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Another Award, To Me

The Sisterhood Award

I won this award about a week ago from redladysreadingroom. Thank you very much.
I love the badge it reminds me of the 60's.

I am going to do something different I am going to add a few of my book club buddies because they have great attitude and keep on hanging in there. They don't have a blog but they sure deserve it. Here is to you girls, for putting up with my whining and complaining. Lets see if they will be brave and comment on my blog.

I nominate of course Boston Bibliophile
and Bermuda Onion
Carrol Sallas of Our 38th Ave. Diva Readers Book Club
And Perri, she and I love to talk books.
Amy of 38th Ave. Diva Readers, she is another one that deserves it and is hanging in there. She just had a hip replacement and came through like a trooper.

Here are the rules to spread the sisterhood spirit:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within y…

Can't Wait To Read

From Caitlin Price from FSB Associates:
The Midwife by Jennifer Worth. I can't wait to read this but I want to delve right in to it. Since I was a R.N. This perks my interest.

At the age of 22 Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwfe in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies. From the plucky warmhearted nuns whom she lives. To the woman with twenty four children, to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side illuminate a fascinating time in history.

There is a glossary of medical terms in the back of the book. I am very anxious to dive right in.

Goody Bag, From Book Club Girl

Look what I received from Book Club Girl:

A mouse pad so that I never forget Book Club Girl.
This is the list of books:
A Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hanover
Matrimony by Joshua Henkin( our book club planx to have a meeting to discuss the book with Joshua via conference call.
First Darling of the morning by Thrity Umigar
The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris
Things I want My Mother To Know by Elizabeth Noble

The Ten Year Nap

The Ten Year Nap
By Meg Wlitizer
Thank you Caitlin of FSB Associates for allowing me to review this book.

The Ten Year Nap is about four mothers that worked till they had their children.
They were content staying at home and taking care of their children and families. The story opens up on a sleepy morning in New York City when the alarms are sounded across town.

Amy, Jill, and Roberta ask themselves many quilt ridden questions. They question their decision that they have made for themselves. Should I have went back to work or am I content taking care of my children. This is a question that is probably asked many times in back of stay at home mother's heads. Amy's mother, a novelist questions her daughter about going back to work.

Ten years later they wake up( hence the title), and find their children becoming independent. Finding that their children need them less and less. What is a 40 something mother to do?? Should she go back to work. Or stay with her children.


Orange Prize Long Listed, Announced

The Orange Prize is given to a woman author. That is judged to be the best full length work of fiction written in the English language. The Orange Prize is given in the U.K. It can not be a short story or translated from another language.

The nominations will be decided soon. But you can view the long list at the Orange prize site. There are a few American writers that have been nominated. I look forward to this every spring. I have not read any of these yet.

What are your thoughts of the nominee's Post me a comment. I am interested to see if any one has read them and did they deserve to be long listed.

Patience: My ideal Book Club

Carol Fitzgerald,the founder of is a great resource for book clubbers, and bibliophiles.
I stubbled on her site around 1999. I became a regular when I moved down to SC. Up in New Jersey I had belonged to three book clubs. A library, a book store book club
( independent), and my shul book club. All of my book clubs were passionate about the written word, and we pulled the books apart. We had a few literature professors, and yes we did have men in this group. It was a even balance.

When I moved to Myrtle Beach, everything changed. This is not a cultural community.
The book clubs I encountered were not about the book. They were a social gathering. As you might expect I was not happy with any that I attended. It is ok to have a social. But to have 10 min. dedicated to the book, and the rest of the time a social gathering. That is not a book club, that is a excuse to have a get together.

My only connection to books was through This was my pipeline f…

Wow, From Boston Bibliophile

I am very honored and humbled to win this award from Bostonbibliophile
thank you Marie. Marie, does a great job on her blog and does great reviews.
She writes great reviews on Jewish literature as well as secular.

This is the award:

"This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award."

Now I must choose eight bloggers that I feel the same way Marie feels about me.
I have lost touch for a while with some of the bloggers they probably have forgotten me.

