Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton
Audio Book / October 28, 2017

“Money, adoration, and sex were what made me happy.” This is a quote from the author while she was deep in the depths of undiagnosed manic depression and bipolar disorder. I listened to an audiobook version of the non-fiction book Fast Girl, and I thought is was eye opening and brutally honest. It covers her time as a runner, wife, mother, and Las Vegas escort. I have had two experiences with mental illness: postpartum depression many years ago and a current diagnosis of anxiety. Maybe that’s why I was drawn to this book. I applaud Suzy and her husband Mark – an amazing man, and her many other supporters. I wish you all good health and long life together. Thank you for sharing your story.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
Fiction / October 25, 2017

When I picked up Sleeping Beauties and held it in my hand, I wondered “Am I going to finish this?” (It is 700 pages). Well, it took me two weeks, but I must stay, I never felt like I wouldn’t finish. The story revolves around an idea of a world without men. Would it be better? How would it even happen? What would happen to the men? Or to the women? In Sleeping Beauties, it starts when all the women (girls too) fall asleep and cocoon themselves in a filmy gauze.  Of course there are those who resist sleep and one special stand out- a woman named Evie.  Many, many characters are in the book. True to a work by King the writing is fantastic, but I didn’t feel a sense of excitement, or chills, or creepiness that I got when I read Salem’s Lot or The Shining. The King’s are heading into different territory here. Some might even suggest the plot is actually a lesson of sorts. There is action, guns, and killing. One of the best parts is a huge scene where there is a showdown/attack on a prison.  I could see it as if it was before me.  Finally, I have to say…

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
Fiction , Historical Fiction / October 13, 2017

I just finished Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach. It came to my attention a while ago, and then I saw it had been made into a movie. I decided I had to read it. For those who like a quick, easy read, this might be for you. The format of the book is one that switched POV with each new chapter, but I found I could follow along without problem. The characters are well formed. The time period, circa 1640, is well described and believable. It is a troubled love story first of all, but also a tale of deceit and greed all wrapped into one. I thoroughly enjoyed it, because, well who doesn’t like love, deceit, and greed?

The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Mystery / October 2, 2017

This author has many books in our Mystery Section, so when I saw The Late Show was introducing a new Detective–Renee Ballard,  I decided it was a good time to give him a try. The Late Show refers to the night shift and Renee is stuck there because of past trouble between her and another cop. On the “Late Show” shift she responds to calls but then turns the case over to the day shift.  For me the story started a bit slow. I am a novice in what I think of as “cop stories/mysteries” and I didn’t expect so much police lingo and procedure. As a character Renee seems tough and strong, smart and creative. She does bend the truth just a bit to get things to go her way. The book doesn’t seem action packed, although there are two mysteries running through it. It was easy to follow and I didn’t have to go back to re-read anything because I didn’t understand. Will I read another one? Not right away, but I do expect this book to be in high demand at the library.