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Sunday, August 2, 2009

2009 Book Reviews #3

Crazy in Alabama by Mark Childress

This is the second Mark Childress book I've read and it wasn't as funny as One Mississippi, but it does have the same dark comedy. I never saw the movie but can see how it would transfer to film well. The story is about a woman who basically gets fed up with her husband who is stiffling her acting career, kills him, but can't completely let him go. While all that is going on, there is a civil rights uprising in the city she left behind. A very entertaining book that is thought provoking in it's own way.

When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan

Reading this made me long for the days when Reagan was president. I know he didn't do everything right, but I do believe he was a man of character and morals who would seek God's guidance above all else. This should be required reading for all to see how America can be if we have the right leadership.

The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin

Another great novel by Charles Martin. A story of a loving couple who have everything to look forward to as they are expecting their first child. Things take a turn though when the baby is stillborn and the wife goes into a coma. It is a story of faith and love, but not one that beats you over the head. I love the gentle way that Mr. Martin brings Christianity into everyday life. Just like it should be.

Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

A cute book. This was one of my "work-out" books. It is the story of three very different women and how they are brought together mainly by their love of shoes. The friendship that develops, the bonds that are formed and the resulting success is fun to follow.

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

A story of a man on death row for murder who wants to donate his heart to the child of the man he is accused of killing. The story deals with not only the convict and the family, but the other convicts, the lawyer trying to help him fulfill his wish, his priest. Of course Ms Picoult always has a twist - more than one - as usual. About half-way through the book I wasn't sure if I wanted to stick it out, but I'm glad I did.

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