All Manner of Things

All Manner of Things

When Annie Jacobson's brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know. In Mike's absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. When Annie Jacobson's brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the addr...

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Title:All Manner of Things
Author:Susie Finkbeiner
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0800736346
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:450 pages pages

All Manner of Things Reviews

  • Anne
    Jan 10, 2020
    Having read the author's series set in the Dust-Bowl era of the Depression, and knowing this one was set in the similarly turbulent era of the late 60s, I knew I was in for an emotional read with depth and real struggle. My expectations were met and surpassed! Ultimately, this book...
  • Jill
    Jun 22, 2019
    All Manner of Things is a beautifully written, character driven novel set during the Vietnam conflict. I loved the characters and the small town Michigan setting. The writing style is lyrical and poetic. Faith plays a dominant role in the story. The faith of the main characters grows...
  • Maureen Timerman
    May 30, 2019
    A read that feels like I sitting a talking with friends, a page-turner for sure, and a hard time for this family, friends and country. I loved the touch on the Dutch heritage, my husband?s family came to this country with a land grant from the King of Holland, but sadly the heritage...
  • Beth
    Jun 06, 2019
    ?Behind the clouds the sun is shining. If only we have eyes to see it.? This is a beautiful, artfully done book. Not many novels move me to the point of tears, but All Manner of Things did. I finished several days ago, and I?m still thinking about it, still flipping through it...
  • Camille Eide
    Jun 11, 2019
    This. This is the kind of heart-stirring, epiphanic relationship story I love to read, write, ponder, watch, and ponder some more. I read All Manner of Things in one sitting, but I know I'll be thinking about these characters and processing them in my heart a long time. The story insp...
  • Nancee
    May 14, 2019
    This novel brought me back to my 18th year in 1967. Annie could have been the girl next door, someone I once knew. It was a fear filled time with our young men being drafted and enlisting in order to fight the war in Vietnam. Families were closely knit, but not without their problems a...
  • Deana Dick
    Jun 19, 2019
    Sometimes stories just captured you and take you away. You forget everything around you and focus on every detail of the story. This book is exactly that. A story that unravels the 1960s when the Vietnam War was in the headlines and the country was in chaos as demonstrations broke out ...
  • Hallie Szott
    Jul 15, 2019
    I fell in love with Susie Finkbeiner?s storytelling in her Pearl Spence series, exploring life during the Dust Bowl. Now, with All Manner of Things, she turns her historical lens to the Vietnam War and delivers a story no less beautifully told. I have not read many novels set during ...
  • Jocelyn Green
    Nov 13, 2018
    Some books are meant to be read. All Manner of Things is meant to be lived in. The pages enfolded me into a raw and beautiful family journey which touched me on a soul level. This exquisitely rendered portrait of hope, courage, and love in a time of war is a triumph and a gift. Susie F...
  • Laura
    Apr 26, 2019
    Susie writes like she knew me when I was growing up. The places and people she describes are so familiar it's like I'm visiting my childhood. Susie weaves real world scenarios into her fictional family that are easily relatable and intimately emotional. I have sincerely enjoyed eac...
  • Heather Gilbert
    May 29, 2019
    This book is worth far more than the measly 5 stars I can give it. It's like a perfect gem of a story, a glimpse into the life of a family who could have been any family during the Vietnam War. And people, it made me cry. I rarely, if ever, cry for books, but I did for this one. I won'...
  • Cathy Daniel
    Aug 22, 2019
    I can't remember the last time I sobbed this hard over a book. I can't stop crying to the point of physical pain. Honestly. Can't even try for an eloquent review. I can't remember the last time I sobbed this hard over a book. I can't stop crying to the point of physical pain. Honest...
  • Jamie
    Jul 01, 2019
    One of the best books I?ve read this year. Beautiful storytelling and writing. Get this book! (Thanks to the author for sending me a copy). ...
  • Cheryl Barker
    Sep 07, 2019
    Wow, I loved this book so much. Definitely one of my top reads for the year. All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner is such a raw and powerful story of a 1960s family dealing with real life and real emotions. The straightforward and even at times understated tone the author uses in t...
