Thursday, July 30, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Shirley Jackson is a very under-rated author. I had read a short story and a book by her, but I'm going to find more stuff by her. This was a very creepy book.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
A great look at WWII as told by those impacted in the Balkan States by the Russians. I hadn't realized all of this happened. Always glad when I read books because of book club that I would have never picked up otherwise.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I hadn't realized that the movie was based on a book. This was a nonfiction look at a cappella groups on college campuses. While it was informative, the movie was a lot more fun. The book needed Fat Amy.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., 365 pages
Very good comprehensive book about PTSD and how different types of trauma affect different parts of the brain and body. It discusses trauma from war exposure, natural disasters, major accidents, sexual abuse, and many forms of childhood abuse. It tells of the history of "PTSD" as a diagnosis and many various forms of therapy and coping mechanisms. Easy to read yet very detailed and thorough.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
One of the funniest sendups of the superhero comic I've seen. What would it be like to try to balance super abilities with a normal life, while trying to make a living? This was so enjoyable.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
This was a well-done look at the history of forensic science. It was a nice balance of not being so scientific as to be dry and not so dumbed down as to be condescending. It was a great mix of historical cases with scientific advances and it was particularly fascinating to see the first time each advance was used to solve a crime or win a case. Well worth the read for anyone who enjoys murder mysteries and wants a deeper appreciation of the forensic science behind them.
This novel featured over 600 Australian brides traveling to England after WWII to join their soldier husbands. The long journey on a English aircraft carrier has four women getting to know each other while sharing cramped quarters, facing past sins and looking foward to a unknown future in a new land.
Monday, July 13, 2015
It's interesting reading the books that the Australian tv show has done episodes for. I love how they stay true to the intent and wittiness of the book, but it's still fresh and intriguing even if you're already read the book.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Appropriate for children ages 8 to 12 years old
Seven months ago Trent Zimmerman accidentally hit Jared Richards in the heart with a hockey puck. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to anyone, Jared had a heart defect and the rogue hockey puck killed him. Trent feels solely responsible for the accident and even after working with a school counselor for the remainder of his fifth grade year, he is still carrying around a lot of baggage at the start of his sixth grade school year. Baggage that manifests into unbridled rage that frightens his family and the few friends he has left.
He would like to try to play sports again, especially baseball since it is his favorite game, but every time he tries his arms go clammy and he starts to have trouble breathing. He has not told anyone about these panic attacks and prefers to let people think that he is not interested in participating.
At the suggestion of his elementary school counselor, he tries to deal with some of his emotions by writing and sketching in a journal, but even that offers little relief from the constant thoughts rattling around in his brain. He is sure that most everyone in town hates him and he cannot stop blaming himself for Jared’s death.
He is hopefully though that sixth grade will be the year for a fresh start, however, once he starts school, he is unsure how to make that “start” happen. And then, Fallon Little steps into his life.
Trent has always known of Fallon, they have gone to the same school since first grade and she sports a mysterious scar that slices through the center of her face, but it is not until she stands up to bullies for him that he really takes note of her.
At first Trent resists Fallon’s friendship, but she is not one to be easily put off and soon they are spending afternoons together. It is through this friendship that Trent starts to heal, grow, and eventually realize that while he cannot change the past, he can make better choices for his future.
Author Lisa Graff has knocked it out of the park with this tragic, yet hopefully tale of boyhood. While readers may not identify with such a life altering event, many will be able to empathize with Trent and his flawed decision-making process.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
A really great read featuring a high school girl who must battle her new school librarian who happens to be a demon intent on sucking the souls of all the students before taking her best friend to the underworld as his bride.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
A nonfiction look at Jesse Pomeroy, a fifteen-year-old boy, who spent almost all of the rest of his life in jail after being arrested for killing and torturing two small children in 1870s Boston.