what does the future hold?

End Game by David Baldacci; 2017; $29.00; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-8660-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 2/8/19-2/12/19

Why did I read this?  Because David Baldacci and his characters engage me in such a way that I am interested in constantly reading more of their adventures.

Will Robie and Jessica Reel have been become fond of their boss, known as Blue Man.  When Blue Man goes missing in a small Colorado town the head of their agency details them to go and find him.  When they get to Blue Man’s hometown they begin to discover much they didn’t know about their boss.  They encounter preppers, white supremacists, and people who just want to be left alone among others.   People turn out not to be who they seem to be and their are shifting alliances. Reel and Robie put their particular skills to use to investigate and rescue Blue Man along with a whole host of others.  Feelings between Robie and Reel come to the forefront and make their status with the agency unknown.


What is with the title of the review?  Reel and Robie’s relationship with each has progressed to a point that I am unsure of how the series will continue.  It will be interesting where their creator takes them next.


an absentee father

Brotherband, The Caldera by John Flanagan; 2017; $18.99; 414 pages; Philomel Books; New York, NY; 978-0-399-16358-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 12/28/19-12/31/19

Why did I read this?  Because I have really enjoyed this series and realized that I had missed some books by John Flanagan.

This was an exciting book that has an unexpected twist at the very beginning.  Stig, a member of the brotherband and first mate of the Heron, has his father return.  He had abandoned his wife and son many years ago and stolen from the community.  He has returned to ask the help of the brotherband to retrieve a kidnapped child.  As they fight pirates and make plans to rescue the child it seems that Stig’s father has changed and may be a new man.


What is with the title of the review?  Stig’s father abandoned his family when Stig was very young and now that Stig has reached manhood his father comes back into his life.

two for the price of one is not always a good thing

Prarie Fires, The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls WIlder by Caroline Fraser; 2017; $35.00; 625 pages; Metropolitan Books, New York, NY; 978-1-62779-9; checked out from the Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 7/14/2018-1/14/2019

Why did I read this?  Because in 2016 I decided that I would read the 5 books that won Pultizer Prizes each year, Biography, Non Fiction, Poetry, Fiction and History.  This is the Biography winner for 2018.

This is the true story of a story that many of us of a certain age think we know either from reading the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder or watching Little House on the Prairie.  The books turn out to be somewhat fictionalized and the television show was more about Michael Landon’s ego than being faithful to the fictionalized stories.   Laura Wilder embellished much of her life and ignored other parts of her life.  She wrote what agreed with her personal and political philosophies.  Many of her story was rewritten in cooperation with her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, who was a friend of Ayn Rand.   Rose had no compunction about fictionalizing anything she wrote whether it was her own story or those of others.  She wrote several biographies of people who were famous at the time and made up incidents in their lives.  She was challenged by the subjects but often ignored them.  Unfortunately a book I wanted to read to learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder went too far afield.  I thought this was too convoluted and often off on tangents.


What is with the title of the review?  This turns out to be a biography of both Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane, only one whom I wanted to learn about.

this is why we have OSHA

The Radium Girls, The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore; 2017; $26.99; 479 pages; Sourcebooks, Naperville, IL; 978-1-4926-4935-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 10/10/18-10/14/18

Why did I read this? This is the Corner Reading Society’s November selection.

In the early 1900’s and into World War I luminous dials were popular on watches and in airplane instruments.  The luminosity came from paint with radium in it.  The young women, some as young as 14 were instructed to point their paint brushes by putting the brushes in their mouths.  Many of the women’s teeth began to fall out and their jaws also began to fall out, many of them also developed sarcoma’s in different areas of their bodies.  The companies they worked for knew of the dangers involved but never informed the women. They also denied it when reports began to be made public.  It took several lawsuits for the companies to accept responsibility and be held financially responsible for the medical bills.  Many of the women did not make it out of their twenties before they died.  Their demise and the companies corruption begat OHSA.

10/10, the strength of this book is that the author concentrated on the human aspect of the story.  She vividly brought to life the young women, their families and the despicable businessmen who refused to acknowledge their culpability.

What is with the title of the review?  One of the things that came out of what happened to The Radium Girls was the formation of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

less is not necessarily more

Less by Andrew Sean Greer; 2017; $26.00; 260 pages; A Lou Boudreaux Book; New York, NY; 978-0-316-31612-5; checked out from the Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 7/2/18-7/7/18

Why did I read this?  That is a question I have been asking myself ever since I finished it.  The only reason I read it was it won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Okay, an aging mid level writer is suffering a mid life crisis as his young lover prepares to marry.  He decides to accept invitations to various parts of the world for conferences to avoid the wedding.  He travels to Germany, Italy, Mexico, India and Japan for all kinds of various literary reasons.  I can’t find anything I liked about the book, even after it was pointed out that some think it is a satirical look at the literary world.