10/7/14

Island Girls by Nancy Thayer


Rory Randall decides to add a bit of manipulation to his final will and testament by making it a condition of their inheritance that his 3 daughters (by different mothers) spend the summer at the Nantucket house together.  What results are basic family issues revealed and nothing really special.

 ★★★

GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: Dysfunctional families
Setting: Nantucket
CHARACTERS: Arden Randall, Meg, Randall, Jenny Randall
DATE READ: October 3 - October 5
NO. OF PAGES: 302
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: LT ER

10/5/14

Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs



What better place to celebrate Halloween than in New Orleans with Carmela and her voodoo friend Ava?  Carmela finds the proprietor in the shop next door to Memory Mine dead.  When Carmela learns that the death mask of Napoleon may be involved, she accepts the shop assistant's request to help find the murderer.

The Halloween backdrop and the events involved - zombie walk, Ghost train - just add to the story and the fun of the mystery.

★★★¾

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
SUBJECT: historical antiques
Setting: New Orleans,LA
CHARACTERS: Carmela Bertrand, Ava Gruiex, Det Babcock, Marcus Joubert, Mavis Sweet, Titus Duval
DATE READ: September 29 - October 3
NO. OF PAGES: 309
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: Author ARC

10/1/14

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough



This book was the start of my study of Teddy Roosevelt.  It was the tale of his  father and siblings and how they all interacted in his early life.  With David McCullough as the storyteller, I couldn't go wrong.

 ★★★¼

GENRE: History
SUBJECT: Early family life of T Roosevelt
Setting: Washington DC, Oyster Bay, NY;
CHARACTERS: Theodore Roosevelt, Edith Carow Roosevelt, Roscoe Conkling, Cornelius Roosevelt, Elliott Roosevelt, Emein Roosevelt, FDR, Sara Delano Roosevelt
DATE READ: September 24 - September 30
NO. OF PAGES: 445
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, USPC
SOURCE: Public Library

9/29/14

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller




Good book to cover both McKinley's life, administration, Spanish/American war and the assassination and aftermath.
I found it  remarkable that McKinley was originally  uninterested in anything related in any additional land acquisitions until he was forced into war with the Spanish and then he became very greedy trying to annex the Phillipines, Cuba, and other Pacific islands.  This book also brought to my attention anarchists that were working during McKinley's administration - I never knew.

 ★★★

GENRE: History
SUBJECT: Assassination, anarchists, war
Setting: Washington,DC; Buffalo, NY
CHARACTERS: William McKinley, Leon Czolgosz, Emma Goldman, Theodore Roosevelt
DATE READ: September 1 - September 28
NO. OF PAGES: 422
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, USPC
SOURCE: Public Library

9/24/14

The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley




This story was the start of the Arthurian tale - the marriage of Igraine  of Avalon to Uther Pendragon.  Igraine's daughter  by a Roman duke, Morgaine  is sent to Avalon while her son Arthur is guarded against injury so that he can grow to become the high king.  An interesting concept of the myth.

★★★½

GENRE: Fantasy
SUBJECT: Arthurian source
Setting: Avalon
CHARACTERS: Morgaine, Viviane, Arthur, Merlin, Uther Pendragon, Igraine
DATE READ: September 3 - September 23
NO. OF PAGES: 876
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: Audio stockpile