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The Week in Review: 11.29.2019

November 29, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Lillian’s life isn’t all that great so she jumps at the chance to work for Madison, her old boarding school roommate, even though the two have an uneven history.  Madison is married to a Tennessee senator who is an up and comer in the national political arena.  The couple need Lillian to take care of Senator Roberts’ two children from his first marriage – children they want to keep out of the public eye because they spontaneously combust when they get upset.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson is a fabulous story of friendship, family, loyalty, and trust.  It’s a quirky story with a somewhat unbelievable plot but, in Wilson’s capable hands, it works well.  I adored the characters, loved the storyline, and gobbled this book up quickly.  I loved this charming book and was satisfied with the ending but would still love to read more about the characters.

I’ve heard Kevin Wilson speak on two different occasions and found him to be witty and entertaining.  He’s one of those people who’s funny without really even trying.  His wit and humor shine through in his writing.  Be sure to grab a copy of this book for yourself and another copy for a gift!  (Review copy provided by Ecco.)

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HARRY HOUDINI by Kjartan Poskitt is part of the First Names series put out by Abrams Books for Young Readers.  It tells the story of Ehrich Weisz, who later became famous as Harry Houdini.  Born in Budapest, Hungary, young Ehrich and his family immigrated to Appleton, Wisconsin when he was a young boy.  The family didn’t have much money so Ehrich did whatever he could take make a little cash.  After seeing circus performers, he started doing tricks.  He became quite a showman, expanded his repertoire of tricks and illusions, came up with a stage name and the rest is history!

I’d certainly heard of Harry Houdini before I read this book but I always thought he was a magician when he was actually an illusionist and escape artist.  Harry was a terrific showman who worked all the time.  When he wasn’t performing, he was practicing and coming up with new ideas to entertain audiences.  The book even explains how some of his illusions work which I found fascinating.  There are terrific illustrations by Geraint Ford throughout the book to keep even reluctant readers interested in this great middle grade book!  (Review copy provided by Abrams.)

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As the son of Michael Douglas and the grandson of Kirk Douglas, people always expected a lot of Cameron Douglas.  His parents had a whirlwind courtship but their marriage was volatile from the beginning.  With both parents otherwise involved, Cameron was left in the care of others quite often and sent to boarding school fairly early.  He made some poor choices and became addicted to drugs.  His father cut him off financially, so he turned to dealing in order to support his habit and eventually found himself in prison.  Cameron was pretty fortunate, though – most of his family and friends stuck by him while he was incarcerated.

Cameron tells his story in his memoir, LONG WAY HOME.  He doesn’t blame others for his misfortune and owns up to his mistakes.  He openly shares his downward spiral and credits his family for their support.  The details of his addiction, drug dealing, and imprisonment were hard to read at times but I appreciated his honesty.  I found the book to be thoughtful and thought provoking and well written.  Cameron narrates the audio version of the book and I thought he did a great job.  At almost 40 years old, he seems to have his life on track and I wish him the best of luck.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Our nephew is visiting for Thanksgiving.  While he’s here, Vance stays with us as well.  We’ve been busy enjoying “the boys” this holiday.
  • I’ve made a pretty good dent in my Christmas shopping but that’s all the holiday prep I’ve done so far.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 16,900 Fitbit steps a day.

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

21 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2019 6:09 am

    Xmas shopping! Good that you are under way

  2. November 29, 2019 7:05 am

    Perfect week for you, Kathy.

    I also enjoyed NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

  3. November 29, 2019 7:47 am

    Nothing To See Here is on my wish list so I’m glad to see your rave review – that seems to be the consensus. I’ll read it eventually. Sounds like you had a nice Thanksgiving. I’ve done very little Christmas prep so that’s up next. Have a nice weekend, Kathy.

  4. Rhonda permalink
    November 29, 2019 9:25 am

    Delicious fun Thanksgiving so stuffed😂just reserved Noting ToSee Here your review sold me.Have a good week

  5. Lloyd Russell permalink
    November 29, 2019 10:05 am

    Long Way Home sounds like a very interesting book.

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    On Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: Lillian’s > life isn’t all that great so she jumps at the chance to work for Madison, > her old boarding school roommate, even though the two have an uneven > history. Madison is married to a Tennessee senator who i” >

  6. Helen Murdoch permalink
    November 29, 2019 11:19 am

    Nice that you had “the boys” home for Thanksgiving! I’m having a quiet week off from work, which has been really nice. I’ve gotten a lot done that had been lingering and have even started writing my holiday cards. That feels like a huge task.

  7. November 29, 2019 12:13 pm

    I keep seeing rave reviews for Nothing to See Here, but I’m not sure I could get past the unbelievable plot point. Hope you have enjoyed having the boys there. I certainly am trying to soak up every moment of having our boys home. At least in 3 weeks, they will be home for a month!

  8. November 29, 2019 2:23 pm

    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Nothing to See Here!

  9. November 29, 2019 6:54 pm

    I love hearing your thoughts about Nothing to See Here. I need to look for it, as soon as I finish this month of nonfiction.

    Cameron Douglas’ story sounds difficult. I’m glad he is starting to get his life back together.

    I’ve done nothing for Christmas yet. Sigh.

    Have a lovely week!

  10. November 29, 2019 8:07 pm

    Kathy, it sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Long Way Home sounds like a gripping memoir. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

  11. November 30, 2019 1:04 pm

    These all sound good. Nothing To See Here sounds interesting.

    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving.

  12. Trin Carl permalink
    December 1, 2019 8:45 am

    ‘Long Way Home’ sounds interesting and sad. I hope Cameron pulled through.

  13. December 1, 2019 9:05 am

    I’m glad you are enjoying time with your boys, and have read some books you enjoyed.
    Christmas shopping and prep is going slowly here 🙂

    Wishing you a great reading week

  14. December 1, 2019 10:41 am

    I don’t say it and maybe not many people say it, but I’m impressed that you walk so much with your husband. I’m hoping as my knee gets better to be able to do that. Unfortunately, that’s not starting today as we’re getting freezing rain, ice, and snow.

  15. December 1, 2019 11:23 pm

    I’m looking forward to.my son coming home for Christmas. Not seen any of the children for a year.

  16. Sarah Sammis permalink
    December 2, 2019 12:32 am

    I read a different graphic novel about Harry Houdini but this one looks good too. My weekly update

  17. December 2, 2019 1:52 pm

    I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Happy reading this week.

  18. December 3, 2019 11:17 am

    Yay to a great Thanksgiving 🙂 I was just thinking of adding that Kevin Wilson book to my wish list and now I’m definitely doing it. I saw Douglas on The View and he was open and honest about owning up to his actions, which I thought was great.

    Hope you have a great week!!

  19. Literary Feline permalink
    December 4, 2019 3:21 pm

    Nothing to See Here sounds like a great read. I am glad you enjoyed it. It sounds like you had a nice Thanksgiving. We are in performance mode right now with the shows coming up this weekend. It’s been crazy around here as a result. I hope you have a great week, Kathy.

  20. December 4, 2019 5:30 pm

    I’m glad you liked the Kevin Wilson novel. I plan to check it out — it sounds quirky in a fun way.

  21. December 5, 2019 7:48 am

    All three of those look great! I saw Cameron on a talk show with his dad and it did seem like he was getting his life back on track with taking personal responsibility. Much respect.
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your boys 🙂

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