Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Terry's mother told her, a week before she died, that she was leaving her all her journals. She had three shelves of journals in various prints and colors all stacked neatly in rows on the bookshelf. Her mother made her promise that she wouldn't look at them until she was gone. "In Mormon culture, women are expected to do two things: keep a journal and bear children." pg. 18. What Terry found after her mother died was a complete shock; every one of her mother's journals was blank.
The surprise and weight of the blank journals, requires many questions. Questions that will be asked but not have any answers, only contemplation.
Within When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams explores what is means to be a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a writer. She explores faith, the environment, the beauty of birds, marriage. Terry contemplate her voice, silence and the meaning of her mother's journals.
Terry Tempest Williams is a heartfelt storyteller. Here she takes the story of her mother and her blank journals and turns it into a beautiful, unique, powerful memoir that is hard to put in a category. When Women Were Birds is virtually a variegated prism of multiple hues, a treasure chest, a love story to women and voice.
This is the first book I have read written by Terry Tempest Williams and it won't be the last. My copy of When Women Were Birds is marked with rainbow color tabs because the book spoke to me on a deep level. It spoke to me as a woman, a mother and a writer. It was, in short, amazing. I could relate on so many different levels and thought constantly about the wonderful women and mother's in my life.
Let me share some of my favorite quotes:
"A pencil is a wand and a weapon. Be Careful. Protect yourself. It can be glorious." pg 39
"To be read. To be heard. To be seen. I want to be read, I want to be heard. I don't need to be seen. To write requires an ego, a belief that what you say matters." pg. 47
"There are two important days in a woman's life: the day she is born and the day she finds out why." pg. 209
Muriel Rukeyser asked the question "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open."
The world is splitting open." Pg 100
"Reading has not only changed my life but saved it. The right books picked at the right times-especially the one that scares us, threatens to undermine all we have been told, the one that contains forbidden thoughts-these are the books that become Eve's apples." Pg 97
Sunday, May 19, 2013
M.R. Tain is the Minnesota Author in the Spotlight for the beautiful month of May here on Booksnob. M.R. Tain has recently joined Goodreads, works a full time job, is in love with his wife and is busy writing books. He is a personable, nice guy and his two books This isn't Normal and Peace, Man involve time travel. M.R. Tain wrote a short guest post about what inspired him to write This Isn't Normal. Read on.
Guest Post by M.R. Tain
I was inspired to write "This isn't Normal" by three things: First, it was the stories our sons brought home from high school, and the contrast to my own high school experience.
Second, the memories of my teenage brothers back when I was in grade school; the music they listened to and their activities. Third, a picture of my mother in law at the age of 16. For the first time, I saw the teenage girl that would become the 60 year old woman that was my mother in law. The picture of the carefree sixteen year old girl showed me that we don't really know older people.
If you would like to win a copy of M.R. Tain's book This Isn't Normal please enter here: This Isn't Normal Giveaway
Monday, May 13, 2013
I am excited to announce the five winners of Silhouette of a Sparrow Giveaway. Molly Beth Griffin and her awesome publisher, Milkweed Press, have graciously offered to giveaway copies of Silhouette of a Sparrow. Molly's book was nominated for a MN book award and is sure to win a special place in your heart.
Here are the winners:
Susanna from Susie the Bookworm
Tina from St. Paul, Minnesota
Monika from A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Monja from Medford, New York
Enjoy your new book.
Here is an excerpt from my book review:
Griffin creates a strong, subtle storyline in Silhouette of a Sparrow. It is enlightening to learn what a young woman's role in society was like in the 1920's and how hard it was to be different, much less
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The red mud of North Carolina gave birth to Adam Hope. It had been storming for days when Evelyn, a young 17 year old farm girl, saw a human form in the mud. She carried this person into the farmhouse. She isn't quite sure what she saw and doesn't trust her perceptions but this person formed into a woman who looked just like her within days.
They formed a bond, made up a story and Addie was born.
Soon Addie would metamorphosis into Adam, the love of Evelyn's life. They married, had children, worked the farm and developed a horse business. Adam was gifted with horses, unique and different in multiple ways. He was human with supernatural qualities. He was every girl's dream.
