My Life of Travels and Adventures: November 2010

Book - The Memory Keeper's Daughter

16 November 2010

This was an interesting book.  It took me a while to get into the book.  The gist of the story is... in the 1960's a doctor delivers his wife's twins, a healthy boy and a girl with down syndrome.  He has the nurse take the girl to an institution and tells his wife that the baby died at birth.  The nurse takes the girl but is unable to leave her, so takes here and raises her as her own child.  So the book is about both families as the children grow up.

The last half of the book was much better than the beginning, but I did have a hard time getting into the book.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Book - The Art of Racing in the Rain

03 November 2010

I started this book yesterday on my the flight home... I was four pages into the book when a women boarding the plane, told me it was such a good book but she couldn't finish it because it was so sad.  So I geared myself up for some good tears.   I finished the book while in waiting for Neil's surgery.  Once I was taken back to see him the Nurse was recommending this book to another nurse.  Small world. 

Now about the book... Funny, Sad, Good.  It is written through the voice of the family dog as the family grows and struggles.  The dog's thoughts are funny and make you think... can my dogs really understand everything I say to them and what would they say back to me.  

Overall, the book was good and I did not cry. 

4.5 out of 5

Book - Little Bee by Chris Cleave

02 November 2010

So I just finished reading this book... I should say that I started reading it yesterday and finished it today.  It is a good thought provoking book.  I can't really tell you what it is about but the back of the book reads,  " This is the story of two women.  Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope we never have to face.  Two years later, they meet again - the story starts there... Once you read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it.  When you do, please don't tell them what happens.  The magic is in how the story unfolds."
All I can say is that I hope I never (or anyone I know) has to make that choice and if I do, I would hope I would do the same, but I cannot be sure.  

5 out of 5  
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