Memories before and after the Sound of Music by Agathe von Trapp

Summary:

The oldest daughter, but not the oldest child, of Captain Von Trapp and his first wife shares her memories of life in Austria before, during, and after World War II; life after her mother’s passing; Maria becoming her second mother; touring the world singing with her family; “The Sound of Music;” and where “the children” are now.

Opinion:

In the prelude, the author states that one of the reasons she wrote this book is to answer questions she’s heard over her lifetime: did they really climb the mountain to Switzerland; was their father really that strict; did they really learn to sing via “Do-Re-Mi,” etc. It didn’t surprise me that she had negative feelings toward the infamous musical/movie. Over time, she was able to separate her feelings and acknowledge that, while the musical/movie is inaccurate, through it, joy has been brought to generations.

This was a very interesting read. I became fixated on them during this past Easter while watching “The Sound of Music.” I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the family. As much as I would love to share some of the truths, I think you should read the book and find out for yourselves.

© Cori Endicott June 2012

Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

Summary:

When a set of remains shows up in Montreal with fingerprints matching a deceased Vietnam vet who is interred inNorth Carolina,Tempe is off to Hawaii to the JPAC center to try to straighten things out. Throw in the Sons of Samoa gang, a couple of shark attack victims, and Andrew Ryan showing up with daughter, Lilly, things are going to get interesting.

Opinion:

While the plot wasn’t riveting, in my opinion, I did learn a lot about JPAC and how they are working continually to bring every American solider home. As of the printing of Spider Bones, 78,000 World War II, 8100 Korean, 120 Cold War, and 1800Vietnam soldiers are waiting to come home. (Found in the back of the book.) JPAC’s motto touches me: UNTIL THEY ARE HOME.

© Cori Endicott May 2012