Phenomenal Woman ~ Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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Review: Canis Major ~ Jay Nichols

Canis MajorAfter seventeen-year-old Russell Whitford confronts and kills a rabid dog, he seeks to prevent the news from reaching the dog’s owner, whose hair-trigger temper is well-known in the small town of Riley, Alabama. Russell can count on silence from two of the three witnesses who watched him hack Hector Graham’s Bloodhound to death, but the third, Michael O’Brien, isn’t like the other two. His allegiance isn’t as fixed as Russell would like it to be.

When the Centers for Disease Control arrive in town, and dogs begin running away, and gun shots start ringing out in the dead of night, Russell’s summer goes from bad to worse. All he wants to do is play his piano and guitar, maybe walk his dog every now and then, not have the weight of the universe hoisted upon his shoulders.

4 Thumbs-UpThis is a debut novel from this Author and a good start to a promising career.  However, this is anything but a light and easy read and those readers who like their literature served up in this manner may not want to take on its 500+ pages.  Longer books are my thing, and so I took it on and was glad I did.

One thing that the reader will immediately notice when reading this book is that it is not so much about events that happen, but more about the struggle of being human when those events happen, and happen they will; because the majority of the book takes place within its characters heads.  This leads to there being very little development of the characters as the reader is inhabiting their thoughts, but this worked for me.  I liked the way the Author puts the reader in the position of an observer to everything the characters were hearing or being told; however, the downside of this style of writing for me was that it left very little to my imagination.  I would have preferred a bit more subtlety on the part of the Author in regards to their showing me events rather than just telling me.  One thing the Author does well is bringing to the front of the work the emotion that links all their characters together; out of all the struggles of life and living they go through, their connection is an all-encompassing self-hate which fuels their actions.  It is a rather bleak outlook and, leads to the inevitable result that none of the people encountered in the book are willing to take responsibility for their actions, and blame it on their environment, other people or the situation they find themselves in.  However, this is part of the book and, in my opinion, without this it would have been flat and a trial to get through.  I kept hoping that the characters would find some way to overcome their self-loathing and accept things without having to place blame.

As a debut novel, there is a lot of improvement that can be made; evolving the characters more would be a start and not making them too complex that the reader is lost. Also maybe trying a different perspective would have made the book more readable.  As it stands though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was something different and a brave start to the Authors writing career.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to dip their toe in the world of new Authors, or is looking for a book that will make them think.  I will be looking for more from this Author.

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Update: “Big Heart Project” – Books for Veterans

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Just a quick reminder that there is still time to submit your print copy donation, for priority review, before the close out date for the 2013 ‘Project‘ at the end of November.  All books that have been donated will be delivered to the Veterans Homes the week before Christmas.  The binding does not matter they just have to be print copies, and not e-books.

Thank you to all who have donated so far, I’m sure my Husband will be relieved to see them ship out of our house to such worthy readers.

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Review: The Shining Girls ~ Lauren Beukes

The Shining GirlsTHE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN’T EXIST.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.” 

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins The Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

3 Thumbs-UpTime travel and a serial killer all in one book, sounds like the ideal read for anyone who loves these two genres, but I found it to fall short in many areas; it either needs to be longer so it can have more substance than I found it to have, or undergo some serious editing at the hands of a skilled editor.

The characters in the novel are many, and come from all walks of life, but that’s where they seem to end; there is no depth to any of the characters in the book, apart from one, and the reader may find themselves wanting to know more about the women before they met their untimely ends.  The main protagonist is very unlikable, and although the reader understands that many of her traits are a result of her traumatic childhood, it’s the accompanying attitude that leads the reader to be unable to empathize with her in any way.

This is a book that demands that reader pay attention to the dates each chapter is set in, and the characters involved in that chapter and, as interesting as the time travel aspect may seem to be, the reader is not given nearly enough explanation or background into the mechanics behind the time travel.  We are also let wondering why the killer is being urged to fulfil the murders and this seemed to me to be a key part of the book.

As much as I was expecting to be totally engrossed in this book, after all who couldn’t be when they were promised a time travelling murderer, what I actually found within its pages was a novel that was almost impossible to read to its conclusion with some kind of confusion setting in surrounding the time line. The novel certainly does not skimp on detailed description of the gruesome murders, and the reader is allowed to ‘share’ for lack of a better word, the sexual gratification the murderer receives from each kill; so if this isn’t your idea of a good read, I would advise you to give it a wide berth.  One part of the novel that I did find well written were the connections between the time periods that were created by clues left on each body, in this area the Author did an exceptional job.  The Author also manages to create a feeling of terror in their writing too with the visit of each victim whilst they are in their youth from the killer.  If the Author had been able to keep this level of anticipation and dread running throughout the length of the book, it would definitely have been reviewed higher.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys time travel, sci-fi, and murder novels to give it a try.

