Menagerie’s Published Reviews
The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams (Coming October 30th)
Life After Genius by M. Ann Jacoby (Coming October 29th)
My Husband’s Sweethearts by Bridget Asher
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Yesterday’s Weather by Anne Enright
Being Written by William Conescu
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Dewey-The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
Living Life, Free Style by Linda Nieves-Powell
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lihari
The Safety of Secrets by Delaune Michel
Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig
On My Nightstand:
Books I’m Currently Reading…
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One Man Great Enough – Abraham Lincoln’s Road to Civil War by John C. Waugh
The John Steinbeck Series
Home Girl by Judith Matloff
The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez
They Must Be Stopped
The End of Iraq
What’s on My Nightstand… (click and see)
Other Reads In My Collection
Fiction, Fiction, Fiction…
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – A riveting story about growing up and how we each value things in a different way. Our family dynamics make an indelible impression on our psyche and future.
Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres – A story about growing up in a mixed race family in the “Bible Belt” and how hatred based on just the color of skin can destroy a life. This novel is based on a true story and makes you wonder what Julia’s parents were thinking!
I’m totally addicted to Alice Sebold’s works. I was captured by The Lovely Bones (a #1 Bestseller) and found The Almost Moon equally engaging. The Lovely Bones is currently being made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon and Mark Walhberg, I can hardly wait! These novels are both worth your time to explore the gruesome, yet delicate side of the human psyche.
If you haven’t seen the movie (not that I’m complaining about Kate Winslet’s outstanding performance), a definite read for any mother is Little Children by Tom Perrotta. Being a mom of twins and understanding being where Sarah’s coming from. The registered sex offender, you nearly find compassion for.
I, of course, as a mom and middle aged, normal bodied woman, love love love Jennifer Wiener. I have read all of her works and, like my children, don’t have a favorite.
My girlfriend Julie has gotten me started on the Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I just finished up One For the Money and have only 13 more books to go! But, it’s great reading while huffing and puffing on the elyptical machine.
By now, you’ve should’ve picked up on the fact that I love romance, movies, books, stories and all. Being that type of gal, I find Nicholas Sparks irresistable. Each and every work, I’ve devoured. Like Jennifer Wiener’s books, again, tough to pick a favorite. I think that A Walk to Remember and The Notebook remain all-time favorites. Plus, Nicholas is just such a great guy… Christian, good husband, doting father, and interesting guy. I learned much about him in the book he co-wrote with his brother, Micah, Three Weeks with My Brother. He’s got a new one coming out in September 2008 that will most immediately be reviewed on my blog-site thereafter.
Have you read The Time Traveler’s Wife? All I can say is that it’s a MUST READ! And, do so before the movie, starring Rachel McAdams (love her) is released so that you get the full richness of this fantastic book! Much thanks to my sister, Terra, for getting me to read that book!
An oldie, but goodie… much richer than the movie… White Oleander by Janet Finch. Oprah’s Book Club directed me to pick up this read that no mother or daughter should miss.
Non-Fiction, Biographies, Spirituality, How-To’s and More…
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
sTori Telling by Tori Spelling (wicked pleasure)
The Instruction:Living the Life Your Soul Intended by Ainslie MacLeod
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey