Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Probably everyone in the free world (and beyond) has heard of The Thorn Birds. You may or may not be as familiar with the author, Colleen McCullough. She is, in a word, awesome. Allow me to share a small tidbit of Ms. McCullough's history. She was born in Canada, but her family moved frequently before eventually settling in Australia. A ravenous reader, Ms. McCullough worked as a teacher, librarian, and journalist before beginning her training in medical school. An allergy to surgical soap kept her from becoming a medical doctor, so she focused her studies on nueroscience. It was while Ms. McCollough was researching and teaching in the Nuerology Department at Yale Medical School that she wrote her first two books, including The Thorn Birds. She was then able to devote herself completely to writing (hooray for us) and moved to Norfolk Island where she met and married a man almost fifteen years her junior. More recently, she underwent and survived major brain surgery. It's worth repeating -- Colleen McCullough is awesome.
Friday, May 13, 2011
THE SIXTH MAN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central, $27.99.) The lawyer for an alleged serial killer is murdered, and two former Secret Service agents are on the case.
Call #: F BAL
THE LAND OF THE PAINTED CAVES, by Jean M. Auel. (Crown, $30.) The latest volume in a series that began with “The Clan of the Cave Bear,” set during the ice age.
BEL AIR DEAD, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam, $25.95.) In this Stone Barrington novel, the New York lawyer makes enemies when he represents a widow in the sale of a movie studio.
A TURN IN THE ROAD, by Debbie Macomber. (Mira, $24.95.) A middle-age woman takes a cross-country road trip with her daughter and former mother-in-law.
Call #: F MAC
THE FIFTH WITNESS, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) The
lawyer Mickey Haller represents a woman facing home foreclosure who is accused of killing a banker. Call #: F CON
BORN OF SHADOWS, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. (Grand Central, $21.99.) In the Ichidian universe, a smuggler and a woman warrior must fight together to survive; a League novel.
Call #: F KEN
I'LL WALK ALONE, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster, $25.99.) A woman haunted by the disappearance of her young son discovers that someone has stolen her identity.
Call #: F CLA
CHASING FIRE, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $27.95.) A smoke jumper faces a new season of firefighting in Montana after the loss of her partner.
Call #: F ROB
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf, $27.95.) The third volume of a trilogy about a Swedish hacker and a journalist.
Call #: F LAR
Elizabeth and Jessica are identical twins: "blonde hair, blue-green eyes, perfect size six figures." In typical twin fashion, we've got a good girl and a bad girl. See if you can guess which one is which: Elizabeth bakes cookies for the elderly, rescues cats from trees, and befriends the ugly and unpopular students. Jessica frames her sister for crimes and steals her love interests. There really isn't too much grey area, is there?
Nonetheless, my sister and I devoured the Sweet Valley books - the twins, junior high, and high school editions, natch. We felt a great connection with Elizabeth and Jessica because we were twins, too. Since my sister claimed to more Elizabeth-like, that left me with Jessica. This arrangement suited me just fine, as even at the tender age of eight, it seemed like Jessica had all the fun.