I picked up Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean after listening to a NPR segment about the book. It might have been an interview with the author. I can't remeI picked up Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean after listening to a NPR segment about the book. It might have been an interview with the author. I can't remember. But, I can say that the segment on NPR was more interesting than the book. This isn't a book about Rin Tin Tin and Lee Duncan. It's a book about the idea of Rin Tin Tin and the author's search for that meaning. And, of course, Hollywood.
It does seem like the author did a lot of research for this book and Ms. Orlean does come across as really caring about her topic. It is obvious that there isn't much material to research and it felt like the author had to stretch out the material to make it book length. Pages and pages of the author driving around the countryside of France looking for the bombed out field where Lee Duncan found a litter of puppies but finding an American military cemetery seemed out of place in the middle of a story about a dog. I believe that Ms. Orlean was trying to personalize her search and so her personal interest in the story and Rin Tin Tin but I didn't feel that it worked and just wished she would get on with the story. ...more
hmpf....I have tried several times now, to just sit down and write a review of this short story but it's just not working for me. It simply boils downhmpf....I have tried several times now, to just sit down and write a review of this short story but it's just not working for me. It simply boils down to: I didn't care for it. The writing style was just too sparse for me. About all I have been able to formulate for any kind of review is that I liked the move much better....more
I love Miss Marple! At least, I love the Miss Marple on Masterpiece Mystery!. Until I picked up The Body in the Library, I had never actually read anyI love Miss Marple! At least, I love the Miss Marple on Masterpiece Mystery!. Until I picked up The Body in the Library, I had never actually read any Agatha Christie. I selected this one because it is an early Miss Marple book and I couldn't remember seeing they Mystery! version. I love it just as much as I love the movies.
Needless to say, the maid as found the body of a woman in the library and Jane must save the reputation of her dear friends husband or it shall destroy him forever! Jane's keen scense of observation helps her see what the police cannot and find clues the police would have missed. She is not a prominate charater in this story which is not surprising because sometimes the police just do not want her help.
This book is a quick read that kept me turning the pages until Miss Marple explained 'who dunnit.'...more
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron is the first book I've read by this author. I bought it at a going-out-of-business sale at my local Borders. I'm glaI Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron is the first book I've read by this author. I bought it at a going-out-of-business sale at my local Borders. I'm glad I picked it up!
I Remember Nothing is a collection of previously published articles that, for the most part, address aging from the author’s experience. For those that are heading into the 'middle aged' years the book is an amusing tale of what is to come. For those that are already 'old' the book will explain that you are having a Google Moment when you later cannot remember the title of the book or the name of the author.
Overall the book is pretty funny. From the explanation of the spot on the top of one’s hair that always seems to go flat and swirl, the stages of email love and hate, and the annoying waiter that always shows up when ones mouth is full of food readers will laugh many times. ...more
Oh, ancient art of letter writing, what has happened to you?
I occasionally have little bouts of ‘I’m Going to Write People Letters’ phases. These phasOh, ancient art of letter writing, what has happened to you?
I occasionally have little bouts of ‘I’m Going to Write People Letters’ phases. These phases never last long as I run out of stamps and never feel like going to the post office to buy more. Every time I hear news about email systems it occurs to me that part of our historical record has died. Does anyone donate email records to local libraries for future historians to read? I do not know.
Ella Minnow Pea (say it out loud…. get it?) by Mark Dunn is a small novel about letters told through the letters of residents of Nollop. This tiny island off the coast of South Carolina only claim to fame is Nevin Nollop, author of the sentence: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Nollop is very proud of Nevin. So much so, that they have erected a statue in his honor with his famous sentence set in tiles around the statue. But, what would happen if those tiles began to fall off their pedestal? Would the statue merely need some maintenance to make sure other letters do not fall? Or, is it a sign from the great Nevin Nollop that the fallen letters are no longer worthy of use?
Of course, any decent person would realize that the latter is exactly what is meant by this phenomenon. And if the letters are not worthy, well then, they just need to be outlawed.
Watch, and try to read, as the written word is destroyed in front of your very eyes. The book begins with long beautiful letters to and from friends and family members. By the end, when only “LMNOP” are the only legal letters left, the letters become similar to a txt msg I rcvd 2day.
