Saturday, June 30, 2007

What I'm Reading Right Now

(Or will be soon) A Partial List-

Packaging Girlhood, Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketer's Schemes
Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown, MD

This looks interesting.
Girls are besieged by images in the media that encourage them to pursue accessories over academics; sex appeal over sports; fashion over friendship.

Indeed, the concept of 'tweens' is really disgusting, not to mention padded bras for 6 year olds.
This is a library book, and only a 2-week-er (as in check out for only two weeks at the library), so I will probably end up buying this book somewhere.
Looking forward to reading this.

Ariadne's Thread
Edited by Lyn Lyfshin

Always wanted to read this, but never got around to it. Excerpts from contemporary women's journals, including Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Marge Piercy and Maxine Kumin. I now own it, so I can take my sweet time with it.

Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles
Margaret George

Sometimes I get in the mood for one of these. I read a novel about Elizabeth 1 that was set up like a biography but read as fiction. It was great. Recommend that one too.

Good In Bed, Jennifer Weiner

Haven't read anything of hers all the way through yet. Going to give this one a try.

**I wanted to add Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer. I saw the movie and, of course, was absolutely stunned. Have read the first few pages of the book today (7/2) and- language! Misnomers! God, it's great.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Perfect Summer Snack

You know, I LOVE Triscuit crackers (the original), even though they're made by Kraft. I loved them even before Rachel Ray got her hands on them and started making claims between weight loss and the cracker. Such a perfect summer snack with a little calamata olive hummus (Yum!), or as it says on the top of the box-Kraft cheese.

Hey, of course they would say Kraft Cheese! The crackers are made by Kraft.

I beg to differ on this....Cabot cheese is soooo much better.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Hey, What Do You Know......

Awhile back, as in June of last year, I posted this knowing I'd finish at least one of the books within a year. I surprised myself and finished two as well as delving half way into another. Woo! What an accomplishment.
These days, I rarely have time to actually sit down and read a book all the way through. Not unless you count Miss Spider's Tea Party, The Cat In The Hat and the entire Madeline series.

Let me tell you, I would recommend ALL of those books. I actually read Wicked a while back, when I still had all my brain cells functioning at a high level. A great intricate story about a legendary literary character. Have not read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister yet. It remains on the list.

Mozart's Women-go out and buy this if you are a Mozart fan. Even if you aren't, at least get it from the library. It was a breeze to read for a biography and fascinating, a hard thing to come by in that category. Think you know everything about the man? Read this book...rare insights, more information on his sister, known as Nannerl, than I have ever come across. Highly recommended!

Hot and Bothered-I devoured this in ONE NIGHT. For real. Just about any woman can relate to the main character. I love how it was written too-very much like life-short bursts of activity richocheting off the drama of life. And, of course, the actual language of the book caught my eye...

The vivenne eliot book....I only got halfway into this one. And am still there. I will admit, this is a heavy book to read, both in language and content; alot of background information. Still, I recommend it. She was such a facinating woman and we (and the literary world) hardly know anything of her. A tragic yet amazing figure.

So, that's a little update on an old post having to do with some excellent books. And, you get some great recommendations....

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

MIA and MotherVerse

So, I've been MIA for awhile. Been busy, you know.

I got my copy of MotherVerse #6 in the mail a few weeks ago. I just have to say, what a fantastic magazine! Great stuff....Intelligent writing...well layed out...just overall excellent. So glad to be a part of it!

Check it out-

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