Am currently enjoying this book! I just need to get in the habit of referring to it more often. Part of my life at this stage is transitioning from wr...moreAm currently enjoying this book! I just need to get in the habit of referring to it more often. Part of my life at this stage is transitioning from writing all my own lessons, which I loved and still do, to letting others' talents and efforts simplify my life in the area of Feast days and the Liturgical year. Meredith's book does this beautifully.
3/6/11 Updated to add: There is almost no chance of using this book on a daily basis due to to the fact that there is no listing in the book of the Feasts of Mary by date. It is necessary to jump around the whole book whenever trying to use it to see if a date of a feast is coming up soon. Calendars, maps and photos are SO important to me in a non-fiction resource book!
I love reading it but won't be able to use it unless I write my own cross-reference (...ugh).(less)
I'm at about the middle of this book. Good points: it really is funny. If a book is supposed to be humerous then I want some pretty good laughs. One s...moreI'm at about the middle of this book. Good points: it really is funny. If a book is supposed to be humerous then I want some pretty good laughs. One story brought me to tears (the Italian test to receive an agricultural tax credit) so I think it qualifies on this point. Bad points: No photos or maps!! The book is about the renovation of an historic Italian estate for crying out loud. The descriptions are good and yes I can go haul out the atlas...but I'm not going to find every little town and village without some work. That's the only reason it's getting 4 stars.
All done. It was a very entertaining read. I demoted it to 4 stars for the lack of maps and photos (even found out that Ferenc is a photographer!) as I said above and I was also a bit annoyed by his overuse of constantly being on the verge of bankruptcy or the poor house as a comic device (he obviously had plenty of money to continue with after each disaster).
But funny is funny and his stories got laughs from me...he also has many nice family tales which show sacrifice and working together.(less)
True adventure by National Geographic photographer who became separated from his party right about the same time his maps proved to be useless, leavin...moreTrue adventure by National Geographic photographer who became separated from his party right about the same time his maps proved to be useless, leaving him guide and guidebook-less in the middle of a most inhospitable jungle. Lots of travel books tell about places well enough but reading about simply surviving in a place no human would willingly go alone makes a page turner. Not to mention the habitat is among the most fascinating on earth from bugs to weather to villagers. (less)
We met this author at the Catholic History fair and bought 2 of her books; this one and the No-No Boys, Book 2 in a children's series about different...moreWe met this author at the Catholic History fair and bought 2 of her books; this one and the No-No Boys, Book 2 in a children's series about different children and their experiences in WWII. Teresa Funke does extensive research and her stories are based on actual interviews of people who lived during that time.
Remember Wake is an appropriate title for a book about an event most people don't remember. In fact a lot of people didn't even hear about Wake during the War or if they did, soon forgot about it. Reasons for this include the fact that it was attacked by the Japanese at the same time as Pearl Harbor and those who defended Wake and ultimately became prisoners of the Japanese were almost entirely American civilian construction workers or hotel employees from Guam with a few Marines thrown in.
The story flowed along really well. Main storylines alternated between Colin and his buddies in prison camps in China and Japan and Colin's fiance and family in Boise ID. The book got well into the details of the horrors of being prisoners of the Japanese; Funke must be a very skilled interviewer because there were lots and lots of small details that really make the story real.
The romance between Colin and Maggie didn't seem to have the chemistry going for it; on the other hand the true nature of Love's sacrifice for the good of another was developed by Maggie's need to make difficult decisions about whether to follow her feelings or her promises.
I learned a lot about Wake: the island, the battle, and the group of men who suffered the consequences of being there at the wrong time. Although they started out the war as civilians (they offered to join the Marines while they were being attacked and were refused), their experiences can truly be added to those of the heroes who have defended our freedom around the world.(less)
I liked it more as the story went on. The action builds up well and I wasn't able to figure out all the t...more**spoiler alert** There's a big spoiler here!
I liked it more as the story went on. The action builds up well and I wasn't able to figure out all the twists and turns until nearly the end. I was able to gain more insight into the characters as the plot thickened.
I thought the author strained a bit to build the relationship between the priest and his niece as so strong but the irony of other relationships was right on, such as the low status of Juan's wife and son after he leaves the priesthood to bring "justice" to the poor; his "freedom" from the priesthood to liberate the world's poor serves in his mind to justify his lousy treatment of women, his family and his child. Very good insight into why the Church insists that evil can't be used to bring about good.
I also agree with my friend Amy that it was too short. (less)
Not having read very many mysteries in my life I didn't expect to be so addicted to this series. I hope to read another (they *are* very fast reads) s...moreNot having read very many mysteries in my life I didn't expect to be so addicted to this series. I hope to read another (they *are* very fast reads) soon. I love the '80s and early '90s look into a convent rocked by Vatican II and the fallout among women religious almost as much as the mysteries themselves. And then there is the ever present danger that the aging Emtee Dempsey (Sister Mary Teresa) has finally lost her touch for solving the impossible and is going to publicly humiliate herself and the Order of Mary and Martha once and for all. Of course she never does and there is always a twinkle in her eye ( she certainly knows most everyone considers her on the verge of senility) and an air of patience about her as she sets about proving her solutions. (less)
Having never seen the show on which the author's success is based, I had no opinions or notions about Buddy Jr and his family. This is the story of Bu...moreHaving never seen the show on which the author's success is based, I had no opinions or notions about Buddy Jr and his family. This is the story of Buddy Sr's rise to bakery fame in America and his Sicilan Catholic family life. Buddy Sr dies when Buddy was only 19 and he needed to step in and grow up to take over the new bakery as its leader. Plenty of photos gets a star, along with all the recipes you expect. I especially appreciate the explanations of baking science that went into formulating new products and re-working old ones and the St. Joseph feast recipes which I hope to try.(less)
Great mystery writing. Monica Quill is actually Ralph McInerny who is also the author of the Fr. Dowling mystery series. I don't read many mysteries b...moreGreat mystery writing. Monica Quill is actually Ralph McInerny who is also the author of the Fr. Dowling mystery series. I don't read many mysteries but I will try to squeeze another Sister Mary Teresa (EmTee Dempsey as she is affectionately yet secretly referred to by her dwindling but faithful community) mystery into my summer reading schedule.
The characters are believable, the dialogue sounds good; not stilted or awkward, the insight into post Vatican II religious life is realistic yet hopeful without preaching. And the mystery was entertaining with a few good red herrings.(less)