For those of us enthralled by language this book explores the hidden power of language for both good and evil. And the magic of persuasion and manipulation that we are all subject to, all of us except the “poets”; a secret society trained somewhere outside of Arlington, VA. Who are they? What is their purpose? Why are they important? And, what do they have to do with an innocent brainwashed man named Wil? What if there was a word – one word, ancient and deadly?
[Winner of the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award]
I was not sure what to expect from this author since this was one of the first times I read her books but this story gave me the chills! Three friends head off to an island to fix up a house to possible rent out and it turns into horrifying trip that will change them forever. It is partly based on a true story which makes it even more terrifying. Keep the lights on.
This book is for those of you who like history. The author shares stories about different subjects and people that happened in 1927. And you thought 1927 was just about the history's severe depression. Bryson shares stories about Charles Lingbergh who was a true social misfit, Babe Ruth's explosion onto the baseball field, as well as Al Capone's adventures with the gangster scene. This book is full of amazing stories and details about fascinating people of this time.
A story about two sisters and their mother who told the girls a story about a prince and a peasant girl in Russia but never finished the tale. The mother was unemotional, detached vs the father who was the warm, welcoming parent. As the tale finally unfolds the background of the mother unfolds as well.
This fairly new author (this is her 4th book) brings a fresh voice on the horror-theme. She ties modern day family issues with an interesting spin on being haunted by bad decisions and the non-living. Three pages in, I was pulled in and could not wait to see the outcome this family’s story.
While hiking the deserts of the Southwest, the jungles of South America, Asia or the Far East we feel lucky to come across a relic of the past; do we ask ourselves is it ours to keep, ours to have displayed in a museum or hide away in a closet or basement where no one can enjoy or study them? Who do they belong to? Have Archaeologists and Anthropologists been some of the grave and site robbers and destructors of the past and are we grave and site robbers of the present? These are a few of the questions that well known naturalist, ecologist Craig Childs explores.
Mr. Childs work is based upon the Native American ruins and the inconsistent nature of archaeological site excavations. He has included much history and done an enormous amount of research on this topic. He’s made the story engaging, at times suspenseful and has the reader questioning their own motives, rights and principles. I found myself both agreeing with Mr. Childs then at times disagreeing with him; I was constantly questioning myself which is an awesome sign of a good read.
The author is known for her romantic adventures, however, this book is a mystery involving a murder on Evening Lake, a quiet community that is close to Boston and all of its crimes. The characters that she develops in this mystery are a mixed bag with expansive background information and colorful personalities. The main character is detective Harry Jordan who gets involved in a murder investigation concerning one of his neighbors and the small lake community. A great summer/fall mystery read with good character development.
Faithful Place is about an old, unsolved disappearance of a young woman from a working class neighborhood in Ireland. When an article is found belonging to the missing woman her boyfriend is called to identify the item. The boyfriend is also the detective. The book delivers the mystery and delves into the life of the detective, his losses, his perspectives and finally the changes he needs make to make in his life. I would definitely read another of her books.
Most of us have to rely on help from family at some point in our lives. What happens when that goes haywire in a hilarious and scarily bad way? Can we redeem ourselves and forgive our family? Why is it that family always seems to bring out the worst in us? Why do we hurt the ones we love the most? And, can we break the cycle before irreparable damage is done? This is a book we can all relate to.