Could an Amish man become the leader of the United States? After leaving the presidential race, former Congressman Mark Stedman meets Josiah Stoltzfus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Was it divine intervention that made the two gentlemen meet? Spending a few days with Josiah and his family, Mark realizes that maybe someone with common sense, not a career politican would be best for the country. First he needs to convince Josiah to run for president and then convince America that he is the best candidate. Readers learn about Josiah, his Amish values and family he treasures so much. Throw in the career politican who only thinks about himself and not the people he should be representing to add to this story. There is, to this reader, a very unexpected ending to the book. A delight to read and makes you think - could it ever happen?
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Just finished an upcoming book on Wisconsin's beloved Donald Driver. In "Driven: From homeless to hero, my journeys on and off Lambeau Field," Donald provides a look at his early life before his Packer career. Wonderful story of perseverance and not letting his past stop him from his dreams. He talks about his double life as a teenager - student during the day, selling crack and stealing cars at night. Many father figures enter and left his life like a revolving door. Football was something he loved and excelled at. It was his ticket to his dreams. As he acheived stardom on the field, he never forgot about family and the many fans he met. After several years with the Packers, charity work became his focus to give back to those fans. I've met Double D and he is a great role model for youth. He also appreciates what he has now and doesn't take anything for granted. Now he share his story with his many fans.
Readers who liked Jeannette Walls' gripping memoir, "The Glass Castle," will want to read her new novel, "The Silver Star," that deals with the effects of a mentally ill parent on a child. Bean Hollady is twelve, and her sister Liz is three years older. It's 1970 in small town California, and their mother, a misunderstood singer-songwriter, has taken off to "find herself." With money running low, and the child welfare authorities at their door, the sisters take a bus to Virginia, to vist an uncle they haven't seen in years.
Looking for a light and breezy beach read for the end of summer? Claire Cook's "Time Flies" takes the reader on a road trip on Cape Cod with Melanie and her best friend B.J. Melanie's husband Kurt has left her for a woman named Crissy, and she lets B.J. talk her into attending their high school reunion. It's been..umm..decades since they graduated. The reunion plans, which include a week at a classmate's beach cottage, don't quite turn out to be what Melanie signed up for. Cook is the author of "Must Love Dogs."
In "Carte Blanche," a James Bond thriller from Jeffery Deaver, the author has transported the super spy into the twentieth century. This Bond is a veteran of Afghanistan and is working for a super secret agency. There are still beautiful woman with unlikely names (Felicity Willing) and fast cars (a Bentley Continental GT coupe). There are still bad guys and detailed instructions to bartenders on how to contruct a drink. But hey, it's not the fifties anymore. See if you like this new Bond better.