SUCH A PRETTY FACE by Cathy Lamb

SUCH A PRETTY FACE by Cathy Lamb, (c) 2010. This nice trade paperback was so enjoyable to read.  Stevie is a formerly obese woman, who had a heart attack at age 32 and then chose surgery to save her life. So then she pared down 170 pounds and weighed a nice 150 pounds at 5′ 7″ tall and she was beautiful just like her mother who was a former Broadway star before her insanity showed up in her early 20’s. Stevie ate to deal with her grief and pain after her Schizophrenic mother committed suicide and tried to kill Stevie and her little sister Sunshine by drowning in the nearby river. Afterwards with her mother and sister gone, a traumatized Stevie is still be raised by her mother’s parents whom they lived with during her mother’s illness. After their deaths Stevie ate to deal with the pain and loneliness and plumped up to a major 325 pounds. Shortly after her grandfather and then her grandmother died and Stevie was sent to live with her mother’s sister Janet and her family, which wasn’t the best thing for Stevie since her uncle was such a cruel person, making everyone’s life miserable who lived in his house including his two children Lance and Polly. Everyone in that family including Stevie had emotional issues and trauma to deal with. It was an interesting book although I get a little bored with the flashbacks.

RIVER OF SUMMER by Lois Gilbert

RIVER OF SUMMER by Lois Gilbert, (c) 1999. This old paperback was quite nice! No cell phones or computers in the story. Yet it really held my attention as the newly divorced Zoe Harper is running away from her old life as a house renovator and a selfish ex-husband who forced her to get an abortion early in their marriage, yet divorces her to be the father of his younger lover’s baby. So here’s Zoe, traveling across country to start a new life in her old Winnebago camper. One day while driving through the Utah desert she see’s a man hitchhiking along the side of the road next to his broken down car, and she just drives by, but then she runs over something and has to stop and investigate. The young hitchhiker runs over and asks her for a ride, and what she ran over by the way was his duffel bag. She refused to give him a ride, not trusting him at all, as she never picks up hitchhikers anyway, it’s just not safe. Meanwhile she ends up giving him a ride, and they slowly become friends and then lovers. Zoe doesn’t like the fact that she’s 11 years older than Paul. He’s 28 ans she’s 39, but the relation blooms anyway. NOW! Does this sound interesting? I enjoyed the book a lot and was sorry it ended.

A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George

A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George (c) 2012.  This book  was the Library Journal’s BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. It’s about German immigrant Meisenheimer family. The story is narrated by James a third generation American living in Beatrice, Missouri, which is where his grandparents Frederick and Jette Meisenheimer settled after a perilous trip across country and the the swollen Mississippi River. The stories this family yells are sometimes humorous, and sometimes sad. It promises to be a good read though, and I look forward to reading it.

GOOD IN BED by Jennifer Weiner

GOOD IN BED by Jennifer Weiner, (c) 1989. This book is older than I thought!… Oh well, any story about a chubby main character is going to catch the eye of any chubby reader looking for romance, and even those like me who are in a good marriage! Cannnie Shapiro is twenty-eight years old. Her mother recently came charging out of the closet, he father is out of the picture, but she loves her friends and her little dog Nifkin.

One day Cannie gets a phone call from a friend telling her to read  a story in a national woman’s magazine which Cannie’s ex-boyfriend wrote titled “”Loving a Larger Woman.” Cannie is miserable now but she’s working on her life to make it better to figure out who she is and what makes her really happy..

WHAT I REMEMBER MOST by Cathy Lamb

WHAT I REMEMBER MOST by Cathy Lamb, (c) 2014. This is such a GOOD BOOK! Please read it! This is the story of Grenadine Scotch Wild. She barely remembers her Hippie like parents whose last words to her were to run! So she did. She was 6 years old at the time. Shortly after she was picked up by the police running along the side of the road.  Now Grenadine is grown up and has been married to Covey, a well known investor who’s arrested for embezzlement and fraud. Now Grenadine who is a successful collage artist is facing jail time even though she is innocent. Covey refuses to exonerate her unless she comes back to him but she refuses to return to a wife abuser. She’s tired of getting beat up, so she has taken off trying to reinvent herself. She hiding out in a small town in Oregon until Covey’s trial trying to live a normal life, using her real name this time. Usually she uses an alias name. Perhaps she’ll eventually find out what happened to her missing parents after all this time.

This is such a GOOD BOOK! I guess I relate to her because I am an artist too! This is one tough woman!

NOTE: I’m really enjoying her writing style which reminds me of Lorna Landvik’s.

MADE IN THE U.S.A. by Billie Letts

MADE IN THE U.S.A. by Billie Letts, (c) 2008. Let me assure you this is a VERY good book! This is a coming of age family drama book, my favorite kind I must say! This is the story of 15 year old Lutie and her 11 year old brother Fate McFee. They are living in Spearfish, South Dakota. Their mother has died and their father, an alcoholic was left them with his live in girlfriend, 300 pound Floy, (short of Florence). The only problem is Floy just dropped dead at the local Walmart and in order to avoid being hauled off by Child Services they steal Floy’s old car and take of for Los Vegas to look for their father. Once there they end up living on the streets in their car. They are having quite an adventure and not all of it good. Sometimes it’s heartbreaking to read, but I highly recommend that you do! I’ll let YOU read the ending yourself. It’s bad manners to give away the ending. I will make sure I read more Billie Lett’s books.

SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT by Mary Alice Monroe

SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT by Mary Alice Monroe, (c) can’t be found! No Copyright page! Do you believe that? It must have gotten ripped out!

This is a thoroughly delightful book to read. It has a little bit of Peter Pan magic throughout the whole story. Due to “Crazy Wendy” who thinks she’s the Wendy from the Peter Pan novels. There’s a real sense of magic in this book I didn’t think I would enjoy but I AM enjoying it. The story revolves around a formerly abused divorced mother of two 8 year old Maddie and 6 year old Tom, so their mother Faye O’Neil runs away to England with her children to keep her ex-husband from trying to steal her children again. He had earlier punched his own 6 year old son Tom in the face and he refuses to speak now! She had to do something to protect them all so she divorced him and moved to England. She had already landed an advertising job with her former employer. Wendy’s daughter is wanting to sell her home right out from under her mother Crazy Wendy who isn’t crazy at all. The 3 flat Victorian home was already occupied by a handsome American Physicist  named Jack whom Faye is slowly falling in love with, and he with her. The third floor is occupied by Wendy who I won’t call crazy now. Here I am 2/3 the way through the book and I won’t give away anymore of the story.

NOTE: You know how I disapprove of giving away the ending don’t you? Just read this book! I enjoyed Mary Alice Monroe’s other book I read after all!