Monday, April 24, 2017

How To Be Both by Ali Smith

How To Be Both
by Ali Smith

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Published: 2014
Publisher: Pantheon
Genre: Literary
Hardback: 384 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
Consider this moral conundrum for a moment, George's mother says to George who's sitting in the front passenger seat.

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. A true original, she is a one-of-a-kind literary sensation. Her novels consistently attract serious acclaim and discussion—and have won her a dedicated readership who are drawn again and again to the warmth, humanity and humor of her voice.

How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

A NOTE TO THE READER:
Who says stories reach everybody in the same order?
This novel can be read in two ways and this book provides you with both.
In half of all printed editions of the novel the narrative EYES comes before CAMERA.
In the other half of printed editions the narrative CAMERA precedes EYES.
The narratives are exactly the same in both versions, just in a different order.

The books are intentionally printed in two different ways, so that readers can randomly have different experiences reading the same text. So, depending on which edition you happen to receive, the book will be: EYES, CAMERA, or CAMERA, EYES. Enjoy the adventure.


My two-bits:

This is composed of two stories that make up one story that involve the world of art. Two different sections represent the past and the present with similarities and ties. But each have their set of characters that have perspectives of an artist and observer.

The running theme of two sides - things seen and unseen plays out throughout.

After discussion with my book group, I grew to appreciate this book better with an interest to re-read it.

Also, gained an interest in inspecting and looking at religious art a little more while at a museum.

~*~

* my copy starts off with George, the second version begins with Francescho

* part of Book Passage Literary Prize Book Group (here)

SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE 2014 GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2014 COSTA NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE SALTIRE LITERARY BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

A Best Book of the Year: NPR, Financial Times


Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver

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Published: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Poetry, Nature
Paperback: 96 pages
Rating: 5

In A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her treasured dog Percy, Oliver is open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments and explores with startling clarity, humor, and kindness the mysteries of our daily experience.


My two-bits:

So beautiful!

Seeing the beauty in these nature themed poems was immediate.




Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post - 4.22.17

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)
AND
Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer (details)

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I am participating in an Art-a-thon today and spending most of the day working on my comic book journal. There will be music performances and artists of all ages joining in. If you are in the Bay area come by. All is welcome.

Please support arts education and give lower income children the tools to give form to their dreams. Visit Artseed Art-a-thon 2017 (here) for more details. It would mean a lot to me.


~*~

Bought:

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles
-Historical, Western
Amazon | Goodreads

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
(To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
by Jenny Han
-romance, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

P.S. I Still Love You
(To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)
by Jenny Han
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

MacArthur's Spies:
The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II

by Peter Eisner
-History, 1940s, WWII, Non-fiction
courtesy of Penguin's First Reads -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Independent Bookstore Day is coming, April 29. I have been visiting independent bookstores during the month. See the complete list of places I visited (here).

My latest visit was to...

#7 Alexander Book Company
San Francisco, CA (here)
with two books by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
P.S. I Still Love You


AND watched: in theatre - part of Cherry Blossom Japanese Film Festival (details)

Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Soshite chichi ni naru (original title)
Director/Screenplay: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Lily Franky
-Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

WHOA. Got me thinking of parenting and of the relationship between parents and their kids.


AND watched: in theatre

Colossal (2017)
Director/Writer: Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis
-Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 4

A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.

COOL monster and mental mashup concept.

I caught a preview screening of this which included a Q&A with the director. Nacho shared his love for the rock band, Queen which is something in common he has with Bear McCreary, the composer who did the soundtrack.


AND watched: on DVD

Allied (2016)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Steven Knight
Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard
-Action, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 3

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Oscar nominated for Costume Design

THIS romance/love story set during the war questions honesty and trust. The chemistry between the couple did not work for me.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
aka The Conscientious Objector
Director: Mel Gibson
Screenplay: Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer
-Biography, Drama, History | imdb | my rating: 5

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Oscar win for Sound Mixing and Film Editing

AMAZING story about an amazing person that everyone MUST get to know. Ahh, the wonders of the human spirit!

side note: if you have any hangups due to this being a Mel Gibson film, get over it, this story inspires

~*~

* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Release: Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough

Get It Together, Delilah!
by Erin Gough
-LGBTQ, YA
Release date: April 4, 2017
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Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn't have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it's working fine. While her dad goes on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, Del manages the family cafe. Easy, she thinks. But what about homework? Or the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell? Or her best friend who won't stop guilt-tripping her? Or her other best friend who might go to jail for love if Del doesn't do something? But really, who cares about any of that when all Del can think about is beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street. . . . Until one day Rosa comes in the cafe door. And if Rosa starts thinking about Del, too, then how in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?

