Vickie is an aromatherapist working from her home, finishing with a client, when a police officer shows up at her door and tells her that her ex-husband has gone missing. Vickie claims that she hasn't seen him since their divorce years ago, but her memory can’t always be trusted.
The police don't believe her, and David's new wife, Tonya is quick to point fingers.
I enjoyed this book, told in different timelines by a cast of characters that kept me guessing if Vickie would be able to prove her innocence when she herself couldn't be completely sure that she was...
12-year-old Eddie is aboard a flight from New Jersey to Los Angeles with his mother, father, and brother when it crashes, killing everyone on board except for Eddie.
Months later, Eddie – who now goes by Edward- must come to terms with the loss of his entire family and find his new normal under the care of his aunt and uncle.
Flipping back and forth between scenes from the plane before the crash, to Edwards current life, we get a glimpse into the lives of some of the passengers on the ill-fated flight, and how Edward changes in the years after losing everything.
This is an uplifting and hopeful coming of age story about Edward, and about how the human spirit carries on in the face of unspeakable tragedy.
When she’s just 15, Eun Ji’s father takes a job in Korea, but her parents decide their children should stay behind in California.
While her father’s two-year contract stretches out to three years, then four, EJ – left in the care of her college age brother- essentially raises herself.
During that time, her mother writes letters to EJ. The letters search for love and forgiveness, reveal family history, and dispense motherly advice from afar.
Only years later does Eun Ji translate them from Korean to English and begin to understand her mother’s choices.
I was mesmerized by this unique memoir. It is raw and sad but full of love – and it read like poetry all the way through.
It’s the summer of 1959 and 18-year-old Miranda Schuyler has arrived on Winthrop Island for the marriage of her mother to the very wealthy Hugh Fisher. Miranda learns about Winthrop’s elite society from her new stepsister Isobel. Isobel also teaches her about the year-round locals, who are fisherman and domestic help for the summer residents- and how they rarely mix.
After a tragic turn of events, Miranda is forced to leave the island.
Eighteen years later she returns under mysterious circumstances, ready to make peace and get closure for the events of decades before.
Told in alternating years between 1930, 1951, and 1969, and from different points of view, we learn details about Miranda’s life as well as the island’s secrets.
Amy Poehler has long been one of my favorite people. She doesn’t make apologies for saying exactly what’s on her mind, which is something I’ve been attempting to do more of for YEARS. She’s brilliant, hilarious, confident and, an all-around good human being.
Part memoir, part advice column, part scrapbook, reading this book was like being let in on her secret to success. If you like Amy
Poehler, I highly recommend you read this book. You won’t be sorry.
Lovers of trivia and random facts in general will enjoy this informative and fun book. Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds is packed full of hundreds of interesting insights into our culture and our world.
Each Chapter is divided by themes including people and populations, culture and custom, nature, history, geography, and more.
Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. This will be one of my go-to gifts this season for kids and adults alike.
In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein, still a young twenty-something who is unsure about her future, answered a Craigslist help-wanted ad and ended up in the Oval Office as a White House stenographer for the Obama administration.
In this memoir, she gives us a glimpse into the life of a stenographer, a job that entailed recording and transcribing every public meeting, interview, and statement made by the President. Her life becomes a whirlwind of travel and hard work. She meets and befriends others who work “behind the scenes” jobs for the administration.
As a young woman, she’s also still trying to figure out how to fit love into her busy schedule and in doing so falls for all the wrong people.
Even though I wanted to pull my hair out when she kept making the same terrible relationship decisions over and over, I loved the story she had to tell as a whole, especially the stories she shared about her personal interactions with the President, which show his quick and sometimes biting sense of humor.
In Fountains of Silence Ruta Sepetys tells the story of a post war Spain under the dictator Francisco Franco.
In order to boost the economy, Spain welcomes tourists and foreign businesses to Madrid. 18-year-old Daniel Matheson is there with his Spanish mother and American father, an oil tycoon who is hoping to make a business deal with Franco.
While staying in the hotel, Daniel meets Ana, the young girl assigned to help the Matheson family with anything they need during their stay.
Ana has secrets that she must keep. Secrets about herself, and secrets about the entire country where people live in silent terror. Daniel, a budding photographer wants to tell Spain’s story. Together, they forge a relationship that will change both of their lives.
This is the story about love and loss. It’s about choosing what secrets to keep and learning who you can trust with them when it’s time to tell your story.
This novel is geared toward young adults, but people of all ages will love this fantastic story!
Fourteen-year-old Beverly decides to leave her home and her alcoholic mother after the death of her dog, Buddy. With Buddy gone, she no longer has a reason to stay.
She sets off into the world to make it on her own. She’s learned that she can’t count on anyone and she doesn’t want anyone to count on her. She will be self-sufficient. She will make no connections.
She finds herself a job at a seafood restaurant, and she meets Iola, a lonely woman living in a trailer park who takes her in and lets her sleep in her screened in porch.
In her new surroundings Beverly learns to trust people. She learns that she can start taking down the walls that she has put up to protect herself.
I loved this story about Beverly, and the importance of meaningful relationships.
This is the 3rd book in the Raymie Nightingale series by Kate DiCamillo.
Like anyone who lived through it, I remember exactly what I was doing the morning of September 11, 2001. Who could forget?
This book contains the accounts of firefighters, police officers, government officials, and civilians as they remember the events of that fateful day.
One of the first in this book comes from astronaut Frank Culbertson.
Culbertson describes his call to Steve Hart at Mission Control in Houston, Texas.
"Frank, we're not having a very good day down here on Earth," Hart told him.
The first tower has just been hit.
Told in an almost minute by minute timeline, the fate of The World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and Flight 93 come back to life with heartbreaking clarity.
There is no way to get around the anger and sadness from the loss of lives from the attacks, but the heroism shown by Americans helping friends, neighbors and strangers that day is something beautiful to behold.
This one was heart wrenching, but hopeful too.