#165 ~ The Blue Notebook

The Blue Notebook by James Levine The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a 9-year-old girl who is sold by her family into prostitution in Mumbai.  We meet Batuk as a more experienced prostitute, living in what she calls a nest. It is from there that she lures her clients, makes “sweet cakes” with […]

Thursday’s Thoughts ~ Early Childhood Memories

What are your earliest childhood memories?  How old were you at the time? Why do you think those memories are what stayed?  How are those memories important to you? This week is my question and I’m so excited!  I am always curious to hear about other people’s earliest childhood memories.  If you are too, here’s […]

#36 ~ A Spot of Bother

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon As I was reading this, book I kept wondering to myself why it is that I don’t care for British comedies in film. A British comedy in writing just cracks me up. While I’m sure that I miss many things simply from not being British, a cussing Brit […]

#20 ~ The Mistress’s Daughter

The Mistress’s Daughter by A.M. Homes After reading a review of this book, I was eager to read it. It is the story of A.M. (Amy) Homes, an author and an adopted child. This memoir explores her experiences as she learns that her biological mother would like to contact her and her journey through reunion. As […]

#16 ~ The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls, her brother, and her two sisters grew up with an alcoholic father and a mother who resented any part of the responsibility that goes hand in hand with parenting. Her memoir is a beautiful testiment to the resilience of the human heart and soul. As depressing as […]

#13 ~ Middlesex

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides You are in for an interesting ride if you choose to read this book. It is written from the point of view of a hermaphrodite of Greek ancestry who was raised as a female until the age of 14, when his condition was finally discovered. In order to make sense of […]

#07 ~ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon This book is incredible. It is the story of a high functioning autistic teenage boy who decides to write a book about his attempt to detect who really killed his neighbor’s dog. The entire book was written from Christopher’s perspective. His narration is […]

#02 ~ Blood Orange

Blood Orange by Drusilla Campbell Blood Orange takes place in San Diego, CA and is the story of how a middle-class couple deals with the abduction of their young daughter, Bailey. Bailey was born with some mental deficiencies that are manifested through late development and learning disabilities. Dana is her stay-at-home mother. She is bored […]