Not sure where the week went or what I did with my time, because I only finished one book this week. We did eat out quite a bit and managed to see a wonderful movie ---
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. ----We LOVED this movie! Wonderful from beginning to end, sweet, funny, touching and even a one-eyed cat named Fred. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory & Murder; Leah Carroll
Grand Central Publishing - 2017
(My Thoughts) - I love a good memoir, and this one, although heartbreaking at times, was just wonderful.
Leah Carroll was raised in Rhode Island. Her mother, Joan, struggled with substance abuse and was murdered in 1984 by drug dealers with ties to the mafia. These individuals believed that Joan was an informant. She was killed in a motel and her body dumped elsewhere. Her father, Kevin, really seemed to love his daughter and wanted to give her a good life but, he battled his own demons. Although gainfully employed, Kevin struggled with depression and alcoholism and died in1998 at the age of 48, when Leah was 18. A determined young woman, who wanted to know more about the mother she never got to know, Leah researched and interviewed those who had the information she desperately wanted. This memoir was so well-written, I can imagine how painful the process must have been for the author, yet she never comes across as bitter or resentful for a childhood that was anything but normal. Down City is a "must read" for anyone who enjoys a good memoir. A definite page-turner, you won't want to be interrupted once you begin. (5/5 stars)
Anything is Possible; Elizabeth Strout
Random House - 2017
The Fall of Lisa Bellow; Susan Perabo
Simon & Schuster - 2017
Have a Nice Weekend!