The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Cover

When a mysterious ad catches the attention of the city’s gifted children, only good can come from several mind-bending test. Right? With the assistance of Mr. Benedict’s trusted associate, gifted children flock to see who is the smartest, and who will get the opportunity to serve this mysterious benefactor. Reynie an orphan, Sticky an anxious boy with a remarkable memory, Constance a bossy little girl, and bucket carrying Kate are the four chosen children. The newly formed Mysterious Benedict Society will use their individual gifts and intuition to save the world, from evil Mr. Curtain and his plan to brainwash the world through the television. Their journey is full of mystery, suspense, and many twists and turns that you never see coming.

When women were birds

When women were birds Book Cover

This is a memoir that continues the work of Williams’ “Refuge”, honoring her mother’s identity and memory. Her mother died of cancer at a young age and left Terry her journals, of which she was surprised to discover that they were all blank. It is a book about nature, family, history, and what it means to have a voice.

Raven Girl

Raven Girl Book Cover

By the author of “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, this is a modern day fairytale with full page illustrations that are very endearing. The story is about the education and transformation of a young girl. It also deals with metamorphosis, dark justice, and the modern magic of technology and medicine. I was engrossed with the story from the start and was surprised with the satisfying ending. Consider this something new and worthwhile.

Mrs Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Mrs Lincoln’s Dressmaker Book Cover

This is a thought-provoking historical fiction, giving readers a glimpse into the intimate lives of the Lincoln’s through the eyes of Elizabeth Keckley. Elizabeth, a former slave who used her skills that helped her buy her freedom, became a well-known dressmaker for the elite. One of which was none other than Mary Todd Lincoln. Elizabeth becomes Mary’s best friend and confidant, helping Mary through the good and the bad. A great story that makes you feel like you are right there with Elizabeth as all of the events unfold.

The Patron way : from fantasty to fortune, lessons on taking any business from idea to iconic brand : the untold inside story of the world’s most successful tequila

The Patron way : from fantasty to fortune, lessons on taking any business from idea to iconic brand : the untold inside story of the world’s most successful tequila Book Cover

This is a fascinating read as well as a captivating story from beginning to end with a motto of believing in yourself . This story has passion for the product as well as the ups and downs of getting a new product to market and accepted by the industry. The author also allows us into her personal life with the founders of Patron- Martin Crowley and John Paul Dejoria . What a ride Patron had from the beginning .

Tales of the night [videorecording-JDVD]

Tales of the night [videorecording-JDVD] Book Cover

Tales of the Night by Michel Ocelot presents six animated classic tales from all over the world by juxtaposing dark silhouettes with a vivacious colorful background. The rich colors are so stunning and memorizing that visual immersion is irresistible. This film offers a truly unique experience in storytelling.

A tale for the time being

A tale for the time being Book Cover

A woman walking along the beach on an island in the remote Pacific Northwest, finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox containing a diary written by a young Japanese girl and other assorted items. She believes that it is part of the debris from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The diary is in English, the letters in Japanese. She wonders if the girl was killed in the disaster or committed suicide as implied in the diary. A very moving tale of the young girl and her life in Tokyo, her great-grandmother, a Zen Buddhist nun and her great-uncle, a Kamikaze pilot in WWII.

Afterwards

Afterwards Book Cover

A woman runs into a burning school to rescue her teenage daughter. Both are grievously injured and are in comas. They find each other as spirits and follow their family and friends as they try to discover who set the fire and why. It may sound weird but works amazingly well and you come to care deeply for all of the characters. It is a compelling study of mothers and daughters and what we all would do for those we love. This book will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

Joy for beginners

Joy for beginners Book Cover

This is a great chick book. Kate has survived cancer and the ensuing treatment. She is challenged by her friend Marion to celebrate her new lease on life by taking a river trip with her daughter. Kate is reticent but then Marion challenges all six of the friends to also do something that scares them. The reader follows each of the friends and their personal challenge.

The Bartender’s Tale

The Bartender’s Tale Book Cover

This is a delightful story about a simpler time, a father’s love for his son and their adventures in a small northern Montana town. The father is a proprietor of a bar, aka, the local community watering hole. We follow Rusty and his best friend, Francie, through their childhood, their adventures and their coming of age. I did not want this to book to end.