Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Must-Read List (November '10)

Cleopatra: A Life, Stacey Schiff-People are saying this is the best biography on the Egyptian Queen.
(Little, Brown and Company)

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, Heidi W. Durrow
(Algonquin Books)

Safe From the Sea, Peter Geye
(Unbridled Books)

Keith Richards: Life-Yes! Browsed this in the book store. Getting it.
(Little, Brown and Company)

Catherine of Aragon: Henry's Spanish Queen, Giles Trimlett-
(Walker & Company)

Some sort of copy of Arabian Nights. I've never read it, amazingly :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lit Mags & Other Stuff I'm Reading (November '10)

Brain, Child Fall '10. I'm having issues with the debate section. They pose the question: Should a parent who shares custody be allowed to move out of the area? i say YES!

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me:
40 new Fairy Tales-Loving this book!! Great title, great stories. What I like about this book: the stories are short, incremental, thus the ability to put the book down for an extended period of time w/out losing your place or forgetting what the hell is going on. Plus, it's just good.

Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger-I finished this a few weeks ago.Very creepy. Especially towards the end. I think what really bothered me about it is you never really know the characters in the book. Not knowing the characters could actually work in some instances. However, for the size of the book (almost 400 pages), you'd think we'd get more character background/history.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NEW POSTS at All Things Mothering & Imperfect Parent

 From All Things Mothering:

Mama Writes: In Praise of Women Inventors
Sometimes it seems as if we, as women, have not come far at all, and at times, even fall a step or two backwards. Granted, we are not torturing ourselves wearing whale bone corsets as a ‘necessary’ item of clothing, nor are we struggling for our right to vote (that only took 200 years). But, we are still underpaid in the work force; we are still struggling, as mothers, as women to adequately support our families, and ourselves. We are still struggling to balance work with family.
But organizations like MomsRising and websites like MOMocrats have been a platform to raise our voices and be heard on subjects like fair pay, maternity/family leave and healthcare.
These women inventors have paved the way for so many of us today. They deserve to be praised everyday, not just on Mother’s Day or Women’s History Month.

Why Sex Ed is Needed in Schools

It actually sounds like a joke, but according to a study conducted in England,

More than 20% of 18 to 25-year-olds questioned thought a pregnancy lasted a year, 10% believed eating red meat influenced the sex of a baby and half expected a baby to walk and talk within its first year.....

Monday, November 08, 2010

The New Cleopatra Book

Everybody's talking about it-Cleopatra: A life, by Stacy Schiff.  I think it may be on everyone's to-read list. It has definitely landed on mine!
Gorgeous cover, excellent reviews, beautiful picture of Cleopatra in the NYT review (see below).

Review in New York Times Sunday Book Review

Stacy Schiff's blog

Friday, November 05, 2010

Leaving Mamazina Magazine

Well. As of yesterday, I am no longer columnist/contributing writer at Mamazina Magazine. It was a difficult decision, but it is time to move on completely. It was great working with everyone.

Monday, November 01, 2010

NEW POST at All Things Mothering (Mothering.com)

The "New Traditional" Spanish Rice

Spanish rice holds a lot of memories from my childhood. It was a staple at family gatherings, along with the deliciously greasy chorizo sausage. It was a dish my full-blooded Spanish grandmother and great-grandmother made and had many variants. Sometimes it would just be chicken breasts with saffron rice, sometimes chorizo was added, but no matter how it was made, it was always delicious......

Click Here to Read More! 
(Includes a recipe!)