The Little Mornings - Book Review
The Little Mornings, by C M Albrecht is a murder mystery
with 262 absolutely absorbing pages. We have three main
characters here - the grandfather, an alcoholic of
questionable character, a slightly off balance woman
(Angie) and an impressionable young man (Darcy) who
becomes mixed up in a whirlwind of events. Murder, thievery
and lies keep the unsteady relationship between Darcy and
Angie on edge. Keeping a secret is no easy task, especially
when someone else pops into the scene with inside
knowledge to the truth. Darcy, unable to control the events,
becomes another person entirely from the one we knew in
the first few pages of the book.
Perhaps because I am a writer, and this book has to do with
the publishing industry, I am partial to the theme.
Grandfather's description of a writer's methods to reach
their creative dreams had me laughing out loud - because it
was so true. As were the frustrated, aspiring writers and the
over worked publishers. I felt the book was very realistic in
I loved the first few paragraphs - they really pulled me in. I
kept hearing Humphry Bogart's voice in my head narrating
the story as I read along. I sat on the edge of an
uncomfortable plastic chair 2 days ago and opened the first
page to begin reviewing The Little Mornings. I meant to take
only a ten-minute break from my day to enjoy the sunshine.
The next thing I knew, my leg and butt-cheek were both
completely numb and lifeless? and I was on page 50! So
be warned, readers, this book may very well take you out of
commission for a few days. I could not wait to get back to it
every minute I had to spare!
Author: C M Albrecht
Publisher: Zumaya Publications.
~ Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry.
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The National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of its 2017 awards tonight:
Layli Long Soldier, Whereas (Graywolf)
Carina Chocano, You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages (Mariner)
Xiaolu Guo, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China (Grove)
Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Metropolitan Books)
Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster)
Joan Silber, Improvement (Counterpoint)
The John Leonard Prize:
Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf)
The Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing:
The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award:
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And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant increase in the share of Americans who read audiobooks, from 14% to 18%.
Overall, Americans read an average (mean) of 12 books per year, while the typical (median) American has read four books in the past 12 months. Each of these figures is largely unchanged since 2011, when the Center first began conducting the surveys of Americans' book reading habits.
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