Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You - The Wolf Border; Sarah Hall

Here's a soon to be released novel that has my attention.

The Wolf Border; Sarah Hall
Harper - June 2015
From the award-winning author of The Electric Michelangelo, one of the most decorated young British writers working today, comes a literary masterpiece: a breathtaking work that beautifully and provocatively surveys the frontiers of the human spirit and our animal drives.
For almost a decade, zoologist Rachel Caine has lived a solitary existence far from her estranged family in England, monitoring wolves in a remote section of Idaho as part of a wildlife recovery program. But a surprising phone call takes her back to the peat and wet light of the Lake District where she grew up. The eccentric Earl of Annerdale has a controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, and he wants Rachel to spearhead the project. Though she’s skeptical, the earl’s lands are close to the village where she grew up, and where her aging mother now lives.
While the earl’s plan harks back to an ancient idyll of untamed British wilderness, Rachel must contend with modern-day realities—health and safety issues, public anger and fear, cynical political interests. But the return of the Grey unexpectedly sparks her own regeneration.
Exploring the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, The Wolf Border illuminates both our animal nature and humanity: sex, love, conflict, and the desire to find answers to the question of our existence—the emotions, desires, and needs that rule our lives.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Liar's Bench; Kim Michelle Richardson

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon

Liar's Bench; Kim Michelle Richardson
Kensington - 2015

A Cornerstone

August 1860

"When a lie seeps into the very heartwood of a town, soaks the beams and posts that hold it up from the earth, the rot sets to its work. The ruin that cruelty brings is always just a matter of time.  And ruin had fully taken hold in August of 1860, when Mrs. Evelyn Anderson, mistress of Hark Hill Plantation of Peckinpaw, Kentucky, reported that she had been poisoned by her house slave, Frannie Crow."

What do you think, would you read more?
(feel free to post your own first paragraph and link below)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

SPAM and a Saturday Snapshot

Dear Readers,

If you are still reading my blog, I just discovered today that many for my regular commenters, who I thought had abandoned me, have actually been commenting, but your comments went in my spam folder, which I almost never check. I am so sorry I never saw your comments. Forgive me.  Not sure how this happened as most of you who ended up in spam have been commenting on my blog for years?? 

This week I decided to participate in Satuday Snapshot, because I thought this photo was too priceless to keep to myself.

"Mommy, just like tattoos"

(fortunately this was washable, not permanent marker)

To participate in Saturday Snapshot (hosted by West Metro Mommy): post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off My Summer Reading Plans

My reading choices always seem to change a bit when summer approaches. Instead of chunky, more intense reads, I tend to choose, shorter books, novels with fewer characters, and other stories that require less concentration -- mostly because in summer, I find myself busier, more easily distracted and yes, when I'm on the beach or in a park with a book, I'm a people watcher --plain and simple.

Here are some of the books that will likely take center stage on my beach blanket this summer.

 Irvin Yalom - Basic Books - 2015

Finders Keepers; Stephen King
Scribner - June 2

Summerlong; Dean Bakopoulos
Ecco - June 16th

Fredrik Backman - Atria - June 16th

Language Arts; Stephanie Kallos
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- June 9th

Liar's Bench; Kim Michelle Richardson
Kensington - April 2015

House Breaking; Dan Pope
SImon & Schuster - May 12th

The Undertaker's Daughter: a Memoir; Kate Mayfield
Gallery - January 2015

Find the Good; Heather Lende
Algonquin - April 2015

How about you, any summer reading plans?