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Book Review: Annie's Ghost

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Annie's Ghosts
By Steve Luxenberg
Published May 2009

Washington Post associate editor Steve Luxenberg is a master of investigative journalism. The editor of two Pulitzer prize winning series, Luxenberg has now written his most compelling story. His exploration of his late mother's secret.

Beth Luxenberg always claimed to be an only child, but a chance mention led to the discovery that she had been hiding the existence of a sister, Annie. The girls had grown up together, living in a series of cramped apartments until Annie's commitment to a mental instituion at the age of twenty-one. Why was Annie committed? How had Beth so thoroughly erased her sister's existence? Why had she wanted to?

Annie's Ghosts is the engrossing eye opening story of Luxenberg's search for the personal motives and cultural forces that influenced his mother's decision to create and harbor her secret. The deeper he digs. the more he finds himself in unfamiliar territory, struggling to bal…

Devil's Queen

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Devil's Queen, a historical novel based on Catherine Medici.

The Devil’s Queen tells the story one of Catherine de Medici, one of history’s most intriguing female figures. She is considered a ruthless and cunning Queen. She was born into one of Florence’s most powerful families, Catherine was left incredibly wealthy by the early death of her parents. She later went on to become the jealous wife of the Prince Henry of France, the scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, the architect of the bloody St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, and, of course, France’s most infamous Queen.

What is unique about the announcement of this book is the publisher's are publishing a ebook to coinside with the publication with The Devil's Queen. Even today, it is commonly accepted that Catherine resorted to astrology and black magic to keep her family, and herself, in power at all costs.

Here, for the first time, bestselling author Jeanne Kalogridis (author of THE DEVIL'S QUEEN) ope…

Winners of Julie and Jula Book Giveaway

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Thank you y'all for stopping by and leaving your comments. Alas, the book giveaway is over. Listed below are the five winners. You will be hearing from Anna at Hatchett books. I have sent her the list of winners. I am sure she will be contacting you soon. Here are the names of the five winners:

Sagan, Marie at Bostonbibliophile, Melinda M, Leah, A Reader

Congrats, to all the winners hope you enjoy Julie and Julia. While you are at whip up something yummy and high calorie while you are in the reading mode.
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Marcia, from The Printed Page hosts, Mailbox Monday. Thanks Marcia. It is a fun meme to read what other bloggers recieved either by publishers or bought themselves.

I recieved The Raven by George Dawes Green from Miriam at Hatchett Books. Sounds like a interesting read. I did not buy any books this past week. Thank goodness, I controlled my compulsion.

Meeting Mary Kay Andrews

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This is my post about meeting Mary Kay Andrews in Pawley's Island, SC. Above is a picture of me posing with Mary Kay. I have always hating me in pictures. But this one I wanted the world to see. I wish there was a better picture. But alas, maybe next time.

A few friend and I met for Mary Kay Andrews with the Moveable Feast that is hosted by Litchfield books and a cultural club.

We had the luncheon at a exclusive community called Debridew. I suppose it is french. The homes were nice. But there was not anything special. When I think of exclusive homes. I think of homes that look like the Hamptons in New York, with arches and columns like you would see in Charleston with triple digits. There wasn't anything like that.

Now, when we get in to the club house it was very nice and exclusive. With wide windows and the view outside was beautiful with lots of greenery.

As I am ascending the stairs to the top floor. There she is Mary Kay. Not the makeup, the author. She is larger tha…

Review: Fixer Upper

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Fixer Upper
Mary Kay Andrews

Fixer Upper is a about Dempsey Kilebrew,she works for a high powered firm that leads to a polictical scandal. Dempsey's boss is forced to close up shop. Fires Dempsey because of the scandal. She looses her job, her reputation, and her name, she can't get a job in D.C.

Dempsey escapes to Florida to visit her father. He is recently married to Pilar, a trophy wife with toddler twins.

Mitch has a idea. He has inherited a house in Guthrie,Ga from his Uncle Norbitt. Forget the problems in Washington, DC. Go to Guthrie, Ga. Fix up Birdsong and then sell it.

