Monday, August 31, 2009
This week I started and finished "The White Queen" by Philippa Gregory. Although not my favourite of hers, I love reading anything from that time period.
I picked up the paperback version of "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" by Diana Gabaldon for my re-read as the hard cover gave me migraines when I read it last time years ago - it was so heavy, as in weight! So, I plan on reading about 1/3 of that this week if not more.
How about you? What are you reading on Monday?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
A HUGE THANK YOU to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of "The White Queen" for review!
SUMMARY: (Chapters.ca) Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.
"The White Queen" will always be special to me as it was my very first Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) sent to me by a pubishing house. I was very excited to read this book as I was a HUGE fan of "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Gregory, and had heard many good things about "White Queen" so I immediately started reading.
The first 50 pages or so of the book will have you swooning all over the place. At least that's where it had me. The georgous blonde king falling in love with Elizabeth is Gregory's story telling at it's absolute best! But right after the coronation is when the story starts to become little more than a retelling of events, for me. The majority of the book was very much a "talking heads" book and more like non-fiction. Most of it lacked Gregory's usual dramatic edge and emotion, and I felt myself becoming bored and often times confused as to where the characters were physically in the story and what they were doing when the pages and pages of dialogue started.
What I did like about it, though, were the scenes in which Edward and Elizabeth were alone as husband and wife and gently teasing one another, or embracing in powerful displays of love. These were like lovely oases in a stark and long trek through facts and history. Also, the whole theme of the mythical Melusina was lovely, and I also enjoyed the "witchy" aspects of Elizabeth and her mother.
Near the end of reading it I started to wonder what I would say about the book, and knew that I had to have a balanced review for my readers. While I did not "not" like it, I couldn't say in all honestly that I LOVED it either. It was a fast read, and definately peaked my interest for more about this particular royal family and their story.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
- The Lateiner Gang
- Susan at Medieval Woman
- Natalie at The Book Inn
- Shellie at Layers of Thought
- Lit and Life
- Ruth over at Bookish Ruth
- Book Kitten
- Julie at My Own Little Corner of the World
Friday, August 28, 2009
1. Have fun reading.
R.I.P. IV officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But lets go ahead and break the rules. Lets start today!!!
I will be doing:
I do not have a reading pool yet, but when I have a look at my stash and google around a bit I'll tell you what I find and then let you know how I do in the challenge! I have from Sept 1st to Oct 31 to complete it!
How about you, do you think you would take the SCAAARRRYYYY path with me???
Here's the blurb:
Like Richard Price or William Kennedy, Pelecanos pushes his characters to the extremes, their redemption that much sweeter because it is so hard fought. Pelecanos has long been celebrated for his unerring ability to portray the conflicts men feel as they search and struggle for power and love in a world that is often harsh and unforgiving but can ultimately be filled with beauty.
This book sounds very intriguing, and I can't wait to read it!
The contest ends September 15th, and the winners will be announced the morning of the 16th. To enter, leave a comment with your email address! If you become a follower or are already a follower send a seperate comment and you will get an additional TWO entries! Add it to your sidebar and send a link along with a seperate comment and you will get an additional TWO entries! That's a total of 5 ENTRIES you can accumulate! GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!
Here is the EXCELLENT trailer for "The Way Home":
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Pretty much everyday I visit a site called "Ladies of Lallybroch", and they have a section called"Reading Recommendations". A few years ago I checked the site and found women raving about this book. As I mentioned, I am very susceptible to people's excitement about books, so I immediately bought it.
I realize that I do a fair amount of raving myself on my blog, but I can't help myself sometimes! This book was a FANTASTIC read. Now for the ladies out there, this book's "swoon factor" is all the way to "11". Almost every woman in my family read it, and we would just gush over Alexander and Tatiana... Sigh.
Before I go any further there is terrific news in regards to this book! I WAS going to say that it is very hard to get these days, other than online. That although it is part 1 of a trilogy, the second book is relatively hard to get, and the 3rd one almost impossible. BUT Harper Collins is RE-RELEASING this novel as a trade paperback August 28th! And one can only hope that the other two will follow. But maybe not. See, the thing is that my edition of TBH has an epilogue on the back that fast forwards 15 years and neatly sums up the rest of the story to THE END. This was apparently because the publishers were not sure how it was going to sell. Then when it did well, they re-released it with the new ending and the following two books. I'm not sure which version this one will be.
And that's not all. Although I am not giving away a new book, I AM giving away an AUTOGRAPHED BOOKMARK! That's right, folks, I have in my hot little hands a Secret Garden (the 3rd book) bookmark SIGNED BY PAULLINA!!! All you have to do to enter is comment and leave your email address. That's it. I will then mail the bookmark to the lucky winner. This little giveaway ends Sept 5th.
Now to business. The blurb from the back is a pretty good little summary:
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
This is a love story, and it is historical romance at its best. The war is a stark backdrop to our two lovers who are constantly battling their surroundings against their overwhelming need to be together. I hardly could breathe while reading the thing. And for any of you interested in this sort of thing, the love scenes? (cough, cough) Are the best I have ever read. Ever. Without being too over-the-top, nor too cheesy, Simons hits it just right. To me fall or winter is the perfect time to read this (if you live in such a climate), the cold weather outside will lend nicely to the imagery in the story.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
My WOW are: Echo in the Bone by
Diana GabaldonThis is the next installment of the much loved Outlander series, and I can tell you from personal experience that there are LEGIONS of (mostly) women practically hyperventilating waiting for the release of this one on Sept 22!!!!!
The next one, I just found out about this yesterday in Bookmarks Magazine, is a new novel by Barbara Kingsolver author of The Poisonwood Bible. It is called The Lucana. Here is the blurb from the publisher, Harper Collins:
Born in the United States, reared
in a series of provisional households in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is mostly a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salomé. From a coastal island jungle to the unpaved neighborhoods of 1930s Mexico City, through a disastrous stint at a
military school in Virginia and back again, his fortunes never steady as Salomé finds her rich men-friends always on the losing side of the Mexican Revolution.
Sometimes she gives her son cigarettes instead of supper.
He aims for invisibility, observing his world and recording everything with a peculiar selfless irony in his notebooks. Life is whatever he learns from servants putting him to work in the kitchen, errands he runs in the streets, and one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Making himself useful in the household of Rivera, his wife Frida Kahlo and exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky, young Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution, and the howling gossip and reportage that dictate public opinion.
A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in
the internationalist good will of World War II. In the mountain city of
Asheville, North Carolina, he remakes himself in America’s hopeful image. Under
the watch of his peerless stenographer, Violet Brown, he finds an extraordinary
use for his talents of observation. But political winds continue to throw him
between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable
breach—the lacuna—between truth and public presumption.
This is a gripping story of identity, connection with our past, and the power of words to create or devastate, unfolding at a moment when the entire world seemed bent on
reinventing itself at any cost.PLUS I would like to send out a HUGE THANKYOU and the
warmest utmost gratitude to Natalie at The Book Inn for awarding me with one
of THE nicest awards out there. Natalie is a book blogger with an enormous heart
and gives lots of encouragement and support to her fellow bloggers. Reading the description of this award brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much, Natalie!
Being a recipient of this award affirms that this blog invests and believes in the Proximity – nearness in space, time and relationships.
This blog receives this great award as a further way to re iterate that it is exceedingly charming, and aims to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!
I nominate the following:
- Jo- Jo at Jo-Jo Loves to Read
- Jessica at A Booklovers Diary
- Kate at The Never Ending Shelf
- Jenny at Take Me Away
- Amy at My Friend Amy
- Mel at He Followed Me Home
I sincerely hope that the folks above accept this award with all that it has behind it. I believe each and every one of them has such a great spirit that they add to our great community of Book Bloggers!
Have a WONDERFUL day! And what book are YOU waiting for???
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Now to pass on the "Your Blog Rocks" award to my 5 nominees!
- Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea
- Suzanne at Chick with Books
- Cynthia at Cynthia's Bookshelf
- Alyce at At Home with Books
- Peter at Kyusi Reader
I sincerely LOVE all of your blogs, and hope you likeyour awards!
- Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
- Be careful not to include spoilers!!!
- Share title and author too so readers can add the book to their TBR pile
"It was nearly dark as we came down the narrow trail back to the house. I could see Brianna in front of me, though leading the way; the men were a little behind us. the fireflies were out in great profusion, drifting through the trees, and lighting the grass near my feet. One of the little bugs lighted briefly in Brianna's hair and clung there for a moment, blinking. A wood at twilight holds a deep hush, that bids the heart be still, the foot step lightly on the earth."
Monday, August 24, 2009
I realize that this book came out 12 years ago.. 12 years! Can you imagine? But it is in my top 10 so I thought I would review it. I was originally told about this book in 2001 by a gal I met in L.A. while visiting. She said that every single woman should read it, and she was quite excited about it. I am one of those people that is easily swayed by someone else's excitement over a book, but that being said, it did take me another 7 years before I would read it. And I am so glad I did!
The Red Tent, although conceived from bible roots, is not a "religious book" per se. In other words you do not need to be religious at all to enjoy it. It speaks to every woman (or man I suppose), and makes you wish there was something still called a "Red Tent" in existence today. After reading the book I then did some research and found an interview with Ms. Diamant and she admitted that the "red tent" from Dinah's story never actually existed as far as we know, but reading the book you would believe that her story is a historical fact, it is so beautifully written in believable detail.
The story follows the biblical character Dinah, who in the bible is only mentioned in a few short passages. But the way Diamant fleshes out Dinah's life and what happens to her before, during and after the events of the bible is truly beautiful and heartbreaking. But perhaps my favourite parts of this entire novel are in the intimate interactions among the females of the time. They form a strong "sisterhood" and when one enters the red tent for the first time they lavish her with attention and celebrate her entering into womanhood. Such a different picture than I formed in my mind when I heard that women then and even in some modern cultures are sequestered away until their "red" days have passed, like some leper. Not so in Diamont's world. It left me wanting to celebrate my mother, my daughters, my sisters, my female friends! To hold them up and sing their praises! It really makes you feel like that! Here's a passage illustrating what I mean:
The set-up: Dinah as just been born in the Red Tent among all of the women of her community.
After Rachel wiped me clean, she handed me to Zilpah, who embraced me, and then to Bilhah, who kissed me as well. I took my mother's breast with an eager mouth, and all the women of the camp clapped their hands for my mother and for me. Bilhah fed my mother honeyed milk and cake. She washed Leah's hair with perfumed water, and she massaged her feet.
While Leah slept, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah took me out into the moonlight and put henna on my feet and hands, as though I were a bride. They spoke a hundred blessings around me, north, south, east and west, to protect me against Lamashtu and the other baby-stealing demons. They gave me a thousand kisses.
There are only a small hand full of books that has brought me to tears, and The Red Tent is one of them. I sobbed near the end. SOBBED. But after I read it I phoned my Mom and told her all about it, and felt such a kinship with other women I may never had experienced had I not read it.
I am also ECSTATIC to report that I have my very first ARC on it's way to me!!!!!!! A huge thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me THE WHITE QUEEN by Philippa Gregory!!!!! Once read I will review it, I am just thrilled that I have my first one!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Lemonade Award is a feel good award that shows great attitude or gratitude. Here are the rules for accepting this award:
- Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post.
-Link your nominees within your post.
-Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
-Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.
The blogs I nominate are:
- Nikola at Nikola's Book Blog
- Jessica at A Booklovers Diary
- Mel at He Followed me Home
- Diana Gabaldon at Voyages of the Artemis
- Alaine at Queen of Happy Endings
- Dawn at She's Too Fond of Books
- Kristi at The Story Siren
- MizB at Should Be Reading
- Brown Girl Book Speak
- Emily at Emily's Reading Room
This week was a bit light in the reading department because I had an out of town guest staying and had zero time to read until Wednesday. I WAS reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but for some reason I just couldn't get into it so I switched gears. After reviewing "Wicked" I was in the mood for some more Gregory Maguire and I pulled "Son of a Witch" off of my shelf where it has been sitting since it came out about 3 years ago. I had tried to read it a half dozen times, but just couldn't get past the first 10 or so pages. But now I am well into it and so far I am loving it! I'll do a review when I'm done.I am also desperately trying to get through my re-read of the last two Diana Gabaldon books before the next one is in stores September 22nd. I am not even half way through The Fiery Cross, and it is almost 900 pages, and then the next book is over 900 pages! How am I going to do that in one month! I mean I totally CAN, but it will be with concerted effort. And the thing is I am SO enjoying my re-read (even more than the first time around!) that I do not want to skim at all. Sigh. I suppose I will just keep reading and stare longingly at Echo until I am finished the last one.
Today I plan on doing a good chunk of peaceful reading during my youngest daughters naptime. Curled up on my couch with my blanket!
Have a WONDERFUL Sunday!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009
Wicked is one of those books that stays with you for a long time. To be fair, I read this book a few years ago, but it is still one of my all time favs and I love sharing it with people who may have not given it a try yet.
The thing with Gregory Maguire is that he loves to take fairytales or fables and highlight a character that is not traditionally the "hero" of the story. In this case, this is the story of the "Wicked Witch of the West" and how she came to be so "wicked". Believe it or not you will learn to love and even feel empathy for Elphaba the wicked witch, and understand why she was such a twisted and disturbed individual. You will also get to know Dorothy, and her travel companions in a totally new way, as well as a whole host of wild and weird creatures that inhabit the world of Oz. And a strange place it is. At times you feel slightly disturbed and unsettled while reading, and other times you laugh out loud. As in this, my favourite scene from the whole entire novel.
The set-up: Elphaba was born not only green but with an enormous set of razor sharp teeth to which she would set upon innocent bystanders from time to time. Concerned that she was creating an anti-social child, her mother Melena and Nanny decide to put Elphaba in a playgroup of sorts. And here is what happens:
"No throwing, Elphie dear," called Nanny.
"I'm only saying what I hear. They say at night that Quadlings fall asleep and their souls climb out through their mouths and go abroad."
"Stupid people say a lot of stupid things," Melena was curt and too loud. "I have never seen his soul climb out of his mouth while he was sleeping, and I've had plenty of opportu-"
"Darling, no rocks," shrilled Nanny. "None of the other children have rocks."
"Now they do," observed Gawnette.
"He is the most sensitive person I've ever met," said Melena.
"Sensitive isn't much use to a fishwife," said Gawnette. "How about to a minister and a minister's wife?"
"Now there's blood, how vexing," said Nanny. "Children, let Elphie up so I can wipe that cut. And I didn't bring a rag, Gawnette?"
"Bleeding is good for them, makes them less hungry," said Gawnette.
"I rate sensitive a good sight higher than stupid," said Melena, seething.
"No biting," said Gawnette to one of the little boys, and then, seeing Elphaba open her mouth to retaliate, raised herself to her feet, bad hip or no, and screamed,"no biting, for the love of mercy!"
"Aren't children divine?" said Nanny.
The world that Gregory Maguire paints is vivid, unique and not at all like you probably have envisioned Oz. But you will never forget it, mark my words. I loved this book. Probably because it was so fresh and new and different. The words that Maquire uses are astonishing as are the names of his characters. I have the second book now "Son of a Witch", which I am now reading and will review when I'm done. There is also a third in the trilogy called "A Lion Among Men" which follows the cowardly lions story.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.
My 5 nominations are:
1. Danielle at Opiniated? Me?
2. Rachel at Obsessive Reader
3. Alyssa and her team at Teens Read and Write
4. The Boston Bibliophile
5. Karen at Outlandish Observations
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
(Tell me you didn’t see this one coming?)
The best book lately would have to be one I reviewed for my first ever post here The Mutiny on the Bounty by John Boyne. You can read my review here. He is also the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas which was made into a movie.
And for more Booking Through Thursday click here.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Without further adieu...
Hi John! Thanks for visiting Book Blab today, and entertaining some of our questions.
Let's get started!
LJ: At what point did you decide you were going to make your family's journey into a book?
JH: This was a gradual process, that wasn’t firmly cemented until about the time we reached South America. I had encouragement from September and several people who were on our e-mail distribution list. Initially I was reluctant because, well, I knew it would be a lot of work. Luckily, flattery goes a long way. In the end, I was right – the book was a tremendous amount of work. But the writing and editing process let me relive our journey and now I have this huge sense of accomplishment and am immensely proud of the result.
LJ: Were there any objections or concerns any family members had about the book? Or were they pretty open to the idea?
JH: Without September’s unfailing support the book project would have never started. Katrina and Jordan were open to the idea, and we had long discussions about what it might mean for people to know some fairly intimate details about themselves. Although they have always been supportive, I’m unconvinced Katrina and Jordan will really understand the impact of having details of their lives made public until they reach adulthood.
LJ: I don't think you have ever written a book like this before, so what can you tell us about one of the major things you learned along the way with the writing and then the publishing process?
JH: Before I embarked on down the path of writing about our “World-The-Round” trip, I had written a few articles for bicycling magazines, but nothing as ambitious as a book. During the time between querying my first literary agent to the book shipping out to bookstores I learned a lot about publishing, and myself. The most notable items I learned about publishing is that the vetting process one goes through to find a literary agent and a publisher can be lonely, frustrating and tedious. So while writing talent is necessary to get a book published, it is, by itself, insufficient. Self-confidence and tenacity are absolutely mandatory.
As for myself, where to begin? While I may have been the one tickling the keyboard, for a guy who already has a full time job, writing a book was an undertaking for the whole family. As such, it required sacrifices from everyone. The biggest lesson I learned about myself is that my family has more tenacity and confidence in me than I do. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been successful in getting a book in stores.
LJ: As you were traveling I imagine you were keeping a journal, if you were planning on writing a book at the end of it all, were you writing and "editing" it as you went along? In other words, when incidence would happen would you find you would think, "That would be a great section for the book!" or was it more organic of a process pieced together when you returned?
JH: I did keep a journal, but the purpose of the journal was simply for e-mail material. I loved writing e-mails home, describing what we did and some of the crazy anecdotes that fell out of traveling around the world with kids. Any time I had a thought during the day, I would pull my “e.brain” (PDA) out of my pocket and jot it down so I wouldn’t forget it. When I had enough material, I would weave all those anecdotes into an e-mail home.
We had always planned our itinerary for a stationary final month and that ended up being in Belize. So, when my father-in-law visited us in Bolivia and Peru (before we went to Belize), we had arranged for him to bring a notebook and that final stationary month was spent compiling all our e-mails and journal entries into a rough draft. Although those e-mails become the basis of the book, I wanted our story to be much more than a collection of anecdotes. It took months of contemplation and revision to weave into those anecdotes the story I wanted to tell – that of an American family discovering that together they could accomplish much with the biggest accomplishment being finding their place in the world.
LJ: If there were one piece of advice you could offer to a would-be travel writer wanting to publish their journey, what would that be?
JH: Believe in your project and don’t give up.
LJ: What has been the most surprising thing that has transpired since your book has been released?
JH: This might sound odd, but the biggest surprise is that people other than my mother like my book! As I stated above, the vetting process to get a book published is lonely and that if I couldn’t draw upon the confidence of my family, I may not have made it through the other side in one piece. I poured my soul into my book and then put it on bookshelves. That felt a little bit like being an awkward teenager all over again, asking out your first crush on a date, fearing rejection. So, my biggest surprise is simply that the story resonates with those who read it; I actually can tell a story.
