( ) I’m getting a little into addiction memoirs again, and this satisfied my craving perfectly.
The author is one those work-hard play-hard people for many years. But soon he developed an addiction to alcohol he couldn’t shake. Suddenly, he found himself in jail for attempted murder and rape, all of which occurred in a black out.
It’s crazy how intense things got for him, but he pulled through it with perseverance and adherence to AA guidelines. It’s inspiring and shows you how people really can change.
() This story is complex and detailed, but the plot alone is what got me intrigued.
A young man breaks away from his draining, debilitating family to go to school. However, he still has to rescue his brother often from his wild, alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriends.
For a class project, he has to interview and write about an elder person’s life. He goes to a nursing home, and they set him up with a convicted rapist and murderer who is dying ot pancreatic cancer.
But through research the cops never bothered to do, the main character finds that this man is not only innocent, but he also discovers the perpetrator. But in the process, violence and suspense ensues.
The ending has a happy resolution, and there is a romance that ensues with a neighbor girl. It has all the tell-tale markers of a great story.
( ) This is the most depressing book I have read in a long time.
It follows an alcoholic set on killing himself through intoxication, and a hooker who has no self value. In Vegas, they connect, and form a relationship. However, when someone doesn’t love themselves, a loving relationship with another person doesn’t usually work out. This is inevitable, and the depressing, deadly ending is predictable though undesirable.
If I didn’t already know and love Las Vegas, I would get a tainted image of it through this story.
() 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.
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.
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.