21. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg, read by Kim, on 06/20/2013

This is a sequel to Flagg’s novel Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! Which was utterly hilarous. I love Flagg’s writing and love her characters even more. She does not disappoint with this book. She re-introduces us to her  much-beloved characters from the first book and her humor will make you laugh out loud!

05. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim · Tags:

Divided Memory: The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys by Jeffrey Herf, read by Kim, on 06/05/2013

There is a lot of dry information in this book, but  if you want to get a feel for how West and East Germany handled the difficulties that presented themselves in the decades after surrendering in WWII, especially how they dealt with the memory of the Holocaust and their relationship with the Jewish faction of the population, it is very interesting and very meaningful especially to the amateur Holocaust scholar.

29. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Kim · Tags:

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, read by Kim, on 05/29/2013

“How about a story? Spin us a yarn.”
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. “I could tell you an extensively strange story,” I warned.
“Oh, good!” Gram said. “Delicious!”
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

I liked this book!!! Good Read!!!!!

28. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, read by Kim, on 05/26/2013

It was a good read considering this is the year of the 50th anniversary of the assassination. However, I was a little concerned about where the authors came up with very private information about the JFK’s and Jackie’s personal life and their  private conversations. You have to read those incidents with a grain of salt.

20. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim

A Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe by Marci Shore, read by Kim, on 05/20/2013

Shore’s book was interesting but a little dry at times. She talks about historical figures that are little heard of  so it really didn’t peak my interest a whole lot.

16. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim

Lenin, Stalin, Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe by Robert Gellately, read by Kim, on 05/13/2013

I loved this book for its content and historical value. It gives a fresh new look at the three most infamous dictators of Europe and the havoc wreaked upon the world during their lives and the after effects once they were dead.

03. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim · Tags:

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, read by Kim, on 05/03/2013

I loved this book. Everyone knows that John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater, but I never the story behind the assassination or the plot to kill him. This was a very fast read and I learned so much  more about this event in history than I ever knew before. Bill O’Reilly is correct when he states that every American should know the story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This book gets a 4-Star rating from me!

02. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry

Dream Work by Mary Oliver, read by Kim, on 05/02/2013

Mary Oliver’s poems are alright but she’s definitely not my favorite poet.

02. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry

Sweet Home, Saturday Night by David Baker, read by Kim, on 05/01/2013

Great poems and a fast read!

30. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry · Tags:

Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath, read by Kim, on 04/30/2013

Crossing the Water is some of Plath’s best work!

29. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Kim, NonFiction · Tags:

Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward by Lisa Niemi, read by Kim, on 04/27/2013

This is the story of Patrick Swayze’s struggle with pancreatic cancer. It is a very moving story by his wife of thirty-four years, Lisa Niemi. I promise that this book will make you laugh AND cry.

29. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry

News From Down to the Cafe by David Lee, read by Kim, on 04/28/2013

Even if you don’t read much poetry I guarantee you will love David Lee’s poems!!! He is absolutely hilarious!!!!!

26. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim, NonFiction

Moscow: December 25 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union by Conor O' Clery, read by Kim, on 04/25/2013

This was a very good book to read about the demise of the communist regime in Russia and the great rivalry that existed between Gorbachev and Yeltsin.

24. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Kim, NonFiction · Tags:

The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi, read by Kim, on 04/23/2013

I have a dear friend who is suffering with pancreatic cancer and so I wanted to read the Swayze’s experience with it even though the end was inevitable. Patrick had a lot of gumption and a lot of fight left him even at the end. It is a beautiful love story and well written story of courage and grit.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim

Lenin's Tomb by David Remnick, read by Kim, on 04/18/2013

I really enjoyed reading Remnick’s book on the end of communism in Russia.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry · Tags:

The School Among the Ruins by Adrienne Rich, read by Kim, on 04/16/2013

Adrienne Rich is one of my favorite poets. She writes rich engaging poetry to hold the reader’s interest.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry · Tags:

The Inner Room by James Merrill, read by Kim, on 04/17/2013

I’m not a huge fan of James Merrill. His poems are difficult to read and difficult to understand.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry · Tags:

The October Palace by Jane Hirshfield, read by Kim, on 04/19/2013

I like Jan Hirschfeld’s poetry because of her extreme imagery even though she is a little hard to understand at times.

16. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim, NonFiction · Tags:

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson, read by Kim, on 04/16/2013

The bestselling author of “Devil in the White City” turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

A good piece of well-known history from a different perspective.

15. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry · Tags:

This Great Unknowing: Last Poems by Denise Levertov, read by Kim, on 04/14/2013

Denise Levertov one of my favorite poets. I read this collection with a touch of melancholy knowing that these were the last poems she wrote before she passed away.