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God’s Buried Children by Daniel Farcas Ph.D.:

Fountains Installed in Piata Unirii, Bucharest, After 1989 (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

A Tale of Cruelty, Courage, Compassion and Survival If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that “Look for the surprises,” is my motto. In this case, the surprise found me in the form of Daniel Farcas. He emailed me, asking if I would review his 2014 book, “God’s Buried Children.” The […]

Europe / Road Reads / Travel

Road Reads: The Longest Day

Book Cover for the Longest Day (from Amazon.com)

The Classic Epic of D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Cornelius Ryan Reading this well-written and researched historical account of the D-Day invasion evoked powerful emotions. But when I visited Omaha Beach, nothing had prepared me for the overwhelming flood of grief and gratitude that swept me back to the pivotal events of June 6, 1944. It […]

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman:

This Unlikely Heroine Will Steal Your Heart Simon, Otto and I were in Spain – I don’t remember exactly where – when Elizabeth, my sister-in-law, emailed me with a suggestion to read “ Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine”. Since her book club would be meeting during our pending visit to York, she thought I would enjoy […]

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The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Book Cover as Displayed on Amazon (Artwork from the book published by HarperCollins)

A Tale of Dreams and Personal Legends It was Christmas, 2005, and one of my presents was an audio version of “The Alchemist” read by Jeremy Irons. Little did I know at the time what a precious gift it was. Fast forward to summer, 2006 when Simon and I were driving between Atlanta and New […]

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The Mitch Rapp-up:

When the Author Died, Was His Fictional Character Worth Resurrecting? My last Road Reads review, Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath: Oh, How We Wish Those Boys Were Real,  posted on August 4, 2017. At that time, I promised to let you know if Kyle Mills has successfully resurrected the legacy of the late Vince Flynn. […]

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Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath:

Oh, How We Wish Those Boys Were Real The term, “long road trip,” is relative. For some, it means anything over 50 miles. For others, it’s anything over 500 miles. For Simon and me, it’s 300 miles or more, because we can read an audio book – or a good part of one – on […]

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A Book Review: Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

What Happens When Mystery Spawns Creativity “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, was both a book club and road read in 2006. We were driving back and forth between our home in Atlanta and New Bern, getting what was supposed to be our new life in order. And because my heart wasn’t at all in this […]

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Sick, Sadistic and Impossible to Put Down:

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis. If nothing else, “Invisible” is the perfect road read if you want to insure not falling asleep at the wheel. Four hours from home on our return trip from Montreal, we had completed one book, and there was too much driving time left not to begin another. This […]

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The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton

The A B Cs of Murder Simon and I have read all kinds of fiction and nonfiction audio books to pass the miles on long road trips. From books that made us think to stories that gave us chills. With the exception of romance novels, we’ve covered most genres. Lately, though, we’ve taken to reading […]

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The Kite Runner ~ by Khaled Hosseini:

So Disturbing and Inspiring, You Can’t Switch It Off Betrayal, guilt and a chance for redemption are the themes that flow like blood through this 2003 novel about fathers, sons, friends and 30 years of the tragedy that is Afghanistan. The summer of 2006 found us traveling back and forth between Atlanta and New Bern […]