Summary: One day, Natalie reads a letter from her older brother, a hermit, and realizes it is very similar to the published manifesto of a Cal Bomber.Summary: One day, Natalie reads a letter from her older brother, a hermit, and realizes it is very similar to the published manifesto of a Cal Bomber. Natalie and her husband go to the FBI with this information and receive a promise that they will remain anonymous. The FBI arrests Bobby; the informer's identity is told. The press congregates on Natalie's front lawn.
Author Stephanie Kegan says "I think every good story has a family drama somewhere inside it. The Oklahoma City bomber, the Unabomber, the American Taliban—and so on—all left families stunned by their arrests. I kept thinking about their siblings, their parents, how their normal, private lives ended in a flash, what it might feel like to have your family dreams shattered so publicly." Quote from the book: Sippenhaft, a German word I'd come across. It means punishment for the crimes of your blood relatives. I was wearing mine on my face. My reaction: This was an enjoyable read, seeing how Natalie, her husband, daughters, mother and sister respond to the news. They want to avoid the death penalty for Bobby; however, he refuses to use the mental illness plea. The ending covering Bobby's trial was bittersweet. I recommended this book to my Book Club....more
At the beginning of The Moon Sisters, we meet sisters Jazz and Olivia. Olivia finds her mother dead in the kitchen, with the gas stove on. A letter isAt the beginning of The Moon Sisters, we meet sisters Jazz and Olivia. Olivia finds her mother dead in the kitchen, with the gas stove on. A letter is on the table; Olivia hides the letter in her pocket.
The book is divided into five parts: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptance. Sound familiar? Anyone in Psych 201 learns about these five stages from Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
The two sisters move on with their lives after their mother's death; they go through the five stages. There is tension. We learn about Jazz's birth, the reason for her name and about Olivia from the letters written by their mother.
The end shows how much of what is assumed to be reality is simply that -- an assumption, a misconception. What is reality? ...more
What would you do if you run across an envelope that says, "Do not open until the event of my death"? What if the person who wrote the envelope is stiWhat would you do if you run across an envelope that says, "Do not open until the event of my death"? What if the person who wrote the envelope is still living? Would you open the envelope?
This is the very beginning of The Husband's Secret. Cecilia tells her husband that she found the envelope. He is another continent away. He asks her not to open it.
Temptation strikes. She succumbs to it. Envelope opened.
Fortunately we do not have to read the whole book before we find out what the husband's secret was. The rest of the book then tells how Cecilia, her husband, and other people cope with the event that surround the secret.
The novel is set in Australia, so at times I would do a double-take at reading about Easter during a beautiful autumn day.
Do you ever wonder "what if....?" The epilogue was the best part of the book -- it brought the book from a regular chick-lit novel up to an "ohhhhhhh my word!" ...more
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: "hey, this dWhen I received this 941-page (not including the index) volume, I began reading at my birthyear, on up to today. Some ideas surprised me: "hey, 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 very 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. ...more
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 yearDon'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 of 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 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. ...more
Girard opens his book telling us about Mendel (the father of genetics), moving on to the more recent science of genetics, study of DNAs and cloning. IGirard opens his book telling us about Mendel (the father of genetics), moving on to the more recent science of genetics, study of DNAs and cloning. I would have liked biology better if Girard had been my professor.
Girard makes three chilling statements even before his story begins: Scientists isolated DNA factors. "Once isolated, analyzed each factor to understand how it really worked. Once understood, explored how to modify." The scientist who led the team that cloned Dolly the Sheep, said in reference to cloning humans, "It would be naive to think it possible to prevent." Cloning humans, by the way, is still completely legal in the United States. Everyone just assumes it's not.
What a super background for such a suspenseful novel. Fiction: the U.S. Department of Defense cloned serial killers to develop a new bio-weapon. Yes, fiction ... but it could happen. What if serial killers were cloned in order to study nature vs. nurture? What if some of these teenage clones left the compound on a rampage? A former special ops soldier is asked to track them.
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That is what I did when I read Cain's Blood. You will too. To be honest, parts of this book held too much horror and gore for me, even though I enjoy reading novels about serial killers.
Cathy and Roxanne are best friends. They have been best friends for life. Cathy is married to Nick Chance; it is a marriage made in heaven -- they areCathy and Roxanne are best friends. They have been best friends for life. Cathy is married to Nick Chance; it is a marriage made in heaven -- they are perfect for each other.
Roxanne has issues and visits psychologists frequently. One afternoon Cathy and Roxanne go for a drive in Roxanne's car. There's a wreck. One dies. One lives.
My review stops here. I do not want to say anymore because of the danger of spoilers. Suffice to say I was absorbed in the book. Some characters I liked, some I didn't, some I sympathized with. We are treated to different POVs (points of view). I wanted to know what would happen next. Even though I had suspicions about what happened, there was a surprise twist at the end.
I hope the author will continue to write and publish more. ...more
Reflections: me climb mountains? Hah! The closest I ever did that was Stone Mountain near Atlanta. We rode the cable car up the steep part and walkedReflections: me climb mountains? Hah! The closest I ever did that was Stone Mountain near Atlanta. We rode the cable car up the steep part and walked down the sloping side. I tripped, slid on my stomach several feet, and ruined my favorite pair of slacks. Didn't even skin my knees, but it was enough to turn me off climbing.
Steph Davis is completely opposite of me. That is what makes reading books so much fun --- we live adventurously through them. Davis dropped out of law school and climbed wherever and whenever she could. "It was a life of pure adventure, and nothing about it was safe," she said. However her marriage and career as a professional climber unraveled. What next?
Davis describes her discovery and exploration of free fall, skydiving, and BASE (building, antenna, span, earth) jumping. Always at her side was her dog Fletch.
I enjoyed reading about Davis' adventures; my favorite parts were when she talked about Fletch, the four-legged love of her life. Fletch tugged at my heart. I felt the book could have been better edited and organized chronologically. Rather it jumps from one scene to another several years in the future back to the first. She describes how she met Fletch and her husband in several points in the book. Fortunately there's an index in the back which I frequently used....more