I plan on reading my copy in June to celebrate Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Missing by Kelley Armstrong

Missing
by Kelley Armstrong

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Just released: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Hardback: 384 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
Reeve's End is the kind of town every kid can't wait to escape. Each summer, a dozen kids leave and at least a quarter never come back. I don't blame them--I'll do the same in another year. We thought it was just something that happened in towns like ours.

We were wrong.


The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve's End is that soon she'll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There's nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They're better off taking a chance elsewhere.

What Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they're all missing?


My two-bits:

Felt this to be a slow burning mystery. But, the search for the missing held my attention.

The story covers the themes of the haves/have nots and romance of rich boy/poor girl.

Got me thinking of small town communities.

~*~

* review copy courtesy of tour

* part of Cloak & Dagger Challenge (here)





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BookSparks Speaks Out: Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month

BookSparks Speaks Out:
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month
(details)

Join BookSparks, author Amy Hatvany and the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) to #speakout against sexual violence. Sexual violence touches all genders, ages and cultures. One in five women will be raped in their lifetime, and 325,000 children are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation.

How You Can Help:
Author Amy Hatvany's new book, It Happens All the Time, draws from her personal experiences with sexual assault. Purchase her book today, April 19, and send BookSparks your receipt (to alyssa@sparkpointstudio.com). BookSparks will donate 30% of all verified purchases to the KCSARC. Find out more ways you can help (here).

It Happens All the Time
by Amy Hatvany
-Women's Fiction
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From master storyteller Amy Hatvany—whose writing has been hailed as “gripping and emotionally honest” (Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times betselling author)—comes a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.

I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Summer Reading Challenge
May to August 2017
sponsored by BookSparks (details)
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The 7th annual reading challenge sponsored by BookSparks is starting up next month!

LOTS are listed for this summer!


Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson

It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell

In This Moment by Karma Brown



Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Rules of Half by Jenna Patrick

American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Proof by C.E. Tobisman



Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

A Work of Art by Micayla Lally

The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Half-Life of Remorse by Grant Jarrett



Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Last Seen by J.L. Doucette

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Release: The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan

The Beast of London
by L.D. Goffigan
-Fantasy, Paranormal, Thriller
Released date: April 17, 2017
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Mina Murray once lived an adventurous life, but after a tragedy in the forests of Transylvania, she left it all behind. Now she has settled into a quiet routine as a schoolteacher in London, engaged to the respectable solicitor Jonathan Harker, attempting to fit into the stuffy upper class London society to which he belongs.

Her dark past comes careening into her present when Jonathan is abducted by a group of vampires from a society ball. Determined to rescue him, she teams up with her former paramour Abraham Van Helsing and his colleague, Scotland Yard Inspector John Seward.

As they pursue Jonathan’s abductors from England to the Low Countries and beyond, Mina realizes that Jonathan’s abduction is tied to a larger threat against humanity…

An electrifying retelling of a classic tale, THE BEAST OF LONDON is the first book of the Mina Murray series. If you love adventure, romance, and mystery with a paranormal twist, then pick up your copy today.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs

Lust & Wonder
by Augusten Burroughs

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Published: 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Humor, Memoir
Hardback: 304 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Just when I broke my sobriety and started drinking again in moderate and controlled measure exactly like a normal person, I met this guy who wasn't just a guy but a writer, and not just a writer but the author of one of my favorite books.

With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust & Wonder is a hilariously frank memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for. His story began in Running with Scissors, endured through Dry, and continues with this memoir, the capstone to the life of Augusten Burroughs.

Funny, sweet, alarming, and ultimately, moving and tender, Lust & Wonder is an experience of a book that will resonate with anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.


My two-bits:

I love Augusten's take on life. In this memoir he gets into his love relationships with people. And, his fascination and obsession with gems is also revealed.

