YOU REMIND ME OF ME by Don Chaon

YOU REMIND ME OF ME by Don Chaon, (c) 2005.This is the story of what happened to several people and how they are all connected. He’s the book blurb on the back cover:

In 1977 a little boy is savagely attacked by his mother’s pet Doberman Pincer.

In 1997 a little boy disappears from his grandmother’s backyard on a sunny summer morning.

In 1966 a pregnant teenager admits herself to a maternity home with the intention of giving up the child for adoption.

In 1991 a young man drifts towards a career as a drug dealer even as he hopes for something better.

Basically it doesn’t sound like an upbeat story..

THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields

THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields, (c) 1993. This old book is a New York Times Bestseller which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. This is the story of Daisy Stone Goodwill who was born in 1905 in Manitoba, Canada. Her mother Mercy died during her birth and she was raised by a neighbor for 11 years in another Canadian town. At age 11 after her caretaker died she went to live with her father who was now a successful businessman in Indiana, USA.When she was about 20 years old Daisy ends up a widow who ends up at age 30 or so marrying the much older son of the woman who raised her.

The funny thing is I thought this book was a NOVEL! In fact it is a true story with photos and all! Truly a surprise to me since it’s written like a novel with artistic license. I AM enjoying the book and hope you will too, although the chapters usually had a long, detailed introduction to each person mentioned in the book.

Now I find it’s a FICTIONAL autobiography! But it has photos of REAL people! I’m confused.  So it’s NOT BASED on real people, where’s the photo of the Daisy, the main character?

THE GUEST COTTAGE by Nancy Thayer

THE GUEST COTTAGE by Nancy Thayer, (c) 2015. I really like this book but it’s an awful lot like a TV movie I saw, about two single parent’s with children who share a house at the beach due to a rental mix up. Of course the parents fell in love…Need I say more? Sorry but you know it’s going to have a happy ending.

THE DAUGHTER’S WALK by Jane Kirkpatrick

THE DAUGHTER’S WALK  by Jane Kirkpatrick (c)1973, 1978, 1984, 2011. As you can see this is an old book. This is a true story about an immigrant Norwegian woman named Helga Estby who walked from Spokane Washington to New York City with her 19 year old daughter Clara in order to raise $10,000.00 to save their farm. Did they raise the money or not? I’m not going to tell you that, but this author has added to the story by having Clara Estby leaving her family to change her name and continue walking alone for 20 years. This all has something to do with women struggling for independence.

I just HAD to look up Helga and Clara Estby online. I was excited to see that Clara Estby and I share a No. 26th Birthday! She was born Nov. 26, 1876. I was born 110 years later! Here’s a photo of them in case you were wondering:

.Helga and Clara Estby

How could that woman have six or seven  children and still be that thin? No wonder why she wanted to walk away from them for a while. The youngest was 2 years old when left on their 7 month journey!

http://www.albany.edu/~ep212866/helgaestby.html

WHILE ANGELS SLEEP by Judith Kelman

WHILE ANGELS SLEEP  by Judith Kelman(c) 1988. This old suspense novel was a nice change form my usual fare. It was almost like watching a TV suspense movie. A wife and mother of 3 is forced to settle her father’s estate – an artists colony called Thornwood in Massachusetts.  Lots of weird goings on there along with an 11 year old daughter she adopted after marrying the girls father.

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE by Addison Fox

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE by Addison Fox, (c) 2011. Do people in Alaska say the “F” word more than anyplace else? Sheesh! This is the first romance novel I ever read where the characters used the word “fuck” in all it’s many forms! The main characters used it in everyday language, NOT just when angry like I do, (which is perfectly acceptable in my mind), but like descriptive words like:  “What a fucking joke. You come on to me all night and don’t follow through?”  I guess when the female characters keep saying it in ways I never have I thought it was just too much!  And I’m not a prude. Sorry to get off subject, but I do so easily don’t I?

Okay here’s a young woman from Manhattan, NYC named Sloan McKinley traveling to Alaska to help an old friend Grier, also from Manhattan who’s trying to claim her rightful inheritance but is shunned by a unknown half sister and the entire town. Both of which are not very friendly or nice to Grier. But Sloan comes to help her friend out and they both get caught up in one of the Great Bachelor Competition. The kind you’ve most likely heard about before reality TV made them so obnoxious. Meanwhile freelance writer Sloan writes a story about the competition and helps Grier make friends with the townsfolk. I’m not going to talk about any romances now. This book review is getting too long anyway.

NOTE: Remember this book is interspersed the word “fuck” if that bothers you, don’t read it. It’s also got some hot sex, and maybe you won’t mind that!”

THE BIRD ARTIST by Howard Norman

THE BIRD ARTISTS by Howard Norman, (c) 1994. Here’s a discarded library book that’s never been read. I wonder why? Written by a man about a man named Fabian Vas. What kind of name is Vas?  The story takes place in Witless bay,  Newfoundland in 1911. At age twenty Fabian works at a boat yard and sleeps with the beautiful and intelligent Margaret Handle. His parents are trying to marry him off to a distant cousin. One day his father left on a hunting trip and never came back. His lonely mother started an affair with Botho August. BOTHO? Another odd name… At some point Fabian murders Botho, and that is all I know and care to tell anyway.