Sunday, March 10, 2013
I was a bit apprehensive about this book because I read another of her books In the Woods which was sooooooo disappointing. Basically, while that one ended, a huge portion of the story was NEVER EXPLAINED. Which is not cool Tana French. BUT, the story itself was so intriguing, so I thought I would check this out.
I finished this book a few days ago and then I have been thinking about the story and thinking about the story. I REALLY liked this book. It was pretty disturbing. It wasn't hugely gory but I just can't stop thinking about it.
A family has been murdered and only the mother survives. The family's computer has been wiped clean and their are signs that some weird things were going on in the house. The story follows 2 police detectives and their quest to find out what happened and why.
It's a great book and there are a lot of things to discuss.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
This book took a few chapters for me to get engaged in. HOWEVER, after that, I really loved this book. It is the story of an emigrant family in New York. The matriarch Manya, is a widow raising two small children, her son Jack and her little sister sent from Odessa. The story follows Manya, her child, her sister and her grandchildren. It is an enlightening story about what life was like for those in the Jewish Ghettos of New York. I really liked this book, it would be fabulous for a book club study. According to the book notes, much of this story was autobiographical and this is the now deceased author's only novel. She did write a book about censorship and testified as an expert witness in an obscenity trial involving the banning in San Diego of Henry Miller's controversial novel, "Tropic of Cancer." Fascinating and so different from any of my experiences. A great book!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The titles are The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and The Answer, and Monsters of Men.
I am obsessed with religious beliefs. Also, I (head bowed in shame) watch Sister Wives. So this book was FASCINATING to me. I knew some of the story of Mormon history. Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, the trek across the country. I did not know that hundreds of Mormons traveled halfway across the country PUSHING HANDCARTS. Elderly, ill and pregnant women, little kids, walking day after day, allowed 17 pounds of belongings, pushing handcarts. Through the heat, the snow, without adequate medical supplies, food, or clothing. This is the story of 4 women who made the journey. It was good but emotionally difficult to read.