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The Week in Review: 2.24.2017

February 24, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

sweetgirlI read SWEETGIRL by Travis Mulhauser for my book club and then wasn’t able to attend the meeting.  The book’s about a young girl who, while searching for her drug addicted mother, finds a neglected baby in the home of a crack dealer and takes off with it.  There’s a horrible storm and she turns to one of her mother’s old boyfriends for help.  I found this gritty story to be fast paced and gut wrenching but I wanted more from the resolution.  That’s not to say, it’s not worth reading – it definitely is because it’s well written and the dialogue in the book is great.   It’s a stark reminder of the struggles many people face in their lives.

loving-vs-virginiaLOVING VS. VIRGINIA: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS CASE by Patricia Hruby Powell is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial couple who were forced to leave their home in Virginia when they married in 1958.  They longed to be near their families, though, and fought back, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they won.  Written in verse and supplemented with photographs and illustrations by Shadra Strickland, this non-fiction book is aimed at the YA audience but can and should be enjoyed by teens on up.  There’s a timeline and bibliography in the back.  I was shocked to learn that the last anti-miscegenation law was struck down in Alabama in the year 2000.  Pick this book up for the teens in your life and be sure to read it yourself. (Review copy provided by Chronicle Books.)

the-sun-is-also-a-starI listened to THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon. It took me a little while to figure out was happening in this book about a chance meeting between a Jamaican girl who’s about to be deported and an American boy whose parents were born in Korea but, once I did, I couldn’t get enough of Natasha and Daniel. Bahni Turpin and Raymond Lee do a wonderful job of narrating this outstanding book. Nicola Yoon is two for two for me now. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

Nothing – I didn’t watch any TV or make it to the movies this week.

Off the blog

  • Cindy from Idaho won the autographed copy of THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel.

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  • I started a new jigsaw puzzle but wasn’t able to spend much time on it.  I have a feeling this one’s going to take me a while to complete.
  • We’ve been having gorgeous spring-like weather – today’s supposed to get up to 78º – which makes me really concerned about the heat this summer.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged just over 14,850 steps a day.

How was your week?

 

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 22, 2017

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!

I found a new word in “Glamour and heartbreak: The precious jewels of Iran’s ‘sad-eyed’ princess,” an article on CNN Style by Vinclent Meylan.

1. parure – “Her parures of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds were signed by the greatest names in jewelry: Cartier, Bulgari, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels.”

A parure is a set of jewels intended to be worn together.

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This word came from LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell.

2. amicus – “North Carolina joined them, in an ‘amicus brief’ — a statement intended to assist the court — defending the ‘southern way of life.'”

Amicus means an impartial adviser, often voluntary, to a court of law in a particular case..

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

February 20, 2017

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   I found these books in my mailbox last week:

Monday

Thursday

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 2.17.2017

February 17, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

almost-homeALMOST HOME by Joan Bauer is the story of twelve year old Sugar Mae Cole and her mother.  After they lose their home, they head to Chicago to start over and Sugar’s mother has a breakdown.  Sugar is put in foster care and with the help of her dog, her foster mother, and an old teacher discovers just how strong she is.  I really enjoyed this sweet book for older middle grade or younger YA readers and thought Brittany Pressley did a great job narrating it, even doing a pretty good southern accent at times. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

hillbilly-elegyI’ve been hearing a lot about HILLBILLY ELEGY by J. D. Vance and looked at it on Audible a couple of times but always hesitated since it’s read by the author.  I finally decided to give it a chance and, boy, am I glad I did.  It’s the wonderfully written story of an often misunderstood, always under-represented segment of our society – poor, working class, white people – and it gave me a better understanding of them.  It’s a story Vance knows well because that’s the way he grew up.  I felt the book was told with a lot of heart and I appreciated his narration.  I talked about HILLBILLY ELEGY so much, Carl bought a print copy to read.  By the way, the ending made me cry.  A friend of mine was offended by some of the language in the book but I thought it was appropriate for the story.

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On the Screen

I finally saw Hidden Figures, the movie based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly.  As most people know, it’s the story of three African American women who were instrumental in the early days of NASA.  The acting was terrific and, in my opinion, this is one of those rare times when the movie surpassed the book.  This is a must see movie that can be enjoyed with all but the youngest members of your family.

 

Off the blog

  • We’re having a really warm winter and set a record high of 81ºF on Sunday.

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  • It took a while but I finally finished my puzzle.
  • I got our taxes done and filed.  It’s a chore I always dread so I’m glad to have it over with.
  • My friends and I played bingo, instead of trivia, this week and none of us won even though the crowd was thin.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged around 15,100 Fitbit steps a day.

 

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday

February 15, 2017

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!

I found a new term in THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel.

1. intramedullary nail – “Lacking an intramedullary nail — she knew enought not to even ask for that one, not that she could have placed it without an X-ray anyway — she stabilized the leg with fabric wrap, a section of branch, and plates made of coconut shells.”

I’m rather glad I’ve had no reason to know this term  An intramedullary nail is a metal rod forced into the medullary cavity of a bone.  The medullary cavity is the central cavity of bone shafts where red bone marrow and/or yellow bone marrow is stored.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

February 13, 2017

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Monday

Tuesday

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 2.10.2017

February 10, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

olgaOLGA AND THE SMELLY THING FROM NOWHERE by Elisa Gravel is a cute graphic novel about a young animal loving girl who finds a creature she’s never seen before.  She takes it home, tries to identify it, and takes care of it.  She panics when it goes missing and, as she hunts for it, finds out some girls she disliked aren’t so bad after all.  The drawings are cute and  tone of the story is a little silly so it should appeal to its middle grade target audience.  I think kids who love animals will really like this book.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

this-is-how-it-always-isTHIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel is the story of a family with a transgender child.  They’re navigating fairly new waters so things are often rough.  This book is both thoughtful and thought provoking and would make a fantastic book club selection.  The author has a transgender child so she knows what she’s writing about and the book feels very authentic and true.  I thought Frankel’s writing was wonderful and was engrossed in the book from the very beginning.  I highly recommend this great book! (Review copy provided by Flatiron Books.)

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On the Screen

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We watched the Super Bowl and were disappointed by the ending.  I guess I should really say the Super Bowl was on and I sat there reading and glanced up every once in a while.

 

Off the blog

  • Diane of BookChickDi won my giveaway of an autographed copy of THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY by Karen White.

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  • I finished THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS Tuesday morning and got to see Laurie Frankel at Fiction Addiction Tuesday evening.  She spoke about her writing and research process and emphasized that, even though she has a transgender child, her latest book is fiction.  She said her community is accepting of her child which is something all children deserve regardless of their sexuality.  I’m glad I got to meet her because I found her to be warm and funny.  I got her to autograph a copy of her book for one lucky reader.  To enter, fill out the form below, and I’ll pick a winner on February 17th.
  • My friends and I played trivia again this week and came in first, thanks to a little help from a random stranger.
  • Vance has had the crud so I worked more and read less this week.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged 15, 350 Fitbit steps a day.