Evelyn lived in fear for the day when people would discover that Adam was different from other men. She always wanted to tell her daughters or her mother the truth of Adam's origin but could never find the words to explain it. One day her worst fear is realized at the funeral of one of her daughters. Evelyn and Adam's life permanently changed that day when Adam became ostracized within their small North Carolina community.
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope is a unique and fierce love story. In many ways it reminded me of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. Adam was born of the earth and to the earth he shall return. Evelyn emerged from her mother's womb and Adam did not. Riley has created a story that is touching and lovely. In many ways she pushes the boundaries of what we think is human and natural. Allowing for the fact that not everyone fits into the same mold of human perfection. There are variations and qualities that shapes us as human.
Riley does not offer explanations as to why Adam is the way he is. What she creates is a believable ending to a unique life that makes sense. It is up to the readers to decide who Adam is and to believe or not to believe in the story. I loved it and thought is was creative and absolutely fascinating. Like
Friday, May 10, 2013
M.R. Tain is the Minnesota Author in the Spotlight for the month of May and he is giving away 5 copies of his young adult novel, This Isn't Normal to Booksnob readers. This giveaway is open internationally and will end the last day of May. Good Luck.
Here is the synopsis of This Isn't Normal from Amazon:
The woman of the house came into the living room. Did you make your phone call, honey? Karla looked at the woman carefully. This could beyesmy great-grandmother, Vera Carlson. She looks young! Karla Hunsaker lives a normal life with her mother and little brother, until the fall of her junior year of high school when the last of her great-grandparents passes away. She wakes up the morning after the family meeting in their guest room only to find them both alive, along with their daughter, Cheryl, the grandmother Karla never knew. Karla assumes she is dreaming. Cheryl is Karlas age, and they share a strong family resemblance. But she never met her grandmother before this strange event, and her grandfather is an offish, grumpy old man. Author M. R. Tain opens a window in time in This isnt Normal, giving a millennial teen a look at her 1965 counterpart, as well as some fun and games and a legacy that fate had denied her. Karla spends a week immersed in mid-60s culture with her sixteen-year-old grandmother. The culture shock continues when Karla finds that she doesnt quite fit in, in 2005 anymore. Follow Karla on her subsequent journey as her memories complicate her life. It isnt until her senior year that she makes sense of the experience and is finally able to unwrap the gift that Cheryl unknowingly passed onto her.
Ends 5/31 at midnight
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
India brings to mind, exotic spices, bright colors, crowded places, curry laden food, and varied religions. India is a rich mixture of cultures containing a very complex history. There is a great divide in the various class systems, with the poor living in crowded, flea ridden, flithy slums. Thrity Umrigar, in The Space Between Us takes the reader from the slums of Bombay to the apartments of the wealthy middle class. Umrigar explores what gender and class mean when the lines are clearly blurred in modern day India.
Bhima is an old illiterate woman who has worked her entire life as a domestic for a wealthy Parsi woman. Bhima lives with her granddaughter Maya, in the slum and is working hard so that she can have a better life, so she get out of the slum and end the cycle of poverty that has existed in her family for generations. Except Maya ends up pregnant as she begins her first year of college and destroys Bhima's hope in the future.
Sera is a wealthy Parsi woman who grew up privledged in the upper middle class social strata. She married an older man with an anger streak. Bhima has been her faithful servant for more than 30 years. She is more like a friend and companion to Bhima than servant, they have shared so many secrets. Yet after all these years, Sera won't let Bhima sit on the furniture or drink out of one of her glasses.
The main characters are restricted by the class system of India. In every culture there are people who are invisible, the homeless, the jobless, and the outcasts, so The Space Between Us is a universal story. The class system is an unfortunate way to divide human beings and keep them in their place. Umrigar does an excellent job of showing how the class system pervades our everyday life and affects our relationships.
The Space Between Us is also about gender roles. I think this is what made the biggest impact on me. The men in this book were jerks and utter losers and yet they were on top and made decisions, forcing women into poverty, pregnancy, a life of hard work. Oh yes, the men in this book really pissed me off. I kept thinking, Where are all the good men?
