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Book Review - Our Lady of Kaifeng, Part 1, Vol. 1 by Aya Katz

Best historical romance novel of the year.  ​Take a ride in a wheelbarrow with Marah Fallowfield and see a side of Kaifeng, China while author Aya Katz serves up a delightful novel filled with mystery, unrequited love, and history lessons you will never forget.

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Swimming in the Daylight, A Personal and Historical Memoir by Lisa Paul

​If there is anyone out there, that wonders deep in their heart, whether one person can really truly make a difference, I offer them this historical memoir entitled Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, A Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope, by author, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin based attorney Lisa C. Paul​.

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Chris Reilly Short Stories

Chris has recently published three short stories  in an anthology of writers called, Acoustic Reads compiled by Blacklight Publications, and the topic of our conversation today.  I have long admired Chris' writing; from simple blog posts to feature magazine articles, from a few paragraphs of memoir to full fictional short shorties. He always has a way of bringing out the truth, however small, and laying it out to his readers in an unexpected way that really captivates.

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The Beauty of a Fresh Book Photo

When I came across this book photo on prettybooks’ tumblr blog, I fell into instant meditation (assuming one can drool and pine while meditating) and instant love.  There is something most special about a new thick paperback that denotes a passion in people that can come from nothing else.  It’s the senses that are stirred, the

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CU@8 Book Review and Interview with Cindy Vine

CU@8 by author Cindy Vine is one of the really charming books now sitting on my book-a-holic shelf of good reads.  This inviting tale of two middle-aged single mothers often reminded me of a pair of modern day Lucy and Ethel’s inventing new horizons in the ultimate helicopter parenting games, shortly after their respective off-spring have flown the coop.  Like some of the I Love Lucy hair-brained schemes, both women in CU@8 are out to rescue their young.  The main character Fenella Fisher, is on a mission to find a good man for her heartbroken daughter after a breakup, a daughter who always seems to pick the wrong kind of guy.  Suki Raminowitz is her best friend and companion in matchmaking crimes, and is the ultimate enabler of her long out-of-control son, who is once again in hot water thanks to his wayward lifestyle.

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Abe Books Video Library Series Offers Up Book Stuffs and Coctails

Chances are if you’re a writer, you love to read and you love books and you love words.  Listening to other book lovers, avid readers, and book experts, is entertaining, fills us with ongoing knowledge, reminds us of things we may have forgotten, and inspires us to read and to write. Here’s a bit about one resource that has been a wonderful distraction for those down-time moments when I want to fill myself with book stuffs, book people, and book places, without actually reading or writing.

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Review of: Vacuum County

Every once in a while you read a book that grabs ahold of your soul and takes you on an unexpected journey.  Recently I had the chance to preview a book, Vacuum County by author Aya Katz that not only surprised me, but also made my personal list of books I think a lot of people should be reading. 

This fictional story is filled with assorted subplots, characters, and themes that encompass a cornucopia filled with American small town life realities and hidden truths that are not only relevant and timely to history past, but also living breathing history that a lot of us may vaguely realize is happening every day, but haven’t yet managed to connect the dots, or just are simply too overwhelmed in living our own lives to notice and be alarmed at the implications for all of us.  

Vacuum County takes you into a story line that is intricate and multi-layered.  It’s a feast of messages and themes, such as:

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Mary and Max Claymation

Mary and Max is a film in Claymation that has touched my heart in so many ways. Its messages and themes are many, multifaceted, and multi layered.  To name just a few: True friendship. The universal aspects of humanity. Not fitting in and wanting to change yourself. Not fitting in and not wanting to change.  The hap hazards of life.  How people affect and effect each other. Aspergers. Depression.  Self confidence.  

In a nutshell, Adam Elliot’s writing is perfection, each word so carefully chosen, so right.  Elliot’s words bring explanation and offer understanding to those things, both spoken and unspoken, in life which can’t be explained with words. In this relation there is

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