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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

See you in August...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

#BookReview: Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews

There are some things you can always count on in a Mary Kay Andrews book: a smart leading lady, a scoundrel for the leading man, a comic relief providing sidekick, someone out to ruin the leading lady, a cantankerous older person and, almost always, a Savannah setting.  In Save the Date, she continues the formula that has worked for her so well and continues to do so.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

#UMightLike: Time of the Locust by Morowa Yejide

U Might Like is a new meme where I'll feature books that are from genres I don't normally read, but I think some of you might enjoy.  Please note that I've not read this book.

Time of the Locust
Published: June 2014

Goodreads Synopsis: Travel into the heart and mind of an extraordinary autistic boy in this deeply imaginative debut novel of a mother’s devotion, a father’s punishment, and the power of love.

Sephiri is an autistic boy who lives in a world of his own making, where he dwells among imagined sea creatures that help him process information in the “real world” in which he is forced to live. But lately he has been having dreams of a mysterious place, and he starts creating fantastical sketches of this strange, inner world.

Brenda, Sephiri’s mother, struggles with raising her challenged child alone. Her only wish is to connect with him—a smile on his face would be a triumph. Meanwhile, Sephiri’s father, Horus, is sentenced to life in prison, making life even lonelier for Brenda and Sephiri. Yet prison is still not enough to separate father and son. In the seventh year of his imprisonment and the height of his isolation, Horus develops supernatural mental abilities that allow him to reach his son. Memory and yearning carry him outside his body, and through the realities of their ordeals and dreamscape, Horus and Sephiri find each other—and find hope in ways never imagined.

Sound interesting? Be sure to let me know if you pick up a copy!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

#BookReview: Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

I’ve not read Giffin before, but I’ve seen Something Borrowed and somewhat enjoyed it, so I thought there was a good chance I would like Heart of the Matter. Also, I found it on sale at Tuesday Morning for $ 3.99 so there’s that. At any rate, it was an okay listen, but I’ve noticed what I could be a trend in Giffin stories and a fellow book blogger confirmed it: there’s always an affair.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

#BookReview: Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck

To exist without being seen by anyone…somehow Ellen Homes has managed to do just that. Invisible Ellen is a story that’s reminiscent of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, not that Ellen can taste people’s emotions, as Rose is able to do. But Ellen has the ability to simply disappear, much like Rose’s brother, Joseph. Except Ellen has not really disappeared, she’s just learned to make herself as inconspicuous as possible.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

#BookReview: The Amado Women by Desiree Zamorano

If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find. - John Churton Collins

Desiree Zamorano “ is appalled by stereotypical rendering of Latinas in mainstream literature, saying that true-to-life middle-class Latinas are invisible in the fabric of American culture.”  I’d have to agree with her. Whether it be in literature, in the media or TV programming, too often people of color are relegated to the roles that the “mainstream” allows for them. Typically, Latinas are cast as maids or cleaners of some sort, living in low-income neighborhoods, maintaining close family ties. Even in writing from some Latin authors, it seems to be a struggle to create characters that step outside of the set boundaries. So it’s refreshing to see Zamorano’s approach to the story of three women and their mother in The Amado Women.
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