January 2011 archive

Mailbox Monday – January 31, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday, hosted this month at Rose City Reader (next month this weekly event will be hosted at Library of Clean Reads). Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details …

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Muslim Women Reformers – Book Review

Our media have generally acted as a  megaphone for Islamists, rewarding and magnifying their initial 9/11 and subsequent terrorist acts, designed for maximum publicity and recruitment purposes. In contrast, many Muslims with opposing views have not been given a significant voice. There is considerable ignorance of those determined individuals and organizations, particularly in Muslim countries, …

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Bread Givers – Book Review

More and more I began to think inside myself, I didn’t want to sell herring for the rest of my days. I want to learn something. I want to do something. I want some day to make myself for a person and come among people. – from Bread Givers, page 66 – Sara Smolinsky lives …

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Sunday Salon – January 30, 2011

January 30, 2011 Here we are, the last Sunday in January, a twelfth of the way through 2011. How did that happen? I have a had a great reading month so far…it looks like I will manage to complete nine books this month and most of a tenth. So far none most have earned four …

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New Host of Themed Reading Challenge

Thanks you to Teddy at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time who has agreed to take over hosting the Themed Reading Challenge this year. Hop on over to this post on her blog to learn more about the challenge and how to join! Thanks, Teddy!! Please follow and like the blue thistle

Book Giveaway – The Three Weissmanns of Westport

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine ISBN 978-0-312-68052-7 292 pages Picador Trade Paperback (February 2011) Thanks to the generosity of the good folks over at Picador, I am delighted to offer my readers the chance to win a brand new copy of Cathleen Schine’s fabulous novel The Three Weissmanns of Westport. I breezed …

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The Three Weissmanns of Westpost – Book Review

When Joseph Weissmann divorced his wife, he was seventy-eight years old and she was seventy-five. He announced his decision in the kitchen of their apartment on the tenth floor of a large, graceful Central Park West building built at the turn of the century, the original white tiles of the kitchen still gleaming  on the …

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Quilting: Works in Progress

*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view. I haven’t given you an update on my quilting lately – but I have been doing a lot of it, just not finishing anything! Last Friday I went to a quilt class to learn how to make a “woven ribbons” quilt.  It was …

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Wherever You Go – Book Review

“That’s the thing about animal cries,” the girl said. “About any creature we don’t understand. Some sounds are hostile and others are friendly, but we can’t tell the difference.” – from Wherever You Go, page 68 – Joan Leegant’s novel is set in Jerusalem and introduces three main characters: Yona Stern who has arrived in …

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Author Guest Post: Eleanor Brown (TLC Book Tour)

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown ISBN 978-0-399-15722-6 336 Pages Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam (January 20, 2011) It is the rare book that will keep me up way past my bedtime, but Eleanor Brown’s wonderful debut novel The Weird Sisters did just that – I just couldn’t stop reading! This is one of those books that …

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