Rarely do I read a book for a second time. â13 Moons" is one of the best novels ever. If you donât enjoy this book there is no hope for you. This, in my opinion, was better than âCold Mountain". Charles Frazier is a gift for those who relish fine writing.
King of Cuba
Great bookâ¦.a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an elderly Cuban exile obsessed with revenge against the dictator. Author: Cristina Garcia..a finalist for the National Book Award.
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
One of the best essayists alive today. Highly recommendâ¦.
Explorer Tom Gallagher is obsessed with locating the possibly extinct Imperial Woodpecker deep inside the Sierra Madre Occidental in central Mexicoâ¦.a land now now controlled by drug traffickers. Will he find the long sought largest woodpecker in North America? True storyâ¦
Little Known Facts
From the book jacket: âMost of us can imagine the perks of celebrity but this book offers a clear-eyed view of the fallout of fame and fortune on family members".
I enjoyed the first three quarters of this novelâ¦then it meandered. The
end was weak. Read it and see what you think.
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
Megastar Jonny Valentine is an eleven year old icon of bubblegum pop, but he knows deep down that his fans donât love him for who he really is.
Once Jonnyâs voice gets into your head youâll be hooked.
The Dangerous Animals Club
The Dangerous Animals Club is a collection of thoughts and stories by actor/author Stephen Tobolowsky. Youâve seen his face dozens of Timez in movies and on tv. Heâs a wonderful storyteller who can meld personal experiences with thoughts on time and physics which many times lead to rejections on the spiritual. His book is just as interesting as he was when interviewed on the Phile last week. I hope he agrees to a return engagement.
: Itâs not Hemingway or Steinbeck, but count on Randy Wayne White to write a good book while youâre on vacation at the beach.
Kill Anything that Moves
Just finishedâ¦. It seems well researchedâ¦many footnotes. The on-line reviews are mixed. It seems to me that not very much good of anything â¦or for anybodyâ¦came out of this war.
Just started Randy Wayne Whiteâs book: âNight Moves"â¦another in his series of Doc Ford stories. His characters are much like those in the Travis Magee detective novels written by the late Florida author John D. McDonald.
The Things They Carried
A Pulitzer prize finalistâ¦New York Times âbook of the century"â¦mandatory reading at many high schools. This book ranks with âAll Quiet On The Western Front" and âRed Badge Of Courage". There is no glory in war, but there is something tangible among those who have engaged in combat. This book is for those of us who have never foughtâ¦not just servedâ¦but fought for their lives and the lives of their fellow soldiers.
A Land Remembered
I hereby declare that new transplants to Florida be required to read:
âA Land Remembered" by Patrick Smith.
âRiver of Grass" by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas.
The Travis Magee crime novels by John D. McDonald.
And all the Florida related work by Carl Hiassen.
I welcome additional suggestionsâ¦..
While Iâm on a rollâ¦.
Mark Holland of TM Ranch turned me on to this novel several years ago. Itâs fairly well written in my opinion, but provides a historical perspective on life by those who pioneered Florida in the. 1800âs. All new Floridians should read this along with: all the Travis Magee detective novels by the late John D. McDonaldâ¦all the fiction work of Carl Hiassenâ¦River of Grass by Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. Feel free to add to the listâ¦â¦
I love short stories and this collection by Mark Brazaitis is one of the best Iâve read since Annie Proulxâs work.
Each story stands on its own. Donât count on a standard âending" to any of these stories. I give a 4 âGrinning Dogs" out of 5.
This is a novel about fluctuations in the environment can have significant impacts in the lives of people. Not too preachy, but I thought it meandered a bit. Butterflies are all the souls of dead children. I give it three âGrinning Dogs" out of 5.
Could not put it down!
3 and a half out of 5 âgrinning dogs".
Just finished âtrapeze" by Simon Mawerâ¦.a novel based on real life British female soldiers who trained as commandos and dropped behind enemy lines in WW2. Started off well..meanderedâ¦I lost interest. I give it 2 âgrinning dogs".
The Master Blaster
This book that I just finished gets 4 âgrinning dogs" out of 5.
P.F. Kluge wrote the best seller âGone Tomorrow". His work was made into movies: Dog Day Afternoon and Eddie and the Cruisers. Read this before deciding the grass is greener on the other side of the road.