Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BLACK OUT, REMEMBERING THE THINGS I DRANK TO FORGET



BLACKOUT, REMEMBERING THE THINGS I DRANK TO FORGET by Sarah Hepola
 
 
Wow, I did not realize that if people drink enough their hippocampus stops working and no new memories are made.  People continue to stay upright and functioning but later have no idea what they did.  Sarah Hepola recounts the many times she woke up in the morning in unknown places or even with unknown people and had no idea how she happened to be there.  Sarah began her foray into drinking at the young age of 7 when she would sneak sips from her parents' beer cans.  By the age of 16 she was getting drunk.  Being a shy, quiet person she felt that drinking made her more sociable.  She didn't realize that over time people grew tired of her outrageous antics.  You will have to read the book to find out what path her life took.  I thought this book was quite interesting.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
 


Friday, June 26, 2015

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES

 
 
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline
 
 
 
The first chapter of this novel is a sociopath describing him/herself.  We do not know who the sociopath is but throughout the book there are references to this person.  The main character is a psychiatrist and chief of staff in a hospital.  In the beginning of the book he takes on a new patient who is a seventeen year old dealing with the death of his grandmother.  I don't want to give away the story line but a murder occurs and the psychiatrist is one of the suspects and someone is trying to ruin his life.  This is a fast paced book but I found it a little too contrived.  I would rate it 3 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
 
 


Monday, June 22, 2015

FLASH

 
FLASH , THE HOMELESS DONKEY WHO TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIFE, FAITH, AND SECOND CHANCES by Rachel Anne Ridge
 
 
 
Rachel and her husband had a booming business using their artistic skills until the economy crashed.  They were at a low point trying to figure out how to pay the bills and if their business could sustain them when, as they were arriving home one night, a donkey showed up in their driveway.  He was apparently a homeless donkey.  When they called the police, they said they could pick him up but that he was worthless and would probably be euthanized.  Rachel and her family decided to keep him.  Flash became part of the family and taught Rachel and her family many life lessons.  This warm hearted read will put a smile on your face!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT



OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf
 
 
 
This small, quiet book is an easy read.  It tells the story of taking a chance on friendship and love later in life.  A 70 year old widow in a small town feels she has no joy in her life.  Suddenly her life becomes more exciting when she find someone to share her time.  Then one day her only child, a son, comes to her home to tell her he and his wife have separated and she must let his son stay with her.  She is enchanted by this shy boy.  Her life becomes even more fulfilling until her son returns with an ultimatum.  What will she do?  She could risk losing her grandson.  Read her story and find out how love can change everything both for the good and the bad.
I loved the simple, clean story telling of this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

STEPDOG, A MEMOIR

 
 
STEPDOG, A MEMOIR by Mireya Navsarro
 
 
Mireya (Mia for short) had given up on ever finding a man she loved enough to marry when she met Jim.  Jim was smart, funny, kind, and divorced with two children and a dog.  After Mia and Jim met it wasn't too long until they decided to marry.  The children weren't too big of an obstacle but the dog was very bothersome.  Eddie, the dog, only had eyes for Jim.  He growled and barked at Mia and always tried to edge her out whenever Jim was around.  Mia plotted ways to get rid of Eddie but, alas, he remained entrenched in the family.  As time passed and Eddie grew older and more feeble, Mia reassessed her relationship with Eddie and her spot in the family.  Gradually, as she tried harder, things improved until Mia almost found herself loving Eddie.  At the end of the book, Eddie is still alive and kicking, but Mia and he have made peace.  I very much enjoyed this enchanting book. 
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Monday, June 15, 2015

BAD KID

 
BAD KID by David Crabb
 
 
 
I'm certain this book would not appeal to everyone.  I found it to be disturbing but it did give me a glimpse into the life of someone who was marginalized and uncomfortable with himself growing up.  David's parents divorced when he was young.  When he was about 12 or 13 he realized he was gay.  This is his heartbreaking memoir on how he struggled within himself to deal with this realization and how he gradually let others in his life know.  Because of all of his inner turmoil, David resorted to very unhealthy ways to act out.  I believe I will feel differently though when I see kids dressed in odd garb or sporting outlandish makeup and jewelry because this may be their cry for attention or help.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BEFORE HE FINDS HER



BEFORE HE FINDS HER by Michael Kardos
 
 
This novel toggles back and forth between 1991 and the present.  1991 is when Melanie's father had murdered her mother.  Today Melanie is living in hiding with her aunt and uncle in a small West Virginia town as part of a witness protection program.  Melanie was home schooled by her aunt and never allowed to do the things other young people get to do for fear her father would find her.  By age 17, Melanie was growing tired of the hiding.  In spite of the strict precautions put in place by her aunt and uncle, Melanie began her own investigation into the murder of her mother.  This suspenseful novel has several plot twists that keep the reader guessing!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library.