Review Fridays #12- What Comes Next and How To Like It

What comes next coverAuthor: Abigail Thomas

This New York Times best-selling author gives a witty, honest, hopeful memoir on matters of the heart. From the loss of her husband to changes in her relationship with her best friend to her daughter’s illness and the death of her beloved dog, Thomas covers it all. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Flannery O’Connor!

Southern writer and essayist, Flannery O’Connor was born March 25, 1925. She’s considered one of the best short story writers of the 20th century, and she’s known for her unapologetic opinions. Her short stories have been studied in college classrooms for years. A southern writer, O’Connor’s settings are often in the rural south of which she is most familiar since she grew up in Georgia. Continue reading

Review Fridays #11- Blue Sun, Yellow Sky

Blue Sun Yellow SkyAuthor: Jamie Jo Hoang
How would you react if you found out that life as you knew it would no longer exist in a mere 6-8 weeks?
 Author Jamie Jo Hoang introduces us to Aubrey Johnson, an artist just reaching her prime who has been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that will blind her completely in only a few short weeks. As she attempts to digest the news and reconcile with what this means for her life, a childhood friend reappears after years of no contact. Jeff Anderson, a Texas country boy that Aubrey grew up with, invites her to join him on a trip around the world, and she agrees. Both Aubrey and Jeff wrestle to wrap their heads around life’s changes in a story that spans the globe while discovering inner contentment.

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Indie Author Fun! Book Trailer for Blue Sun, Yellow Sky

I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading (review coming Friday) Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, and would like to provide you with the trailer for this indie novel by author Jamie Hoang. I don’t want to give away too much since I’ll be posting a review, but I can say that this was a refreshing read from the self-publishing world!

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Review Fridays #10: Heartbreak Hotel

heartbreak hotelAuthor: Deborah Moggach

In Deborah Moggach’s 2004 novel entitled These Foolish Things, a youthful man runs a rickety hotel filled with golden-agers in Italy. Heartbreak Hotel echos these sentiments, only the location changes to a fictional spot called Knockton in Wales, and the characters reverse roles— the old run the place while the young find themselves visitors. Continue reading

TLC Book Review: The Swimmer

The SwimmerAuthor: Joakim Zander

Good thrillers read like a movie, and The Swimmer measures up nicely.

As stated by publisher, Harper, “Whip-smart and sophisticated, Joakim Zander’s debut sweeps across the globe with a story that delivers a series of unforgettable turns and unforeseen twists.” A CIA agent under deep cover must rush across Europe to save the daughter he gave up. Continue reading

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Why I Read One Short Story, One Poem, and One News Article or Essay Everyday

Okay, okay I might not actually read  all of these things everyday, but I do listen to some and read the others. Usually, my poem is listened to as part of my morning ritual. While putting on my makeup to get ready for work, I put on the Writer’s Almanac podcast. I mean really, what’s better than Garrison Keillor’s soothing voice giving you the important historical/literary happenings of the day? At the end of each podcast, he closes by reading a poem. So, this is how I get my poetry in everyday.  Continue reading

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TLC Book Review: The Boy Who Loved Rain

The Boy Who Loved RainAuthor: Gerard Kelly

If you want eloquent language and a host of characters all fighting their own demons while tangled into a web that eventually weaves them together, The Boy Who Loved Rain will not disappoint. This fiction work intuitively touches on many matters of the human condition—religion, belief, teenage woes, and deception with the ocean, in all its vast glory as the backdrop to each character’s struggle (and triumph). Continue reading