The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

For my first book club meeting, one of the women in the group recommended The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen. It would not have been my first choice to read, but then that is the beauty of book clubs: they force you to get outside your literary comfort zone. A well…

My Weekend’s Booked #11: Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Is there that one world that seems to draw you in? For some people it’s Alice’s Wonderland, for others it’s Hogwarts, and yet others it’s Oz. Long time followers of the blog will recall the time I read Baum’s complete collection of Oz stories. And admittedly the magic of Oz has stuck with me to…

The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

A couple weeks back I experienced the writing of Daphne du Maurier for the first time. Taking a chance, I dove blindly into her novel Rebecca, and was confronted with a book that I could not put down. Manderley has haunted my thoughts since: the mysteriousness of the setting and the characters who dwell within.…

GMOOM: Audiobook Review of Freedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard

In 1991 Jaycee was kidnapped from a bus stop next to her home. For eighteen years Jaycee was held captive in a backyard where she was raped and tortured before finally being discovered. Jaycee not only missed out on her childhood, but in that time period had two daughters of her own. After her discovery…

My Weekend’s Booked #10: A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” “Dog’ is ‘God’ spelled backward; you know that. That’s why you’re here, to help the nuns do God’s work.” I packed W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Journey for my vacation to New Orleans this past week. A tiny…