Ella Minnow Pea is a quirky little book that is both hilarious and poignant. It is a fabulous read that word lovers with thoroughly enjoy.
*For the record: I wrote this review out long hand, on paper, with a pen, before typing it into my computer. Insert smiley face emoticon here. ...more
This is a nice little story mostly about friendship and learning that things are not always as they seem or seemed when we were all in high school. InThis is a nice little story mostly about friendship and learning that things are not always as they seem or seemed when we were all in high school. In an age when lives are posted on the internet for the world to read the idea that secrets can be kept amongst friends seems to be a lost aspect of friendship. The idea that secrets can be kept and friends stick to their promises for generations is a refreshing thought. By the end of the story one is inclined to call their oldest friend just to say, 'remember when....'
The Peach Keeper is by no means perfect. Although the story is heartwarming it is also predictable to the very end. None of the revalations were surprising and all can be figured out well before the story unfolds. The author tells the story well enough that the reader can hang around until the end anyway. Great book for a beach weekend getaway....more
**spoiler alert** A disclaimer before I begin: I am reviewing an Advance Readers Copy of this book and I have not compared my copy to what was publish**spoiler alert** A disclaimer before I begin: I am reviewing an Advance Readers Copy of this book and I have not compared my copy to what was published.
The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins is not the story of an uninteresting murder that happened in 1897. The book is about a murder that got splashed all over the press in a time when "yellow journalism" was on its was to set the standard in reporting for a time. Crown Publishers has impeccable timing releasing this book in the middle of the next crime of the century (the Casey Anthony trial).
There is a fascinating mix of events in Mr. Collins book that makes it a great read. The murder itself is a grisly one with some parts of the body never being found. Next, the police, in a time of New York City's corrupt police department, don’t want to investigate because they believe it to be a prank. So the journalists actually begin the investigation and really do most of the work for the police. This is the truly fascinating part of this book. The one-upmanship between the newspaper publishers and the lengths they went to invent stories is truly amazing. This story also takes place during a time when forensic science is just some scientist with his own legal problems that has figured some stuff out.
Roll all of these events into one story and you have yourself a great read that leaves you slightly wondering if they really got the right person. ...more
Nella larsen (1891 - 1964), was a Harlem Renaissance American writer that only published two books. Quicksand was her first book and was partly autobiNella larsen (1891 - 1964), was a Harlem Renaissance American writer that only published two books. Quicksand was her first book and was partly autobiographical. The story is about Helga Crane and her search to fit into either white society or black society. The daughter of a white mother and a black father as left her unwanted or a curiosity in both societies. Helga is not satisfied with her life and frequently thinks that life will be better in new surroundings. For a time, life is better once she moves on but never for very long. In the end she winds up stuck in what she thought would make her very happy. Although the story is beautifully written it is hard to like Helga because she is materialistic and thinks only of herself. ...more
This book was recommended to me by a friend that recently left Freemasonry. It is interesting and explains a lot of things about Masonry that 'profaneThis book was recommended to me by a friend that recently left Freemasonry. It is interesting and explains a lot of things about Masonry that 'profanes' wouldn't know anything about. My friend told me that 99% of the book is accurate. The 1% that he couldn't vouch for was because different Lodges have different practices. The big downfall of The Deadly Deception is that it is poorly written. It seemed to me that the arthor felt readers needed a Dick and Jane style of writing to understand Masonry. It was rather insulting at times....more
**spoiler alert** I can't remember why I picked up this book but I'm glad I did. There were a few parts of the story that made me scratch my head and**spoiler alert** I can't remember why I picked up this book but I'm glad I did. There were a few parts of the story that made me scratch my head and think, "really?" It was going so well until he started fighting actual demons. But the last page of The Dirty Parts of the Bible informs the reader that it is a retelling of the story of Tobias and Sarah from the Book of Tobit. This information helped those head scratching moments make sense and made me curious about the source material.
Young Tobias struggles with his father's views on religion and comes to terms with his own beliefs during a trip to help save the family. On this trip he also meets and falls in love with a girl that thinks she is cursed. Love concurs all and everything works out nicely in the end. A little sappy, yes, but not enough to make me actually throw-up. ...more