This is a great memoir about an uncle and his niece. Edwin Wintle is single, childless and gay living a stylish life in NYC when his recovering alcohoThis is a great memoir about an uncle and his niece. Edwin Wintle is single, childless and gay living a stylish life in NYC when his recovering alcoholic sister turns to him for help with her troubled 13 year old daughter. Uncle Eddy moves Tiffany to NYC and enrolls her in school. While they have always gotten along quite well on their numerous overnight and weekend visits, he is unprepared for the reality of parenting a 13 year old. Heartwrenching, honest, humourous and smart this one will likely be in my top ten reads for the year. I highly recommend this to anyone but it will be of particular interest to those who love memoirs, narrative non-fiction or anyone who like me has no kids and is curious to see what it would be like to take on a siblings troubled child. ...more
This book was an okay read if you don't think about it too much. The writing isn't great, the characterization is rather phoney and a bit irritating.This book was an okay read if you don't think about it too much. The writing isn't great, the characterization is rather phoney and a bit irritating. All in all though if you like books about psychics, it was a fun enough read. It's not going to appear on any best of lists though, at least none of mine.. ...more
Although many would disagree I think this book was even better than The Secret Life of Bee's. This honest portrayal of a woman re-evaluating her lifeAlthough many would disagree I think this book was even better than The Secret Life of Bee's. This honest portrayal of a woman re-evaluating her life after sending her daughter off to college was wonderful. She moves to the Island she grew up on to help her sick estranged mother. The Monastery next door to her childhood home offers a soothing place to remember her father who died when she was 9 and to think about her current situation. She meets and falls in love at first sight with a monk, just getting ready to take his vows. I never would have thought I would like a story like this but Kidd does an amazing job with it. I am likely to put this one on my top ten for 2007 list. ...more
I listened to this on audio because I have heard so much about it and still can't seem to make myself read the book that is in my TBR of the same nameI listened to this on audio because I have heard so much about it and still can't seem to make myself read the book that is in my TBR of the same name. It could be the lurid romanc-y picture on the cover or the huge volume of pages. However, I needn't have worried this is neither too romance-y, nor unworthy of reading the sheer volume of pages. However it makes an excellent audio to listen to as well. Davina Porter narrates and does a fine job of tackling the scottish voices both male and female. Though it must be said, her rendition of a british male voice sounds a bit like a gay irishman, a particularly peevish one. However, she tells the tale of Claire Randall (nee Beecham) as she travels for 1940's Scotland through the standing stone to 1780's Scotland, in the years just prior to the Scottish uprising led by Bonny Prince Charles. Using her scant historical knowledge of the period she helps guide her companions through the years to come. I can't say too much more without giving away certain plot points suffice it to say that this is a wonderful historical novel, complete with accuracy evidence painstaking research. Kudo's to Gabaldon.. I have since listened to the next two novels in the series on audio and will probably complete the series in this format as I seem to enjoy Claire and her people in my ear as I clean, cook and drive.. ...more
This second in the Outlander series was just as good as the first in my opinion. I enjoyed listening to what Claire and Jamie have been up to while IThis second in the Outlander series was just as good as the first in my opinion. I enjoyed listening to what Claire and Jamie have been up to while I do my cleaning and running errands. ...more
I heard a lot of good reviews about this book, both from Amazon reveiwers and fellow fans of time travel fiction. I guess I must have missed somethingI heard a lot of good reviews about this book, both from Amazon reveiwers and fellow fans of time travel fiction. I guess I must have missed something because I thought this book was really awful. It was contrived, the characters weren't likable or entertaining, the time travel was mildly entertaining but the scenes with a ghost read like a 12 year old wrote them. It surprises me not in the least that this was a self published novel. It could definitely have benefited from an editor. I did finish it mostly because it's very short. I wouldn't recommend it though, unless you just have some time you want to throw away and wish you could get back. ...more
I loved Parkhurst's The Dogs of Babel, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Lost & Found. When I first received it, I had no idea what it was aboI loved Parkhurst's The Dogs of Babel, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Lost & Found. When I first received it, I had no idea what it was about, as I had wishlisted it even before it was published. Once I read the flap copy, I can't say I was in any hurry. I was hoping for something sensitive and subtle like Dogs of Babel, this was about people on a reality TV show similar to The Amazing Race. Nevertheless, I wanted to give the book to a friend so I reluctantly read it.
Needless to say, I had it all wrong, just mention reality TV and I will quit listening, but I am so glad I read this book. A Mother and her daughter are just two of the contestants on the show. Each day they travel to a new country and farther away from the reconciliation the mother thought this experience might bring them. In the year prior to going on this show, they had a falling out even from their distanced previous relationship. As they travel all over the world searching for clues, the details are related through each character. There are other stories as well of other contestants but it was obvious to me that the story of the mother and daughter was intended to be the main one. Parkhurst shines in her second book as well as she did in her first and shows her diversity in this surprisingly different setting. This is likely to appear on my top 10 for 2007 list. ...more