Monday, December 17, 2018

Mama's Boarding House by John D. Fitzgerald, 305 pages

A humorous novel full of eccentric characters and their adventures in a Utah boarding house, Fitzgerald's sequel to his enormously popular, Papa Married A Mormon. A scarce Fitzgerald title.

This is the same author of the Great Brain series. I love everything he wrote. His books are good, solid reads that are sweet and entertaining.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

I Saw Elvis in my Ultrasound by Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman, 128 pages

"Let's name the Baby Lexus It's gender-neutral... It's unique... Plus, people will be really impressed "There go the MacPhersons," they'll say, "They have a Lexus ""When Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman put their heads together comedy springs forth like a baby out of bath water. This cartooning duo delights readers with "I Saw Elvis in My Ultrasound."

"I Saw Elvis..." documents the day-to-day challenges Wanda and Darryl MacPherson face as they juggle the demands of raising adorable Zoe with getting ready for Bundle of Joy No. 2. The older, and somewhat wiser couple think they've got this kid business under control, only to find a whole new set of parenting problems on their hands.

Potty-training becomes "potty pleading," Wanda concludes that she's not just pregnant, she's "abdominally challenged," and Darryl admits that what he really sees in the ultrasound screen is... Elvis.

MASH by Richard Hooker, 180 pages

Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth.
The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."
For fans of the movie and the series alike, here is the original version of that perfectly corrupt football game, those martini-laced mornings and sexual escapades, and that unforgettable foray into assisted if incompleted suicide--all as funny and poignant now as they were before they became a part of America's culture and heart.

I'm glad I got my book club to read this. It's an interesting look at the book that created the show. I'm going to look at reading the other books in the series as well. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Aunt Sookie & Me by Michael Scott Garvin, 339 pages

"Folks don’t like mess in a tidy town,” declares young Miss Poppy
Wainwright in this rollicking romp of a ride.

In Michael Scott Garvin’s Aunt Sookie & Me, he takes us on an
unforgettable journey through Savannah in the turbulent year of

Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this Southern Gothic classic
introduces us to the irrepressible Poppy and her cantankerous
ancient Aunt Sookie. All political correctness is buried alongside
the dead corpse in the family vegetable garden in the riotous book.
Garvin’s follow-up to his award-winning, best seller, A Faithful Son,
does not disappoint. The zany cast of characters in this homegrown
treat includes the proper socialites of Savannah’s upper crust, a
flamboyant ice cream man, and an ornery goat. But don’t let the
folksy and fresh recipe fool you, Garvin serves up a big helping of
reality, cutting through small-town bigotry and bias.

Through the enlightened eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, the
hilarity and insanity ensues.

This book was fantastic. I was completely shocked by the twist this book took. I can see Rebecca totally loving this read!

Blood is Blood by Will Thomas, 308 pages

A bombing injures private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker, leaving it up to his soon-to-be-married junior partner Thomas Llewelyn to find the person trying to murder them both before it's too late—in the newest mystery in Will Thomas's beloved series.

In 19th century London, Cyrus Barker and his associate Thomas Llewelyn are renowned private enquiry agents, successfully employed by the highest levels of Her Majesty's government as well as private citizens. Their success, however, has led to their acquiring a powerful group of enemies, many of whom are determined to have their revenge.
At least one of those enemies is responsible for a bombing of their offices that puts Cyrus Barker into the hospital and endangers Thomas Llewelyn's rapidly forthcoming nuptials. To add to the confusion, Barker's long-lost brother Caleb turns up on the rubble of their doorstep not long after the not-quite-fatal bombing.
Unsure of Caleb and warned about him by Barker, Thomas reluctantly accepts Caleb's help both with a new case that comes in as well as trying to pinpoint which of Barker's enemies is making a move against them. As Thomas works his way through their enemy list, someone else is winnowing down that list: one by one those enemies are dying.
With time running out—and his bride-to-be reconsidering their marriage—Llewelyn must (with the sick-bed bound Barker's help) uncover the killer and the plot before it's too late.

Night of the Living Dad by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott, 128 pages

Now that Wanda and Darryl are pregnant again, the doting parents will be getting the baby clothes out of the attic, preparing Zoe to be a big sister, and just trying to cope with it all!

  In Night of the Living Dad from Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott, the MacPhersons deliver humor at its family-oriented best. Juggling the demands of job, home, and a baby on the way, the fatigued Wanda and Darryl have the added challenge of Zoe as she becomes a mobile toddler. She walks, she talks, and she's obsessed with the Whistling Monkey Cowboy Band!

  Like the millions of new parents who have embraced this engaging strip, the MacPhersons have found parenthood both fulfilling and frustrating. Exhausted parents everywhere are enthralled with this on-the-go couple who manage their careers and child-rearing. Mothers love Baby Blues because they know all too well how Wanda's days have changed, from career woman to Mom, especially as she prepares to add another bundle of joy to the MacPhersons' already busy household. Dads nod in recognition as Darryl tries to help out and hold down a demanding job. Everyone cherishes little Zoe for making adorable even the most exasperating childhood antics.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Overkilt by Kaitlyn Dunnett, 282 pages

Liss MacCrimmon’s meddlesome mother is back in Moosetookalook, Maine, to serve a hefty portion of trouble in time for Thanksgiving. But when a scandalous murder case threatens to leave Liss alone at the table, family drama takes on a terrifying new meaning . . . 
While Liss preps the Scottish Emporium for November’s inevitable shopping rush, other local businesses aren’t half as lucky. Year after year, her father-in-law’s rustic hotel can barely turn a profit during the stretch between autumn’s peak and ski season. Except this time, Mr. Ruskin realizes that the recipe for success lies in enticing an untapped niche clientele—childless couples desperate for a holiday away from family . . .

The unusual marketing tactic has everyone in Moosetookalook talking. Unfortunately, it also inspires a scathing social media campaign aimed at persuading tourists to boycott the hotel for affronting family values. Liss dismisses the bad publicity as being totally “overkilt”—until angry mobs fill the streets, the troublemaker who started it all turns up dead, and her loved ones are suspected of murder . . .

With so much at stake, Liss can’t possibly follow police orders to stay out of the investigation. There’s just one wee problem: saving her own clan could mean sending a friend or two behind bars. Now—partly helped, partly hindered by her difficult mother—Liss must digest a slew of unsettling clues and catch the real killer . . . or else everything she’s ever been thankful for may vanish before her eyes.