Three of Nora Ephron's movies are on my list of top favorite movies of all time. I remember watching "Sleepless in Seattle" in high school and just faThree of Nora Ephron's movies are on my list of top favorite movies of all time. I remember watching "Sleepless in Seattle" in high school and just falling in love with it. After that, any time I broke up with a guy, I would watch "Sleepless in Seattle" to remind myself that there was probably a Tom Hanks out there somewhere for me and there was but his name is Matt. When I heard Nora Ephron died, I made my husband and sons sit down and watch "You've Got Mail" with me and we all laughed and loved it. So, when I sit down to read "I Remember Nothing," I sit down pretty biased. I loved this book. It was interesting and funny and sad all at once with these neat little observations on everything from chicken soup to email to believing the stories of an alcoholic mother. Ephron has been rubbing elbows with some pretty famous people since she was a child in Hollywood - she drops plenty of names which would make one think she's full of herself, but she comes across as self-effacing, someone you might like to have lunch and just chat with. I have read some negative comments about the book on this site, mainly that she makes references to famous people or being a democrat or something of that nature. A few comments suggest that she's petty or spoiled. I think those folks have missed the whole point of the book. In the end, these little moments of getting lost in traffic or a recipe for bread pudding or Scrabble Blitz addiction speak so much more about our own humanity than the big ones do - and they represent all these small things that make up a big life. The book ends with two lists. The first: "What I Won't Miss" and "What I Will Miss" - I couldn't finish reading them with dry eyes. ...more
I started reading this book early this morning and found myself instantly drawn in by the author's sharp, poetic style. The "liars" were clearly drawnI started reading this book early this morning and found myself instantly drawn in by the author's sharp, poetic style. The "liars" were clearly drawn characters and I fell in love with each of them. When "the event" occurs, the book was difficult to put down. And when "the event" was fully revealed... heartbreaking. I will be looking for more books by this author....more
My eyes hurt from rolling them as I read this novel. I was looking for a fun, "escape" read to start the summer and picked up this book from the libraMy eyes hurt from rolling them as I read this novel. I was looking for a fun, "escape" read to start the summer and picked up this book from the library thinking it was a twist on the Beauty and the Beast story. It was not. Standard Vampire fare. Lackluster romance. The guy trains horses, writes best-selling novels, grows flowers in his own state-of-the-art greenhouse. Oh, and he makes furniture. And music boxes. And plays the piano. And he's a doctor. And if you want to read 200 pages of how he does all these things and has no flaws (except for being a vampire, but these days, that's really a plus...) and she doesn't have any flaws either and they have perfectly boring conversations about following dreams and yadda yadda yadda, then maybe you'll like this book....more
I received an ARC giveaway of this book from Goodreads and was so excited just to win something. Now that I have finished the book, I am doubly thrillI received an ARC giveaway of this book from Goodreads and was so excited just to win something. Now that I have finished the book, I am doubly thrilled that Alice Bliss was so thoughtful, so touching, and so true. Alice Bliss is fifteen years old when her father, a member of the National Guard, is sent to Iraq. Alice is left to deal with coming of age without her father, with whom she is very close. The reader journeys with Alice and her other family members as they deal with sending a loved one off to war and the circumstances that arise in his absence.
According to the bio, the author is a playwright, a fact which shines through in her novel. I mainly enjoyed her style - present tense, dialogue without a lot of added description, and mostly Alice's point of view with an occasional view into another character's head. Sometimes when the author switched points of view, it would shock my system a bit. I would read the paragraph back and see that yes, I am in someone else's head. After much inner debate, I have decided that I ultimately liked this technique, especially where it concerned the relationship between mother and daughter.
