Let’s Read Books!
Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with. Well, curling up with these, a big grey cat, and a hot mug of Earl Grey tea. That said, as the weather heats up, I read less and work in the garden more, so there aren’t nearly as many books this month as there have been. Still, I found some good reads!
Spirit Wind by Jon L. Gibson. My first thoughts after finishing this book were, “That was delightful. I want to know if Spirit Wind and Blackbird marry. I want more!” There isn’t another book, but this one is certainly a satisfying coming-of-age story based on Chitimacha tribal mythology. Both archeologically accurate and easy to follow, this is one book that should have hit the mainstream.
New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way: Alternate Approaches for Women 30-90 by Susun S. Weed. I’ve kept this book by my side throughout these menopausal years. Based on thirteen years of talking with more than 50,000 women, this is a treasure chest of information. For each so-called symptom of menopause (Hot/Cold Flashes, Hairy Problems, Emotional Uproar, etc.) Weed offers a variety of solutions from simple (collect information) to complex (break and enter.) A must.
The Murder of Cleopatra: History’s Greatest Cold Case by Pat Brown. This was fascinating and -in lieu of a brief review- I’m gonna quote part of a paragraph from the back cover. If you’re into history and mystery, you’ve got to read it.
Brown’s findings, borne of scientific method, rigorous inquiry, and deductive reasoning, are revealed against a historical backdrop of mystery, drama, politics, danger, and romantic intrigue – providing a thought-provoking analysis of the amazing woman Cleopatra truly was, a fascinating account of her final, desperate attempt to escape Egypt with her ships and treasure, and the brutal homicide that ended her life as the last Egyptian pharaoh.
Feisty After 45: The Best Blogs From Midlife Women edited by Elaine Ambrose. This collection of personal essays proves there’s a lot of good writing going (mostly) unnoticed in the blogosphere. From lap dances that go wrong to discussions of the bathrooms at Target (and not related to the recent gender-oriented kerfluffle,) you’ll laugh along with these women. There’s a list of 12 good things about being a grandparent, and contemplation of the smell of young men. A corporate wife confesses and a tale of two daughters is revealed. Good stuff!
Born Under An Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter by Sara Mansfield Taber. I picked this up for $1, and it was most definitely worth that and a lot more. This memoir is both a contemplation on the notion of being “American” if you’re rarely in the country, and a deep exploration of the nature of secrets – specifically those imposed upon Tabor’s father (the CIA spy.) Intelligent, literary, historical, and -as a result- probably not for everyone, the book was definitely my kind of tasty tea.
The Why Did I Bother
King by T.M. Frazier. This arrived in the late May/early June Bookworm Box and it’s horrid. Not that the writing is bad – it’s not – but the subject? Stereotypical bad boy overpowering a good girl twisted into a romance. I didn’t like the prologue, and the first few chapters failed to improve. Eventually I skipped to the end. The sad thing is that this is a series. No, just no.
Another book that arrived in the late May/early June Bookworm box was So Much More by Kim Holden. Also a romance, this had more modern and complex characters, but I had a hard time believing the male lead didn’t see his ex-wife’s evil streak; he’s too compassionate for that kind of blindness. Enjoyable, but (given the end) I’m wondering why I bothered. Clearly, with two bad books from the latest from Bookworm Box, I cancelled the subscription; not a box I want to continue, despite supporting good causes.
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