I’m kicking off the new year with a new feature: Short Reviews of Recommended Reads. Take a look!
A Girl Named Truth by Alethea Kehas – I learned a lot about my blogging friend Alethea in this engrossing and beautifully written memoir about her unconventional upbringing, and more importantly, her struggle to know how truth (her namesake) fits into the narrative of her life. From her early days of rustic camping in Oregon, to life on the run with her mother and older sister in various Hare Krishna compounds, to a new chapters in New Hampshire, Alethea adapts, yet yearns to understand where she fits in. Particularly troubling is her father’s distance, a man who had once searched for his daughters, but gave up. For Alethea, truth and understanding come full circle as she enters marriage and motherhood. There’s lots more in this book. Stay tuned for a special author interview in February!
Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben – Nap Dumas is a rogue detective in North Jersey, haunted by the deaths fifteen years earlier of his twin brother, Leo, his brother’s girlfriend, Diana Styles, and the disappearance of Nap’s girlfriend, Maura, When Maura’s fingerprints turn up on a car, Nap becomes obsessed with discovering what really happened during the fall of their senior year in high school. In question are his brother’s Conspiracy Club and the government’s Nike missile base in their town during the 1970s. Now it seems that someone is killing off the other Conspiracy Club members. Captain Augie Styles still mourns the death of his only child and feels particularly vulnerable with these new developments. I’m always drawn to books set in New Jersey and knew nothing about the Nike missile bases planted in the area, so learning about that was interesting to me. Overall, however, a typical fast troubled-detective story.
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara – Jai is a nine-year-old boy living with his family in the crowded slums of a large Indian city. When one of his classmates disappears, Jai and his friends form a detective club to solve the mystery, only to discover a series of terrible crimes. This mystery portrays a vivid and sobering look at the desperate lives of many poor people living in metropolitan India. Despite their impoverishment, Jai and his family cling to their beliefs and traditions. The author also shows the conflicts between Hindus and their Muslim neighbors, who are quickly blamed for the crimes. A multitude of terms and references make this a bit of a slow read, but very moving and informative.
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29 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s Short Reviews of Recommended Reads”
Barb, what a lovely surprise to see this when I opened your post. Thank you ❤️
You’re very welcome, Alethea. I hope I did your book justice. I will be in touch soon about an interview. 🙂
I really appreciate it and I’m looking forward to the interview. 🙂
Short reviews benefit both readers and writers. They honor the author and save time for faithful blog readers. Yay!
I’m thinking the same thing, we’re all pressed for time. I may reduce the length of my regular reviews too. In some ways, it’s more difficult to write shorter reviews. Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you for sharing, Barbara.
You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by, John!
Thank you, Lynette! Hope you have a nice weekend 🙂
I love your short reviews, Barbara. I agree that this is a perfect way to kick off the new year!
Thank you so much, Donna! I’ve been struggling a bit to find time to be on WordPress, and I think these shorter reviews will allow me that. Here’s to new books in 2023!
Thanks for sharing, Barbara.
You’re welcome, Jill and thank you for stopping by 🙂
I may come to read Truth. I’ve done so much reading on cults, cult-ish religion–we’ll see. I like this feature!
Thank you – I hope you enjoy My Truth – her story is only a little bit about cults – her later years are also very interesting. Glad you like the feature – I appreciate the comment!
A fine collection of mini reviews
Thank you, Derrick!
Great reviews, Barbara, to the point. Nice job!
Thank you, Tim!
Great idea! Love this new feature. Thanks!
Thank you, Lenore! Something new 😉
Three good mini-reviews, Barbara! I haven’t thought of Hare Krishnas in decades. I wonder if they’re still around.
Hi Priscilla – I don’t know either. Back in the late 70s, when I was 18 and very naive, I traveled to DC to meet a friend. Our meeting place was the Capitol steps. I got there early and a Hare Krishna came up to me and gave me a flower. I was in a conversation with him when my friend arrived and quickly pulled me away.
“Short Reviews of Recommended Reads” has a nice ring to it. And it’s a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. Linda
Hi Linda, Thank you! I was wondering about the title, and worried it was too plain so your comment cheered me!
Thanks for sharing the reviews! The first book especially sounds interesting.
Hi Ann – thank you for stopping by. Yes, Alethea’s book was a compelling read. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
These three books all sound unique and very different, Barbara.
Definitely both of those. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Robbie!
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