Three Books Read in June 2022

The month of June brought a nice variety of books to me. I found myself listening to one on a Playaway device while I walked, listening to one on CD, reading part of a very long print book, as well as parts of a couple of e-books.

Here are my thoughts on three of those books.

What Happened to the Bennetts, by Lisa Scottoline

What Happened to the Bennetts, by Lisa Scottoline

A pickup truck driver appears to want to carjack the Bennett family in this latest book by Lisa Scottoline, but nothing in this novel turns out to be as it seems. In the incident, the Bennett daughter is killed. Her parents and brother are put in the witness protection program, but it soon becomes clear that all the FBI agents aren’t on the up-and-up.

The book is written in first-person, from the viewpoint of Mr. Bennett.

For my taste, this novel was longer than it should have been. Perhaps that’s because I was listening to it on Playaway from the public library.

My main takeaway from the novel was how innocent, victimized people can have their lives turned upside down when forced to enter the witness protection program for their own safety.

A Sacred Oath, by Mark T. Esper

A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times, by Mark T. Esper

When I requested this book by former US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, I didn’t realize it was more than 700 pages long. I admit that I didn’t read every word of it.

Secretary Esper writes about his efforts to modernize and improve the US military.

The book did refresh my memory about some things that Trump did while in the White House. Secretary Esper’s book gives some details of conflicts he had with Trump. Esper was especially irritated about Trump’s constant attempt to politicize the military.

He writes about how he and Gen. Mark A. Milley felt duped and used by Trump on June 1, 2020 when he instructed them to go with him to see the damage that had been done to St. John’s Episcopal Church the night before during protests against the murder of George Floyd. It turned out to just be a political photo op for Trump, which made Secretary Esper incredibly uncomfortable.

Secretary Esper writes about Trump’s dislike for Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president’s knee-jerk request that the Department of Defense pull 9,500 military personnel and their 10,000 to 20,000 family members out of Germany in three months.

And there was Trump’s grandiose desire for a military parade in Washington, DC that would have rivaled those typical of Russia, China, and North Korea.

I hope Secretary Esper spoke for most of us when he wrote the following:

“The most shocking and troubling event of the Trump presidency was the organization and incitement of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and stopped the constitutional process Congress was following to affirm the election and transfer of power to a new president. I never thought I would see what happened on Capitol Hill that day.”

It’s a sad narrative when the US Secretary of Defense has to see himself as a buffer between the US President and the US Constitution. I’ve just hit the highlights.

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Food Guide, by Sue Stillman Linja, RDN LD and SeAnne Sefaii-Waite PhD RDN LD

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Food Guide, by Sue Stillman Linja, RDN LD and SeAnne Sefaii-Waite PhD RDN LD

After reading about the MIND diet, which is based on the theory that we might be able to postpone getting Alzheimer’s Disease for a few years by eating certain foods and avoiding certain other foods, I found The Alzheimer’s Prevention Food Guide at the public library.

I found it to be a thorough, yet simple, food guide. It is well organized and takes a great many foods one-by-one and tells exactly why each one is good for us and why it is particularly good if you’re trying to take steps to possibly postpone Alzheimer’s Disease. Among the benefits listed for each one are anti-inflammatory, cognitive function, nerve function, memory, cell regeneration, and sleep enhancement.

The foods addressed in the book are all healthy. Their connection to Alzheimer’s isn’t totally proven, but what do you have to lose by giving them a try?

Since my last blog post

I appreciate Sally Cronin highlighting my June 27, 2022 blog post on her blog, . (That’s a long URL. I hope it works!) My blog has been visited by a number of Sally’s readers. If you’ve never visited her blog, I highly recommend it. She blogs about book, music, and throws in some humorous videos and cartoons. It really is a smorgasbord.

I’ve continued to work on my genealogy.

I’m considering buying Atticus writing/book publishing software to help me get some of my projects e-published or possibly published in paperback form. I’ve been impressed with their customer service. I e-mailed them a question and have received two prompt and helpful replies!

Until my next blog post

I hope you have at least one good book to read and a rewarding hobby to relax with.

Spend some quality time with family and friends.

Remember the people of Ukraine; Uvalde, Texas; and the people of Highland Park, Illinois – especially the orphaned two-year-old boy and the partially-paralyzed little boy.


17 thoughts on “Three Books Read in June 2022

  1. Those sound like very interesting books Janet, but by far the most important is the one about Alzheimer’s Disease. I was saddened to see a friend, whom I see every summer here on the Aegean, and how this horrible disease has been destroying him day by day and as I see him yearly, year by year. This year there’s nothing there of what used to be a vibrant and engaging personality…
    Well on a more happy note, I am glad to hear of your efforts to purchase software that will help you to attain your writing goals. That is smashing good Janet. I have to discipline myself and begin my book as well, and by now I’ve a lot of poetry to keep me quite engaged editing and rewriting. But I’ve also a lot of painting to do, so if I cannot get more than 24 hours in a day, I will have to prioritise…
    Hope you’ve a lovely summer. Here on the Turkish coast the weather is quite splendidly nice, a balmy, cool 20 degrees C. And at night one has to use the covers, of course windows remain open. It is so nice and Spain is going through a horrible heat wave…
    Cheers and all the best,

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  2. The book about Alzheimer’s is indeed of utmost importance and one I wish everyone would read. A very close family member of ours has been diagnosed and the future is incredibly bleak.
    A day trip to the North Carolina mountains yesterday provided a break from my normal routine and some beautiful scenery once the fog lifted. The cooler temperatures were a welcome relief. I didn’t even check for blog comments yesterday. It was nice to disconnect from technology, but later today I just might buy that Atticus software. What you said about needing to prioritize is true for me. I want to work on genealogy, a family recipe collection, my short stories — so I can get something published, my novel, and the list goes on and on. I pity people who have no hobbies or interests vying for their time — so they just watch TV for hours on end.
    Enjoy your lovely July on the Turkish coast. It sounds absolutely wonderful! I’ll let you know how I get along with Atticus.
    My best to you,

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  3. Thank you Janet and those mountains in NC sound just beautiful! I love mountains and here I am surrounded by some spectacular ones as well, as in Valencia, but here they are a little bit higher peaks. My mother died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, so I am pretty well acquainted with that horrible malady…
    Have a great evening and all the best!

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  4. Liz, I just hope there are enough of us who understand when it comes to the next election. Hopefully, the House Select Committee on the January 6th attempted coup is opening the eyes of the supporters of he who shall not be named.

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