Books

Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad about My Neck is jaunty and fun up until the last chapter where she grows somber about the passing, of her life. I Feel Bad About My Neck

Traveling with Pomegranates is the tale of a mother and daughter odyssey alternately narrated by the mother and daughter. Girly.

The Patriarch shows us why Joseph P. Kennedy was the father of: one US president, two senators, the creator of Special Olympics, the ambassador for Ireland and all the other accomplished people in his large family.

The Boy in the Moon is the wrenching account of journalist Ian Brown’s life with his severely disabled son. Not for the faint of heart, this memoir recounts the horrifying life Brown and his wife have gone through to keep their uncommunicative son at home as long as possible.

Rosina Harrison’s Rose:  My Days in Service with Mrs. Astor is the memoir of a simple Yorkshire woman who “served” Lady Astor for many years. Here we get an inside view of the rigidly structured British class system.  That Rose is as plucky and opinionated as her ladyship makes this slim book a fun read.

My review of Robert Hilburn’s Johnny Cash/The Life is at Webshoo.com.

Audiobooks

Identical Strangers by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein tells the story of how twins, separated early on in an orphanage, find each other and try to make up for their lost time together. The expose here is that the twins were separated in order to study how they would react. Becomes tedious as times with all the self searching.

The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick is the most riveting audiobook I have listened to so far. Philbrook tells the story of flamboyant George Armstrong Custer and his enemy Sitting Bull with all their battles and the political machinations of the time  in a nuanced and balanced way. The reader, George Guidall, is perfect for the task.

Churchill is a condensed version of the life and times of one of our most revered and talented world leaders, by historian Paul Johnson, who directly knew him. It is a pleasure to spend time with the great man.

Esteemed travel writer Paul Theroux’s Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is a fine example of the ability of a good writer to enliven and enchant us  on just about any topic.

Nathaniel Philbrick once again gets it right with his Bunker Hill/ A City, A Seige, A Revolution, which describes the conflicts between the Patriots and the Loyalists leading up to the Revolutionary War.  The utter brutality of that time remains unsettling.

About Leslie Brown
My ocean physicist husband and I raised two wonderful sons, my proudest accomplishment. For many years I taught writing at a university, my job of a lifetime, and worked as a freelance writer for local publications. I am an ocean girl, sometimes profane, who loves animals, reading, and creative projects. I am curious about nearly everything. Loyal and caring, I make a good friend.