Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Review: Becoming

Becoming Becoming by Michelle Obama
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I grew up and taught for a decade in Chicago. I'm very familiar with the neighbor that Michelle grew up and attended school. I could visualized the city as she wrote about her youth.
Now to the good part, the real merit of this book is the inside view of a woman who tried to maintain a career and raise two children while her husband's political career advanced.

She knew how to reinvent herself using the tools of her education. She prioritized her life around her children and husband.

Her intimate view of what it is like to live in the White House is the golden part of the book. It is a woman's book, written for women, by a candid woman.

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Review: Look Alive Twenty-Five

Look Alive Twenty-Five Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun read with great characters. A mystery with bounty hunters and bonds women thrown chasing down their absent boss. They trail leads them to a restaurant and the place where there boss disappeared along with any of the restaurant help that takes out the garbage.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: The Best of Us

The Best of Us The Best of Us by Robyn Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet book about a woman redefining her life. It is well written and an easy read and easy to read. I fell in love with the story's setting.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review: The Good Fight

The Good Fight The Good Fight by Danielle Steel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Steele takes her readers back to the early 60's when women's lives were defined by their husband and children. Meredith McKenzie defines her life, her way. How does she do this? Well, Steel's character is a child of a very privileged family. Her father never cuts her off from money. Her grandfather encourages her independence and maverick ideas.

To Meredith (Merrie's) credit, she wants to make a difference. She wants to emulate her father and grandfather who believed in 'the good fight.' The story kept my attention because many of the issues presented, I live through as a teenager.

This story gives brush strokes to the social issues of the Sixties: sexism, racism, and gender bias. The beginning of the book took on a great pace and kept the reader engrossed. The Steele's ending disappointed me. I felt she hurried to end the story. It is a 'good read.'






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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The author gives the reader a glimpse into life after eight years in the White House. "Uncle Joe" Biden is grouting tile. His side kick and friend Obama along with his government assigned body guard, Steve, spends his time flitting around the world indulging in outdoor sports with movie stars and famous tycoons. All this changes when Obama a.k.a Barack visits Biden on hid dark patio.

Joe knows clandestine meetings means something bad happened. Barack relates to Joe that his favorite conductor's body just was found on the tracks of the high speed train Joe rode while serving in Congress. Andrew Shaffer begins a 'mystery ride' with a political tilt.

You don't need any specific political leanings to enjoy this story. Shaffer add Biden and Obama for their quirks and comebacks. Trust me, this book made me laugh about a murder.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Review: Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Andrew Shaffer invites the reader to follow "Uncle Joe" Biden who spends his retirement re-grouting his tile (this is fiction)and Barack Obama as they try to solve the death of Joe's favorite Amtrak conductor and friend. Visualized Joe Biden and Barack Obama riding around in a gas guzzling bullet proof vehicle known as "the beast" as they track down clues in Finn Donnelley's Death. You don't have to be a Democratic to enjoy this fiction. This is a clever mystery despite your political leanings.

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Review: Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The weaving of characters and their individual stories is the delight of this book. The character and setting descriptions place you in the action. Two hundred, sixty- nine pages of reading complete with questions for discussion makes this book easy to share. Enjoy!

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