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Author On the Bookcase: Karen Lee Sobol

 

Twelve Weeks

 

Please welcome Karen Lee Sobol, author and illustrator of Twelve Weeks: An Artist’s Story of Cancer, Healing, and Hope to On the Bookcase!

 

 

 

“Why am I still here?”

When this question entered my mind, the answer followed at once.

“Write a book.  Try to have my experience be useful to others.”

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Mother's Day Selection: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

With Mother's Day right around the corner Alexandra Fuller's memoir Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness would be a great pick for a Mother-Daughter book club or a Mother's Day themed book club meeting.

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NPR Interview with Jessica Goodell, author if Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq

 

Shade it Black

Jessica Goodell has written a memoir entitled Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq about her duties as a member of the mortuary affairs unit of the Marines. She was inteviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air. This memoir is intense but highly discussible. With themes of military, women's lives and personal challenges, paired with the NPR interview, this book will surely get your book group talking.


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Author On the Bookcase: Jay Varner, author of Nothing Left To Burn

I'm so excited to welcome Jay Varner, author of Nothing Left to Burn, to On the Bookcase! Jay's memoir eloquently tells the story of a son’s relationship with his father, the fire chief and a local hero, and his grandfather, a serial arsonist. Jay returns home after college and lands a job at the local newspaper writing the police and fire beat. Three men of the same family share a passion or obession with fire. In digging into the past, Jay's story reveals layers of family secrets, lies, and half-truths about fire-fighting and arson. It is only when he finally has the truth in hand that he comes to an understanding of the forces that drove his father, and of the fires that for all his efforts his father could never extinguish.

In this post, Jay shares his high school struggles to get a girl and be accepted.

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What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love, and Healing from a Small Pooch by Dana Jennings

I received a galley from a publisher that is not a reading group choice. But a great little book! I have to tell you about it. What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love, and Healing from a Small Pooch, is a charming and bitter sweet memoir by Dana Jennings. This is small book is an uplifting tale perfect for gift-giving -- dogs-lovers, everyone dealing with illness, care-givers, feel-good people.

Publisher summary. A must-read for every dog lover—a short, tender, and uplifting tale of a cancer survivor and the life lessons shared with him by his beloved family dog.

Our dogs come into our lives as “just the family pet,” but before we know it they become drinking buddies and fuzzy shrinks, playmates and Cheerios-munching vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks and sleeping partners. And, in their mys­terious and muttish ways, our dogs become our teachers.

When Dana Jennings and his son were both seriously ill—Dana with prostate cancer and his son with liver failure—their twelve-year-old miniature poodle Bijou became even more than a pet and teacher. She became a healing presence in their lives.

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Author On the Bookcase: Marjorie Hart, author of Summer at Tiffany

Do you remember the best summer of your life?

Summer at TiffanyMarjorie Hart's book, Summer at Tiffany, is a charming and fun memoir about Marjorie's summer of 1945, working at Tiffany & Co in New York City. She and her roommate would become the first women to work on the sales floor at Tiffany & Co. How excitingI I would love to work there -- jewels galore! Marjorie chats about her amazing summer and how amazing about book clubs are (we know that!) Welcome, Marjorie, to On the Bookcase.

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Musing Monday, Apples and Oranges

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a random book.Go to your bookshelf and pick a random book. No cheating now, just reach out and pick one.

Now tell us about it – where did you get it? Why? Was it a gift? Does it hold any special memories? Did someone recommend it to you?

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Women Unbound Reading Challenge

The term Women's Studies is "the multidisciplinary study of the social status and societal contributions of women and the relationship between power and gender.". (Webster's dictionary). The Women Unbound reading

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