As I browsed the library shelves a couple of weeks ago, i couldn’t pass up a book titled Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, and I’m so glad I didn’t! Brian Leaf’s wonderful book, subtitled My Humble Quest to heal my Colitis, Calm my ADD and Find the Key to Happiness has become Book 19 for 2013. As I read the back cover of the book a quote from Kathryn Buid, author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga pretty much sums it up!
I always enjoy, when I find a great bargain book. I loved Stones in Schools and it cost me a whole 25 cents! I found the fourth book in Jay Bonansinga’s Ulysses Grove series the other night at The Christmas Tree Shop, its cost $1.29! Yes, I love a bargain! I also love a good page turner and that’s a good description of Perfect Victim.
In 1905 Theodore Roosevelt sent the largest diplomatic mission in US across the Pacific to Asia. The mission was led by his Secretary of War William Howard Taft and the group included his daughter Alice. James Bradley’s book about this mission The Imperial Cruise is Book 17 of 2013. During the trip Taft on Roosevelt’s behalf negotiated a series of secret agreements – which were unconstitutional – that laid the groundwork for future Japanese actions over the next 30-40 years. The details of these agreements remained secret until after Roosevelt’s death and really have been absent from history books.
There are several mystery characters in mystery series that make me laugh, but two stand out first there’s Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum and secondly there’s Parnell Hall’s Stanley Hastings. Stanley’s latest caper Stakeout is Book 16 of 2013.. Stakeout is the 18th book in the series that I started reading in 1991! Like all the others this one is a fine caper, which had me out laughing out loud on more than one occasion! The Washington Post Book World says this about the series:
I have feeling that if I were an English major or at least more literature literate, I would love the great novels of James Lee Burke even more than I do presently! Creole Belle is the 19th Burke novel featuring Dave Robicheaux and is Book 14 for 2013 this one took a while to read, mainly because it is rather long (528 pages) and I got distracted by a couple of other books, but when I came back and picked it up about midway through, I zipped right through it, especially over the last two hundred or so pages. Like all the other books it’s a whopping good read!!
Archaeologist Dr. Erin Granger is working on a dig in Caesarea, Israel when an explosion rocks the Masada. The explosion splits Masada and emits a gas that kills all the visitors The explosion reveals an unknown underground chamber. Soon Sergent Jordan Stone is sent to bring Erin to the site to help and try to discover what happened!
Book 12 of 2013 – Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy
First a comment on my March reading. I started the month reading James Lee Burke’s Creole Belle and three non-fiction books. Impeached by David O. Stewart, The Armistad Rebellion by Marcus Rediker and Kofi Anann’s Interventions. I had also gotten out of the library The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell. By the middle of the month, I had made the most progress on the David Stewart book and minimal progress on the others. About the day before Blood Gospel was due back at the library, I started reading it. No wait, it was actually overdue when I started it! Anyway I was enjoying it, so Creole Belle got set aside! I continued to read Impeached along with The Blood Gospel and managed to finish Impeached at the beginning of this month. It is Book 12 for 2013. I was pleased that I finished the book because it’s the kind of book that I usually start and enjoy and then ,move on to something else, so to finish it is a good thing!
So we ran an errand today and I ended up in Barnes & Nobles checking out the new books…considering the way I’m moving through Creole Belle from James Lee Burke and now Blood Gospel from James Rollins it may be a awhile before I get to something new! Oh, and I’ve just started the impeachment trail of Andrew Johnson in David Stewart’s Impeached! Anyway, two of the new ones that caught my eye were: Breaking Point from C.J.Box. The Joe Pickett series is one of my favorites and this one sounds like a good one, too! From Amazon.com
So I finally completed my journey through the life of Neil Young last night, when I finished what is Book 10 for 2013, Neil’s autobiography Waging Heavy Peace It was a long wonderful, twisting, twisting ramble through his life from growing up and his early years in Canada to his current sober life. He touched on everything in between his time with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash, his marriages, his kids, passions which include Lionel Trains, the Lincvolt an electric car and Lionel Trains and Pono his plan to get music back to the way it was! Most of all it’s about the the people who he worked with through his solo career, people like Elliott Roberts, Larry Johnson, and his best buddy, David Briggs! Of course there’s a lot about his band mates in Crazy Horse, including Ben Keith and Danny Whitten. This is not your typical autobiography rambles along oftimes covering the same territory, and maybe there’s a little too much about his cars and taking trips in them, but at the end you come away saying, you know I really think I know more about the real Neil Young when you’re finished! Greg Schneider in his review in the Washington Post: Book review: ‘Waging Heavy Peace’ by Neil Young
Ok so which of the four people pictured above can you identify? Before I read Book Number 9 for 2013, I could have maybe identified two! The first two are the key players in the book, while persons three and four helped nudge number two along! The first two are William McKinley and Leon Czolgosz, who are The President and the Assassin, respectively, from Scott Miller’s terrific book titled – The President and the Assassin:McKinley, Terror, and the Empire at the Dawn of the American Century. Persons three and four are anarchist Emma Goldman and Albert Parsons. both of whom provided a push to Leon to do the deed!