Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday Spotlight...Happy Hollow-een

In the spotlight today, for Halloween, is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) by Washington Irving.

The Legend of Sleep Hollow is a story written by Washington Irving, originally published in 1820. It's set in the Duth settlement of Tarry Town, New York in a secluded part of town called Sleep Holow. Ichabod Crane, a schoolmaster, competes for the hand of eighteen year old Katrina Van Tassel, only to find himself hunted by the Headless Horseman. The Legend of Sleep Hollow is one of the earliest American fiction writings to still be actively read today, and it is widely used in schools both public and private.

About Irving:

1. He was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the 19th century.
2. He was best known for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
3. He wrote biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad.
4. He served as the U.S. minister to Spain.
5. He was America's first genuine internationally best-selling author.

You can read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for free in email installments from Daily Lit. It's part of their Big Read for the Halloween season.

If you'd rather read it all at once, go to Page by Page Books.

Happy Hollow-een!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Feature Fridays

Today's classic is The Color Purple (1982) by Alice Walker.

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

The novel has been adapted into a film and a musical. The film featured Oprah Winfrey and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, but won none (this was very controversial as critics believed it to be the best film of the year). The musical was nominated for 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards and 11 Tony Awards.

Watch the film trailer:

Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple on Broadway:

If you've read it, take a quiz to test your memory.

If not, get your copy here.

The novel has often been censored for its themes: racism, sexism, pedophilia, violence, lesbianism; and it appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999 at number 17.

It received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award.

Have you read it?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday

Have you read any inspiring books lately?

I haven't read it yet, but I heard about this book on Today this week: Notes Left Behind by Keith and Brooke Desserich.

This is the true story of a six-year-old girl named Elena and her battle against cancer. In her last days she showed a community how to love and how to live. Written through the eyes of her parents as a remembrance for her younger sister, her daily story tells one of humility and inspiration as she lives each day, one at a time. In her short time she painted a masterpiece that would hang in an art museum, she accomplished a truly spectacular series of wishes that she alone created, and she inspired a cause that remains today to help children everywhere in their fight against brain cancer.

Take a look inside this book here.

Visit the website to meet Elena, explore the book and more.

Watch the promotional video for Notes Left Behind:

Your purchase of this book supports The Cure Starts Now.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Borders Bestseller

What's hot now?

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

In her dazzling new novel—her first in more than a decade—Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love.

As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer—his “Keltjin potatoes” are justifiably famous—has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir.

Between semesters, she takes a job as a part-time nanny.

The family she works for seems both mysterious and glamorous to her, and although Tassie had once found children boring, she comes to care for, and to protect, their newly adopted little girl as her own.

As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed.

This long-awaited new novel by one of the most heralded writers of the past two decades is lyrical, funny, moving, and devastating; Lorrie Moore’s most ambitious book to date—textured, beguiling, and wise.

Read a review here.

See a preview here.

Sound like something you would be interested in? Have you read any of her short stories?

Weekly Word Wednesdays

act of licking or lapping

The rottweiler's lambition left a bucket of slobber on my face.

Adopt this word and others at Save the Words.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays (started on Should Be Reading) asks you to:

Grab your current read (or a book on your shelf that you've read or been wanting to read). Let the book fall open to a random page. Share two (or a few) teaser sentences from that page. Don't forget to share the title and author of the book in case someone is teased into reading. Please avoid spoilers!

I've posted my teaser below. Post yours in the comment section if you'd like to share as well!

A Tortoise desired to change its place of residence, so he asked an Eagle to carry him to his new home, promising her a rich reward for her trouble. The Eagle agreed and seizing the Tortoise by the shell with her talons soared aloft. On their way they met a Crow, who said to the Eagle: "Tortoise is good eating." "The shell is too hard," said the Eagle in reply. "The rocks will soon crack the shell," was the Crow's answer; and the Eagle, taking the hint, let fall the Tortoise on a sharp rock, and the two birds made a hearty meal of the Tortoise.

Never soar aloft on an enemy's pinions.

