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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

198 pages

Published in 1908

The classic kid's lit book, which I re-read at least once every couple of years.  A nostalgic favorite!

The Golden Road by L.M. Montgomery

168 pages

Published in 1913

Another favorite kid's lit re-read! This is the sequel to The Story Girl. 

The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

186 pages

Published in 1911

Another of my regular kid's lit re-reads.  Was a nice distraction from the home improvement projects at our home the last few weeks!

Description from Amazon:
The Story Girl is a 1911 novel by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery. It narrates the adventures of a group of young cousins and their friends who live in a rural community on Prince Edward Island, Canada. The book is narrated by Beverley, who together with his brother Felix, has come to live with his Aunt Janet and Uncle Alec King on their farm while their father travels for business. They spend their leisure time with their cousins Dan, Felicity and Cecily King, hired boy Peter Craig, neighbor Sara Ray and another cousin, Sara Stanley. The latter is the Story Girl of the title, and she entertains the group with fascinating tales including various events in the King family history.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama" by Alison Bechdel

In this follow up to "Fun Home," in which she wrote about growing up with her closeted father, Bechdel now explores her relationship with her mother.  Helen Bechdel was a teacher and amateur actress, a very smart woman unhappily married to a closeted gay man.  Although she has three children, she is not the maternal sort; in fact, she stopped touching or kissing her daughter when Alison was seven.  The author weaves back and forth through time landing on instances from her childhood, college years, post-college struggles, and recent events.  This made the story hard for me to follow, although I'm sure it wasn't supposed to be linear since each chapter has a theme rather than a chronology.  Bechdel refers to the theories of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and the words of writer Virginia Woolf throughout, and she also discusses insights she's had through many sessions in therapy.  I didn't like this book as much as I did "Fun Home," probably because this was nothing like I'd ever read and some of the concepts of Winnicott's were difficult to understand.  Although the author does come to understand and better accept her mother and their relationship, it's sad that she didn't receive more love from either parent.  286 pages.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Absolute Power by David Baldacci

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

A burglar is forced to hide in a safe in the house he is robbing.  Looking through a one way mirror, he sees a murder being committed by the President of the United States.

Audio: about 7 hrs.   
Print:  704 pages

Kickback by Robert B. Parker

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

Teenagers are being sent to a juvenile state-owned facility for little or no crimes.  They have no lawyers and no way to stay out.  Lots of money is going into the facility, but no one knows whose pockets.  The kids must be helped and released.

Audio:  7 hrs. 10 min.
Print:  304 pages

Sunday, August 23, 2015

14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

(Posted for Paul Mathews) 

Women’s Murder Club investigator on one case comes across another.

Audio: 7 hrs. 20 min.
Print:  349 pages

Gathering Prey by John Sandford

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

They are called travelers who move from city to city but commit no crimes.  Exception to the rule:  one group led by a killer and drug dealer is among them, and he has about 20 members.

Audio:  10 hrs. 55 min.
Print:  416 pages

Scorcher by John Lutz

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

Retired ex-cop, now a private investigator, is asked to find a killer who burns his victims.  He uses a flame thrower fashioned from a scuba tank.  There are many suspects and rich parents.  272 pages.

Endangered by C.J. Box

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

Joe Picket's daughter is found severely beaten on the road.  Was it done by her rodeo boyfriend or a stranger?  Joe leaves no stone unturned to solve this crime.

Audio:  10 hrs. 15 min.
Print:  354 pages

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Life or Death by Michael Robotham

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

Audie Palmer spent 10 years in jail for robbery.  Seven million dollars went missing and the before his release, Audie vanishes.

Audio:  13 hrs. 56 min.
Print:  432 pages

The Riddle of Ramrod Ridge by William Cold MacDonald

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

They rescue a Mexican being forced to talk.  He and many others want the $30,000 that disappeared in thin air.

Audio:  7 hrs. 9 min.
Print:  192 pages