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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Compelling and well-written story about a four year old boy who can inexplicably recall a former life. Janie Zimmerman is a single mother trying t raise her difficult son. He refuses to bathe, knows things she could not have taught him, and calls for his real mother. Faced with expulsion from nursery school, she seeks out a therapist to help diagnose her child. She reaches a psychiatrist, who is dealing with his own devastating illness. Together they reconnect with people from Noah's past, each learning that life is not as random as they think. Love this book and sat up all night reading it. Sharon Guskin writes in a clear crisp voice that is steeped in realism. She is able to capture the angst of the two mothers torn over losing a child. Great book with an interesting theory backed up with excepts from a non-fiction source.
Carole P. Roman
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Father's Day is a special day we recognize that singular relationship and thank our Dad's for always being there.
My father was a wonderful man, funny, sweet, smart, with a head full of wisdom that made me feel safe. He always knew the right thing to do. While he wasn't a traditional American dad like the rest of my friends had, we had a wonderful bond.
He was born in Europe, surviving World War Two to emerge alone, his family murdered along with most of his cousins, uncles, aunts, even a ninety-six year old grandfather.
He lost his family sometime when he was in his teens and while it must have been painful to talk about them, he made sure my brothers and I knew his family, their quirks, the fact that my grandfather was sort of a village mediator who helped settle disputes. He was an officer in the Austrian army during the first World War, businessman,and a tender, loving father.
My grandfather made sure my father was educated, played an instrument, skied, and belonged to a sort of boy scouts where he earned medals. They went to ballgames. He felt treasured and safe.
I knew he adored his daughters, my aunts. He sent them to good schools to be educated. He was a fine husband, an excellent provider. He was fun and my father loved him.
I have only one picture of him. It's with my grandmother in a small town with their youngest daughter, Minca, enjoying a weekend away. I always knew I would have liked him, that the twinkle in my dad's eye had to have come from him. I suspected my own sense of humor came directly from him.
I didn't get to meet my mother's father either. He died the year before I was born of congestive heart failure, something today that would probably be solved with a pill.
He escaped Tzarist Russia in the early days of the 20th century. He joined his parents and siblings in New Jersey, becoming a furrier, candy store owner, and finally bungalow renter ( an early cousin of Air BnB) in Coney Island.
I knew his was a devoted father and grandfather who spoke no English. He convinced each of his five children that they were his favorite, causing an epic fight after he died when they fought over that coveted title. I was always told that he loved me, even though we actually never met, and somehow I never doubted it. I think I was sure I was his favorite too!
Father's Day is not just about fathers. You are affected by the relationships your parents had with their parents. Their examples set the templet that define the people your own parents become.
My children were lucky to have many great role models. My father taught them humor and kindness, their father, my husband made them wise and strong, their uncles, my brothers brought silliness, a shoulder to lean on, and a safe haven when nobody seemed to understand them.
My sons are fathers now. They are uncles as well. They are strict like their dad, understanding like their grandfather, full of fun like their uncles. They are the living legacy of a long line of men who embraced fatherhood and passed the warmth and beauty of a job well done.
I watch them with pride taking care of their families, knowing they are living history, proof of the hard-working, loving men that live on though them.
Carole P. Roman
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Something in the Air is a thought provoking novella filled with many different themes to ponder. Is it a story of star-crossed lovers or is it a tale of corporate greed and the destruction of our environment.Dan Dragen is a returning Viet-Nam vet who comes home to investigate the mysterious death of his beloved uncle. He reconnects with the one girl who always held his heart. Sweet romance ensues, but the tenderness is overshadowed by the strange emissions coming from the town factory. Fish and animals are dying, there is a toxic smell, and now the woman who has become the center of his life has a persistent cough.
Though it is only a short story, Starling packs a lot in his well written plot. Dragen is an interesting character that I'm sure has more stories to tell.
Carole P. Roman
Friday, June 17, 2016
Well-written chilling thriller that I finished in one night. Jean Barton got everything she wanted except a child of her own. The perfect man who supported and adored her, enabling her to have the life she desired. She in turn is the perfect wife for him, dressing and acting the way he desires.When he is killed in an accident, her response is not one of a doting wife or even grieving widow. Layers are peeled back expertly revealing things were not quite as they seemed. Excellent book, way more believable than Gone Girl about a woman stuck in a situation leaving the reader to wonder if she was the victim or architect of her nightmare.
Carole P. Roman
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Compelling and well-written story about a four year old boy who can inexplicably recall a former life. Janie Zimmerman is a single mother trying to raise her difficult son. He refuses to bathe, knows things she could not have taught him, and calls for his real mother. Faced with expulsion from nursery school, she seeks out a therapist to help diagnose her child. She reaches a psychiatrist, who is dealing with his own devastating illness. Together they reconnect with people from Noah's past, each learning that life is not as random as they think. Love this book and sat up all night reading it. Sharon Guskin writes in a clear crisp voice that is steeped in realism. She is able to capture the angst of the two mothers torn over losing a child. Great book with an interesting theory backed up with excepts from a non-fiction source.
Carole P. Roman