Throwback Thursday: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee, Its Book Talk to share some of our old favorites as well as books that we’ve finally got around to reading that was published over a year ago.

Norma read The Life We Bury quite a while ago and kept suggesting it to me to read but for some reason, I kept putting it off.  Finally, I listened to it and I loved it and wondered why I waited so long to give it a try.  So I suggested if you haven’t read this one to read it as soon as possible because the sequel is now on NetGalley and will be released November 13 2018

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The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

Coming November 13, 2018

The Shadows We HideThe Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens

In the highly-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller The Life We Bury, Joe Talbert returns to investigate the murder of the father he never knew, and to reckon with his own family’s past.

Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota.
Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town’s residents have much to say about the dead man-other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife’s inheritance after she, too, passed away–an inheritance that may now be Joe’s.
Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own devastated relationship with his mother, who is seeking to get back into her son’s life, Joe must put together the missing pieces of his family history– before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own.


Have you read The Life We Bury? Want to read it now? Are you excited for The Shadows We Hide? Drop us a comment!!  We would love to hear from you

Random Book Musings: When reading do you keep your books in pristine shape as much as possible or are you everything goes? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers


This weeks question was a fun one for the Traveling Sisters and we hope that a few of you will also join in on the discussion with us.  Norma always has these random questions she is curious about so she has asked our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do.

Web_L057-1_brunetteThe best answer this week was from Kris!  She had a few of us on the floor laughing. 

Norma’s random book question:

So here is my next question that I have always wondered about us book lovers!

When reading do you keep your books in pristine shape as much as possible or are you everything goes? Do you use a bookmark to mark your page? And where or how do you store your books?

I might have included more than one question but it all pertains to the shape of our books though. LOL


Web_L337-2_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s Answer

So I like to keep my books in pristine shape as much as possible. I always use a bookmark, I don’t crack the spine, and always store it in a book bag on my way to and from work. I don’t have any rhyme or reason in the way my books are stored though. They are actually all over the house in any spare spot that I can find. I do have about 3 bookcases full of unread books, books in my closet, under my bed, on my nightstand, at work, on the floor in a box. The list just goes on. LOL

I absolutely love my bookmarks and collect them. I rotate them and always like to buy new ones. If I loose one….the search is on. I actually have bookmarks with pictures of my kids on them that they made for me as a Mother’s Day gift in elementary school. I suggested a bookmark craft to the school one year as I thought it would be the perfect keepsake. They loved the idea and kept up the tradition throughout my kids school years.  I still have all three bookmarks!

L389-3_brunete_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

I keep my books in good condition but I like to carry them from room to room with me. When my husband is not home I leave them on the bed.  So they don’t always stay in pristine shape.  When I was younger and not so forgetful I never used anything to mark my pages.  I would just remember where I left off.  Now I use a bookmark.  I have a few and carry them with my books.

I book stress shop and I buy a lot of books.  I had a book closet but it was too small so now I have a walk-in closet for all my books.  I collect unread books.  Once I read them I give them to family or friends.

Web_L435-2_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Answer

I don’t purchase many books (thanks to my lovely local library and NG), but when I do, I try to keep them in good shape. Always use a bookmark! Love my bookmarks but I am like many of you and have used many different things found around the house to mark my page. I would never think of folding a page – eeekkk – just thinking of that makes me cringe.

I have a 5 shelf bookcase in my living room and a 6 shelf bookcase in my bedroom for the books I loved and want to keep along with all the others I haven’t read. I lend out or donate any books that I’ve read and didn’t love so they don’t take up any space on my shelves.

Web_L151-2_blonde_blue-eyesKris’s Answer

I do my best to keep my books in pristine condition.

I store all my books in a climate controlled room where I monitor the humidity levels as to not warp a single page.

Just kidding, I don’t do that. But one can dream …🤓💭

I like to keep my books all together in my bedroom so I know where they are and that they are safe, and I always travel with my current read.

I use bookmarks, but I have definitely been known to use a receipt, post it, playing card, and even once, a ziplock baggie, as to not fold a page! But I try to remember to throw a bookmark in my book when I first decide to read it.

I do have some older books that have been through the mill—ones I’ve read and reread as a teen—and I kind of love their worn out, smoothed over, I read-the-heck-outta-this condition.

Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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