[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: The Bell Jar

I’ve been lying for the last ten years or so – however long those quizzes have been making their way around the internet that ask you “How many of the top 100 books have you read?” Because on every one, I’ve been saying that I had read The Bell Jar. I was sure that during that phase of my college life I had read Sylvia Plath’s infamous semi-memoir from the 60′s. However, another book I was reading earlier this year that went into detail about Plath’s novel made me realize …

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[1 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Love :: Herb Garden Markers

For most of my life, I’ve wanted to have a respectable herb garden, and I think I’ve finally arrived. My love for herbs started one summer in grade school when I took a summer enrichment class on herbs and all the things you could do with them. At that point, the utilization centered around drying, adding oils and creating potpourri. But now, I love to cook with herbs. I flavor my water with them. I love to just run my hand through their lush greenness and take in the invigorating scents. Yes, I …

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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
For Book Clubs :: SOC Sista Long List

Last night the SOC Sistas gathered for their annual book pitching event (described here). Below is the complete list of nominations. These will go into a survey where each person will select the 10 they want to read. The 10 books with the most votes will make our 2014/15 list.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Bringing up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
The Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Emma by Jane Austin
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Good Lord Bird by James …

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: We Are Water

Wally Lamb’s We Are Water is the fourth of his novels that I’ve read, and while I’d put it third behind The Hour I First Believed and I Know this Much is True, let me be clear – an average Wally Lamb is still better than about 75 percent of what I read.
We Are Water is the story of Annie Oh  – but also her husband, Orion. Annie is an artist  who has decided to leave Orion after 27 years of marriage because she’s in love with her female publicist, …

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[14 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
For Book Clubs :: Making Your Book Selections

How does your book club pick its next book?
Until last year, we were one of those clubs that – most of the time – selected books month to month. If we were really on the ball or if several members had received recommendations at the same time, we might pick two or three at a time. But we went through a period where we were really struggling, we ended up reading several really bad books in a row, and we all began to be afraid to make a suggestion or …

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[5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: The Book of Marie

He calls it his most important work. The Book of Marie by Terry Kay is an epistolary novel that spans fifty years of Cole Bishop’s life. Sparked by an invitation to his fiftieth high school reunion, Cole is thrust into memories of the girl, Marie who moved into his small North Georgia town his senior year – 1955.
Arriving from the “progressive” area of DC, Marie stirs things up in Overton, first by teaching the four small black children of their house maid and then by delivering a valedictorian speech that …