Friday, February 25, 2011

The Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy-for-Books,

 question of the week is:
Do you ever wish you had named your blog something different?

My answer is...No. I just started this blog, and named it after me! It suits me and my purpose! 

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Ocean Inside

The Ocean Inside ****
A glimpse into a family under pressure. The complexities, interactions, reactions, and intricacies of an American family are well done by Ms. McMahan. The characters were interesting, even when not likable...and they were definitely not all likable. This added to the realism and rounded out the story.
The book held my interest. It read quickly and easily.
I look forward to reading more books by Janna McMahan.
                                               

Half Broke Horses


Jeannette Walls gives voice to her grandmother in an amazing book. I am sure that Lily would be proud & honoured to have such a grand-daughter and such an honour as this book. I appreciate the opportunity to read the book and to "meet" Lily Casey, Ms. Walls grandmother. She reminded me of my great-grandmother.
I hope to read more from Jeannette Walls, a very gifted writer. Great book!                                                

Life In Miniature

An honest portrayal of the complexities of women and family relationships, and the legacy of mental illness.
                                        

Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery)



I love this book!! I do not usually like "magic" or such, but I am entranced by Ms. Allen's books.
Ms. Allen amazes and enchants! Her characters are genuine and sincere.
I look forward to her next book, and the one after that...I'm a fan!
           

Dog House: A Love Story

This is a beautiful book about love, joy, loss, and life. Ms. Prisant takes us into her home and her life, and shares with us both the people and dogs who filled it.
Dog lovers will especially love "Dog Hosue". It is easy to identify with the situations that are portrayed. It is also easy and enjoyable to get to know the cast of "characters" that revolve through Ms. Prisant's "House" .
This book reminds us of the different ways love teaches us, and that the more it grows, the more we do. Ms. Prisant has indeed given us a treat to savor.

Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding…

Ms. Sholl shows great courage in sharing this book, her secrets, and herself. I thank her for that. The book was very well done, and easy to read.
I recommend it to anyone touched by hoarding, as well as those who want to understand it.
                       

Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship

This was a most intense memoir. Ms. Beck captures the emotion and importance of friendships between women. She also reiterates how difficult it is to find this kind of friendship between adult females, that seems so commonplace in youth.
"Cheap Cabernet" is the kind of book that draws you in. I felt the honesty and raw emotion that both women felt, and their need for friendship and each other's understanding and acceptance. I wish it could have ended better...but again, that reflects the reality of both life and relationships.
                                                           

The Book of Bright Ideas

The Book of Bright Ideasby Sandra Kring
There are far too many "cookie cutter" books on the market. Ms. Kring wrote a book that has heart and soul. Reading this gem of a book took me back to my own childhood. It evoked memories, feelings, and ideas from days gone by. The characters felt like people I knew. Ms. Kring gave us people to care about and reasons to care about them. Their lives and their concerns were believable and honest. I couldn't wait to read what happened next, but I didn't want it to end.
"The Book of Bright Ideas" is memorable, the stuff classics are made of.

Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and Daughter, a novel

Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and Daughter, a novelby Alice Kuipers
We have all heard of open door communication, and that it is so important to keep lines of communication open. We have all jotted down notes to our moms, and other loved ones. All of us women have been daughters, and many of us go on to have daughters.
This novel could have been lived by many of us. For all of these reasons this book should be read, kept, reread, passed along and cherished by generations of mothers and daughters everywhere. It is one of the most simplistic yet creative books that I have read in quite sometime.It is not only meaningful, but important. I highly recommend it.
I will look for more from this author. However, whether she writes another book or not remains to be seen...but she has done her job beautifully in this book.

Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield

Mortified: Love Is a Battlefieldby David Nadelberg
"Mortified 2---Love is a Battlefield" picks right up where we left off in the first book ("Mortified"). Baby Boomers will mostly identify as these stories are in the time frame of their youth. However, I think we all can relate to the embarrassment and intensity of our first love & crushes.
David Nadelberg has a knack for taking us back there and making us remember how it was---the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly. Even now, as it was then, it is bittersweet. I look forward to more from David Nadelberg. I like his style and his tenacity, taking us back where we were so vulnerable yet so sure: our youth.

