Thursday, March 31, 2011

Book Readers You Must See This

                         SIMPLY DROP DEAD GOURGEOUS!!!

You wouldn't believe this, unless you saw it for yourself. Do you remember, those little golden books our parent's and grandparents read to us, when we were children??

Look!! The gown is made from Golden Books, You can see the gorgeous dress how it was made

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nice Goodies Came Today

These are the books that came to my mail box last week, I was thrilled, so many books so little time

Instrument of Darkness
By Imogen Robertson

From the flap:

In the year 1780, Sussex England, Thornleigh Hall, the ornate and forbidding seat of the Earl of Sussex, dominates the surrounding countryside. Thought its heir has been missing for fifteen years, and the once vigorous family is reduced to a cripple, his whore and his alcoholic secound son, its power remains. When dead bodies begin turning up, the stage is set for an unlikely forensic duo to uncover the family's deadly secrets.

Sounds like a great gothic read.

The Other Life
By Ellen Miester

From the publisher notes:

Meister introduces Quinn Branverman, a young married mother, who is keeping two secrets from her loving husband, Lewis. One is that the real reason she chose him over Eugene, her neurotic, semi-famous ex-boyfriend, was to prove to her mother that she could have a happy, stable relationship with the guy next door.

The other is that Quinn knows another life exists in which she made stayed with Eugene. The two lives run in parallel lines, like highways on either side of a mountain. On one side, the Quinn who stayed with Eugene is speeding through her high drama, childless life in Manhattan. On the other, Quinn who married Lewis lives in the suburbs, drives a Volvo, and has an adorable young son and another baby on the way.
But, the most important part of the secret- the part that terrifies and thrills her- is that Quinn knows it's possible to cross from one life to another.  So, far she played it safe, never seeing what's on the other side. Then a shocking turn of events rattles.

Lipstick in Afghanistan
By Roberta Gately

This novel was written by a author's own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones.

Gripped by hauting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working class- Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has escaped poverty, but  Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister's bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything- even travel alone to war torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

But Violent nights as an ER nurse in S. Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan Drs, and local villagers.

I can't wait to read this one. Since I was a nurse this novel interests me.  My brother is a photo journalist for the Army Times(part of Garnett publishing). He was embedded with Army with 101, after 9/11, at the Kandahar Airport. He took many pictures of the military and civilian life there. Saw how bad the living conditions were. Took many pictures.   This novel, will give me a glimpse of what Afghanistan is like.

The Madonnas of Echo Park
By, Brando Skyhorse

The novel is the story of a L. A. neighborhood and the intimate glimpse into the lives of the men and women who struggle to lose their ethnic identity in pursuit of the american dream. Felicia, a housekeeper, and her daughter, Aurora Esperanza are caught in a gang shooting crossfire and struggle to find common ground in its aftermath.  Aurora's estranged father, Hector, a day laborer, witnesses a murder and must choose between deportation and complicity.

The Bird Sisters
By Rebecca Rasmussen

Milly and Twiss are known to everyone in Spring Green, Wisconsin, as the bird sisters, for their special gift for nursing injured birds- and sometimes, the damaged owners- back to health. But it wasn't always this way. In the summer, 1947. Milly, Goldilocks, because of her beautiful hair, and Twiss, the explorer, pretended she and her gold pro father were Lewis and Clark out on the course. Milly and Twiss's mother dreamed of drinking Chateau Margaux on the banks of the Seine, as she once did in Parism and their father, a dreamer and charismatic philanderer, desperately hopes to recover his golf swing, which hasn't been the same since his car acccident.

Along with the immediate family, the author paints a vivid picture of the unique folks in Spring Green, whose lives intersect with Milly and Twiss's that fateful summer.

When Tito Loved Clara
By Jon Michard

This novel is written by the head librarian of the New Yorker. This is his debut novel. It is rich in mystery, passion, secrets, and heartbreak.  A lively novel with themes centered on immigrant experience and identity.

Clara grew up in a home that would have rattled the most grounded of children. Brought to NY from a pastoral childhood in the Dominican Republic, she was raised in grim circumstances in northern Manhattan. Through brains and determination, she long ago slipped the bonds of confining neighborhood and since made a quiet life for herself and her American husband and young son in the suburbs of NJ.  However librarian Clara's desire for a existance as orderly as the Dewey Decimal System is constantly being thwarted by her hugely entertaining constellation of relatives who don't understand her gringa ways.