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“I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie!”

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If you’ve looked around my blog, checked into my other social media places or just know me in reality, you will know that I am a true book lover and an avid and prolific reader, but nothing makes me happier than combining my love of reading with a truly large book; give me a read over 600 pages, a spot to read and you will lose me for hours, if not days.  Because I so enjoy epic reads, I thought that I would share some with you that I have read, or am currently enjoying, in the hopes that maybe you too will be tempted to dip a toe in the water of large books:

2666Title – 2666
Author – Roberto Bolaño
ISBN 13– 978-1433290855
Page Count – 912 pp
Publisher – Picador

Description – Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman–these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.

Comments – Will be reviewed at a later date

The PassageTitle – The Passage (The Passage #1)
Author – Justin Cronin
ISBN 13– 978-0345504975
Page Count – 785 pp
Publisher – Ballantine Books

Description – An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy–abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Comments – Currently reading, review to come in November

The Sunne In SplendourTitle – The Sunne in Splendour
Author – Sharon Kay Penman
ISBN 13– 978-0345363138
Page Count – 944 pp
Publisher – St Martin’s Griffin

Description – A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III—a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history.

In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Sharon Kay Penman redeems Richard III—vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews, the princes in the Tower—from his maligned place in history with a dazzling combination of research and storytelling.

Born into the treacherous courts of fifteenth-century England, in the midst of what history has called The War of the Roses, Richard was raised in the shadow of his charismatic brother, King Edward IV. Loyal to his friends and passionately in love with the one woman who was denied him, Richard emerges as a gifted man far more sinned against than sinning.

This magnificent retelling of his life is filled with all of the sights and sounds of battle, the customs and lore of the fifteenth century, the rigors of court politics, and the passions and prejudices of royalty.

Comments – My all time favourite book of Richard III

The Winds of WarTitle – The Winds of War (The Henry Family #1)
Author – Herman Wouk
ISBN 13– 978-0316952668
Page Count – 896 pp
Publisher – Back Bay Books

Description – A Masterpiece of Historical Fiction-The Great Novel of America’s “Greatest Generation” Herman Wouk’s sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk’s spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events-and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II-as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war’s maelstrom.

The Reality DysfunctionTitle – The Reality Dysfunction (Night’s Dawn #1)
Author – Peter F. Hamilton
ISBN 13– 978-0330340328
Page Count – 1223 pp
Publisher – Orbit

Description – Space is not the only void…

In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature’s boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.

But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal’s chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it “The Reality Dysfunction.” It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.

Comments – I will be re-reading this book and reviewing it at a later date

The naked and the DeadTitle – The Naked and the Dead
Author – Norman Mailer
ISBN 13– 978-0312265052
Page Count – 736 pp
Publisher – Picador

Description – Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon.

Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.

From Here to EternityTitle – From Here to Eternity
Author – James Jones
ISBN 13– 978-0517223000
Page Count – 864 pp
Publisher – Delta

Description – Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941.  Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler.  But when he refuses to join the company’s boxing team, he gets “the treatment” that may break him or kill him.  First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he’s risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer’s wife.  Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond:  the Army is their heart and blood . . . and, possibly, their death.

In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier’s life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair. . .in the most important American novel to come out of World War II, a masterpiece that captures as no other the honor and savagery of men.

Name of the windTitle – The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
Author – Patrick Rothfuss
ISBN 13– 978-0756404079
Page Count – 662 pp
Publisher – DAW Hardcover

Description – Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king forms a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand.

13246018Title – The Night Angel Trilogy (Night Angel #1-3)
Author – Brent Weeks
ISBN 13– 978-0316201285
Page Count – 3323 pp
Publisher – Orbit

Description – For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art – and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is just the beginning. He was raised on the streets and knows an opportunity when he sees one – even when the risks are as high as working for someone like Durzo Blint.

Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and become the perfect killer.

Comments – Review posted on June 17, 2013

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and many may feel I have left some off that really should have been included, but these are a few I felt were worthy of bringing to the attention for the reader who may not have discovered them yet.

Happy reading!

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Review: Merlin And Martha: The Calling ~ Tammy Young Coté

Merlin and MarthaAs thirteen-year-old Martha Zachary heads home from basketball practice one afternoon, her biggest worry is whether her junior high basketball team will ever beat their archrival. But when a gray-haired man with piercing eyes approaching her, Martha has no idea her life is about to change forever.

