Some popular books for middle-aged men include thrillers, mystery novels, biographies, and books on history or current affairs. In general, middle-aged men tend to gravitate towards books that are fast-paced and offer some sort of escape from the everyday.
Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm! In this “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.
” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.
All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
“If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).
I liked this book but I didn’t love it, I’ve read much better novels. I read about 1/3 of it and then stopped as I couldn’t really get into it as I found it pretty boring. After a year I decided to read the remainder of it since I had spent the money on purchasing it.
It all came together and I found it heartwarming. It’s not a book that would be on my top 10 to recommend but I wouldn’t discourage someone not to read it.
An account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews. Browning tells about such Germans, and helps the reader to understand, not only what they did to make the Holocaust happen, but also how they were transformed psychologically.
The shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews.
I was a history teacher and always found it strange that anyone could convince smart people like the German that they had an enemy in the Jews who had been a vital part of the Germany economy. But then again a leader of a country who uses short phrases over and over and appeals to the lowest in a society seems to gain cult status.
The big rallies in Nuremburg with the total focus on the leader help develop the feeling that he was above the law. The murder of millions because of their faith was one of the most shameful events in the history of the world.
This book is interesting. It’s an academic read, heavy on dates, places, numbers, and research attribution. The author does a good job of presenting the info in a readable style. Unfortunately, it’s depressingly repetitive and begins to feel like a clinical analysis of mass murder.
A worthwhile reminder for readers, since it gets easier, over time, for all of us to diminish what “Ordinary Men” were shown to be capable of.
An international bestseller Over 80 million copies sold worldwide – A PBS Great American Read Top 100 pick – A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.
– Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.
– Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined.
Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
This allegorical little story reads like a metaphor for life and is closely allied to Christian beliefs. The young protagonist, Santiago, is a conscientious shepherd who tends his flock in the Andalusian mountains of Spain.
He is hard working and ambitious. From a series of wise men, Santiago learns about the Soul of the World and his Personal Legend within that world. Coelho is willing the reader to identify with the unsophisticated, trusting boy and thereby inviting us to pursue our own Personal Legend.
The seemingly uncomplicated characters and simple plot irritated me slightly to begin wit but when I discovered how many other concepts were being introduced, I was challenged to consider their messages more deeply.
I’ve had my eye on this book for years. Its beautiful cover was just so stunning and I’d always admired it. One day I bought this book on a whim, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Reading it, I understand why so many people love and swear by this book.
It has easily become one of my top three books of all time. Although people at any age can enjoy it (yes, even children may be enraptured by the magic of this story), I found it especially relevant as a young adult; it felt like this book was written just for me.
I read this just several months ago and have already read it again since, and I am not one to reread books usually.
Read this book in 2 days it was very captivating exciting journey from a boy who is a sheperd and decides to explore the world chasing his dreams coming in contact with wisdom from his elders mysteries and spirituality to discover.
Most importNtly he discovered the power of his heart and why you should always follow your heart.
From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road comes a “profoundly disturbing and gorgeously rendered” novel (The Washington Post) that returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of the famed Border Trilogy.
The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men.
A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law—in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell—can contain.
As Moss tries to evade his pursuers—in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives—McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.
No Country for Old Men is a triumph. Look for Cormac McCarthy’s new novel, The Passenger, coming October ’22.
love all cormac mccarthy. the setting is more contemporary than the border trilogy but is still an intense good read. not as great as blood meridian however, which is one the best books i’ve ever read.
This is a great book detailing the misfortunes of a hunter in Texas who happens upon a drug deal gone wrong. Unfortunately it brings him into the sites of an assassin – a character so unforgiving and evil that it will stay with you forever.
The movie is terrific, and the book is even better.
Howard Roark, the hero of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, is the best architect in the world, at least he thinks he is. Despite being expelled from college and deemed unhirable by the major firms, he refuses to compromise his vision.
He wants to design buildings his way or not at all. Due to that resolve, he quickly finds himself working in a stone quarry. While Roark’s determination is punished, his college classmate’s compliance is rewarded.
Peter Keating is the rising star in the architecture community. He works at the most prestigious firm Francon & Hoyer and has his eyes set on Dominique Francon, the daughter of the firm’s copartner. Dominique is otherwise interested though, taken by the mysterious man who works in the quarry.
