Book Talk: *Shanghai Girls,* by Lisa See (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *Shanghai Girls,* by Lisa See (TLC Book Tour)

Disclosure: This review is posted as part of a blog tour arranged by TLC Book Tours to promote the publication of the paperback edition of Shanghai Girls (February 2, 2010). However, I had purchased this novel as an e-book to read on my Amazon Kindle prior to joining the tour, and therefore I did not receive a review copy from the publisher. *Purchasing links in this review go through my Amazon Associates account. Shanghai Girls: […]

Book talk: “When She Flew,” by Jennie Shortridge (TLC Book Tour)

Book talk: “When She Flew,” by Jennie Shortridge (TLC Book Tour)

Disclosures: Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the author for providing me with a signed copy of this book for review. *The purchasing link at the end of this review goes through my Amazon Associates account.   When She Flew Jennie Shortridge NAL Trade (2009), Paperback (ISBN 0451227980 / 9780451227980) Fiction, 352 pages Opening Lines: “The baby clothes drew Jess first, even though her grandson was now turning three. She couldn’t walk past […]

Book Talk: “The Longest Trip Home,” by John Grogan (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: “The Longest Trip Home,” by John Grogan (TLC Book Tour)

Disclosures: I received this book for review from the publisher via TLC Book Tours; no additional compensation was offered to me, or accepted by me. *The purchasing link at the end of this review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir John Grogan (blog) Harper (2009), Paperback (ISBN 0061713309 / 9780061713309) Nonfiction/memoir, 352 pages Opening Lines: “The call came on a school night in the autumn of 2002. Jenny was […]

Book talk: “Goldengrove,” by Francine Prose – TLC Book Tour

Book talk: “Goldengrove,” by Francine Prose – TLC Book Tour

Disclosures: I was provided with a paperback copy of this novel for review by the publisher, via TLC Book Tours.  *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. Goldengrove: A Novel Francine Prose Harper Perennial, 2009 (Paperback) (ISBN 0060560029 / 9780060560027) Fiction, 288 pages First sentence: “We lived on the shore of Mirror Lake, and for many years our lives were as calm and transparent as its waters. […]

Tuesday Book Talk: “The Weight of Silence,” by Heather Gudenkauf (TLC Book Tour)

Tuesday Book Talk: “The Weight of Silence,” by Heather Gudenkauf (TLC Book Tour)

This review is based on an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the publisher via Trish at TLC Book Tours. I received no other compensation. The book is currently available in stores.  The Weight of Silence: A Novel Heather Gudenkauf Mira Books, 2009 (paperback original) (ISBN 077832740X / 9780778327400) Fiction, 384 pages (Visit the book’s website and click “preview the book” to see the first 19 pages.) First sentence: “Louis and I see you nearly […]

TLC Book Tour Book Talk: “Wife of the Gods,” by Kwei Quartey

TLC Book Tour Book Talk: “Wife of the Gods,” by Kwei Quartey

I was provided with a copy of this book to review courtesy of TLC Book Tours; I received no other compensation. Wife of the Gods: A Novel Kwei Quartey Random House, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 1400067596 / 9781400067596) Fiction, 336 pages First sentence: “The forest was black and Darko was afraid to enter.” Teaser: “Mama must have enjoyed her visit tremendously, because three months later she went back to Ketanu. Six days passed, eight, and then […]

An author comes home – and meets the book bloggers!

An author comes home – and meets the book bloggers!

Although he lives in New York City now, author David Ebershoff grew up in Pasadena, California, and every one of his novels has some connection to his hometown. Even his most recent book, The 19th Wife, which is primarily set in southern Utah, started out there; a critical character enters the story via a scene in the Pasadena Public Library. The 19th Wife is just out in paperback, and the author is making an old-fashioned […]

Monday Book Talk: “The 19th Wife,” by David Ebershoff – TLC Book Tour AND GIVEAWAY

Monday Book Talk: “The 19th Wife,” by David Ebershoff – TLC Book Tour AND GIVEAWAY

