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My Bookstore

June 10, 2019

my-bookstore.w300I should mention the subtitle of this: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read and Shop. Edited by Ronald Rice and booksellers across America, My Bookstore is a compilation of essays that pays tribute to the independent bookstores. Eighty-four authors explain why they love their neighborhood bookstores, not least of which is the ability of the booksellers to befriend their customers and offer them exemplary service. Writer Pete Hamill’s favorite is the Strand in NYC, while Carrie Ryan choses Park Road Books in Charlotte, North Carolina, a store I visited while on vacation. Thumb through this; you  just may discover one of these gems in your travels.

Once More We Saw Stars

June 3, 2019

index.aspxNo parent should ever have to deal with the loss of a child. Author Jayson Greene never gave it a second thought until the unthinkable happened. His 2 year old daughter Greta was sitting on a bench outside a NYC apartment building along with her grandmother one day, when a loose brick dislodged from an eighth story windowsill. One chunk hit Greta in the head, and the other hit her grandmother on her legs. Greta was kept alive long enough to donate her organs; her grandmother recovered from her injuries. Greene has written an account of how he and his wife were able to pull themselves back from the brink of total despair. They learned how to live in a world without their daughter in it, and his memoir is a heartbreaking story that is a true inspiration to the reader.

Gratitude

June 1, 2019

oprahThis was the subject of an article in Oprah magazine last November, titled “How Gratitude Shifts Your Attitude.” Letters from various people were contained within the article, where the writer addressed the person or object for which he or she was most grateful. One of the letters that caught my eye was “Dear public library,” penned by author Catherine Newman. She explains that she loves the library not only for the beautiful roses growing that she can stop & smell, but especially for enabling her reading addiction and saving her “eleventy trillion dollars in the process.” Newman also pays homage to the kind librarians who work there, explaining “your librarians keep all our secrets, like bartenders we never tip.” Apologizing for her many overdue books, she adds, “your librarians, those gracious hosts, would never be so crass as to mention what I’m costing them” by keeping overdue items. She ends with: ” you are the hero of a story, and it’s this one.” What a wonderful tribute to libraries and librarians…

Stork Storytime Talks

May 19, 2019

storkThe North Liberty Community Library in Iowa has a series of podcasts on a variety of subjects for expectant parents, calling them “Stork Storytime Talks.” The idea was developed by 2 children’s librarians from that library, who cover different aspects of early literacy in the podcasts, and have found experts on subjects ranging from newborn screening to surviving summer while pregnant to children speech pathology. Check out the full article from American Libraries.

Under the Table

May 18, 2019

book… is a novel about a girl from Cleveland trying to make it work in the Big Apple. Zoey, a part time chef, shares an apartment with her older sister, who loves to party. She has left her husband behind, vowing to spend a year away from him before she divorces him. Enter a new client, Tristan who is handsome, rich and has fabulous manners. This is a quick read, but the reader may need to suspend disbelief in order to finish. The character of Tristan is described in a reader’s review as “belonging in a Hallmark movie”. He is just way too good to be true. But if you are looking for a light read with plenty of romance, this fits the bill. Spoiler alert: it’s most definitely a happily-ever- after story.


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