Friday, June 30, 2006

Oh my

No matter how you slice it, it is sad...sad...sad...

She has gone a bit overboard with the botox! She looks scary! And that skimpy hair that she tries to hide her face...sad ... sad... sad....She was so pretty....

I just saw her with the Japanese prime minister and she looked like a lunatic trying to keep her hair our of her eyes so she could see what was happening.

And those lips, the cupi doll look? Doesn't she own a mirror, I guess like her ex son in law all the mirrors lie ... and the plastic surgeons profit. Somebody needs to tell her to stop. Before she is more grotesque.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A Book Review: Tara Road

One of Oprah's pick's, and is a good one.

I give it ***** five stars.
I really liked this story it was a wonderful way to spend 18 hours and 28 minutes. I don't remember what I knitted while listening to this wonderful book but I do remember that I was sorry it ended.

Publisher's Summary

Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and their two children. She fully believed she was happily married, right up until the day Danny told her he was leaving her to be with his young, pregnant girlfriend. By a chance phone call, Ria meets Marilyn, a woman from New England unable to come to terms with her only son's death and now separated from her husband. The two women exchange houses for the summer with extraordinary consequences, each learning that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed.

Drawn into lifestyles vastly differing from their own, at first each resents the news of how well the other is getting on. Rita seems to have become quite a hostess, entertaining half the neighborhood, which at first irritates the reserved and withdrawn Marilyn, a woman who has always guarded her privacy. Marilyn seems to have become bosom friends with Ria's children, as well as with Colm, a handsome restaurateur, whom Ria has begun to miss terribly. At the end of the summer, the women at last meet face-to-face. Having learned a great deal, about themselves and about each other, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

Monday, June 26, 2006

A Book Review: The History of Love

*****I loved it
**** Pretty good, I liked it
*** Still ok but nothing to "write home about"
** Kind of ok but tough to finish
* A total bore a dog, can't even finish, I really disliked it

I liked this book and give it **** "Pretty good, I liked it."

If you are Jewish you will love this book, at first I thought I was listening to Jackie Mason, actually extrememly funny, had a couple of LOL moments.

What the Critics Say

"An intriguing books-within-a-book narrative....Venturing into Paul Auster territory in her graceful inquiry into the interplay between life and literature, Krauss is winsome, funny, and affecting." (Booklist)
"Writing with tenderness about eccentric characters, [Krauss] uses earthy humor to mask pain and to question the universe. Her distinctive voice is both plangent and wry, and her imagination encompasses many worlds." (Publishers Weekly)
"If for no other reason than the range of voices she has persuasively created, Ms. Krauss would stand out as a prodigious talent....Ms. Krauss's work is illuminated by the warmth and delicacy of her prose." (The New York Times)

Publisher's Summary

Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

It has been decades since Leo Gursky first surrendered his heart, then wrote a book about it, at the tender age of 10, and he's been in love with the same person ever since. Leo believes his book is lost to time, but what he doesn't know is, not only has it survived 60 years without him, it has also been an inspiration to others. Fourteen-year-old Alma was even named for a character from the book. When she realizes how deeply the story touched her lonely mother, she embarks on a search for answers.

The History of Love is an imaginative tale of love and loss that is at once funny, mysterious, and deeply passionate.

Book Review: A Painted House by John Grisham

*****I loved it
**** Pretty good, I liked it
*** Still ok but nothing to "write home about"
** Kind of ok but tough to finish
* A total bore a dog, can't even finish, I really disliked it

A Painted House gets a ** "kind of ok, but tough to finish"

I kept waiting for this book to get better, but it does not. A long suffering tale about Cotton Farmers who are trying to eek out a living...lots of suffering....lots of "Southern Baptist, Methodist" Americana in the south taking place in the 1950's. All told by a seven year old, who is wise beyong his years. Wise my foot I've never met a seven year old this sophisticated...

Thank goodness it was an MP3 file listened to on my iPod because if I had to read this book I would never have finished it. The narrator was kind of nice to listen to, It was ok while I was riding my bike and or knitting. I certainly am not putting this one among my favorites. It is on the Best Seller List.... you would think that John Grisham book would be better than this.

I've enjoyed his other books but this one is a dog.

What the Critics Say

"The kind of book you read slowly because you don't want it to end." (Entertainment Weekly)

Well I'm going to have to watch the review's by Entertainment Weekly because they are way off on this one..

Publisher's Summary

"The hill people and the Mexicans arrived on the same day. It was a Wednesday, early in September 1952. The Cardinals were five games behind the Dodgers with three weeks to go, and the season looked hopeless. The cotton, however, was waist-high to my father, over my head, and he and my grandfather could be heard before supper whispering words that were seldom heard. It could be a "good crop."

Thus begins the new novel from John Grisham, a story inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas. The narrator is a farm boy named Luke Chandler, age seven, who lives in the cotton fields with his parents and grandparents in a little house that's never been painted. The Chandlers farm eighty acres that they rent, not own, and when the cotton is ready they hire a truckload of Mexicans and a family from the Ozarks to help harvest it.

For six weeks they pick cotton, battling the heat, the rain, the fatigue, and sometimes each other. As the weeks pass Luke sees and hears things no seven-year-old could possibly be prepared for, and he finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Beach Road book review.....

"Beach Road" by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

Boy it took 2 people to writed this dog!

If I didn't get this on Audible I can not imagine being able to finish reading this dog. The writing is maybe on 6th grade level, the story is ho hum boring. Barely kept my attention but listening to a book is different, while doing dishes and folding laundry, it sort of went along with the ho hum job to listen to a ho hum book. The ending is so predictable that I actually listenend right to the end to validate "just as I thought" moment.

Another "cookie cutter" book. When I first started listening to this book and realized that it was not just read to me but has been "dramatized" by different readers, I was put off. Actually it kind of worked for this book, however the content is very poorly written and so predictable that at best it was barely a mere 2 stars. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because I somehow managed to finish listening.....