I had the pleasure of listening to this book written and narrated by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.
Told in a conversational style, the couple talk about their families, their marriage, their careers, food, art, puzzles, sex, values, and books- among other things.
I like each of these people as actors, but I really fell in love with them as a real-life couple. You can tell they have genuine love and respect for each other and a good sense of humor about life in general.
If you need a book to remind you that true love really does exist, this is it!
All Adults Here is a great story about small town life, told by the members of the Strick family.
Astrid is the widowed mother of the family who sees a friend get hit by a bus in the middle of town, which causes her to reflect on her life and how her family and friend have altered the trajectory of her life.
In alternating perspectives, we meet Astrid’s children who are each dealing with their own family issues.
I enjoyed the way family secrets were slowly revealed and how the events of each person's life rippled into the lives of the others, it made for very enjoyable reading.
Simon The Fiddler begins right before the end of the Civil War. Until then, Simon has kept himself out of military duty. After a fight in a bar in Texas, he finds himself conscripted into the Confederate Army.
Thankfully, Simon is a skilled fiddler and his talents land him an easy assignment within the regimental band.
The night before the Confederacy is to surrender, the band is called to perform for officers from both sides and their families. That night, he spots a beautiful young woman in the crowd named Doris Dillon, who is the governess to the young daughter of a Union Colonel.
In love, Simon inquires for information about Doris and learns that she must remain with the Colonel's family for three years to finish her servitude, and with the war now ended, they go their separate ways.
Meanwhile, Simon decides to use the three years travelling around Texas making money as a musician until he can buy some land, so that when Doris is free, they can be together...
“I am ana. I was the wife of Jesus”
What kind of woman would the wife of Jesus be?
The answer in this work of fiction was a beautifully written and well researched story about a woman named Ana.
Ana’s father is a wealthy scribe who works for the ruler of Galilee.
Unlike most women of the time, Ana is smart and well educated and spends her time secretly writing down the stories of women whose stories may be forgotten if not recorded. She is headstrong and daring and wants a different life than what is expected of her by religious tradition.
However, fourteen year old Ana is basically the property of her father and must obey his rules. He arranges a marriage for her to a wealthy older man.
She hates the man and prays to be delivered from this fate.
A chance encounter in the market brings her face to face with a young man named Jesus and they are drawn together.
While the narrative does touch on Jesus's story, it is really about Ana and her relationship with her husband -who is not Jesus as we know him now, but to her, just the man she loves, who resists Roman occupation and lives his religious convictions.
I expected to find a lot of religion in this story but instead found a story about how human beings can alter their own lives and in some cases, shape the entire history of the world. I also found the story of a brave and brilliant woman named Ana, who refused to be silent at a time when women were almost completely invisible.
This week, my boys and I revisited a favorite from my childhood, Matilda by Roald Dahl.
Matilda Wormwood is a genius. At the age of five, she can do double digit multiplication in her head and is a voracious reader. Sadly for Matilda, however, she was born to the world's worst, most terrible, and selfish parents ever. They discourage her love of reading and think being smart is the most useless trait she can have. She begs them to enroll her in school and they refuse but eventually let her go because they get sick of dealing with the pranks she's plays on them in retaliation for not allowing her to go to school.
She arrives at school to find “The Trunchbull '' who is the tyrannical headmistress that positively hates children.
Miss Honey, her teacher, realizes that Matilda is special and together they find that Matilda has unusual powers that allow her to stand up for herself and others in very creative ways.
In true Dahl style, this story is fun and heartwarming and silly. It’s no wonder that it has also been turned into a movie and a stage play. Now is the perfect time to read it with the kids in your life or to revisit it if you read it years ago.
Poland. World War II. As Nazis invade their town, Roza and her five-year-old daughter Shira seek shelter in a neighbor's barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, they must stay silent to remain undetected. This would be difficult to do for any five year old, but Shira is a musical prodigy and must hum, tap and sing the music she hears in her head. To keep her daughter quiet and to pass the time, Roza tells Shira stories about a little girl in an enchanted garden who is forbidden from talking and making sounds - so a little yellow bird sings whatever the girl composes in her head, which helps the enchanted garden bloom. Eventually they can no longer be safely hidden and Roza must decide whether to keep Shira with her or to send her away for a chance to survive with others who promise to keep her safe. This is a beautiful story about the bond between mother and child and the ways people sustain themselves during difficult times.This debut novel is a definite must-read.
When Alice was a few years old, she was kidnapped. Luckily, her father, a police officer, finds her and returns her home to safety.
Now that Alice is an adult, she spends all her free time on a website where people all around the country can try to find people who are missing. One day while scrolling the website, she sees a photo of a familiar face - the man who kidnapped her – who is now missing himself. As quickly as the post goes up, it vanishes, and Alice realizes something strange is going on.
After meeting up with others who are also fans of the site, she decides to go looking for this mysterious man and finds herself caught up between her own reality and long buried secrets from the past, leaving her to wonder if she truly is one of the “lucky ones.”
Robin Martine runs a popular YouTube channel and has gone viral with her witch-hunter series. What her fans are unaware of though, is that her videos are not just well made mini- movies. Her videos are REAL.
She returns to her hometown of Blackfield, seeking revenge against the coven of powerful witches who killed her mother.
Gathering a group of old friends to help on her mission, she tries to figure out how to take her revenge without being killed themselves by the mysterious “Red Lord” that seems to be hunting them.
I loved this book by local Author S.A. Hunt. It was a departure from what I normally read but I was drawn in right from chapter one and could NOT put it down.
I am impatiently waiting for the continuation of this series.
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.