I have just 5 days left in the classroom. As overwhelmed as I have been with lesson planning and grading papers, I am really going to miss this routine and seeing the students every day. But…..I AM READY to get my life back and especially back to regular reading!
Willy is a troubled gentleman who has been a salesman his whole life. He doesn’t know anything else, yet finds himself without a job. His wife Linda and two sons, Biff and Happy, are deeply concerned about his tendency to hallucinate and drive erratically. This unhappy tale weaves through Willy, Biff, and Happy’s lives full of regrets, anger, and sadly, not much forgiveness. It’s a tragic tale but one that still encouraged some really great discussions.
Historical fiction fans will love this WWII story based on a true person and real events. It is set in Milan, Italy, which for me, was a new WWII setting. I loved the descriptions of the Swiss Alps and the lovely streets of Italy. But, the horrors described by Pino were devastating. What this young man went through to save Jews by helping them climb the Alps to being the driver of Hitler’s right-hand man in Italy was nothing short of amazing. The research the author accomplished and the time spent writing this story were amazing and it’s one I haven’t forgotten even a month after finishing.
I found this to be an enjoyable listen, no matter what political side you are on. Their story of sisterly love and devotion to family was heartwarming.
Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
By: Pamela Paul
Published: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
I love the idea of having a Book of Books (BOB) and wish I would have started one myself. Unfortunately, Paul’s tales of books she read, travels to France and Thailand, and life in New York was a bit boring. Once she tells of her time as a New York Times children’s book editor, I became much more interested.
She reads her own audiobook, which I appreciated. But, the editing was a bit off as I could noticeably tell when she had stopped reading and restarted. I was constantly fixing my volume. Most of the books she discusses, I had never heard of or will probably never read. But, I appreciated her love of reading and the joy books brought her during some of the most difficult times in her life. Including, the death of her father and her appreciation for him encouraging her love of reading.
I’m beyond anxious to get back to reading. I have so many great books waiting to be read. I’ll be starting with THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME and then who knows where my bookshelves will take me!
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