The Promise by Jackie French Koller is a children’s book which tells a sweet tale about two young boys and the first Christmas after their mother dies. This is a touching story about miracles and the importance of tradition. I enjoyed it, I think your children will as well.
The Peterkins’ Christmas adapted by Elizabeth Spurr is a fun children’s story about the wacky Peterkin family and their silly antics one Christmas when their tree is too tall for the room. A delight!
Both books have beautiful illustrations!
Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson of Longmire fame, is a newly released holiday book. Being unfamiliar with Johnson, this is my first experience of his work. Sadly, I cannot say I enjoyed this book.
This is a fictional story about the local sheriff in a small Wyoming town who has a Dickens type tale of his own to tell. Steamboat is the name of a WWII aircraft which, in this story, is used to transport a young burn victim to a hospital in Denver during a raging snow storm. It is at times touching, but I found it difficult to read due to what I thought were too many lengthy airplane descriptions which I was unable to picture in my head. I imagine Johnson’s followers may appreciate this much more than I did. If he is your cup of Christmas tea, enjoy!
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a superb novel. I am so grateful to have been able to devote 32 hours to listen to it on compact disc. The audio version is amazing!
This incredible, thought-provoking story is about a thirteen-year-old boy named Theo Decker who is in an art museum in NYC with his divorced mother when a bomb goes off. From there, the story follows the boy and the life-altering changes which subsequently ensue. The characters in the novel are so vivid. I was just blown away!
Created by Fabritius in the 17th century, the painting upon which the story revolves, is real and gladly, the book has prompted renewed interest in it. I am happy because I love art. For those who are so inclined, the novel contains many art references of note.
As I believe this is a stellar novel which requires gradual unfolding, I will keep this review brief and end simply with – you must read it! It is fabulous!
November has arrived bringing with it thoughts of Thanksgiving and food. When one of my Goodreads friends listed Cherries in Winter: My Family’s Recipe for Hope in Hard Times, by Suzan Colón on her “to read” list I thought, “What perfect timing!”
Books about food are rarely on my reading list, but I do love to cook and am always open to new recipes for our dinner table. This lovely memoir touched my heart and warmed my soul on a blustery Chicago day. When the author lost the high paying job she loved in 2008, she decided to unearth her grandmother’s recipes and the result is this book which is about so much more than food. It is about families facing hard times with determination and fortitude.
I believe many people dealing with a stagnant economy, job cutbacks and layoffs will find comfort and hope in this book. I know I did. Special thanks to Cathie for the recommendation!
Fans of Downton Abbey will appreciate the new memoir Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! by Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer of Masterpiece and Mystery! on PBS. In this informative book, the author shares insightful memories of her 25 years in public broadcasting. Much like the award-winning programs she has produced, she invites the reader into her living room, thereby increasing their knowledge of behind the scene workings at PBS.
As a fan of PBS, I enjoyed this book. Anecdotes contained in the memoir about various television and movies stars who have appeared on the programs were priceless. Much like the period programs and mystery series, the book opened a whole new world to me!
Please continue to support public broadcasting!
Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.) by Delia Ephron is a delightful collection of autobiographical essays. The stories are sad, humorous, witty, and revealing.
The book opens with a story about the passing of Delia’s older sister, Nora. I thought this was a sad note upon which to begin a book, but completely understand the choice of placing it at the beginning as a way of honoring Nora.
There are essays about living with alcoholic parents, her beloved dog, bad hair days, technology and bakeries. I especially enjoyed and could relate to the many insights about writing contained in the book.
This is a quick read; one I enjoyed spending time with.