Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Book Nook: New Spring Titles

I recently had the chance to review several new spring titles.
The first three are written by Michael Carlon, author of the Uncorking a Story podcast.

 All the F*cks I Cannot Give (fiction, humor, adventure, romance) – When mild mannered yet high performing marketing consultant, Kelly Carson, is unceremoniously fired over the phone by his pretentious boss just weeks before Christmas, it becomes the catalyst for much needed life changes. Falling under the unexpected mentorship of an unbalanced Hollywood actress currently escaping her own career problems, Kelly follows Terri on a last-minute trip to Hawaii, putting into motion a series of hilarious events and misfortunes that teach Kelly how to let loose, accept the fact that he has a girl’s name, and, get over his hang-ups. 

Despite the stronger language that I like, the book was fun, easy to read, and enjoyable.

 Winning Streak (inspirational fiction, sports, romance) – Using sport as a backdrop, WINNING STREAK is the story of how three lives intersect and how each comes to learn critical lessons in order to heal from the pain of loss in their lives.  A pro golfer about to accomplish a feat not seen in over 80 years walks away from it all and retreats to his hometown after the sudden death of his father.  A daughter, tasked with reinventing her father’s magazine, must overcome her own past hometown to fulfill his wife’s dying wish only to realize there’s far more to the story than he realized. 

This book was both funny and poignant, with a good story that doesn't rely on the sports theme to still be a good story, and romance that is well-balanced in the contest of the story.

 Uncorking A Murder (fiction, mystery, detective, crime) The Uncorking a Murder podcast took the nation by storm. Farrah Graham, the creator and host, struck a nerve with listeners through a ten-episode serial that combined investigative journalism, old fashioned radio drama, and compelling storytelling. While Farrah and her partner Melody struggle to agree on a topic for the second season of Uncorking a Murder, their intern takes a call from a retired detective in Ft. Lauderdale pitching his request that the next season focus on a case he was involved with five years earlier. Curious to hear why a retired detective is driven to have a conviction overturned, Farrah follows her curiosity down to Ft. Lauderdale where she uncovers a conspiracy involving a narcissistic CEO and a US Senator willing to do anything to protect their secrets. 

This had a good level of suspense and an intriguing mystery, and would make a great summer read.

  Chasing the Merry-Go-Round (memoir, special needs, personal growth)  Life moves fast. Too fast for some people. This is the true story of what it's like to live in a world where you can't keep up. Bobby was ten months old when my mom and dad rescued him from birth parents who were slowly killing him. He was adopted into our family after a lengthy custody battle. Instead of that settling him, it set off a lifelong struggle to find a place to belong, a place to call home. Like an old-fashioned merry-go-round, the world moved at a speed that was just too fast for Bobby. Chasing the Merry-Go-Round allows readers to see the world through the eyes of a person with intellectual and physical disabilities, which can often be invisible, especially at first glance. It's a story about struggle and hope, survival and resilience, and most of all, the gift of acceptance and love. 

I enjoyed this book. I have a friend who is raising three adopted children with FAS, and it brought a greater understanding of the world she's trying to help them navigate.

Sanity Lost & Found (Memoir, abuse, cult, personal growth, inspirational)How do we become victims of our own irrationality? What makes us vulnerable to the predators among us? Why would an otherwise sensitive, intelligent woman allow herself to return again and again to her abuser? How do we stop the erosion of our self-worth? Simultaneously recognizable and horrifying, we see parts of ourselves and our own vulnerabilities in this compelling story of one woman’s descent into and climb out of the abyss.

For anyone who has ever allowed themselves to be victimized, for 
anyone who has ever doubted their value, for anyone wanting to protect their children from such vulnerabilities, SANITY LOST & FOUND is a compelling, informative, and inspirational read that weaves together the how and why for such vulnerabilities and the components necessary for recovery and transformation.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the shout out for "Chasing the Merry-Go-Round." It is an honor to share my story with your audience!