Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

The Dinner, a novel by Herman Koch, is a sneakily disturbing story that is incredibly entertaining to read. If I were a political science professor, I would use this book as part of my curriculum as it skillfully touches age old yet very current issues. The entire story takes place as four adults, two brothers and their wives, dine at an exclusive restaurant in Amsterdam. The evening begins with small talk and peaks when the discussion finally hits upon their children. As the civility of the adults fades, we see how far the couples are willing to go to protect their reputations, offspring, and futures. The Dinner is a culinary masterpiece written for a reader hungry for a story that will not leave your memory. A book group would have a field day with this one!


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Who Am I Character #3:

I am a girl living in the early 20th century.

I was suppose to be a boy.

My vocabulary and imagination are well developed.

I like to talk.

My balance leaves something to be desired.

Who am I?

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If you can’t make it to Sturgis . . .

try one of these instead . . .

The film Easy Rider found at DVD FIC EAS: With cash from a cocaine sale, freewheelers Billy and Wyatt hop on their motorcycles and ride across America toward New Orleans. Along the way, they add boozy lawyer George to their trouble-finding, society-questioning entourage.

100 Years of Harley Davidson by Willie G. Davidson found at 338.76 DAV: Recognized the world over as an icon of the American lifestyle and the American Dream, Harley-Davidson’s 100th anniversary is celebrated in this over-sized volume. Written by the grandson of the company’s founder, the book contains the family business’s inside story, along with rare photographs.

The Big Book of Harley Davidson by Harley Daivdson, Inc. found at 338.7 BOL: Trace the history of all the Harley-Davidson models decade by decade. The ultimate Harley-Davidson history.

Harley Davidson: a love affair by Jim Glastonbury found at 629.227: This pictorial celebration of the world’s most famous motorcycle will delight Harley fans of all ages.  The leading icon of the bike trade of the 1950’s, the Harley-Davidson machine is the most respected by bike fans of the 1990’s.  Includes vibrant full-color photographs of Harleys around the world, as well as custom Harleys of yesterday and today.

Standard Catalog of Harley Davidson Motorcycles From 1903-2003 found at 629.227: Life’s a journey, not a destination, and millions continue to choose to make that journey in style on the greatest American-made motorcycle. From its humble beginnings in a tiny wooden shed as four young men experimented with internal combustion, jumping forward 100 years to their first motorcycle to combine fuel injection, overhead cams, and liquid cooling delivering 115 horsepower, Standard Catalog of Harley-Davidson celebrates 100 years of production history. Author and professional photographer, Doug Mitchel provides an unyielding glimpse at the motorcycle reversed as an American icon. Every model is covered–complete with specifications, technical data, production history, and current market and original manufacturer suggested retail pricing–between the pages of this new full-color standard, including 45s, Panheads, Knuckleheads, Shovelheads, Evolution (known as Evos), and more, helping readers sort out the “alphabet soup” of model designations.

Biker’s Handbooks: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture found at 796.7 BAR: There are millions of new motorcyclists hitting the blacktop every year. But being part of the American motorcycle culture takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best financing cant buy. This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. He begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn’t in this heady world. Most of all, he aims to spare new bikers the bad decisions neophytes typically make. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn’t made or a situation he hasn’t encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a community that is as much a part of American culture as baseball, hotdogs and apple pie.

No Angel: my harrowing undercover journey with the inner circle of Hells Angels by Jay Dobyns found at 364.106 DOB : FBI agent Jay Dobyns relates his experiences working undercover to infiltrate the Hells Angel Motorcycle Club, discussing his actions and how the job nearly cost him his family and life.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values by Robert M. Pirsig: Arguably one of the most profoundly important essays ever written on the nature and significance of “quality” and definitely a necessary anodyne to the consequences of a modern world  pathologically obsessed with quantity.  Although set as a story of a cross-country trip on a motorcycle by a father and son, it is more nearly a journey through 2,000 years of Western philosophy. For some people, this has been a truly  life-changing book.

The movie Wild Hogs found at DVD FIC WIL: Restless and ready for adventure, four suburban bikers leave the safety of their subdivision and head out on the open road. But complications ensue when they cross paths with an intimidating band of New Mexico bikers known as the Del Fuegos.

The movie Rumble Fish found at DVD FIC RUM: Rusty James is a troubled teen who lives in the shadow of his older brother, “the Motorcycle Boy.” He wants to be smart, tough, and cool like his sibling. Trouble is, he seems to only have the tough part down. Rusty isn’t a leader like his brother, he’s only good at getting people into trouble and trying to kick and punch his way out of it. Everyone around him has given up on Rusty James, and he’s going to destroy anybody around him, including himself. When his brother returns, Rusty has to come to grips with who they both really are.

The movie Beyond the Law found at DVD FIC BEY: A fearless cop goes undercover in order to filtrate a notorious motorcycle gang, in this film based on a true story.

New Adult Fiction

new bookwormBeautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand: Gathering on Nantucket for a wedding planned to the letter by the bride’s late mother, the Carmichaels and the Grahams hide their scandal-ridden, crumbling lives from the blissfully unaware, happy couple.

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen: In Florida, Andrew Yancy must negotiate unpredictable events and characters on why a human arm is in his freezer.

A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson: When a lost Mormon child wanders into Absaroka County, the Wyoming sheriff teams up with deputy Victoria Moretti and friend Henry Standing Bear on a high plains scavenger hunt that leads them to a violent interstate polygamy group.

Joyland by Stephen King: In the summer of 1973 at an amusement park in a small North Carolina town college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella: When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, Lottie jumps at the chance. But not everyone is thrilled|, and family and friends are determined to intervene.

Taking Eve by Iris Johansen: Hoping for a more peaceful time after learning the tragic truth about her child’s disappearance years earlier, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is entreated by desperate father Jim Doane to learn the truth about his missing son.

The summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe: Three granddaughters, three months, and one summer house reveals the complex relationships between three half sisters scattered across the country, and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds.

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud: After abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child’s family until his artist mother’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.

Stolen by Daniel Palmer: When John Bodine steels a customer’s identity to attain health care for his wife, he is contacted by the customer whose identity he stole and is given a startling proposition.

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson: FBI agent John O’Hara and Special Agent Sarah Brubaker hunt an ingenious pair of serial killers whose victims all have one chilling thing in common–they’re newlyweds.

Who Am I?

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Character #2

I am tall.

I travel with two companions.

Fish do not like me.

I like rainy days.

Who am I?

Please submit your answer via the contact form.