After Hurricane Katrina, teenagers, Luz and Jonah are romantically involved. They both come from broken families and come to depend on each other forAfter Hurricane Katrina, teenagers, Luz and Jonah are romantically involved. They both come from broken families and come to depend on each other for comfort and respite from their problems. Jonah has virtually no family left and basically has to fend for himself while Luz, who snuck into the U.S. with her father, only has him to look after her. It is clear that her father loves her but is also struggling to care for her. He has to line up early in the morning at the hardware store, in hopes of getting work, as an un-documented worker.
When Luz becomes pregnant, Jonah tells her that he lov3es her and will quit high school and join the army to support them. However, Luz’s father sends her to live with her grandmother in Mexico instead. This is when the book really heats up. Stuff happens on her journey to her grandmother’s. Stuff that no one should have to deal with or experience!
When Jonah doesn’t hear from Luz, he decides to drive to Mexico. Little does he know that Luz is struggling to save herself and the life of her unborn child!
I had a really hard time getting into this book. It took about 100 pages for it to finally grab me. No, I don’t usually need a lot of action and violence to get into a book, but I did with this book. Once Luz started her journey into Mexico, I really started to warm up to ‘The Infinite’ and I enjoyed it the rest of the way through. I certainly am glad I read it and can recommend it. I will defiantly check out more books by Nicholas Mainier....more
I have always liked Ziggy Marley’s music so when I saw that he also had a cookbook out, I was curious. It was presented in an email to me with an offeI have always liked Ziggy Marley’s music so when I saw that he also had a cookbook out, I was curious. It was presented in an email to me with an offer for a free copy. Part of the pitch said it has “many vegan and vegetarian recipes. Normally, I will only accept cookbooks that are vegan or at least vegetarian but I made an exception for this one.
The book is beautiful with colorful ingredients and photos of many of the dishes. Just look at the cover to get a glimpse of the beauty! However, I was disappointed that there were not as many vegan and vegetarian recipes as I was lead to believe. I know some people consider fish to be vegetarian however; real vegetarians will tell you that “if it can stare back at you, it’s not vegetarian.” Since this book has many fish recipes, I think that is where the confusion came from.
That said, there are a few veggie recipes and there are some that can be tweaked to become vegetarian or even vegan, if you know how. My favorite recipe is the Coconut Curry Squash Soup. It was already vegan, so no tweaking required. It was so flavorful that I have already made it twice. The lental Soup was good as was the Tofu In Coconut Carrot Curry. There are also some nice salad and smoothie recipes.
Seeing photos of some of the fish and chicken dishes were a bit off putting to me but I did know the risk I was taking accepting this cookbook so I certainly can’t take points off for that. Over all, it is a solid cookbook with some good recipes. It would be especially good for someone transitioning to vegetarian.
In Sierra Nevada, Leland’s father, Chester Daniel David, highly celebrated travel writer dies. Leland becomes heir to the estate. It is there that LelIn Sierra Nevada, Leland’s father, Chester Daniel David, highly celebrated travel writer dies. Leland becomes heir to the estate. It is there that Leland comes across disturbing evidence that all the travel stories his father told were not authentic. Worse, Leland is compelled to solve the mystery of what Chester had really been up to and at the same time, try to solve several related unsolved mysteries.
Some of the unsolved mysteries used in the story are real mysteries that are still unsolved today like the D. B. Cooper plane skyjacking and ransom demand in the Pacific Northwest and the inexplicable vanishing of $1 million from the Chicago First National Bank.
Big Flies is an entertaining search for the truth. Keith Hirshland uses lots of humor and a well drawn out and colorful cast of characters. With an intriguing plot and beautiful landscape, Hirshland weaves his tale seamlessly. I don’t read a lot of mysteries but I am so glad I read ‘Big Flies’! I loved how Hirshland tied in real events to give it a more realistic feel. I truly didn’t want it to end! Highly recommended! 4.5/5...more
ix Days in Leningrad is the memoir of the famous author of ‘The Bronze Horseman’ series, Paulina Simons. It is about the journey behind ‘The Bronze Hoix Days in Leningrad is the memoir of the famous author of ‘The Bronze Horseman’ series, Paulina Simons. It is about the journey behind ‘The Bronze Horseman’. Paulina was born in Russia and soon after she started writing her first story, she traveled from the U.S. to Leningrad with her father to do some research. (Note: Leningrad is now known as St. Petersburg).
It had been a quarter of a century since Paulina and her father visited their homeland and it was not what they expected. They found a city that looked war torn as if it had gone back in time. They saw buildings in disarray, bombed fields that wouldn’t grow food, and huge families living together in small rooms. Despite that, they also met up with old family friends that were still as warm and inviting as ever.
Six Days in Leningrad is the story of Paulina Simons family history and the nation they came from. Though it has a slow start, it is a poignant story and history that reads very much, like a novel. At times I felt like I was there with Paulina and her father, witnessing what has become of her childhood home.
My grandparents fled from Russia as Jews being persecuted. They wouldn’t talk about it but I imagine from the few words they did speak, that they were in one of the Jewish ghettos. I hate to imagine what they went through and know they wanted to protect us from their reality. I have read quite a bit about Russia and its history. I don’t feel any kind of tie to it but am curious about it, as I am about many countries and their histories....more
Back in the day of the Jim Crow South, NASA was desperate to find mathematicians to work for them. ‘Hidden Figures’ is the true story of the many femaBack in the day of the Jim Crow South, NASA was desperate to find mathematicians to work for them. ‘Hidden Figures’ is the true story of the many female African-American mathematicians who worked in the space program. They were known as “colored computers”. ‘Hidden Figures’ is the story of 5 of them, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine. Their story is told through interviews, documents, correspondence, etc. Until I found out about this book, I had no idea that NASA had so many female African American Mathematicians working for them. Hell, back in the 50’s and 60’s that not only would hav3e been considered “men’s work” but also almost exclusive to white men, especially in the south! So, when I found out about ‘hidden Figures’ and the history it tells, I jumped to the opportunity to read you. You may think because it is non-fiction that it is a dry account of what happened but you would be wrong. Margot Lee Shetterly wrote about both the private and public lives of these women which made it a more personal touch and a riveting read. ‘Hidden Figures’ is truly a hidden gem. If you like history in general, the space race, women’s history, or African American history, this is a must read! I received a free print copy of this book. ...more