~*~

* Listened to audiobook version - such a treat with the author reading it.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post - 4.15.17

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)
AND
Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer (details)

~*~

I had a good balance of reading and watching (films) this week. Good stuff.

I also visited three different bookstores this week for the Independent Bookstore challenge mentioned below. I usually average 2-3 bookstore visits a month mostly triggered by author events.

~*~

Bought:

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
-Literary, Mystery
Amazon | Goodreads


For Review:

The Beast of London
by L.D. Goffigan
-Fantasy
courtesy of publisher author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Wrong
by Jane Aston
-New Adult, Romance
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
BarnesNoble | Goodreads


OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Independent Bookstore Day
April 29 (details)

CELEBRATING the upcoming Independent Bookstore Day by visiting at least 10 independent bookstores during the month.

#5 Green Apple Books on the Park
San Francisco, CA (here)
with Mollie Makes
Living a Creative Life
issue number seventy seven
comes with a cute mini-loom kit

See the complete list of places I visited (here).


AND watched: in theatre - part of San Francisco International Film Festival (details)

Yourself & Yours (2016)
Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot (original title)
Director/Writer: Sang-soo Hong
Starring: Hae-hyo Kwon, Joon-sang Yoo
-Drama, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 4

A foray into the uncanny with a spin on Luis Buñuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire"

THIS weird and unusual, but interesting love story left me sad.

Future Perfect (2016)
El futuro perfecto (original title)
Director: Nele Wohlatz
Writers: Pío Longo, Nele Wohlatz
Starring: Xiaobin Zhang, Saroj Kumar Malik
-Drama, Argentina | imdb | my rating: 5

A smart and innovative look at the possible futures of a young Chinese immigrant to Buenos Aires, told in the stilted language of an elementary Spanish textbook.

WE were treated to a Q&A with the director of this film. Interesting to know that the story is somewhat true to the main character, Xiaobin's experience in Argentina.

The Next Skin (2016)
La propera pell (original title)
Director: Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta
Writers: Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta, Fran Araújo
Starring: Emma Suárez, Àlex Monner
-Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Spain, Switzerland | imdb | my rating: 5

A teenager who went missing and was presumed dead returns home after eight years to find a family deeply affected by his disappearance. Gradually, doubts arise about whether he really is the missing boy or an impostor.

LOVED how this one pulls you in and keeps you wondering. And, loved the small-town Spanish Pyrenees location.


AND watched: at the library theatre

Chinese Couplets (2015)
Director: Felicia Lowe
-Documentary, Family, History | imdb | my rating: 5

Part memoir, part history, part investigation, Chinese Couplets spans two centuries, three countries and four generations of women in this intimate story that reveals the impact of America's Chinese Exclusion Acts on filmmaker Felicia Lowe's family. Lowe offers a nuanced, engaging approach to the debate that details the long-term, multi-generational effects of ethnically motivated immigration policies while imparting a cautionary tale of living with cultural pluralism in the 21st century.

INTERESTING historical perspective on the Chinese immigration experience.


AND watched: on DVD

Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Director: Peter Berg
Screenplay: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand
Based on book by:
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell
-Action, Drama, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster, when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Oscar nominated for Sound Editing and Visual Effects

I liked how the story of this tragic event has a focus on the survivors.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Love Letters to the World by Meia Geddes

Love Letters to the World
by Meia Geddes

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Published: 2016
Publisher: Poetose Press
Genre: Poetry
ebook
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
My dear world, There is something sunny and blue about you.

A series of 120 lyrical missives addressing the world as body, concept, stranger. This is a quiet celebration and exploration of life, love, language, and one's place in the world.

My two-bits:

This is a collection of lovely letters that speaks from the heart to the world. Inner reflections are shared that bring about an awareness on each topic presented.

~*~

* review copy courtesy of author



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Amy's Story by Anna Lawton

Amy's Story
by Anna Lawton

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Release date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: New Academia Publishing
Genre: Historical, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 246 pages
Rating: 3

First sentence(s):
“Mulberry and Canal, please.”

The cabbie looks at her in the rearview mirror while the car pulls off into the Broadway traffic.

