Yesterday, I saw a large display of the new book by Ainsley Earhardt, Take Heart, My Child: a Mother’s Dream. The author will be at our local Barnes & Noble on March 25, 2017, hence the huge display.
Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a look. All I can say is that I wish someone had said to me the things the mother in the book says to her child. Every child should hear those words. To read my review, click right here.
My book club meets tomorrow afternoon. Oh, yes, I’ve read the book, Three Wishes, by Liane Moriarty. The problem is that, since reading it, I’ve read several other books. Now I need to go back and skim it again so I’ll be able to discuss it at book club. I’m now almost finished with Sweet Salt Air, by Barbara Delinsky, and loving it. Do you ever read ahead like this? I have to sign off now. Gotta go refresh my memory of Three Wishes, and I still have several book reviews to write. There are never enough hours in the day…
This wonderful dramatization of real-life events, The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd, sparked one of the best book club discussions our neighborhood book club has had in its short life of about a year-and-a-half. There was something in this book to which that almost all of us could relate in one way or another: human rights, women’s rights, social mores, to name a few. Of course, the story engendered a discussion of how far women’s rights, in general, have come.
One member thought we have come too far, but the rest of us are eager to continue progressing. After all, women still are not paid the same as men for doing the same job. What’s up with that, anyway? Slavery still exists in our world, but these days, it is more likely to be human trafficking of girls, young women, and young boys. To read my review of this masterpiece about real people in American history, click right here.
Our book club chose Keeping Christmas, by Dan Walsh, thinking it would be a fun Christmasy book to discuss at our December meeting. Not! Only one of the members present at our meeting really liked the book. Everyone else said the main character should “get a life”.
There were a couple of life lessons, though:
- we can’t live our lives through others, even — especially — our children; true happiness must come from within; and
- the line spoken by Stan, “You don’t put your hobbies and toys ahead of your family’s needs.”
To read my review of this sad/sweet story click right here.
Our book club will be reading Sue Monk Kidd‘s The Invention of Wings in January for our February 2, discussion. I reserved it at the local library, and it became available far sooner than needed, so I went ahead and read it. It was fantastic. Kidd has a way of developing characters with whom the reader can almost see. They seem to come to life right on her pages. I recommend The Invention of Wings to everyone who reads. To read my review of this impressive book, click right here.
Posted in Book Club, Fiction, History
Tagged Angelina Grimke, Charleston, Grimke Sisters, grumpy book reviewer, Quakers, Sarah Grimke, SC, slavery in the north, slavery in the south, Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
I tried, I really tried to read this book. I just couldn’t get through it. The most telling thing is that before our book club meeting, one of the members sent out an e-mail asking what we thought of the book. My reply was short and to the point: “Not much.” The next time I saw her she said my reply was the nicest response she received. You can read my review of this book by clicking right here. What about this book made me grumpy? Everything!
Last week, there was a book segment on the Today show with a panel of authors and publishers. One of the featured books was Indelible Ink, which explores the work of a courageous early-18th-century journalist in the face of the strict censorship of British rule in the American colonies; and how his work led to the freedom of expression as we know it today. Of course, I was hooked immediately. I ordered it for my Nook, but had to finish a beach read I had already started. I’m now reading Indelible Ink, loving it, and can’t wait to finish it and tell you all about it.
Posted in History, Just Book Talk, Non-Fiction
Tagged American history, American Revolution, book clubs, corrupt politicians in the 18th century, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, good books, grumpy book reviewer, Indelible Ink, journalism, newspapers, Richard Kluger
I just published my review of Daniel Silva’s The Black Widow. Already waiting for the next book in this series. To read my review of this great book click right here.
I’ve been chasing bad guys for a while, now it’s time to move on to a different genre. Stay tuned for reviews of some fantastic books that are “must reads”.