This is one of Aesop's fables called The Tortoise and the Birds; you can read all of them online here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Movie Mondays

The Kite Runner

Book, 2003 by Khaled Hosseini (author and physician)

In his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini accomplishes what very few contemporary novelists are able to do. He manages to provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil--in this case, Afghanistan--while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over. And he does this on his first try.

The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule.

Some of the plot's turns and twists may be somewhat implausible, but Hosseini has created characters that seem so real that one almost forgets that The Kite Runner is a novel and not a memoir. At a time when Afghanistan has been thrust into the forefront of America's collective consciousness ("people sipping lattes at Starbucks were talking about the battle for Kunduz"), Hosseini offers an honest, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always heartfelt view of a fascinating land. Perhaps the only true flaw in this extraordinary novel is that it ends all too soon.

Movie, 2007 directed by Marc Forster

Features: Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, Khalid Abdalla, Atossa Leoni

Tagline: There is a way to be good again.

Awards: Nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score; also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film

Did you know? The Afghan government has banned the film.

Have you read or seen The Kite Runner? What did you think of it?

I'm probably the last person on earth who hasn't read this book. I definitely need to get around to it. I also want to read A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Group Picture--Zippy

Another fun meeting, including a visit from a surprise guest!

Meeting Today!

We're meeting today @ Mary's house @ 3pm to discuss A Girl Named Zippy...See you there!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday Spotlight

In the spotlight today is an object instead of an author. It's the new nook from Barnes & Noble.

Check out its features, accessories, and reviews.

Compare it to the Kindle.

Do you have an e-reader of any sort? Which one do you use? How do you like it? Do you still read books in print? Will you be ordering the nook?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Feature Fridays

Today's classic is Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851) by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South. Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity," as the first black hero in American fiction. Labeled racist and condescending by some contemporary critics, it remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work -- exposing the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward "the peculiar institution" and documenting, in heartrending detail, the tragic breakup of black Kentucky families "sold down the river." An immediate international sensation, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold 300,000 copies in the first year, was translated into thirty-seven languages, and has never gone out of print: its political impact was immense, its emotional influence immeasurable.

If you've read it, see what you remember about Uncle Tom's Cabin here.

If not, read the entire book online at Page by Page Books.

Was Uncle Tom's Cabin required reading for you in school?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday

The top 5 best selling trade paperbacks this week according to the NY Times are

1. SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM, by Uwem Akpan
2. THE SHACK, by William P. Young
3. THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, by Audrey Niffenegger

Which ones have you read?

Everyone in our club has read 2 & 3 since they were club choices. I plan on reading Akpan's short story collection soon...yes, I still jump on the Oprah bandwagon. I already own a copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain...hopefully I'll get to it before the end of the year. I've heard really good things about that one. Don't know much about #4; has anyone read it? Here's the synopsis:

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Borders Bestseller

What's hot now?

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 bestsellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology. Among the pieces: his investigation into why there are so many different kinds of mustard but only one kind of ketchup; a surprising assessment of what makes for a safer automobile; a look at how we hire when we can't tell who's right for the job; an examination of machine built to predict hit movies; the reasons why homelessness might be easier to solve than manage; his famous profile of inventor and entrepreneur Ron Popeil; a look at why employers love personality tests; a dissection of Ivy League admissions and who gets in; the saga of the quest to invent the perfect cookie; and a look at hair dye and the hidden history of postwar America.

For the millions of Malcolm Gladwell fans, this anthology is like a greatest hits compilation-a mix tape from America's alpha mind.

Read an excerpt from What the Dog Saw here.

Weekly Word Wednesdays


Heather had a traboccant love for shoes and secretly wished she had been born with an extra pair of feet.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays (started on Should Be Reading) asks you to:

Grab your current read (or a book on your shelf that you've read or been wanting to read). Let the book fall open to a random page. Share two (or a few) teaser sentences from that page. Don't forget to share the title and author of the book in case someone is teased into reading. Please avoid spoilers!

I've posted my teaser below. Post yours in the comment section if you'd like to share as well!

