Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by to check on my activities this week. I concentrated on two books this week. The first book is the one I shared with you last Tuesday, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi.I’m still working on it for book club next Tuesday. The second book is the one I’m featuring below for a TLC Book Tour.
Wilde Lake is a book that was both a satisfying story as well as one filled with interesting and timely topics. The book made me do two things I love: Think and then talk about it with others. First, let me give you a brief summary of the book:
Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney representing suburban Maryland—including the famous planned community of Columbia, created to be a utopia of racial and economic equality. Prosecuting a controversial case involving a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death, the fiercely ambitious Lu is determined to avoid the traps that have destroyed other competitive, successful women. She’s going to play it smart to win this case—and win big—cementing her political future.
I’ve read other books by this author, Laura Lippman, so I already knew this book would have depth and that it would feel as if it came from experiences she had back when she was a full-time journalist. Some of the topics or issues that came up in the story were these:
- Giving your children the best kind of care while still working. The main character was a widow and had a time-demanding job as a prosecuting attorney.
- Proving good supervision and care for an aging parent who seems to be developing Alzheimer’s.
- Ethical issues that developed when an attorney learns the truth about various people.
One final thing to enjoy in this story the characters. There were plenty of them, but not too many. The key characters were not perfect – in other words, they seemed normal and real. Overall, this was a great read. Thanks TLC Book Tours for letting me participate in the tour.
About Laura Lippman
Since Laura Lippmanís debut, she has won multiple awards and critical acclaim for provocative, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. Laura has been nominated for more than 50 awards for crime fiction and won almost 20, including the Edgar. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Now a perennial New York Times bestselling author, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.
What I’m Watching:
I am lucky enough to have our 3-almost-4-year-old grandson, TJ, with us every afternoon for a couple of hours and then again on Friday morning. We do a variety of things while he is here, from pretend camping to making pancakes to reading, playing with puzzles and toys, etc. He also loves to watch a little Netflix or YouTube.
For the last six months or so TJ has been adicted to Chuggington, an animated story about trains. But now he has finally grown tired of the Chuggers and has discovered a new little show that I also like. It’s called Ask the Story Bots. Its also an animated show. Each episode features a new question posed by a young child. So far we have watched “Where Does Night Happen?” and “How Do Airplanes Fly?” At first I thought this might be too advanced for TJ, but later he was able to tell the major gist of the story. The Bots are just so cute and funny and sweet that I think anyone can enjoy them. I planned to show you the trailer, but I’m having trouble getting the picture to run. I’ll show you the picture, but first here’s the YouTuber link. You can also find it on Netflix.
That’s it for me this week. I do hope you have a good week ahead.