my favorite

The Amish Quilter by Leslie Gould & Mindy Starns Clark; 2018; $14.99; 336 pages; Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR; 978-0-7369-6294-0; Provided by the publisher for review; 4/16/18-4/18/18

Why did I read this?  One half of the author team is a friend of ours and I like the authors writing, they are good storytellers.

Linda is the youngest daughter of an Amish family, a perfectionist and a straight edge rule follower.  She puts the other Amish folk to shame with her ability to judge others and herself when it comes to following the rules.  She finds herself confronting some facts that challenge her perceptions of the rules and of those closest to her.  In doing some genealogical research she discovers even more about balancing truth and justice.  She also tends to assume too much and speculate too much.  She is an amazing quilter who perfectionism even mandates how she quilts, she is creative but only in a certain way.  As she is confronted by new truths in her life and as her relationships grow with her family and with her beau the truths she learns about life also expands her creativity.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  I really enjoyed the way the authors talked of art here and the word pictures they painted of paintings and quilts were quite moving.  r


we have met

Seward Unleashed, Volume 1 by various authors, 2014; 102 pages; Seward Senior Center, Inc, Seward, AK; given to me by Dana Paperman, Director of the Seward Senior Center; 4/15/18-4/16/18

Seward Unleashed Volume 2 by various authors; 2017; 100 pages; Seward Senior Center, Inc, Seward, AK; given to me by Dana Paperman, Director of the Seward Senior Center; 4/16/18-4/16/18

Why did I read this?  This was given to me by my sister in law, Dana Paperman, Director of the Seward Senior Center, which published these.

A collection of non fiction memoirs, Volume 1 asks the question why did you come to Alaska? and Volume 2 asks the question why did you stay?  These stories provide insight into the people who live in Seward, it is a group of individual memories that combine to provide a history of Seward.  Each of these stories is intriguing in its own way.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  While we were in Seward in February of 2018 we got to meet at least one of the people who are profiled here.


Secondhand Summer by Dan L. Walker; 2016; $12.99; 182 pages; Alaska Northwest Books, Portland, OR; 978-1-943328-42-0; given to me by my sister in law, Dana Paperman; 4/12/18-4/15/18

Sam, lives with his Mom, Dad, brother and sister on Alaska’s coast, where they eke out a living fishing.  Sam has grown up in the same town and has grown close to his friends as they are going through middle school. Sam’s father passes away from a heart attack and his mother moves what is left of the family to Anchorage.  Sam has no friends and is unsure of himself and his is plunked down in a new town and a totally new situation.  He make three new friends that take him into several questionable situations.  One of them suffers a trauma that Sam is able to help him through.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review? One of the themes of the story is what is missing from the life of the characters.  Each of the characters seems to be missing something in their lives.




4 for 4

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin; 2006; $15.99; 336 pages; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN;978-1-59554-054-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/11/18-4/12/18

Why did I read this?  Because I am reading all of Charles Martin’s books.

A man who has dedicated his life to one thing has abandoned that thing because his heart has been broken. When he encounters a new reason to renew that dedication he fights a battle within himself.  From a young age Reese has studied the biology of the heart so that he can heal his friend Emma.  Emma, her brother Charlie and Reese form a childhood trio that last into adulthood.  Years later a miracle is needed and Reese is the only one who can help, but he is emotionally crippled by a trauma that he needs to overcome. Through the love of family and friends and the prayers of many Reese recovers from his trauma in time to help with the miracle that is needed.


What is with the title of the review?  This is the fourth book by Charles Martin that I have read and I have cried while reading all of them.



Promoting Wellness for Prostate Cancer Patients, A Guide for Men and their Families by Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH; 2013; 216 pages; Spry Publishing, LLC; Ann Arbor, MI; 978-1-938170-03-4; provided free of charge by Portland Clinic; 4/10/18-4/

Why did I read this?  Because I have been diagnosed with an intermediate threat prostate cancer.

A well meaning but overly technical book with oddly stilted medical jargon.  I was reading it to find the treatment alternatives for my diagnosis.

What is with the title of the review?  When I was first diagnosed with the Big C, it temporarily drove me into a short depressed time.

Grade 6/10

been reading this since 1967

The Bluejackets Manual, 25th Edition by Thomas Cutler; $34.95; 2017; 784 pages; Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/2/18-4/10/18

Why did I read this?   I wanted to see how the Navy had changed since I separated from the service in June of 1979.  It doesn’t seem like it has been thirty nine years since I got out of the Navy.

This is a good reference book for those going into the Navy or already in.  It has a lot of good information in and a quick reference section for things that you might need intermittently.  Many things have changed since I left the Navy in June of 1979, but there are many that have not changed at all.

What is with the title of the review?  I remember reading my Dad’s copy of this when I was ten and then reading it before I enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and referring to  it during my three years, eleven months and twenty-three days of active duty in the United States Navy.

Grade 10/10