I don’t know what to say

American Wife-Love, War, Faith and Renewal by Taya Kyle with Jim DeFelice; 2015; $27.99; 334 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-239808-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland;6/16/15-6/21/15

I don’t know what to say about this book, it is mostly a rehash of American Sniper.  I can sympathize with Taya, having been raised by a single Mom (since Dad was so often deployed).  There were moments that moved me and moments that frustrated me.  I just know what to say.


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One reason I am Laker fan


Wilt, Just Like any other 7-Foot Black Millionaire who lives next door, An Autobiography by Wilt Chamberlain and David Shaw;1973; 310 pages; MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York, NY; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 6/9/15-6/16/15

My first memory of sports is listening to Chick Hearn and Hot Rod Hundley calling Lakers games, the team was Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain.  I have read Jerry West autobiography and I have wanted to read this for awhile.  Wilt tells the story of his life, (some of which I think he could have left out) from birth to next to last NBA season.  He got a tag as a loser even though he won NBA championships with two different franchises, this bothered him a lot.  Wilt was definitely an egotist and blamed external factors for many of his problems, which got him something of a reputation as a whiner. His career is reflected still today, as he still hold 72 NBA records (68 of them by himself) and numerous rule changes that were made because of him.  It was an interesting look inside a superstar.

Grade B

Did I enjoy it?  Yes Wilt was one of my favorite basketball players and it was interesting to see what he thought about many things.

What is with the title of the review?   Basketball and books are two things my Dad and I can talk about.  I remember watching the Lakers with him when Wilt was on the team and the Lakers have been my favorite team ever since.

Why did I read this?   Because Wilt is one of my favorite basketball players and I have been meaning to read this for a long time.


I would have a houseful of guests

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein; 2015; $16.99; 242 pages; Random House, New York, NY; 978-0-385-38844-3; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest;6/7/15-6/9/15

Read this with Rod Serling talking in your brain.  Imagine if you will what you read comes to life and interacts with one another.  Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Hercules, The Sheriff of Nottingham, The Three Musketeers, Tom Sawyer, Pollyana, Jack and his giant and his beanstalk are all involved in the plot of the story.  Dr Libris invites a young man and his mother to vacation at his home on a lake.  He ensures that the young man has no access to technology and that his only escape is into books in the library of Dr. Libris. As he reads he hears the sounds of what he is reading happening on an island in the lake.  Taking advantage of a rowboat he visits the island and discovers that the characters he had been reading about have come to life.  He interacts with them a little day becoming friends with some and running afoul of others.  His neighbors and family get involved and are able to create characters from other mediums than books.

Grade C

Did I enjoy it?  It was an interesting premise but not well executed, ending seemed rushed.

What  is with the title of the review?  If everything I read came to life I would have a 7 foot black millionaire, zombies, vampires, warlocks, presidents, and many  others in my home.

Why did I read this?  I read a good review of it and the premise seemed exciting.



Winston Churchill coined a campaign catchphrase

Eisenhower, A Life by Paul Johnson; 2014; $25.95; 136 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0-670-01682-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 6/5/15-6/6/15

This thin volume covers President Eisenhower’s life however it concentrates on four areas of his life, his life as a staff officer, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in WWII, President of Columbia University and President of the United States.  Paul Johnson shows how Ike’s upbringing influenced each of those times and how each of those times influenced what came afterward.  He also shows how some of the things Ike said and did have influenced life in the United States since his presidency.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, it gave me even more insight into a person I have looked up to for years.  After I finished it but before I turned it back into the library I ordered a copy so I could mark it up.

What is with the title of the review?  Winston Churchill did not like long names and when he heard Eisenhower’s nickname he said “I like Ike”.

Why did I read this?  When I was growing up I really liked two people and made scrapbooks of them, Muhammad Ali and Ike.  I still have them both somewhere.


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