I loved this memoir of an unbelievably dysfunctional family - sort of an American "Angela's Ashes" complete with humor and tragedy.
by Kathy Carter
by Paul Hoffman
A well-written book about the world of competitive chess. Meet an entertaining array of grandmasters, lunatics, eccentrics and geniuses who exist among the world of 64 squares. The book is not perfect; the sections where the author reflects on his father are weak, but the author's understanding of chess and psychology make this worth perusing. Jen Bollerman
by Sara Nelson
I savored this book from December 2006 to April 2007. It is a diary of a woman's reading plan of one book a week for one year. She turned me onto so many books.
Award-winning novel of a family that takes place during the span of three Junes and is told in three different voices. The first is told by the father, the second by one of his sons and the third by a woman that they both know. Some characters appear in her newest novel, "The Whole World Over."
Set in Baltimore Tyler's novel focuses on two families waiting at the airport to receive their adopted baby girls from Korea. These two families, unknown to each other, couldn't be any different from each other. One is rich and very WASPy, the other is Iranian-American. It is this latter family that gives the book color and heart and taste and the father gives some excellent insights about being foreign-born in America.
Young girl tells the story of her parents' search for Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula. There is a lot of colorful history as well as wonderful looks at Eastern European countries. I especially liked the importance of libraries in its plot.Kathy Carter
November 21, 2007 11:37 AM
In a very haunting story we follow a man and his young son as they travel across a blackened America. Together they battle the weather, starvation, fellow survivors and despair. Not for the faint-hearted.Kathy Carter
by Mary Stewart
A fantastic book, full of descriptions, characterization and constant suspense - more suspense than romance I must admit. Set in Crete it's the story of an Englishwoman who works in Athens and how she accidentally gets involved in a murder/robbery plot. Nicola is a strong, independent and believable character.
by Mary Stewart
A fantastic book, full of descriptions, characterization and constant suspense - more suspense than romance I must admit. Set in Crete it's the story of an Englishwoman who works in Athens and how she accidentally gets involved in a murder/robbery plot. Nicola is a strong, independent and believable character.Kathy Carter
November 21, 2007 11:23 AM
by Caleb Carr
Someone is brutally murdering boys in 19th Century NYC who ply their trade dressing up as female prostitutes. The "alienist" refers to what we would now call a psychiatrist. All the NY figures are here: Jacob Riis and Teddy Roosevelt to name a few. A riveting though oftentimes grusome account of New York City history.Kathy Carter
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
WARNING - this series of books featuring Thursday Next can become addictive. This is the first and I believe it appeals to anyone who likes mysteries, suspense and/or literature.