Dempsey doesn't realize she has a squator, and her dog Shorty living in the house since her Uncle Norbitt passed away. Even though Dempsey father owns the house she refuses to leave.

Alma is very critical of Dempsey. Telling her how to do things. Everything that Dempsey does is not good enough for her. Even though she is a squator Dempsey does not tell her to leave. Possibly because Dempsey…

Dog Days of Summer

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Literate Housewife is having Dog Days of Summer at her blog. If you would like to see what it entails go visit her at her blog

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Secrets of Happiness by Sarah Dunn
The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck



1) Read and review one or more of the books that are listed above to review .

There will be a dog and/or summer related prize drawn using List Randomizer for one of the bloggers who sign up below and review at least one of the books on my list.

All participants will be included in the general drawing for the Dog Days of Summer bookmarks I’ll be making for this event.

2) Submit a picture of you, your family, or your pets (not strictly dogs) survive the Dog Days of Summer. Please feel free to use the button and encourage your friends and family to vote for you.

This will be a contest. There will be a dog and/or summer related grand prize for the picture getting the most votes. Second and third place will receive …

Moveable Feast Luncheon with Mary Kay Andrews

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I am looking forward to tommorrow's Moveable Feast with Mary Kay Andrews. The moveable feast is a luncheon with a author. It is hosted by Litchfield books in Litchfield, SC. It is in a exclusive club call Debradew.

Litchfield books doesn't have the big name northern authors for these events. They have local authors. Sometimes they have well known southern authors. This year there were a few I would like to see.

Who do you choose, between Dorthea Benton Frank or Mary Kay Andrews, Alice Monroe. It was a toss up between them, Mary Kay won for now. Sorry, Dorthea I hope to see you on the road if you come to Myrtle Beach this year.

If you don't know who Mary Kay Andrews is you can visit her website or facebook.
I wrote her on facebook and it was a treat. I think of authors as movie stars unaccessable. I forget most of them are just like you and me. It is just wonderful that a author writes you back through email or facebook. I am touched and thrilled.

Mary Kay Andrews has written…

Mailbox Monday

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Thank you Marcia, from the Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday. I look forward to reading everyone's posts each week.

This is what came in the past week:

City of Strangers by Ian MacKenzie

Benny and Shrimp by Katrina Mazetti courtesy of FSB associates

The Invention fo Everything Else by Samantha Hunt courtesy of the author

A Change of Altitude By Anita Shreve
Thank you Mariam at Hatchett Books. I have been looking forward to this one since I heard about it.

Now for books I just had to buy at the book store. Like I don't have enough. Hand talk to the brain. Tell the brain not to dive into the purse. Remember brain, picture your bedroom with all the books. Brain could not stop and bought them anyway.

These are the books that I could not stop my brain from purchasing:

Burnt Shadows by Kamilia Shamsie
East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax

What came in your mailbox last week??

Lady Elizabeth: Review

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Lady Elizabeth
By Alison Weir

First, I would like to thank Jennifer at Literate Housewife for introducing this book for her historical fiction book club. This is the first time I joined in on facebook and I really had fun with this. This is the first time I did a online book club and it was enjoyable to see what everyone else thought. Thanks Jennifer. If you are interested log on to facebook at book club applications and you will find us there.


Alison Weir, is a historian of European history. She has written several books on the Tudor family. This is her second attempt to write historical fiction. She has written several book on tudor history. Her first historical fiction, was Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey. If her second novel is any indication of her first, I would read her others and her soon to be released, Lady in the Tower(Ann Boleyn).

Lady Elizabeth, is the story of the life of Lady Elizabeth as a child till the time she hears about the death of her half sister, Qu…

Blogger Appreiciation Week

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Again Amy is hosting Blogger Appreciation Week, September 14-18 2009. Amy decided to do it again this year. I give her a lot of credit. It had to be a lot of sweat, time, and hard work to get it together the first time around. I am looking forward to it this year. She built a new blog specifically for the Blogger Appreciation Week.

