Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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!

This week’s tease is from The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine.

“I dedicate this book to the wonderful people of Butternut Creek with my love and admiration and in the desperate hope that someday Miss Birdie will forgive me my errors.”

What will you tease us with?

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Mailbox Monday

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Happy Mailbox Monday everyone. Yikes, I’m getting a late entry into my MM. Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books and is hosted this May by Martha @ Martha’s Bookshelf. Always nice to find another Martha.

 

Super light week this week. Only the books I ordered from PaperBack Swap.

The Start of Something Big by Sunni Jeffers

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

So, that’s it for me this week, what new came your way?

A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

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(from Goodreads) A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it’s there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey’s strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women’s shared past–and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.

Okay, here’s what I knew before I started reading A Grown Up Kind of Pretty-three generations of Southern women, secrets from the past, beautiful cover. For some reason I got in my head this was going to be a quirky, perhaps light-hearted story. This was so not what this story was, and it was so much better than I expected.

The three generations of Slocumb women worry about what will happen every 15 years. Ginny or Big got pregnant with Liza at 15, Liza got pregnant at 15, so they both are keeping a close eye on Mosey as she nears her 15th year.  That doesn’t stop their world from being turned upside down. And they each struggle to keep their world together.

I really loved each of the Slocumb women. I appreciated Big wasn’t made into a model parent at age 15, sadly Liza suffered and struggled and, of course, became a teen parent herself. Liza is not a perfect parent ether but is really shown as becoming the better parent before being tragedy hit. But what I appreciated the most in this story was Mosey. So often teenagers are wise beyond their years able to put their thoughts and feeling into poetic terms. That wasn’t our Mosey, she was wise and grown up in the way many girls raised in unconventional circumstance are without being precocious. Along with her friends she seemed to be a real kid.

I don’t have much real world experience with what happens when someone has a stroke but the way Jackson wrote Liza and had Liza try to find her way out and still deal with her past just rang so true. It was so moving and honest. I couldn’t help but root and hope for the best for all the Slocumb women.

Where has Joshilyn Jackson been all my life? How did I miss her books? I’m fixing that already. I have Backseat Saints sitting on my shelf and I can’t wait to get to it. And I think I’m off right now to order the rest of her library. Oh, and I just have to say again-the cover is just beautiful.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy @ Bermudaonion weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)

This week’s words come from A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson.

Tractable — “She was tractable now, faded once more to the Liza-less creature the stroke had made her.”

Tractable means capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled.

Gritching — “I could handle a little gritching.

Gritching is a combo of grouchy and *itchy.

Torpid — “But she seemed torpid.”

Torpid means lacking energy or vigor.

What new words did you learn this week?

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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!

This week’s tease comes from A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by the wonderful Joshilyn Jackson.

“My daughter, Liza, put her heart in a silver box and buried it under the willow tree in our backyard. Or as close to under the tree as she could anyway.”

I don’t know why I waited so long to read Joshilyn Jackson’s books. What will you tease us with this week?

 

Mailbox Monday

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Happy Mailbox Monday everyone. This was another busy weekend and I have to give a shout out to my son who took first place in forms in his Karate tournament this weekend.  Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books and is hosted in April by Cindy at Cindy’s Love of Books.

A light physical book week, though I did make out pretty well on my Nook.

In my mailbox:

Blood, Bones, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton from Random House

The Divorce of Henry VIII by Catherine Fletcher from Palgrave MacMillan

And for my Nook from Edelweiss:

My Last Empress by Da Chen

The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrenta

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino

From NetGalley:

John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk

The Maid and the Queen by Nancy Goldstone

And from Barnes & Noble Free Friday:

The Devil’s Cradle by Sylvia Noble

The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham

See what I mean? My Nook got so much heavier last week. What new books came your way last week?

“Waiting on” Wednesday

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“Waiting on” Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine and highlights upcoming books we can’t wait to own.

(From EasyWord)Dorothea Benton Frank takes readers on an emotional journey deep into the heart of her beloved South Carolina Lowcountry. In Porch Lights, she conjures the magic and mystery in the wild shores, misty dunes, gentle salt breezes, and rainbow sunsets of the enchanted Sullivan’s Island, where three generations of a family will discover the indelible power of love. Interweaving unexpected pleasures, stories of swashbuckling pirates and a enigmatic writer named Edgar Allan Poe, with the bonds of family, the heart’s resilience, the thrill of self-discovery, the strength of love, Porch Lights is a wondrous achievement, infused with beauty and charm, from this acclaimed, bestselling writer.

I love Dorothea Benton Frank, Porch Lights is due out June 12, 2012 which is perfect. I think she makes some great summer reading.

What new book are you waiting on?

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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!

This week’s tease comes from One Thousand White Women: The Journal of May Dodd by Jim Fergus.

“I leave this record for my dear children, Hortense and William, in the event that they never see their loving mother again and so that they might one day know the truth of my unjust incarceration, my escape from Hell, and into whatever in to come in these pages……

23 March 1875

Today is my birthday, and I’ve received the greatest gift of all–freedom!”

I’m reading this for my book club and I’m really loving it.

And now a quick word about the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which I attended this past Sunday. I have to say overall I was rather disappointed. It was more like a disorganized street fair with a book theme than an event sponsored by a major newspaper in a major city.

The booths weren’t set up in any noticeable order, for instance, the booths for Sisters in Crime, Ladies of Mystery, and several other mystery booths were placed no where near one another. There was no flow to the set up of the booths, some where here, some were there and you found yourself backtracking in order to see everything.

The Cooking area was a surprise too. You would think in LA there would be dozens of Celebrity Chefs available to demonstrate and have books to sell. But this was a disappointment too. There was only really one cookbook sales area and only a few chef demos. I did get to see Debbie Lee who was one of my favorites (though she didn’t win) on the Next Food Network Star. But there were good food trucks there and my sister and I shared a great Lobster Roll and some delicious Butter Chicken, so that was good.

But the upside was I got to see Florence Henderson, Betty White, and best of all Julie Andrews-who looks fabulous. We saw her in the Target Children’s area, which was the only area that was well done. Oh, and we watched Laura Numeroff, of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie fame.

According to a very reliable source (thanks Ti) when this event was held at UCLA it was a much better event. It’s now at  USC, which is a beautiful campus but they need to reorganize this event.

Well, back to Teaser Tuesday-what are you going to tease with this week?

Oh, and if you haven’t and are interested scroll down or click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of Calico Joe by John Grisham.

Mailbox Monday

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Happy Mailbox Monday everyone. This is going to be a short post because I stayed late at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (more on that on Tuesday) and I’m so tired I can’t even post pictures. I did get some good books though. Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books and is hosted in April by Cindy at Cindy’s Love of Books.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver from Book Club Girl
The Bay of Foxes by Sheila Kohler from Penguin
Cottonwood Summer ’45 by Gary Slaughter from JKS Communications
The Innocents by Francesca Segal from Hyperion – I actually got two copies of this one so stay tuned for a giveaway soon.

Speaking of giveaway scroll down or click here for a review and a chance to win a copy of John Girsham’s Calico Joe.

What new books did you get last week?