Kristie Plank

The Trip Back To Wisconsin

Submitted by Betty SchliesAs I sit here tonight, watching friends leaving in their RV’s for their trek back North, I’m contemplating our trip back to Wisconsin. It brings back some vivid memories of our trip last year.  Okay everyone, if any of you need to write a comedy story, just hook up with Betty and…

Delightful Reads New And Old

Tissue Alert:  Tears of laughter, joy, sadness, and even anger may result from the reading of Wonder (2012) by R. J. Palacio.  Along with the alert, I can also guarantee you will fall in love with 10-year-old August Pullman. Wonder opens with Auggie explaining to the reader how he does all the things that ordinary…

Darn Good Reads

Postcards, we have bought them, sent them, received them.  And sometimes, ones from days gone by show up when sorting through boxes or when used as a bookmark.  That is exactly what happened to Kate Pheris and daughter Devin in Lost Lake (2014) by Sarah Addison Allen. Lost Lake, located in southern Georgia, near the…

Get Out Your Walking Shoes

Sit back and get ready to enjoy a quiet and gentle read in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) by Rachel Joyce. Harold, 65 and recently retired, was only walking a letter to the mailbox at the end of the road.  At least that was his intention.  He had written a simple note to…

Serious Serial Readers Take Note!

If you are looking for a series you have not yet read, I suggest you pick up Still Life, a Chief Inspector Gamache novel, by Canadian author Louise Penny.  You will not be disappointed. As with many series it seems like a good idea to start with first one published.  I did not because #2,…

Idaho or NYC…Your Choice

If you ever feel the need to cool off and cannot get away, Killer View (2008) by Ridley Pearson might be just your ticket. This suspense novel is set in Sun Valley, Idaho during the dead of winter.  One week in the life of Walt Fleming, sheriff of Blaine County, is covered in this action…

Appalachian Reads

Hillbilly Elegy (2016) by J.D. Vance is a title you may recall hearing or reading about around the time of the 2016 contentious presidential election.  The talking heads on every radio and TV news show certainly went on and on about what Vance put forth in his “Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”. …

Florida Roadtrip!

Have a trip to the shore planned?  How about a flight?  Or, maybe just a weekend all to yourself?  You might want to pick up Beach Town (2015) by Mary Kay Andrews. It opens with Greer Hennessy, location scout, searching for palm trees on her drive through the Florida Panhandle.  All she has seen is…

Long Way From Home

If you have seen the movie Lion, then you have met young Saroo Brierley.  The movie version was taken from Saroo’s memoir A Long Way Home (2013).  It is Saroo’s story as a 5-year-old and his journey from India to Australia and his eventual return to India as an adult 25 years later. The Prologue…