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John Kenny

Border LinesPerhaps better known as a poet, having published three collections of poetry in the last few years, and as MC of the monthly North Beach Poetry Nights in the Crane Bar, Galway, John Walsh is also a writer of short stories, and Border Lines, recently published by Doire Press, presents an excellent sampling of what he is capable of.

Many of the stories included revolve around the same character, Ian, as he negotiates life’s variegated twists and turns, many of which he blunders into with a mixture of innocence and a self-destructive impulse.

In ‘Jimi’, a teenaged Ian skives off to a Jimi Hendrix concert and reaps the reward from a violent father on his return. A college-going Ian crosses paths with the slightly older trumpet-playing Raymond in ‘Trumpet in the Towel’ and gains a glimpse of the glamour and possibilities of a life outside Ireland as the trumpeter…

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Good Reads

 

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Good Reads

 

Great new author discovery while commuting to work!

I have discovered a new author & she is wildly funny.  Molly Harper.  Love her stuff.  I am currently listening to an audio book by her, And One Last Thing, which is available in paperback at The Book Shack in Hanover, MA and Kingston, MA.  It makes me wish my commute was longer.  Due to a miss-delivered floral arrangement, Lacey finds out her husband has been cheating on her with his secretary.  In her shock, Lacey puts a new bent on her husband’s newsletter detailing her husbands philandering ways.  This blows up in her face, and she ends up hiding out at her family’s cabin.  And there is a dark and snarling neighbor staying in the next cabin.  If you like the paranormal, Molly Harper has two great series, also available at the Hanover Book Shack.  The first is her Jane Jameson series.  Jane has just lost her job as a children’s librarian.  She is drowning her sorrows at the local bar where she attracts the attention of a handsome vampire.  On her way home her car brakes down.  While walking home she is mistaken for a deer by a drunk hunter and shot.  Gabriel, the vampire, who had been following her saves her life by turning her into a vampire.  And if you are into werewolves, Molly Harper has a great series set in Alaska.  If you are looking for fun and snarky you definitely need to check out Molly Harper!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Good Reads

 

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Its Mine! All Mine

The Novel World

One of my closest friends in high school is also one of the best artists that I know. I recently acquired the above print of her work to frame next to my bookshelves. I’m sure bibliophiles around the globe are drooling with jealousy. Well, not to fear! There’s more awesomeness on herTumblr & Etsy. Some of my other favorite prints include the following:

(Imagine these in a nursery, or poster size in a children’s library!)

 So, in honesty I favorite all of her work. =) The following two are found on her Tumblr. I am particularly fond of the sentence in the 2nd print.
Pamplemousse pour le petit déjeuner

The world is a beautiful place

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Judy Blume

The BookBimbo Chronicles

There are two things that prompted me to write about Judy Blume. The first was finding her book ‘Forever’ on my bookshelf from what felt like eons ago. The second was visiting the town where I spent my early teenage years for the first time in about a decade. ‘Forever’, a tiny little book with an orange cover, has never featured in my top books of all time list or anything of the like. But it did, along with other Judy Blume novels, remain memorable nonetheless.

Blume is well known for being one of the first teen authors to deal with issues such as sex, racism and religion in a way that young teens (in particular of the female variety) can easily relate to. The books have been banned in schools due to controversy on their subject matter and having read an article (which was actually from around 2005) about ‘Forever’ being…

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Books, Good Reads, Judy Blume