The Fountainhead is the tale of these two young architects and the world being built around them. A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly.
This “impossible to put down” #1 New York Times bestseller introduces Amos Decker, a gifted police detective with a perfect memory who must solve a mystery he wishes he could forget: his family’s murder (Washington Post).
Amos Decker’s life changed forever–twice. – The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to play in the NFL. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin.
On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field forever, and left him with an improbable side effect–he can forget nothing. – The second time was at home nearly two decades later.
Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare–his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered. – His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him.
He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can. – But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders.
At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night.
To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
– Memory Man will stay with you long after the turn of the final page.
Baldacci does both. The story is gripping. The suspense is intense but, the character development and the twists are exceptional. There are few logic lapses or loose ends that never get wrapped up. he drops clues that let the reader wonder why such a great detective hasn’t seen where they lead yet.
Some go where you think they will and others? Well read the book. There are a couple of loose ends that never get explained at the end but, only if one is a picky reader. There are not nearly as many as are in most mystery/detective stories and, while the plot continues to develop through a complex twisting succession, there is very little that gets “dropped” along the way.
I look forward to reading the next book(s) in the Amos Decker series as well as his John Puller series (Somewhat similar in basis to another popular series by another author but, in my opinion, much better developed and much more “believable” although both of those series can stretch ones ability to suspend their belief).
Baldacci turns out a lot of books. It is amazing how he spins so many different yarns, keeps them all going and, from what I have read so far, maintains a level of excellence in both the story lines and the character development.
It is fortunate for us readers that he does turn out so much work as each book leaves us wanting more.
Outstanding book by Baldacci — this story keeps you fully engaged and thinking! The characters and the story hook you and you have to keep reading. Baldacci has written several really outstanding books; this one is, in my opinion, his second best — the top one being Last Man Standing.
No man will get anywhere in life without discipline–and growth in godliness is no exception. Seasoned pastor R. Kent Hughes’s inspiring and best-selling book Disciplines of a Godly Man–now updated with fresh references and suggested resources–is filled with godly advice aimed at helping men grow in the disciplines of prayer, integrity, marriage, leadership, worship, purity, and more.
With biblical wisdom, memorable illustrations, and engaging study questions, this practical guide will empower men to take seriously the call to godliness and direct their energy toward the things that matter most.
This book will help men to better understand how to live a productive Christian life. It will also help you in everyday interactions with work, family, and marriage. Wish I had read this book 10 years ago.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – A special 25th anniversary edition of the beloved book that has changed millions of lives with the story of an unforgettable friendship, the timeless wisdom of older generations, and healing lessons on loss and grief—featuring a new afterword by the author “A wonderful book, a story of the heart told by a writer with soul.
”—Los Angeles Times “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. ” Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was his college professor Morrie Schwartz. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance.
He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.
“The truth is, Mitch,” he said, “once you learn how to die, you learn how to live. ” Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.
This is the first Mitch Albom book I read and it quickly turned me into a huge fan. Ultimately, yes this book leads to tears. However, the way Mitch Albom writes every book the tears are not unwelcome.
His characters teach wisdom, compassion, humility and remind the reader of the bigger picture. You feel for Morrie and you know his passing will be inevitable but the peace and grace demonstrated by this character is soul stirring.
Like all his books, this story humbled me and was the exact mental and emotional restart I needed ✨.
A well written story or life, friendship and death. A book that shows that one person can make a positive impact in the world, and you don’t need fame or fortune to do it. If you are striving to be a better human, this book will give you a plethora of clues on how be exactly that – A better human.
I know! You’re thinking “I can’t believe you’re just getting around to reading this book” and you’re right. It was on my list of ‘must reads’ for so long. And finally, I read it. Whew. This book was hard to put down.
I truly felt like it was teaching me a lesson the whole way through. In fact, there were some lines and quotes that I had to write down. ( I couldn’t write in it, because it was a library borrow). But I actually bought this book to have for a grief support group that I run.
I’m going to use a lot of wisdom from it, for our next group. You should read this book, if you’re having a hard time with loss, or letting go, or finding purpose. Even if you’re finding a hard time forgiving etc.
“They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.
Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.
When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him”–.
Being a pretty young villain from suburbs of Russia, and living most of my life in a country where schools are very nationalistic contemplated poetry that I’ve read only to national literature and Russian classic (ex-ussr).
