Billie Jean Sloane was created for life's dramatic moments. Nothing she does is "beige"...she is washed in vivid colors from Day One.
She brings to m Billie Jean Sloane was created for life's dramatic moments. Nothing she does is "beige"...she is washed in vivid colors from Day One.
She brings to mind another such colorful character...Scarlett O'Hara! Except that Billie Jean actually does have her "happy ending". It's a long time coming, and she has to go through several "rehearsals" first, but in the end, she not only finds her first love again, but she has a long overdue talk with her mother in which she sorts out some of the emotional baggage between them. She begins to understand her drive for acceptance and love.
So not only does Billie Jean's quest for love find fruition, but she has an epiphany. She finally understands herself.
I could not put this book down, taking it everywhere until I reached the last page. And then I wanted a sequel!
In the desert Southwest, eight suburban women gather regularly to play a game that they have dubbed The Snake Eyes Dice Club. "It's Not Your Mother'sIn the desert Southwest, eight suburban women gather regularly to play a game that they have dubbed The Snake Eyes Dice Club. "It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club" is an inside glimpse into the lives of this group.
Theirs is not a card game, but a dice game known as Bunko. A game that originated in the 1800s, it went through several transformations over the years.
We are introduced to the individuals when the story alternates between them, and snippets of the tale are revealed from each woman's point of view. We gradually come to know what each woman thinks, feels, and fears. They all have issues, and despite the main rule of the dice club—no drink counters—alcohol plays a large role in each of their lives.
They are Shonah, a journalist; Tara, an artist, former beauty queen, and heavy drinker; Brandy, an outspoken member who often puts her foot in her mouth; Blanca, a model and single mother; Sylvia, with perfect presentation and regular Botox appointments; Amanda, a depressed woman whose only child has died; Tootsie, struggling to finally have a child; and Chloe, the least favorite member of the group, whose financial and scheduling difficulties define her.
As the weeks and months pass, we come to know each of these women and perhaps identify with some of their struggles.
Then one troubling night threatens everything in their world as one member puts everything at risk.
Pushing ahead to the conclusion, I watched these women come to terms with the events of one fateful night that ultimately creates an unbreakable bond and cements their relationships; they become a group whom Tara has come to name the "steel tumbleweeds." ...more
It is a tale of friendship, a story of growing up, and a nostalgic glimpse of the past through the eyes of the present-day characters.
Noelle and JoelIt is a tale of friendship, a story of growing up, and a nostalgic glimpse of the past through the eyes of the present-day characters.
Noelle and Joel were high school and then college friends. Theirs is a relationship of near-misses, bad timing, and immaturity. But for some reason, they each hold onto their friendship, which they describe as like an interrupted sentence.
Then one night, they cross a line. And nothing is ever the same again.
They move onto different pathways, choosing different locales for their adult lives, as well as marital partners. But they pick up the thread of that interrupted sentence in their occasional phone calls and letters.
Looking back and deconstructing their relationship, we come to know the past as it unfolds toward the present in the alternate voices of Noelle and Joel, as they seek to understand the aborted friendship—something that happens when Joel writes a letter to Noelle, cutting off all contact.
It is in the reexamination of this relationship from beginning to end that we come to fully know these characters, and it is this process that strikes a chord of familiarity for the reader. For don't we all have past relationships that we still remember, still cling to in our minds? And understanding them is essential to closure.
That is the final feeling I had in this story—closure. A very satisfying book that almost feels like a memoir, "A Line Between Friends" is unforgettable.
On November 15, 1959, four members of the Clutter family were killed—murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. The crime,On November 15, 1959, four members of the Clutter family were killed—murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. The crime, committed in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, stunned the residents, who were subsequently paralyzed with fear as detectives and FBI agents combed for clues.
These apparently "motiveless" murders seemed like the perfect crime, since few clues or evidence were left behind. Just a cats-paw boot mark that left tracings in blood and some stolen items from the farmhouse.
This true-life drama opens by spotlighting the normalcy of the victims' lives, and describes the ordinary moments that marked the last day that they would live.
"In Cold Blood" is told from the viewpoints of several characters, including the perpetrators, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, whose lives leading up to those moments were characterized by troublesome childhoods and a series of criminal acts, the most recent of which had led to their incarceration. They had met and formed a bond in prison, and upon their parole, they implemented their plan.
This novel, written like a fictionalized tale, leads the reader through the journeys of the perpetrators, the detectives, and then later, to the trail that ended at the moment of arrest.
Certain aspects of the story were very intriguing, but I lost interest before I reached the end. Capote's style of prose did not grab me, despite the gruesome details that illuminated the horrific events. I wish I could say that it captivated me and held my attention, but the most I can say is that it was informative. As a result, I can only rate this one with three stars.
A unique mother-daughter relationship that highlights all the differences between generations, while focusing on the similarities that bind them togetA unique mother-daughter relationship that highlights all the differences between generations, while focusing on the similarities that bind them together....more