Reviews by pamhockey25
Set in Germany in the years 1939-1943, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, narrated by Death. This is a very complex book, and well worth reading. It’s not the kind of book you can read in one sitting. The approach taken by the author is quite different and interesting. I definitely recommend it.
This is the kind of book that’s difficult to put down, it’s so well written and interesting on so many levels. I am not a veteran, and I have not been through the experiences the author speaks about, but I think reading this book can help people understand the relationship between a service dog and the person he serves.
A Must Read!
When I read a Harry Dolan mystery, I have to set aside time because I can’t put his books down. I loved his first two books, and this prequel introduces a young David Malone (Loogan) is another page-turner. The book is filled with plot twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.

This book is filled with fascinating characters that you get to know over the course of the novel. I was sorry to finish the book. One of the themes in the book is how chance occurrences can change your life. The way Dolan weaves events through the book keeps you in suspense. I can’t wait for his next one!
I just finished this book and absolutely loved it. It was well written, and interesting. I've seen Marcus Samuelsson on cooking shows and always wondered about his Swedish background, so when the book came out, I thought I would find out the rest of the story. His book is honest and candid. The journey he takes from his beginnings in Ethiopia to the Red Rooster in Harlem are clearly explained. His adoption at age three to a Swedish couple who wanted a son and who were willing to also adopt his sister to keep the children together is a life-changing event. His grandmother got him started with his love for food and food preparation. His journey from her kitchen to his own kitchen in New York is fascinating. The story is well-told, honest, and fascinating. It was hard to put the book down. It is not a book filled with recipes, but rather about his evolution as a chef as he learns about flavors and develops his own signature dishes. Professionally he talks about what it's like to be one of the few black chefs, and what it takes to become a successful chef. On a personal level he talks about his families--his biological family and the family who raises him, his child, his marriage. I came away with new knowledge about him personally, and more appreciation of chefs in general. Someday I hope to visit New York and try his restaurant. Meanwhile, I will enjoy watching him on cooking shows!
Couldn't Put It Down!
Karen E. Olson's "Sacred Cows" is the entertaining story of Anne Seymour, a crime reporter in New Haven, Conn., who's working on a juicy story nobody wants her to pursue. Someone is killing Yale co-eds who just happen to work for a local escort service. Are the deaths tied into a crooked city politician who has conveniently gone on the lam, taking with him the investment funds of most of the city's elite? Anne's lawyer mother is one of the people who were taken. Who can Anne trust? She's dating the cop handling the case and attracted to a man her mother hired to solve the crime. I hated to put the book down. The mystery was interesting and the love triangle grabbed me. Supposed to be the first of a series--I can't wait for the next one!