Even through english is my 3rd language I’ve had pleasure learning it from mass media and online games throughout my 13-18 years of life. Sometime ago I went on to change my priorities, my views. I’ve heard about this book approximatelly 7-8 years ago, back when I was watching TV series “Lost”.
Back then it didn’t mean anything to me as I was too young to open my mind to something so new and uncommon. A few weeks ago I ordered this book, and two days ago I started reading it. From the very first page I was sucked into it so deep that I’ve spent 6 hours reading it with the help of a vocabulary.
It was a harsh path, but after understanding every single word and emotions of the author I’ve understood that J. Steinbeck is the writter to go for everyone who is trying to get a different view on life and understand the beauty of something so different.
I will not go into the details of the scenario so I don’t spoil the pleasure for everyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to go through it yet. Characters of this book are not very emotional, they’re not sci-fi.
They’re just as real as they can be. This book speaks a lot about the harsh path of people living differently from the community of big cities. The way it’s written blowed me away. After reading a lot of Russian classics, such as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin I felt no regrets after trying something that is out of my comfort zone.
Being specific, every book is a matter of taste. I am myself a person with deep understanding of psychology and philosophy, as well as great skills in Engineering which I am currently studying for as my bachelor’s degree.
This book has everying that pleases my mind. Liars, upstarts, curators, wise and calm, innocent and stupid, as well as “simple” characters. Most of them have same ambitions, but all in all they’re represented in every single possible way.
Words that are used here make the book have it’s own life, so influencing that even a person who didn’t like rereading the book again is currently doing it now just to go through the amazement and beauty of it for another time.
There’s a reason Steinbeck got a nobel prize for his works, and after reading this piece of art I understood that he deserved it. Book is short, but it does what it has to – influence a person, transfer emotions, feelings and teach someone to be less cynical and more open-minded.
Not a must-read for everyone, but definitely is one for everyone who wants to feel ashamed for some people while being proud for the actions of some simple, but extremely courageous ones.
The novel opens with two workers who are crossing the country on foot to find work. George is a cynical, irresolute man. George looks after his companion, Lennie–treating him like a brother. Lennie is a giant man of incredible strength, but has a metal disability that makes him slow-to-learn and almost child-like.
George and Lennie had to flee the last town because Lennie touched a woman’s dress and he’d been accused of rape. They begin to work at a ranch, and they share their dream: they want to own their own piece of land and farm for themselves.
These people–like them–feel dispossessed and unable to control their own lives. The ranch becomes a microcosm of the American underclass at that time. The climactic moment of the novel revolves around Lennie’s love of soft things.
He pets the hair of Curley’s wife, but she gets scared. In the resulting struggle, Lennie kills her and runs away. The farmhands form a lynch mob to punish Lennie, but George finds him first. George understands that Lennie cannot live in the world, and he wants to save him the pain and terror of being lynched, so he shoots him in the back of the head.
The literary power of Of Mice and Men rests firmly on the relationship between the two central characters, their friendship and their shared dream. These two men are so very different, but they come together, stay together, and support each other in a world full of people who are destitute and alone.
Their brotherhood and fellowship is an achievement of enormous humanity. They sincerely believe in their dream. All they want is a small piece of land that they can call their own. They want to grow their own crops, and they want to breed rabbits.
That dream cements their relationship and strikes a chord so convincingly for the reader. George and Lennie’s dream is the American dream. Their desires are both very particular to the 1930’s but also universal.
Ink splats everywhere so bad you cant read the writing, cover is falling off has major water damage and most pages are ripped! I am appalled with this as I purchased this for my English lessons and now I do t have a book because this is so poor condition! I cant believe they didnt mention that the condition was like this, I am apapled! I do not recommend buying here unless the photos of the inside is shown! Not worth value at all!!!.
“A full-throttle thriller in the tradition of classic Stieg Larsson, drenched in atmosphere and charged with adrenaline. Buckle up. You’ll gulp down every word. I loved this book. ”—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window – The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.
– If you find one, he’s already found you. A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. – His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.
– Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago. – A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted? To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.
– Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over. – And no one is safe.
👍🏼 WHAT I LOVED: • EASILY MY MOST ALL TIME FAVOURITE THRILLER BOOKS! • An absolute roller coaster of a ride!! • This procedural investigation flows from the antagonist, to the victim, to the detectives- in this chaotic dark and twisted mystery.
