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This is the first of Alyson Richmand's novels I have had the pleasure to read. Ms. Richman is widelyI won an ARC from a Goodreads First Read giveaway.
This is the first of Alyson Richmand's novels I have had the pleasure to read. Ms. Richman is widely know for her wonderfully written books dealing with historical fiction. With "The Secret of Clouds" she has stepped out of her comfort zone with this beautifully written novel about the relationship between a teacher and a most special student.
Maggie Topper is a 6th grade English language arts teacher at Frnaklin Intermediate, on Long Island, starting her second year. After graduating from the University of Michigan she accepted a job as a personal assistant at a well-respected PR firm in New York City. But hr job is so demoralizing that, at her mother's suggestion, she goes back to school to become a teacher and falls in love with her new profession.
At the beginning of the new school year Maggie is approached by Principal Nelson about taking on a tutoring assignment for a special needs student. Yuri Krasny is the student she will teach if she accepts the assignment. Yuri and his parents have immagrated from the Ukraine and Yuri was born with a rare heart desease that leaves him unable to attend school so will need to be taught at his home. Upon entering the Krasny home, Maggie finds it difficult to engage Yuri until the subject of baseball enters the equation.
One of the assignments that Maggie gives to all her students is to write a letter to themselves stating where they hope thier lives will be when they gradute from high school. Maggie will keep the letters and mail them to her students when they do finally graduate. The letters will have a far more reaching affect that even she cannot forsee.
At the same time Maggie has moved into a small cottage with her boyfriend Bill and the relationship is has begun to deteriorate. As their relationship goes down hill Maggie begins to learn that true love may be waiting if only she has the courage to reach out for it, while making some hard decisions.
This is a beautifully written story about friendship, love, heartache and a special bond between a student and teacher, where the teacher may be the one who learns the most. Ms. Richman has written an inspiring story that shows that by fighting through our fears great rewards will be gained. A wonderful and poignant story that will the reader emotianally full of hope and love.
Whether you have read any of Alyson Richman's books in the past, this is one you should miss. Highly recomended. I really enjoyed this book. One of the best I've had the pleasure to read this year.
Known only as Mr. Field the protagonist is a disatisfied concert pianist. On a trip home the train he is trI won this book from a First Read giveaway,
Known only as Mr. Field the protagonist is a disatisfied concert pianist. On a trip home the train he is traveling on crashes and his left wrist is shattered. Rather than rehabilitating his wrist and resuming his career, Mr Field chooses to use his settlement money to purchase a home he has read about, near Cape Town. He moves there with his wife Mim who feels isolated and unhappy and eventually leaves.
I think this is a difficult book for many to read because this book deals with isolation and loneliness in world where there are people all around. The house he and Mim have moved to is known as the House for the Study of Water. It is a house built on the top of a hill made with walls of glass. But even though Mr. Field can look out and see all that is around him he appears to live in a would within himself. And when Mim decides to escape the glass house he becomes even more isolated. Finally becoming fixated on the widow of his homes architect even going so far as to peep in her window, which allows him to stay in conact with the world around him. Little by little Mr. Field drifts away from the world around him.
Ms. Kilalea does an excellent job of painting a picture of someone who over time becomes alienated even from himself. A world of isolation from those around them. She is a very good writer that has an excellent command of language and structure and creates world where many readers may be unwilling to go, because it forces the reader to examine their place in the society around them.
Although many readers may find a sense of incompletion when reading this book, it gives a view into the world of the many people who exist in isolation and struggle to find a place in world full of people. It is a slice of one man's internal world. I thought it was an excellent book.
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Jo and her two friends Stephanie and Carly are enjoying Summer evening before they start their sI won this copy from a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.
Jo and her two friends Stephanie and Carly are enjoying Summer evening before they start their sophmore year in high school. On a lark, after an evening of drinking, they steal a golf cart and tragidy strikes.
Thr fall out from the accident costs Jo's parents thier marraige and Jo and her mother become alienated from the community they live in. No longer welcome she is sent away to a privite school to finish her education.
At her new school she comes under the influence of one of her teachers and is placed in a dorm room with a fellow student whom none of the other girls like. Stuggling to wade through the problems that arise in her new school and seperated from both of her parents she trys to make hard decisions that could have troubling consequences.
