Showing posts with label Adult Anthology/Short Stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adult Anthology/Short Stories. Show all posts

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Heart is Where the Angels Sing by Kenny Miller




Genre: Adult, Short Stories
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.


From Goodreads:

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in a small town in the American Midwest? Maybe you grew up in one and moved on. Would you like to take a little break and go back there for a while?

You can with The Heart Is Where The Angels Sing. It's a warm, often very emotional book about life in a small town during the 1950-1960 period. Get ready for the Beatles. Go to camp with the Boy Scouts. Be part of a school's first band. Be there as Walter told us about the dreadful events in Dallas and the loss of a President who was putting us on a new path to the moon.

The Heart Is Where The Angels Sing will grab your heart so have some tissues close by. It's a journey in time where you can take all the time you want to enjoy it. Each story takes you to a new place. You won't have to keep reading to find out what's next. It's the perfect night stand book that will send you off to bed with a smile on your face or maybe, a tear in your eye.
Either way, you will have a wonderful journey into the heart of America. Welcome home.


My Thoughts:
Although this book starts out a little slow it is still a very good book. It is a collection of short stories about a boy’s life as he grew up in a small Nebraska town. From polio at a young age the possibilities of his life are laid before him. I liked the way his father always believed he could do anything. He had a lot of encouragement throughout his life and learned some great life lessons along the way. I was born in the late fifties and grew up on a farm in the Midwest. I could relate to so many of his “memories”. It made me stop and think about those times and how they shaped me just like they shaped him. This is a good book to read for many reasons. It gives you a peak through memories of that time period. It especially showed how kids were raised so much differently then and often had more freedoms. We had the freedom to experiment with life and learn lessons often the hard way. It also showed that a lot of the experiences kids have today are not so different from how he grew up. A great look back into times gone by.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Caught - Deirdre Thurston

Source: I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Genre: Adult, Short Stories

Alert:  The book is full of the use of the F-word and talks a lot about sex.

From Goodreads:
Caught is a collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes---each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like you. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humour and touching observations. The stories highlight our era of increasing social disconnection, in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges people’s ability to stop, observe and interpret their own existence and its relationship with those around them. It highlights the everyday moment and provides nourishment for the harried soul.

The overriding message in Caught is that any moment in every life can be viewed as worthy of treasuring. Whether that moment is filled with despair or joy, they provide entertaining relief and nourishing benefits.


My Thoughts:
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book.  We get a glimpse into pieces of lives that often mirror our own. We read the story of a lady who sits next to an elderly couple in the theater only to spend less time watching the movie and more time glancing at the woman and remembering her own Nana.
We have the story of a woman who discovers her husband didn't marry her for love but because he wanted to "be" her. As a woman of faith she finds a solution, even if it is one I would not condone.
As much as I enjoy short stories, the use of the f-word and reference to sex throughout most of the stories meant I didn't enjoy the as much. It also meant that it was a book that I would have trouble recommending to a lot of my friends.  If you like short stories that will evoke memories from your own life, and if you can get past the language and references to sex then you might enjoy this book.