Saturday, March 30, 2013

by Ann Kirschner

Josephine Sarah Marcus was a Jewish woman from New York who lived with Wyatt Earp for almost fifty years. They were never married legally; she was a common-law wife which was the standard for all the four Earp brothers. Their lives were spent traveling from one place to another always prospecting for gold, setting up saloons, gambling, making money.
Josephine has always been in the shadows since there's a dearth of books about Wyatt and this book is no different. There's not a lot of information on her. She constantly reinvented herself which included many lies. Josephine was always in the background and still is.
I felt that I was hearing, again, about Wyatt and that is what the book is about. 
The writing is just awful. There is no depth; everything is just stated. I felt as if I was reading a term paper. After reading 140 pages, I quit.
Not recommended.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

by Christa Parravani

Christa and Cara were identical twin sisters with vibrant personalities. Cara was born first and was larger than her sister. (The doctor thought their mother was carrying a boy right up to birth.) Christa was the photographer and Cara the poetess. They both married young but were more devoted to one another than their respective spouses.
Cara was raped while walking her dog and her life went downhill after that. She became a drug addict and died of a heroin overdose at the age of twenty-eight. For Christa being twinless, it was dire and she too almost went off the deep end. It took her years to climb out of her hole and learn to function again living as herself.
I have read a few books about twins and I have always found them fascinating. Not so with this one. The sisters were hard to like. Cara was self-absorbed and narcissistic. Christa was shallow with no substance. 
The first quarter of the book grabbed you and was hard to put down. By the middle, it was becoming annoying. I couldn't wait to get to the end. The writing was not lyrical as other reviewers have said. It's loaded with similes which I hate because it's unnecessary filler. Her wording is very descriptive, sometimes too much.
Needless to say, I was very disappointed. The two sisters are people that I would not have cared to know about.
Not recommended.