Friday, September 30, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Blast: They Were Like Family To Me (GIVEAWAY!!)

They Were Like Family to MeAbout They Were Like Family to Me: Stories


  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (October 4, 2016)

“An absolutely dazzling triumph…A singularly inventive collection” (Jewish Book Council) of linked stories set in a German-occupied town in Poland during World War II, where tales of myth and folklore meet the real-like monsters of the Nazi invasion.
1942. With the Nazi Party at the height of its monstrous power, Hitler’s SS fires up the new crematorium at Auschwitz and the occupying army empties Poland’s towns and cities of their Jewish citizens. As neighbor turns on neighbor and survival depends on unthinkable choices, Poland has become a moral quagmire, a place of shifting truths and blinding ambiguities.
“Filled with rich attention to the details of flora and fauna and insightful descriptions of the nuances of rural and small-town life” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Helen Maryles Shankman shows us the people of Wlodawa, a remote Polish town at a crossroads: we meet an SS officer dedicated to rescuing the creator of his son’s favorite picture book; a Messiah who announces that he is quitting; a Jewish girl who is hidden by an outspoken anti-Semite—and his talking dog. And walking among these tales are the enigmatic Willy Reinhart, Commandant of the forced labor camp who has grand schemes to protect “his” Jews, and Soroka, the Jewish saddlemaker and his family, struggling to survive.
“Moving and unsettling…Like Joyce’s Dubliners, this book circles the same streets and encounters the same people as it depicts the horrors of Germany’s invasion of Poland through the microcosm of one village….A deeply humane demonstration of wringing art from catastrophe” (Kirkus Reviews), They Were Like Family to Me (originally called In the Land of Armadillos) is a testament to the persistence of humanity in the most inhuman conditions.
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About Helen Maryles Shankman

helen_maryles_shankman_hi-resHelen Maryles Shankman’s stories have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She was a finalist in Narrative Magazine’s Story Contest and earned an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers competition. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewGargoyleCream City Review2 Bridges ReviewGrift, Jewishfiction.net, and other publications. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Color of Light and the story collection They Were Like Family to Me. She lives in New Jersey, with her husband and four children.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TLC Book Tours: The Things We WIsh Were True

The Things We Wish Were TrueAbout The Things We Wish Were True

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 1, 2016)
In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations.
From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.
Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.
During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?

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 Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I read it on a train trip and couldn't put it down, as it read really quickly due to the excellent writing style and short chapters. It was easy to keep reading because the next chapter was short! In addition, each chapter switched perspectives, so it was hard to put down because you wanted to know what happened next to that character! 

There was no one character I liked more than the other, and at first I found it hard to keep the characters straight, but once I got further into the book that became easier. I definitely recommend this book for a relaxing, light summer read!

About Marybeth Mayhem Whalen

61Od2bDy5GL._UX250_Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of five previous novels and speaks to women’s groups around the United States. She is the cofounder of the popular women’s fiction site She Reads and is active in a local writers’ group. Marybeth and her husband, Curt, have been married for twenty-four years and are the parents of six children, ranging from young adult to elementary age. The family lives in North Carolina. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She is always at work on her next novel.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Loved this one--5 stars!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Top Tenn ALL TIME Favorite Women's Fiction Books

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Theme:

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books of X Genere

I chose Women's Fiction/Chick Lit--can't resist a good chick lit book!

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Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)

Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)

 
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Monday, September 12, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

TLC Book Tours: The Goodbye Year

The Goodbye YearAbout The Goodbye Year 

Paperback: 312 pages 

Publisher: SparkPress (May 3, 2016)

Melanie, a perfectionist mom who views the approaching end of parenting as a type of death, can’t believe she has only one more year to live vicariously through her slacker senior son, Dane. Gorgeous mom Sarah has just begun to realize that her only daughter, Ashley, has been serving as a stand-in for her traveling husband, and the thought of her daughter leaving for college is cracking the carefully cultivated façade of her life. Will and his wife are fine-as long as he follows the instructions on the family calendar and is sure to keep secret his whole other life with Lauren, the woman he turns to for fun (and who also happens to have a daughter in the senior class).
Told from the points of view of both the parents and the kids, The Goodbye Year explores high school peer pressure, what it’s like for young people to face the unknown of life after high school, and how a transition that should be the beginning of a couple’s second act together-empty nesting-might possibly be the end.


