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The Improper Life of Bezilla Grove: Book Review

The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove
                                                              By Susan Gregg Gilmore

The story takes place in the south, Nashville Tenn during the 1960's. The story is about a little girl named Bezilla. This is a name handed down from generation to generation in the family. Bezilla has alot to grow in with the important name Bezilla Grove. She wants to use her proper name and doesn't want a nick name. Grove, is one of the most prominent families in Nashville.

She is expected to act like a Grove.  She is expected to learn to have the best etiquette. Attend the best schools, learn to dance with the prominent son's at the contillions, learn French, etc.

Her sister is a bit different and because of this Bezilla is always trying to protect her sister. Her mother is from a low class family. She escaped that life and marries a doctor. Something happened to her mother when she was a te…

Girl Friends Book Swap Party

I just had to share this post that came from Girl Friend Celebration's website. It is full of party fun and money making ideas for fundraising too. I found this site looking for book swapping website and fell on to this. I am happy I did. It is a great idea too bad this came a bit late. School already started and I most likely will not have time to do this now. I would love to plan something like this next summer. We will just have to see. 

Here’s a hot summer party idea that’s guaranteed to generate good times, great reads and girlfriend conversation all summer long. Our Girlfriend Book Swap party is designed to help you learn more about your friends, meet some new ones, and gain some super summer reads for free! Give it a try on a starry night, and you’ll probably want to make it a tradition like we did

You may want to limit invitations to local girlfriends (reasonable driving distance); this makes it more convenient to pass the books on to the next borrower. Make y…

Labor Day By Joyce Maynard

Labor Day
By Joyce Maynard

Labor Day is The story takes place in Holton Mills, New Hampshire, in the summer of 1987.   The novel is about 13 year old adolescent boy, named Henry.  He watches TV, reads comic books, and plays with his pet gerbil.   He thinks about girls constantly   He occasionally goes out with his father and their family to Friendly's. Which he fights with himself and forces him self to go. His mother stays to herself. She goes out only about every six weeks for groceries.  Most meals consist of Campbell's soup and TV dinners.

Henry convinces her that he needs new clothes for the start of the school year.  At the PriceMart he is at the magazine rack. A stranger is bleeding and has blood on his jeans. He starts talking to Henry.  For some reason Henry convinces his mother to take, the stranger Frank home.   They find out that he is a escaped convict.  He was in the prison hospital recovering from surgery. He jumps out of a window and here he is.

The man, Frank …

Book Review: 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

The 19th Wife 
By David Ebershoff
505 pages

The 19th Wife, from the flap:
Spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff's The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with spellbinding modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense.

It is 1875, Anna Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband., Brigham Young, prophet, leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled  and a outcast. Anna Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States.  A rich account of the family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman becomes a plural wife.

soon after Anna Eliza's story begins a second exquisite narrative unfolds a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present day Utah.  Jordon Scott a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father's death.  And as Anna Eliza;s narrative intertwines with t…

The Author of Stiltsville Susanna Daniel

Susana Daniels has just released her debut novel this month called Stiltsville.
I have the pleasure of introducing her on Carolina Book Stacks.  You can read the synopsis of her novel and my review here.

This is one of the best books I have read this summer. I could not wait to read it.  I connected with this book so much because of my connection with Miami. The description of Miami and it's exotic nature was beautiful. Her writing style was awesome.   It is a quiet novel about growing and maturing in marriage.  From the early marriage to the twilight years.

One of the questions on my mind was what was it like to live in the community of Stiltsville? Did anyone live there full time? Did you have good memories living there?

This kept going through my mind. Because I kept putting myself in one of the homes when I was reading.
I kept thinking as a child there is not a playground or a backyard to play ball, only blue ocean everywhere.  The house would be so cramped because I would t…

Mailbox Monday

Today is Mailbox Monday. It seems to go so fast now that summer is ready for a close. It seems to wiz right by. Before you know it Labor Day will be here.

In South Carolina school starts before Labor Day. In Myrtle Beach Public school starts up again on 8/23.

 I went on campus to pick up my text books.  I am only taking two classes this semester. I am looking forward to start in some ways.  But in other ways I don't want to start stressing out.

 I just recieved a letter that I should have gotten in July. I have been accepted in the nursing program.  That is great, but I have to wait till 2012!! Hopefully it will go quickly.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Chickloveslit
These are the books I recieved in my mailbox this past week:

Lucy by Laurence Gonzalez
The novel, is about a primatologist that travels to the Congo in Africa. A civil war breaks out and Jenny is trapped in the crossfire.  Everyone is dead but a young girl.  The daughter of Jenny's brutally murdered fellow scientist…

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday tour is hosted by Marcia, of the Printed Page. She has decided to expand and let others host each month the monthly Mailbox Monday. This month it is hosted by Chickloveslit. Join in and let us know what you received in your mailbox this past week. 
Here are the books that came to my mailbox this week:

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. It was sent by Joyce and Book Club Girl sent me another copy.  I will have a book giveaway with the extra copy in the next couple weeks to coinside with Labor Day. This novel ,a lonely 13 year old with his divorced mother.  The last weekend before school starts  a man shows up in town. How this changes his life for 5 days and beyond.

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniels I have a extra copy for a book giveaway I am hosting.  You can go to a few previous posts to enter my giveaway and read my post here.

Remedies by Kate Ledger was sent by the author. This sounds like a good one. This is the story about a Baltimore doctor is obsessed with easing the suffering …

The Castaways-Book Reviews

The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

The novel is about 4 couples of the inner circle that live on Nantucket Island.
 Chief( Ed), Andrea, Jeffrey, Delilah, Addison, Phoebe try to figure out the events that led to the tragic death of Tess and Greg. Tess and Greg leave behind their twin children.

The 4 couples are a close knit group they don't do anything without each other. They party together, spend time vacationing together, they don't do anything without each other knowing about it.

 They all have their story to tell. Each one shares the idea, and speculation and gossip why it is their fault some thing happened to their friends.

Greg is a music teacher in the high school. One of his students starts a rumor that he seduced her.  This starts all the trouble in his marriage, and the community, and is talked about in the entire novel.

Tess is married to Greg but she is having a affair with Addison.
Addison is married to Phoebe. He is having a hard time dealing with his marriage to…

Sima's Undergarments for Women- Book Review

I am posting my review on Sima's Undergarments for Women on Bagels, Books and Schmooze for the Jewish Carnival. Check it out at Bagels, Books and Schmooze.
I thought this book was wonderful.

Book Giveaway-Stiltsville

I am hosting a book giveaway, Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel from August 2nd to August 15th.
I wanted to read the book because of my connection with Miami. I enjoyed reading about the sight,sounds and smells of the Miami beat. The story takes place from the 60's to the 90's.  Her writing style is poetic of the surrounding of the area.

The story is about the relationship of two people falling in love. Their marriage,  how their marriage matured to the older years.  I liked the connection of the story line and how the author intertwined it with the current events that was happening in the Miami area. The best part was how Miami developed as a character in the book.

If you ever wanted to go to Miami or ever lived in Miami or just wanted to escape to the tropics then this novel you will enjoy.

The giveaway coins ides with the release of the book on August 2.
 The drawing will be August 15th.

First, write a comment on my blog and write the details about the
contest and link it to m…