I am scratching my head over this one. I think it is more a misconception over what I thought I was getting, and the new paperback cover depicts that story better. This is really not a war / military book, it is a Dallas Cowboy Thanksgiving Day book which centers on the experience from the point of view of some US soldiers who are stateside for a short publicity tour. It is not a bad book, just not a good choice for me.
Entertaining, but not as meaningful to me as her past novels. Still, I think Kent is onto a good character here, and may get quite a good following if she continues with him (and her?). SO -- I say if you like mysteries and westerns, go for it!
Surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Fantasy, historical, cultural, and I really cared about the characters, plus magically well written. Great summer read, highly recommend. I'd rate 4.5 if I could.
Sadly, this has not been my favorite of his books. Good but lacking in the urgency of his other books. Probably more of a literary splash though, due to all the unique voices telling the story.
Ann Lamott strikes again. Very inspirational for writers. Thanks, Ann! You always know how to take me where I am and put me back in perspective.
Absolutely loved this book. I actually clapped when the audio was over. Not a political book at all, this is the ultimate Bronx / legal version of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "The Glass Castle." I want to read more books like this. Thank you Judge for writing it. I hope that men will also read it, I've asked my husband to - no pressure there, babe! Also, the narration was so perfect, and comforting, just love Rita Moreno, very fitting that she read this.
Very enjoyable sweeping historical novel on WWII. Again amazed at Folet's ability to write a compelling story on so broad a subject in such an engrossing way. He's definitely grown as a writer. Also, I liked the narration.
Decided to revisit this since it is the 200th year of its publication. I very carefully selected this audio version (a good narrator is a must). It was excellent, again, how about that? I marvel at how Jane Austen can be poking such fun at her society without sounding snarky, and while still delivering a fun, romantic story. I recommend this particular audio version.
Even better than before, completely believable, and once you get into it you can't put it down. This is McMurty's masterpiece, and it a masterpiece of the west, but even bigger than that. If you haven't read it in a while, pick it up, you'll be surprised. (The audio version is just tops, you forget that you are being read to and believe you are hearing these folks in real life.) If you have never read it, read it. I am fearful that books like these won't ever be written again for two reasons, which really boils down to one reason in the end: pure economics. First, we -- the readers, are afraid of long books. We just won't pick them up anymore. I know it is certainly a struggle for me, but then I am never sorry when I do so I still do it. Second, due to the first, publishers won't pick them up either. What a loss! But at least we have this book.
Lonesome Dove is about men and women that are so believable, wonderful and flawed and normal, good and bad and in between. Captains Augustus McCray and Woodrow Call own a "ranch" down in South Texas. Because of their former partner, Jake Spoon, they go on a cattle drive, in order to be the first cowboys to take cattle into Montana. So many things happen that hinge on Jake Spoon's actions, so many lives changed, but this was life back then, and it is life as I have experienced it. Lonesome Dove gives you all that you would expect from a cattle drive, but so much more. You care about the women and the men, and even the animals that are a part of the story. You laugh and you cry. And you finish it and wonder at the fact that these are the people that you have known and loved in Texas, they are still here and living.
Ok, will you "like" this book? Not necessarily but you will be glad you read it. It explores the years and years of Salmon Rushdie's life while he was in hiding from the fatwa. It goes on and on, and he does not hide the truth: he is not a martyr or a perfect man, he is just a writer who crossed he Wrong people. Do you believe in religious fanaticism? Do you know the prequel to 9-11 ? Please take the time to listen to this and think about these very life and death matters.
This book made me miserable, BUT true to contemporary literary offerings, it gives alot to consider about the lives and times of these baby boomers. In the end, I'm glad I read it and glad Meg branched out and wrote it.
Here is the unlikely premise, which allows us to explore the thoughts and actions of this generation: Sad and ordinary girl meets the "it" brother and sister at summer artistic camp and is invited into their click of friends. One of them will eventually become the Bill Gates of a Hollywood Cartoon Empire, one will be accused of a crime, one will almost always do the right thing and end up marrying well but will have other sorrows, one will face being gay and get over a childhood trauma, and another will remain the source of comfort in her bitter ordinariness. But they will remain friends throughout the twists and turns of life.
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