5 star review of The Big Crazy by Julie Smith
Skip and Adam weather the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Smith incorporated actual events played out by fictional people. The storm might have stopped the usual way of life in the big easy, but it didn't stop crime. Families were separated like the ones in the story, and the hospitals overflowed at the same time as they lost power and we're flooded. Built in tension. This was an intense and terrific read.
4-star review of Banged-Up Heart by Shirley Melis
An emotional memoir is mainly about the short marriage of the author to her second husband and her coming to grips with his death. The book is well-written in a literary style. Mrs. Melis makes all the people come to life with details many memoirists and biographers fail to do. Two years after the death of her first husband, she met the love-of-her-life, John. An engineer, music-lover, photographer, etc., he died too young of an unexpected form of cancer. It took time but she realized she could live on.