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  What excited me about this book was that it focused on a population I work with every day in my day job--students going through the college search process. I loved the premise of the book and that it was told from different perspectives. That being said, I had a hard time keeping everyone straight in the beginning. There is a "cast list" at the beginning that listed all the characters and their families, but reading it on a kindle made it difficult to go back and forth. I definitely recommend reading the physical book for this reason!

 Rouda does an excellent job of portraying her characters in each chapter.  It was definitely an entertaining read, but was hard to relate to at times for me because it was almost too much drama...felt like a "reality" show! Still an excellent summer read that keeps you turning the pages! 

About Kaira Rouda

61OkLirotpL._UX250_Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction that sparkles with humor and heart including HERE, HOME, HOPE and IN THE MIRROR. Her latest novel, THE GOODBYE YEAR, will be released in May of 2016. Her modern romance novels are set on beaches, including the Laguna Beach series, the Indigo Island series and coming soon, the Malibu series.
She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. After living in Columbus, Ohio, for most of her life, she now enjoys the beach whenever possible.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

TLC Book Tours: Do Your Om Thing

About Do Your Om Thing

Do Your Om Thing coverPaperback: 288 pages • Publisher: Harper Wave (September 6, 2016) Sometimes an hour-long yoga class is the only chance we get to connect meaningfully with our bodies and our minds during an otherwise hectic week. For a brief moment we’re able to let our worries melt away and feel relaxed, centered, and fully ourselves. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to bring that experience out of the yoga studio and into your everyday life? In Do Your Om Thing, master yoga teacher and creator of the popular blog OmGal.com Rebecca Pacheco shows us how to do just that. The true practice of yoga, she says, goes deeper than achieving the perfect headstand—it is about bringing awareness and intention to every part of our lives. In her warm, personal, and often hilarious prose, Rebecca translates yogic philosophy for its twenty-first-century devotees, making ancient principles feel accessible, relatable, and genuinely rooted in the world in which we live today. 
 
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Wow! What an excellent book! As someone who is relatively new to yoga and completely fallen in love with it, this book was so beneficial and helpful for me! I love how the author told her story of her yoga journey, and explained yoga beyond just the asanas (poses). I especially loved the section on chakras. If you follow me on Instagram, you see that I frequently participate in yoga challenges, where there is a pose each day that you post a picture of. The one I'm participating in now is all about aligning your chakras, and this book came at the perfect time for that! I love the holistic approach the author takes to yoga--there are so many physical, mental and spiritual benefits to yoga and she really helps you to understand that. I also liked the sections about meditation--something new to me as well.

If you are thinking of giving yoga a try or new to yoga like me, I highly recommend this book! It's well written, easy to follow, and entertaining!  I feel like this is a book I will have to go back and re-read parts of, as there is just so much good stuff in this book!

About Rebecca Pacheco

Rebecca Pacheco is an acclaimed yoga teacher, writer, speaker, and creator of the popular yoga blog OmGal.com. She has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades and began teaching while studying English Literature at the University of Richmond. Previously a master teacher at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, Rebecca now offers her signature Om Athlete and creative Vinyasa yoga classes. A longtime runner and Boston Marathon finisher, she is also the resident yoga expert for Runner's Worldmagazine. In addition to teaching internationally, Rebecca has had the honor of leading the first-ever yoga class on the field at Fenway Park. She lives in Boston with her fiancé, Dan Fitzgerald. Find out more about Rebecca at her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Monday, September 5, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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What are you reading this week? Happy Labor Day!