Treasure, Toss or Trash

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Treasure Toss or Trash

Books I loved, books I did not.

For the running list, visit my web site, I post tiny opinions about what I’ve read during the week. Since I had three examples of books to Treasure, Toss or Trash, I thought I’d list them here.

Treasure

V is for Vengeance –  Sue Grafton

Mom and I collect Sue Grafton’s books, I now buy them in hard back as soon as they are out.  I love  a good story and Grafton delivers.  What I find interesting is that when I started with A is for Alibi, Kinsey was 32, older than me in 1982. And now she is only 38 and I am . . . much older.  there were a few books when I could tell Grafton was frustrated by the constraints of her project, it was the 90’s then 00, and the technology had far outstripped the 80s where her heroine lived.  BUt in the last two books, Grafton has embraced the nostalgia of the 80’s, able now to make comments about the past with the future clear.

Now she seems to be having more fun with her time period.  May Kinsey make it all the way to Z.

Toss (Give away)

Honolulu – Alan Brennert

I love Hawaii and was interested in Learning more about Hawaii.  I liked the main character – a picture bride from Korea, and the scenes and descriptions of that country in the late 19th century were fascinating. But the narrative seemed a bit forced.  Our heroine works in every field available just to make sure the sugar cane production, pineapple production, prostitution, and small restaurant businesses are covered.  almost as if Brennert thought – okay, I have a lot of material on pineapple packaging in Honolulu, how can I work this into the book?

An enjoyable read, but Michener’s Hawaii is more engrossing.

Trash (Don’t inflict on any friends)

1,000 Places to see Before You Die – Patricia Schultz

I am enormously grateful that I found this at the Friends of the Library Sale and paid a mere $1.00 for the book.  you’ve seen it on the travel shelves in every book store, every town, every gin joint.   The premise is eye catching, and at first I resisted even peeking into the book because I thought, Lord, how will I respond to such a list?  Do I have enough life left to see 1,000 places?

No worries, yes the expected famous places one must see are listed; the British Museum, Parthenon, Angkor Wat but to  bulk up this list, Schultz includes hotels and restaurants, most pricey.  So if you are a budget traveler, forget it, student?  Forget it.  It’s rather disheartening that of the 1,000 places to see, more than half are commercial ventures.  So beware.  Besides, she missed a few must sees:  Wall Drug – South Dakota and Harrods in London.  Really.

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