Carousel Court

Title: Carousel Court Author: Joe McGinniss  Jr. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pub. Date: 2 August 2016 Genre: General Fiction   Okay. I finally finished reading it after putting it down twelve…yep, twelve…times.   This is a story of misery and dissatisfaction, hopelessness and worthlessness, with drugs and sex. Everyone is pretty and unhappy. Blah blah…

Queen Bees & Wannabes

Title: Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New Realities of Girl World Author: Rosalind Wiseman Publisher: Harmony Pub. Date: 26 July 2016 Genre: Nonfiction, Family, Parenting My thoughts: This book is a wonderfully readable and rigorous resource for parents. Wiseman is a formidable source of comfort and reason,…

I Am No One

Title: I Am No One Author: Patrick Flanery Publisher: Tim Duggan Books Pub. Date: 5 July, 2016   To know that we are being passively observed is such a fundamental part of our culture that we hardly notice anymore. But, what if passive became active, wouldn’t the same feelings of notional security become malignant and…

(Robert Parker’s) Slow Burn

Title: Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Pub. Date: 3 May, 2016 Series: Spenser #44 Genre: Suspense, Hard-Boiled, Crime Fiction   Throughout the twisted case that develops as the Boston P.I. pursues a serial arsonist, Spenser and his friends are in control and smooth as ever. In this new novel Ace Atkins…

Dodgers

Title: Dodgers Author: Bill Beverly Publisher:  Crown Pub. Date: 5 April, 2016 Genre: Gritty, Contemporary, Urban Fiction, Adventure, Coming-of-age   This book came out in April and it has been sitting on my shelf since before then because I wasn’t sure I was going to like it enough to add to the conversation about it….

Sacrifices

Title: Sacrifices Author: Maggie Voysey Paun Publisher: PublishNation Pub. Date: 11 November, 2015 Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Historical   After a stroke, Rose is lost in her past where her young son, Joseph, went missing in the African jungle. Lilia, out of a need to understand the mystery behind some of the things she finds out…

With Love From the Inside

Title: With Love From The Inside Author: Angela Pisel Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Pub. Date: 9 August, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Fiction   I am giving this one four stars because of two things: 1) It made me cry. 2) When I was two-thirds of the way through the book, I had to put it down…

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

Title: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife Author: Meg Elison Publisher: Sybaritic Press Pub. Date: 5 June, 2014, 11 Oct. 2016 Genre: Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic, Survival   When an illness sweeps across the world wiping out nearly all women and children and many men as well, one of the few survivors—a woman who happens to be…

Pretty Paper

Title: Pretty Paper Author: Willie Nelson with David Ritz Publisher: Blue Rider Press Pub. Date: 22 November, 2016   This is a warm holiday story made to fit Willie Nelson’s song Pretty Paper. A tale, or fable, as it has been called, that is both a glimpse into the early years of Willie’s career and…

Anna and the Swallow Man

Title: Anna and the Swallow Man Author: Gavriel Savit Publisher: Knopf Pub. Date: 26 January 2016 Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, War   Anna is a young girl in 1939 Poland when the Germans come and take away her father. Left alone to fend for herself, she falls into the care of the Swallow Man, who…

The Last Days of Night

Title: The Last Days of Night Author: Graham Moore Publisher: Random House Pub Date: 16 August 2016 Genre: Historical fiction. Mystery, Drama   The billion dollar lawsuit and epic battle between the powerful corporations of Westinghouse and Edison to capture the nation’s electrical future seems to hinge on a beautiful liar, the unreliable ramblings of…

Sealed Up

Title: Sealed Up Author: Steve Dunn Hanson Publisher: Steve Dunn Hanson Pub. Date: August 1st 2016 Series: The Course of Fate #1 Genre: Suspense thriller, archeological, theological   Luke, the dynamic evangelist, not only believes in the prophesies of Edgar Cayce but in his own secret personal role in them. Nathan Hill, the anthropologist specializing…