Title: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Author: Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah has gifted his readers with an unusually powerful memoir. The book's "About the Author" describes him simply as a comedian from South Africa. The memoir defies that. Noah's storytelling is funny and ironic and also is a deeply dramatic portrait of a survivor. I read it right through. I could not put it down. 5 stars.
Title: The RGB Workout: How She Stays Strong...And You Can Too!
Author: Bryant Johnson
Ruth Bader Ginsburg began a search for a personal trainer after a bout with cancer and treatment in 1999. In 2017, Bryant Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer, published this book about their work together. The result is a concise plan for older adults to keep fit. I was very impressed with the level of work Justice Ginsburg could do. I wish I could say the same for myself. I'm still working on the warm-ups. 4 stars.
Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Author: Marie Kondo
So many people told me that this was THE book on decluttering and organizing that I finally went out and bought it. In fact I gave it to myself as a Christmas present. Is my home now a great example of the KonMari Method? It has not turned out to be a magic cure for me. I am not giving up though, as soon as I get the time, I will work on motivation. 3 stars.
Title: Across the Winding River
Author: Aimie K. Runyan
I chose to read Across the winding River by Aimie K. Runyan because it seemed to combine history and mystery, two of my favorite genres. It was a great choice because from the very first page this book met my expectations. In the beginning of Across the Winding River, Beth discovers a picture she has never seen of her father as a young American soldier in Germany during World War ll. This picture immediately raises many unanswered questions in Beth’s mind because she has only known her father as a loving partner to her recently deceased mother.
The story line takes the reader back to Germany when her father, Max Blumenthal, accidentally meets a young married German woman, Margarethe, who seems to be sympathetic to the Allied cause. They become closer as they work to assist each other in providing food and care to another young German couple who have been associated with Margarethe. The picture found by Beth is that of her father and Margarethe, and the rest of the book details Beth’s
search for the mysterious Margarethe who seems to have disappeared at the end of the war. The ending, which I won’t reveal, seemed a little too contrived, but overall this book is one that I would highly recommend.
Title: Murder Being Once Done
Author: Ruth Rendell
This mystery is pure entertainment as we follow the seasoned Inspector Wexford in his quest to solve the murder of a young woman. Red herrings abound yet you won't know "Who done it" until the very end.
I truly enjoyed reading Ruth Rendell. Readers often list Rendell at the top of their favorite authors opinion polls. I give her five stars.
Title: Summer at Tiffany
Author: Marjorie Hart
"The true story of a college girl from Iowa who has that absolutely perfect summer - one never to be forgotten. It's the 1940s in New York City. Along with her friends, they share an apartment and all work for the famed Tiffany's. They become the first women to ever work the Sales Floor. Not to be missed!"