Tuesday, June 26, 2012
What's on Your Nightstand
Since I posted late and you may have missed it, here's the link to my post of May's Nightstand.
Not the most abundant crop of books this month! Slim pickings on audio books being the main reason.
Terry Helwig's memoir of growing up with a too-young, too-selfish mother is such a sad story, but one so typical today of parents who descend into drug or alcohol abuse. Legions of Grandparents, Aunts, siblings and family friends are today raising children just like Terry--not wanted, not cared for, by parents too selfish to grow up and be a parent. Cudos to the loving step-father (and father of the younger siblings) for caring. Moonlight on the Linoleum.
Growing old sucks....being a 15sucks. Combine the two age groups on a cross-country trip and you have a very, very memorable and enjoyable coming of age story at both ends of the age spectrum. Bill Warrington is struggling to live independently. His grown sons are barely in his life. His daughter sees her role in her father's life more as "parent" than as "child." In the midst is a frustrated granddaughter at odds with her Mom. Grandpa comes to the rescue and they begin their odyssey of adventure and family reunification. In the same genre of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and the Widower's Tale, this one is a gem not to be missed. Bill Warrington's Last Chance, by James King.
A neighborhood tea house, like a local diner or coffee shop, can be a good thing. And this one was! The people who enjoyed Daniel Stanley's cheesecake and other goodies and who had their cups refilled by the kindly Penny were a good group. From the "Creepy Crawleys" (very funny to Downton Abbey fans) and their surprise find to "Sophie Sponge" who gets the revenge every scorned wife dreams of, these and others make this a good read. I wish there was a place like this and people like this in my town--it would certainly be a more enjoyable place to live! The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens.
Through out the year, I try to pick one or two books
annually that are "out of my comfort zone." Stephen King has never appealed to me--not my thing, but while looking for something P and I could agree on to listen to during a long car ride, I found this. And, suprisingly, I liked it. Picture a totalitarian American of the not far off future in which the main sport could be called the Batan Death March. The "Long Walk" is the biggest deal going, but you win by living through it. Yes, the get some food and all the water they need, but it's really about what's inside the young men chosen to walk. I found it eerily believable. The Long Walk by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman
I finally finished and enjoyed both Out of Africa and Dracula, both of which were selections in GoodReads.com's "Cathing up on Classics" group. "Out of Africa" I'd put off for decades because of the movie which I hated. "Dracula" is another that was "out of my comfort zone," but that I ended up enjoying.
I also tried, and threw back, The Expats, which had great promise but was way too confusing on audio. Ditto The Astral, unless I give it one more try tonight.
Need ideas on what to read next? Head over to 5 Minutes for Books for the latest edition of What's on Your Nightstand?