July 2009 archive

Guest Post: Miriam Gershow

Miriam Gershow is the author of The Local News (read my review; read an excerpt) which was published through Spiegel and Grau in February 2009. This would make a great book for discussion (get book group discussion questions). To read more about Miriam Gershow and her work, please visit the author’s website. I asked Miriam …

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The Local News – Book Review

I was stuck between wanting him and hating him, between hoping he’d come sit on the edge of  my bed and hoping he’d have some gruesome accident that would scar him or paralyze him or both. – from The Local News, page 73 – Going missing, I wanted to yell from some deep, dark pit …

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Mt. Shasta Lavender Farm: High Desert Beauty

“Here’s your sweet lavender sixteen sprigs a penny that you’ll find my ladies will smell as sweet as any.” Lavender Seller’s Cry – London England 1900 Located deep in the high desert off of highway A-12, just 20 minutes North of the city of Mt. Shasta, lies a jewel glittering beneath the sun. The Mt. …

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What An Animal II Challenge

July 1, 2009 – February 28, 2010 Kristi at Passion for the Page is hosting Part II of the What An Animal Challenge. I did the first one and really enjoyed it…and I seem to have a lot of books on my stacks that meet the requirements of this challenge…so I’m in Here are the …

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Spice of Life Challenge

July 1 – December 31, 2009 Rebecca is hosting the Spice of Life Challenge to read and/or review books about food and eating our way through a good life.  I just cannot resist it! Here are the guidelines: Feel free to overlap your books with any other reading challenges you have. If you feel so …

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Not Just Reading…

…these days. My sister and niece arrived on the West Coast ten days ago and we had a great time. I met them in San Francisco and we spent a couple of days there before heading back to Shingletown. Despite the triple digit weather, we managed to do a lot more than just sit around …

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Women Writers in Peril

**This post was originally published on my Women Writer’s blog in September 2008; I have since closed that blog and will be periodically re-posting articles from that blog to Caribousmom. In 2007, 45 writers from 22 countries received Hellman/Hammett grants from Human Rights Watch, an organization which supports writers around the world who have been …

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Book Giveaway: The Local News

Contest Open: July 3 – July 10, 2009 I just finished reading a GREAT book. Miriam Gershow’s debut novel The Local News is a nuanced coming of age story which examines the impact of the disappearance of a sibling on the life of a teenage girl. My review of the book (and a guest post …

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