Review: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

The talent of Cheryl Strayed shown in her book Wild was much of the reason that I recommended the purchase Tiny Beautiful Things:  Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar.  This is a collection of columns written by Strayed under the pseudonym of Dear Sugar.  The Dear Sugar column had it’s origin on a literature community site called The Rumpus.  The bulk of the articles are in the form of letters to Dear Sugar and her responses.  Many of the letters are from teens and young adults.  I didn’t have many of the problems with which Dear Sugar dealt, but I appreciated the empathy with which Dear Sugar deals with the problems of her readers.  The amount of empathy shown is the thing that drew me to the bulk of these articles.  You may disagree with the advice Dear Sugar gives to her readers, but we can learn a great deal about the compassion and empathy she shows to her readers.  We could learn a great deal about dealing with the young people in our families from Dear Sugar.

Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I needed a good laugh the day I checked out Yes Please by Amy Poehler from Overdrive audio.  I was not disappointed.  Amy Poehler tells the story of her career in comedy, her friendships with Tina Fey, Seth Meyer and more from her time on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation and more.  Amy weaves together her coming of age in the Boston area, her development as a comedian, and her marriage and family.  In the audio book, Amy is joined by Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Seth Meyers as they give voice to some of the things that Ms. Poehler wrote, as well as some in the entertainment field contributing chapters to her work.  Her parents also join her in narrating parts of the book.  The final chapter of the book “The Robots Will Kill us All” at a live reading of the book.  This chapter is worth the read by itself, as Amy takes a look at the power and influence of technology over all of us.  I do have to give out a language alert for those who are offended by bad language.  There is some of that in this book, it is not as bad however, as one might expect from an comedian’s biography.

Book Review:Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. This books is full of creepy, slow building scares! The town of Black Spring has been haunted for years by the Black Rock Witch, a 16th century woman with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. If she looks at or speaks to you, you are drawn into doing horrible things. Everyone in town knows about the witch and deals with her more as an unwanted burden than anything else. But what will happen when a group of teenagers decide that maybe the witch is not as scary as she seems?

Book Review: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle, Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. But Iris cannot believe that Will died. She crafts a belief that Will lied about where he was going and what he was doing. When Iris decides to find out what else her husband lied about, she is shocked in what she discovers. I thought I had it figured out and was anxiously reading to see if I was right. I was not exactly what I expected to happen, but it was a really good book.

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue. I have read many books and watched movies about kidnapping, but I gave little thought about what life is like to live as an abductee, let alone to raise a child as an abductee. That was until I read Room by Emma Donoghue. This is a story about Jack, is five years old, having never left this one room, where and his mother are held captive. The book looks at how Jack is raised as “normal” though in prison, and the revelation of what is outside the room. It is an award winning book and the honors it has gained are well worth it.