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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth by Gail Simone

Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth was amazing! It definitely had some of my favorite Wonder Woman moments ever in it. Tom Tresser, aka Nemesis, also makes an appearance on Themyscira to meet Hippolyta, Diana's mother. It has a great "boyfriend meets the parents for the first time" amusement to it. 

This graphic novel combines 4 different stories, which is both awesome and confusing. Wonder Woman faces off against the devil and the Queen of Fables. She also visits Hollywood to review the set of a Wonder Woman movie in the making - which is a clever disguise by the evil Queen of Fables. The movie set scenes are hilarious with Diana's reactions to the way certain moments from her life are portrayed. 

Definitely a must-read for any Wonder Woman fan.

142 pages

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

A very rich, old recluse hangs himself but leaves 90% of his millions to his caretaker.  The will hopefully makes up for injustices in his family’s past. 

Audio:  18 hrs. 27 min.
Print:  656 pages

Monday, July 21, 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Summary: "Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."

Eleanor faces a very tough home life with an emotionally abusive stepfather, but she finds peace in a growing relationship with her new friend Park. Eleanor and Park have a rocky start to their relationship when they are forced to sit next to each other on the school bus. Eleanor struggles with being bullied at school because of the way she looks and dresses (her family is  very poor), and Park struggles with how to handle his fondness for Eleanor while dealing with the way everyone else treats her.

328 pages

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad" by Dan Bucatinsky

Bucatinsky and his partner, now his husband, had been together over 10 years before deciding to have children.  This book consists of short vignettes of their journey to adopt and their evolution as dads once they do.  Perhaps best known for his role as James Novak on TV's Scandal, Bucatinsky writes with a lot of candor and humor about raising a girl and boy in Los Angeles along with his personal doubts of being a good parent.  He relays cute dialog with his kids, his insecurities when they seem to favor his husband, and his worries about how they will deal with being adopted by two men as they get older.  Luckily, they have lots of friends and families who accept and love them unconditionally.  I found one of the most insight parts to be when Bucatinsky worries that his four-year-old son's "tough guy swagger" may indicate that he'll be a bully and terrorize kids as he was terrorized himself.  There are other serious issues, but the author writes with lovable humor and tons of self-deprecation.  Recommended.  245 pages.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

Sequel to "The Shining."  Danny Torrance learned to control his psychic power. A 12-year-old has the ability, and psychic killers want to kill her and drain her of her powers.  

Audio:  21 hrs. 15 min.
Print:  544 pages

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Summary: "Cath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father."

Cath also struggles with separating from her twin sister while at college and dealing with her mother who abandoned them. To cope with her personal problems, Cath relies on writing fanfaction for her favorite book series, Simon Snow, (which is very similar to Harry Potter). Fangirl is unique in that it includes snippets from both the fictional Simon Snow series as well as snippets of Cath's fanfiction at the beginning of each chapter. 

I enjoyed the book overall, but the ending doesn't provide much satisfaction or closure. 

438 pages

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

New York’s elite task force has to solve high profile murders. Cops can’t be killers, or can they?

Audio:  8 hrs. 10 min.
Print:  416 pages

Friday, July 11, 2014

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

Detective Lindsay Boxer is the target of a female killer. A cruise ship is hijacked. People in the city are being poisoned by hamburgers. 

Audio:  7 hours 20 min.
Print:  416 pages

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The House on Dirty-Third Street by Jo S. Kittinger

When a Mother and her young daughter have to move into a different house, the only one they can afford is in an older neighborhood on Thirty-third Street. When the daughter sees it, she thinks it should be named Dirty-third street, because the house, and the neighborhood are rundown and dingy.

But members of their new church, and then their new neighbors, help them clean and paint and fix up the house, and they end up with a new home, not an old house.

32 pages

Dictionary of Missouri Biography Edited by Christensen, Foley, Kremer, Winn

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

It all starts with the letter A for Ace Goodman who with his wife Jane formed the comedy team the Easy Aces. Z is for Thomas Zimmerman who led the Assemblies of God from 1959-1985. James Hart Stark founded the Stark Brothers nurseries and Orchards. Harold Bell Wright wrote "Shepherd of the Hills" set in the Ozarks. Tennessee Williams plays and stories were shocking but show passion. Laura E. Wilder’s book are chronicling her childhood. Eugene Field in 1870 was noted for hijinks and good writings; he also worked for three Missouri newspapers. Samuel Clemons in Feb. 1863 in Carson City signed three articles Mark Twain a pseudonym he used. The Yocum brothers of the Ozarks laundered their profits from  alcoholic sales by making own silver dollars  known as “Yocum Dollars."

Audio:  85 hours, 52 min.
Print:  824 pages