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The Week in Review: 07.07.2017

July 7, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Thrity Umrigar explores class, race, and privilege in her latest book, EVERYBODY’S SON.  Judge David Coleman and his wife Delores are devastated by the death of their only child and decide to take in a foster child.  They’re assigned Anton, a young bi-racial boy whose mother has neglected him.  David pulls some strings and they eventually adopt Anton, careful to keep parts of his past under wraps.  Anton thrives under their care but, of course, eventually finds out about his past.  Will this information destroy him or make him stronger?  I’m a huge fan of Umrigar’s and, as always, loved her writing in this book.  I was sucked in at the beginning and read the book quickly.  There was something about the ending that bothered me, though, and I’m not exactly sure what – I’d still recommend the book.  I’d like to talk to someone about it so I think EVERYBODY’S SON would make an outstanding book club selection.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

The first thing I noticed when I picked up A PARIS YEAR: MY DAY-TO-DAY ADVENTURES IN THE MOST ROMANTIC CITY IN THE WORLD by Janice MacLeod was the weight of the book –  it’s beautifully bound and printed on such high quality paper, it’s quite hefty.  The next thing I noticed was the beauty inside.  This part memoir, part travel guide is like a love letter to Paris and I absolutely loved it.  It’s filled with gorgeous photographs and illustrations as well as little stories from the author and quotes from famous people.  It’s been years since I’ve been to Paris but this charming book brought it all rushing back to me – the sights, the sounds, and the smells – and I longed to be there again as I read it.  This lovely book is perfect for those with wanderlust and for armchair travelers.  Be sure to pick it up!  (Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press.)

DRAW-IT-YOURSELF: SPY MISSION by Andrew Judge and Chris Judge is the latest book in this fun, creative series.  Written in the vein of the choose-your-own-adventure books, this mystery encourages young readers to draw in the book and fold and rip out pages.  When someone steals a secret muffin recipe, the reader is asked to solve the mystery.  There’s humor (even a little bathroom humor) and lots of drawing to keep youngsters entertained.  I’m not sure if this is an issue in the finished copy, but the advanced reading copy is bound so that it doesn’t lie flat, making it difficult to draw in.  Readers are encouraged to “Create a new story every time!,” but you can only draw on the pages once.  Still this is a fun book that will engage reluctant readers.  (Review copy provided by LB Kids.)

Currently reading:


On the Screen

Carl and I watched Hello, My Name is Doris.  I’d seen it at the theater and loved it and wanted him to see it.  He enjoyed it but not as much as I did, even the second time around.  Sally Field does a magnificent job playing the socially awkward Doris in this funny and touching movie.


Off the blog

  • They finished painting our house and I love the new color!  I took these photos with my phone so the colors aren’t completely accurate, but you get the idea.  (Before is on the left and after is on the right.)

  • Our nephew is here for the holiday so Vance is staying with us too.  It’s always fun to have the two of them here!  With “the boys” here, we went to our street’s 4th of July block party, played trivia (and came in third), and played a couple board games – King of Tokyo and Dominion.
  • Carl and Vance opened the store 5 years ago today.  The time has flown by!
  • I walked at least 3 miles every day and averaged just over 17,4oo Fitbit steps a day.

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

32 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2017 4:25 am

    Holy crap. I need to watch My Name is Doris. Like yesterday. Thanks for the link. Wouldn’t have found it otherwise.

  2. Diane permalink
    July 7, 2017 6:20 am

    I loved Everybody’s Son as well💕 Kathy, your house looks lovely. I love both colors a lot! Have a great weekend.

  3. July 7, 2017 6:36 am

    I have Everybody’s Son on my pile, so hope to get to it soon!

  4. July 7, 2017 7:44 am

    Love the new color of your house and I can’t believe the store has been open for 5 years – congratulations!! Everybody’s Son is on my wish list and I want a copy of A Paris Year, too.

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    July 7, 2017 7:58 am

    I just heard about Thrifty Umrigar this year and now want to read Everybody’s Son! Who knows when I’ll get around to it. And I’ll be interested to hear what you think of No One is Coming to Save Us…I tried it, but didn’t make it very far b/c the writing style wasn’t for me.

  6. July 7, 2017 8:16 am

    Congrats on the story – 5 years going strong 🙂 And, I love the new color of your house – it looks fab!! I have Paris book and plan on reading it this coming week. So glad you enjoyed it so much. Hope you have a great weekend!!

  7. Beth F permalink
    July 7, 2017 8:48 am

    Love the new color! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already since the store opened. Wow. Congrats and best wishes on its continuing success.

  8. July 7, 2017 9:45 am

    I love Thrity Umrigar and can’t wait to read Everybody’s Son – especially since my husband and I adopted our daughter through foster care. I have a feeling our experience probably wasn’t as dramatic as whatever happens in the book!

    Your house looks great – I love the new color!

  9. July 7, 2017 10:05 am

    Did I already tell you that Thrity is making the rounds now here in the Bay Area? I was hoping to see her but don’t think I will be able to. And I agree with you about Doris. Joni and I enjoyed it a lot. Sally Field was totally terrific, especially the solo dance.