India has always intrigued and scared me. Umrigar has taught me more about the complicated world
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
On Tour with Prism Book Tours...
Welcome to the "Second Chances" daynight blog tour! Over the last few day/nights I was really excited to share with you:
- Over $300 of daynight-related prizes as a giant THANK YOU to the thousands of daynight early adopters and those who have yet to enter the twisted world of The Second Chance Institute and Thera. Want to prepare for Exile? Or an overday date with Ethan? Have breakfast for dinner? Glam it up in Garden City? There are *12* prize packages to be won! We'll introduce a new package every day of the tour so you'll have a second, third & so forth chance to win.
- The launch of clean slate complex (a daynight story)... For those who have read daynight you can learn more about what the SCI is up to on Earth (surely nothing good). For those who haven't read daynight this is a great way to get your feet wet...test the waters so to speak. I warn you though...the SCI's like Jaws Jr and the giant school of barracuda I encountered on my recent vacation--pretty from a distance, but up close they've got a lot of bite ;).
- Posters, teasers and guest posts about the themes of daynight and clean slate complex... Plus, I'm fully prepared to sneak in some nuggets about what to expect in the daynight sequel, arbitrate.
Thanks again for joining us on the tour and for your support of daynight. I'm grateful for all of you and humbled by your support.
- Megan Thomason
author of daynight
April 22 - Launch!
- My Seryniti - Review
I honestly didn’t know who to trust.- Little Library Muse - Part I of III
Thankfully I got Brad Darcton, a member of the ruling Ten of the SCI to help me out... no one said that I couldn’t bring a guest to my guest post so I’m going for it. I warn you to take what he says with a grain of salt. The guy’s a walking SCI propaganda poster.23 - Tressa's Wishful Endings - Part II of III
The dystopia category is pretty broad these days. By definition a dystopian world must have:Extremely bad living conditions due to deprivation, oppression, or terrorBy that definition my kids probably think our home qualifies.- Buckeye Girl Reads - Excerpt:
- Marked by Books - Review
I don't necessarily think that the SCI is evil, even though I may believe that some of the things they do are. They have a reason for doing what they do, and I'm so thankful to Megan for daring to explain those "whys."- Red Headed Bookworm - Part III of III
Brad: We want only the best for humanity. All you have to do is turn on the news on Earth to know that humanity’s been in a downward spiral. Someone’s got to step up and nip these issues in the bud. And I don’t know any organization better prepared to do just than than The Second Chance Institute.
24 - Coffee Books and Me - Guest Post
The idea for Thera came to me as I was hiking the canyons of San Diego...Stressed Rach - THERA FACT SHEET
Snuggling on the Sofa - Review
I have to say how refreshing I found this book when I began to read it.Christy's Cozy Corner - Excerpt
All Fantasy Words - Review
daynight is a gripping, fast-paced novel that combines the intricacies of science and technology with a sense of magic and surrealism.
26 - My Passion for Books - Review
I was very impressed with this book. I read it in a couple of days, even though I had a lot of work to do for school and other things. I just couldn’t put it down.- Paranormal opinion - Blake
- The Cozy Reading Corner - Kira
I needed all three characters to fully tell the story... Each perspective adds important pieces to the puzzle and as the characters collide there’s a few fireworks.- Getting Your Read On - Review x2
We get a glimpse of the characters from daynight in this novella and it definitely perked my interest in the next book to see how everything fits back together and intertwines.- All Fantasy Worlds - CSC Review
clean slate complex was a fast read and it went very well after reading daynight. You know that feeling when you finish reading a good novel and you know you’re going to miss the characters and the world the author created so much until the next book comes out? Well, this novella is perfect for those who need their daynight fix.
All in all, this book was a nice read that'll leave you wondering what's going to happen next.- Pause Time - Part I of III:
There’s nothing like starting the morning with a little controversy, so let’s get a couple important things out of the way:- A Backwards Story - Part II of III:
- So what is Cleaving?
