates that Connor needs to keep his son for 2 weeks then decide whether or not he will be a part of his life. If Connor sends him back he must never tell Max that he is his dad or contact his son again. Michele struggles with Connor’s unfaithfulness and the fact that she never gave him a son. She doesn’t want anything to do with the boy and yet…miracles never cease.
“With each slice from World of Pies, we taste the sweet and sour events of Roxanne Milner’s life as she grows from a precocious nine-year-old to a mature adult…Set in Annette, Texas, this short novel serves stories of Roxanne’s small town life…” Library Journal
Roxanne is our guide through moments of tenderness, poignancy and humor and some pretty great baking moments, recipes included. “If Karen Stoltz’s first novel were a pie, it would be the lemon meringue of your childhood, sunny but a bit tart inside, and topped with a dreamy confection…” Mary Willis Walker
Trivia can be fascinating and Malcolm Gladwell is good at peaking our interests in his current book, Outliers: the Story of Success. Did you know that 15 of the 75 wealthiest people in world history (in current dollars) were born in the nine years from 1831-1840 in America? What was it about those years that could produce such wealth?
He also has vignettes on other outliers, “men and women who do things out of the ordinary.” What is the secret behind Bill Gates success and a lawyer named Joe Flom who created the most successful law practice in New York? Why do Asian children do so well at math and how is that linked to growing rice? The majority of the best junior hockey players in Canada are all born during January, February or March. Why? What did cultures with high degrees of courtesy and politeness have to do with a Columbian and South Korean plane crash?
The debate continues as to the amount and degree of research that Gladwell has done in regard to this book, but I found it to be very thought provoking and entertaining.
I’m going to scare you; treat you to mysteries that will, hopefully, confound you—Grab hold tight and come into a world where illusion becomes reality and truth is a disguise.” Catherine Coulter
is a quaint little postcard town made up only of old folk who sell the World’s Greatest Ice Cream, a secret recipe that brings lots of tourists into town. Into the Cove comes Sally Brainerd, daughter of murdered Amory St. John of Washington, D.C., seeking sanctuary and also Special Agent James Quinlan who’s undercover and after her. He’s got a murder to solve and he believe’s she’s the key. But is she really?” Catherine Coulter
The Cove is the first book in a thirteen book series titled “The FBI Series.” The latest book is Knockout. The story begins when Ethan Merriweather, a small Virginia town sheriff, goes looking for a missing girl. When he finds her, he realizes that Autumn has brought him a huge problem–a relentless madman who can control others simply by looking at them—a madman who is after her and her mom.