Author Archive

Making Space, Clutter Free

January 15, 2020

indexI’ll admit it, I definitely need to learn some decluttering tips. And this book does suggest quite a few. Tracy Mccubbin suggests to start by identifying your specific emotional”clutter block” (she explains there are 5) or why you tend to accumulate clutter in your home.

The other main point is the five questions to ask yourself :
1) Do you use it on a semiregular basis? (at least once a year)
2) Is it making you money?
3) Can you buy it again for a reasonable price or borrow it?
4) Do you have a place to put it away in your home?
5) Do you love, love, love it?
If the answer is yes to any of these, then you can keep it. If no, it’s time to get rid of it by either selling, donating, recycling or throwing it out!

All the Water in the World

January 8, 2020

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How does a parent cope when their child has cancer? Told in alternating voices of mother and daughter, the reader discovers how Eve and Mandy handle a parent’s worst nightmare.  At sixteen Maddy has found her first boyfriend, Jack, who is very supportive of her, and besides her mother, also has both grandparents in her corner as well. Karen Raney has written a wonderful story about love, loss, and everything in between. I highly recommend it…

A Cruel Deception

December 29, 2019

index.jpgThe mother and son team writing under the pseudonym Charles Todd have launched their 11th mystery in the Bess Crawford series, about a young English nurse during and after WWI. This latest offering has Bess tracking the son of the Head of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. [The Corps was established in 1902 when Queen Alexandra was named to preside over it.] Lieutenant Lawrence Minton was posted in Paris during the peace talks when he disappears from the meetings. Bess finds him in rough shape, addicted to opium, and attempts to improve his health. But when a murder attempt is made on both her life and his, she needs to step up her efforts. A good read…

Favorite graphic novels of 2019

December 28, 2019

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Two columnists from the NY Times Book Review have written a column this week on their favorite graphic novels of this year. Two of the titles reviewed are for young readers: Guts and White Bird. Guts is an autobiographical memoir about dealing with anxiety, written by Raina Telgemeier and is a wildly popular read for children. The other, White Bird is penned by R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, and is her first graphic novel. It concerns a Jewish girl in France in hiding during the Holocaust. Check them out for a good read…

Butterfly Yellow

December 18, 2019

indexThanhha Lai has written her first teen novel about  18 year old Vietnamese girl Hang, who travels to the US to find her younger brother, Linh, who had been taken in the ending days of the Vietnam War. She traces him to Texas, and with the help of a young cowboy, LeeRoy, locates him. But it has been years since Hang had last seen Linh, and he wants no part of her. She takes a job on a nearby ranch to try and build a relationship with him. Lai was born in Vietnam and she writes a gripping story about the horrors experienced by Hang before she was able to escape from the country, and her determination to work as hard as she can to make a life for herself in her new country. Lai’s own soldier father went missing during the fall of Saigon in 1975, and her mother and siblings fled Vietnam for the US. A timely immigrant story, recommended for ages 13 and up.


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