Saturday, February 26, 2011

What I am reading.. Finishing up February...

2/2/11- The Year My Son and I were Born by Kathryn Lynard Soper
Non fiction writing, Soper shares her pain, joy, and frustrations starting with the 10 week premature birth of her 7th child. Soper and her husband soon learned that their son carried an extra chromosome sending them into the world of Down Syndrome. Soper shares her emotions in dealing with the diagnosis, how to accept a child that will not be *Normal*, and how she feels she no longer fits in with her faith and those around her.

2/8/11 Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline
Scottoline is an award winning author who also writes a column for her local paper in thePittsburgarea. This book is a compilation of her newspaper columns.. She shares stories about living alone, divorce, being a single mother, dealing with her elderly mother and all her daily chaos! Easy to read short chapters, en lightning and entertaining.

2/13/11 After all these Susan Isaacs
Fictional story... Rose wakes up in the middle of the night and heads to the kitchen for a snack. When she shuffles into the kitchen she stumbles into a lump on the floor. Initially she fears she has stepped on the dog.. but quickly remembers the dog dies a few weeks ago. She flips on the lights to see her husband, lying on the kitchen floor with a knife in his chest. Her soon to be Ex husband... who moved out of the house months ago... and in with his new lover....
The story follows Rose as she is quickly named the suspect, how she outsmarts the police and escapes her house the evening before they plan to arrest her for murder, and how she goes onthe lam trying to find the real murderer and the reasons why...

2/19/11 Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Non Fictional writing.. The best synopsis comes from the cover of the book...
"This is a story about a mother, two daughters and two dogs. This was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids then Western ones. But instead, it's about a bitter clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory, and how I was humbled by a 13 year old."

Chua writes about her attempt to raise perfect Chinese daughters, even though they are not really *Chinese* daughters....They are American daughters, born and bred and not as easily molded by control and manipulation...

The last two books I had never heard of. They were on the New Release Shelf at the Library and well worth the time it took to read them!

2/25/11 The Good Sister by Drusilla Campbell
Roxanne has spent her entire life caring for and protecting her younger, weaker, *fragile* sister Simone. In the end there is nothing she can do to help her... Story looks at three generations of women, Ellen, her daughters Roxanne and Simone, and Simone's daughter Merell, Valli, Victoria, Olivia and Claire... and the secrecy, the violence and lies that surround them.
Book discusses physical abuse as well as Postpartum Psychosis Disorder.

2/17/11 Mothers and Other Liars by Amy Bourret
Ruby was 19 when she was stopped at a rest area for a break on her drive cross country. When she went to toss her candy wrapper in the trash she was shocked to see an infant carrier with a baby in the can. Assuming that the child was abandoned by her parents Ruby takes her and raises her as her own. Lark was 9 years old when Ruby happened to read a story in a tabloid about a woman who admits she was part of a duo who stole the vehicle that held a newborn when the driver stepped away at the gas station. The photo accompanying the article looks exactly like the first photo Ruby took of Lark all those years ago... Ruby struggles with what to do.. and in the end decided on telling the truth.. no matter what pain that may cause....

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