The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

From Susan Wolff
author: Stieg, Larsson
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The story takes place in Sweeden and starts out when an Octogenarian Industrialist hires a journalist (Blomkvist) to solve the mystery of his niece who disappeared 40 years earlier. The main character Lisbeth Salander (the girl with the dragon tattoo) teams up with the journalist to solve the mystery. The book deals with dark issues of sexual violence against women and Sweden’s facist groups. Although the book took some time to get me hooked, I recommend this crime thriller and look forward to reading the other 2 books in the series: “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

Wild Fire

From Roberta Berrios
author: DeMille, Nelson
 Wild Fire
Wild Fire-a right wing plot to end the threat of Middle East terrorism, a premise of unfathomable proportions-powerful Americans detonating nuclear bombs in two large American cities to begin a world war. DeMille’s previous protagonist, Detective John Corey, now on the government’s anti-terrorism task force, returns to the scene to foil this plan.  Although the thought of a simpler life at all costs might appeal to many, the high body count of unwarranted human destruction motivates Corey and his FBI agent wife to stop even the most high profile of political players. DeMille keeps the twists and turns coming from beginning to end in this thriller. The plausibility of this diabolical scheme is frightening!

Omnivore’s Dilemma

From Gloria Mandell
author: Pollan, Michael
titl: Omnivore’s Dilemma
This is one of the best and worst books I’ve read. Best in that it is extremely informative and well written. Worst in that I can never again look at food in the same way. I believe it has enabled me to eat in more healthy ways and to support local “slow food” and farmers. But it now takes me so much longer to shop outside of “supermarkets”. It is however, worth the effort. Don’t be afraid, read it through.

Not My Boy! a Father, a Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism

From Lola Ferris
author: Peete, Rodney
Not My Boy! a Father, a Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism
Imagine being an NFL star quarterback and discovering that your son, at three, has developed autism. When R.J. was born, Rodney Peete had dreams of tossing a football with his son. Instead, the anger, denial and pain he experienced on hearing the diagnosis took its toll on his relationships with his other children and almost collapsed his marriage.

Today, eight years later, R.J. has come from a child who couldn’t “look his father in the eye” to a lively, healthy youngster who plays soccer. The journey the Peetes took to bring him to this point included changed expectations, determination, patience, a roster of professionals and parents like themselves. Peete describes in intimate, simple, honest language the painful trip he and Holly, his wife took, how he changed from a macho, tough guy to a father able to give his child unconditional love. This is a must-read for any parent who is going through a similar experience, or anyone who wants to read a book about the way love of a child can lead a parent to learn how to be a strong yet devoted father.

Ghost

From Margie Hartough
author: Steel, Danielle
Ghost
Sometimes it takes the touch of the supernatural to bring true love to a heartbroken man.
Charlie Waterston’s, life is seemed perfect till his wife left him for another man. He takes a leave of absence from his job as a New York lawyer to drive through New England. It is here that he encounters the ghost of a young beautiful woman Sarah Feruguson when he rents the lakeside chateau she once owned two centuries ago. He finds her diaries hidden in an old trunk. As he begins to read them he feels her presence and longs to know more about the life she led.  Her love torn sufferings help him to endure his own pain and enable him to reach out to others and hope for love and happiness again.

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

From Charlene Muhr
author: STEIN, GARTH
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by a dog named Enzo.  Enzo is different from other dogs; he feels he has a soul, a human soul trapped in a dog’s body.  Enzo is close to death but not despairing of this because he knows that he will return to this world as a man.  He based this on a television documentary that he watched on the Mongolian belief that a good dog will reincarnate as a man.  Enzo recounts the triumphs and tragedies of his beloved master, Denny Swift, a semi-pro race car driver.  He studies the human behavior of Denny, his wife, Eve, and daughter, Zoe, and watching good television shows like National Geographic and car races.  This is a heart wrenching story, and like many other dog stories, the dog dies.  Enzo, the dog philosopher, does leave us with this thought, that life is like racing but it is not just about going fast.

Once bitten, twice dead

From Andrea Kalinowski
author: D’Arc, Bianca
Once bitten, twice dead
Zombies, zombies everywhere just in time for Halloween.  The first Bianca D’Arc novel to introduce the reader to this newly revived character was “Once bitten, twice dead” followed by “Half past dead” which contains two novellas, one of which is Bianca D’Arc’s “Simon says”. The latest installment of zombies is contained within “The Beast within” and the novella is entitled “Smoke on the water”. The military wanted to make their soldiers indestructible but something went horribly wrong and they became zombies. Some of the scientists, those for whom the term “evil genius” was coined, are interested in using the zombies for personal gain. One of the scientists uses the zombies to enact revenge against her adulterous husband and his new love interest.  The books are fun and a little hair-raising.  The battle between good and evil is featured and
thankfully, for humankind anyway, the zombies and their evil creators are temporarily halted but the next installment of the battle is due soon inthe book “A Darker shade of dead”. Will evil triumph over good, avarice over sacrifice? Stay tuned …