  10. July 7, 2017 10:19 am

    I am a big Thrity Unrigar fan, I have her new one on my shelf. I love new color of your house, it looks fantastic! Congratulations on your five year anniversary, that is quite an accomplishment.

  11. July 7, 2017 10:20 am

    What a great week you had! Block parties…something from the distant past for me, but they are now calling to me. And…I love the new look of your house!

    Hello, My Name Is Doris was one I saw on the screen and enjoyed…now I want to see it again. It’s on my Amazon Prime list.

    The books look so tempting…I’m thinking The Marsh King’s Daughter. Enjoy your week!

  12. July 7, 2017 10:58 am

    Such a great review indeed. Congratulations to you. And your house looks very lovely in the new colour. Warm greetings!

  13. July 7, 2017 11:50 am

    I love both colors and I think your house is absolutely gorgeous.

  14. July 7, 2017 12:07 pm

    I don’t know. I know Umrigar is very popular and her books are great for discussion but I can’t get into them. I don’t know why. Part of it is that I often feel the characters are a little too stereotypical but that is only based on the two books I’ve read.

    The house!! The paint job makes it look like a totally different house. I love it! We had our house painted once. It was a lovely gray color on paper and the swatch on the wall looked okay but when I pulled up to the house after work and saw a LAVENDER house, I nearly passed out. My neighbors did too. We had to have it repainted. I still think the color code was wrong but they insisted it was the same.

  15. July 7, 2017 1:32 pm

    Your newly painted house looks fabulous! What a beautiful setting

  16. July 7, 2017 1:59 pm

    Kathy, your house looks gorgeous! I loved the Doris movie, and it was because of your blog review that I became interested in seeing it. Congrats on 5 years for the store! Have a terrific weekend! 🙂

  17. July 7, 2017 2:10 pm

    I loved Hello, My Name Is Doris! I have The Marsh King’s Daughter audiobook and am looking forward to it. I love both house color. We’re painting our house similar to the yellow. We have the paint bought but haven’t painted it yet. Hopefully this weekend.

  18. Patty permalink
    July 7, 2017 4:02 pm

    I love the new house color! I can’t believe you get in so many steps a day! And it seems as though you opened the store days ago!

  19. July 7, 2017 4:23 pm

    Ohhh cool color

  20. July 7, 2017 7:07 pm

    Your house looks fantastic! I love Thrity Umrigar and will definitely be looking out for Everybody’s Son.

  21. Literary Feline permalink
    July 7, 2017 7:19 pm

    I didn’t know Thrity Umrigar had come out with another book. Everybody’s Son is going on my wish list. Your house looks great, Kathy. I am glad you are happy with the new color. It sounds like you had a nice 4th of July. I hope you have a great weekend, Kathy!

  22. Ryan permalink
    July 8, 2017 10:20 pm

    I hope Everybody’s Son has a happy ending, otherwise I’ll have to pass.

    Love the new color!

  23. Lauren Becker permalink
    July 9, 2017 6:41 pm

    I actually watched Hello, My Name is Doris last year on the plane to London. I really liked it! I’m glad My Paris Year was a good one. I really want to read that.


  24. July 9, 2017 9:06 pm

    The new color looks so pretty and fresh! My Paris Year sounds like a book I’d like. Congrats on 5 years of the store – wow those years passed quickly!

  25. July 10, 2017 9:41 am

    All three books you read I would love to read too! Your house looks great. Looks like you had an exciting week.

  26. July 10, 2017 3:01 pm

    I’m happy to hear that the Memoir about Paris is so good! Hello My Name is Doris was awesome. I loved that movie. The house looks great. Have a great week.

  27. July 11, 2017 12:41 pm

    I loved Thrity Umrigar’s *The Space Between Us* but haven’t tried any of her other books. I need to see if my library has a copy of *Everybody’s Son*! *A Year in Paris* sounds lovely, too. I’ve never been to France, but it’s on my list. Someday! I added *Hello My Name is Doris* to my Netflix queue. Not sure if my husband will watch it, but maybe my mom will.

    Love the new color of your house!!

  28. July 11, 2017 11:57 pm

    I also like the new color. I like the way it shows off the brick on the front porch. It sounds like you had a great 4th. Congrats on your business anniversary. Such a busy week you had!

  29. bookingmama permalink
    July 12, 2017 8:24 am

    Five years! Seriously? I can’t believe it’s been that long…. and I love your house color!

  30. July 12, 2017 8:58 pm

    Wow what a beautiful house Kathy! Nice job on the color! Glad for you. Your reviews this week are very good. I hope to read the Umrigar novel and now I’m curious about the Paris book too. Thanks.

  31. July 13, 2017 11:00 pm

    How fun to have both the boys home 🙂 I love the new color and your house is beautiful. I’m adding A Paris Year to my wish list. I would definitely like to revisit the city of love. I love Thrity but haven’t read all of her books. I should choose one of her books for my next book club pick!

  32. July 27, 2017 12:01 pm

    that Paris book looks enticing!

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