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Book Review: Golden Grove

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Golden Grove
By Francine Prose

Golden Grove, is a story about a family tragedy and how each one deals with it.

In the first chapter tragedy strikes one summer. Margaret is the eldest daughter, she is the free spirit. Then there is Nico, the youngest and takes life serious.

Both sisters go to the lake one summer day. Margaret drowns in the lake while Nico is helpless and watches.


Nico narrates the story.  The mother drowns herself in medication.  The father slips away, at the book store.   Both the parents are self absorbed in their own sorrow they are unable to be there for her.  She has to learn on her own how to deal with the loss of her sister.  

Margaret had a boyfriend Aaron, Margaret's parents never liked. They both thought he had a screw loose. After Margaret's death, Nico and Aaron hang out together. Nico lies to her parents that she is going somewhere.  But she is really hanging out with Aaron.  They both like to be together to talk about Margaret.

One weekend the par…

She Ain't Heavy She's My Mother: Book Review

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She Ain't Heavy She's My Mother
By Bryan Batt
Bryan Batt, has written a memoir about growing up gay with his mother in New Orleans.  It is funny, serious and everything in between as well. He talks about his time preparing in a pagent and wearimng a  pink hoop skirt.  The rudolph the red nose reindeer light bulb that burns his nose.  The story about coming out of the closet, his mother's antics " His relationship with his father, the ups and downs with his mother's illness. Through it all Gayle has inner strength to not quit and keep on going.  Bryan talks about the beautiful inner strength that each one gives to each other.

I could keep on going. He recalls the antics of his mother Gayle. She is the great strength in their lives..   She is beautiful, and charming, and has hard as nails strength.

The book is very funny, especially the part when he's father tells Bryan. Bryan, you can't leave the house without three things.  One of the things is his testicl…

Tell Me When It Is Over!! Public Speaking

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I am back in school. I am taking only three classes, but it is intense. I am taking Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Public Speaking, and Math.

This may not seem so intimidating to you. But, I don't like speaking in front of the class, period. We have to prepare for a class for speech.

For those of you that like to be front and center. This is just the class for you.
But for me to speak in front of 20 young students. It is hard for someone that is middle age. Making a fool of myself with people that are mainly my son's age.

We have to do four types of delivery of speech. For one minute, I have to memorize something. For 30 seconds have to read a piece. Then the 3rd is prepare something and allowed to use notes. The last is something that is spontenous that the teacher knows. I am terrified.

It would not be so terrible if I was not taking the classses I am taking A/P and Math. Have not been in a math class for over 20 years. I just have to get over my jitters and stop str…

Mailbox Monday

This post was found in my draft box, it is from several months ago.  Sorry about the very late post.

Thank you Marcia for hosting Mailbox Monday. Each week we anticipate what we receive in our mailbox each week. This past week I needed a dumptruck to get all the books through the door. This is what I recieved this week.

The Post Mistress by Sarah Blake
This one is a first time selection by Barnes and Noble

Across the Endless River by Thad Carhart
Thank you FSB Associates for a review copy

The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca LongCraine
I can't wait for this one. Since this is the anniversay of The Wizard of Oz movie this is great timing to read this biograpy to the great man himself.

Cost by Roxana Robinson

Heaven to Betsy and Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace
This one we are to find a recruitee and hope she becomes a fan of these books. This is sponsered by Book Club Girl. We don't get to read these but it did come in my mailbox. I hope it counts.

The books I bought for…

Book Review: 31 Hours

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31 Hours
By Masha Hamilton

Thank you, to Caitlin at Unbridled books for the ARC copy.

I have been wanted to read this author for quite awhile. I have all of her books and have not been able to get to her books. I have been putting it off.

My brother is a photojournalist for the Army Times where he has been on assignment at the start of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, as well as the start of Iraqian resistance. He has been back in Iraq a few times to cover assignments. I have worried about my brother on several occassions. When I heard of Masha Hamilton before her most recent book. I thought her books would give me a feel of what the middle east was like. What my brother had experienced as well. But I just could not open the book until now.

