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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hope that everyone has a Happy and Full Thanksgiving Day filled with family 
and love. There are not too many days in our lives that we can concentrate 
on those we love without work and life getting in the way, so enjoy today. 
Don't shop, don't work, (unless you have to), just enjoy! Whether it's you 
or you and your special loved one, or you and twenty family members  - just 
enjoy the day! They go away all too quickly. SO HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Blog Takes Back Seat to Life

Patty Picks is working on a list of my favorite books from this year. There have been 
many good new ones and old ones. I will try to have get this put together by the 
first of December and post it then. 

On a personal note, our family is getting a close look at the devastating effects of 
Alzheimer's right now. My time has been well spent with that member of our family instead of my blog. Please take the time to hug your loved ones today!

Be back next Thursday with a review of The Vacationers by Emma Straub!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Patty Pick for 11/6/14 is Still Alice by Lisa Genova

After reading about half of this book I thought for sure I had Alzheimer's disease. There were many similiarities between the main character, Alice Howland, and my current frantic life. Still Alice by Lisa Genova is not an easy book to read but it should be a neccessity. With a large part of the population being touched by dementia or 
Alzheimer's in their life personally or via a loved one, everyone should research this issue.
There are many health problems to research today, but finding the key to this disease should be a priority.  Especially considering the sheer number of people that will be effected in the their lives. 

Alice Howland is a successful Harvard professor with a great husband and wonderful life. One day while she was out taking her normal daily run, she could not remember how to get home. Where was that memory? It was lost to her for some reason. As the disease progresses for Alice, we experience the effects on her and her family. Through their daily struggles the devastating details of this disease are revealed. Alzheimer's robs a person of who they are and all that they know. Read this book and then hug your loved ones. Then live fully and richly every single day!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Patty Pick for 10/30/14 is The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl started exactly the way I expected it to, after reading the 
cover. It was scary and interesting at the same time. Everything revolves around 
the abduction of Mia. Mia, the daughter of Eve and Judge Dennett, has been 
taken by Colin Thatcher. Colin is a small time thug who is conflicted from 
the start over being involved in the kidnapping. The characters reveal what 
happened before and after in no apparent order, but it is actually leading you to an unexpected ending.

Mia has amnesia and does not remember what happened during her abduction.
Detective Gabe Hoffman is trying to follow the leads and find Mia while at the same time
falling for Mia's mother, Eve. As Gabe chases down evidence and works toward the 
conclusion, you know there is more to come. The novel is leading you on a chase to the end and as each detail is uncovered you are more confused. You will have the ending figured out in your head but it will surprise the heck out of you. What did you think happened?