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.
In a possible future without technology on new land after the British/American Crossing we seem destined to repeat the past. The utopian socialism established by our founder William Tear has collapsed and we are living a feudalistic déjà vu brought on by old fashioned greed and corruption. Can the magic of compassion and integrity in a new queen inspire the masses and root out the evil of apathy? First of a trilogy!
Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two young people in New York during the first decades of the twentieth century. Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” spending her days in a fish tank. One night Coralie stumbles upon a young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods. Eddie Cohen is the son of a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Orthodox community and lives on his own. Coralie is smitten and Eddie ultimately saves her from her strange life. Hoffman has created a novel rich in history and filled with fascinating characters. The added sense of danger and mystery will keep you reading into the night.
This is a young adult book about a teen flying to see his father in Alaska for the summer. The plane crashes and the pilot is killed. He has to use his ingenuity to stay alive and struggles with finding hope and the will to survive. We follow his struggles in the wilderness to stay alive.
This well written non-fiction history of Josephine Bonaparte reads almost like a novel. It follows Josephine as a young, somewhat lazy and not particularly educated, girl through her adulterous years in which she develops her political skills and charms that become her essence of survival through adulthood. She strengthens through an unhappy first marriage and divorce, France's political turmoil, and as a prisoner watching her friends die by guillotine almost meeting the same fate.
Upon first meeting, Napoleon is pulled to Josephine like an addiction. As life progresses marriage occurs, wars are won, and more power is gained by Napoleon. Josephine, in turn, becomes deeply attached to Napoleon. She is everything Napoleon is not. Napoleon is brash, rude and socially inept. After years of marriage and as crowned Emperor, Napoleon needs an heir that Josephine cannot deliver most likely due to health effects from being a prisoner. The divorce was painful for both Napoleon and Josephine.
Although their tumultuous relationship reveals flawed traits of both Josephine and Napoleon the reader will be brought to realize why their relationship continues to intrigue us to this day.
(If you like this you may be interested in reading Saundra Gulland's fictional trilogy on Josephine. You will be pleased with how closely it follows this non-fiction writing.)
If you’re a street kid who lives in a tree-house & spends your time surfing, skating & playing basketball what kind of job could you hope to get? What are your assets & strengths? And, what are your weaknesses? You’re officially “missing” until you turn 18 (unless you want to get shipped back to Nebraska) so that means no driver’s license & no car. But, let’s focus on what you do have…
RED RISING is a government resistant novel not unlike The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, with heightened violence. However, the new twist of this resistance takes place on colonized Mars. Darrow is born a Red, the slave class. He is charismatic, a hard worker, clever and strong, and not likely to cause problems with the establishment. That is until his young wife is executed by the hand of the Golds, the ruling class, for singing a forbidden song. Darrow has the opportunity to be reborn as a Gold to enter their ranks to begin the rebellion from within their class. The violence and pain he endures is for the sake of his martyred wife. Much of this book, which is written with the intention of being a series, features a year long trial for all the young, eligible Golds to prove their worthiness and value and to be chosen for their careers. Despite the violence, you will enjoy each page and eagerly await book 2!
Lost Lake the newest book of Sarah Addison Allen is another wonderful tale of second chances. "Worlds of regret and missed opportunities and lost loves found again" was one reviewer's thought of the book.
This story has wonderful character development and it was a book that I did not want to end. If you are familiar with her other books, you know each one contains a bit of magic. This is a beautiful tale of a widowed mom, Kate, and her young daughter who escape their life in Atlanta for an adventure in a remote area of Southern Georgia called "Lost Lake".
COYOTE WIND is the first in a series of mysteries based in rural Montana. Gabriel DuPre, a brand inspector who's heritage is French Indian, is reluctantly drawn into crime solving. In his spare time he plays fiddle in the local bar and juggles his lover, two teenage daughters and an assortment of eccentric friends and neighbors. Bowen's books are fast paced and full of humor and history.
This is the story of Peekay, a South African boy of British origin, whose childhood is marked by trials and abandonment. His experience in a Dutch boarding school gives him the determination he later needs to become Welter Weight Champion of the World. Set after WWII, this story shows the many ways in which people affect our lives, but that ultimately it is the power of one that changes the world.