When Clara meets up with Tito, her old flame. The blast from the past meet up with her. He was destined to stay in the old neighborhood. While Clara went off to Cornell University on a full scholarship. But now 15 yrs. later, a series of coincidences throw these people together again Clara harbors a secret from the past. Their reacquaintance set in motion an unraveling in both their lives and reveals what the cost of assimulation- or the absence of it - has meant for each of them.

Claude and Camille
A novel of Monet
By Stephanie Cowell

In the mid 19th century, a young man Claude Money decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father's nautical business in a french seaside town.  Against his father's will and with nothing to but a dream and a insatible urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the classical realism of the time, he set off for Paris.

I appreciated Monet's art work, and did not know the story of the man.  I am looking forward to this. His art work with the landscapes are beautiful.

Caleb's Crossing
By Geraldine Brooks
will be published in May

In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard. He became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this factual snippet of facts, comes the story of this young man from Martha's Vineyard.

The narrator of the story is Berthia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans.  Possessed of a restless spirit and quick curious mind, she years after an education that is close to her by her sex.  As often ash seh can, slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At 12, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a cheiftain, and the two forge, a tentative,  secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other.

Her father, a minister tries to convert the Indian nation to Calvinism, awakening the wrath of the tribe's leader.
One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's intellectual and spiritual crossing of cultures with it's risks and losses, triumphs and turmoil.

 I am looking forward to this one. This novel sounds rich in history. I always wondered how inhabitants came to be in Martha's Vineyard. The formation of the island( from the very earliest beginning to the coming of inhabitants). I have always had a interest.

 I was at Martha's Vineyard, twice.   Very different going to the main land in a tourist area in the summer, compared to being on the main land during the summer. Very different. Can't explain it, but you feel a difference being at Cape Cod and Marha's Vineyard.

The Man from Saigon
By Marti Leimbach

It is 1967 and Susan Gifford is one of the first female correspondents in Saigon, dedicated to her job and passionately in love with an American TV reporter. Son, is a  Vietnamese photographer anxious to get his work to the American press. Together they cover every aspect of the war from combat missions to the workings of field hospitals, Then one November morning, after narrowly escaping death, Susan and son find themselves the prisoners of three Vietcong soldiers. Helpless in the hands of the enemy, they face the jungle, living always with the threat of being killed and the slow realization that their complicated relationship is the only thing, sustaining them both.

Lately I have been seeing  many novels set during the Vietnam war. This novel intrigued  me. Lately I have been seeing many novels about Vietnam. It is about time. Probably because it is not a sore subject in the general public. Safe to talk about it. Rather than write about what is going in the middle east right now.   I hope more novelists will be writing about this time period. I was very little when Vietnam started. I did not know what was going on.  I was too young too comprehend.

My house is busting at the seams with all these books.
Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor Passes, at 79

Elizabeth Taylor, is from old Hollywood.  Old Hollywood, contracted their stars. They were locked in to a certain studio, unless you were borrowed out.   Studios don't contract stars any longer. It is harder to get into the business. But, back in her time you were with a studio, for( Elizabeth Taylor was with a studio for 7 years) x about of years.

When you think of Elizabeth Taylor, What do you think of? Luxury, Extravagence, money, many husbands, glamor, scandals, and most of all a gutsy, DIVA.  She had many health problems. She was married 8 times. Yes, you heard me 8 times. She was married to a senator,  married to Richard Burton twice
(us middle age society, should remember this). Her husband Todd died very young. She hooked up with Eddie Fisher(Debbie Reynold's husband and the daughter of Carrie Fisher). That was a big scandal in the 1950's.

She had many health issues, starting with a fall, during the the production of National Velvet. She had several other health issues, as well.

  Her work in charity was enormous.  Her close friendship with Rock Hudson, ( a hollywood actor), led her on her crusade work with AIDS.  Her questionable relationship with Michael Jackson, and some other actors as well.

She received two Oscars for her work, Butterfly 8, and The Cat on the Hot Tin Roof.

Here are some of the movies I remember her in. She was in many more, but I am a bit young to remember her older movies.

National Velvet( if you never saw it, you should check it out)
A couple Lassie Movies
Jane Eyre
Little Women
Father of the Bride( loved it).
Place in the Sun
Suddenly Last Summer
Cleopatra( highest production movie). With Richard Burton. Time when the scandal of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor( Both were married to other people).
Rain Tree County
Giant( great movie)

Later on in her life she stopped acting in movies.  But, she acted on T. V. Soap Operas. She loved General Hospital. She asked to be fitted in the show a few times. She loved, the Luke and Laura story.

 She became involved with producing perfumes, one you may know as White Diamonds.  She produced her own jewelry. She is known for extravagances of  beautiful clothes, jewels and furs. Her gutsy attitudes. There will never be another person like Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was very ill the last few years.  Her face was on the cover, of the Enquierer a coupe weeks ago. I didn't  want to remember her that way. I walked right by the magazine ignoring it. Thinking another tabloid, trying to make a mighty buck. But, this time they were right she was ill. But I did not want to believe it.

  She passed away from Congestive Heart Failure.  She was at home with her family at her beside when she passed away.  I will remember you, LIZ. You did it your way.

Anyone that wants to add any thing in my comments you are welcome. If you want to add your thoughts too. Please do.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Update on Kitty

This is so coincidental. I connected to a someone in Columbia, SC. She told me about a breeder near Augusta, Ga.  The funny thing, she adopted two Burmese cats. I went on facebook on the Burmese Rescue page to ask if anyone knew anyone that had a Burmese. I did some searching from one breeder in Ga((Stagelight Cattery).   I connected to the same breeder. Now, that is coincidence.   The funny thing, she wanted to also know about my Jewish blog, Bagels, Books, and Schmooze.  Bagels blog is going inactive soon.

But anyhow, the coincidence, she is Jewish from Columbia, SC. She also lived in South Florida. I used to live there too. That is where I connected and fell in love with the Burmese.

The other thing I am hoping to go to the S.C. Literary Book Festival in May. It is being held in Columbia. Maybe I can meet her there.

 Thank goodness for Facebook.  It is so amazing who you will meet on facebook.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

On A Mission For Kitty

I have been on a mission for the last couple weeks. I have been searching and searching for a new addition to our family. The Siamese, Snow Shoe, or Burmese.

 When I lived in Miami, David and I went to a cat show. Since then we have been fascinated with a certain breed, " The Burmese". They are so gorgeous.

The cat show, I was introduced with the Burmese, it is love at first sight. They are very friendly, lap cats. The many cattery sites I have been on are the same in description of the Burmese. They come in sable, champagne, cream, and chocolate. Originally I wanted sable for a long time. But, I realize all of them are beautiful.  I contacted a few catteries. But, the one I think I found is in N. Carolina. I will just have to see and put myself on the waiting list.

Also, the Snow Shoes are friendly as well, they are part siamse.

I would just like to rescue a cat. But, unfortunately I had a bad experience with one.  The cat was ferrell. I don't want to go through that again.

If any one knows any one with a Burmese, Siamese, or Snowshoe, let me know your experience, and what you thought. If you know of a reputable cattery in North Carolina, or S. Carolina that has any of these breeds let me know.  I am looking for a pet, not a show cat.

The breeders I found for the snow shoe is in Georgia, she has pet quality for one color. The bi-color are a bit more pricey. I would have to travel over 4 hours. I have been wanting one for a long while. But not to go for four hours. I will just have to think about it.

The Burmese, are located in N. Carolina I found two catteries, one close by a hour a way.  The other a bit further. They have more of a variety of colors. Should I care? If I love the breed it should not matter.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Official Trailer 2011 HD


Fun With Books This Week

I  had a busy week, not with school or work this time, but with my blogging and books.  First I have been trying to update my blog by adding a few more blogging friends to my blog roll. I actually was reading a few posts on the blogs and the professional book bloggers as well.

Tara and I went to my favorite book store, Litchfield Books( Independent book store in Litchfield, SC). I had a great time. Spent too much of course that I shouldn't have. I love getting recommendations from the ladies. It was the first time they asked me about the buzz in cyberspace. WOW, that made me feel good.  The ladies told me that they were so close to get Lisa See to come to Litchfield, but that didn't work out.

The books, that were recommended to me were:
Of Course, The Tiger Wife by Tea Obert
Underfishbone Clouds by Sam Meekings
Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada
Friday's Daughter by Patricia Sprinkle
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemack Lemmon.

I like to read the independent book circular put out by Indie Bound. It is full of recommendations.  For the book clubs, they recommended Still Alice, The Help and Half Broken Horse, Olive Kitteridge, Fludd, Same Kind of Different of Me, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter& Sweet, and Sarah's Key.

I broke down and bought The Tea Wife and Sworn to Silence( finally came out in paper back).

The ladies in the book store were talking about the SC Literary Book Festival set for May. I hope to go this time. There are many authors I would like to see. The last time I went to a book festival, it was in Miami Fl. about 16 years ago. It was a blast, and a lot of fun.  That is when I did not know anything about the book world.  I only knew about reading books.

  It is two hours to get to Columbia from Myrtle Beach. If anyone has ever been please leave comments to tell me your experience.

I  recieved in my mailbox this week two Jewish books.
 One already out called the Curable Romantic by Joseph Skilball.  This book, has been nominated for Sami Rohr Award for fiction. These other authors have been nominated:
This year’s finalists for the fifth annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature are:

Allison Amend – Stations West
Nadia Kalman – The Cosmopolitans
Julie Orringer – The Invisible Bridge
Austin Ratner – The Jump Artist
Joseph Skibell – A Curable Romantic

I can't wait to read this one. I recieved a review copy. I am so looking forward to this one.  Below you will find a impressive bio of Talia Carner.   I will be writing more about her book on my Jewish reads. You may find her on face book, her book is to be released by Harper Collins on May 31.

The other novel by Talia Carner called Jerusalem Maiden.  I am looking forward to both books. I will tell you more about both book on my Jewish Reviews in a couple days.   Jerusalem Maiden is published by Harper Collins, it will be published on May 31. I am sure it will be a fabulous read.  Her bio is very impressive.


Before turning to fiction writing, Talia Carner worked for Redbook magazine and served as the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine.

 Carner’s activities in women’s organizations led to her participation at the 1995 International Women’s Conference in Beijing, where she learned of the atrocities of The Dying Rooms—the Chinese orphanages where the documented death rate was 80%—and about the U.S.’s courts betrayal of molested children. Helping African women to develop a campaign against clitoridectomy, she was exposed to the plight of women in societies that subjected millions of girls to this brutal mutilation. Her education about violence against women continued when she assisted Indian women in a campaign to end the burning of brides over dowry disputes.

For my blog, I have been working on my blog and adding other blogs to my blog roll, and just reading around cyberspace. But, alas I have to work tomorrow. I have been trying to catch up on my reading.
I am half down with my book club book that is done soon. I am enjoying reading this one. I am reading All Other Nights by Dara Horn.

Great news, spring break is this week. I am surrounded by happy people!! Must be the time change. College students are here for spring break too. Seems like Spring IS IN THE AIR!!! The Pear Trees are blooming and I am seeing daffodils.

Happy Reading!!!

Short List for the Orange Prize

I am happy to see the winners of the long list of the Orange Prize in the UK. See below the entire long list. It is going to be a hard choice to narrow it down.

I have seen much chatter about The Tiger Wife. There have been great reviews for a young author as a debut author.  I am looking out for Room, which had a lot of conversation earlier this fall. I am going to watch out for two Jewish Women author's, the Invisible Bridge, and Great House, Congratualations to all these wonderful authors.  I will be looking out for the short list soon.

The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2011 longlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing throughout the world.

Leila Aboulela - Lyrics Alley
Carol Birch - Jamrach's Menagerie
Emma Donoghue - Room
Tishani Doshi - The Pleasure Seekers
Louise Doughty - Whatever You Love
Jennifer Egan - A Visit from the Goon Squad
Aminatta Forna - The Memory of Love
Tessa Hadley - The London Train
Emma Henderson - Grace Williams Says it Loud
Samantha Hunt - The Seas
Joanna Kavenna - The Birth of Love
Nicole Krauss - Great House
Wendy Law-Yone - The Road to Wanting
Téa Obreht - The Tiger's Wife
Julie Orringer - The Invisible Bridge
Anne Peile - Repeat it Today with Tears
Karen Russell - Swamplandia!
Lola Shoneyin - The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives
Roma Tearne - The Swimmer
Kathleen Winter - Annabel

Lilac Girls: Book Review

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