Ten stories about people who are struggling with the decisions they have made or are about to make. The title story takes place at a senior high’s all night graduation party where parallel dramas are being played out by the chaperones and the kids. In other stories, our hearts go out to the lonely grandmother who drags her decorated Christmas tree to the curb when her son reneges on yet another promised visit so that his wife can have more elective cosmetic surgery and to the gifted teen who is so afraid of college that he secretly sabotages his applications. Poignant vignettes.
This stark novel about Conrad, a U.S. Marine veteran returning from horrifying experiences in Iraq, doesn't pull any punches. Conrad clearly suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and as one of the few and proud, it doesn't occur to him to seek help, until it's almost too late. Normal life swirls around him, but he can't engage. Robinson's usual excellent prose is enhanced by apparent true-to-life descriptions of life as a Marine and an ex-Marine, which the author says in an afterword were gleaned from interviews with numerous Iraq veterans.
Geniver's daughter was delivered stillborn eight years ago. Then, a stranger shows up on her doorstep telling her that her child was not stillborn. Naturally, Geniver is confused by this information but feels she must pursue it. Thus begins the gripping tale. Is there some truth to the possibility that her husband was involved in giving the baby to someone, or is Geniver obsessed and unable to cope with her loss, as her husband maintains? Perhaps you will have to stay up late and find out too.
This book in which Joe Rantz and the University of Washington eight man rowing crew journey to 1936 Olympic gold is storytelling at its best. It touches on the Great Depression, boat building, teamwork, the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, coaching, great rivalries, Hitler's Germany and more. If you enjoyed Unbroken or Seabiscuit this should definitely be a book at the top of your reading list. If you like to listen, the audiobook is narrated by Edward Herrmann who does a fantastic job.
A young journalist was struck down by Lou Gehrig's disease at age 44. Together with her husband and three small kids, Susan forges a life filled with joy, family and friends and makes every moment count. She took seven trips with the seven most important people in her life. A life affirming book that truly inspires..... Every day is better when it is lived with joy.
A behind the scenes look at the Mary Tyler Moore show..how it was created, produced, directed and cast. Explores the evolution of comedy that revolutionized sitcoms. For fans of the show, you will absolutely love reliving all those Mary moments..... I may not have "gotten around", but I was nearby.
Joseph Hooker, botanist, Thomas Huxley, marine biologist and Alfred Russel Wallace, naturalist were inspired by Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. They endured long voyages to exotic lands and returned with specimens and insights to become Darwin's staunchest supporters. I enjoyed every word McCalman weaved about the lives of four brilliant men from divergent backgrounds who shared bravery, determination and the quest for a scientific explanation for life.
Addicted to The Song of Ice and Fire series but stuck waiting for the next novel/TV season? Give this book a try. It is fantasy in the George R.R. Martin style, focused more on politics and court intrigue than on swords and sorcery (though there are some of both of those as well). There's even a plot thread about banking that is one of the best parts of the book. Abraham writes well, and is building a fascinating world of interwoven plots and characters here. Best of all, if you enjoy the book, there are already two more novels in the series available: The King’s Blood and The Tyrant’s Law.