Book Review: My Story by Elizabeth Smart

elizabeth smart coverThis memoir is one that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.  I remember when Elizabeth Smart was taken.  I remember the news, the fliers, the little buttons and the blue ribbons (though I only saw the blue ribbons on TV).  Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping was one of the few news reports, along with reports on the 9-11 attacks, that my family recorded on VHS.  We prayed for Elizabeth, we wished we could go on the search parties (with a mother with a full-time job and a father who was physically unable to go into the heat, and children too young to participate, all we could do was watch), we gulped up the news, devoured it, sat on the edge of our seats waiting, hoping, that Elizabeth would be found.

And me?  I was terrified. Continue reading “Book Review: My Story by Elizabeth Smart”


Final Call

Final Call, by Rachel Ann Nunes, is the third book in a series featuring imprint-reading final call coverpolice consultant Autumn Rain.  Imprints are images and emotions left behind on objects by people who treasured them or had strong emotions while holding them.  As the third book in the series, the characters were well-established, and the author was able to jump straight into the mystery with tiny little explanations and recaps here and there.  This book stands on its own, though I do think that there are bits here and there where it would do the reader good to have read the other two books first. Continue reading “Final Call”

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Part 1)

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This memoir, by Dave Eggers, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist.  It’s a national bestseller, with great praise on the front cover, back cover, and inside pages from places as varied as The New York Times to The San Francisco Chronicle to London Review of Books.  If you want to read a book with accolades, this is the one.

It’s also very, very long.

I have yet to finish it. Continue reading “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Part 1)”