Amy’s Story unfolds on the background of American history, from the late 60’s up until 2011, and takes us through the timeline of how Italian-native Amy (full name, America) creates her success story.

Amy experiences love, heartbreak, friendship, obstacles, success, and more as she moves from Italy to New York City to live by her American father. Following in her father’s footsteps, Amy becomes a successful publisher. Her story intertwines with the story of Stella, her childhood friend, whose unfinished memoir she intends to publish. As Amy edits the manuscript, it is Stella’s story that readers follow as she leaves Italy with her American lover, Jim, a heartthrob who conceals his sensitive nature under a bravado façade, and goes through career achievements and setbacks, and a heartbreaking love story.

Her journey runs parallel to major American historical events―the Vietnam War, student protests and the Kent State shooting, the birth of radicalism and feminism, presidential elections and assassinations, immigration, the Watergate scandal, up to the 9/11 attack and beyond― providing an interesting commentary on the facts that influenced the development of American society over the past 40 years and brought about the current outcome.

Other minor, but captivating, characters complete the picture and sustain the action: Steve, Stella’s husband, conformist and uninspiring; Nik, a passionate and extravagant Russian intellectual; Rosa, once a maid at Amy’s grandmother’s country estate and now married to the owner of a New York pizzeria; and others.

Stella's memoir never gets published, because Amy transforms it into a very successful novel. This twist will have readers reimagining the entire story and Amy and Stella’s tale will remain with them for a long time.


My two-bits:

This story spans the 1930s to the present. Through Stella's life and loves you get glimpses into different eras by way of significant American political historical happenings.

The start is an Italian immigrant experience which I found to be the most interesting.

~*~

* review copy courtesy of publisher



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day
April 29 (details)

I am celebrating the upcoming Independent Bookstore Day by visiting at least 10 independent bookstores during the month which is part of the Book Lover Quest challenge mentioned in the details. Below are the places I visited and what I picked up. Most of the places listed are those I visit regularly for author and book events.

# 1 Books Inc.
Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA (here)
Little White Lies: Truth & Movies, No. 68, Jan/Feb 2017
Toni Erdmann issue

#2 Diesel
Larkspur, CA (here)
Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

#3 Booksmith
San Francisco, CA (here)
Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

#4 Books Inc.
Laurel Village, San Francisco, CA (here)
with a Happy Birthday card

#5 Green Apple Books on the Park
San Francisco, CA (here)
with Mollie Makes
Living a Creative Life
issue number seventy seven
comes with a cute mini-loom kit

#6 Book Passage
Corte Madera, CA (here)
with News of the World by Paulette Jiles
and stocking up on more Birthday cards

#7 Alexander Book Company
San Francisco, CA (here)
with two books by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
P.S. I Still Love You


watch this spot... more will be posted throughout the month

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pipeliner by Shawn Hartje

Pipeliner
by Shawn Hartje

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Published: 2016
Genre: Coming of Age, YA
ebook
Rating: 3

First sentence(s):
In the Trail King parking lot, Jason Krabb saw his friend isabel Perkins's brown Dodge Aries sedan parked between giant pickups, a good sign since she'd lately been hanging with Shelly Stewart, whom Jason had been flirting with in algebra II.

Zombie sighting:
She told him to shower first and then go to bed, couldn't stand her child looking like a zombie.
-chapter 6


For seventeen-year-old Jason Krabb, high school life in 1990s Idaho is a world of cargo shorts, cassette tapes, and junk food. Plagued equally by algebra and puberty, Jason sets out to find a girlfriend and become a rock guitarist. His quest is irreversibly jolted when he attends a bonfire and meets an alluring girl from the other side of town and a rag tag crew who are bringing gas lines through the desert in order to keep the lights on in Portland and Seattle, places where Jason hopes to find his nirvana as a guitarist.

Meanwhile, things deteriorate at home. Jason's pediatrician mom, Leah, sadly faces the twilight of her parenting years while his father, Curtis, contends with the enormity of running a big ticket research laboratory and coming to terms with his son's wayward path.

