Book Review: Paper Towns (John Green, 2008)

Anti-climactic. Great hook to open the book though: a high school senior finally gets to hangout with his dream girl, who happens to be his next door neighbor. Although they grew up together and knew each other well as children, they drifted apart as they grew older. She became one of the cool kids, and … Continue reading Book Review: Paper Towns (John Green, 2008)

Book Review: Seabiscuit (Laura Hillenbrand, 1999)

Enthralling; an interesting read whether you follow horse racing or not, and I don't. Set in 1930s California (and other parts of the United States, via rail) this was compelling non-fiction from the gifted storyteller who brought us "Unbroken," set against the backdrop of the Great Depression. You'll come away from these pages feeling as … Continue reading Book Review: Seabiscuit (Laura Hillenbrand, 1999)

Book Review: East of Eden (John Steinbeck, 1952)

Very well written, and I can see why this work is considered to be classic American literature as it covers the years between the Civil War and World War I--half a century. The strength of the book is in the rich interpersonal relationships between the Trask family and their friends and acquaintances. These relationships are … Continue reading Book Review: East of Eden (John Steinbeck, 1952)

Book Review: The Good Neighbor (Maxwell King, 2018)

"I hope that you'll remember, even when you're feeling blue, that it's you I like. It's you yourself, It's you. It's you I like." - Fred Rogers If you've been missing Mr. Rogers since you last saw him, you'll be delighted to learn that you can find him here in the pages of this book, emanating encouragement … Continue reading Book Review: The Good Neighbor (Maxwell King, 2018)

Book Review: Unstoppable (Maria Sharapova, 2017)

"The only world you have ever known is filled with girls who dislike you. They're jealous of the money and the fame." - Maria Sharapova Very candid, introspective look at the life and times of a contemporary tennis star. The book was insightful, but certainly not inspirational, although with a different perspective from the subject, … Continue reading Book Review: Unstoppable (Maria Sharapova, 2017)

Book Review: For the Glory (Duncan Hamilton, 2016)

The name of Eric Liddell is the personification of Proverbs 22:1 - "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold." What a powerful life, continuing to race across the decades beyond his last breath, outshining his gold medal almost 100 years later! His inspiration … Continue reading Book Review: For the Glory (Duncan Hamilton, 2016)