good books

Did I mention- I love to read?

Thanks to my Kindle, I have access to billions of  books. Here’s a sample of some I have enjoyed.

  • NewThe Secret Holocaust Diariesby Nonna Bannister, Amazing, Amazing, Amazing. Wow. This true story is hard to describe. As a young Russian girl, Nonna, a Christian, keeps a diary as she lives through the rise of Communism in Russia and a few years later, she experiences the Nazi invasion and the horrors of German labor camps. As an adult living in America, she keeps her past pretty secretive until one day she decides its time to bring out the diaries and put together her life story. It’s incredible what some people have lived through.
  •  Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg. Another true story about discovering Mom’s family secrets. One must be very careful when fabricating one’s past. Eventually you age to the point where you forget your own lies. Intriguing journey as a son digs into Mom’s secrets after her death.
  •  Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Another true story that inspires and teaches. Sometimes the people who change your life the most are those you’d typically want to avoid coming in contact with. Here’s a well-to-do couple who volunteer at a homeless shelter and the experience, in particular, their friendship with one homeless man, enriches their lives well beyond what their wallets could ever provide. Forces you to take a good look at life, faith and to appreciate those that have the courage and faith to get through the tough times.
  • Unbillable Hours by Ian Graham, … True story about life as a young, freshly-schooled attorney working the endless, mind-numbing grind in a Los Angeles law firm…If this is what it’s really like at these fancy-smancy mucho ritzy firms, I can’t imagine how anybody sticks with it and becomes a partner. INTERESTING true story from someone that has lived it. I liked it and had no idea the amount of blood, sweat and tears these young lawyers go through. I especially enjoyed it because it was a written by the actual guy. —Recommended.
  • Raising Jake by Charlie Carillo, take a divorced man struggling with his own “man” issues, now add  his 17-year old son to the mix…! It’s well-written, excellent descriptive text.
  • The Glass Castleby Jeannette Walls, a true personal memoir about growing up in a severely dysfunctional family. It’s amazing to me when young children are smarter and stronger than their parents and grow up to be successful, productive adults. Quick read—interesting and inspiring.
  • Those Who Save Usby Jenna Blum; beautifully-written historical fiction about living in Germany during WWII from the eyes of the German women…couldn’t put this one down. WWII era is my passion. I still can’t stop thinking about this story.
  • Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom; inspiring and well written. Hint: you have to extract the opinionated-political layer of Mitch Albom and concentrate on his writing ability–it’s stellar, he hits you in the heart.
  • When Hope Prevails by Sam Offen; This is the personal story of a Holocaust survivor. I had the extreme good fortune to meet this humble man and I was honored to have him sign my book. Yes, President Ahmadinejad, the Holocaust really happened. There’s not much I can say about this amazing man’s story except read it and remember.
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, masterpiece of a book–true story about a Dutch family that hid jews in their home during the Nazi occupation. There certainly are people born with courage and faith that far surpasses the majority of mankind. A definite inspiring must read.
  • Left to Tell by Imaculee Ilibagiza, another amazing true story of courage and faith despite the evil that surrounds.
  • Mark of the Lion Trilogy, by Francine Rivers: A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn; wow, I was mesmerized by these books. If you read only one, read “A Voice in the Wind”–it will take you back to the persecution and perseverance of 1st-century Christians in hedonistic Rome. The characters are very well-defined and you get to know them like they are members of your family. These books will make you think about things you may have never thought about before, like what is was like for those early Christians as Christianity is gaining momentum. You won’t want to put these books away, ever.
  • Big Russ & Meby Tim Russert, if you don’t like Tim Russert, just read the last few pages, the epilogue to his son Luke–it may change your mind.  This book is mainly about Tim’s childhood, a tribute to his dad, a humble WWII veteran. It’s hard not to like this book. I surely miss Tim Russert on Sunday morning TV–truly a class act, excellent writer and journalist.
  • The Longest Trip Homeby John Grogan; easy read and boy could I relate as John describes his childhood and growing up Catholic.
  • The Helpby Kathryn Stockett; excellent story about maids working in white households in Mississippi during the early 1960s. You can imagine how fun that must have been. I especially like this book because it was rejected by at least 45 literary agents. It’s a winner and being made into a movie.
  • Roses are Redby James Patterson
  • I, Alex Crossby James Patterson (ok, ok, I like James Patterson books)


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