January 29, 2014

After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone    
author Laura Lippman
publisher  William Morrow
to be published February 2014
source  Publisher

summary from Lippman's website:  …an addictive story that explores how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the wife, mistress, and daughters he left behind….

Felix Brewer disappears on July 4, 1976, before the law can catch him for his misdeeds.    Twenty-six years later, Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez works cold cases and attempts to find out what happened to Felix and his mistress.    
My thoughts after reading  After I'm Gone:
1.  This is Laura Lippman's best book to date.  She gets better and better.
2.   Learn something new every day.  I had no idea Jewish people have baptism ceremonies in this day and age.
3.   Lippman masters her characters and the time frames expertly.   I re-lived the seventies, eighties, nineties.   It was enjoyable to watch the characters grow up, age, deal with their jealousies, and each other throughout the decades.
4.    We, the readers,  think Sandy's nickname is because of his last name (Sanchez) or because of his sandy-colored hair.   That's not the case --- we eventually find out the reason for his nickname.
5.   Tess makes a cameo appearance!

January 25, 2014

Beep-beep OWH

Operation Write Home's Our Daily Bread January challenge is to use
STRIPES on our card.

Here's my card for someone to send home to his kid.

January 15, 2014

1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think

1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think
general editor:  Robert Arp
Publisher:  Atria Books
on sale October 29, 2013
source:  publisher

When I received this 941-page (not including the index) volume,  I began reading at my birthyear, on up to today.   Some ideas surprised me: "this didn't happen until I finished college!"  Then I went back to the very beginning at pre-500 CE and skimmed through.  I read pages connected with  my ancestors' birthyears more closely.

This volume has over 900 striking illustrations, charts and photography which add much to the enjoyment of this volume.

I recognized several terms from watching The Big Bang Theory (every episode guarantees a laugh), such as Higgs Boson (1964) and String Theory (1969).

This book rates only 4 stars because the type-face is small with faded print.  Eye-strain was a result.  If we could make it 1002 Ideas, I'd recommend a darker print for this book.

January 12, 2014

If You Find Me

If You Find Me
Emily Murdoch
publisher:  St. Martin's Press
source:  publisher

summary from Goodreads:  A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. 

Don't you sometimes wish you could kick yourself for not doing something sooner?  I had a copy of an advance reader's copy of If You Find Me for a year before picking it up to read.   Once I started, I was absorbed!

Carey and Jenessa live an isolated life in Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park in Wartburg, Tennessee, which is less than 70 miles from where I am.   Carey raises her sister from infancy because their mother's addictions.   After they are rescued, they discover life in civilization,  life with new coats,  full meals, and kind people.    We enjoy reading how Carey copes with the teenage social life.   Jenessa has selective mutism;  Carey is so afraid she will be kicked out after others discover the reason for the mutism.

If You Find Me is Murdoch's debut novel.  It has been nominated for the 2014 Carnegie Medal.  I have my fingers crossed that the book will win.