I bought this because it reminded me of Heartbreakers (funny movie with Sigourney Weaver). After reading it, they're similar but the book was good, toI bought this because it reminded me of Heartbreakers (funny movie with Sigourney Weaver). After reading it, they're similar but the book was good, too.
It's about Danielle, an 18-year-old who works as a thief. She and her mom steal silver from rich people. (Silver because it's usually not missed right away and because it doesn't rate press coverage like, say, electronics and jewelry.)
They're in a new town (Heaven) and are casing a mansion.
Except it's different now because Danielle's making friends and has a cute guy interested in her.
Unfortunately, her friends live in that mansion...and the cute guy? He's a cop. Awkward.
Anyway, the book was really interesting and fun. I'd recommend it if you want a really quick read. ...more
Annie (a Realtor) is working an open house when she's abducted. She's held captive for a year before she manages to escape. The book details her timeAnnie (a Realtor) is working an open house when she's abducted. She's held captive for a year before she manages to escape. The book details her time in the remote cabin with her kidnapper, but it's also about her attempt to live her life again.
I think that's what struck me the most about this book, actually. So often when there's a kidnapping on the news or when a victim is found (alive, I mean), we don't really think about what happens after. How do you interact with family and friends when you've had this hideous experience that no one you know can relate to?
Each chapter is a different therapy session, which I thought was a neat idea.
This book isn't always easy to read (it'll break your heart probably at least 20 times) but it's very good (and unsettling). I'm glad that she's got another book coming out next year. I think Chevy Stevens is my newest "must buy" author. ...more
I've loved Elizabeth Berg for years now. My best friend Jen loaned me my first one, Joy School. I was still in high school. Now, several years later,I've loved Elizabeth Berg for years now. My best friend Jen loaned me my first one, Joy School. I was still in high school. Now, several years later, I've read all of her books (except for one book of short stories, which I am hoarding).
I always get a bittersweet feeling when I realize that people haven't read Elizabeth Berg. Her books are so fantastic, and they're so honest. I'll read a sentence and be like, "YES! That's exactly how I feel." So I'm excited, because people have so many great books to look forward to, but it's also like, "She's been writing forever. How did you miss her?"
(Yes, I'm a little weird about books. I'll admit that.)
Anyway, this one is about five people preparing to attend their 40th high school reunion. It's going to be their last, and so a lot of people are going that maybe wouldn't otherwise have gone. One's going because she just learned that she has ovarian cancer, likely terminal. One's going because she wants to hook up with the guy she had a crush on in high school. One wants to get his wife back (she was also in their class) and one decides to go on the spur of the moment.
My high school has only held one reunion (our 10 year) and I didn't go. I don't know if I'll go to future reunions (I secretly suspect not) but this one kind of makes me both nostalgic for high school and determined to never revisit it again. ...more
For the three of you who haven't yet read this (and I think it was an Oprah book, so I'm probably not too far off in guessing how many haven't read itFor the three of you who haven't yet read this (and I think it was an Oprah book, so I'm probably not too far off in guessing how many haven't read it), Elizabeth went through an awful divorce and the painful end to a relationship in fairly short order. She decides to take a year off and spend four months each in Italy, India and Indonesia. She basically says that she wants to be able to balance living in the world and being close to God, so she picks Italy (pleasure), India (prayer) and Indonesia (a balance of the two) to help her with that goal.
This is a really, really good book. I've heard that most people love the beginning and end (Eat and Love, basically) and dislike the middle. This may be because everyone eats and most people love, but how many people really pray? As in more than "Please God" about making a traffic light or not bouncing a check or whatever? How many people really take time out every day to just sort of talk to God and not have it be a list of demands or something? (This is probably not a fair question because, as I meant to add in my earlier post, I am the least religious of most of my close friends and honestly, talking to you makes me more receptive of the God idea than I may otherwise be because, whatever else you can say about me, I don't befriend idiots or naive people so...)
Anyway. I was talking about a book. :)
I didn't think the Pray part was as compelling as the other two sections, but I was still interested overall. ...more
This is set in early 1960s Mississippi and is primarily about Aibileen and Minny (African-American maids) and Skeeter (a nickname for Eugenia, a whiteThis is set in early 1960s Mississippi and is primarily about Aibileen and Minny (African-American maids) and Skeeter (a nickname for Eugenia, a white woman and aspiring writer who is starting to realize just how racism is affecting her town).
After one of Skeeter's friends starts a crusade to get an extra bathroom in every house in town so that the maids don't use the same bathroom as the families that they care for, Skeeter gets an idea: what if she were to get some of the maids to discuss exactly what their employers are like? Then she can write the stories and compile them in a book that will show just how widespread the problem is.
