Books – Coraline, Street Fighters, and The 19th Wife

I've finished 3 more books. You can see the list of books I have read this year here


Coraline by Neil Gaiman adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell

I highly recommend this book. The original version of Neil Gaimon's Coraline was published in 2002. Last year Gaimon partnered with P. Craig Russell to publish a comic book style version of the book. Amazon calls it a graphic novel. It is a scary book about my kind of girl. Coraline Is brave, independent and she likes to explore. She and her family have just move into a big old house. The first sentence hooked me; "Coraline discovered the door a little after they moved into the house."

Street Fighters by Kate Kelly

Street Fighters is the story of the collapse of Bear Stearns. It was recommended by my friend Todd Jonz  who I interviewed in my podcast in June. I found the book fascinating. I could very much imagine being at Bear Stearns and living through this time. If I was an employee there I would have been so mad at the cowboy executives who apparently never took risk seriously. I read Street Fighters on my Kindle

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

The 19th Wife is really two stories. One is a modern murder mystery about a murder of a polygamist and the polygamist community he lives in. The other story is historical fiction. It is based on the life of one of Brigham Young's wives, Ann Eliza Young, who divorced him and went on to crusade against Polygamy in the late 1800's. I had never heard of her before so I learned a lot about the history of the Mormon church and about polygamy. I enjoyed the murder mystery but found the historical story much too long. It dragged. In spite of that The 19th Wife was worth reading.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

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