Many readers have mistaken all the Cleaving discussion for pushing sex. On the contrary, it is all about who you end up with for life.- Beck Valley Books - Part III of III
Extremes are extreme by nature and intended to shed very bright light on societal parallels and make the reader think, feel uncomfortable even.29 - I Am a Reader, Not a Writer - Teaser
What I expected did not happen, especially what I predicted with the Blake and Kira's relationship... I like it because it was a twist for me...- Mel's Shelves - Review
Wow!! I'm really not sure where to start with this one. This book is full of twists and turns and turns and more turns. There's LOTS of secrets, deceit, betrayal, friendship, love, lust, power hungry adults, creepy rules, etc. You name it, this has it (aside from swearing and detailed sex--a plus).
30 - Letters to the Cosmos - Review
The story starts on page one, the writing is fantastic, the characters are well-drawn, and the narrative is so much... more than a YA dystopian novel.
- Arriane Cruz Part I of II
Escapism: an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy.
- Candace's Book Blog Part II of II
Knowing that escaping won’t make the bad stuff go away, why do we do it? I think that the diversions and fantasies can give our brains enough of a “timeout” to be able to return back to our circumstances with renewed vigor and determination.
May 1 - Life of a YA Girl - Review
You never know who to trust. You honestly don't even know until the very end. Some of the characters, who will remain nameless, you still don't know their true intentions! I can't wait to read Thomason's next book, once it comes out. I'm just dying to know what happens to these characters, if who we think we can trust is really trustworthy... if the SCI has some other twisted objective.
Fuonlyknew - Excerpt - What a tour!
If you can't tell just yet, this was a five star read. Many of my notes in my kindle are highlights that say "HOLY CRAP" or "OMG!" or "ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!" My poor kindle probably has bruises from me punching the screen with my finger to get to the next page as quickly as I could.- Lovin' Los Libros - Review - daynight & CSC:
There is a bit of a love triangle here, as both Adam and Joshua have expressed interest in Alexa. We get a pretty big plot twist and Alexa learns SCI is not at all what it claims to be, and Joshua’s allegiance is wishy washy at best.Alexa, Adam, and Joshua will all appear in Arbitrate, the second book in the Daynight series.
I can’t wait!Paulette's Papers Part I of II
You are thrust into a dystopian society. What do you do? Do you submit to the regime or fight to the death?Becky's Barmy Book Blog Part II of II
Good news! We’ll likely die before being forced to live in a dystopian society. Our only exposure will be through fiction. And thank goodness. Because realistically, none of us would have much of a chance of making it in a dystopia without meeting an early demise or becoming one of the brain-dead masses.Backing Books - Excerpt:
4 - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks - Recipe:
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
- Living a Goddess Life - Review; Recipe:
Theranberry Bread Pudding
5 - Sab, The Book Eater - Part I of II
What a weird feeling. I started daynight over 3 years ago. I spent more than 6 months writing, and way more than 6 months doing edits and rewrites.- Mortality Bites - Part II of II
daynight explored the SCI’s iron grip on Thera and the Second Chancers. clean slate complex explores what the SCI is up to on Earth (nothing good).
- Deco My Heart - Review
There are many sinister things about Thera that are slowly revealed and lots of twists and turns which makes for an interesting read.6 - Jack's Junk Drawer - Review
The opening prologue was hilarious. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard so soon when reading a book- The Reading Diaries - Review
The book is filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing till the last page I had a hard time putting it down.
Daynight is a creative alternative world. It contains a great love triangle and is entertaining and suspenseful. I love being transported outside my realm of knowledge to new places that exist only between the pages of a book. Thomason has created believable characters, sexual tension, fast moving plot and dangerous living conditions.May 7 - Grand Finale Blast!!
Great price on daynight PLUS pick up clean slate complex for FREE! Then enter to win the AWESOME Giveaway!
Introducing... the new Novella: FREE for the Tour!
Choose what you enter to win wisely. Your stay on Thera may be extended indefinitely.
US only. International winners will receive $25 Amazon gift certificate. US winners can opt to receive $25 Amazon gift certificate in lieu of any prize package.Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Megan Thomason. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Monday, May 6, 2013
Kira joins a group called SCI to help her pay for college. She plans to work on another planet for a year, return to earth and live her life. Except people on SCI or Second Chance Institute have other ideas. Kira has perfect DNT and they want her to stay forever, have babies and help their planet.
