We’re back! And here is what has been keeping us off the streets but not out of trouble! Because let us review. We are the Desketeers. A little mischief/trouble is to be expected.
I read The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure during my time off last week. Think of this as a kinder, gentler Assassination Vacation but instead of presidential assassinations, you have a woman stalking the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder. If you loved the series (books naturally, not the stupid TV show) as a kid like I did, this is a must read. I am currently reading Erik Larson’s latest due out next month. In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin is just what the title says. It’s 1933. It’s Berlin. Things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better.
Barbara M really loves The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. She wants everyone to know that it is more than a talking dog book. “It is the poignant, uplifting story of a family struggling with life’s ups and downs. “
Those who know Marianne, and I mean REALLY know her knows the only thing she loves more than a good prison story is a juicy murder. She reports that she has just finished "Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon. She always delivers. What can I say Venice, Guido Brunetti, family and murder!” Yup that’s our Sweet Marianne!
Jeanne states “I started The Weird Sisters last night. So far I am enjoying it although the style is a bit quirky.”
Abby is working on The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell. “This is reported to be the final story in the Kurt Wallender series, and I believe it. A Nordic crime series that pre-dates The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it's dour, dark & right up my alley.”
Priscilla is working her way through Joanna Trollope’s newest, Daughters in Law. “Three sons marry very different women and the "boy's" mother has a hard time letting go. It makes one think about one’s own relationships with your children's spouses. I don't think I am like this mom......hmmm.” We can guarantee that Priscilla is a great mother- in- law and nothing like the protagonist.
Citizen Asha is reading the Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. It involves secret societies, date rape and prestigious institutions of higher learning with a pinch of classical music. She likes it. We worry.
Have a lovely weekend!