Enslaved by Ducks

Enslaved by Ducksby Bob Tarte
"Enslaved By Ducks" immediately caught my attention with it's title. However,
Bob Tarte draws you in from the first page and keeps you laughing and crying
throughout the entire book. His tales (tails?) are both funny and heartwarming.
Sometimes you will find yourself laughing and crying at the same time. Bob Tarte
and his pets remind us to live life to the fullest, and why we should as well.
Reading his books are like listening to a friend. Be sure to read the sequel,
"Fowl Weather", too!

Fowl Weather

Fowl Weatherby Bob Tarte
Bob Tarte is a true "feel-good" author. His books are both hilarious & heartwarming. "Fowl Weather" takes us back into the home & barn of the author and his wonderful, wacky critters. He manages to make you laugh and cry as he tells his tales ("tails"?).
I hated to see the book end, but I look for more from Bob Tarte! If you haven't read "Enslaved By Ducks", his first book, get it! Read it & enjoy!
Look for his third book in 2011 (or shortly thereafter))!

How to Survive a Natural Disaster

How to Survive a Natural Disasterby Margaret Hawkins
A small book with a big punch! Each chapter, each character, was full of tragedy, and raw emotion. The title is ironic, as there is no "How to"; it is just pure survival. I felt drawn in to the tragedies, and drained each time I put the book down...but yet, I had to know what happened, how they each survived...together, apart.
Ms. Hawkins illustrates how survivors come in all shapes, sizes, and even species. She takes every day life and shows the tragedies that fill them, and how we go along just to survive each one, each day. It is our neighbors, our friends, it is us. And survive we do, because we have to.
This book will make you think; it will make you feel. This book will make you listen to other people and their trials, and it will make you reflect on your own. It will also make you want to read more books by Margaret Hawkins.

The Lost Child: A Mother's Story

The Lost Child: A Mother's Storyby Julie Myerson
A very complicated book. It was difficult to read in parts because of both the drama and reality of the situation.
Ms. Myerson is very brave to have shared her story. So many parents hide their children's problems out of embarrassment or pain.
The book was well-written, and is very important.

Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle

Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracleby Ellen Rogers

This book and monkey won me over quite easily. Ms. Rogers captures the human-animal bond well, especially "assistance animals". The importance of Kasey was to not only to Ms. Roger's son, but the entire family.
The book was humourous and entertaining, but also very touching and heartwarming. This is not your "typical" pet book, and one not to be missed.
Enjoy!

The Sugar Queen

The Sugar Queen (Random House Reader's Circle)by Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen has a special talent for immediately drawing you in, and putting you under her spell. "The Sugar Queen" (as are all of her books) is a real treat. Her characters are genuine and relatable. Her stories are unique and full of surprises. I read her books one-after-the-other. She is indeed "that good".
I anxiously look forward to her next book, "The Peach Keeper", due out in March 2011.
Stay posted!

An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle

An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungleby Nina Malkin

Ms. Malkin gets cat, and cat people. She offers a real look into the stray cat/feral cat "problem", who causes it, and also how to solve it. Her book is informative and easy to read. She gives solutions and suggestions as to where to go for...more Ms. Malkin gets cat, and cat people. She offers a real look into the stray cat/feral cat "problem", who causes it, and also how to solve it. Her book is informative and easy to read. She gives solutions and suggestions as to where to go for help.
But what really makes her book wonderful is that she offers her own experiences as proof of not just the feral experience, but the human connection. She tells us her story, along with the cats she came to love, help, and often ultimately lose.
I love this book...and Ms. Malkin for sharing it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bloodroot

Bloodroot (Vintage Contemporaries)by Amy Greene

This is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. It is haunting and memorable on many levels. My family comes from Tennessee, so perhaps this book means that much more to me. In it, I heard the voices of my own speaking to me. But, I know this novel is far more special.
It is hard to believe this is a novel. The layers of this book are thick and tangible, with generations, people, lore and history. Ms. Greene is a very rare and gifted writer. I don't know how she can possibly exceed such writing...but I will be there to read it.

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