Thursday, April 9, 2015

GIVEN UP FOR DEAD

 
GIVEN UP FOR DEAD AMERICA'S HEROIC STAND AT WAKE ISLAND by Bill Sloan
 
 
This nonfiction book details the struggles of a small garrison of Marines, sailors, and civilians fighting against the Japanese on Wake Island.  After Pearl Harbor was bombed the next big battle site was Wake Island which is in the Pacific Ocean fairly close to Japan.  It was December 8, 1941 when this U.S. outpost was attacked by the Japanese.  For sixteen days the tiny group on Wake Island fought off thousands of Japanese that stormed the island.  Finally, the Americans surrendered and thus began nearly four years of being POW's.  This gripping account gives details of the sixteen days of fighting, the POW years and what became of the various Marines involved.  I give these brave men a lot of credit for their bravery!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

SAVE ME

 
SAVE ME by Kristyn Kusek Lewis
 
 
 
Daphne and Owen Mitchell were childhood sweethearts.  They've been married for five years, are restoring the lovely farmhouse they own, and both working as doctors.  Daphne thinks their life is perfect, accept for Owen getting on board with starting a family.  Everything changes on the day of Owen's birthday, when he comes home late and tells her he has met someone else.  Daphne's perfect world crumbles and throws her into a tail spin. As Daphne struggles to move forward with her life, a terrible auto accident changes everything.  Read this riveting book to find out how Owen and Daphne's lives play out.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HOW TO BE A VICTORIAN

 
HOW TO BE A VICTORIAN, A DAWN-TO-DUSK GUIDE TO VICTORIAN LIFE
by Ruth Goodman

This fascinating nonfiction book looks at life in the Victorian Era.  The author did extensive research to find out about clothing, hygiene habits, medical and health procedures among a myriad of other topics.  Not only did Goodman research these things, she also tried many of them out.  She made the clothes and wore them, fixed food the way it would have been prepared at the time, made and used homemade soap and toothpaste and generally tried out living as a Victorian woman. 
I loved this book.  It is well-written as well as a wonderful and realistic glimpse into the past!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, March 30, 2015

FIVE DAYS LEFT

 
FIVE DAYS LEFT, A NOVEL by Julie Lawson Timmer
 
 
This well written novel involves two people's lives.  The two people do not know each other except through an adoption/foster parent blog.  Scott is a foster parent and Mara has an adopted daughter.  Both of these people are facing a difficult life event.  Neither of them is certain how things will turn out for them.  The reader doesn't know either until the very end of the book.  This book was interesting because it made me wonder how I would handle the situation that each of the characters was facing.  The novel deals with extreme joy and heart wrenching pain and how people react to these feelings.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Monday, March 23, 2015

MISDIAGNOSED

 

MISDIAGNOSED, ONE WOMAN'S TOUR OF - AND ESCAPE FROM - HEALTHCARELAND by Jody Berger
 
 
Jody Berger began experiencing tingling in her hands and feet and her doctor referred her to a neurologist.  After ordering an MRI, the neurologist declared that Berger had MS.  Since Berger felt fine other than the tingling she decided to investigate other causes for her problem.  Her quest for answers took her to Canada to confer with a holistic health educator, to Southern California to visit a physician and brain specialist, to Mexico for a yoga retreat, to Nita Desai, a Boulder physician who runs East West Integrated Health and is a Ayurvedic doctor, and to a craniosacral osteopathic doctor.  As a reporter, Berger discovered there are a large number of individuals who are incorrectly diagnosed with MS.  14% of MS specialists said they would not tell a patient they had been misdiagnosed. If you want to know what Berger found out about her own health, you will need to read the book. This book was quite interesting and I was impressed with how Berger took her health into her own hands and thoroughly investigated all options.  However, not many people would have the money or ability to travel the different paths that Berger did.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
 
 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

THE DOG WHO COULD FLY

 
THE DOG WHO COULD FLY, THE WWII PUPPY WHO TOOK TO THE SKIES by Damien Lewis
 
 
Being a dog lover I enjoy books about heroic dogs which showcase their loyalty to their humans and a keen intelligence.  This is one of those books.  The dog showcased in this book is named Antis.  He was rescued when he was tiny unweaned puppy by Robert Bozdech as Bozdech and a fellow pilot hid behind enemy lines in an abandoned house after their plane crashed.  Antis and Robert faced many terrifying situations and injuries but remained steadfast to one another.  Antis was a truly amazing dog who alerted his fellow servicemen to enemy attacks, flew in war planes, and when he was grounded because of injuries he sustained, he kept watch at the air field whenever Robert flew missions. 
This is an excellent and exciting book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

NEVER CHANGE

 
NEVER CHANGE by Elizabeth Berg
 
 
 
 
The main character in this novel is Myra Lipinsky.  She is a fifty-one year old never married woman.  She is okay with that because she knows she's not much to look at and even her parents never seemed to have really wanted her.  Her dog, Frank, and her job as a visiting nurse have been enough for her to feel contented with her life.  Suddenly everything changes.  Chip Reardon, the popular boy from school that she had always secretly been in love with, returns to his childhood home to wait to die from a brain tumor.  Myra becomes his nurse.  Chip's mom wants him to pursue aggressive treatment for the cancer but Chip wants to enjoy what life he has left on his own terms.  While Myra nurses Chip through his illness she learns a lot about life and the misconceptions she had about herself.  It is really rather a "coming of age" book for a fifty-one year old spinster.
This book is beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It seems like it would be a gloomy book but it's actually quite uplifting!
Reviewed by: Mimi at Genoa Branch Library