Book Reviews Vy Armour

Hello Ahwatukee readers! Although I do not write book reviews in the summer months, I do continue reading, perhaps more than ever. Lucky enough to spend summers in the cool pines of Northern Arizona, I walk a lot and an audio book is my constant companion. I was having a difficult time trying to choose which book to review as I start a new season, so I elected to do eight mini reviews instead of one long one. I’ll try to capture their essence briefly. Here’s the first one:

“We Are Not Ourselves,” by Matthew Thomas. If you like sagas, you might want to follow the life of Eileen Leary, born in Queens, N.Y., to Irish immigrants in 1941. Her life is an epic journey as she overcomes a tough childhood striving to better herself and live the American Dream. She becomes a nurse, marries, and has a son. Although these events are not particularly extraordinary, the story is a good reflection of American society in the late 20th century. It is also a poignant tale of living with a husband who eventually suffers from Alzheimer’s. This debut author is getting rave reviews, possibly because he writes like a seasoned one.

• Former bookstore owner Vy Armour has been a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills for more than 20 years. She is an adjunct instructor in communications at the University of Phoenix and reviews books on her blog, Reach her at

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