American Wife by Taya Kyle
Reviewed by KPL Patron Ashley Garvey
Rating: 5 Stars!
The book, American Wife, is one I would recommend to everyone. While reading Taya's account of her late husband Chris, I was filled with so many emotions-laughter, joy, sorrow, etc. This book was so detailed in telling of the early days of their marriage, the hardships she faced while he was deployed, the grief she felt when he was tragically murdered, the difficulties she faced when dealing with his financial affairs as a widow. The author is such a strong and inspirational woman, and her late husband was definitely a hero.
Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour
Reviewed by: Hope Fox, Patron
Rating: 5 stars
A very desirable book helpful to any aspiring writers of poetry, non-fiction, or fiction. Especially interesting are his world travels, notably Asia and its history. A book to be read and digested slowly and thoughtfully. His life-ling reading to educate himself was astounding! (lists included)
Welcome to "Waiting on Wednesday" where we highlight an upcoming book!
by Garrard Conley
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Synopsis from Amazon
When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.
By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
Welcome to a new feature known as "Talking Book Tuesday" where we review audio books.
This week's audio book is "A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George by Kelly Carlin
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, reference librarian
Kelly Carlin was born at the beginning of her father's iconic and controversial career. She drove right along with her parents in their beat up old Dodge from gig to gig as her father began his iconic career. Her teens were spent among the extraordinarily privileged teens of the Los Angeles suburbs with no care for, or concept of, experiences and troubles faced by her peers outside of the bubble of celebrity and privilege. Despite her access to expensive cars, drugs, and luxury, Carlin's life was hardly idyllic. Her parents were both drug addicts and more often than not Carlin had to parent herself.
While this book offers tremendous insight into George Carlin, the family man, it is primarily a autobiography of Kelly Carlin's experiences and relationships. Still, fans of George Carlin will appreciate this rare glimpse into his life as a father. That alone is well worth the listen. As for Kelly, while I appreciate her experiences and her honesty, many times she comes across as a self-indulgent and spoiled name dropper. I found myself wishing she would stop complaining and go back to stories about her father.
Rating: 2.5 stars
Reviewed by Kayla Fontaine - KPL Technology Specialist
In American Sniper Chris tells us about his journey from cowboy to Navy SEAL to husband to one of the greatest snipers to have ever served in the United States armed forces, and finally, to husband again as he relearns how to be a citizen and not a soldier. We learn everything from what he was thinking and feeling, to why he chose specific weapons for his operations, to what motivated him, and even how fast his heart was beating as his comrades fell. This read will stick with you, and Chris Kyle, however humble he may be, truly is a “Legend.” I highly recommend reading his story as he tells it.
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