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The Martian by Andy Weir — A Book Review

I don’t read Sci Fi.  Because I’m married to Greg I’ve WATCHED a lot of Sci Fi television and movies (and I mean A LOT!) but, I don’t read it.  So, what am I doing reading this book?


Well, this is definitely NOT your average Sci Fi.  I’d say it’s “plausible” Sci Fi.

the martian

The Martian, by Andy Weir, is the  story of  Mark Watney, a team member on the first manned mission to Mars.  A horrific sand storm arises that requires the team to evacuate the planet in a hurry.  In the process, an accident befalls Mark which, not only causes him to be physically lost from his crew, but also causes his bio meter to read him as lifeless……but he’s not!  He awakens to find himself all alone on Mars...

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All The Light We Cannot See….. A Book Review

A Blind girl in 1940’s France……a brilliant orphan boy in 1940’s Germany….a rare diamond and a Nazi officer obsessed with finding it….an old, reclusive Frenchman with a powerful radio hidden away during the Nazi occupation…..  


All the Light

“All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr is the story of this diverse cast of characters (along with a numerous supporting cast as well) and the circumstances which cause their lives to intersect.  

I loved this book.  The chapters (which are brief) are told in alternating voices and bounce from the past to the present.  The writing is beautiful, the characters are vivid and the story engrossing.  What more could you ask for in a novel?



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Left Neglected — A Book Review

My friend, Nancy, sent me an email recommending this book.  She said she had found it “fascinating”.  So, I added it to my request list at the library and it came in right before our spring camping trip at Sycamore Ranch.  

Left Neglected

“Left Neglected” is the story of Sarah Nickerson, a career driven, super-mom, living in an affluent Boston suburb.  She thrives on balancing the heavy demands of her job and the hectic schedules of her three children, priding herself on never letting a single minute go to waste.  Then one rainy drive to work, trying to take advantage of what she considered to be a spare minute to make a call, results in a tragic car accident leaving her with a traumatic brain injury.

The title of this book, “Left Neglected”, is the name of the brain injury Sarah suffers...

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The Glass Castle

This memoir will knock your socks off….if you’re wearing any!

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Jeanette Walls’ memoir titled “The Glass Castle” is a completely gripping tale that I found extremely hard to put down.   She tells the story of a childhood spent living with parents who are both eccentric and neglectful.  Her dad is a brilliant and creative alcoholic who can’t hold onto a job.  Her artistic mother is more interested in painting than making sure her children have food and shelter.  This combination guarantees the necessity for Jeanette and her siblings to raise themselves.  They have a somewhat nomadic existence, moving from place to place until they end up in a backwoods town in West Virginia...

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Orphan Train

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was one of the best books that I read in the past year.


What I love about historical fiction is learning about things in history that I had never known before.  And, although, I wouldn’t necessarily categorize this book as historical fiction, it provided that element for me.  I had never known about the Orphan Trains that transported orphans from the east coast to the west for a period of 75 years through part of the 19th and 20th centuries.   The trains arrival would be advertised in the towns that it was stopping in and potential adoptive parents would await it’s arrival.  Some of these folks were genuinely looking for babies/children to adopt and many were looking for free labor...

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