Archive | April, 2013

July Book Club Poll

21 Apr

Dear Lucy

 I go down the stairs quiet like I am something without any weight. I open the door in the dark and the cold sucks my skin towards it. It is the morning but there is no sun yet, just white light around the edges. It is the time to get the eggs. Time for my best thing. The eggs they shine with their white and I do not need the light to find them. images (1)The foxes need no light either. I am a little like the fox, he is a little like me.

Lucy is a young woman with an uncommon voice and an unusual way of looking at the world. She doesn’t understand why her mother has sent her to live with old Mister and Missus on their farm, but she knows she must never leave or her mother won’t be able to find her again.

Also living at the farm is a pregnant teenager named Samantha who tells conflicting stories about her past and quickly becomes Lucy’s only friend. When Samantha gives birth and her baby disappears, Lucy arms herself with Samantha’s diary—as well as a pet chicken named Jennifer—and embarks on a dangerous and exhilarating journey to reunite mother and child. With Dear Lucy, Julie Sarkissian has created an unforgettable new heroine of contemporary fiction whose original voice, exuberance, and bravery linger long after the final page.

The End of Your Life Book Club: 

imagesMary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she’s reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room. Their choices range from classic (Howards End) to popular (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), from fantastic (The Hobbit) to spiritual (Jon Kabat-Zinn), with many in between. We hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions.

Where We Belong: 

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six-year-old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and picture-perfect relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that

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ght she had locked away forever.

From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s meticulously constructed world will be shaken to its core, resurrecting

As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that wherememories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her. For the precocious and headstrong Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood,

forcing her to reevaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light.

we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves. A place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.


New York, New York

14 Apr

I was just in New York this past week – I met some of the wonderful women from the New York Girly Book Club and we held an author event with Charles Dubow, who recently published his first novel Indiscretion. A very talented man – who fortunately for me, and more for him wrote a very gripping novel about a family separated by deceit and betrayal. His book was recently chosen by Oprah as a “Must Read” for February, which I am sure hasn’t hurt sales.

indiscretionIt was really great to get behind the story and find out the answers to some of our most pressing questions – such as why the switch ending? What really happened to Harry? Was this what Walter actually wanted? His take on Claire was also very interesting. Was he himself a pilot? How much was based on real life? Was it a difficult transition going from a journalist (for and Business Week) to a fiction writer? All answered.

One of the most interesting subjects he spoke to was how he had a special place in his mind – a place that he grew up and loved and he build the story around that place as oppose to choosing a place to fit the narrative.

Charles next book is already written – stay tuned, it’s likely to be another page turner.

Easter – Books – Bits & Bats

1 Apr

Happy Holidays! I hope, wherever you are – the Easter bunny found you. He found me – several times and as a result I am most certainly a heavier version of myself than I was 4 days ago.  I spent the lovely 4 day holiday (that the UK government affords us each year at Easter) in London, mostly only a couple km radius from my flat. Catching up …

Easter EggCatching up on .. reading, sleep, cleaning, sorting, exercising, work, shopping, movies and of course friends.

If you’re based in a worldwide hub like London, it’s almost painful to turn down the opportunity to jet off someplace warm at Easter – to take advantage of the holiday and go a little further afield than you could for a weekend. But I travel a lot for work – so I didn’t want to do anything besides bunker down at home and accomplish some things that have been on the do-to list for way too long.

I hope, if you didn’t jet off for some long overdue sun that you spent the time with family and friends – and to our Global friends – move to the UK – you get 4 days off a Easter 🙂

Side Note: I finished the book for an Author Event I’ll be attending in New York next week, GREAT BOOK. Indiscretion by Charles Dubow, it had me guessing at every turn – I recommend it.