Review on Born Again on the Mountain, The Story of Losing everything and Finding it Back

Arunima 'Sonu' Sinha became the first amputee from India and the first female amputee from the world to climb the highest peak in the world, the Mount Everest when she achieved this feat in 2013. Back in 2011, she was a National Level Volleyball player from Indian who was pushed out of a running train by a gang of thieves when she resisted them. She fell motionless on the track when another train passed over her leg resulting in amputation below the knee. ...more

Learning to Think About Other People

Margaret Dilloway is a long time BlogHer community member, and I loved her first book, How to Be an American Housewife, but I let her new novel The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns languish on my to-be-read pile. Sometimes, when I've really loved a debut novel, I am scared to read the author's second book. I will get excited about it, buy it, and then leave it on my nightstand for days worried I won't like it. After picking up The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, I promptly kicked myself in the backside for not picking it up sooner. I absolutely adored the main character, Gal Garner. ...more
I thought when Gal learned to care for Walters she was accepting the uglier parts of her ...more

The Chaperone: History, Fiction and Louise Brooks

When you step into Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone you are stepping into another world. You will find yourself plunged into 1920s America, where bobbed hair is all the rage, Prohibition is in effect and many things are not quite what they seem. You will met a small town girl and see her rise to fame, and perhaps more surprisingly, you will meet a housewife who completely changes her own future. ...more
I haven't read this book yet, but now I definitely want to. I adore Louise Brooks - she was ...more

A Requiem: "The Book of Jonas"

When you pick up Stephen Dau's debut novel The Book of Jonas, I urge to set aside a good chunk of time to read it. I don't say that because it's a long book or one that is is difficult to read, but because if you are anything like me, you will not appreciate life interrupting your time with this novel. I found Dau's sparse prose and Jonas's story to be utterly engrossing....more
I look forward to reading it~ I'm waiting for UPS to deliver my copy~more

Finding Myself in "Lost and Found"

Confession: I was really reluctant to read Geneen Roth's Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life. I kept putting it off, saying I'd just read another book first. Or I'd read it after I finished doing something else. I was reluctant to read it and avoided it for the very reason I needed to read it -- it was going to make me think about my relationship with money. ...more
I, too, thought she was brave to lay herself out there. I had a hard time relating to her ...more

Born Wicked: More Than Magic

Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked, the first in her The Cahill Witch Chronicles series, was not quite what I expected. I expected a novel about a young witch who was afraid of her powers. What I got what that and so much more. It reminded me a little bit of The Handmaid's Tale, a bit of The Scarlet Letter, and it's the first alternate history novel I've read in a long time that wasn't steampunk. It kept me flipping through the pages, torn between wanting to know what happened next and not wanting the story to end. ...more
Born Wicked sounds like a fascinating book about witch.  I will definitely get a copy.  Thanks ...more

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl: Chiweenies, Friendship & One Amazing Self-Publishing Story

A good publishing story is a bit like a good fairy tale. It should have a quest, challenges, and above all, a happy ending. Stephanie McAfee, the author of our latest BlogHer Book Club selection, has all three. She also has the delightfully funny debut novel, Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. ...more
I saw a chiweenie on the way home tonight, and got all stupidly excited. I wish I'd taken a ...more

The Weird Sisters: Can You Ever Get Along With Your Sister?

Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters is the story of three lost women. Rose, Bean and Cordy were named after Shakespearian characters and raised in a household where the Bard ruled all. They spend their lives attempting to both live up to and defy the roles that where laid out for them. As all three are pulled home by their mother's illness, they start to learn that sometimes you need to go home before you can move forward. ...more
I really wanted to get on board with the narration (LOVED the Virgin Suicides!) but it didn't ...more

The Opposite of Happiness: The Underside of Joy

Seré Prince Halverson's debut novel, The Underside of Joy, is the breathtaking story of what happens when your world changes in an instant. A rogue wave takes Ella's husband, Joe, and in an instant everything changes. For three years, Ella has been the only mother their children have known. When Joe's ex-wife Paige shows up at his funeral, intent on reclaiming her children, it becomes clear that nothing will ever be the same again. ...more
I was so ready to hate Paige, but love how Sere took you from loathing her to completely ...more

Sinking Into Kim Edwards' The Lake of Dreams

Kim Edwards' latest novel, The Lake of Dreams, deals with things that as writers and readers we find so fascinating. It is a novel of family and dreams. It asks us to consider how the past shapes who we are and how we're supposed to find out who we're meant to be. ...more
Loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter. So glad I came across this blog, I didn't know Kim Edwards ...more