After Merlin, the wizard of legend introduces himself, he informs Martha he is on a mission from God; it is his job to both teach and protect her. Through his gentle guidance, Martha soon discovers she is destined to carry out a great calling-to lead others to the final faceoff between good and evil. Merlin assures her that she will ready, but Martha secretly wonders how she can apply the wizard’s ancient lessons to her own modern life, centered around her best friend, Anna, and her eighth-grade basketball team.

In this inspirational, exciting story, just as a teenager learns the truth behind a power greater than any other on earth, the tension peaks in a locker room showdown with a demon and his shadow army-right before the big game!

5 Thumbs-UpIt been a long time since I read a book like this, and with it being the first in a series it signals the beginning of a great read for people of all ages.

There are two main protagonists in this novel, and both are extremely well written.  The female lead is loyal and honest but, as with all girls her age she has her flaws and weaknesses.  The way in which the Author portrays her throughout the book makes her seem real and just a regular girl in less than ordinary circumstances; it’s the way in which she deals with this circumstances, comes to terms with new-found abilities and fights to the end, that makes her different from any other character in a book of this type that I have read.  She deals with her situation in such a way that has the reader cheering her on; is she a complainer, not at all and this was what I so enjoyed about her.  It’s been a long time since a character has appeared in a book that girls can relate to and, possibly for the young bookworm, wants to be as like as they can possibly be.  It’s a great Author that can carry the energy that is put into one character over into their other main character, but this Author has pulled that off with ease.  There is no skimping with development and personality of the male lead; he plays a full role in this novel that inspires and motivates his counterpart while, at the same time reaching out with these qualities to touch the reader.  In these two protagonists the Author has created a world that will appeal to readers both male and female, they really are inspirational.  Lesser characters are woven into the storyline with ease, and the reader is never left wondering who they were and what their role in the big scheme of things is.

Adventure, magic, the typical school showdowns, everything is included in this novel without making it feel like an overstuffed couch waiting to explode; there is just the right amount of detail to fit the size of the book.  It’s almost as if the Author were creating a gourmet dish, and needed to make sure that all the ingredients were exact and added in the right order.  The exactness in which this was achieved would mean if this book were a restaurant, it would probably receive a Michelin 5 star rating.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves magic and adventure, and those who are looking for something different, inspiring and non-offensive to read to their children and grandchildren.  I am looking forward to reading the remainder of this series and, although not in the same genre; move over Nancy Drew, I feel your place has been filled by someone new.

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Review: Calico (Children of the Shawnee: Book One) ~ Allison Bruning

calico“A man whose heart appears pure shall deceive you. The power he holds over you leads you to evil. You shall denounce the ways of Our Grandmother. Another man comes, whose pure heart beats for you alone, and who has a pure spirit devoted to Our Grandmother. He shall defeat the evil and set you free.” A prophecy has been cast against her. In a harsh world deep within the western frontier of Ohio and Kentucky, Calico Marie Turner must learn to survive among the Shawnee and trust the one man who hates her the most, Chief Little Owl Quick as the Wind.

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I was intrigued by the premise of this book, and was looking forward to reading a gripping account of a white woman surviving and navigating life with the Native American Indian Shawnee; and I tried, I mean really tried to like this book as much as I’d hoped I would, but it just didn’t hit the spot for me. Also if you do not want to read about rape and molestation, you definitely want to give this book a wide berth.

There is very little development of any of the characters we find packed in this novels pages, and at times the dialogue can become very confusing because of them speaking in a difficult to follow, for me anyway, mix of French, Shawnee and English.  Add to this the fact that the majority of the characters have more than one name, do not seem to understand the true meaning of loyalty, and you have characters that you will spend so much time trying to understand and connect with, it detracts from any enjoyment that could be found in the book.

With a little less dialect and complexity and a lot more editing and proofreading, this could have the potential to become a good start to an interesting series of books; unfortunately, as it is it falls far short of any expectations I had.  It is packed full of events and scenarios that would have been easier to navigate if it had been spaced over either two books, or the novel had been longer to accommodate everything; in its current form it was just too much.

I did persevere to end, and it is with many apologies to the Author, but I just cannot recommend this book to anyone.  There may be some readers out there that would thoroughly enjoy this novel, and the way in which it was written, and this one instance where I am glad that not everyone has same the same taste or expectations in their reading material.

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Demographics ~ Cecelia Weir

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Demographics does not define your destiny
Education does not express the extent of your wisdom.
Love does not always justify true feelings
And life does not allow you to live as your own.