This review is part of a virtual blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours in connection with the paperback release of The 19th Wife. Thanks to Lisa of TLC for arranging for me to obtain a copy of the novel (in hardcover) for review. Author David Ebershoff is also on a “real” book tour to promote the paperback release. He will be in the Los Angeles area on Monday, June 22, reading and signing books […]

Blog Tour Book Talk: “A Jolly Good Fellow,” by Stephen V. Masse

Blog Tour Book Talk: “A Jolly Good Fellow,” by Stephen V. Masse

Thanks to Tracee Gleichner at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the opportunity to read and review this book! A Jolly Good Fellow Stephen V. Masse Good Harbor Press, 2007 (paperback) (ISBN 097996380X / 9780979963803) Fiction, 220 pages First sentence: He’s out there hitchhiking. Book description: Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives […]

TLC Book Tours Book Talk: “Keeping Kids Out of the Middle”

TLC Book Tours Book Talk: “Keeping Kids Out of the Middle”

Thanks to Lisa Munley of TLC Book Tours for offering me the chance to read and review this book! Keeping Kids Out of the Middle: Child-Centered Parenting in the Midst of Confiict, Separation, and Divorce Benjamin Garber, Ph.D HCI Publications, 2008 (ISBN 0757307116 / 978-0757307119) Nonfiction: Health/Relationships, 292 pages Book description (via TLC Book Tours website – summarized): When co-parents conflict, their kids get caught in the middle. They become “adultified,” infantilized, and alienated. They’re […]

TLC Book Tour Book Talk: “Somebody Else’s Daughter,” by Elizabeth Brundage

TLC Book Tour Book Talk: “Somebody Else’s Daughter,” by Elizabeth Brundage

(Disclaimer: Thanks to Trish Collins of TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book, and to the author for providing a signed copy!) Somebody Else’s Daughter Elizabeth Brundage Viking, 2008 (Hardcover) (ISBN 0670019003 / 9780670019007) Fiction, 352 pages First Sentence: We left San Francisco that morning even though your mother was sick. (Read an excerpt from the book’s prologue.) Book Description (summary): In the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts a group of […]

Book talk/Blog Tour: “Only Child”

Book talk/Blog Tour: “Only Child”

(Advisory note: I was offered the opportunity to review this book by MotherTalk, which arranged for me to receive a promotional copy; I received no other compensation.) Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up SoloDeborah Siegel and Daphne Uviller, editors and contributorsThree Rivers Press, paperback, 2008 (ISBN 0307238075 / 9780307238078)Nonfiction anthology/memoir, 272 pages First sentence (from the Introduction): What’s it like being an only child? Book Description: In this […]

Book talk/Blog Tour: “The Ten Year Nap”

Book talk/Blog Tour: “The Ten Year Nap”

*We interrupt our regularly-scheduled blog programming for a Tuesday book review; this week’s version of Ten on Tuesday will appear on Thursday.* (Advisory note: I was offered the opportunity to review this book by MotherTalk, which arranged for me to receive a promotional copy; I received no other compensation.) The Ten-Year NapMeg WolitzerRiverhead Books, 2008 (ISBN 1594489785 / 9781594489785)Fiction, 368 pages First Sentence: All around the country, the women were waking up. Book Description: For […]

MotherTalk Blog Tour Book Review: “Interred With Their Bones”

MotherTalk Blog Tour Book Review: “Interred With Their Bones”

Interred With Their BonesJennifer Lee CarrellThe question of “Who wrote all those Shakespeare plays?” has circulated for at least a couple of centuries. I vaguely recall doing a research paper on the topic back in college, well over 20 years ago. It arises because of a belief that what’s known about the person of William Shakespeare – which isn’t very much, other than a fairly humble background and a career as an actor – doesn’t […]

Just finished: “Lost and Found”

Just finished: “Lost and Found”

reviewed for the Mother-talk.com Blog Tour(due to be posted on Wednesday 7/18, but I’m done early!) Lost and FoundCarolyn Parkhurst (author’s website) Lost and Found revolves around a reality TV show of the same name that features a dozen teams competing in a worldwide scavenger hunt with a million-dollar prize. Like The Amazing Race (TAR), each of the teams is made up of two people with a pre-existing relationship. The book starts about halfway through […]