Book Review: Red Joan

Posted by: on May 31, 2013 | No Comments
Red JoanAuthor: Jennie RooniePublished: May 2013, Doubleday CanadaPublisher Synopsis:Joan’s voice is almost a whisper. ‘Nobody talked about what they did during the war. We all knew we weren’t allowed to.’Joan Stanley has a secret.  For fifty years she has been a loving mother, a doting grandmother and an occasional visitor to ballroom dancing and watercolour classes. Then one sunlit spring morning there is a knock on the door.My Review:Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher Read more [...]
Adventures in Moving

Adventures in Moving

Posted by: on May 28, 2013 | 3 Comments
I haven't been as active in my writing as I would like to be lately because there is just so much going on with the Kujos these days. My Little Miss is starting at a new "play school" soon (she's going to be 18 months old! Tear...), we are closing on our new house this week, this mama is on the hunt for new job opportunities, and that's aside from the ever-changing day-to-day craziness! Oh yeah- and packing! Yikes! Almost ours!!! As our adventures continue, I promise to keep Read more [...]
Book Review: Looking for Me

Book Review: Looking for Me

Posted by: on May 21, 2013 | One Comment
Looking for Me Author: Beth Hoffman Published: May 2013, Pamela Dorman Books PUBLISHER SYNOPSIS: Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel,Looking for Me.Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side Read more [...]
Book Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Book Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Posted by: on May 9, 2013 | 2 Comments
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Author: Beth Hoffman Published: Penguin, 2010 Publisher Synopsis: Twelve-year-old CeeCee is in trouble. For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille— the crown-wearing, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. Though it’s 1967 and they live in Ohio, Camille believes it’s 1951 and she’s just been crowned the Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia. The day CeeCee discovers Camille in the front yard wearing a tattered prom Read more [...]
Books Are Our Friends

Books Are Our Friends

Posted by: on May 9, 2013 | One Comment
One of the first lessons I remember learning from my mom is that "books are our friends". At the time, I'm sure she was making reference to some destructive behaviour being exacted on the poor paper pages or delicate binding of some of my earliest collections (As in: "Jordana, books are our friends and we do not hurt our friends."). However, throughout my childhood, it mean so much more. I guess at some point very early on, I took that statement to heart. Books really did become my friends. Throughout Read more [...]