• Well written and full of UNEXPECTED twists that I haven’t seen yet; I could NOT guess the ending at all, which is a first for me as well. • Even though it’s a 500 page book- it leaks sophistication, beautiful detail and plenty to keep the hooks digging in deeper with each page.
👎🏼 WHAT I DIDNT:• The ONLY thing I found difficult was the amount of characters involved- keeping up with the names, But I eventually caught on 😅 Do NOT let the 500 pages scare you. It’s doesn’t drag and there plenty of grotesque details.
I read a lot of books & psychological thrillers are my favorite genre. I found this book while researching for a new book to read. I took a chance on it & was not let down. It is a fast paced, nail biting thrill ride from start to finish.
The plot is genius & the story itself original. It also had a very satisfying end. For a debut novel the author wrote something with a definite wow factor. I loved it. I don’t want to give anything away so I will stop here and say ‘Just read it.
The book was trending as top thriller books of the year 2018 and I really wanted it. Thanks to Santa I got this book without any burden on my pocket. I indeed got a reasonable discount by using the reading points I’ve earned by earlier purchases and reviews!! Soo be Bookish n keep reading!!.
The Power Broker by Robert Caro is the story of Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. The book details how one man accumulated incredible power and attempted to accomplish his ideals after being ignored by the establishment.
Publisher: Vintage. – ISBN -10: 0394720245. Language: English. – No. Of Pages: 1344 Pages. – Publishing Date: July 12, 1975. Shipping Weight: 3. 4 lbs. – Author: Robert A. Caro. – The Power Broker – How one man accumulated incredible power Age Group: adult.
This is a brutally long book (over a million words long), otherwise I would give it 5 stars. I wish a condensed version would be made, and it should be required reading for every American so they understand how politics and elected officials really work (hint: they don’t work for you, and they aren’t public servants).
Even though this book is now over 40 years old, it is has never been more applicable to the present day. I think about Robert Caro and reading The Power Broker back when I was 22 years old, and just being mesmerized, and Im sure it helped to shape how I think about politics.
Robert Moses was all three, often at the same time. The Power Broker is sometimes considered an expos, but Caro is more than fair, gives credit to Moses for cutting through red tape, seeing public projects through that could never have been accomplished otherwise.
I wish city planners today would build parks instead of allowing still more shopping centers to swallow up vacant land. The book is nothing if not scholarly and serious, but there is humor scattered here and there.
Moses gets the last word, “Why weren’t they grateful?” Incidentally I’m not sure Caro’s world class writing is fully appreciated. If he had chosen a career as a novelist he would probably have rivaled O’Brian and Updike, and as they stand his books are packed with wonderfully turned (not clever) phraseology, drama, personality, insight, humanity.
I’ve never been interesed in power, probably because I never understood it. Robert Caro’s writing changed that, he has the ability to teach you something you never thought to understand, and all along you just think you’re reading an interesting story.
The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a Showtime/Paramount series starring Ewan McGregor as Count Alexander RostovFrom the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility, a beautifully transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin.
Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.
Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
Prior to starting this book, I had read several reviews praising it as charming and delightful. Thus, I was fully prepared to be disappointed. Almost from the first page however, I learned this was not to be – it was every bit as charming and delightful as it was claimed to be.
I exclaimed out loud in amusement, delight and sadness many times. The prose is sparkling, witty, and delicious – by comparison, every other book I’ve ever read seems like it was scrawled in crayon by a five year old.
Do not take this to mean that it’s dense or impenetrable; while it’s true that you miss much of the humour if you’re not paying attention, it’s still light and easy to read. The characters are charming, compelling and delightfully quirky, the Count most of all.
While primarily a fictional narrative, it does also give the reader some insight into the Russian psyche and what it was like to be a Russian citizen during that tumultuous time in Russian history. The downside to this gem of a book is that it has spoiled me – I may never read another book again.
The bones of the story are straightforward. The main protagonist is an aristocrat who is placed under house arrest post revolution by the new rulers of Russia. He is living in a hotel in Moscow and from this tolerable confinement he reflects on his life and witnesses the massive social and political changes that are happening in Russia The rise of Stalin and the purges and terror that follow, the death of Stalin and finally the election and rule of Kruschev.