There were alot of bloggers we met for the first time, thanks to Amy. It was great for us new bloggers that had just started out. I had been a blogger since June for the first Blogger Appreciation Week. Us bloggers that are new to this came at the right time.

Mailbox Monday

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Thank you Marcia from The Printed Page, for hosting Mailbox Monday every week.
I recieved a few suprises this past week. This is what came in my mailbox this past week. I can't wait to dive in. I am looking forward to most of these around. Especially to see Pat Conroy from my own state and my favorite area Charleston, SC.

Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

What did you get in your mailbox this week. I am looking forward to reading all of these soon. Especially Pat Conroy, he is from my home state of SC.

Julie and Julia

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In honor of the release of Julie and Julia there will be a re-release of the book release with a new cover with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. The movie trailer can be viewed here.

From the book's cover: Nearing thirty and trapped in a dead end secreterial job, Jile Powell resolved to reclaim her life by cooking. In the span of a single year, every one of of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected rewards; not just a newfound respect for calves livers and aspic. but a new life-lived with gusto.

With the soon release of the movie I am giving away 5 copies of the book. All I ask is that you leave a comment and link to my post. For a second chance to win become a follower of my blog. The contest starts tomorrow and will last till
July 27th.

Just Announced The Winner

The winner of my book blog was Laura. I contacted you but in case you did not recieve my email please contact me. I will get the books out to you as soon as possible.

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is here. Thank You Marcia for hosting at The Printed Page. I did not recieve a loot this week. That is probably a good thing since my books are toppling over. The books are taking over my room. They are on the floor, on my shelves, stacked up. My son wants me to get a Kindle. But I would rather wait till the price goes down.
Here is the books that came through last week.

Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein

Drawing in the Dust is compared to The Red Tent and People of the Book. This one will be reviewed on Bagels, Books and Schmooze. The author is a senior Rabbi in a large congregation in California. I can't wait to read this one. The author is known in Jewish circles for many articles in Tikkun and Women's Commentary.

Michael Jackson Remembered (1958-2009)

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I have hesitated to post anything until now about Michael. Because it was such a shock to hear about his death. First Farrah Fawcett. The pinup with the red bathing suit and the hair.

Then to read about Michael Jackson. like 9/11, I don't want to compare it to that but it was the same feeling. A joke, disbelieve, and then shock. I hesitated to post anything because I was filled with so many feelings. He was taken so young.

To see him recently in a rehearsal video just two days before his death. You would not think you were talking about the same man. He was strutting his stuff. He did not look like a man that was ill and pass away in two days. He looked great. Are you sure that is the same man??

I know there are different camps either you liked his music or you didn't. Or you thought he was just too weird and could not stomach it. Or you were sick of it. Or you put up with it. I lost interest in his music after the 90's just because I stopped listening to new pop music.

The Bonus Giveaway Announced

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The mystery for the bonus prize is How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson.
I decided not to have you in suspense. Making your brain crazy wondering what the bookish bonus prize was. I decided to make it easier.
The bonus giveaway is How To Buy a Love of Reading. You have till tonight at 11:59 PM. Tomorrow the winner will be notified.

In the blogaversay giveaway my passion for throwing different ingredients, (spices) in particular is a passion of mine, hence The Flavor Bible. The Little Red Book is added for my passion for the advocacy of women's health. The third is of course of my love of reading.

When you read below you will understand my connection with the book, How To Buy a Love of Reading. My son, David would always say there is not a book in the world I like. When he's teacher gave him assignments he would always say there is not a book I like. He's teacher would tell him to keep searching there has to be one book in the world that you like. Tanya must ha…

Teaser Tuesday

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This the first time I am participating in this meme
hosted by MizB,
These are the rules:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I think I have one of my headaches coming on,"Elizabeth said folding up the paper and putting it in her pocket. Her headaches-often so bad that she could not see to read-were a legacy of that other time. But this time she was feigning."

The teaser from Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir