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The Week in Review: 06.08.2018

June 8, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

OPEN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Andre Agassi is well written, fascinating, and aptly named.   Agassi’s father was determined that at least one of his four children would be a tennis champion and make a lot of money.  When things didn’t pan out for the oldest three, it all fell on Andre’s shoulders and he had a love/hate relationship with the sport for most of his life.  He was one of tennis’s greats in the 90s and had tons of fans off and on the court.  In OPEN, Agassi candidly shares his struggles and triumphs and gives readers an idea of what it’s like to play tennis professionally.   I followed some of Agassi’s career but didn’t know the details of his personal life and I found this book absorbing.  There are a lot of details about some of the matches he played but you don’t have to enjoy tennis to enjoy this book.  I recommend it to anyone who enjoys memoirs and/or sports. (My friend Julie sent me this book.)

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BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage has been getting a lot of buzz so I’m sure everyone’s heard of it by now.  It’s the story of seven year old Hanna who can’t – or won’t – speak.  Her father adores her and she feels the same about him – in fact, she wants him all to herself.  Hanna’s mother, Suzette, struggles with motherhood and sees Hanna at her worst.  She suspects there’s something wrong with her daughter.  The point of view alternates between Hanna and Suzette in this creepy tale.  This book is full of tension and is hard to put down but I did have a few issues with it.  To me, Hanna seemed too smart and crafty for a seven year old at times, especially one who hasn’t been out in the world all that much.    I was somewhat disappointed in the ending – it almost felt like things were being set up for a sequel.  Having said that, I would read the sequel if there ever is one.  In the end, I liked this book a lot but didn’t quite love it.  (Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press.)

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If you, or someone you know, is into dinosaurs National Geographic Kids ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA: THE MOST COMPLETE DINOSAUR REFERENCE EVER is a must read.  Dinosaurs have never been a big thing in our house and, after reading this fabulous, book, I’m wondering why.  ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA is divided into four parts:

  • Discovering Dinosaurs explains what dinosaurs were and gives general information about them including habitat and diet.
  • Ornithischians gives details on bird-hipped dinosaurs which were mostly herbivores.  The most well known ornithischian is probably the Stegosaurus.
  • Saurischians is about lizard-hipped dinosaurs, many of which are meat-eaters.  The Mapusaurus was the largest predator.
  • The Dino-Dictionary includes names and pronunciations as well as meaning, geological age, where it was found, what fossils have been found, length, and the group they belonged to.

There is also a glossary, recommendations for further research, and an index.  This book is printed on quality paper and includes lots of full color illustrations.  It’s easy to dip in and out of and is one you’ll want to keep for future reference.  I never knew there were so many dinosaurs and loved reading about them!  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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On the Screen

I went to see Book Club with a friend this week.  I’d heard the movie was hilarious so I was excited to see it.  It’s the story of four, shall we say, mature friends who hope to discover love again after reading FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.  I was happy to see a movie about love featuring older actors and I did enjoy it but it wasn’t as funny as I’d expected.  It might have been more fun if there had been a bigger crowd in the theater but I think you can wait for streaming for this one.

Off the blog

  • I had a check-up on my eye and the doctor said it’s healed nicely.
  • I spent a lot of the week catching up on chores and errands.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 18, 250 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    June 8, 2018 7:05 am

    Thanks for the tip about Book Club. We’ll wait until we can stream it. I just featured OPEN in a post for the AudioFile magazine blog — I really need to read or listen; everyone raves about it.

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    June 8, 2018 7:07 am

    I liked Open too! I can’t remember…did you read Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt? Great fiction pairing with Open.
    I have Baby Teeth coming up and I’ve heard it’s so creepy!

  3. Diane permalink
    June 8, 2018 7:31 am

    I wanted to see Book Club but decided to wait till I could see it at home. Glad your eye is healing well.

  4. June 8, 2018 9:41 am

    Good to hear your eye is better. Book Club kind of lost me at the 50 Shades inclusion, but I might like it for a ‘girls night’ watch. Baby Teeth sounds very creepy and like one I should at least try. I’ll likely do that.

