The history of a prominent British Jewish family, and an insight into growing up Jewish.
I was particularly interested in the mention of Hugh Montefiore, who at a young age converted to Christianity and rose to become a Bishop in the Anglican church; I have a book of his on order and am waiting for it to be delivered. Many of the extended family have published books in a wide variety of genres over the years.
Stalker is one of my favourites in this series, as we get to see how Lt Decker's daughter Cindy is coming to terms with life in the police force and begins to understand some of the pressures her father was under when she was growing up. Cindy inadvertently stumbles upon police involvement in a dodgy property deal and finds that someone is out to frighten - and ultimately silence- her.
The second book has a great storyline but a rather terse writing style, which took me quite a long time to sink into and enjoy. I did, and am looking for others in this series now.
I ask you, how could I possibly leave this treasure to languish in a thrift shop ? I couldn't and brought it home to devour and enjoy.
A discount chain bookshop near our town was having a clearance sale, and I ended up bringing home two bags of books. The Terry Pratchett Discwrld quiz book is fiendishly difficult.... and I ended up getting the small Bible for half of the lowest marked price, even if it is the New Revised Standard Version.
I was so looking forward to reading both of these; one old, one new.
I did mostly enjoy reading Dave Gorman's attempt to travel across America by car without eating or staying at a chain restaurants or motels, and without patronising any of the large chains of gas filling stations. He didn't succeed but had a jolly good attempt.
I was just mumbling to DH that I was going to but a copy of the book after I returned this one to the library, when I read the chapter about a Mom & Pop store where the owner had a stand which offered an impromptu FreeCycvle service to the local community.
All well and good till the author sees, at the checkout, a sign supporting a two day boycott against Walmart which he then proceeds to mock and ridicule for several different reasons, including being glad he could tick that he had discovered "right-wing Christian bigotry" in his journey.
Instead of castigating the woman in his book, why didn't he actually talk to her at the time and ask why she was supporting the boycott for only two days and not permanently, what her motivation was, etc, rather than just dismissing it out of hand because she didn't approve of the alleged promotion of homosexuality by Walmart and was therefore beyond the pale of decent human standards by his viewpoint ?
The new Terry Pratchett book continues the story of Tiffany Aching, now aged 16 . It is a black and bleak book, dealing with death, domestic abuse, early teenage pregancy, attempted suicide and blighted hopes of love. The plot was inappropriate for the intended young teenage audience, IMO, and rather lost steam towards the end. I think that Sir Terry's Alzheimer's is now really starting to affect his writing, though I sincerely hope I am wrong and that the next book will be better........