I had read and loved THE ONLY WITNESS and waited impatiently for this second book in the Neema mystery series. The books feature a scientist, Dr. Grac...moreI had read and loved THE ONLY WITNESS and waited impatiently for this second book in the Neema mystery series. The books feature a scientist, Dr. Grace, who teaches sign language to gorillas. In the first book, the gorillas help solve a kidnapping. But in this book, the three gorillas themselves disappear, leaving behind only a sizable pool of blood. That leaves Detective Finn and Dr. Grace to find them. Then people begin to disappear, too, and the complex plot heats up with meddling in-laws and reporters, activists who rescue exotic pets, and ex-cons. Will the gorillas be found alive? Will the budding romance between the detective and the scientist survive as the days pass with no clear answers? I didn’t even read mysteries or suspense until I got acquainted with Beason’s writing. But I’m telling you, once you start reading you can’t stop until you reach the surprise ending. Next I’m reading her book ENDANGERED.(less)
SHE TAUGHT HERSELF WORDS AGAIN! At first glance I wasn’t interested in this topic, even though memoirs are my favorite genre. And then I met the autho...moreSHE TAUGHT HERSELF WORDS AGAIN! At first glance I wasn’t interested in this topic, even though memoirs are my favorite genre. And then I met the author. I could not believe she’d ever had aphasia, which I learned is a loss of the ability to use or understand words as the result of brain damage. In Carol’s, the cause was a stroke. From the opening chapter, I couldn’t stop reading. We experience what it was like for her to wake up wordless, with part of her body numb, in a tent in northern British Columbia. And this after a 230-mile canoe trip in the Yukon. We’re with her as she is transported home and the days after, in the hospital unable to communicate her needs. Pay attention, I thought! If this could happen to a healthy, active 53-year old woman, this could happen to me! We take our words and ability to speak for granted, but what if we no longer had them? We follow Carol as she teaches herself to recognize words again, and then, with great determination and effort, to write and speak again. A strong, resourceful woman, she figured out what she had to do in order to retrain her brain, and did it, with help from astute friends and a supportive family. She had to, since she did not find the professional help she needed. As I struggled along with her, it became clear to me that every speech therapist, nurse, and physician should be required to read this book. Do yourself a favor. Read this book, and then give a copy to a person in the medical community. Someday you or someone you love might be really glad you did. (less)
Jim Lynch did a reading at the Lopez Island library when he was doing a book tour of the San Juan Islands by sailboat. That was fun and I bought the b...moreJim Lynch did a reading at the Lopez Island library when he was doing a book tour of the San Juan Islands by sailboat. That was fun and I bought the book at that time. My partner and I both read it and absolutely loved it. The characters are rich with flaws and complexities. And if you like birds, that alone makes the book a good read. We've since had the great pleasure of seeing the play made from the book at BOOKIT THEATER in Seattle. They did a fantastic job. Even now, every time we see a Border Patrol vehicle, we say, "There goes Brandon."
While I also loved his book "The Highest Tide," I loved "Border Songs" even more, perhaps because the story is set just north of Bellingham. I highly recommend this book.(less)
I lost sleep reading a different book by Pamela Beason, THE ONLY WITNESS. (I mean, imagine, a gorilla who speaks with sign-language!). And then I imme...more I lost sleep reading a different book by Pamela Beason, THE ONLY WITNESS. (I mean, imagine, a gorilla who speaks with sign-language!). And then I immediately downloaded her book, SHAKEN. This one starts off with a natural disaster written with so much suspense that I wondered if I was reading a horror story. And in the aftermath of that event, the story proceeds with a lively blend of genres. Romance, for one. Yes, there’s a hunky investigator and a curvy, independent Latina woman accused of fraud. And there are mysterious and dangerous goings on along with numerous twists and surprises. Then a satisfying conclusion with depth and heart, set in a foreign country. I highly recommend this author. (less)