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Monday, March 31, 2014

#BookReview: Diary of a Mummy Misfit by Amanda Egan

I’ve been on a bit of a British chick lit jag lately. It started with a book that had been sitting on Kinderella for a while. I’m not quite sure when I bought it (damn Amazon and 1-click buying!), but the cover was “interesting” enough that I finally gave it a go. And then I proceeded to read everything the author has written.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

#BookReview: Tabby & Kat by Amanda Egan

Polly, Tabby and Adam have been the Thunky Three since their days at university. Even after graduation, the three friends lived together for years. Then Polly up and decided to get married and left Adam and Tabby to find a new roommate and that’s where the trouble began.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

#BookReview: The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham

Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeline Wickham, or rather when Wickham isn’t writing under the Kinsella pseudonym, tries to do entirely too much. Whereas her Kinsella books tend to focus on one character with the other characters in supporting roles, her Wickham books take on far too many characters who all have a story line that needs to be explored. It makes for a more complete story, but not everyone's story needs to be told, if that makes sense.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ICYMI: Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith

If you missed the conversation between acclaimed authors Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Adichie, the Schomburg Center has made video available. As always, both authors were witty and charming and their take on American culture as an English Jamaican and Nigerian were interesting and informative.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Book Stores & Readers & Diversity, Oh My!

Tuesday night I was on a high as I sat and listened to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie read excerpts from Americanah.
I was excited to see so many different races and ethnicities represented.  All around me I heard Nigerian accents, a smattering of Ghanian accents, conversations between a group of friends that looked like a mini-United Nations.  And while the crowd was extremely heavy on women, there were a number of men there as well.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

When Chimamanda Came to St. Louis

Credit: @DebraBass
  Acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie stopped in St. Louis on tour to promote the paperback edition of last year's top seller, Americanah.  She was witty and personable and I tried to capture as much of the audience Q & A as possible.  Enjoy!

On Americanah
Americanah is not her story. It's a combination of things that have happened to her and others and stories she's heard. Writers write about the life they wish they had versus the life they have. Her experience coming to the U.S. was much milder and easier than Ifemelu's.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

#BookReview: Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany

Synopsis: The screech of tires brought Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. Even a year after she signed the papers to donate her daughter’s organs, Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell family, whose child, Maddie, survived only because hers had died. Mesmerized by this fragile connection to her own daughter and afraid to reveal who she actually is, Hannah develops a surprising friendship with Maddie’s mother, Olivia.
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