To this a cynic might reasonably reply that the reputation for trustworthiness that honesty earns is itself just reward amply balancing the costs of occasional altruism. So, in a sense, the commitment model does take the altruism out of altruism by making altruism into an investment--an investment in a stock called trustworthiness that later pays handsome dividends in others' generosity.

p.137 of The Origins of Virtue by Matt Ridley

Monday, October 19, 2009

Movie Mondays

Practical Magic

Book, 1995 by Alice Hoffman

For most adults, fairy tales are among the childish things we've put away. Alice Hoffman, however, feels differently. Practical Magic starts out as a tale of Gillian and Sally Owens, two orphaned girls whose aunts are witches--of a mild sort. For the past two centuries, Owens women have been blamed for all that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town, ever since their ancestor arrived, rich, independent, and soon accused of theft: "And then one day, a farmer winged a crow in his cornfield, a creature who'd been stealing from him shamelessly for months. When Maria Owens appeared the very next morning with her arm in a sling and her white hand wound up in a white bandage, people felt certain they knew the reason why." The aunts are daily ostracized by the same upstanding citizens who sneak to their house at night for magical love cures. To the sisters they are for the most part benevolently absent, though their bell, book, and candle routine makes life a torment for Gillian, beautiful and blonde and lazy, and Sally, who's all too responsible. But when one of the aunts' cures works too well, ending as a curse, the dangers of real love become all too clear. In Hoffman's world being bewitched, bothered, and bewildered is no mere metaphor--and neither is desire. The elbows of one enamored man pucker a linoleum counter, another walks around with singed cuffs. It's difficult to catch the author's power in brief quotes. She needs space and increment to build her exquisite variations of vision and reality, her matter-of-fact announcements of the preternatural. Practical Magic again and again makes one recall the thrill of hearing at bedtime, "Now will I a tale unfold..."

Movie, 1998 directed by Griffin Dunne

Features: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing

Tagline: There's a little witch in every woman.

Did you know? A television pilot based on the film, titled Sudbury was filmed for CBS in 2003, but it was not picked up. The executive producer was Sandra Bullock.

Have you read or seen Practical Magic? Have you read anything else by Alice Hoffman? Here's a listing of her adult novels:

Property Of (1977)
The Drowning Season (1979)
Angel Landing (1980)
White Horses (1982)
Fortune's Daughter (1985)
Illumination Night (1987)
At Risk (1988)
Seventh Heaven (1990)
Turtle Moon (1992)
Second Nature (1994)
Practical Magic (1995)
Here on Earth (1997)
Local Girls (1999)
The River King (2000)
Blue Diary (2001)
The Probable Future (2003)
Blackbird House (2004)
The Ice Queen (2005)
Skylight Confessions (2007)
The Third Angel (2008)
The Story Sisters (2009)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

November Book Choices!

Heather is hosting the November meeting! Here are her book for the one you like best (poll in the sidebar).

Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg

The transcendent and groundbreaking memoir of a father's courageous journey to understand his daughter's mental illness...At the age of 15, during one long and difficult summer, Michael Greenberg's daughter, Sally, was struck mad. Her visionary crack-up occurred on the streets of Greenwich Village, and continued, among other places, in the lost-in-time world of a Manhattan psychiatric ward during the city's most sweltering months. "I feel like I'm travelling and travelling with nowhere to go back to," Sally says in a burst of lucidity while hurtling toward insanity. Hurry Down Sunshine is Greenberg's journey to comprehend mental illness and his own family, and to rescue his daughter from her desperate downward spiral. With touching honesty and intimacy, he reveals Sally's effect on those closest to her--her brother, her grandmother, her mother and her stepmother--and, finally, on himself. Greenberg's memorable gallery of characters includes a surprisingly unconventional psychiatrist, an Orthodox Jewish mental patient and a manic classics professor. Unsentimental, nuanced and deeply humane, Hurry Down Sunshine is a transcendent memoir about mental illness and the restorative power of one father's love for his daughter.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls's father always called her "Mountain Goat" and there's perhaps no more apt nickname for a girl who navigated a sheer and towering cliff of childhood both daily and stoically. In The Glass Castle, Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. To call the elder Walls's childrearing style laissez faire would be putting it mildly. As Rose Mary and Rex, motivated by whims and paranoia, uprooted their kids time and again, the youngsters (Walls, her brother and two sisters) were left largely to their own devices. But while Rex and Rose Mary firmly believed children learned best from their own mistakes, they themselves never seemed to do so, repeating the same disastrous patterns that eventually landed them on the streets. Walls describes in fascinating detail what it was to be a child in this family, from the embarrassing (wearing shoes held together with safety pins; using markers to color her skin in an effort to camouflage holes in her pants) to the horrific (being told, after a creepy uncle pleasured himself in close proximity, that sexual assault is a crime of perception; and being pimped by her father at a bar). Though Walls has well earned the right to complain, at no point does she play the victim. In fact, Walls' removed, nonjudgmental stance is initially startling, since many of the circumstances she describes could be categorized as abusive (and unquestioningly neglectful). But on the contrary, Walls respects her parents' knack for making hardships feel like adventures, and her love for them--despite their overwhelming self-absorption--resonates from cover to cover.

