The Rockaways by Gilles Peress is a collection of essays and many photos of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy on October 25, 2012 on the Rockawa...moreThe Rockaways by Gilles Peress is a collection of essays and many photos of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy on October 25, 2012 on the Rockaways. The Rockaways is a peninsula that goes from the New York Harbor to the south shore of Long Island. The large and mostly dark photos need no description. They speak poignantly of the destruction. There is one that really draws me in of a woman sitting in chair outside with her little white dog on a lease. She is looking at the dog in a way that seems to say, “Thank goodness I didn’t lose her”. In another a couple stand across the street across from a business that has been completely smashed. There is nothing useable left. The man’s head is bent down in despair and the ponytailed woman is embracing and trying to comfort him. Another one is of some temporary voting booths set up so the residents can votes. This is outdoors, under a tent in the cold.
There are memories from the residents and their feelings, their memories before, during and after. There are concerns that in a few weeks what happened here will be forgotten. The donations of help and money will stop.
At the end of this book there is a list of organizations that are working to bring The Rockaways back. This book is free and anyone who reads it is encouraged to support the groups who are helping the Rockaways.
This book is a special record of what happened and a plea to help. (less)
The Absence of Mercy: A Novel by John Burley is a very intense suspenseful psychological thriller. It was so hard for me to put the book done and I wa...moreThe Absence of Mercy: A Novel by John Burley is a very intense suspenseful psychological thriller. It was so hard for me to put the book done and I was relieved when I had time to go back to the story. John Burley is incredibly talented in his development of characters. The story told by the town medical examiner Dr. Ben Stevenson. The setting is in Wintersville, Ohio, a small town where the usual quiet of no bad news was ripped to shreds by a serial killer.
A teenager’s body was found in the woods, he was stabbed to death on the way home from school. The wounds were so savage and the victim had no chance of escaping death. Susan, Ben’s wife hears about the murder before him and asks him if he had spoken to Thomas this afternoon. He is late from coming home from school. Ben explains that Ben has a wresting meet that afternoon. Ben has trouble believing his wife’s news. Nothing gruesome like that ever happens in Wintersville. He finds out later that it is true is and he has to do the autopsy. His assistant, Nat is a young kid and is not bothered by dead bodies at all in fact he is fascinated by them.
John Burley does an excellent job in setting up red herrings and also gets deep into Dr. Ben Stevenson’s thoughts and feelings. In fact after I realized who the serial killer was, I did not want it to be that person! But then I realized that it could only be that one. I loved how the author shaped the relationships between Ben and his wife, between Thomas and Joel and between Thomas and his girlfriend. I don’t usually feel that I would love to read a book again but this book is an exception! Now that I know who the killer is, I would like the different experience of re-reading that book with that knowledge. This is a gem of a thriller. I highly recommend it.
I received this book from Library Thing but that in no way influenced my review. My thoughts and my feelings in it are my own.