I'm a fan of everything Ann Patchett writes!
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. In the end I liked it, but I was more than halfway through before it grabbed me.
This book was wild! The author was raised on a mountain with her ultra-conservative, survivalist Mormon family. Without any education she gets into BYU at the age of 17 and ends up earning graduate degrees from Cambridge and Harvard. The story is so compelling I finished it in two sittings.
Incredibly bittersweet story of two families: the Jongas, immigrants from Cameroon surviving in New York City while struggling to obtain legalization papers, and the Edwards', members of the elite who employ Jende Jonga as a chauffeur. The characters in this story are unforgettable.
This book was hard to get into in the beginning but I read the last 2/3 in 2 days. Not my favorite by Gaiman (that would be Neverwhere) but I really enjoyed it.
In 2014 journalist Shane Bauer went undercover as a correctional officer in a for-profit prison in Louisiana. A scathing look at the history of the prison system in the US and today's for profit prisons, Bauer deftly weaves together the past and present to bring to light and issue that few people care to know about but absolutely should.
Page 19. I've already picked my jaw up off the floor several times.
I give this to my friends with newborns because it's entertaining for the parents and the infants are too young to be confused by silent letters!
Definitely not for me. I don't mind when books don't have a happy ending, or when the ending isn't wrapped up in a neat bow. But to have the main character's life completely go to pieces in the last few pages is lazy and unnecessary.
I borrowed this from the library but I enjoyed it so much I'm going to buy a copy!
This was a book club pick and I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. I tend to read more about the Revolutionary War and WWII. The writing is just so incredible! The characters in this book are as real to me as the men in Band of Brothers. I found myself going back to re-read certain passages because they were so well written. Now I need to watch Ken Burns' Vietnam.
Couldn't put it down!
Well researched and interesting. Some of the technical descriptions were too dense for me. I have not read any of McCullough's other books but members of my book club enjoyed 1776 and John Adams more. Luna was tired of being ignored.
The story flips between past and present day. Rill Foss is 12 years old when she and her 4 siblings are abducted and taken to the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Avery Stafford returns home to help her ailing father, a senator, and is being groomed to take over his office. An encounter with a dementia patient at a nursing home leads Avery to unearth secrets from her family's past.
The Tenn. Children's Home Society was a real and horrific place.
The lives of the Bloch-Bauers and their friends were so richly detailed I felt as though I knew them personally. Out of all of the WWII novels I've read, this is the first to describe the reluctance of the Austrian government to not only make restitution to its Jewish citizens but also their systematic denial that they did anything wrong. I found the ending of the book far more bittersweet than that of the movie
I'm finally tackling this one after it's been sitting on my shelf for years. 200 pages in and I'm really enjoying it so far. I normally lose interest in books that are overly descriptive but in this case I feel like I'm watching a movie rather than reading. And the style is so different from anything I've ever read.