I’m getting so horribly far behind in writing book reviews, I realized I had to do something about it. My solution was to write the following mini reviews.An American Family: Three Decades with the McGarveys by Pam Spaulding My Rating: 4 stars Where I Got It: I won this book from Bermudaonion in a giveaway. To see what Kathy said about the book, click here.
Brief Summary: Photographer Pam Spaulding spent three decades photographing the McGarvey family from Louisville, Kentucky. Starting in 1977 after the birth of the couple’s first baby and continuing until 2007, this book contains a selection of photos from this timeframe–allowing you to literally watch the family grow up before your eyes. Although there is some text in the book, the majority of the book consists of full-page black and white photos, often with photos from two different decades facing each other.
Brief Thoughts: This book was just fascinating, and once I started paging through it, I couldn’t stop. It was also interesting to learn how this project grew and developed and to hear from both parties how the relationship grew and evolved. Be sure to look for your chance to win a copy in my July giveaway.About Alice by Calvin Trillin My Rating: 3.5 stars Where I Got It: Paperback Swap
Brief Summary: Trillin’s wife Alice made frequent appearances in his writing, and it was obvious he loved her fully and deeply. This little book, written five years after her death from cancer, chronicles their love story, paints a portrait of a talented and generous woman, and pays tribute to the woman of whom Trillin wrote: “I wrote this for Alice. Actually, I wrote everything for Alice.”
Brief Thoughts: Touching and often amusing (as Trillin often is), this book is a lovely tribute to a special woman and a tender look at a strong marriage between soul mates. If only all of us could be so lucky to be loved and adored like Alice obviously was.Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris My Rating: 3.5 stars Where I Got It: Paperback Swap
Brief Summary: The second book of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Sookie (a telepath from Bon Temps, Louisiana) is “loaned out” to the vampires of Dallas to discover the whereabouts of a missing vampire. Supernatural creatures abound, Sookie and Bill hit some speed bumps in their relationships, and murder and mayhem ensue. And, oh yeah, there is a murder in Bon Temps to investigate too.
Brief Thoughts: Harris has a light touch and a sense of fun that make these books a hoot. Plus Harris isn’t afraid to throw a bit of sex into the mix. If you’re looking for steamy, funny, supernatural hijinks, this book would be a perfect pick.Dave Barry’s Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need by Dave Barry My Rating: 3 stars Where I Got It: I bought it as a gift for Mr. Jenners for his birthday. He didn’t read it (“I don’t see the point. And it is old.” FYI: It was published in 1991.). So I read it.
Brief Summary: A goofy book about travel (both domestic and international) by popular funnyman Dave Barry. My personal favorite part was his description of the fifty states and their highlights.
Brief Thoughts: If you’ve ever read a Dave Barry book, I suspect you know exactly what this book is like already. This was a fun “bathroom” read, and I neither highly recommend this book or don’t recommend it. It is what it is.Being Perfect by Anna Quindlen My Rating: 2 stars Where I Got It:Paperback Swap
Brief Summary: This 48-page book (half of which are photos!) is an essay on why we should all give up the burden of perfectionism.
Brief Thoughts (But Really A Rant): I can’t even begin to tell you how annoyed I am that this “book” is being sold for $12.95 ($17.95 in Canada). And this isn’t even Quindlen’s first offense of this nature!!! She did the same thing with A Short Guide to A Happy Life (with the emphasis being on “short”). There is nothing in here you can’t find somewhere else for considerably less money or for free. I literally read the entire book while eating lunch! I used to like Quindlen, but think her writing has gone steadily downhill. (I thought her novel Rise and Shine was horrible. But at least you got over 200 pages!) This feels like a popular author doing a money grab, and I, for one, am annoyed by it.
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