#SegueSaturday 15 Seconds by @The_AndrewGross #bookreview #suspensethriller

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in June 2012.  The story is an emotional rollercoaster and I remember finishing it in a day.

You get ten days, someone once told me. Ten days in all of your life that qualify as truly ‘great’. That when you look back through the lens of time stand apart from everything else.

All the rest is just clutter.

This book is a thrill ride from beginning to end!  Dr. Henry Steadman is on his way to speak at a medical conference and then play some golf with his friend.  Little does he know that his life will change forever in 15 seconds.  After arriving at his destination, he is pulled over for a minor vehicle infraction, he is rudely asked to step out of the car at gunpoint and frisked and handcuffed for no apparent reason.  After his registration is called in, he Continue reading “#SegueSaturday 15 Seconds by @The_AndrewGross #bookreview #suspensethriller”

#SegueSaturday The Chris Farley Show by Tom Farley, Jr. @madfarley and Tanner Colby @tannercolby #bookreview #memoir #ChrisFarley

Chris Farley Show

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in November 2009.

While fans knew Chris as the sweaty, swaggering Motivational Speaker and the hyperkinetic Chippendales stripper, his family knew him as an earnest deeply religious, All-American guy.

Co-authored by Chris’ brother, Tom Farley, Jr., and Tanner Colby, author of bestseller Belushi: A Biography, Chris Farley’s story made me both laugh and cry.  He was an extraordinarily talented, selfless, and kind human being who tragically had an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

One of my favorite Farley movies is Tommy Boy and all of his friends and family said that Chris was playing himself.  He cared so much about making people laugh they did not know he was crying for help.

Chris Farley died way too young and the world has lost a remarkable comedian and a truly spiritual man.  

I highly recommend this incredible book that will surprise you.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Tom Farley, Jr.Tom Farley is the brother of the late actor and comedian Chris Farley, who died in 1997 as a result of substance abuse. From 1999 to 2012, Tom Farley was the founder and president of The Chris Farley Foundation, which used humor to deliver prevention messages to teens and young adults.  He has been a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous conferences, conducted briefings on Capitol Hill and to state legislative committees and participated as a panelist at two branding conferences on the topic of developing a state brand for Wisconsin. He has also been featured in People Magazine and USA Today, and interviewed on Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Fox News, Larry King Live, and featured in two CNN special reports on substance abuse. Tom Farley has three adult children and lives in Dubuque, IA.

You can find Tom on Twitter.

Tanner ColbyTanner Colby is the author of Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, a narrative history of modern race-relations in the United States, which was nominated for the American Library Association’s 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-fiction. He is also is the coauthor of Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final DaysBelushi: A Biography and the New York Times bestseller, The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts. In 2015, he co-founded and co-hosted the popular if short-lived podcast Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race, and, most recently, worked as a segment producer at The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and sons. 

You can find more information on Tanner at Tanner Colby.

#SegueSaturday Making Rounds with Oscar by @DavidDosa ‏#bookreview #nonfiction #dementia

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in June 2010.  This story interested me because at the time my mother was diagnosed with dementia and my mother loved cats as much as I do.  In fact, until the day my mother died, there was a resident cat in her assisted living facility that stayed with her in her room.  I feel in my heart, the cat helped her find peace.  I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand.

Dr. David Dosa was a non-believer.  He didn’t like cats.  He was a dog person.  Oscar can’t know when a person is dying, he’s just one of several strays that live in a nursing home.  But maybe it’s true… Continue reading “#SegueSaturday Making Rounds with Oscar by @DavidDosa ‏#bookreview #nonfiction #dementia”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Behind the Mask…No More by Byron Nease (9781419655296)

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in April 2009.  It is an inspiring memoir of the late Byron Nease, who originated the role of Raoul in the Canadian production of The Phantom of the Opera.  He died in 2013.

Byron Nease’s memoir is both tragic and uplifting at the same time.

Byron “Bud” Nease was born into a family in turmoil and was whisked away from his minister father and his two sisters by his neurotic, actress/singer mother at a very young age to a life of abuse and confusion.

He spends most of his life explaining to his father that he is Christian and he is gay. Though his father is not happy with Bud’s “choice”, he does not banish him from his life. Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Behind the Mask…No More by Byron Nease (9781419655296)”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Witch Way to Murder (Ophelia & Abby Mystery #1) by Shirley Damsgaard @avonbooks

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in March 2009.  It is a charming, cozy mystery with plenty of humor and interesting characters.  Enjoy!

I chose this book because I was interested in reading a book by a fellow Iowan and what fun to find out that the protagonist is a librarian.

Ophelia is an uptight librarian in small-town Iowa who keeps to herself and doesn’t make any waves. And, did I mention she is a witch? Her grandmother and sidekick, Abby, is also a witch and tells Ophelia that her life is in danger.

Enter Rick Davis, mysterious stranger, asking many questions around town. The events that follow are predictable, but the characters are fun and interesting.

This 2006 “Best first” Agatha book nominee, is a fun, enjoyable read for fans of cozy mysteries and witches who try to get answers on the Internet! Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Witch Way to Murder (Ophelia & Abby Mystery #1) by Shirley Damsgaard @avonbooks”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: A World I Never Made (The Invictus Cycle 1) by James LePore @jlepore5

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in March 2009.  It is a great foreign espionage suspense thriller that kept me at the edge of my seat.  Enjoy!

It’s January 2004 and Pat Nolan has received a call from Paris informing him that his estranged daughter Megan (well-traveled, freelance journalist) has committed suicide. When he gets to Paris it is revealed that the body is not Megan and she has left behind a strange suicide note to stage her death. The plot thickens when he finds out she had been staying in Morocco for some time with an extended diplomatic visa and she is hiding from a powerful enemy who stops at nothing to exact revenge. Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: A World I Never Made (The Invictus Cycle 1) by James LePore @jlepore5”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Humpty Dumpty was Pushed by #MarcBlatte #HipHopNoir

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in February 2009.  “Humpty Dumpty was Pushed” was one of my first books posted on my blog and it is a fantastic “hip-hop noir” novel full of suspense, humor and great characters.

MY REVIEW

Humpty Dumpty was pushed.  Nothing happens by accident and lightening can strike twice in the same spot.

Who murdered the big man with the yellow socks?  This story takes us from a hip-hop recording studio to a New York City nightclub to a socialite’s home in the Hamptons.

Detective Salvatore Messina, aka Black Sallie Blue Eyes, is a smart cop with a criminal profiler mind.  He dreams of keeping the streets safe, but this case has got him working to keep his captain, the record producers and the socialites from breathing down his neck AND, as fate has it, his ex-wife is back in New York City. Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Humpty Dumpty was Pushed by #MarcBlatte #HipHopNoir”