"Something tells me I'm into something good~~
That something good I'm into would be a book...and here are some that I was glad to dive into~~
The Thin Man by Dashell Hammett. (1934)
**This was the only Thin Man book Hammett wrote, there was never a sequel.
True Grit by Charles Portis (1968)
When I heard that they were remaking this movie, it struck me~~I had not read this book! It was wonderful. Yes yes it's a western, there is blood and gore, but it is also full of humor and friendship. In eighteen seventy -something, fourteen year old Mattie Ross tells us how she sets out after the men who killed her Daddy.
**Loved the movie and this is a terrific book!
South of Broad by Pat Conroy (2009)
One of my favorite authors..... Pat Conroy came out with a book after a long absence of fourteen years. He takes us once again to his beloved Charleston and we lose ourselves in his group of characters. We follow them for twenty years, from the 1960's through the beginning of the 1980's. Through the good times, breakdowns~~revisit the racism and the effects on folks who are viewed as a different "class" in society. I love a good book about the South, and I enjoy how Pat Conroy writes. I hope he doesn't wait to long for the next one.
Matterhorn: A Novel of Vietnam by Karl Marlantes (2010)
There have been several novels of Vietnam, some of the best, in my opinion, are: Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry; The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam; The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien; We Were Soldiers Once...and Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway; A Bright Shining Lie:John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan....I add Matterhorn to that list. Vietnam was my era, my Dad did two tours there and some of the boys I went to school with are no longer here, so I always feel a connection~~whether that makes sense or not. While some may ask 'What more is there to say about Vietnam?' this books shows that there will always be more to be said. The reminders of the horrors of war and what it does to people and countries should never be forgotten~~and Marlantes, in his first novel, gives us his first hand account of his experience during his tour there.
I have been wanting to read this and I finally got around to it!
In her debut, Littlefield introduces us to one of the most interesting characters I've come across in awhile. Meet Stella Hardesty; a widow in her fifties, feisty, sassy, hard nosed, tough as nails, full of humor...and can she kick butt! Stella does not stand for cheating husbands, abusive boyfriends or husbands~~which will explain why she is a widow. She will help any woman who is stuck in that situation, or needs help and heaven help who she is after. I had some laugh out loud fun with this one and am starting on the next.
I was into something good with any and all of these books...