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The Glass Castle is the name of the lavish dream-child conjured up by Rex Walls. Rex Walls is a man with big dreams but very little practical grasp on reality. Rex elaborately describes detail by detail to his daughter, Jeannette … Continue reading
If you were even the slightest bit captivated by the murder and trial while it was going on in the Unites States, whether you believe in her innocence or guilt, this book is an interesting read.
Amanda Knox left Seattle to study abroad in Italy. Her life was shattered when her roommate, student Meredith Kercher, was murdered in their apartment. Five days after the murder Amanda was taken into custody and charged by the Italian police. This book is Amanda’s perspective, her thoughts about her life in Italy, her involvement in the investigation and the legal proceedings and her time while in prison. To me it comes off as a honest account – she openly admits to being young and naïve and divulges her once outlandish lifestyle. She describes her emotions vividly and her reaction to losing her friend seems sincere. Her writing is articulate and engaging and I felt I was experiencing the unfolding of events right along with her. The book is chronologically organised and flows easily. She doesn’t hold back and I felt like I was getting to know her in a very personal way. I was particularly interested reading about Amanda and Meredith’s brief yet close relationship from Amanda’s viewpoint. It’s quite a gut-wrenching story considering what happened.
I believe this book would be on interest to anyone who enjoys court room drama or crime stories, as well as anyone who appreciates a detailed and thoughtful memoir of hard questioning, tragic circumstances and sadness.
This is a delightful and insightful journey though Pamela’s childhood. I many ways she had a privileged upbringing in a very large, loving and ever-growing household. The recollections of her early life are very vividly those of the child seeing … Continue reading
Single paremt. Unemployed. Father of a teenage son. David Gilmour has his fair share of troubles on his plate. To make things worse his teenage son Jesse is speeding, like a bullet train trough a long, dark tunnel and headed … Continue reading
If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud read then give Chelsea Handler a go. Former stand-up comic and now host of her own entertainment show Chelsea Lately, Handler is also the author of five non-fiction books. Her books are mostly made … Continue reading
A brush with Mondrian: uncovering secrets of art and family by Yvonne Louis. Post by Kyla from the Local Studies Library. A lovely combination of family history, personal memoir and art history. With the threat of a bush fire, Yvonne … Continue reading