Biography/Memoir

Book Review: A Stolen Life

Author: 
Dugard, Jaycee
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Wow, this book was at times disturbing, perplexing, and heart-wrenching. It was interesting to hear about Jaycee's abduction from her point of view. I can see how it lasted 18 years as she was afraid of what would happen if she defied her abductor and as she wanted to protect her daughters. I couldn't help but feel for her mother, who must have been beside herself with worry. Jaycee is a very strong, brave, and resilient woman and I wish her the best.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders

Author: 
Glanville, Brandi
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

Yes. I read this. I know. But, it didn't suck. It was actually pretty entertaining and the parts about her having to watch a new mother-figure enter her children's lives was downright heart-wrenching. Not bad at all.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: My Fair Lazy

Author: 
Lancaster, Jen
Rating: 
2 stars = Meh
Review: 

Borderline 1 star. Jen Lancaster really annoys me. It could be because she writes super clever banter between herself and everyone else. Puhleeze. It's like she has a big sign on her back that says, 'Gee, aren't I witty? Don't you wish you were friends with me?'. Not really. Oh God, and the footnotes! Lame way to try to be clever. She just tries too hard. But I did finish it, but no more Jen Lancaster for me.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Title: After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

Author: 
Hainey, Michael
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

I heard about this book from my cousin who read it in her book club. It is one of the best books I read all year. I wish I was a faster reader but I managed to finish it all the way to the end. You know exactly what the author is thinking. Its a great book!

Reviewer's Name: 
Karen

Book Review: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Author: 
Lansing, Alfred
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

An incredible true story that details the leadership, skills and experience of Ernest Shackleton and his crew as they survive daunting odds and extreme misery while attempting to cross Antarctica. While the book starts a bit slowly, a few chapters in it is near impossible to set down. It reminds us of the endless capability of man to survive in situations where death seems to be the only option available.

Reviewer's Name: 
Greg

Book Review: River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Author: 
Millard, Candice
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Great for the reader interested in history, science, and adventure. A wonderful insight into Theodore Roosevelt's lifelong love for nature.

Reviewer's Name: 
Abby

Book Review: Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

Author: 
Grogan, John
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

John and Jenny were young and in love. They brought Marley home and oh my goodness ! Marley was very mischevious, such as chewing through sheetrock, stole womans undergarments. Obediance school did no good as he was expelled.

Reviewer's Name: 
Mike

Book Review: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

Author: 
Janzen, Rhoda
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

I really loved this book and highly recommend it. I listened to it on CD, but Rhoda Janzen's writing style is just fantastic. She made me laugh and she gave me lots to think about. Even a Mennonite History Primer was funny, but I did learn a few facts about the Mennonites while laughing. I really loved the stories that involved her mom. Even though lots of the book was funny, it was also tough at times to hear how badly her ex-husband had treated her. Rhoda was very lucky she had her family to rely upon. The best line from the book is "I suddenly had the feeling you get when, after a long sea swim, you touch bottom and draw a breath of relief: you made it, land ho, sharks from this point on extremely unlikely." It made me think of some of my hard journeys in life and feeling that same sense of relief.

Reviewer's Name: 
Melissa

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