Sheila, at Journey Through Books, now hosts this exciting meme—a weekly starting gate for the new reading journey.
But first, we reflect on the week behind us, when I started out slowly; my first book was so richly detailed and completely delightful, I did not want to hurry. Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah, takes the reader on a family saga that begins in the state of Washington, zooms us into the past in Russia, and unfolds dramatically in modern-day Alaska. My review is HERE.
Next, I dived into Home Repair, by Liz Rosenberg, a tale of love gone wrong, which I've reviewed HERE.
Then, on the weekend, I finished two more books: Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, by Fannie Flagg, reviewed on my EXPLORATIONS blog; and Letter to My Daughter, by George Bishop (an Amazon Vine read), reviewed on REFLECTIONS.
Still whirling from these very different tales, I am still so ready for the new week, with this collection of books:
These books are all from my TBR piles and have been there awhile, so completing this journey will feel like a victory!
First, we have James Patterson's Big Bad Wolf, an Alex Cross tale. On the flap, we read:
Next we peek into a slim volume written by Molly Jong-Fast, the daughter of Erica Jong, called Girl (maladjusted).Alex Cross is battling the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered—a predator known as the Wolf.
In his first case since joining the FBI, he and his colleagues are stymied. Across the country, people are kidnapped in broad daylight, and then disappear completely. Not taken for ransom, they are bought and sold...ordinary men and women, sold as slaves...
A Publishers Weekly review on Amazon describes it like this:
Jong-Fast (Normal Girl) writes about growing up with her eccentric, bohemian mother (novelist Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying) in a Manhattan townhouse with a hot pink door. She pads the memories with sarcastic commentary about her love of chocolate, daytime TV and recreational drugs; her expulsions from school and success at rehab; and her experiences with "legions of servants," resulting in a memoir that's long on jokes but short on substance. The 25-year-old author remembers her lesbian great aunt who, as an old woman, shocked the family by holding hands with a male rabbi; her grandfather, novelist Howard Fast, who was obsessed with the idea that the New York Times Book Review hated him; and her mom's various wildly inappropriate boyfriends, as well as the one who worked out (a divorce lawyer). She entertains with tales of her childhood encounters with a long line of therapists—who inevitably and boringly questioned her about how her mother's erotic writing affected her psyche—and her friendship with a beautiful, kind girl who turned out not to be perfect. Unfortunately, the stories' potential juiciness fizzles into snide remarks about the unattractive hijinks of the privileged. Ironic yet lacking insight, this collection provides an illuminating window into the world of the kids of "semi-celebrities," but its characters remain frustratingly unsympathetic.Hmm, maybe not so good, but we'll see!
Next I have chosen Gail Godwin's Evenings at Five, which I've had for awhile, too.
A blurb from Amazon:
Celebrated novelist Godwin (Father Melancholy's Daughter) lost her companion of nearly 30 years, the composer Robert Starer, two years ago, and this book is a devoted, quirky, wry and surprisingly powerful fictionalization of aspects of their life together as working artists. It takes its text, as Godwin might like to say (her last novel was, after all, Evensong) from the cocktail hour the pair observed, well, religiously, at the end of their working day, exchanging their jokes, their thoughts, their sense of themselves and their friends and neighbors. It swiftly and seamlessly moves into husband Rudy's long illness, nobly borne, and wife Christina's profound sense of loss after his death, tempered frequently by flashes of hilarity and sweet sense...Finally, another rather hefty volume, which really needs to introduction to most of us...Barbara Walters' memoir Audition.
On the book flap, we read that: ...this amazing woman who interviewed heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, etc., for more than forty years, now has turned her gift of examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.With 578 pages to tell us everything we wanted to know and more, I am still quite sure that it will move quickly. I've been itching to read this one for awhile!
So that's it for my week...what are the rest of you reading? Hope you'll stop by, leave some comments, and link back to your own posts.
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