Book Talk at BlogHer.com: *Girl in Translation*, by Jean Kwok

Book Talk at BlogHer.com: *Girl in Translation*, by Jean Kwok

In the early 1900s, my mother’s family made a journey from the south of Italy to New York City. They found work in the factories and homes in the tenements, and many of them never ventured much further after that. Most of the women – my great-aunts – went to work in the factories of the city’s garment district, where they spent their adult lives producing clothing. Decades later, Kimberly Chang and her mother made […]

Book Talk: *Faith*, by Jennifer Haigh (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *Faith*, by Jennifer Haigh (TLC Book Tour)

Faith: A Novel Jennifer Haigh Harper (May 2011), Hardcover (ISBN 0060755806 / 9780060755805) Fiction, 304 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via TLC Book Tours Reason for reading: Blog tour, personal interest (known author) Opening lines*: “Here is a story my mother has never told me. “It is a day she’s relived a thousand times, the 21st of June, 1951, the longest day of that or any year. A day that still hasn’t ended, as some […]

The mighty Mississippi swallows Memphis in May

The mighty Mississippi swallows Memphis in May

The Hernando De Soto Bridge (I-40 between Memphis TN and West Memphis AR) Image via Wikipedia This is the time of year when I get most nostalgic for the city where my son grew up, and which I still think of as my hometown, although it’s been four years since my last visit. May is usually a fine time to be in Memphis, but this year there’s something besides the Beale Street Music Festival and […]

Mother’s Day without Mother? Meh.

Mother’s Day without Mother? Meh.

Image via Wikipedia This post was originally published on the now-defunct Los Angeles Moms Blog in May 2010, and has been lightly re-edited for posting here. I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day. It was pretty much an ordinary Sunday for me. Due to certain oddities of the calendar and the custody schedule, it seems that more often than not, my husband’s kids have been with him on Father’s Day…and on Mother’s Day. I […]

Sunday Salon: Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday Salon: Happy Mother’s Day!

For those of you celebrating, best wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day! I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the holiday tomorrow, but there are no particular plans for it around here. My gift to myself will be a clean house, which I’ll finish working on this morning; then we’re off to the movies to see Thor (the dad’s pick, to be honest, but I’ve been warming up to it – and it’s based on a […]

Week-End Review: Links and such, such as they are…

Week-End Review: Links and such, such as they are…

I know, I haven’t been around much lately, and my posting may continue to be erratic for the rest of May. The audit at work is winding down (yay!) and I’m done with physical therapy (also yay!), but I’ve got several reading-and-reviewing assignment deadlines coming up soon, and a couple of BEAs – actual and Armchair – to prepare for, so blogging time remains at a premium. That applies to my blog-reading as well as […]

Book Talk: *Planting Dandelions*, by Kyran Pittman

Book Talk: *Planting Dandelions*, by Kyran Pittman

Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life Kyran Pittman (blog) Riverhead (2011), Hardcover (ISBN 1594488002 / 9781594488009) Nonfiction/memoir, 256 pages Source: ARC from publisher (pub date April 2011) Reason for reading: review, personal interest, Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge Opening lines (from the Introduction)*: “I jumped the white picket fence. Not in the way the story usually begins, with the hero breaking out, busting loose, setting off across the wild world in search of her […]

Keeping the world safe for nerd culture

Keeping the world safe for nerd culture

Surprisingly normal-looking, aren’t they? Folks waiting for the doors to open at the Anaheim Comic Con, 4/30/2011 The physical-therapy practice I went to following my shoulder surgery, like many others in that business, also has a lot of sports-medicine patients, and there’s a definite athletic vibe about the place, particularly from the folks who work there. Most of them are young, male, and keep the TV constantly tuned to SportsCenter or one game or another. […]

Monday Moments: From ridiculous to sublime on Saturday

Monday Moments: From ridiculous to sublime on Saturday

Saturday was a busy day for Tall Paul and me. We started early with a drive to Orange County to spend some time at the Wizard World Comic Con in Anaheim. I didn’t find it quite as much fun as last year’s; it wasn’t my first time, the programming was a bit different…and now I have San Diego Comic-Con to compare it with. It wasn’t the best trade for the Los Angeles Times Festival of […]