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Friday, June 27, 2008

The Wednesday Sisters eBook edition

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Clayton is as close to a perfect beach read as you can get. 

It is a rare book that has one smart, engaging and has a well rounded and believable woman character.  Never mind five of them!  This is the story of five women living conventional lives in unconventional times.  

From a purely technical point of view, Clayton has pulled off an impressive feat.  She manages to make each one of these five women real and full character who all get equal time and equal voice.

The story starts with the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and traces these women's lives through roughly 10 years.  Those ten years include the Apollo space flights and burning bras; peace marches and Miss America contests, the birth of modern Silicon Valley and the first New York Marathon. 

The story is about women and friendship.  As the world around them changes these women are busy building relationships with each other and with books. 

In a broad sense It is about family.  The ones we come from and the ones we create.  It is about the frailty and fortitude.  It is about awaking, change and growth.

It is also laugh out loud funny and tear-jerkingly sad.  I mean really, how can you resist a book that starts out:

"That's us, there in the photograph. Yes, that's me-in one of my chubbier phases, though I suppose one of these days I'll have to face up to the fact that it's the thinner me that's the "phase," not the chubbier one. And going left to right, that's Linda (her hair loose and combed, but then she brought the camera, she was the only one who knew we'd be taking a photograph). Next to her is Ally, pale as ever, and then Kath. And the one in the white gloves in front-the one in the coffin-that's Brett."

I was hooked from the first paragraph.

So grab your suntan lotion, your favorite drink and a bag of chips, sit in your favorite lounge chair and prepare to enjoy!

Here's the publishers synopsis:

          Friendship, loyalty, and love lie at the heart of Meg Waite Clayton’s beautifully written, poignant, and sweeping novel of five women who, over the course of four decades, come to redefine what it means to be family.
          For thirty-five years, Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally have met every Wednesday at the park near their homes in Palo Alto, California. Defined when they first meet by what their husbands do, the young homemakers and mothers are far removed from the Summer of Love that has enveloped most of the Bay Area in 1967.
          These “Wednesday Sisters” seem to have little in common: Frankie is a timid transplant from Chicago, brutally blunt Linda is a remarkable athlete, Kath is a Kentucky debutante, quiet Ally has a secret, and quirky, ultra-intelligent Brett wears little white gloves with her miniskirts. But they are bonded by a shared love of both literature–Fitzgerald, Eliot, Austen, du Maurier, Plath, and Dickens–and the Miss America Pageant, which they watch together every year.
          As the years roll on and their children grow, the quintet forms a writers circle to express their hopes and dreams through poems, stories, and, eventually, books. Along the way, they experience history in the making: Vietnam, the race for the moon, and a women’s movement that challenges everything they have ever thought about themselves, while at the same time supporting one another through changes in their personal lives brought on by infidelity, longing, illness, failure, and success.
          Humorous and moving, The Wednesday Sisters is a literary feast for book lovers that earns a place among those popular works that honor the joyful, mysterious, unbreakable bonds between friends.    

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fighting For Different Reason's


'ICEMAN: My Fighting Life' by Chuck Liddell. Chuck is not only one of the greatest fighters ever to step into the octagon, he is down to earth, a good father, and a loyal friend to those who know, work and train with him. One of his most intriguing fights he talks about in detail that I was amazed by his courage and toughness was the Vale Tudo Championships in Brazil. Chuck's only second career fight and he beats a heavily favored veteran fighter in his own back yard. I find myself thinking of Chuck's life and the decisions he made and it provides a calming influence to me as I now understand that life can only beat you up if you let it. I enjoyed this eBook, and recommend it to any new fan of the mixed martial arts sport.

'How Soccer Explains the World' by Franklin Foer. Each of the chapters tells a different story about soccer within a different area of the world. Our sports have Holly Hobby characters by comparison. The rivalry between the two Glasgow teams, the Protestant Rangers and the Catholic Celtic, is unlike anything that we have in this nation. This is one of the most perceptive descriptions of globalization's impacts, both positive and negative, that I have read. The book is full of animated reporting, strong characters and insightful analysis. If you are a soccer enthusiast you will absolutely love this book, but even if you don't understand the first thing about this game, the book will offer an entertaining reading material that will probably bring you closer to game and could help you understand your friends' and neighbors' passion around the world. Use the Coupon Code Below for a Discount on either of these eBooks.

Iceman: My Fighting Life eBook edition by Liddell, Chuck
"When I walk out of the tunnel, I can see the lights, hear the music, feel the crowd, but it all begins to close off as I near the cage. By that point I'm thinking, I've been training hard, it's time to focus....Every man is born with a fight-or-flight instinct, and mine is to fight. It always has been."
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How Soccer Explains the World eBook edition by Foer, Franklin
Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It is a perfect window into the cross–currents of today's world, with all its joys and its sorrows.
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Friday, January 18, 2008

Poker, Horses, It's All A Gamble


'Confessions of a Video Poker Winner' by Greg Perry. When I heard that this book's writer mocked the French, I KNEW it had to be a great book! I wasn't disappointed!! Finally, a gambling writer that isn't stoic, who has some humor, but also adds PRACTICAL ADVICE for us lonely Video Poker players! I never knew how to take all the different casino comp offers and modify my playing strategies and locations based on those different comps. Although I'll probably never play in Kansas City, for example, his Kansas City chapter gave me GREAT INSIGHT into how to adjust to the various rules of whatever casinos I DO play at. Very readable, a LOT of funny material, all related to Video Poker (except for a slight detour in one chapter where he discusses the evening he and his wife gambled with William Shatner.)

'On The Fence' by Janet Barrett. This book starts with the one's child saying, "Mom, I want to ride a horse! Overwhelmed by fears of what you do not know and the expense of an activity you are afraid your child will give up too quickly (or not quickly enough), this book addresses all the questions parents face as they face them. Very easy to read and nicely laid out. I would recommend it highly to any parent who hears those words for the first time: "Mom, I want to ride a horse!" Use the Coupon Code Below at checkout to receive a Discount on either of these two eBook Titles.

Confessions of a Video Poker Winner - Revealing Answers for Casual Gamblers Who Seek the Real Truth Behind a Beatable Game (Mobipocket) eBook edition by Perry, Greg
Perhaps you only visit Vegas or some other gaming venue once every year or more. You can't invest a ton of time in mastering a game that you might only get to play for a total of 8 hours.
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ON THE FENCE (Adobe Reader) eBook edition by Barrett, Janet
This practical handbook shows how to pursue horseback riding in a way that suits the child as well as the family’s lifestyle and budget. From finding a stable and riding instructor and choosing a riding style to balancing horses and schoolwork and deciding whether to buy that first horse.
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