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Laugh Out Loud Books

Laugh Out Loud Books
Are you looking for a book that makes you laugh out loud?  Check out Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.  One for the Money is the first.  It takes place in the ‘burbs of New Jersey.  Stephanie loses her job and blackmails her cousin Vinny into giving her a job as a bail bondsman.  Hijinks ensue.  Love the grandmother!  And for those of you who already know the series & are looking for something to tide you over until the next installment, check out Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files.  Izzy Spellman works for the family detective agency & they are constantly spying on each other.  Lutz has a great snarky voice.  AND you can get all 3 of the first books in the series for a only $12 at The Book Shack Stores. Kingston or Hanover.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Book Store, Books

 

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The Duke’s Perfect Wife, by Jennifer Ashley.

Just finished a Great Book!
I just finished a great book, The Duke’s Perfect Wife, by Jennifer Ashley.  Jennifer Ashley has written a fantastic historical romance series about the Mackenzie family.  The first in the series, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, (available at your local Book Shack!) is FABULOUS.  The hero, Lord Ian, has what would today be diagnosed as Aspergers.  This adds a whole new dimension to the story.  The Duke’s Perfect Wife is Hart’s story.  Hart is the head of the family.  Now the question is what to read next… I have a TBR (To Be Read) pile that takes up an entire bookcase.

 
 

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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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I completely Agree! Sadly our children are numb to this new way of living and they do not see it as a “problem”. Good Luck on this one! Great Read.

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This recent think-piece in The New York Times argues that we have:

At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re on dates…

We’ve become accustomed to a new way of being “alone together.” Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be. We want to customize our lives. We want to move in and out of where we are because the thing we value most is control over where we focus our attention. We have gotten used to the idea of being in a tribe of one, loyal to our own party.

One of the rituals my husband and I enjoy is my driving him to the commuter train station in the morning. It’s only about 10 minutes door…

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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

 

Confessions of (Another) Book Reviewer

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(Lev Grossman writes about books here on Wednesdays. Subscribe to his RSS feed.)

My career as a book reviewer started with a cold call.

The year before, I had dropped out of graduate school rather than inflict another dissertation about Joyce and Woolf on the world. And I didn’t regret that – I don’ t think anybody will ever, ever regret that – but I did miss writing about books. Maybe, it occurred to me, if I wasn’t writing a dissertation, I could just inflict a few book reviews on the world instead. What’s the worst that could happen.

So I bought a copy of Publishers Weekly, a trade magazine that publishes a very large number of very short reviews, and called their offices, and asked for the reviews editor. This was 1997, which was probably the last moment in history when you could do something like that and…

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