I am letting you know there are spoilers.

The book was not what I expected. I can't say I enjoyed reading it. Because it is not that kind of book. But it kept my interest.

31 Hours is about a mother's intuition. At the middle of the nigh…

Review: Stiltsville

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The novel, Stiltsville by Susanna Daniels is a novel that takes place in Miami, off Key Biscayne in a place called Stiltsville.
The novel is about a young woman, Frances from Georgia. She is visting for the first time in Miami with her friend Marse. Marse and her have befriended each other just the day before at a wedding.  Marse asks her if she wants to spend the day in Stiltsville.

When the two get to Stiltsville Frances is captivated and the magic of the tropics, of the sight, smell, and sounds of the Miami Keys.

Frances and Marse meet Dennis, and Kyle at Stiltsville. Frances and Dennis get involved.  It takes Frances quite awhile to feel connectied with the family. Frances decides to move from Georgia to Miami.  They eventually marry and have a child, Margo.  The novel spans for about thirty years from 1969 to 1993. 

The marriage is rocky at first. With a unstable job Dennis can't seem to find. Frances finds a job that does not pay well.  Young love matures become stable and …

I Must Have Had Head in the Sand

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I am reading, and so far enjoying reading Stiltsville by Susana Daniels.
But I am not writing my post as yet. I am writing on my blog, because of a interesting piece of history I did not know about.

I just found out about a place or if you want to call location on Key Biscayne. I am just amazed. Because I lived in Miami Beach, and Miami and Kendall area. I never realized that there was homes scattered off Key Biscayne on the ocean.  I wish I was aware of this. Because I never noticed this. I used to go to the beach all the time in that area.

I asked a friend of mine if she knew of it. She told me yes. She told me you could see it with a naked eye. How in the heck, did I not see it if I went to the beach often.  My girl friend told me it is possible that you were not aware unless you took charter boats, or went fishing, or owned a boat and possibly passed by it.  I feel so ridiculous, I feel like where was I.  Did I have my head in the sand all those years. I am surprised that it is n…

Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca  Skloot

The author fills this book with emotion, medical ethics, family issues, poverty, and  medical science.  At times I felt like I was in Twilight Zone, or one of the sci-fi adventures.

The book is the true story and account of Henrietta Lacks. She was a poor, black tabacco farmer. A woman descended by a American black slave.
She was married to a close cousin. Henrietta, had five children.  Four months after delivery of her fifth child she arrived at John Hopkins Hospital doubling over with pain. She had a biopsy, and unknowing to her, the doctor took out tissue from her cervix without her permission.  This was going on all the time during the 50's, there wasn't any regulation.

 Her doctor went down the hall and gave the tissue to Dr. Guy. He started growing the cells and discovered it was becoming immortal and very strong No one knows exactly why the cells re-produced. Dr. Guy would pass on the cells to other collegues( no …

Review: Swimming Pool By Holly LeCrew

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The Swimming Pool
By Holly LeCrew


The novel is about two families with many family secrets.  When you see the cover at first glance. I thought to myself a great beach read. This is definately not a beach read.  It starts out like that but believe me, when you get to the meat of the story. It is not what you expected.

There is a affair, a murder a sister having post partum depression and many more secrets than you can imagine.

There are two families, the Atkinson family and the McClatchey family.  It takes place in Cape Cod.  The McClatchey family are married Betsy, the wife, and Cecil the husband. Their two children, Jedd and Callie.  Then on the other side of the bedpost there is the Atkinson family, the wife Marcella, and husband Tony, with one offspring Toni.

Marcella and Cecil have a affair 7 years previous.  Marcella is self centered and has no care in the world except her self. She is sophistocated and foreign born.  Marcella and Cecil meet at a party and begin a affair.  Betsy…