Jewish Wishes
Kathy at Bermuda Onion
Books on the Brain
The Printed Page
Every Day I W…

Look What's In My Goody Bag

I feel like a little kid in the candy store this week. I have received so many unexpected packages.
I don't mean to gloat but I never win on any blogs. But I do at book club girl's blog this is the third time in the last few months.
This is what I won for my book club:

# Book Club Girl mousepad Coasters for Your Next Book Group Gathering
# Matrimony by Joshua Henkin
# First Darling of the Morning by Thrity Umrigar
# The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover
# Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble
# The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris

One of the gifts is Matrimony, which our book club is planning on reading. The author, Joshua Henkin and I have had some correspondence. He is planning on joining us in July for our book club.. This is a great prize for our book club anniversary party. Any of you have any ideas for a contest to win these great prizes??

I also won Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews, for book club girl's Blog Talk Radio that will be broadcast.
We will …

They Keep On Coming

Books and more books they keep on coming.
Now that I am officially on sprink break. I can devote my time on my blogs.
This one and, Jewish Rantings.
This is a update on our book club, The 38th Ave. Diva Readers. There has been so many health issues and family members being sick a few of us decided that we would give a vacation to the book club for a couple months till June. I am not kidding everyone has been sick. My best friend, Amy just had a hip replacement and another one had surgery. One of my other friends fell and hurt herself badly, she is in a sling. That is the bad news.

Now for the Good News, a couple years ago our book club met for our Chanakah book club meeting. We won books, and a author call in. I am not going to tell you who. I don't want to embarrass her. But because of what happened I was very embarassed. The author never called. Needless to say I was very embarrassed. I sent email after, to, Carol, and her staffed worked very hard to rectif…

Prohibition: The Big Joke Research Paper

Hi everyone, If anyone is wondering what happened to me I survived midterms. Now I can celebrate with spring break. My last assignment was a history paper.
I decided my argumentive paper would be on the prohibition. I just loved researching and finding out about the 1920's. I wish I had spoken to my grandmother and grandfather about this time period. It always seems you don't appreciate it until it's too late.

I was able to fit in a paragraph or two about F. Scott Fitzgerald and the prohibition and how it ties in to the prohibition.

My argumentative statement was: The 18th amendment was not taken seriously. The Anti-Saloon League put the pressure on the political parties. This caused the formation, and increase in crime, mobsters, gangsters, bootlegging, the speakeasy,corruption inside and outside the U.S. government. The title of my paper is called: The Big Joke: Prohibition from 1920-1933.

I found some great websites to visit about the flappers,the women's movemen…

Little Red Book

In honor of National Women's Month Anna Basai will is hosting a blog tour of
My Little Red Book.

This is a small book of stories of litle girls when we grow up.
You guessed it, it is called the cursed or blessed event called menstruation.
This depends on how you were raised and the attitudes that you were brought up on.
These stories range in age from young women to older women. It is a book of stories that these women are professionals and non-professionals, young and old, famous and not so famous women that share their stories on their first time they got their periods and their experiences.

One story takes place in Germany during the holocaust. Of all places she got her period when she was on the train. Other stories are down right funny. Some are sad.
There are some girls that were not ever told about once a month getting their period.
One mother never told her daughter she had to find out from her sister. One girl's father was so proud it was announced at the dinner table. …

Coming Up For Air

I have been so busy lately that I have not had a chance to write a post or visit my emails for over a week. I have had a American history exam that was last Thursday(The Native Americans, Gilded Age, Progressive Age, Spanish American War, Theodore Roosevelt).
I have more interest in European History than American history. Pretty bad, wouldn't you say. Up to 2 days ago even when I spoke to my teacher I did not get as excited as Western Civilization. As my exam got closer to the day of the exam. I was getting more interesteded in American history. But sorry to say I still have more interest in Europe. But at least the Progressive age is more exciting now to me. It now makes sense about the big business in the guilded age and the progressives in early 1900's, and social darwinism all brought social change to america to "The Little Guy".
If it was not for T. Roosevelt who knows what would have happened.

I have a practical, like a midterm in Anatomy, tommorrow and then…