Book Number 5 of 2021 was True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray. Before I read it, I was familiar with the mysterious vanishing of Maura Murray, having listened to several of the podcasts discussing her case. If you’re not familiar, see Investigation Discovery summary here.
There is definitely enough content to Maura’s story to dedicate to an entire book. But I didn’t feel that Renner honored Maura or her family, nor did he honor his own family. I really don’t know that I’d want Renner involved if a member of my family was missing. Maura’s story is mysterious with some major oddities. Renner covers the story pretty well, and obviously has spent a large amount of time researching the case.
I recently read Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. This book was published in April 2019 – I had seen it on multiple trips to Barnes and Noble and finally dove in, not sure what to expect. After reading it, I am not surprised it has received 13,400 reviews on Goodreads. It’s a good read!
It isn’t a self-help book or an explosive celebrity memoir, but it is deep, and I felt better for reading it. I also felt glad to have participated in therapy in the times in my own life that I have, including last year. There is so much good that comes from working on ourselves and editing our stories. Therapy has given me a peaceful calm and a renewed hope.
Lori (the author), is a therapist who is treating patients in her Southern California practice. We get to know a few of her patients: Julie, a newlywed with terminal breast cancer, Rita, a senior citizen contemplating suicide while feeling the weight of her mistakes decades earlier, and John, a Hollywood producer trying to save his marriage while grappling with extreme grief.
I recently read Eleanor Herman’s Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White House and wanted to share a review, because this book was absolutely fascinating and very eye-opening. You might think a book about presidents many years ago might be boring, but this was the opposite of boring. Non-fiction at its best, with the marriages, sex lives, and scandals of U.S. presidents summarized, with so many “who knew” and WTF moments. All the stories you didn’t know you didn’t know.
Someone on Goodreads reviewed the book “Came for the sex, stayed for the history!” which I believe is a fair summary of the contents of the book. It does talk about presidents’ sex lives, but is filled with colorful history, heartbreak, and the consequences of decisions. Herman also talks about how many presidents likely suffer from hubris syndrome, bipolar disorder, narcissistic disorder, and a “superfluity of testosterone.” I found the history of the wives even more fascinating, with personal favorites being Edith Bolling Wilson and Jackie Kennedy.
Alright alright alright…. this book is a treat, another silver lining 2020 has gifted us. You know that a book is good when you’re sad that it’s over, and that’s how I felt after finishing this one. I recently listened to Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights on audible – and enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. Matthew is a great storyteller, he is witty and knows how to build a story and paint a picture that feels real. His stories are folksy, matter-of-fact, and without a trace of ego.
Having spent the last three hours crying, I’ve now finished The Book of Two Ways, Jodi Picoult’s 2020 gift to all of us. The premise of the book immediately drew me in: a plane is about to crash, and Dawn, the main character, does not thinking about her husband at home in Boston, and instead thinks of her ex-boyfriend from 15 years ago.
Welcome to my first book review, and my first blog post on my writing website! I’ve been awaiting the release of The Meaning of Mariah Carey since it was announced earlier this year. Possibly like a few other 2020 things (for example, that silly Bachelor show Listen to Your Heart), the pensive sadness surrounding COVID has placed heightened interest in little escapes of entertainment. I devoured TMOMC in a few short days.
I will start by saying that I am NOT a lamb (a Mariah Carey superfan), but I am a long-time follower, and yes, an admirer of her work. And here as proof, from a few decades and a few last names ago, the CDs I carried around in my first Toyota pickup. It is odd to me that I still have these, but I do! I was one of the few people that saw Glitter in the movie theatre in the fall of 2001 (thank you to my friend Gloria for going with me all those years ago). And when Mariah Carey was in Precious in 2009, I went out of my way to see that. I’ve loosely followed the headlines of her relationships over the years, starting with Tommy Mottola, then Derek Jeter, Nick Cannon, and James Packer. I even watched the short-lived reality show Mariah’s World in 2016 – remember that?