In a sense, this book is timeless. There will always be husbands, wives, fathers, going to war. There will always be families left behind. It is certainly current. There are so many soldiers away from home, so many families trying to go on with life when loved ones are so far away and in such danger. For that reason, Alice Bliss is an important book. Read with tissues handy....more
Set in a future dystopian California that bears a striking resemblance to modern day North Korea, Legend follows the story of fifteen-year old Day - aSet in a future dystopian California that bears a striking resemblance to modern day North Korea, Legend follows the story of fifteen-year old Day - a mysterious lone rebel who has become a nuisance to the powers that be - and June - a fifteen-year old prodigy soldier who works for the government. In a violent turn of events, their paths cross and both ultimately have to decide who to trust. The author was inspired by Les Miserables to write this novel and many of those universal themes in that classic (class, wealth, freedom, family) are present here as well. Fast-paced, action-packed, with just the right twist of romance, Legend is a fun read. Looking forward to upcoming installments in the series and apparently, the movie as well....more
I was disappointed with this book. I won "The Lantern" in a Goodreads giveaway and after reading the synopsis, I was excited to hear that I would hav I was disappointed with this book. I won "The Lantern" in a Goodreads giveaway and after reading the synopsis, I was excited to hear that I would have the opportunity to read it. When the book came in a beautiful wrapping, I was even more thrilled. I expected suspense, romance, and mystery. I expected to be swept away by a well-told story. I am sad to say that I was not, indeed the best part of the book was receiving it in the mail and unsealing the gorgeous wrapping. This story is told from the point of view of the present female inhabitant of a house in France (Eve) and a past inhabitant (Benedicte). Eve has bought the house with her lover, Dom who has been married before and Eve becomes obsessed with his ex-wife, mainly because Dom tenses up and turns into a sniveling idiot whenever she is mentioned. I spent the first half of this novel wondering why Eve just doesn't "google" the ex-wife. Any other modern woman would! By the time she finally does, I was already frustrated with Eve. I never really bought into the attraction between Eve and Dom. Neither character is particularly endearing. Thankfully, Benedicte is far more interestingly written. However, her story unfolds so slowly and the parallel story does the character such a disservice, by the time her story is fully realized, well, the reader can see it coming a mile away. The author spends a particularly long time on describing flowers and the countryside. So, if you like flowers and the countryside, there's that... When I finished the book, I turned to my husband and said, "Every character in this book is either evil or stupid." He said I should write that down. Now I have. ...more
I enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks's books. Sure, they aren't the deepest or most thought-provoking books and while he writes romances, he always tries tI enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks's books. Sure, they aren't the deepest or most thought-provoking books and while he writes romances, he always tries to explain why the characters have fallen in love (she's smart, funny, and beautiful ON THE INSIDE!) and anyone who has ever been in love can tell you "the heart has its reasons that reason knows not of"(Pascal). When he does this over-explaining, it actually makes me less invested in the characters and their romance. In this book, he even explains to the reader about why a double entendre concerning crabs is funny (because crabs are not only a delicious food, it is also a sexually transmitted disease. In case you didn't know.) The characters are pretty well-drawn with the exception of the evil ex-husband and bad daddy, Clayton, who is just a bad, bad man - not that there are not bad, bad men in the world, but Clayton is still pretty one dimensional. My favorite characters were Ben, the son, Zeus, the cool dog, and Nana, the hilarious grandma who makes up her own zany "sayings." After I finish writing this, am going to look up who is playing her in the movie. Because I am seeing the movie for sure. Because I enjoy reading Nicholas Spark's books. I just do. After all, the heart has its reasons....more
A beautifully written, haunting book that manages to be funny and witty while dealing with painful subject matter. You will find yourself rooting forA beautifully written, haunting book that manages to be funny and witty while dealing with painful subject matter. You will find yourself rooting for the main character to find her voice and reach out to someone who will help her finally speak. A must-read for any teenage girl or for anyone who has ever been a teenage girl....more
Wonderful, suspenseful book. Before the big reveal of "whodunnit" I was suspicious of everyone - a good mark of a well-written mystery. I did not seeWonderful, suspenseful book. Before the big reveal of "whodunnit" I was suspicious of everyone - a good mark of a well-written mystery. I did not see the motive coming at all! This book was published in 1981, so our heroine writes her newspaper articles on a typewriter and smokes likes her lungs are made of metal. And several main male characters sport moustaches. I loved that! A great summer read. Moved from 3 to 4 stars in my opinion on the last paragraph alone. Fantastic....more