SCI is a strict planet where you don't question the rules. Most choices are in the hands of The Ten who rule. SCI is the exact polar opposite of Earth. Where earth is water, SCI is land, and vice versa. The are entrance and exit portals attached to earth.
Rules: You must choose a life partner at age 18. If you mate with someone before you are 18, they will be your life partner.
You must apply for a baby. Babies are made in-vitro. If you get pregnant without permission you are exiled.
Never talk to a second chancer about their past. If you do, you will be exiled.
Exiled people are never allowed back inside Garden city. SCI is a hard place to live and people live their "Day" at night when it is cooler and sleep during the day when it is hot outside. It gets to be about 150 degrees during the day. Most people only stay outside 20 minutes in sunlight otherwise it is to
You must read the book to learn the other rules because I'm not giving away all the secrets.
Daynight is a creative alternative world. It contains a great love triangle and is entertaining and suspenseful. I love being transported outside my realm of knowledge to new places that exist only between the pages of a book. Thomason has created believable characters, sexual tension, fast moving plot and dangerous living conditions.
If you love YA and are a fan of dystopian fiction this is a book for you. Daynight is full of adventure and plot twists and the fact that it is on a mirror planet similar to earth makes it all the more interesting. Put this book on your radar.
Head over to Laura at Colorimetry to enter the contest. Scroll down for a lot of great information
Saturday, May 4, 2013
This is my first time participating in Free Comic Book Day. I grabbed my two kids and a neighbor boy and drove out to Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe on St. Clair in St. Paul. There was a small line to get in the store. While waiting in line we were given bags full of comic book goodies. I thought we would get to pick one comic book a piece but inside our bag was about 10-15 different comics. My bag was heavy.
My daughter was busy reading in the car on the way home. She got the kid's comic bag. All of her comics were different from mine. I tell you it was a blast to see all the people and explore what was in our goodie bag. We are going next year for sure. Maybe we will even visit two comic stores and see what they each have to offer.
Did you get any goodies on Free Comic Day?
Have you ever participated before??
May the Fourth be with You. Happy Star Wars Day.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Happy May Day! For your May Day surprise the weather service has announced you will be getting four inches of snow to fall atop the new green shoots emerging from the ground. I have put socks on and turned on the heat and am singing the weather blues.
On a happier note, the Hometown Track, Minnesota Author in the Spotlight for May is M.R. Tain. He has written two books published by a Minnesota publisher, Tate Publishing. He is the author of This Ain't Normal and Peace Man.
Here is the book description of This Ain't Normal from Amazon:
The woman of the house came into the living room. Did you make your phone call, honey? Karla looked at the woman carefully. This could be my great-grandmother, Vera Carlson. She looks young! Karla Hunsaker lives a normal life with her mother and little brother, until the fall of her junior year of high school when the last of her great-grandparents passes away. She wakes up the morning after the family meeting in their guest room only to find them both alive, along with their daughter, Cheryl, the grandmother Karla never knew. Karla assumes she is dreaming. Cheryl is Karlas age, and they share a strong family resemblance. But she never met her grandmother before this strange event, and her grandfather is an offish, grumpy old man. Author M. R. Tain opens a window in time in This isnt Normal, giving a millennial teen a look at her 1965 counterpart, as well as some fun and games and a legacy that fate had denied her. Karla spends a week immersed in mid-60s culture with her sixteen-year-old grandmother. The culture shock continues when Karla finds that she doesnt quite fit in, in 2005 anymore. Follow Karla on her subsequent journey as her memories complicate her life. It isnt until her senior year that she makes sense of the experience and is finally able to unwrap the gift that Cheryl unknowingly passed onto her.
This month you can expect a book review, a author interview, and a chance to win a copy of M.R. Tain's book This Ain't Normal. He may even do a guest post if we are lucky.
I have high hopes that May is going to be a great month. I am planning a trip to Seattle with my family, grading a lot of papers in anticipation of graduation and summer vacation, planning a presentation for the staff at my school on Edmodo and much more. Yippee. And as always I plan to read as much as I can. So with all this in mind, I hope you have a great month. Please check out M.R. Tain's website here: http://mrtain.tateauthor.com/
See you around the blogosphere!