December 2011 archive

Maman’s Homesick Pie – Book Review

Exile is threaded into your daily life long after you have become a citizen and pledged your allegiance and can make the best brownies in the neighborhood. I was compelled to make sense of my parents’ journey from Iran to America to understand the world they inhabited. Just five years shy of my mother’s age …

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WINNER – Audiobook of The Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, read by David Pittu Macmillan Audio, October 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4272-1308-2, ISBN10: 1-4272-1308-9, Audio Run Time: 25:00 Thank you to all those readers who entered to win a CD of The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. This morning I used Random.org to choose a winner. Congratulations (and Happy Birthday) to: …

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The Hunger Games – Book Review

The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period …

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Mailbox Monday – December 5, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Jenny Q at Let Them Read Books. Check out her blog today to get links to other readers’ mailboxes. Check the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar. Here is …

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The Devil’s Ribbon – Book Review

The two countries had been forged into one, the Act of Union, described in The Times as a “delightful marriage” but viewed by many as nothing less than a rape. Emancipation for Catholics was promised but not given, rebellions were quelled with the gun. The Unionists vaguely talked of Repeal but only by legitimate means. …

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Sunday Salon – December 4, 2011

December 4, 2011 Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon – an online blogging event which celebrates reading. Visit the Facebook page to get more links to Sunday Salon posts. This week was a rough one for me. I fell ill with the flu last Saturday and ended up flat on my back and …

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The Secret Life of Bees: 10th Anniversary Edition Giveaway

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES A Novel Tenth-Anniversary Edition By Sue Monk Kidd Penguin/On-sale: November 23, 2011 / $20.00/ISBN: 978-0-14-312026-1 Special edition featuring a slipcase with a matching deluxe paperback New introduction by Sue Monk Kidd www.suemonkkidd.com Because of the generosity of the good folks at Penguin, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to …

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Paid Content and Disclosure: Survey Results

I want to thank everyone who took the time to visit the survey I set up regarding paid blog content and disclosure. If you missed it, here is the post that prompted the survey. I had hoped to get a large response because I think that would give a better idea of what is happening …

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Book and Movie Review

He was a dreamer. Even when he was busiest smoothing down the paste on the wallpaper, or painting the outside of other people’s houses, he would forget what he was doing. Once he had painted three sides of a kitchen green, and the other side yellow. The housewife, instead of being angry and making him …

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Giveaway – Audiobook of The Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, read by David Pittu Macmillan Audio, October 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4272-1308-2, ISBN10: 1-4272-1308-9, Audio Run Time: 25:00 Thanks to the good folks at Macmillan, I am pleased to be able to offer an Unabridged Compact Disc version of The Marriage Plot to one US reader of my blog. Regular visitors …

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