Thursday, November 6, 2014

Two Lemons and a Cherry

A new book to read is a gamble - and just as addictive...

Lemon #1
"Then Came Life" by Geralynn Lucas   Gotham Books   209 pages   $27
Lucas is the author of "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy" which became a Lifetime movie and the off-Broadway play, "Love, Loss and What I Wore."

If you get a hint of oncoming narcissism, you'd be right.  She agonizes over every little thing but now and then manages to bleat that she should be grateful for her blessings.  My father would have counseled her, "Don' holler 'til you're hurt." 

Lemon #2
"Blood Feud - the Clintons vs. the Obamas" by Edward Klein  Regnery Publishing 302 pages   $27.99

Stein writes hagiographies.  Past victims have included the Kennedys, Hillary and prior to this tome "The Amateur - Barack Obama in the White House."  Stein manages to get 300+ pages our of one simple fact:  Bill Clinton tried to trade Hillary's support in 2008 in return for his support for her in 2016.  And Obama reneged.  All four of the main characters are despicable and after awhile even I got tired of reading about them. 

The Cherry!
"But Enough About You" by Christopher Buckley   Simon and Schuster   450 words   $27.50

Buckley is hilarious and consistently so.  There are amusing topics filed under various headings.  This is an excellent read and one that will amuse you for quite some time.  Essay collections last if you only read a few at a time; never try to swallow down a whole book at one reading.  Pace yourself!

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