  • Chris Jager
    Oct 21, 2018
    Susie writes books that bring you home. Set in the late 60?s this book is a great reminder that not everything is the same every where. A small town where sending boys to fight in Vietnam was a reason to honor them not call them names and turn our backs on them. Well written and a...
  • Rebecca
    May 17, 2019
    "Sometimes he feels so far, as if to never reach us. We call for him, we beg him to come . . . Then we see his power on display and remember, he has gone nowhere." Annie Jacobson has experienced a lot of "leaving" during her eighteen years. First, her father and now her older broth...
  • Lori
    Oct 01, 2019
    Wow! This beautifully written story really tugged on my heart strings! ...
  • Staci
    Nov 24, 2019
    Beautifully written novel about the Jacobson family in 1967 and 1968. Oldest child Mike chooses to enlist in the Army. Left behind are his immediate and extended family that adore and miss him. I loved hearing this novel though the voice of Annie, Mike's younger sister. Letters scatter...
  • Rachael
    May 11, 2019
    A well written story with incredibly well developed characters. The timeline being that of Vietnam made it fascinating as that?s not a common backdrop for a fiction novel. For me, this story was definitely driven by its characters...by the end of the novel, you feel a part of the fam...
  • Jennifer Kidd
    Apr 28, 2019
    I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this book from the beginning. I love how Susie weaves history with heritage and emotions In this book. I grew to LOVE the characters - not just the main characters, but all of them. I have some (A LOT) of Dutch heritage and love how that...
  • Deanne Patterson
    Jun 16, 2019
    Some book are meant to be read and you think nothing more of them, not so with this one. You will savor it and remember it for a long time. A emotional coming of age story set in the 1960's. The Jacobson's could be your own family or your close neighbor friend's. You will feel privi...
  • Susan
    May 11, 2019
    Oh, my...my heart is full. Susie Finkbeiner has penned a beautiful story of family and the love we share in the many relationships we hold in life. That of a child, sibling, spouse or friend. This is a story of how we care for each other through the hardships life brings and how we...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    Jun 12, 2019
    There really are not enough words to accurately explain how much this story moved me and touched my heart. I sobbed dearing parts of it - and that can be kind of embarrassing when you're in the lunch room, but oh well! It was so well written, beautifully thought out, and I personally f...
  • Jesseca Wheaton
    Jun 19, 2019
    Um okay then. And even though I called that and could have told you exactly the chapter it would happen on ... I'm still not okay. ...
  • Lori
    May 28, 2019
    I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. It was an emotional book and hope was even offered through the entire book. Oh and I can't leave out forgiveness either. Susie you have written another fantastic story that stirred my emotions and I'm not a crier. I also loved that thi...
  • Olivia
    Jun 25, 2019
    *I received this book to read from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.* I adore this book. I adore it, not because it's all sugary and perfect, but because it's real! The characters come alive, the daily, normality of life is relatable, and the ups a...
  • Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
    Aug 18, 2019
    All Manner of Things is a heartfelt book seen through the eyes of Annie Jacobsin during the Vietnam War. Wonderfully written and thought provoking, It's a story of forgiveness, second chances and hope. I loved how we see the world through Annie's eyes. The letters sent home from her br...
  • Heidi Chiavaroli
    Jul 29, 2019
    A beautiful, touching story. This is my first Susie Finkbeiner book, but it definitely won't be my last. I was completely drawn into the characters and the Vietnam time period, which was so well done. Susie is not afraid to explore the authentic, real places of a story, and I so apprec...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    Jul 27, 2019
    All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner is a story told through the eyes of Annie Jacobsen and of what her family life was like during two years of the Vietnam Era. This talented author writes with a realism that tugs at my memory. Wow what a trip down memory lane. I graduated highs...
  • Jypsy
    Jun 24, 2019
    Well... I've refrained from reviewing All Manner Of Things because, what can I possibly say to explain this book? I honestly don't want to tell you much about the actual story content because it should be experienced without prior knowledge. A Vietnam era setting is uncommon, and I thi...