I’ve always enjoyed shopping at Target, and recently they’ve given me another reason to love them. It’s their Emerging Authors series, which features new authors and provides them with a platform for selling their books. Last summer, The Stuff That Never Happened, by Maddie Dawson, was a Target Emerging Author pick. Dawson (who also writes under her [...]
I’ll be honest – I usually like to play it safe with my reading material. But if there’s ever a good time to settle in with a suspense novel or thriller, it’s the month of October, when darkness falls early and chill winds rip leaves from the trees. These are a few of the books [...]
Historical novel. Mystery. Love story . The Things We Cherished, by Pam Jenoff, deftly merges these genres together to create an intriguing story, one that will keep you turning pages until you’ve reached its surprising and heart-rending conclusion. The novel spans decades, generations, and continents, as it tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack [...]
Every child’s life will contain a day or two when a substitute teacher shows up in his/her classroom. For the children of Ms. Jenkins’s class, this happened in October. But the substitute that arrived was a creacher- nonetheless, a teacher of many lessons. In Chris Gall’s twist on the substitute that comes to school, kids [...]
Although the calendar tells me differently, I’m one of those people who consider September the start of a New Year. Chalk it up to almost 50 years of academic life – when I wasn’t attending school, I was working in one, and September always marked the beginning of new schedules, classes, and challenges. So it [...]
Today I read a lovely “lift-the-flap” book, Whooo loves you?, by Sandra Magsamen. It is bright in color with a playfully decorative style. It begins with, “The birds on the clothesline sing…(lift-the-flap to reveal) You’re my little tweetheart, your’re my little tweetheart” and ends with the reader saying, “I love you! I love you!” I [...]
When I was a little girl, my mother, whenever she took time for herself (which, in all honesty, I perceived as time away from me) used to say, “If the mother isn’t happy, no one is.” Apparently my mother and Terri Amos-Britt have guardian angels from the same neighborhood, because part of the message of [...]
Midnight in Paris is the latest offering from the prolific writer/director Woody Allen, but if his work isn’t generally to your taste, don’t let that put you off, because he isn’t actually in this film, and because it’s written to have universal appeal, especially if you’ve ever fantasized about sipping espresso (or whiskey) with Hemingway [...]
This young adult novel is about growing up, friendship, love, adventure, love of nature, discovering one’s potential and much more. Sarah is feeling unhappy and lonely on her school trip to the Everglades because her classmates at her new school refuse to accept her. Fed up with their unfriendly attitude, she accepts a boy’s invitation [...]
Every House Needs a Balcony by Rina Frank (translated byOra Cummings) Harper, June 2010, 336 Pages Buy this book from Amazon.com >> Description (from Publishers Weekly): In her first English translation, Israeli author Frank offers a captivating roman à clef told, in part, by a stubborn eight-year-old girl named Rina, whose family emigrates from Romania [...]
Having read a number of books within this genre, I’ll say that Hugh MacLeod isn’t necessarily proposing any outrageously new or earth-shattering ideas. Really, he is stating the obvious, but his delivery of this is witty, personable, to the point and inspiring. Although the chapters are brief (sometimes only a page or two), the questions [...]
Lori Tharps debut novel includes engaging, true-to-life characters that are as flawed as they are beautiful. We can easily sympathize with Zora, Kate, and Brad and are compelled to read on to discover what happens next in their increasingly complex lives.
I’m a sucker for the supernatural, particularly vampires and werewolves, and one of my favourite fairy-tales has always been Little Red Riding Hood (although I, more often than not, rooted for the wolf!), so I was eager to read this before seeing the movie.
This Christmas my husband proved to me just how much he actually listens to me. Each year, I have dropped numerous hints to him and he never seemed to “get it”. This year he out did himself and gave me a stunning ring from an online store called Joolwe.com. I was still in my ethereal [...]
Unicorns are not the fluffy, sweet creatures of rainbows and lollipops. They are vicious flesh-eating monsters with fangs and venomous horns. If you aren’t gored and poisoned to death, you’ll be eaten. Either way, not a pretty way to go. This is the world Diana Peterfreund has created in Rampant. It’s a whole new, frightening, [...]
“Stand up straight.” “Don’t hunch over. You’ll ruin your posture.” Do you recall constant reminders from your mom or teachers about maintaining proper posture? Perhaps you didn’t see the benefits of proper posture back then and you think you’re too busy to worry about it now. However, proper posture can have a major impact on [...]
Girlfriends are an essential part of women’s lives. Women support each other. We celebrate each other’s successes – no matter how big or small. We listen when our friends need a sympathetic ear, give advice when it is solicited, try to intervene when we see our friend about to make a major mistake, and help [...]
When I was a little girl, my hair was straight and glossy. Some time in high school – after my 80′s style perm had grown out – my straight and glossy hair went wavy on me. For many years after that, I fought the wave and usually lost. I’m not very skilled at using a [...]
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