The soul lives within the flesh
The imagination travels where it may.
The spirit gives a glimpse of suppressed indications
That only our God has the final say.

What you own does not define your intelligence
A house does not make it a home.
Your precepts does not describe your culture
And when you leave you’ll be described by a stone.

Cecelia Weir

Six November Book Releases

November is usually the last month of the year for notable book releases, and the last chance we get to pick out something from a genre we may not have read before; November is also the slowest month for new releases.  As we head, full steam, into the holiday season here are six new releases that I feel may be worth your time to pick up:

valley_of_amazementTitle – The Valley of Amazement
Author – Amy Tan
ISBN 13– 978-0062107312
Pub Date – November 5 2013
Publisher – Ecco

Description – Moving between the dazzling world of courtesans in turn of the century Shanghai, a remote Chinese mountain village, and the rough-hewn streets of nineteenth-century San Francisco, Amy Tan’s sweeping new novel maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history-and the mystery of an evocative painting known as “The Valley of Amazement.”

Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man’s fantasy since her start as a “Virgin Courtesan” at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the East and the West. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Abandoned by her mother, Lucia, and uncertain of her father’s identity, Violet’s quest to truly love and be loved will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity-and the loss of her own daughter.

Lucia, a wilful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violet’s daughter, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.

Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, that returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths

Comments – Author of The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God’s Wife

All Fudged UpTitle – All Fudged Up (Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes)
Author – Nancy Coco
ISBN 13– 978-0758287106
Pub Date – November 5 2013
Publisher – Kensington

Description – Welcome to the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop–where life is sweet, revenge is sweeter, and murder is here to stay…

You Can’t Fudge An Alibi.

Allie McMurphy is up to her neck in renovations at the grand old hotel that’s been in her family for generations. With its quaint Victorian charm–and world-famous fudge shop–the place is one of Mackinac Island’s most beloved landmarks.

Sure, every family has a skeleton or two in the closet. But Allie didn’t expect to find an actual corpse inside hers, especially one Joe Jessup, who had a long-running feud with her dear departed grandfather. Which makes Allie the number-one suspect.

Can she sniff out the culprit before another victim checks in?

HildTitle – Hild: A Novel
Author – Nicola Griffith
ISBN 13– 978-0374280871
Pub Date – November 12 2013
Publisher – Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Description – Hild is born into a world in transition. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, usually violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods’ priests are worrying. Edwin of Northumbria plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief.

Hild is the king’s youngest niece. She has the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world—of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing human nature and predicting what will happen next—that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her. She establishes herself as the king’s seer. And she is indispensable—until she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, her family, her loved ones, and the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future.

Comments – Will be reviewed at a later date

 
Black HairTitle – Death of the Black-Haired Girl
Author – Robert Stone
ISBN 13– 978-0618386239
Pub Date – November 12 2013
Publisher – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Description – In an elite college in a once-decaying New England city, Steven Brookman has come to a decision. A brilliant but careless professor, he has determined that for the sake of his marriage, and his soul, he must extract himself from his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose papers are always late and too long yet always incandescent. But Maud is a young woman whose passions are not easily contained or curtailed, and their union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.

As in Robert Stone’s most acclaimed novels, here he conjures a complex moral universe where nothing is black and white, even if the characters—always complicated, always compelling—wish it were. The stakes of Brookman and Maud’s relationship prove higher than either one could have anticipated, pitting individuals against one another and against the institutions meant to protect them.

Comments – Author of Dog Soldiers

Permanent memberTitle – A Permanent Member of the Family
Author – Russell Banks
ISBN 13– 978-0061857652
Pub Date – November 12 2013
Publisher – Ecco

Description – Suffused with Banks’ trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve stories in A Permanent Member of the Family examine the myriad ways we try—and sometimes fail—to connect with one another, as we seek a home in the world. In the title story, a father looks back on the legend of the cherished family dog whose divided loyalties mirrored the fragmenting of his marriage. In “Christmas Party,” a young man entertains dark thoughts as he watches his newly remarried ex-wife leading the life he once imagined they would share. “A Former Marine” asks, to chilling effect, if one can ever stop being a parent. And in the haunting, evocative “Veronica,” a mysterious woman searching for her missing daughter may not be who she claims she is.

Comments – Author of Rule of the Bone

First Phone callTitle – The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel
Author – Mitch Albom
ISBN 13– 978-0062294371
Pub Date – November 12 2013
Publisher – Harper

Description – The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief–and a page-turner that will touch your soul–Albom’s masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

Comments – Author of The Five people You Meet in Heaven

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