Archive for November 2014

The Bone Clocks: So Creepy, Strange and Good

The Bone Clocks: So Creepy, Strange and Good
I think David Mitchell just may be Jonathan Franzen’s Irish brutha-from-anotha-mutha. While reading The Bone Clocks, I felt as if I had been dropped in the middle of a foreign country, where my mother tongue was also their native language, but it was spoken very quickly and heavily accented. Full disclosure—British (or in this case,... Read more »

Off the Bucket List: All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

Off the Bucket List: All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
Friends are grand, aren’t they? One of my dear high school sisters found when I posted a list of books that us regular folk read, it was missing Rick Bragg. So she rectified the problem with this: All Over but the Shoutin’, a memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer. It’s the kind... Read more »

What if "What if?" was a holiday?

Did you ever see the movie “The Family Man?” I loved that movie (the last 15 minutes KILLS me every time) and I loved the premise—a peek into what life could have been if you had made a different choice. As part of my blogging group’s monthly exercise, we were tossed this question—create a new... Read more »
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I'm THAT kid's Mom

Amy Murray’s open letter to parents about THAT kid in the classroom has gone viral—originally a blog post, her commentary is now making the rounds nationally, including the OpEd page at the Washington Post. The premise is this—that teachers are confronted by well-intentioned parents about the kid in the classroom that is the giant time... Read more »

Want to Know Everything About The Princess Bride? As You Wish ...

Want to Know Everything About The Princess Bride? As You Wish ...
To think you knew all the trivia there was to know about The Princess Bride, only to come across a book with even more entertaining nuggets of information? Inconceivable! In the wake of one-of-the-best-movies-ever’s 25th anniversary, actor Cary Elwes delivers a wonderful memoir about one of Rob Reiner’s signature films, the screen adaptation of William... Read more »

Want to Learn to Love Winter Again? It's All About Slowing Time

Want to Learn to Love Winter Again? It's All About Slowing Time
I hate winter. I really don’t think that can be overstated. I haaaaaate winter. I hate the frigid cold, I hate the blistering wind, I hate the static buildup and dry skin, I hate the bundling layer after layer, I hate the frigid cold …. did I mention the cold? Ironically, I think snow is... Read more »
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Disease, Dysfunction, Despair: Five Days Left

Disease, Dysfunction, Despair: Five Days Left
Given the recent passing of Death With Dignity advocate Brittany Maynard, the timing of this read was somewhat cathartic. Maynard garnered national attention for her decision to end her life on her own terms—not giving the brain cancer that was killing her the last say. In author Julie Lawson Timmer’s debut, Five Days Left, one... Read more »

Book Lovers: Here's A Real Book List Challenge

Book Lovers: Here's A Real Book List Challenge
I love books. I hate sanctimonius lists of books that make me feel like a complete ignoramus and thus booted out of the “real” book lovers club. These come around from time to time—the BBC Book Challenge being the most popular. Those snotty Brits. Always thinking they’re better than us—more well-read than us. Bastards. I... Read more »

Tragic Gratitude: The Book of Unknown Americans

Tragic Gratitude: The Book of Unknown Americans
As we head into the month of November, the month that shines a light on enhancing that gratitude attitude, it was kismet that Cristina Henriquez’s novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, came up in my library queue. It’s remarkable what fiction can do. Henriquez’s patchwork collection of the stories of lives from an apartment complex... Read more »
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