He tolerates and even thrives in this situation because he is an intelligent, cultivated and humane person and forms bonds and friendship and even finds love within this small yet fascinating milieu.
You can read this as a parable or you can simply delight in the brilliant stories as they unfold in the intriguing world of his home and prison. I loved this book and re-read it immediately. I love its optimism, its humanity, its humour and its thrilling plot.
Buy it, read it enjoy it, read it again then give to someone that you care about.
THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller“Poignant, engrossing. ”—People – “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power.
”—Paula McLainMemphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force.
Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth.
At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon.
But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
This is an incredible novel and definitely worth reading, not only for the story but for the beautiful, clever and nuanced writing. Lisa tells a tragic story in an engaging and touching way. She immediately drops you into it from the prelude, and takes you on a heart wrenching journey with the characters, the pain, the sadness, the heartbreak and the joy.
It is a novel I will keep ruminating over for many years.
“I. grab my hair and pull until it hurts. I want to pull all of it out. Every single piece. I want a pain I understand instead of the one I don’t. I want a pain that has a beginning and an end, not one that goes on forever and ever and cuts all the way to the bone.
” Wow. I had looked forward to reading this book for so long, yet I was unprepared for the anguish between its covers. What a terrible blot on our nation’s history was the the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, run by Georgia Tann (aka, Cruella DeVille, Lucifer, etc).
Yet the story told by Rill also amazes me with the resilience of the human spirit. How she could sustain the loss of her family, one member at a time, until she surrendered her right to her own name and history and future with Silas to provide for her sister, Fern (“stitched together at the heart since she was born”).
Rill, now May, deliberately chose to “let go of the river’s song” (where she grew up so happily) “and found the music” of a new family where she eventually accepted love and protection. In turn, she taught others that “a woman’s past need not predict her future.
” This lesson is the pivot point in Avery’s life, a granddaughter of May’s lost-and-found sister, Judy. Her story is interspersed with May’s as she digs through clues to untangle family connections buried long ago, the rhythm of the “now” and “then” chapters giving the book purpose and hope.
She realizes the importance of choosing her own music and makes choices that every reader will cheer. This book will shake you and change the way you view things you probably take for granted. Like all of Lisa Wingate’s stories, it is wonderfully well-written and worth every tear.
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss, the “princess of Kingdom Arcadia”, lives on the Mississippi River with her parents and four siblings in a homemade shanty boat built by her dad. The river proves to be more forgiving than land during the Great Depression, and Rill’s family flourishes on hard work, a little food, and lots of love.
They don’t have much but they’re happy. Queenie, Rill’s mother, must be rushed to the hospital late one night while giving birth to twins. Policemen come to the boat the next day and kidnap the five siblings, starting a nightmare of abuse, scandal, loss and perseverance for Rill.
Told from two angles, one from Rill during the 30’s; the other from Avery, a distant relative during present day life in Aiken, South Carolina, the plot weaves closer and closer together, keeping your interest with each turn of the page (or touch of the screen, whichever applies!).
The story and people are fiction but based on true events that happened in Memphis Tennessee when Georgia Tann was investigated for child trafficking, running a black market baby adoption scheme that involved powerful political and Hollywood figures.
Lisa Wingate gives life to each character and their surroundings; you’ll hurt for the victims as if they truly existed. I can easily recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about human emotion, especially when the plot is based on historical events.
It will captivate you with the first page, and you’ll keep reading until you can make sense of the mess created by stolen children, whose identities were wiped clean, names and histories changed. Excellent read, but will leave you with a sadness that this situation happened and flourished during harsh times.
(I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine and NetGalley for making it available. ).
Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran fresh out of prison, returns in this riveting #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from David Baldacci. The 1950s are on the horizon, and Archer is in dire need of a fresh start after a nearly fatal detour in Poca City.
So Archer hops on a bus and begins the long journey out west to California, where rumor has it there is money to be made if you’re hard-working, lucky, criminal–or all three. Along the way, Archer stops in Reno, where a stroke of fortune delivers him a wad of cash and an eye-popping blood-red 1939 Delahaye convertible–plus a companion for the final leg of the journey, an aspiring actress named Liberty Callahan who is planning to try her luck in Hollywood.
