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Mailbox Monday

May 20, 2019

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  My mailman was very busy while I was at the beach last week and delivered these books:

What was in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 05.17.2019

May 17, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with Andrew Rannells when I started his memoir, TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH: A MEMOIR OF FUMBLING TOWARD ADULTHOOD but I had the audio and decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did!  Rannells is from Omaha, Nebraska and started acting in local dinner theater there as a youngster.  He loved it right away and decided he wanted to pursue it further.  He dreamed of going to NYU but, when he couldn’t get in, settled for Marymount Manhattan College, coming out to his parents the day before he left for college.  He shares the highs and lows of his education and career in his highly entertaining memoir and I just loved it.  This book has some language and sexuality so it may not be for everyone but I really enjoyed it and looked up some of Rannells work as I read it.  Rannells narrates the audio and does an outstanding job.  If you enjoy memoirs and/or theater, you’ll want to pick this book up!  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

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SLEEP TIGHT, SLEEPY BEARS by Margaret Wise Brown is a sweet picture book about a big bear and a little bear who are sleepy.  The little bear does everything the big bear does as they go through their bedtime routine.  Little ones are sure to love the charming story and its predictability.  They’ll also love the adorable illustrations by Julie Clay.  This is a great story to read to little ones as they head off to bed because it’s a calm, pleasant story that’s sure to settle them down.  I think this book would make a great baby gift too.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK by Kathleen Glasgow is the story of Tiger Tolliver, a teenaged girl being raised by a single mother.  Tiger doesn’t know her dad and her mother is very protective of her.  The two have a big fight and, before Tiger sees her mother again, her mother dies.  Tiger is devastated and has no place to go so social services steps in and makes arrangements for her.  Deeply sad, confused, and hurt, Tiger has to figure out how to go forward and make a new life for herself.

Tiger is a great character and I rooted for her from the beginning to the end.  She and her mom didn’t have much but they were there for each other and made things work.  I thought this book was heartfelt and heartbreaking.  It packed a powerful punch emotionally.  I’m sure many young people will relate to Tiger and find some comfort reading about her.  I listened to the audio version of this terrific book and thought Jorjeana Marie’s narration was perfect.  Glasgow’s Author’s Note at the back is an important read too.  I recommend this book to teens on up.

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I’m at the beach with my mother and sister for our week long Mother’s Day celebration.  Sadly, we head home tomorrow.
  • I averaged almost 7,850 Fitbit steps a day.

 

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 15, 2019

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

This week’s word is from RUFF JUSTICE by Laurien Berenson

1. typey – “In the breed ring, a judge is looking for a sound, typey dog with correct confirmation.”

To me, this sounded like one of those made up words we all use, so I decided to look it up.  It turns out it’s a real word that means characterized by strict conformance to type.

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Mailbox Monday

May 13, 2019

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday

What was in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 05.10.2019

May 10, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

When you’re part of a small, family run business, you get to know some of your regular customers very well and find that different people like to come in and chat about different things.  Car people gravitate to Carl, music and movie people look for Vance, and readers want to talk to me.  One of our customers suggested INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, AND LOVE by Dani Shapiro and brought her copy in to share with me so I felt like I had to read it.

INHERITANCE is Shapiro’s fifth memoir and it is quite a story.  Shapiro and her husband decided to do a DNA test and learned that she is not genetically related to her half-sister and she has a cousin she’d never heard of.  In other words, the man who raised her, the man she thought of as her father, was, in fact, not her father.  In the midst of her shock, Shapiro, along with her husband, research her past to try to discover her identity.

Shapiro’s writing is lovely and full of emotion.  I was engrossed in her journey to come to grips with her past.  I’ve heard of other stories similar to hers so I’m sure other people will be able to relate to it.  If you love memoirs, family stories, and/or genealogy you won’t want to miss this book.

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If you’ve even grown tired of hearing “Why?” from your kids, you’ll want to give them NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS WHY NOT? OVER 1,111 ANSWERS TO EVERYTHING by Crispin Boyer.  I read this book from cover to cover but I think kids will flip through it – over and over again.  In this book you’ll find answers to hundreds of questions ranging from”Why didn’t people die of boredom before TV and the Internet?” to “Why can’t we climb a ladder to space?” to “What are the chances of someone looking just like me?”  Questions (and answers) are categorized in chapters like Wild Things and Spacing Out.  There are fun facts and information throughout the book.   Truly, this book is chock full of fascinating facts and trivia.  Did you know you have about five million hairs on your body? Did you know scientist think all animals – even insects – need sleep?  As with any National Geographic book, it’s printed on high quality paper, has quality binding, and is full of gorgeous, full-color photographs and illustrations.  I had a lot of fun reading this book and absolutely loved it and think kids will too.  It would make a great addition to a home, school, or classroom library.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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Fans of Ruth Reichl won’t want to miss her latest book, SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR.  As the subtitle explains, this memoir focuses on her time as editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.  Reichl had been a restaurant critic for the New York Times when Condé Nast approached her to head up the foodie magazine.  It was an offer that she couldn’t refuse, mostly because she could be home to eat dinner with her family every night.

Reichl found the magazine to be outdated and stale so she shook things up a bit with controversial articles and covers.  She shares details of what it was like to work for the magazine back then and steps they took to increase readership.  I loved everything about this book from Reichl’s writing to the gossipy tidbits she shared about magazine publishing.  It made me long for the heyday of magazine publishing.  Reichl narrates the audio version and does a terrific job.  Foodies and memoir lovers won’t want to miss this book.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I finally finished my last puzzle from Christmas.  This one was much harder than it looks.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 15,000 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 8, 2019

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

This week’s phrase is from an advanced copy THE SUMMER GUESTS by Mary Alice Monroe

1. flehmen response – “His nose was high in the air, doing the flehmen response.”

The flehmen response is a behavior in which an animal curls back its upper lip exposing its front teeth, inhales with the nostrils usually closed, and then often holds this position for several seconds.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

May 6, 2019

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

What was in your mailbox?