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By Gini Rainey

The Day John Died

by Christopher Anderson

Who has not been fascinated by one of the most famous families ever in the United States, and possibly the whole world?  But most times with that fame and notoriety comes tragedy, and that was very true of the Kennedy clan.  This book not only speaks of the tragic day that John Kennedy, Jr., his wife and sister-in-law lost their lives in a senseless plane crash, but also goes way behind the curtain and delves into a lot of the motivating forces throughout his life.  Often mostly thought of as the brave little soldier who saluted JFKs’ casket as it passed by, that brave little soldier grew up to be a man his father would have been most proud.

Well written and extensively researched, Anderson (who also wrote The Day Diana Died) has provided the reader with a different and more human view of the Kennedys and what made them who they are.  Anderson, in an easy to read and understand style, took his many sources and resources and wove them  into a very interesting and personal look at not only John’s, but also JFKs, Jackie’s, Caroline’s, Bobby’s, and Ted’s lives and how they interacted with one another.

With a fairly impartial view of the Kennedy’s, Mr. Anderson has written a book that illustrates how much the Kennedy Dynasty not only impacted America, but also the people who live there.  This book is definitely well worth the read.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2000 – William Morrow


Collusion of Angels

by Cynthia Boone

Once again Ms. Boone has written a novel filled with characters you will come to love and a story line that is filled with romance, self-redemption and, most of all, hope.  When Kennedy Gray’s every-day, not so run-of-the-mill life ends with the tragic loss of her family and boyfriend, she is given a chance at a new beginning in the mid-west on a farm habitated by an order of nuns.

Under the nuns’ loving guidance, a very unhappy, self-loathing Kennedy slowly comes to terms with her past and, finding a new direction for her life, contemplates and enters a period of training and preparation as a novitiate to entering the Catholic order with the nuns who had virtually become her new family.  What happens as she prepares for her future life in the convent changes her life in many positive ways.  Meanwhile, as you would hope to have happen in a romantic novel, the stars and planets (along with the sisters) are aligning to bring together two star-crossed lovers.

If you’ve not read anything by Boone, this is a good one to start with.  She has a wonderful way of creating characters that almost step right off the pages and make you want to know them even better.  While her stories are fictitious, they hold a certain amount of reality to which a lot of readers can relate.  Definitely a page turner, you won’t regret picking up and reading this book.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2017 – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform


UT Tyler Seeking Participants for 3rd Year of ‘Born to Read’ Program

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Program promotes early language and literacy in young children

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that it is seeking participants for the third year of the “Born to Read” literacy program, which promotes early childhood literacy in East Texas.

“The purpose of this program is to encourage children’s early language and literacy skills, while also helping parents understand their critical role as their child’s first and most valuable teacher,” said Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, UT Tyler Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor of Literacy Education.

“We provide parents with training and an initial tool kit of books and resources that   help and encourage them to raise children as readers,” said Dr. M. Sathyamoorthy, UT Tyler professor of mechanical engineering, who has coordinated support for the program from the Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club.

The Born to Read program is designed for expectant mothers, parents and legal guardians of children up to 3 years old. The program is free to the first 25 participants who register by Monday, Sept. 30. Participants will be involved in the program through June 30, 2020.

To register or for more information, contact Azalia Perez, or 903.566.7016.

Other program sponsors include Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and UT Tyler K-16 Literacy Center.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.



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Book Lovers Events: Hot Summer Signings & More


From book signings to Meet & Greet’s, Tyler  offers every Book Lover a lot of fun things to do. Check out these events:

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Reading the Kids Back to School

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By Gini Rainey

“Mischief and Mayhem: Part I of the Faerlands Chronicles”

by S. D. Nicholson

I think you know me by now to know that magical kingdoms and fantasy are not the usual genre of reading that I reach for.  So, when I was approached by the author’s publicist to read and review this book, I wasn’t even aware it fell into this area.  With that being said, I must admit that I have thoroughly enjoyed and been intrigued by the characters and tiny world that Mr. Nicholson has created in his first book.  Without a doubt, the main character, the tiny fae Ophelia, is every bit a heroine as are her six-foot tall counterparts.

I have no doubt in my mind that while the faes and faers of Nicholson’s book are In a struggle to preserve and maintain peace in their homeland, it is also analogous to the struggles we humans face on a daily basis while trying to attain a peaceful coexistence with the other inhabitants of this big blue marble.

The not so terribly hidden messages in Nicholson’s book came through loud and clear to me:  that if we spend quiet time by ourselves, we will be able to find and explore fully what our capabilities are, and additionally, fight for what we hold near and dear.  This is an outstanding read.  Not only will it capture your imagination, but it will also have you start thinking about what undeveloped talents and truths you might not have discovered about yourself.

I read the teaser at the end of the book and am anxious to read Part 2 of the Faerlands Chronicles!

5 of 5 – Copyright 2019 – Köhler Books

“Big Little Lies”

by Liane Moriarty

This book from which the HBO series starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman was adapted, is a pretty slow starter.  Working backwards from an event, the first third of this book was busy building strong characters, exposing bullies (adult-sized and pint-sized), failed and new relationships, and various points of view about the culmination of events.  As usual, Ms. Moriarty isn’t afraid to cooly broach hot topics: blended families, sexual assault, violence against women and children, all carefully tempered with unexpected humor and human emotions.

Set in a rather cliquish, upper-end Australian beach community, the human interests begin to develop by retrospect following a murder at the exclusive private school.  Liane develops some pretty interesting characters using her very successful skills and creating some of the most flawed people this side of Sidney.

Definitely worth the read for anyone with school-aged children as it brings together three moms whose only commonality is their kindergarten-aged children. While pointing out each of the character’s flaws, Moriarty gently has a couple of fingers pointing at the helicopter-parenting skills of modern-day moms that perhaps are creating our current crop of young adults who are clueless.

Without a doubt, this is yet another in a long stream of controversial topics that Liane Moriarty isn’t afraid of writing about and the plot twist at the end will keep you reading till the final page.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2014 – Berkley

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