Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
If you want to read a true tale of horror this season, follow author Pookie Sekmet on her journey and struggle through our toxic world in her book, Sensitive. PLUS – she is hosting a giveaway on Goodreads right now! – GOODREADS GIVEAWAY –
Honestly, if we truly think about our way of life in this day in age, we are basically poisoning ourselves on a day to day basis without much thought. Simple changes in our lives can lessen these exposures and add thoughtfulness to our health. That wasn’t the case for Pookie in the beginning. In her memoir, she digs deep into her family history to uncover a specific event that triggered an illness that still effects her today.
In her story she lets us hang along on the journey with her to find the truth as well as how she lives now and the importance of avoiding toxic chemicals. The path that led her to the event when she was younger is a path of family trauma and mysterious chronic health struggles. We follow her as she builds an unconventional new life; and, “finally, becomes a whistle-blower within a corrupt and patriarchal corporate culture.”
There is good information here, the book will make you think. I personally have prior knowledge to some of what the author talks about, but was surprised to learn of what happened to her when she was younger, the event that caused a chain reaction that will follow her though the rest of her lifetime.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The author’s writing has been compared to Michael Crichton, Blake Crouch and Hitchcock, which is why I was interested in reading this book!
A private investigator, Lee Crowe find a girl dead on top of a Rolls Royce….in the most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco. She is dressed to a T and Lee checks for a pulse because it almost looks like she is just sleeping. And so the investigation begins…..
We learn that the girls name is Claire Gravesend and during the autopsy after the ‘accident’ it is discovered that she has round scars running down her spine including other strange old markings. When they contact her mother, immediately knows that Claire did not kill herself, but won’t explain why or where Claire got these markings either.
Her mother instantly hires Lee Crowe to investigate the matter. Some pretty crazy things start to happen and you will never guess the ending to this book! I sure didn’t expect it, especially when he finds his way to Claire’s secret San Francisco house. It’s there that his questions come to a head. Sleeping in an upstairs bedroom, he finds Claire—her face, her hair, her scars—and as far as he can tell, she’s alive….but it’s not Claire……
That’s all I’m going to share with you folks! The only reason I didn’t give this book a full five out of five was because I got a little lost in where the story was heading in certain parts. The ending is a…..what the heck……type but once you get there, everything made sense.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
“Hunting with a hawk took me to the very edge of being a human, then it took me past that place to somewhere I wasn’t human at all.”
I stumbled upon this audio book on the Libby app one day. I love birds and the synopsis sounded interesting, so I gave it a try! H is for Hawk is a memoir about how Helen deals with the death of her father and her love of falconry. H is for Hawk, but H is also for Helen. Mabel, the hawk, and Helen, the trainer come together in a very unique and special relationship. The audio version I listened to was narrated by the author, which made it very interesting as well.
Helen weaves three story threads here: her grief for her late father, her experience training a goshawk, and T.H. White’s parallel journey of personal grief and hawking. Helen Macdonald says, “Hunting makes you animal but the death of an animal makes you human. Kneeling next to the hawk and her prey, I felt responsibility so huge that it battered inside my own chest, ballooning out into a space the size of a cathedral.” At first read you might think this is borderline hyperbole or overwritten prose, but this memoir/nature/bird watching/falconry book goes quite deep with raw emotion.
The only reason I gave the book a 4 out of 5 was that a considerable part of the book is about the trials of falconer T.H. White and his book “The Goshawk.” I struggled reading just a tiny bit with Helen’s frequent jumps to White’s life and “Gos” because it became redundant and too often took me away from Mabel and Helen. An interesting story none the less and I think I wouldn’t mind reading T.H. White’s falconry story as well!
P.S. If you don’t know who T.H. White is – he is the author of some well known books, including The Sword in the Stone!
Available on Amazon – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald