Showing posts from May, 2011

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: Book Review

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
By Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Meet Major Pettigrew, 68 year old British gentleman. He was born during the colonial era, in India. He lives in Britain at Edgecombe St. Mary, in Rose Cottage.  He is a staunch, uptight, obligated to his family, and opinionated gentleman, and clings to the old staunchly ways of the British. 

At first he seems to be  a proper gentleman. Think of PBS Masterpiece Theatre. You do, get the picture.  Then as the story develops, you see the Major's character peel away like a onion. As you get deeper, layer by layer.

There is also Roger, Major Pettigrew's adult son. A selfish, a young gent. He has a American girlfriend. 

Then you meet Mrs. Ali. A Pakistani woman, born in England. She owns a tea shop. A bit younger than Mr. Pettigrew. Their friendship savours over time. Also, in her shop is her nephew. Very traditional and observant in his traditions. This causes friction with them, and also Major P…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I decided to start participating in one meme. I have never participated in any memes before.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by bookjourney.
The weekly meme,  Is to share what we are reading this week, and what books we plan on reading next.   Also visit 10 other participants blog for a chance to win a prize.

I am almost finished with reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. This was our book club pick for June.

 Then I plan on reading a ARC of Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner, and Skinny by Diana Spechler. What are you reading this week?

Book Review: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
By Gayle Tzemack Lemmon

Gayle Tzemack Lemmon, is a fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2004 she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began to writing about women entreprenerus in conflict and post conflict zones., including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her reporting on entreprenueurs in these countries has been published by the NYT,, and the Daily Beast.

I enjoyed reading Ms. Lemmon's book about Afghani women. It is not just about the Afghani women. It also gives you some back history. For instance, I did not know during the 50's ,it was exceptable to wear European clothing.

In 1992, the Mujadeen took over, your heads had to be covered. The Mujadeen began fighting in the streets, with competing factions. . I learned about the history leading up to 9/11, the Russian occupation.

Before 9/11, I don't know about anywhere else. But, in the U. S, most p…

Book Review: Lipstick in Afghanistan

Lipstick in Afghanistan
By Robeta Gately

Gripped by haunting 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 ever 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 South 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 doctors and local villagers she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming special forces soldier. Then a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing lea…

Butterflys Daughter- Part 2

Butterflys Daughter         
     By Mary Alice Monroe
     Gallery Books

Complimentary copy given to me by Mary Alice Monroe


Butterflys Daughter, takes place in Milwaukee. It is the story of  Luz( means light), Esperanza(star), her Abuela.  Her Abuela is the Butterfly lady, she  teaches the children about the monarch butterflies.

Her Abuela has taught her as a small child mexican folklore and traditions.  But, Luz only wants to be American. Her Abuela has been raising her since she was a little girl, since her mother died.

Luz, works in the local factory trying to make ends meet for herself and her grandmother. Her grandmother told her her mother passed away many years ago. Her father left her when she was born.

 One day out of the blue, her Abuela tells her we should take a trip to Mexico. We need to follow the butterflies to the sanctuaries in Mexico, and to celebrate the El Dia de Muerta. (the day of the dead). She want to se…

Keep the Faith Susan and Abby

I would like to share with my book bloggers and readers, Jewish and non- Jewish readers. You can read the article on CNN. Susan has been a good friend to me when I moved to Myrtle Beach.

She has been tested so many different times in the last few years.  I still remember how happy Susan was anticipating both her two daughters giving birth a few months apart. She was so excited.  Everything was fine. 

 Susan and a few of us went to the movies.  Right before we went in she recieved news that everything was fine. She was leaving to go to California  in the next few days. Susan's husband, Paul a physician came a few days later. As far as they knew everything was fine

When they arrived at the hospital they recieved the devasting news.  The hospital made a terrible mistake.  I am still not sure, why but she gave birth to triplets naturally.   After the birth she hemmorraged in her brain that left her in a coma.

I called Susan, the next day not knowing what happened. I heard screaming…
Our book club discussed Cutting For Stone, for May. Many of our members did not finish the book because it was a bit dauting, more than 600 plus pages. Including myself. Not because it was long, but with our busy lives most of us can read 400 pages, but 600 is long.

My reason, I just finished school a few days before and couldn't start the book. Another member had a problem because of the vocabulary, the writing was too sophistocated for her. There were a couple members that did not like reading about the surgeries, and the medical care. Myself, personally I am going to try and pick up this novel after my other commitments in reading for reviews that have been promised.

If possibly we had the book club broken up in two months maybe it could have worked. Most of the members that started the book did like the story.

The story takes place in Ethiopia during the 1950's. What was discussed was the conditions of living in Ethiopia. The medical care that was giving to women…

Water for Elephants: Movie Review

Water for Elephants: The movie.
I saw the movie, Water for Elephants about a week ago.  I was so looking forward to seeing this movie. I couldn't wait, since I was in love with the book. I loved the character piece, depression era. Not many books have characters in the circus.  Those are the few points that I liked. 

This is the things I was not particularly found of:

Reminded me of the Titanic. It was nice to see Hal Holbrook.  Old movie veteran( great actor). But, I did not like they took the aspect of the circus and talked about the past.  The old man reminicing about the past. Like in the Titanic, it was Old Rose reminicing about her past.

 The main characters were pleasant to look at. But, the characters were so flat, and dull. I felt like it was a waste of two hours of my time. It could have been the anticipation of the movie. Knowing what was going to happen anyway.

Charlie the Ranch Dog: Children's Book Review

Charlie the Ranch Dog
By Dee Drummond

Charlie, is a ranch dog on Ree Drummond's farm. Ree, manages and owns her blog, called Pioneer Woman. If you have never been to the her site you should check it out. Full of her experiences with her cowboy, and her kids, and their farm. She has many recipes to share as well. She has written a cookbook and a memoir. This is her first children's book. It is marvelous.
The picture book is lovely. The illustrations are not too childish. I loved the story of Charlie and Suzy. Charlie makes you think he does all the work. Getting up early in the morning, chasing the cows where they are suppose to be, cattle to round up, sniffing for critters, helping with the garden, etc. But, who do you think really is doing the work? Does Charlie save the day? You will have to read Charlie, the Ranch hand to find o
This is a simple story that I would think all children would love. Especially Charlie and the droopy ears,
I don't have small children in my…