Friday, May 22, 2009
The fifth book in the series and the second I have read, this is light, entertaining, funny, and enjoyable. I have a renewed interest after viewing recently on HBO. Set in Botswana, Precious Ramotswe is a lady detective always with new and challenging cases of a gentle sort. In this volume she helps a rich lady figure out which of 4 men she should marry, she arranges a suitable man for parachuting out of a plane, and she makes a committment with her fiance Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. A fun book!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Rebecca is a single mother with a little girl, a carefree exhusband, a very spry mother, and a "sort of" boyfriend when she decides to rent out the downstairs of her house in order to help with the housepayments. The renter doesn't look very promising because he was a monk for 20 years, recently having left the monastery, and has a new job working at McDonald's. The story concerns Rebecca's search for happiness and balance in her life; it is well written and logical making for an enjoyable read.
Friday, May 15, 2009
This memorable book was sometimes painful to read; I almost gave up after the first 50 pages, but now I highly recommend it. An English village in the 1600's is struck by the plague. The main character, Anna, is a young mother who loses everyone including her two babies very early on. As the story progresses, the villagers around Anna react to the disease in different ways; superstitious behavior and self flagellation among them. Finally a majority of the village's inhabitants are gone; village life begins again with many missing. In spite of the painful topic, the book is well written, compelling, and thoughtful.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
After a terrible car crash, the author dies for 90 minutes and miraculously comes back to life. With a badly damaged body, he has months of surgeries, hospital stays, and pain but also has a memory of what happened when he died. It is an interesting book and I always read with a skeptical eye.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I needed a book to read while on vacation so this was available and I read it. It's not the kind of book I ordinarily like to read, a murder mystery on the gruesome side. It was a popular book by a popular author so I guess many people do enjoy this genre. Alex Cross is a detective and psychologist investigating a serial murder. It is mildly entertaining and probably well written, but just not for me.
I really enjoyed this novel set in Japan. It is the mid to late 1800’s when Japan was undergoing many changes; the Shogun era was coming to an end and the country was uniting under one emperor. The main character of the story is Rie, a daughter born into the house of an important sake maker. It concerns her life and the tough decisions she must make plus her limitations because she is a woman. The author lived in Japan for several years so there are interesting insights into the Japanese culture. I highly recommend this book.
This mystery was somewhat disappointing. It seemed to be trying to be amusing and sympathetic to the villains of the story. Tara is a young beautiful female bank robber who has been raised by her unscrupulous bank robber father, trained in crime from an early age. She meets Max, a handsome son of a sheriff, who has been in lots of trouble himself but always bailed out by his father. What follows are lots of criminal acts by many of the characters. This book gets 2 stars out of 5 in my estimation.
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx 4-24-09
Reading this book is like a visit to a small fishing community in Newfoundland populated by interesting and memorable character, each flawed and working through life’s struggles. Quoyle is a man with memories of an abusive childhood, trapped in a marriage to a woman he loves hopelessly but who tramples on his love. Events lead to Quoyle moving to the seaside village with two small children and an aunt, a job in the village newspaper, a friendship for an odd set of characters, and the possibility of a new relationship with a woman in the community.
The language in this book is especially beautiful and poetic with unforgettable characters and this award winning book is highly recommended.