The book is full of historical details (Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers are discussed) and it's an eye-opening revelation at how far the country has come in 40 years.
But it's also a story about friendship, and it's wonderful to see Skeeter and Aibileen become friends.
Okay. Seriously amazing book. I feel like I've said that about a lot of the books I've read this year (and it's true; I've made good choices) but thisOkay. Seriously amazing book. I feel like I've said that about a lot of the books I've read this year (and it's true; I've made good choices) but this is one of those books where I want to go up to people and make them read it.
It's set during World War II Germany and Death is the narrator. Clearly, this is not a happy, fun book, but it's beautiful and while it deals with hard things and many people die, it's not as heartbreaking as you'd think.
Well, okay, yes, it is. But it's not heartbreaking the entire way through and that's the more important thing. ...more
I preferred this to Da Vinci Code but Angels & Demons is my favorite of the three.
Here's my spoiler-free review...
Robert Langdon heads to DC to giI preferred this to Da Vinci Code but Angels & Demons is my favorite of the three.
Here's my spoiler-free review...
Robert Langdon heads to DC to give a lecture on Mason symbols. Turns out he was lured there under false pretenses. Crazy guy has kidnapped his friend/mentor Peter Solomon (who is also pretty high up in the Mason ranks). If Robert doesn't help him unlock a secret (one that will Change The World As We Know It), Peter's going to die.
Robert has no idea what's going on. Then he does. Drama and plot twists ensue. (Also, as another non-spoiler review points out, there are italics.)
This book was entertaining, but it didn't really grab me at any point. You know how you read a book and (even if it's not well-written) you can't put it down, because it's so compelling and you just have to know what happens next? That didn't happen at any point with this one. (At least for me.)
Still, it's fun and there are certainly worse ways to spend your time. :) ...more
I feel like everyone's already read this book and done a much better job of reviewing it than I ever could, so I think I'm just going to babble a bitI feel like everyone's already read this book and done a much better job of reviewing it than I ever could, so I think I'm just going to babble a bit about how awesome it is. And if you haven't read it, please fix that. This book is amazing and deserves all its accolades.
For whatever reason, I didn't have to read it in school so I read it for the first time probably about 10 years ago (followed immediately by A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which I think may be the best literary double feature ever). When we learned that our friend/fellow book club member Philip hadn't read it at all (so I guess everyone but Philip has read it, but hopefully he's read it now, too), Julia and I decided that it was going to be our next book club pick.
Re-reading it now, in my thirties, was just as great as reading it for the first time. I think this is one of those books where you get different things out of it, depending on where you are in life when you read it. So while I think I would've loved it as a kid (and would've spared me the incredulous looks of "You've NEVER READ To Kill a Mockingbird?!" I got for my first twenty-some years of life), I'm also kind of glad I waited because I don't know if I would've really gotten it the way I did reading it as an adult.
I honestly don't get why this book is challenged as often as it is. Yes, there's violence and swearing, yes the n-word is thrown around from time to time. But it's about racism (both overt and insidious) and doing the right thing and if there's a better role model anywhere than Atticus Finch, I don't know that I'll ever meet him/her. And I would rather my hypothetical kids learn about doing the right thing, even when it's futile, then never have their delicate sensibilities challenged. (Because honestly? Kids aren't anywhere near as delicate as their parents think.)
Such a great book and one of my top five favorites. ...more
If you are someone that I exchange presents with, stop reading now because odds are very, very good you're going to find this book as a present.
For thIf you are someone that I exchange presents with, stop reading now because odds are very, very good you're going to find this book as a present.
For the rest of you--holy crap. I wish I could explain to you just how brilliant and amazing and wonderful this book is.
Peter and his wife, Georgie, have recently moved to London with their three sons. Georgie used to act but now mostly takes care of the boys. Now that they're in London, though, and her boys are in school all day (the British apparently start with all-day school much earlier than we do, so even though her oldest is only five, they're in school), she starts acting again.
She's quickly cast in a one-woman play about Dora Jordan (who was, apparently, the Angelina Jolie of her day, according to Georgie) and this role quickly consumes her.
There's a very vague sense of unease through most of the book--I can't tell you when I first noticed it or when it started to deepen into dread--but yeah, good luck putting it down.
Books like this one are why I read so much--because every so often, you find one that just grabs you and won't let you go and is dangerously close to perfection. ...more
Incredibly fun--mostly about his work in horror movies, and most of that is about the Elm Street series. So if you like Freddy Krueger, you'll probablIncredibly fun--mostly about his work in horror movies, and most of that is about the Elm Street series. So if you like Freddy Krueger, you'll probably enjoy this book. I did. :)...more