Sunday, July 26, 2020

Book Review: Landing in my Present


LANDING IN MY PRESENT
by
Mary Clark
Biography / Aviation / Historical / WWII
Publisher: Hellgate Press Date of Publication: June 15, 2020
Number of Pages: 218
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Mary Walker Clark barely knew her father. When he died, he left not only the obvious void every teen would experience, but took with him scores of Indiana Jones-style tales about flying the Hump, a treacherous series of US missions that transported supplies over the Himalayas to China during World War II. 
It would take a chance interview with a pilot who had flown with her father in the war to launch a series of extraordinary journeysinto a shrouded past and halfway around the globe to India and Chinafor Clark to finally come to know the father whose absence had haunted her for decades. 
Landing in My Present chronicles the adventures of a daughter who chose to pry open a painful past while enlarging her view of an adventurous father long thought lost.
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If I'm being honest, I don't think my love for biographies will ever go away. Maybe it's because I grew up in an era of reality TV and YouTube, but I just truly enjoy reading about other's people's lives. Landing in My Present was no exception.

This story is actually a little different than most biographies that I have read because it doesn't focus on the main character's biography, it is mixture of an autobiography and a biography because she talks more about her father's past while also talking about how she was feeling as well. This isn't always the norm when reading these types of books (and I have read plenty), so it was definitely a nice change of pace.

I am a huge history buff, so anything dealing with history, especially WWII history, I'm all ears (and eyes). I have read so many things about this time in our world history and after reading this book, I found out that I'm still learning. I loved all the little details that our author gives us insight to, like the Himalayan Hump that pilots in the war had no choice but to go through to get their supplies into China. I also didn't know that you could just own a plane and fly into an airport. I don't currently have a plane, so I'm not sure how much or little that aspect has changed, but it was interesting to read that the sky wasn't that regulated as it is now.

 Even though I'm a history buff, I'm just not a technical kind of buff.  There were a couple of chapters that our author talked about her father's plane and gives us a more in-depth look at the planes and what makes them cool. While that may interesting for some people, I was just not interested in the plane aspect as much, though I loved her passion when talking about this and just her father in general throughout the book.

Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. You learn something new throughout the story, it's interesting and it gives you insight on one man's incredible life. And for those of you who do not like reading long stories, this one is only 218 pages total. Until next time friends, Happy Reading!









Mary Walker Clark is a retired attorney turned travel writer who loves taking readers with her to worldwide destinations. She has been traveling independently and internationally for over fifty years. Her essays may be found in the Paris News, at her blog, "Mary Clark, Traveler," and her podcasts at KETR 88.9, an NPR affiliate. Clark is an award-winning member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and a contributor to Still Me, … After All These Years, 24 Writers Reflect on Aging. 
In 2016, Clark traveled to India and China to follow her father's WWII footsteps when he was a Hump pilot flying over the Himalayas. Her journey to connect with him fifty years after his death is told in her book, Landing in My Present
Clark is a fifth generation Texan living in Paris, Texas.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers

Hello everyone! It has been super sunny here in south Texas, hoping for a rainy day soon. If there was ever a time that I wish I had a pool in the backyard, it would be today as it is 100 degrees. But alas, I thought it would be so convenient having a community pool. Silly me for not predicting a pandemic sooner. ANYWAYS, I have been inside more and I have been reading more. The book I am reviewing today, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, I actually started at the beginning of the year. But then I had other reading obligations and other things got in the way and I put this away for a bit. But I was able to pick it up again a couple of weeks ago, so here's my review!




Liane Moriarty is an Australian author. Liane has written 10 books, which includes 3 children's books. She

is best known for her novel, Big Little Lies, which was adapted into an HBO limited series, which went on to win multiple Emmy's. Nine Perfect Strangers is the newest book in Liane's collection and is set to have a limited series of it's own come out on Hulu in 2021.





Nine Perfect Strangers is about nine different people who gather at a health resort. Some to lose weight, some to gain clarity and others just to enjoy getting away. But the health resort's main coach, Masha, is not going to let them take it easy by any means. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.


This is my second book that I read from Liane Moriarty and it is just as good as the last book I read. Nine Perfect Strangers brings together a group of characters that are all completely different and come into the tranquillium house with different objectives, but in the end, have the same goal. Moriarty proves that a big cast of characters does not diminish a story. Though, there was one character I kept forgetting about, but that also could have been because I set it down and picked it back up months later.

Each character is able to tell their story about that they are feeling and they are reacting to everything that goes on during their stay in tranquillium house. There does seem to be main character, Frances, but Liane gives all her characters time to shine. It's really impressive how each character has their talking style. Liane does a great job of making each character's voice in the story unique and not just one narrative.

Like Liane's other book I read, and I'm sure all her books, I was ready for all the twists and turns and I was not disappointed.

Overall, I enjoyed Nine Perfect Strangers and I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is a little long, but still a good read. I enjoyed learning about these and finding out why they are the way they are. The whole book is a perfect example of how to execute multiple characters at once without overwhelming the reader. If you liked the review, I also have it as a BookTube on my YouTube Channel. Until next time, Happy Reading!