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Things We Didn't Say by Kristina Riggle
Casey, a young adult, is engaged to a Michael, who has three children. His teenage daughter is a brat and his teenage son runs away. The kids' mom is around the house more than Casey would like, and this threatens to ruin the relationship between her and Michael.
I finished it but felt I wasted my time. The writing wasn't bad but the storyline was dull.
Very controversial, obviously, but I loved how caring and compassionate she was with her patients. The threats to her and her family were absolutely astonishing. She was afraid for their lives on a daily basis. I'm embarrassed for the people who treated them like that and sickened by their behavior. Honestly.
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
In 2005, Novelist Francisco Goldman married a young writer named Aura Estrada. The month before their second anniversary, during a long-awaited holiday, Aura broke her neck while body surfing. Her family blamed him for her death for some ridiculous reason...he wouldn't go in the water with her when she invited him in.
I hate to say it, but I loved the part where he discussed the details of the accident and aftermath (hospital and funeral), but in the rest of the book, when he talked about her childhood and college years, as well as their short marriage, he kind of lost me. The writing was beautiful, but I couldn't help but think he was just trying to capitalize on her death. Awful, I know, but that's what I felt.
"To take a crime from scene to court may involve several specialized branches of forensic science. Criminalistics specialists look at statistics, splash patterns, fingerprints and distribution of material at the scene; forensic chemistry deals with fires, explosives, glass, paint and soil analysis; toxicology looks at poisons and drug abuse; serology is the science of body fluids including blood, saliva and semen; the documents unit look at fakes and forgeries; and the computer branch investigate hacking and electronically detectable crimes." That pretty much says it all. Some of the cases were interesting; others, not so much.
Bradshaw shows how humans can live in harmony with - not just dominion over - their four-legged friends. He explains why positive reinforcement is a more effective and less damaging way to control dogs' behavior than punishment. He also discusses why it's important to weigh a dog's unique personality against stereotypes about its breed. (Three cheers for pit bulls!!!)
A little too scientific for me at first, but then I got into it.
The Lust for Blood: Why We are Fascinated by Death, Murder, Horror and Violence by Jeffrey Kottler
Do you slow down at accident scenes hoping to catch a glimpse of something...anything? Enjoy the gory details at murder trials? Have an interest in serial killers and why they kill? I do, I admit it, and that's why I picked this up at the library.
Kottler, a psychologist and author of a best-selling book about serial killers, interviewed perpetrators, victims and "consumers" of violence to find out why this subject draws such a wide audience (nice to know I'm not the only one).
Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber
The inside scoop about the day Reagan was nearly killed on March 30, 1981.
Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (He wrote When Elephants Weep, which I LOVED)