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Innocent by Scott Turow

GRETCHEN ADAMEK, March 17, 2011

I find myself compelled to comment on this book after seeing the review by Lissa pop up in the daily dose, and then reading the other reviews.

I could MAYBE agree that this was a taut psychological and legal thriller if this was a stand alone book. But it's not. It's a sequel. "Presumed Innocent" ended with a legal triumph and Rusty's personal despair. Rusty had had an affair, his wife deliberately and brutally murdered his mistress, and meticulously framed him.

Flash forward twenty years to this book--and I am giving nothing away that isn't apparent very early on--and Rusty is living with and still married to his wife. The details of the why and how are unsatisfactory; and the basis for the second murder investigation is consequently contrived.

The only redeeming quality to this book is the skilled writing. Turow sets a breakneck pace, and at the same time a dark melancholy mood.

Those who read and rooted for Rusty in Presumed Innocent as I did, will, I suspect, have no doubt as to Rusty's innocence here. It's just I don't care. For god's sake, I was rooting for Tommy Molto!
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From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden by Amy Stewart
From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden

GRETCHEN ADAMEK, January 12, 2010

Amy Stewart's story of a first garden is strangely intimate: You will root for her triumphs, commiserate at her failures, and find yourself lusting at the newest garden addition even as you hold the book open with your two black thumbs. Ms Stewart's voice is warm, humorous, and self-effacing. She has written a remarkably compelling book, one that demonstrates how one person's passion is contagious: even for the non-gardener, even for me.
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Tigers Woman by Celeste De Blasis

GRETCHEN ADAMEK, March 4, 2009

Although I've never been a fan of the romance novel-or the bodice ripper as my mom's friend calls these- this book has long been a favorite. It has all the standards-plucky heroine, dastardly villain or is he the hero?-exotic locale. But the heroine is not one dimensional, and more than plucky, she is strong and smart and almost feminist within the constraints of her circumstance and era. It's a perfect beach read-or cozy by the fire read.
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The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal by Laurie Notaro
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal

GRETCHEN ADAMEK, June 30, 2008

This book is ought to be sold with a variety pack of wetness protection products, it is that funny. The antics in this cover everything from selling her home to taking a cruise. Her witty--one might even say snarky--observations about the people around her will make you hope you are never doing something in public where she might be around, lest you wind up in her next book. Notaro is Erma Bombeck for the 21st century. If you've never read her books, the great news is that when you finish this one, you won't have to suffer withdrawal as there are a bunch more of her books out there.
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The Thing about Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead by David Shields
The Thing about Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

GRETCHEN ADAMEK, January 30, 2008

I haven't read the book yet--I clicked on a link to comoment on the title. The cover reminds me of the cover of an old James Kirkwood book called PS Your Cat is Dead. But my comment on the title--it reminds me of this saying:

Wherever you go, there you are.
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