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 “Happy Birthday Flannery O’Connor!”

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 “Review Fridays #10: Heartbreak Hotel”

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 “TLC Book Review: The Swimmer”

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

Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!

Oh, this one is exciting. Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author, turns 84 today! Morrison didn’t start seriously writing until her 30’s, and thank goodness she did.  Continue reading “Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!”

On Writing in Books and Why I Do It

I sit in my favorite gray and white chevron chair and, under the soft light of my reading lamp, flip through a book I had particularly enjoyed upon the first reading. That book, Purple Hibiscus, spoke to my soul, and I found myself furiously penning notes and ideas in the margins. Now, I sit rereading my notes, and nostalgia takes over. I find myself catapulted back to that first reading of Purple Hibiscus, the exhilaration when an idea was illuminated for me, the excited anticipation of finding a recurring symbol. Continue reading “On Writing in Books and Why I Do It”

This is Not a Drill: Harper Lee to Publish 2nd Novel

As reported by the AP, publisher, Harper, has announced that the author of To Kill a Mockingbird will be releasing a second novel this summer (July, specifically). This new novel will be Lee’s first since the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, making it her second novel in over 50 years!  Continue reading “This is Not a Drill: Harper Lee to Publish 2nd Novel”

That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat

If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented Haitian-American writer, well then let me just take a moment to introduce you to Edwidge Danticat.

She was born near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1969 and was raised by her uncle until age 12 when she joined her parents in Brooklyn, New York. There, she learned English and continued her education. She had begun writing at the age of 9 while still in Haiti. Continue reading “That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat”