Eileen Rieback

Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (13 of 16)
Location: Coral Springs, FL USA
In My Own Words:
I am an avid reader. At last count, I owned several thousand books. So many books and so little time!


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Opposite Of Fate by Amy Tan
Opposite Of Fate by Amy Tan
4.0 out of 5 stars Amy Tan in her own voice, July 12 2004
"The Opposite of Fate" is a collection of musings that cover the many facets of Amy Tan's life, career, and philosophies. The book runs the gamut from a library contest entry written when she was eight to articles and lectures about her current life as a writer. These essays are quite personal, honest, and told with humor and amazing insight.
Tan reminisces on her childhood and the clash of Chinese fate and Christian faith in her upbringing. She provides many details about her family, especially her relationship with her mother. She also talks about the loss of both her father and brother to brain cancer the same year, as well as the deaths of several close friends. She… Read more
The Madman's Tale: A Novel by John Katzenbach
The Madman's Tale: A Novel by John Katzenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Katzenbach at his best, July 10 2004
In "The Madman's Tale," John Katzenbach has produced a well-written thriller with an unusual protagonist and an eerie setting. Francis "C-Bird" Petrel is a former patient of a state mental hospital who recounts a series of unsolved murders that occurred at the asylum years ago. The narrative weaves together the present and past as Francis revisits the closed-down asylum for a series of lectures and then grapples with the memories and internal voices of his past. He decides to write down, in pencil on the walls of his apartment, the story of life in the asylum and his role in helping track down the serial killer known simply as "The Angel." As Francis composes… Read more
Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson
Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson
"What are we but our stories?" asks Jennifer, a widow and newspaper columnist who is summoned to a Lake Geneva Wisconsin hospital where her beloved grandmother Sam lies in a coma. Jennifer spends the rest of the summer at Sam's home on the lake, reliving her memories of time she spent at the lake as a child and waiting for Sam to awaken from her coma. She discovers a bundle of letters that her grandmother wrote to her which uncover secrets about Sam's unhappy marriage and a mysterious lover simply called "Doc." She renews the acquaintance of an old friend, Brendan, and falls in love with him.
Similar in tone to Patterson's "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas,"… Read more