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Kristen from Bookworming In The 21st Century
Whew! What a week! I have been busy and well…. the usual. 😀 Pre posting and planning on the weekend does have its benefits 😉 Here is what this past week looked like:
Skipping A Beat by Sarah Pekkanen (Oh sooooooo good!)
Author Chat with Sarah Pekkanen – Author Of Skipping a Beat! SQQQQQUUUEEEEEE 😛
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Bonus Bookies read and food fest…. oh the food!)
The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia ( A deep read that I wish I would have had more time to dig into)
Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (Hmmmm…. great topic but didnt quite make it for me)
YUMMY The Last Days of A South Side Shorty (True story told in graphic novel style… wow! This book won a Cybil award)
Certain Women By Madeleine L’Engle (Our Faith ‘n Fiction read)
All that – plus I finished another two books and two audios that I have yet to review. (Driving 3+ hours to the cabin each way this weekend really gave me a little audio time 😀 )
As for this week…. looking at my schedule I do not have a lot of evening meetings this week which helps me plan out my reading…. so here is what I will have on the plan:
The true story of Courtney Miles’ rescue of over 300 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While government officials posed for cameras, a boy from the projects with no driver’s license stepped up and showed what “drive” is all about. LAST BUS OUT tells how Courtney Miles stole a bus, charged past a police roadblock, and argued with a National Guardsman who threatened to lock him in the makeshift jail at the Greyhound Bus Station. Sick with worry about his missing grandmother, he drove his passengers to safety, then went back into the city at midnight to help others. His adventure would ultimately lead to starting his life over on the opposite end of the country, far away from the three women he loves – the mother who abused him, the grandmother who taught him to survive, and the girlfriend who would betray him. LAST BUT OUT chronicles Courtney’s life alone while his mother was repeatedly jailed for selling drugs. At seven he woke up on Christmas Eve with a gun in his face. At thirteen he witnessed the murder of a man three feet in front of him. As a high school junior he lived alone in an empty house without electricity or water. Courted by gangs who knew he was hungry, “Streets”, as he was nicknamed for his solitary life on the streets, lived apart and kept his record clean – until the day he risked his freedom to save his neighbors.
A PUPPET IS CROWNED. THE TRUE HEIR REMAINS HIDDEN. A ROGUE’S SECRET COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING.
War has come to Melengar. To save her kingdom, Princess Arista runs a desperate gamble when she defies her brother and hires Royce and Hadrian for a dangerous mission. As the power of the Nyphron Empire grows, so does Royce’s suspicion that the wizard Esrahaddon is using the thieves as pawns in his own game. To find the truth, he must unravel the secret of Hadrian’s past–what he discovers could change the future for all of Elan.
As the reader is guided through the author’s libraryAhis “Magic Kingdom”Avarious books, manuscripts and mementos become the stimulus for meditations about Christian faith and about the people who have touched his life. We read at length about the folly of writing a novel about Jesus; to do so, the ordained minister writes, “would be to cheapen and somehow dishonor the bond between us.” We see the author’s fatherAwho committed suicide at the age of 38Anot only as a distant figure, alcoholic and adulterous (“the empty place at [the] center” of Buechner’s childhood), but as a charismatic Princeton alumnus who once seemed so full of promise. The memoir’s penultimate chapter is a tribute to the author’s beloved brother, Jamie, who died as Buechner was finishing the bookAhe had called and said he had “incurable cancer of virtually everything and didn’t intend to be around for more than two weeks if he could possibly help it.” Such a momentAa pitch-perfect blend of tenderness and sardonic lyricismAtypifies the poetic intensity of the memoir. Also of note is the second chapter, about Buechner’s friend, the late poet James Merrill, who appears in the author’s dreams: “and it is always goodbye that we are saying again as if to make up for never having had the chance to say it properly.”
I have a couple audios I am starting as well but this post has been a real “opportunity”. First my lap top appears to have moved on to greener pastures. Using my husband’s lap top tp put this post together in Internet Explorer has turned out to be an evening of formating and missing pictures…. and well….. at this point I am just trying to get it posted. 😀
I am excited to see what you are reading so please remember to link up your “What Are You Reading” post below where it says “click here”. 😀
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