  5. June 8, 2018 10:15 am

    Good news about your eye! I’m not sure I want to see Book Club, especially since you didn’t think it was that funny.

  6. June 8, 2018 11:30 am

    I am glad you enjoyed Book Club. I actually LOVED it so much that one of my friends and I will be seeing it AGAIN next week. LOL

    Baby Teeth sounds too creepy for me. I don’t like children who are crafty and with some kind of agenda (tearing her parents apart?). But since you enjoyed it, I may have to take a look. Thanks for sharing.

    I’m happy to hear that your eye is improving. Enjoy your weekend!

  7. June 8, 2018 2:47 pm

    Def dvd for it then

  8. Patty permalink
    June 8, 2018 4:00 pm

    Hmmm…you had a very resourceful week. I would have had to crash for a day or two after BEA but you are kind of a Super Woman!

  9. June 8, 2018 4:05 pm

    Thanks for your review of Baby Teeth. I’ve been wondering, so now I’ll skip it. I’m also going to follow your advice on Book Club. Glad your eye is good now. Have a great week ahead Kathy.

  10. June 8, 2018 6:12 pm

    Hmmm, so the ending of Baby Teeth was so so? I hate when they try to set it up for a sequel. Just tell the story.

    I want to see Book Club but I need a good set of ladies to see it with. Naturally you’d think my own book club but the ages aren’t right for them to really enjoy the humor.

  11. June 8, 2018 6:33 pm

    Baby Teeth sounds interesting, I hadn’t heard about it but you have intrigued me. I did want to see Book Club but I think I’ll wait for it to come on Netflix. I don’t see movies in the theater very often – I try to save them for the ones I REALLY want to see!

  12. June 8, 2018 6:41 pm

    I am so glad to hear you enjoyed Open. I think I’ll look into getting this one as I’ve only heard good things.

  13. June 9, 2018 8:32 am

    We saw The Book Club last week and adored it. Candice Bergen is a comic genius and I can hardly wait for her reboot of her TV show Murphy Brown!

  14. June 9, 2018 8:37 am

    I know I’ll watch TBC when it’s available to stream. Thanks for weighing in on it.
    Such good news about your eye!

  15. Rhonda permalink
    June 9, 2018 9:03 am

    I was thinking about going to see The Book Club ,I’ll wait to stream.thx😁

  16. June 9, 2018 3:43 pm

    Open and Baby Teeth interest me. Ultamite Dino-pedia sounds fascinating! Thank you for your reviews, Kathy. I’d like to see Book Club, at some point. I’m glad your eye is better. Enjoy your weekend!

  17. June 9, 2018 4:25 pm

    Good to hear the eye is better. I never seem to get caught up on chores. Hope you did better than me! I like the ladies starring in Bookclub, but from the TV ads I figured it was one I could wait to see at home.

  18. June 9, 2018 5:59 pm

    I think I’ll pick up BABY TEETH next just because you talked about it so much at BEA!

  19. Literary Feline permalink
    June 10, 2018 1:19 pm

    That’s disappointing about the end of BABY TEETH, but I am glad you enjoyed it for the most part. It’s one I’ve had my eye on. Speaking of eyes, I am glad to hear yours is doing lots better. Thanks for the head’s up about Book Club. I would like to see that, but knew I wouldn’t get to it while it was in the theater. Now I feel a little better about that. 🙂 Have a great week, Kathy!

  20. June 10, 2018 4:15 pm

    Oh Open is a whopper of a memoir. It has quite a few revelations in it: such as his wearing a wig, and hating tennis, and the drugs and how he met Steffi and his marriage to Brooke etc. I found it a bit sad or disappointing to learn he hated tennis. but I get that his dad made him do it.

  21. June 10, 2018 10:05 pm

    I probably never would have picked up OPEN, but now I am definitely intrigued to give it a listen! I’m so glad your eye is healing! I was curious about Book Club. It looked a little cheesy in the trailer.

  22. Lauren Becker permalink
    June 10, 2018 10:35 pm

    I’m glad your eye is healing well. And sorry Book Club wasn’t as funny as it had seemed!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  23. June 15, 2018 9:33 am

    I had great hopes for Book Club, too, and I just found it meh.

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