Often when someone dies, our memories of them become exaggerated. We remember all of their good traits and focus on them as if they were some kind of superhuman while they walked the earth. Instead of reflecting on their bad qualities and remembering them as they were, it's almost as if we put on blinders and elevate them an angel-like level. In Bridgett M. Davis' Into the Go-Slow, we find 21 year old Angie tracing the footsteps of her deceased sister, Ella, and trying to fit in the missing pieces of the puzzle that she was.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
It’s not shocking that being a boy is more advantageous than being a girl in most parts of the world. Every morning in Afghanistan there are girls that wake up, dress and leave the house acting as boys, or bacha posh, as they’re called. The reasons for this vary, but the bottom line is that it is safer and more privileges are afforded when you’re seen as a boy. In some homes, girls become bacha posh because it allows them to work and bring in income to a household that greatly needs it. In others, mothers need a child that can run to the store for them. As bacha posh, it is safer and allowable for a boy to walk the streets when women and girls cannot. The stories of two generations of women posing as bacha posh are at the heart of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Katrina Montgomery is a hell cat. As the youngest in her family, she’s used to getting what she wants, even if it means inconveniencing others. That attitude served her well as a model and even now, as a fashion designer. Up until a certain point, it has also served her well in the romance department. But the hell cat runs across a scorned man determined to bring her, and the business she’s created with her family and friends, down. Enter her knight in shining armor, or at least a well-tailored suit, Carter Parks.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I’m usually a fan of chick lit, but I’d have to say I’m not so much a fan of Bergdorf Blondes. I tend to lean toward chick lit with protagonists that find themselves in ridiculous situations, usually by their own fault, but there is some redeeming quality about them that makes them likable. The Becky Bloomwoods of the world may spend money like it’s water, but, at heart, they’re good people. I’m not so sure the same can be said of the characters in Bergdorf Blondes.
Monday, September 8, 2014
From the first time Ellen saw Wayne Blair, when she was in the first grade and he was a senior in high school, she was starstruck. And like a predator, he stalked his prey, waiting until she had graduated college and become a school teacher before drawing her into his web. And since she'd dreamed of becoming Mrs. Wayne Blair, married to one of the wealthiest and most important men in town, since she was a little girl, it was easy for him to ensnare her. We already know that all that glitters isn't gold though, and Wayne Blair was certainly no prize.