Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Twelve year old twins Pearl and Stasha arrive at Auschwitz in 1944.  Because they are identical twins, the two girls become part of the notorious experiments of Joseph Mengele.  The focus of the book is not on the horrors they face, but on the bond between the sisters and the hope and resilience they display in brutal circumstances. Although it is fiction, the book was inspired by the real-life experiences of twins Eva and Miriam Mozes.  I recommend it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah

After a failed marriage, the loss of a baby, and a botched adoption Angie Malone returns to her warmhearted Italian family. Her beloved father has died and the restaurant her family runs is failing. Angie, who had a successful advertising career helps out with the restaurant making many improvements.  When a teenage girl, Lauren, who lives in a very poor area of town with an alcoholic, uncaring mother begins working at the restaurant Angie develops a relationship with her. Angie, who so wants to have a child becomes a mother figure to Lauren though her emotions are still unstable as she tries to help Lauren. As more difficulties arise in Lauren's life and Angie's husband returns an emotional journey continues with love and heartache.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ashes of Fiery Weather by Kathleen Donohoe

These are the stories of 7 women from a multi-generational family of Irish/American firefighters who belong to the Brooklyn "Glory Devlins" firehouse.  The stories span time from the potato famine in Ireland to post-9/11 New York City.  They aren't told in chronological order, which made the book more interesting for me.

Generational events are portrayed well, from the quick weddings in WWII, to unwed mothers fearing for their jobs, to resistance toward females becoming firefighters.  Loves, losses, joys, and difficult decisions fill each woman's life.  This was a book that quickly grabbed my interest, and held it throughout the book.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sunstein

If you think Star Wars is just a world of science fiction space battles, you may need to think again after reading The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sunstein. You might just find the galactic good-versus-evil saga has many choices and ideas that may apply to your everyday life.
Sunstein takes the reader through Star Wars creation, growth and success and uses these to apply them to your life and how you might find success as well. He also looks at Star Wars mass appeal and just what it is that makes these stories for so many of us. The author contends it unifies people and connects generations as it continues to grow in scope, and popularity. It is a unique look at what makes the world work.
The book is a very entertaining, and thought-provoking read; however, knowledge of the Star Wars universe of stories and characters is a must as Sunstein references them throughout his book.