Kate Wilbert is an intresting writer, but the reader is sent from past to present to future in rapid order and it can be confusing. The story does fit together in the end, but the story leaves one wondering what happens? The book left me wanting to know more. At only 149 pages there was plenty of room to flesh out the book and fill in some of the holes....more
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Garrison Chase works for the FBI. Garrison Chase rides a desk in the cyber crimes unit. GarrisonI won this book from a Goodreads First Read Giveaway.
Garrison Chase works for the FBI. Garrison Chase rides a desk in the cyber crimes unit. Garrison Chase hasn't worked in a year, because he was suspended. Now it is time to come back from his paid vacation and go back to work. Chase has been thrown a bone by his boss. He is going to guard the Governor's son who has been receiving death threats. If Chase does well his suspension will be ended. Talk about a string of bad luck, Stanley, the Governor's son gets shot moments after Chase meets him for the first time. So much for getting off suspension. Chase also has a son and a vindictive wife. He has a custody hearing coming up and the shooting of Stanley won't help his cause.
Craig N. Hooper has introduced a fun, interesting new character. Garrison Chase is a witty, humerous new addition to the police procedural genre. He keeps the reader on his/her toes, with twists and turns that keep the guessing going until the end. Hooper has also filled the book with an interesting cast of characters: Eva, Chase's straight laced all business girlfriend; Karla, Chase's very attractive partner who helps him investigate Stanley's shooting, "off the books", Mick, Chase's best friend who gets caught right in the middle of this mess and of course Stanley Tuchek who's paranoia and propensity to disappear keeps the story rushing to an explosive conclusion.
On the cover it states that this is "A Garrison Chase Novel and the reader can only hope that Hooper will keep cranking out novel's in this series for years to come. Hooper is a good writer that keeps the action moving forward. He does a good job of developing the characters, but future books will continue to show us how these characters grow. This is a well writing book with few grammatic errors that would interfere with the flow of the story.
All I can say is Craig N. Hooper, when does the next Garrison Chase novel come out. I am looking forward to reading the next one....more
Louis L'Amour is an American Icon. He is one of the great Western writers of the 20th century. Having writtI won this book from a First Read giveaway.
Louis L'Amour is an American Icon. He is one of the great Western writers of the 20th century. Having written over 100 books in his lifetime he is the master of the Western.
L'Amour has a simple, straight forward style. His novels are not overly complex or filled with numerous subplots. His books are clean and wholesome and a good read for any one looking for stories of the old West. L'Amour is a true historian and although the locations are often fictitious, the stories are examples of what that time in U.S. history was actually like.
L'Amour's Chick Bowdrie stories give the reader a view of what it was like to be a Texas Ranger. Part law officer and part detective, Bowdrie is relentless in tracking down the bad guy.
I will say that if the reader is looking for a book that has some depth to it then this may not be what he/she is looking for. These stories are good for a quick read when there is only a few minutes to read.
Having read almost half of L'Amour's books, I really enjoy a lighter read now and then. And this is a good place the get a feel for L'Amour's writings. Please be aware this is a book of short stories, his novels do have more to them than the simple stories presented in this collection....more
I w0n an eBook copy of "Reluctant Intern" by entering a Goodreads "First Read" giveaway.
The book is about astronaut wannabe Addison Wolfe. He is not aI w0n an eBook copy of "Reluctant Intern" by entering a Goodreads "First Read" giveaway.
The book is about astronaut wannabe Addison Wolfe. He is not a physicist so he figures the best way to get into the astronaut training program is to become a doctor. Having worked rescue mission in Viet Nam along side doctors he feels this will be his key to entry into NASA.
He attends medical school in Virginia and gets assigned to do a one year, rotating internship at University Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. A hospital that attracts mostly indigent patients,
Addison starts out his internship in the ER and emergency medicine and will finish his rotations in Psychiatry. Along the way he will manage to get on the wrong side of the Director of Medical Education and along with some fellow interns will try to find away to have the director fired.
This is a witty, fun book, with plenty of twists and turns that will keep readers interested as we get an inside look at what it is like to be an aspiring Doctor. As a former ER orderly I can say that the author, Bill Yancey, is spot on accurate in his depiction of hospital life.
My only complaint is that I wish the book had been a little more comprehensive in telling the story. The book is mostly vignettes rather than fully developed accounts of what it is like in the differing specialties of the internship. In all honesty I could have told some tales as interesting as what we get in Mr. Yancey's book. But, it is still a very good read nonetheless. If the reader is looking for insight into the world of the intern, this is a good read....more