Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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WWW. WEDNESDAY asks three questions to prompt you to speak bookishly. To participate, and to see how other book lovers responded, click here

1. What are you currently reading? My Girls, by Todd Fisher. Todd's "girls" are mother Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher. He refers to this book as "a long love letter and thank-you note to the two most pivotal, extraordinary women I've ever known." And it is. He's touchingly fond and understanding when writing about them. Which is not to say that he whitewashes anything. Forgiving is not the same as ignoring in this book. I appreciate his candor.

2. What did you recently finish reading? First Degree, by David Rosenfelt. Our hero, defense attorney Andy Carpenter, is irreverent, plays Scrabble, and loves both pets and baseball. He's also a multimillionaire. Yes, he ticks all the boxes and qualifies as my dream man. I admit I have a crush on him.

He's our narrator, and the best thing about this book. The plot is good, too. A prospective client confesses to an especially grisly murder. Andy is repulsed and refuses to take the case but, since attorney/client privilege applies, he can't alert the police. What he can do, though, is offer to defend the luckless low-level thug who is charged with the crime. After all, Andy knows this defendant is innocent. 

The story really had me for a long time. There's a lot at stake, many unexpected twists and a genuinely heartbreaking turn of events. Then, at about the 70% mark, it turns out one of the recurring characters just so happens to have an in-law who is a high-ranked government official and that magically opens doors. It felt a little too convenient for me.

But that's just a quibble. I'm sure I'll return to this mystery series (and my fictional boyfriend).

3. What will read next? I've laid hands on A Night to Remember, Walter Lord's well-respected chronicle of the last hours of the Titanic. I'm not 100% sure it's my next read, though. During the pandemic I find books have an outsized impact on my mood. If I'm feeling the least melancholy, I'll go with something else.



5 comments:

  1. Hmmm... I think I'm going to have to add My Girls to my list of docu-reads. Enjoy!

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  2. I loved My Girls! I had the hardcover version on my shelves, but wasn't able to bring all of my books to my smaller space. I may have to get it again!

    Enjoy your week, and here's MY WWW POST

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  3. I loved My Girls as well. I adore the whole Reynolds/Fisher family. I thought it was great of Todd to find the strength to share the stories of his mother and his sister. Happy reading! Here's my WWW https://bargainsleuth2010.wordpress.com/2020/10/14/www-wednesday-october-fourteenth/

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  4. My Girls sounds like it would be such a great read!

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  5. Oh wow that Titantic book sounds amazing! But I know what you mean RE: the pandemic making reading certain books difficult.

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