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December 10, 2015 / Melanie Rosson

The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck

selleck, cassie dandridge - the pecan man(thumbs_up) The Pecan Man follows a woman caught up in a monstrous lie that she nearly takes to her death bed.

She found her employee’s daughter molested by none other than the sheriff’s son. The mother wanted to keep it quiet, but someone found out and took vengeance. Then a lie formed to protect his loved ones from this. This led to even more lies that hurt others.

The book also touches on the horrible disease that is addiction. It shows the addict as being a normal person with a problem – not an out of control, wild character like many stories do.

Great writing style and an even greater story.

December 6, 2015 / Melanie Rosson

Last Call: A Memoir by Nancy L. Carr

carr, nancy - last call(thumbs_side) This is another typical memoir of an alcoholic, party animal woman.

Up until she is just shy of 40, she’s working and playing harder than ever. But she rationalizes it by the fact that she is still able to maintain a career.

Unfortunately, as she points out, this is the case with many alcoholics. Only after her second DUI did she start to finally warm up to the fact that she might have a problem. Coming to an AA meeting solidified that fact.

She lives sober life from then on, and appreciates life more than ever – though of course it is still a challenge.

It’s not a special book, but not bad either.

October 10, 2015 / Melanie Rosson

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

fowler, karen joy - we are all completely beside ourselves(thumbs_up ) This book’s plot totally caught me by surprise. I don’t think I read the description that carefully.

So the main character, Rosemary, grew up with a chimpanzee that she sees as a sister. The chimpanzee, Fern, goes missing, and this leads her brother to also leaving. The family holds onto these losses the best they can.

Rosemary seeks her brother by going to college in Davis, where it is rumored her brother has relocated to. When she finds him, or rather he finds her, she finds out that Fern is not living a nice life somewhere else as her family had led her to believe. This has led her brother to being an animal rights extremist and wanted by the FBI.

The story goes from there. It’s really different from what I usually read and very interesting and educational. I learned a lot about chimps and human relations while reading this heart-wrenching story. I also loved how the author had weaved complicated vocabulary words throughout.

October 3, 2015 / Melanie Rosson

Men-ipulation by Monica Sarli

sarli, monica - men-ipulation( thumbs_side) I’ve read stories of drug addicts recovering and then creating successful careers and/or families, but nothing like this. This story shows you what money can buy.

Monica Sarli landed a loaded husband with whom she developed an addiction with. They went through treatment, but Monica was the only one committed to their recovery. However, her husband stopped enough for them to develop established lives and socialize with other wealthy folks. Note that neither of them have real careers to speak of. Her husband starts becoming ill, and his secrets come out.

What I like about this book is it gives me another view of how money makes life more moldable. If you have money, you have more options – you can do just about anything possible. However, I also couldn’t stand how upperclass they had become due to money they hadn’t earned. They went from being broke from drugs to throwing tens of thousands of dollars at charities. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

September 30, 2015 / Melanie Rosson

Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience by Eileen Cronin

cronin, eileen - mermaid ( thumbs_side) This is a memoir of a woman who grew up missing the majority of her legs. It was rumored that her mom took an over the counter drug which caused the deformity. But her mom adamantly denies this while Cronin grows up – it isn’t until she is an adult that her mother confesses she took it.

Cronin grew up in a gigantic family of 11-12 children. She was fitted with prosthetics as soon as she was old enough and details the pains associated. Her mom lacked mental stability and her dad did not want to be there – and soon wasn’t.

Even though this book has depth and insight, I couldn’t get that into it. It’s about an interesting subject, but it wasn’t gritty enough to move me. That’s my own preferences though, objectively I’d say the book is really good. However, this is my book review blog, for my own memories, so I am judging based on that premise.

September 22, 2015 / Melanie Rosson

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

newman, kristin - what i was doing while you were breeding( thumbs_side ) I had a serious urge to read more young, single women travel novels after reading Graduates in Wonderland. This book was not as good as that one, but not bad. However, I expected more from a professional TV comedy writer.

She had great adventures abroad, no one can deny that. She took long, lavish trips and met many different people. She got know a variety of cultures and learned a lot about herself as well as the many facets of the world around her. She parties, she sluts it up, and she takes full advantage of tourist activities. Travel was her stress reliever for many years. It’s not too surprising to note that she ran from any sort of commitment until her mid-thirties.

She finally realizes the value of settling down, etc. She calms her lifestyle. She has a lot of stories to tell about her traveling, and they’re interesting – no doubt. However there is something missing from this book which made me just not that into it. Maybe there’s not enough drama or emotion for me, or maybe I’m just jealous of her freedom to escape this way. I don’t know, but it was just okay.

September 15, 2015 / Melanie Rosson

I Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That by Jules Price

price, jules - i probably shouldn't have done that( thumbs_down ) So… another horrible dating/trainwreck story.

The author is a very social alcoholic, so it seems. And she has immense trouble getting over her first boyfriend. He’s emotionally abusive, which keeps her even more hooked with the gamble of when he will blow up or when treat her like a queen. They break up and then reunite their relationship again and again, always with the same unhealthy outcomes. Price drowns her sorrows in partying hard. Eventually, at the end of the story, she predictably makes a clean break. However, it still leaves her damaged.

This just feels like a published mess. Her story represents her as wasting some of the best, young years of her life being bullied by someone she loves. Yes, it sucks, but the part she plays in it makes her hard to like or want to read anything more about. It was hard for me to finish this book.


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