My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand. You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool. Enter Chelsea Handler. Gorgeous, sharp, and anything but shy, Chelsea loves men and lots of them. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion. From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty. Encouraged by her motley collection of friends (aka: her partners in crime) but challenged by her family members (who at times find themselves a surprise part of the encounter), Chelsea hits bottom and bounces back, unafraid to share the gritty details. My Horizontal Life is one guilty pleasure you won't be ashamed to talk about in the morning.

Sunday Survey

Has anyone finished A Girl Named Zippy? One week left to finish it!

5=I love it!
4=I really like it.
3=I like it.
2=It's just okay.
1=I don't like it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Spotlight

Today's author is Janet Fitch.

1. She was born on November 9, 1955 in Los Angeles.
2. She is a graduate of Reed College, in Portland, Oregon.
3. Her original intention was to become a historian but she awoke in the middle of the night on her 21st birthday with the idea to write fiction.
4. She was an exchange student at Keele University in England.
5. She is a faculty member in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.
6. She has written 3 novels: Kicks, White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club selection)& Paint It Black

Have you read any of her books?

I read White Oleander and also saw the movie with Michelle Pfeiffer. I preferred the book because the movie eliminated a lot of details. The movie didn't feature each of her living situations; specifically, I remember it cut out Amelia Ramos, the rich Hispanic woman with the son with AIDS. I'm sure others were cut out too. The movie was still worth watching though. I did like how Ingrid was an artist in the movie instead of a poet.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Feature Fridays

Today's classic is The Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck.

When The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, America, still recovering from the Great Depression, came face to face with itself in a startling, lyrical way. John Steinbeck gathered the country's recent shames and devastations--the Hoovervilles, the desperate, dirty children, the dissolution of kin, the oppressive labor conditions--in the Joad family. Then he set them down on a westward-running road, local dialect and all, for the world to acknowledge. For this marvel of observation and perception, he won the Pulitzer in 1940.

The prize must have come, at least in part, because alongside the poverty and dispossession, Steinbeck chronicled the Joads' refusal, even inability, to let go of their faltering but unmistakable hold on human dignity. Witnessing their degeneration from Oklahoma farmers to a diminished band of migrant workers is nothing short of crushing. The Joads lose family members to death and cowardice as they go, and are challenged by everything from weather to the authorities to the California locals themselves. As Tom Joad puts it: "They're a-workin' away at our spirits. They're a tryin' to make us cringe an' crawl like a whipped bitch. They tryin' to break us. Why, Jesus Christ, Ma, they comes a time when the on'y way a fella can keep his decency is by takin' a sock at a cop. They're workin' on our decency."

