NY Times Bestsellers 22810

February 28, 2010

Here are the New York Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 2. WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 3. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown 4. POOR LITTLE BITCH GIRL, by Jackie Collins 5. WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah Hardcover Nonfiction: […]


John Adams by David McCullough

February 24, 2010

Summary: There was so much hype surround David McCullough’s 2001 biography John Adams that I couldn’t help but be curious about the book. Then once HBO turned the tome into a miniseries that won multiple Emmy awards, I knew I would end up reading it — or at least attempting to. So I tried to […]


NY Times Bestsellers 22310

February 23, 2010

Here are the top sellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 2. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 3. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown 4. WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah 5. FLIRT, by Laurell K. Hamilton Hardcover Nonfiction: 1. GAME CHANGE, by […]


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

February 20, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Set in Mississippi in the early 1960’s, The Help is told from three alternating viewpoints. One narrator is Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a progressive young college grad from an upper middle-class white family who dreams of being a writer. Another narrator is Aibileen, a middle-aged black woman who has been a maid […]


Highest Duty by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

February 18, 2010

Summary: On January 15, 2009 U.S. Airways Flight 1549 ran into a flock of Canadian geese shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia. The craft lost both engines, and the pilot, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, quickly determined that there simply wasn’t enough time to guide it back to LaGuardia or to Teterboro, another nearby airport in New […]


New E-Readers Coming Soon

February 17, 2010

I’ve been reading on a Kindle for almost two years now, and I absolutely love it! It is by far my favorite electronic gadget — better than my iPod, iPhone, i-anything! And yet it’s not perfect, mainly because it can only read Amazon’s proprietary .azw files (or plain txt files). This means I can’t take […]


The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

February 16, 2010

Summary: Michael Oher is a hulking mass of a teenager who is essentially homeless due to his mother’s drug addictions. Michael has been staying with friend Steve Hamilton and his family, but that situation is precarious. Steve’s father “Big Tony” does what he can to help Michael, which includes talking the football coach at a […]


Book 99 Years Overdue

February 15, 2010

You know how you sometimes start searching for a particular piece of information on the Internet but then one thing leads to another and you find yourself reading about something completely different from what you were initially trying to find? Yeah, that happened to me today. At first I was looking for some jenny craig […]


Take a Load Off Your Heart

February 14, 2010

My uncle had a heart attack a couple years ago, and ever since then I’ve been trying to help him live a healthier lifestyle. He had to give up smoking, obviously, and cut way, way back on his drinking. He also exercises a bit more than he used to and is more conscious about what […]


Habitats for Birds

February 13, 2010

One of my goals for this summer is to turn my backyard into a nice retreat for my family. Right now there’s not much to it, but we’re going to spring for some professional landscaping, a new deck, and a jungle gym/swing set for my son. That should go a long way towards making the […]