Pipeliner is at once a coming of age love story and a comical timestamp of early 90s family life. Set in the fictional Idaho town of Helen Springs, pop. 58,000, its characters are as vibrant as the lofty peaks and purple sunsets of the high desert. Here we find rich farmers, poor ranchers, dutiful Mormons, government honchos, disgruntled vets, drug-dealing bruisers, irksome teachers, and spirited students, all doing their best to keep the lights on.


My two-bits:

I found this to be a mellow easy going story of life in Idaho and what it has to offer.

Idaho living and its setting of pipeline country provide a backdrop for Jason's coming-of-age story that touches upon the young adult scene, classism, religion, ethnic diversity, first love and intimate encounters.

Jason's desire to move on to bigger and better things by way of music brings in elements of the music scene which he is mostly exposed to via cassette tapes.

Although this story's primary focus is on Jason, there are also parts told in the voice of his mother. The parenting experience of teens with its ups, downs, dramas and uncertainties shows another side of Jason.


~*~

* review copy courtesy of author

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Excerpt: Love Letters to the World by Meia Geddes

Love Letters to the World
by Meia Geddes
-Poetry
Amazon | Goodreads

Love Letters to the World addresses the world as body, concept, stranger.
It is a quiet celebration and exploration of life, love, language, and one's place in the world.


Excerpt:

My dear world,

I wonder if you would agree with me that slip is a very good word. Slip is currently my favorite word, though I have never had a favorite word before. Maybe slip is my new favorite word because all the lovely intangibles can slip into your life without your noticing until the slip of your being realizes it is so. Maybe it is because I have a need to slip my life into you in ways unknown, maybe because you, world, are a slip of a word. Maybe because it relates to the way one wants to live, leaving an imprint but no more, maybe because I like the way bodies can slip into one another, maybe because a slip as a garment is ever contradictory, a container yet not. A slippage, what has not come to pass or what has passed, a bit of nothingness or a bit of everything if one considers all a slip of paper might hold. The word slip contains and offers itself. Maybe one should aspire to be a slip, to slip.

With love,
M

~*~

* excerpt courtesy of author


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post - 4.8.17

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)
AND
Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer (details)

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A third week of slow reading! Ugh.

Took a road trip last weekend to take the kid back to college. The weekend getaway was fun. Lots of good eating and green hillside views. But when I returned, there was a busy week to jump into with only snatches of evening reading time.

I hope to get a good chunk of reading done this weekend possibly at a newly discovered cafe/coffee shop.

I have been diligent in writing every day for the National Letterwriting Month Write-On Challenge. I do not know if there will be any responses, but I feel fine if it turns out to be a one-way effort. The routine of sitting down and putting pen to paper causes one to slow down. If I write too quick there is a tendency for spelling errors. Corrections lined out or scribbled over which is not a pretty sight.

I also read some poetry this week. Heartfelt ones written by the kid. We are going to select a couple to submit to a poetry contest.

~*~

Bought:

Cruel Beautiful World
by Caroline Leavitt
-Coming of Age, Women's Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

THE April pick for the BookSparks Book Club (details). I liked the looks of this one so joining up. Ah yes, cover love.


Freebies: Amazon Prime

Cinder & Ella
by Kelly Oram
-Romance, YA
Amazon | Goodreads


For Review:

Revived
by Ernesto Pavan
-Dark Humor, Zombies
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

A Small Revolution
by Jimin Han
-Suspense, South Korea
courtesy of Amazon First program
Amazon | Goodreads


Author event:


Books Inc. at Opera Plaza hosted an event with Augusten Burroughs to celebrate the paperback release of Lust & Wonder. We were treated to a reading, Q&A and signing. During the Q&A it was interesting to learn that he started writing at age 8 and then stopped during his young adult years. When he started writing he wrote a draft of his fiction novel, Sellevision in 7 days. I liked his comment on writing memoirs - "be ugly and real".

Lust & Wonder
by Augusten Burroughs
-Humor, Memoir
Amazon | Goodreads

In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he's had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out. With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust and Wonder is an intimate and honest memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for.


AND watched: in theatre

Kedi (2016)
Director: Ceyda Torun
-Documentary, Cats, Turkey | imdb | my rating: 5

A profile of an ancient city (Istanbul) and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

DEFINITELY a must-see for cat lovers. This film perspective is a unique way to learn about a city and its people.


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