Rape: A Love Story
Joyce Carol Oates
Published by Da Capo Press
Teena Maguire should not have tried to shortcut her way home that Fourth of July. Not after midnight, not through Rocky Point Park. Not the way she was dressed: tank top, denim cut-offs, high-heeled sandals. Not with her twelve-year-old daughter, Bethie. Not with packs of local guys running loose on hormones, rage, and alcohol. A victim of gang rape, left for… Continue
Added by Book Zombie on August 18, 2008 at 1:00pm —
I borrowed a reading questiionnaire from a friend, who adapted it from Shelf Awareness. You can find both links to those sites, along with the questionnaire itself on my blog at http://tinyurl.com/5udzrp
Added by Lesa Holstine on August 17, 2008 at 9:51am —
.... Booking Mama!
Congratulations! She'll be receiving a copy of Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage.
Added by Suey on August 17, 2008 at 12:05am —
Gretchen Hanover is a thirty-something kindergarten teacher whose fiance dumped her just before their wedding. After 18 months of consoling herself with ice cream and HGTV, she decides she needs to do something with her life. Her solution? To flip a house, just like it's done on HGTV. She convinces her dad to co-sign on a short-term loan and she purchases a disaster of a house.
Gretchen's dad, in a bit of matchmaking, convinces her to hire his… Continue
Added by Holly on August 15, 2008 at 11:00pm —
Rennie Stroud, a 13-year old girl, tells the story of what happens when a Japanese internment camp is opened in her small Colorado town during WW2.
I found the story compelling. I loved Rennie's voice and those of her parents, who are, at first, some of the only people in town who accept the Japanese people. Rennie's father employs some young Japanese men on his sugar beet farm and the bond of friendship that forms between them all is… Continue
Added by Holly on August 14, 2008 at 11:00pm —
Remember those childhood days spent running in your bare feet, playing make-believe, and most of all, living life with wonderment? That youthful enthusiasm and playfulness are key to discovering who you are and what you love to do. Living Out Loud is the perfect prescription for a creative jump start to your life. Included are games, projects, activities, crafts, postcards, and playful ideas that will send you off on an exciting adventure, where you'll discover… Continue
Added by Book Zombie on August 13, 2008 at 11:30pm —
Added by Trixie on August 13, 2008 at 10:14pm —
Prepare to enter a fantasy world. A world where clothes get folded just so, delicious dinners await, and flatulence is just not that funny. Give the fairer sex what they really want beautiful PG photos of hunky men cooking, listening, asking for directions, accompanied by steamy captions: "I love a clean house!" or "As long as I have two legs to walk on, you'll never take out the trash." Now this is porn that will leave women begging for… Continue
Added by Book Zombie on August 13, 2008 at 6:00pm —
Charlaine Harris is a prolific writer. The following is a review of book 2 of the Harper Connelly series.
Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
Berkley Prime Crime, 2006
The past has not always been kind to Harper Connelly. Both parents had drug addiction problems, and her mother eventually died of AIDS. But one disaster, a direct lightning strike, uncovered an unusual, long hidden talent. As Harper explains to a doubtful police detective, "I find corpses. People call me… Continue
Added by Patricia on August 12, 2008 at 11:57pm —
Let's see: well-written...check; compelling...no; interesting...check; did I like it...not really.
I had high hopes that I would enjoy this novel. Set in the south, it's the story of Gaylen and her sister Delia. When their father dies, Gaylen returns to small town North Carolina for the funeral. Her marriage is in disarray and she needs some time away. She and her sister travel to their aunt's mountain cabin for some solitude. Her sister is a bit… Continue
Added by Holly on August 12, 2008 at 11:00pm —
Hello everyone! I recognize a few book bloggers in here! Anyway, I joined tonight because I'm looking for book bloggers to host an author I've got coming up on virtual book tour who has a book on how to lose weight. The author will send you a copy for hosting him/her. You can contact me at thewriterslife(at)yahoo.com and please put "blog host needed for diet book" in the subject line so I can find your inquiry easily. Thank you!
Added by Dorothy Thompson on August 12, 2008 at 2:38am —
I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I've never read the Chronicles of Narnia before. How did that happen? I have an English degree! I've always meant to correct this literary deficit, but never have managed to do so.
After we saw the Prince Caspian movie, my son was insistent on us reading the book. He wanted me to read it first, because he knew I would read it faster than he would. So, I did.
I enjoyed it, although it was somewhat… Continue
Added by Holly on August 11, 2008 at 11:00pm —
An interesting read. I found this one to be more of a history of art and the early renaissance, rather than a complete focus on Michelangelo. There are details of his creation of the David, and a nice selection of pictures. (He's much better in person though...)
An interesting review of the time and era of Florence at the turn of the 16th century: not only a time of flourishing art, but a time of intrigue and politics.
An interesting,… Continue
Added by Holly on August 11, 2008 at 11:00pm —
The best of the books I've read by Zakes Mda but still lacking something... He tries to tie on the commonalities between South Africa and the current state of the US by allowing his character from Ways of Dying to come to the US in this book. Definitely more readable than his other works but in terms of his purpose, I am still unclear...
Added by kristin* on August 11, 2008 at 3:08pm —
Quite good. Reminds me somewhat of the feel of Wallace Stegner in Angle of Repose, which was brilliant, by the by, but that is a topic for another post.
This one is set in homesteader Montana, I am about 1/2 way through, and am really enjoying it. Main character is a 12 year old boy for most of the book so far. I would definitely recommend Ivan Doig, and am going to read his other books as well.
I love it when I find a new author that I like and haven't read everything by… Continue
Added by beachgirl on August 11, 2008 at 12:22pm —
Yippee, I can't wait to get some new books! Even though my TBR pile is so high I have to literally jump it to crawl into bed. What is it about receiving a $10 gift voucher if you buy a book off your wishlist or empty your shopping cart that is just TOO…
Added by Sheree on August 11, 2008 at 6:35am —
genre: adult historical fiction
This beautifully told and heartbreaking book is the story of Sarah Carrier, a ten year old girl living near Salem, Massachusetts in 1690. With near poetic prose, we witness a community harassed with Indian raids and smallpox plagues let fear and uncertainty turn into passion and terror. Neighbor turns against neighbor as old resentments and petty arguments lead to dire consequences - and Sarah and her family are sunk in the middle of… Continue
Added by Corinne on August 10, 2008 at 8:41am —
For the StoryCorp project - where anyone is able to tell/record an interview with a friend or family member. This book is a compilation of stories that have been told over the past couple of years - stories about family, work, personal journeys, etc. It's a great book for a voyeuristic person - snapshots into the lives of strangers from across the country, from all walks of life, all ages,… Continue
Added by kristin* on August 9, 2008 at 8:40am —
Literally could not put this one down - read the whole thing in one sitting. A sweet story of a young girl who is searching for her mother, and a young woman who is searching for love - somehow they both find the answer to their longings in each other, which allows them to find what they were originally searching for.
Added by kristin* on August 8, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Okay. I like to say "I hopped on the Twilight
train and I am enjoying the ride." Which means that I also need to say: "My name is Jerrie. I am 34 years old. I love Edward." There it is out there. Now the whole… Continue
Added by missyjkl on August 8, 2008 at 3:00pm —