But when the two arrive in Bay Town, California, Archer quickly discovers that the hordes of people who flocked there seeking fame and fortune landed in a false paradise that instead caters to their worst addictions and fears.
Archer’s first stop is a P. I. office where he is hoping to apprentice with a legendary private eye and former FBI agent named Willie Dash. He lands the job, and immediately finds himself in the thick of a potential scandal: a blackmail case involving a wealthy well-connected politician running for mayor that soon spins into something even more sinister.
As bodies begin falling, Archer and Dash must infiltrate the world of brothels, gambling dens, drug operations, and long-hidden secrets, descending into the rotten bones of a corrupt town that is selling itself as the promised land–but might actually be the road to perdition, and Archer’s final resting place.
Aloysius Archer is one of my favorite characters from Baldacci. He is a surprise waiting to be read. Anxiously awaited the continuing story of this man from “One Good Deed”. Was not disappointed. When is the next one coming?.
“What is masculinity? Ask ten men and you’ll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer-without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics.
It’s a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the over-regulated, over-civilized, politically correct modern world.
If you’ve ever closed your eyes and wished for one day as a lion, this book is for you. “–Publisher description.
“Shaunti and Jeff have unearthed a treasure chest of insights—eye-opening and life-changing. ”—Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Community ChurchFinally, you can understand her! If you’re like most men, you’ve burned up lots of energy trying to figure out what a woman wants, what makes her tick, how to make her happy.
The good news: success is simpler than you ever thought. In their groundbreaking classic, For Men Only, Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn reveal the eye-opening truths and simple acts that will radically improve your relationship with the woman you love.
For example: – Why she can’t “just not think about” something that’s bothering her – How to get her real answers without games – How your provider instinct can actually cause her heartache – and what to do about it – Why listening to her feelings is so hard for a guy, and a fix-it plan that works – Why her “I do” at the altar will always mean, “do you?” and the answer that rocks her world Now updated with the latest scientific research to explain the fabulous female brain plus an all-new chapter that shows how to decode her most baffling behavior, For Men Only is your roadmap to making her happy.
Excellent book for dating and marriages!!! We read it for our 30th anniversary but my husband said it would have been great if someone had given it to us while we were dating! I agree! The man and woman’s books were both excellent!!.
I started reading this book as a part of a church couples’ series. The insight provided is an eye-opener! I remember telling an airport shuttle bus full of guys about the “windows. ” They all let out a collective “ahhh!” I lost/misplaced the book in my travels/movements while my better half left her “For Women Only” with a close friend.
Very interesting studies of what women are thinking. I don’t agree with all of it but in general it’s good reading for men in relationships. Shows where they may be misinterpreting a women’s behavior and responses.
The #1 Sunday Times bestseller from ‘the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now’ (New York Times) – now in paperback. Jordan Peterson has helped millions of people, young and old, men and women, aim at a life of responsibility and meaning.
Now he can help you. Drawing on his own work as a clinical psychologist and on lessons from humanity’s oldest myths and stories, Peterson offers twelve profound and realistic principles to live by. Deep, rewarding and enlightening, 12 Rules for Life is a lifeboat built solidly for stormy seas: ancient wisdom applied to our contemporary problems.
Enjoying immensely although the Bible references I’m not too familiar with. Well researched as you would expect from the Author. Beneficial for all ages. Which I’d been brought up knowing 1% of this information , still not too late to learn.
I’m 60. Safest thing is there are too many males indoctrinated through bad surroundings, poor parenting and over worked teachers who gave up because their role is not to be parenting it’s to teach. Yet there are whole schools where you can’t find one child not damaged.
I can only pray that these kids get the love and affection that will bring them peace. Otherwise some of them will be reading books like this later in their life if they choose and have the courage to get out of the quagmire of a life they didn’t deserve.
I have just ordered two more copies, after only reading the intro. —and Prof. Peterson’s numerous interviews simply expand my own heart. In this climate of high anxiety and appalling lack of compassion, echoed by Hugh MacKay in AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED.
It is no wonder that he has an enthralled audience of millions, world- wide. My wish is that Prof. Peterson will produce a primer affirming our children and youth, to give them hope— for our learning young to master before they get to our Uni’s.
that have to do their own serious reflecting. In my opinion. AND to give our valiant teachers stronger morale and endurance—as so vividly depicted in Gabbie Stroud’s TEACHER, also published last year.
Finally, the more I devour of the Prof. ‘s ‘Rules’ the more I want to yell my rental’s roof off , in agreement—our kids CAN be brought up in a far better world, if we follow Jordan’s example of such raw courage and exemplary scholarship and teaching.
I only wish that I could buy another 12 copies to share around !.
“I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I’ve suddenly come up with the answers to all life’s questions. Quite that contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in self-questing.
In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and complicated life, with many twists and turns, how well I’ve done at measuring up to the values I myself have set. ” —Sidney Poitier In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career.
His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure—as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.
Poitier credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of self-worth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world.
“In the kind of place where I grew up,” recalls Poitier, “what’s coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and momma’s voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters.
and that’s it. ” Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life. Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents.
Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates to who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition.
Here is Poitier’s own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life. Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, price and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity.
What emerges is a picture of a man in the face of limits—his own and the world’s.
I loved the fact that this was a true story and one I could picture easily in my mind as I read it. Sidney has always been a hero of mine, as far a movie star goes!. Such an excellent actor! In my mind I will always picture him as a very classy gentleman, and while I’ve only ever seen a few of his movies, would love to see every one of his! He may not have been a perfect human, but then, who is? He certainly had it rough and I admire him for not giving up! I am a 76 y/o RN and on a limited income, but am doing just fine, thanks to my own Mom’s teachings! God bless you, Sidney!.
A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest.
I am someone who often asks deep questions about the meaning of life. This book has paralleled those questions and given them more meaning. Viktor Frankl was not only a Holocaust survivor but a clinical psychiatrist.
He gives his own accounts of his time in a concentration camp, intriguing written from his perspective. Then he merges that in the latter half of the book with his explanations on Logotherapy, a clinical methodology he contributed to.
Humanity, good and bad is covered through the book, but I felt it had an admirable tone of perseverance and prevail of the human spirit. Matched with his contributions as a clinician. I’ve recommend this book to my family and friends.
This book is life-changing, at the very least it’s undoubtedly shifted my perspective on life and suffering. Dr Frankl writes about his time spent in concentration camps and his founding of logotherapy.
Frequently quoting Nietzsche, especially “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how”, Frankl goes on to suggest the need or search for meaning in our lives is of the most paramount importance, and a crucial part of maintaining good mental health.
Frankly explains suffering is an inevitable part of our lives, and that regardless of the burden placed upon us, we all have the choice to accept our suffering or succumb to it. Whether we’re being a role model for others who experience the same circumstances, or use our suffering as a means to improve ourselves in different aspects of our lives, we can all find a meaning in our suffering and through finding meaning we can overcome anything.
There are quite a few concepts I learned about in this book such as paradoxical intention, the importance of meaning in our lives, as well as enduring and using our suffering for a greater good. I read this at a time when I really needed it, and this book has been a catalyst for positive change in my life.
Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by psychiatrist Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate. Frankl and his fellow prisoners had to endure atrocities that many of us cannot even imagine.
Prisoners had to survive on one small piece of bread a day and maybe some thin soup. They had to work 20 hours each day, digging and laying railroads and so on. If you looked weak, you were beaten. If you stopped working, you were beaten.
And you didnt get much of a second chance after that. You could be killed for any reason. When suffering fills your life, what do you do? Do you take up your cross? Do you remain brave, dignified and unselfish? Or do you become no more than an animal? Most men in a concentration camps believed that the real opportunities of life had passed.
Yet, in reality, there was an opportunity and a challenge. One could make a victory of those experiences, turning life into an inner triumph, or one could ignore the challenge and simply vegetate, as did a majority of the prisoners.
What a wonderful freedom to discover that you can choose your own meaning and that meaning with keep you filled with life.
Witty, compelling, and shrewd, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self. The Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness.
Stephen Mansfield shows us the way. Working with timeless maxims and stirring examples of manhood from ages past, Mansfield issues a trumpet call of manliness fit for our times. In Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men, you’ll see that: This book is about doing.
It is about action. It is about knowing the deeds that comprise manhood and doing those deeds. Habits have to be formed, and actions have to be aligned with the grace received. ” My goal in this book is simple,” Mansfield says.
“I want to identify what a genuine man doesthe virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhoodand then call men to do it. “.
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