These Books Aren't All New??

Books are expensive. I tend to pick and review books that are both new & old. Many of these books you will be able to find on the shelves on your library as opposed to the front of your bookstore.

I believe that there are many hidden gems from years gone by & I enjoy highlighting those as well as today's best sellers.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Queen Takes King, by Gigi Levangie Grazer

A story about a high power divorce by the author of The Starter Wife.

There lesbian daughter storyline seemed out of left field and didn't really mesh that well with the rest of the plot, but this book has an ending you don't see coming.

This story has a little more meat to it than I expected and I thought it was a great weekend read.

Twenties Girl, by Sophie Kinsella

Kinsella is best know for her popular Shopaholic series.

This story is a little different, as our heroine is suddenly accosted by the ghost of a great aunt Sadie at a funeral for the woman.

Sadie comes through loud and clear from here on out in every aspect of Lara's life whether Lara wants here there or not.

Kinsella stretches the bounds of our imagination on this one, and not always in a good way.

Not a favorite of mine, but not terrible either, kind of middle of the road.

Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo, by Jancee Dunn

This is a great collection of essays about realizing that you really are a grown up at some point & letting your parents move on with their new lives.

Dunn is a great comical writer who lets her sentimenality show through, as well as some great insight.

A terrific short read with lots of laughs.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Black Girl Next Door, by Jennifer Baszile

Jennifer Baszile and her sister grew up in wealthy suburbs of California, where they were generally the only black family in the neighborhood.

Tormented in school and having the outside of their house painted with racial slurs seem like standart protocol in the racially charged 70's, but the story is uneven.

Her father who is made to be a hero in the beginning of the book turns into a cheating abuser suddenly later in the book.

The story deals with bad dating situations, her feelings of ugliness next to her sister, "the pretty one", and eventually her escape from her overbearing home situation when she leaves for college.

I wouldn't call this book a waste of time, but I wouldn't go out of your way to find it either

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Best Friends Forever, by Jennifer Weiner

I love Jennifer Weiner and this book is another great one.
Addie and Valerie were childhood best friends from very different backgrounds. Addie's family provides stability that Valerie doesn't have and Valerie and her mom provide excitement that Addie isn't used to. A terrible break in the friendship occurs during high school.

Fifteen years later Valerie shows up on Addie's door bloody and in trouble.

The books weaves current day with flashbacks beautifully, showing that sometimes years don't matter and hurts can heal.
This is one of those books that you don't want to end. I highly recommend it.