Saturday, March 28, 2009

Online Book Club!

A few years ago my friends and I formed a book club (we called ourselves "Book Blub" due to a spelling error in one if our email strings!) It lasted about a year before we all got too busy to keep up with it but I really miss the Book Blub!

Last week I found a great online book club!


They are going to start reading Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife for April. This book was already on my "to-read" list so I went out and bought it and plan on following along the discussions in the Book Club!

Here is a synopsis of the book:
A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice Lindgren has no idea that she will one day end up in the White House, married to the president. In her small Wisconsin hometown she learns the virtues of politeness, but a tragic accident when she is seventeen shatters her identity and changes the trajectory of her life. More than a decade later, when the charismatic son of a powerful Republican family sweeps her off her feet, she is surprised to find herself admitted into a world of privileged. And when her husband unexpectedly becomes governor and then president, she discovers that she is married to a man she both loves and fundamentally disagrees with- and that her private beliefs increasingly run against her public persona. As her husband's presidency enters its second term, Alice must confront contradictions years in the making and face questions nearly impossible to answer.

In case you can't tell it is a fictionalized portrait of Laura Bush. I read her other novel, Prep, a few years ago and really enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to this one!

Go get the book and follow along with us!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

40% off coupon for Boarders

Here is a great printable coupon for 40% off one item at Borders. Go pick up a new book this weekend! Offer expires 3/28/09.

40% off one item at Boarders

Monday, March 23, 2009

Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro

Last year I read Laurie Notaro's The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club and it was one of the funniest things I have ever read. I was super-excited to start this new installment in her series.

I was expecting all these tales of getting engaged and the neuroses that usually take over for brides-to-be. But this wasn't exactly that. It is more of a collection of short stories about meeting and the first few years with her husband. They are really random. But they are really funny. Not as funny as the first book, but still more funny than most.

This is also the type of book you can pick up and put down easily. Each chapter is a new story, so there is no suspense building or anything.

Overall I wasn't in love with it and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ten Things... by Maria Shriver

A friend loaned me a copy of Maria Shriver's book Ten Things I Wish I'd Known- Before I Went Out into the Real World. I REALLY like Maria Shriver. I think she is smart, relatable, driven, and just an all-around good role model for women. She had this thing last year called the Women's Conference and most of the key note speakers and some of the break out sessions were available through webcast. I listed to a lot of the sessions and I was very impressed. You can view the recorded versions here.

Back to the book- I enjoyed it and it was a quick read. It is based off the commencement address she gave at the College of the Holy Cross. She gives such advice as "You don't HAVE to do it all", "Stand your ethical ground", "Be willing to fail", and "Don't expect anyone to support you financially". She uses antidotes and stories from her life on how she learned these life lessons.

She says "I wrote this book so that you might be spared. Not from having to learn the lessons I had to learn. No one can spare you that, because learning is experiential, and you have to do it yourself. As a wise person once told me: If I could spare you the pain you're experiencing, I wouldn't--because I wouldn't want to deprive you of the strength and wisdom you'll gain from having gone through it and come out the other side."

The book truly reflects her personality and character and I really enjoyed reading it. I have already learned a lot of these life lessons in the few years since graduation. I don't think reading this book before hand would have saved me those experiences, and I don't think I'd want it to. Experience is the best teacher after all. But it was nice to see I seem to be heading along the right track!

I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes

This is the first Marian Keye's novel I've read. Apparently this she writes a series of novels about the Walsh sisters. This one is focused on Anna. Anna lives in New York and has a PR job working for Candy Grrl cosmetics. The story starts out with Anna back in Ireland being taken care of by her Mum. Anna is bruised and cut up and no one ever really tells you why or how this happened.

But Anna is anxious to get back to her life in New York. She flies back and returns to her empty neglected apartment and desperately tries to get in contact with her husband Aiden. She emails him everyday, catches glimpses of him on her way to work, and goes to great lengths to find out what is going on with him.

This book has lots of twists and turns. A lot of other people have written that it is sad, but I had a different perspective that it was just peering into her life.

I enjoyed the main plot line and the sub-plots were very good too. It did take me a month to read it though. Even though it was a thick book at 464 pages, I would say this indicates somewhat my level of interest in the book. (Some of those Twilight books I breezed through in days!) I liked this book, but I didn't love it.

I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

It was good, but I don't think it generated enough interest in me to read her other books.
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