Don’t you just love sweet children’s books that teach them good things — important things, without them ever realizing that they’re learning? I always bought educational toys for my daughter, and was thrilled (and impressed) when, on her first birthday, she mastered one of those wooden puzzles with large pieces for tiny hands before the end of that day. Of course, I went out and bought more.
Wonderful Things reinforces the love of the parent for the child, and shows children they can be anything they want to be. To read my full review of The Wonderful Things You Will Do, click right here.
Leaps and Bounce, follow a frog’s life from the egg to a grown-up frog. It’s a delightful, exuberant view of growing up in this big world. To read my full review of Leaps and Bounce, click here.
Recently, Simon and Schuster sent me a book to review. It is The Fall of Lisa Bellow, by Susan Perabo. It is a masterpiece of the way families handle the psychological trauma in the aftermath of the kidnapping of a child. Yet, I found it to be slow-paced, and depressing. Because of the way the subject matter was handled, it will likely win some awards. To read my review, click right here.
They have already sent another book which has yet to be published. I have to say I liked it better. That review will follow very soon.
This is a definitely book for serious lovers of history, legal arguments, or journalism. If it isn’t required reading at the college level, it should be. Did you know Americans have not always had a free press? At one time, to speak or write about government corruption, even when it was true, could get you jailed. The judge had the right to chose whether or not you had a jury present, or whether he would decide your fate. Thank goodness for James Alexander, William Smith, those behind Zenger’s newspaper, and Andrew Hamilton, attorney extraordinaire.
Those who know me well, know I love a good (factual, not emotional) debate. So, rest assured, I loved this account of the trial that provided Americans with a truly free press that would hold our government accountable for its actions. Peter Zenger suffered months in jail so that we could have this freedom. Thank you, Mr. Zenger. To read my review click right here.
Posted in History, Non-Fiction
Tagged 18th century history, American history, Andrew Hamilton, corrupt politicians in the 18th century, free press, good journalism, government corruption, history, James Alexander, John Chambers, John Peter Zenger, journalism, landmark case, landmark trials, law, legal arguments, Lewis Morris, William Alexander Cosby, William Smith
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.