LJ: Can you tell us about the cover? I'm a HUGE sucker for a beautiful book cover, and yours certainly is up there as one of THE most gorgeous out there...
JH: Oh, my. Do I dare mention that the cover was, for me, a compromise? My publisher and I went back and forth on the cover art for a long time. Let’s just say that I had ideas about the cover that didn’t align with the publisher’s. I’m not exactly sure how the publisher came upon the image that we ultimately chose, but I had suggested an image that was a photo I took in Belize (click here for image) that was the inspiration for the VW Bug Bike theme in the Belize chapter. A few weeks later, the publisher came forward with the current cover. I should mention that throughout the process of selecting cover art I was pretty pig-headed and I am grateful to an even-tempered publisher for putting up with me. Now I simply can’t imagine any other cover art.
That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
LJ: If you had to do it all over again what, if anything, would you do differently in writing/publishing your book? And adding to that will you write another book when your family travels again?
JH: A friend with some experience in the book selling business told me the day the book came out, “Now comes the hard part.” I had read all the books about getting a book published, and thought I was ready for that next phase. A lot of things caught me off guard, however, including resistance from bookstores to carrying a title from “an unknown” to the timing of the book’s release with the lead time it would take to have it reviewed in newspapers and magazines. So, in retrospect, the down time I had between editing the last revision to the book shipping would be better spent making friends at local bookstores, newspapers and bloggers (not unlike yourself!).
Although our family continues to travel – we recently returned from three weeks in Tonga – I don’t see anymore travel books in my future. I do hope to write newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of subjects. Once September and I get Katrina and Jordan’s braces and college paid off, we hope to be able to do charity work in the developing world. It’s possible there is a book in there, somewhere. I also have an idea for a novel, but that would be a huge undertaking that simply won’t be possible until the braces and college are paid off.
LJ: This last question comes from my husband when I asked him any questions he might have, "I wanna know how much 'the shirt' cost”.
JH: You must mean the Bill’s Burger Barn shirt. I frankly have no recollection of the actual cost – the original was on a discount rack in a Prague department store – maybe US $10. Of course Jordan and I had some replicas made and shipped to Mauritius. While I do remember what that cost, not including shipping to an obscure tropical island, I think it best not to stoke the flame there J. I’ll simply state it was the most expensive practical joke I’ve ever played on my wife and I will always regret that the package didn’t come in time.
Once again THANK YOU for stopping by, and sharing with us! Good luck with 360 Degrees, already a great success! We look forward to watching your writing career unfold, and I, for one, am looking forward to a novel by John Higham!
Don't forget, everyone, that you can enter the Book Blab giveaway to win one of 5 copies of John's book, and 50% of the proceeds goes to the organization KIVA, and you can also purchase his book here, or here, or HERE.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- The Ten Year Nap
- Guernsey Potato Peel Pie Society
- The Tenth Gift
Posted by Lisa at 9:09 PM
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
"You too will marry a boy I choose," said Mrs. Rupa
Mehra firmly to her younger daughter.
Lata avoided the maternal imperative by looking around the great lamp-lit garden of Prem Nivas. The wedding-guests were gathered on the lawn.
"Hmm," she said. This annoyed her mother further.
"I know what your hmms mean, young lady, and I can tell you I will not stand for hmms in this matter. I do know what is best. I am doing it all for you. Do you think it is easy for me, trying to arrange things for all four of my children without His help?"
Etc. These are the first sentences and it already shows Lata's relationship with her "Ma" as strained in a hilarious way. It reminds me very much of Amy Tan's writing as in The Kitchen God's Wife. She usually has a very "overburdened" mother who always LOUDLY lets everyone know how much she has sacrificed for them. This is Lata and her mother.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This is one of those books that I could not put down. I read it every spare moment I had and talked of little else. It was funny, heart breaking, compelling and unpredictable. (At least for me since I had no idea what actually happened in the history books) After I finished it I was thoroughly satisfied right to the very last page, which in and of itself is an amazing feat for an author.