The point, though, is that decency remains intact, if somewhat battle-scarred, and this, as much as the depression and the plight of the "Okies," is a part of American history. When the California of their dreams proves to be less than edenic, Ma tells Tom: "You got to have patience. Why, Tom--us people will go on livin' when all them people is gone. Why, Tom, we're the people that live. They ain't gonna wipe us out. Why, we're the people--we go on." It's almost as if she's talking about the very novel she inhabits, for Steinbeck's characters, more than most literary creations, do go on. They continue, now as much as ever, to illuminate and humanize an era for generations of readers who, thankfully, have no experiential point of reference for understanding the depression. The book's final, haunting image of Rose of Sharon--Rosasharn, as they call her--the eldest Joad daughter, forcing the milk intended for her stillborn baby onto a starving stranger, is a lesson on the grandest scale. "'You got to,'" she says, simply. And so do we all.

Think you remember it? Take a quiz to test your memory.

Have you read The Grapes of Wrath? Have you read anything else by Steinbeck?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday

Have you ever been reading a book and thought that you wished you lived in its setting, time period, city, etc.?

I would definitely have to go with The Great Gatsby. The Jazz Age/Roaring Twenties seems like a very interesting time period...good economy, advances in automobile technology, Prohibition and bootlegging. It all seems very exciting...until the Stock Market crash!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chance to win a copy of Friends Like These

Vera @ Luxury Reading is giving away 5 free copies of Friends Like These by Danny Wallace. Go to her blog for your chance to win!

Borders Bestseller

What's hot now?

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now she brings us the story of her grandmother -- told in a voice so authentic and compelling that the book is destined to become an instant classic.
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, in Jeannette Walls's magnificent, true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hard working, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town -- riding five hundred miles on her pony, all alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car ("I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn't need to be fed if they weren't working, and they didn't leave big piles of manure all over the place") and fly a plane, and, with her husband, ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds -- against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn't fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night. It will transfix readers everywhere.

Jeannette Walls has won both a Christopher and Alex Award.

Weekly Word Wednesdays


Lila was not the daintiest of pole dancers and she came back to earth with an ossifagrant crunch.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays (started on Should Be Reading) asks you to:

Grab your current read (or a book on your shelf that you've read or been wanting to read). Let the book fall open to a random page. Share two (or a few) teaser sentences from that page. Don't forget to share the title and author of the book in case someone is teased into reading. Please avoid spoilers!

I've posted my teaser below. Post yours in the comment section if you'd like to share as well!

Scarlett knew that she, too, was greatly changed. Otherwise she could not have done the things she had done since she was last in Atlanta; otherwise she would not now be contemplating doing what she desperately hoped to do.

p.608 of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Monday, October 12, 2009

Movie Mondays

The Bridges of Madison County

Book, 1992 by Robert James Waller

If you've ever experienced the one true love of your life, a love that for some reason could never be, you will understand why readers all over the world were so moved by this small, unknown first novel that they made it a publishing phenomenon and #1 bestseller. The story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, The Bridges of Madison County gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere--and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

Movie, 1995 directed by Clint Eastwood

Features: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

Awards: Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Did you know? Madison County is one of five counties that make up the Des Moines/West Des Moines Metro area...I saw the sign for The Bridges of Madison County on Hwy 35 quite often while I lived there, but never visited.

Have you read it or seen it? An epilogue called A Thousand Country Roads was published in 2002. It tells the remainder of the two main characters' stories after their brief affair. Have you read it?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Survery

What do you think of A Girl Named Zippy?

5=I love it!
4=I really like it.
3=I like it.
2=It's just okay.
1=I don't like it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday Spotlight

Today's author is Margaret Atwood.

1. She was born November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
2. She did not attend school full-time until she was 11 years old.
3. She studied at Victoria University in the University of Toronto and earned a BA in Engligh with minors in Philosophy and French.
4. She attended graduate school at Harvard's Radcliffe College with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship.
5. She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Sir George Williams University in Montreal, the University of Alberta, York University in Toronto, and New York University.
6. She won the E.J. Pratt Medal for her privately printed book of poems, Double Persephone.
7. Her book The Handmaid's Tale received the very first Arthur C. Clarke Award.

8. Her novel The Blind Assassin won the Booker Prize in 2000; it's on my 100 books list.

9. Her latest novel is entitled The Year of the Flood.

10. She holds honorary degrees from 13 Universities.

Have you read any of her many novels, poems or stories?
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