Gabriel Thompson does a wonderful job of exposing a side of the American economy that many of us know nothing about. Thompson spends a year working with Latino immigrants to learn firsthand what it is like to be a day laborer. Nothing he had experienced in his middle class upbringing, including his college education, could have prepared him for some of the realities of life as a laborer. Throughout the book, Thmopson makes both friends and enemies and learns lessons that will benefit him for a lifetime.
Boppo makes toast in the mornings for the family. He and his wife, Ginny, have moved into their son-in-laws home to help him take care of his one, four and six year old children after the death of his wife and their daughter. Told simply and with minimum of words he offers a tender story of living. From the discovery by the six year old Jessie, “Mommie isn’t talking,” to the stories made up for Bubbies and Sammy making new friends, we live along side the family as they move through the aftermath of a beloved daughter, wife and mother’s death. Told with wit and without becoming maudlin the story follows the household as they work together and become a family again.
Novelist James Patterson abandons his traditional fiction writing to tell the story of his friend's son who at age 5 starting exhibiting symptoms of Tourette Syndrome, one of the worst cases ever seen. We follow Cory through his traumatic childhood and teenage years as his family visits doctor after doctor in search of medications and behavior modification strategies, all of which fail due to the extreme symptoms he suffers. The family is always told that next year will be better, or high school years will be better, but that doesn't come true. You will admire this family for its strength in holding up to the unbelievable pressures Cory's actions create, and you will eventually also admire this fine young man who has been dealt a harsh hand in life by his severe case of this condition. He certainly isn't a saint, and some passages may be a bit shocking. Anyone who reads this book will feel like their problems are slight in comparison and will wonder if they could have coped or overcome to the extent that he has been able to. This moving account will stay in your mind and make you hope for an update to his life as well as that of his parents and sister.
I'll bet you will find something useful in this book whether you read a little bit or the entire book. Many of the suggestions are old-fashioned and handed down over generations but are still tried and true. You'll also find visually pleasing pictures included with the many practical tips for all areas of the home and garden.
Sully Sullenberger glided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 after a collision with Canada Geese knocked out his engines. This is not simply the story of that harrowing and life-changing event, but the story of a man of great character who loved flying since childhood, became a fighter pilot, and honed his skills year after year, always learning and preparing to handle danger. You learn of the difficulties of life as a pilot, the changing character of the airline industry, and why the captain of a jetliner is eating peanut butter and jelly while his first-class passengers enjoy filet mignon. Sully studied many aircraft disasters over the years, always asking "What went wrong and what would I have done?" This well written inspirational book keeps us interested throughout, and if you choose the audiobook version, you will enjoy a great narration by Michael McConnohie.
In the middle of an ordinary week, an angel, a demon, a gang of little kids, & various other sundry characters go up against The Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse. This is a fun spin on the end of the world with people who like the world just as it is, thank you very much. :) This is one of my all-time favorite books. Sci-fi/fantasy fans, current Gaiman and Pratchett fans, & readers looking for a change of pace might enjoy this one. Make sure you bring a good sense of humor. :)
Read this book if you're smart and want to get ahead financially. Many books give you similar information but the format of this book is great and makes for a fast read on spending smart yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I wish I would have had some of this advice years ago. Read it yourself and get your young adult children to read it!
If you liked Marley & Me, you will love this book too! Golden Retriever Trixie is full of spirit and personality, and readers are treated to many anecdotes from her life. Well-known horror novelist Dean Koontz adopted the 3-year-old former Canine Companion dog and she forever changes his life. Trixie was like a child to Dean and his wife Gerda, and was lavished with attention and love, as well as physical comforts and the very best of veterinary care. She brought much joy to the household with her antics, from doggy duty to chasing balls. A heartwarming read for anyone, especially animal lovers. Guaranteed to make you smile as well as bring tears to your eyes.
- Marley & Me