Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Last Child by John Hart
Published 03/22/2010 at 11:14 a.m.
Johnny Merrimon hasn’t had it easy lately. When his twin sister, Alyssa, was kidnapped walking home from the library, his whole world fell apart. His mother lost touch with reality, and his father, unable to deal with his grief, left ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
Published 03/15/2010 at 11:02 a.m.
As “The House at Riverton” opens, we meet Grace, a 98 year old living in a nursing home. A young American filmmaker comes to visit Grace and asks for her first-hand account of the controversial events that took place at ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Published 03/01/2010 at 10:12 a.m.
As “The Blind Assassin” opens, young Laura Chase drives her car off a bridge killing herself. Her sister, Iris, gets the call of her accident. As Iris recounts the story, she seems cold and removed from her sister’s death. From ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Published 02/22/2010 at 10:10 a.m.
Loving Frank is an historical fiction novel about Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress, Mamah. Since I knew little of the relationship between the famed architect and his mistress, this was a stunning, moving story for me. In early 1900s ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Published 02/15/2010 at 11:49 a.m.
In honor of Black History Month, I thought I’d review “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved it and hated it at the same time. Let me explain. I ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Deception Point by Dan Brown
Published 02/01/2010 at 10:39 a.m.
Author Dan Brown is probably best known for his books “Angels and Demons” and “The DaVinci Code.” He’s also written some lesser known books like “Deception Point” that deserve just as much praise but rarely get it. NASA has recently ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Published 01/19/2010 at 11:16 a.m. 1 Comment
Jacob Jankowski is 90. Or 93. One or the other, as he puts it. We meet Jacob as a cranky old man living in a nursing home watching the days pass by. He spends his days annoyed at the nurses, ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
Published 01/04/2010 at 4:58 p.m.
“The Dogs of Babel” seems, at first, to be a crazy story about a man trying to teach his dog to speak. This story is so much more than that. Paul Iverson is grief stricken when his wife, Lexy, falls ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Published 12/21/2009 at 1:01 p.m.
“The Historian” is a thrilling, gothic, historical, mystery novel. There are so many different parts to it that I’m not sure exactly how to classify it. The story begins in 1972. A 16-year-old American girl living in Amsterdam finds a ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Published 11/30/2009 at 10:37 a.m.
I don’t know that I would have ever picked up “A Thousand Splendid Suns” if someone hadn’t raved about it and said that I had to read it. I’m so glad that they did. The story covers 30-something years of ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Published 11/25/2009 at 2:01 p.m.
“House of Sand and Fog” was one of those books that moved me to my core. Kathy Nicolo is down on her luck. She’s estranged from her husband, alone and broke. Massoud Amir Behrani isn’t having the best of times ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Published 11/16/2009 at 11:07 a.m.
Susan Trinder and Maud Lilly are both orphans. Susan has been raised in a house of thieves in London, while Maud has been raised as a lady in the English countryside. Neither girl knows the other exists until a grifter ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Published 11/02/2009 at 10:58 a.m.
When “Bless Me, Ultima” was announced as The Big Read selection for this year, my publisher was very excited and insistent that I read and review it. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to it. Maybe it’s some sort of prejudice ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Published 10/19/2009 at 4:04 a.m.
Susie Salmon is a typical 14-year-old girl. She’s looking forward to starting high school. She has her first crush. She loves her family and she’s trying to find out who she is. Susie, however, is dead.
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Published 10/05/2009 at 10:34 a.m.
“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” is an intriguing book. It is filled with situations that are hard to imagine because they were so foreign to my modern mind. We are introduced to Lily, a seven-year-old girl living in nineteenth-century ...
Leave me alone, I'm reading: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Published 09/28/2009 at 10:45 a.m.
I had high expectations for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” by Stieg Larsson. My expectations were met, for the most part, but I have to say I was a little disappointed with some parts of the book. “The Girl ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Way The Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Published 09/21/2009 at 11:03 a.m.
“The Way The Crow Flies” is several stories in one. It’s a story of growing up and realizing parents are imperfect. It’s about lost innocence and human morality. It’s about love and protection. It’s also a murder mystery. The story ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Published 09/08/2009 at 11:09 a.m.
What do I say about “The Thirteenth Tale?” Truthfully, I could never find enough words to truly describe it. It was eerie, mysterious, strange and fantastic. It had so many different elements all woven into a wonderfully written story. This ...
Leave Me Alone I'm Reading: Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
Published 08/31/2009 at 10:35 a.m.
“Someone Knows My Name” is a story of sadness and happiness, anger and resolution. The reader experiences the full range of emotion in this book, at times heartbroken, then filled with hope and happiness. It’s the story of a life, ...