Mom’s Picks | Mother’s Day 2015


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I am celebrating Mother’s Day by sharing some of my mom’s favorite books.
By clicking on the covers, you can visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
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NIV Holy Bible  To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary Edition  Stranger in a Strange Land
The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern)  Last Light (A Restoration Novel)  Katherine
The Green Mile  The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity  One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity
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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month


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The U.S. celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May. In honor of this celebration, I collected books with APAHM-related themes as well as authors of Asian-Pacific heritage. Check out my 2014 shelfie. What books deserve a spot on the shelf?
You can click on the covers, visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
Samir and Yonatan  The Name Jar  Bindi Babes
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet  How My Parents Learned to Eat (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin books)  Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Never Let Me Go  Thousand Cranes  Girl in Translation
Interpreter of Maladies  The Piano Teacher: A Novel  The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (Penguin Classics)
The Complete Persepolis  The Joy Luck Club  The Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition)
Doveglion: Collected Poems (Penguin Classics)  Monkey: Folk Novel of China  Millicent Min, Girl Genius
         

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TBTB – Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds


The Thorn Birds

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Learning of author Colleen McCullough’s death today made me recall her book The Thorn Birds. The miniseries based on her novel of the lovely Meggie Cleary’s doomed love of parish priest, Ralph de Bricassart, inspired me to read the book.

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TBTB – Ann Rinaldi’s A Break With Charity


A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials | Goodreads

While I probably read historical fiction in the past, my earliest memory of enjoying this subgenre was Ann Rinaldi’s A Break with Charity… I found myself walking in Salem Village right along with Susanna English. After reading this book, I tried to find as many books by Rinaldi as possible. Of course, I discovered other wonderful historical fiction authors but Rinaldi remains the one who introduced me novels about the past.

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Katherine Howe’s Conversion


Conversion

Title: Conversion
Author: Katherine Howe
ISBN: 978-0399167775
Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Source: Harris County Public Library

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Reasons for Reading: I often recommend Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane to readers seeking a good book to read. Of course, when Howe’s Conversion arrived in the order department at Harris County Public Library, I placed a request on it.

Summary : Howe offers us two points of view. The first belongs to Colleen Rowley is a stressed out high senior attending the prestigious St. Joan’s Academy in the year 2012. Various classmates of Colleen’s succumb to odd behavior – tics, panic, hysteria, etc. On top of that, a popular teacher mysteriously departs. All of this just happens to take place in Danvers, Massachusetts. The other point of view comes from a recalcitrant, grown up Ann Putnam. In 1706, Ann builds up the courage to publicly confess to her part in the witch hunt known as the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

One Thing I Learned from this book: I rediscovered that Danvers used to be Salem Village.

What I Liked: I liked the Easter eggs referring to one of my favorite books – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. Also, I felt Colleen and her friends were genuine, well-conceived characters.

What I Disliked: I wanted a few of the loose ends to be tied. Maybe there will be a sequel?

RR - Yellow  Rainbow Rating: Yellow – Parental Guidance for Kids Under 13

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Native American Heritage Month Reads – 2014 Edition


Sequoyah with a tablet depicting his writing system for the Cherokee language. 19th-century print of a painting. | Wikipedia

I must confess: I’ve not read much Native American literature. I read a couple of books by the talented Sherman Alexie in 2013 but I’ve resolved to broaden my horizons. I happily discovered Open Education Database (OEDb)’s list – 20 Native American Authors You Need to Read. By this time next year, I hope to say I’ve read a few more pieces of Native American literature.
So, now I present a few books in honor of  Native American Heritage Month. To visit the store, please click on any of these book covers. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
Flight: A Novel  Love Medicine: Newly Revised Edition (P.S.) Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter  The Woman Who Owned the Shadows  Spirit and Reason: The Vine Deloria Jr. Reader
House Made of Dawn  Harper's Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry  Native Liberty: Natural Reason and Cultural Survivance
Fools Crow (Penguin Classics)  Crazy Brave: A Memoir  Woven Stone (Sun Tracks)
Love at Gunpoint  From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian  Sundown
Pushing the Bear (Harvest Book)  The Winona LaDuke Reader: A Collection of Essential Writings  A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children (Contemporary Native American Communities)

National Hispanic Heritage Month Reads – 2014 Edition


Title page of first edition (1605) El ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote De la Mancha | Don Quixote – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Last year, I recognized some of my favorite authors and various heritage months in a feature called Celebrating Authors. As my various celebrations, I included some of Hispanic descent. In 2014, I began showcasing books from  Jorie’s Store on Amazon.
So, now I present a few books in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. To visit the store, please click on any of these book covers. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
The House of the Spirits: A Novel  In the Time of the Butterflies  Ficciones (English Translation)
Don Quixote  Caramelo  Drown
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies  Love in the Time of Cholera 1st (first) Edition by Gabriel Garcia Marquez published by Alfred A. Knopf (1988)  I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Tomas and the Library Lady (Dragonfly Books)  Esperanza Rising  The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (Bilingual Edition) (English and Spanish Edition)
We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?: Stories  The Labyrinth of Solitude: The Other Mexico, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, Mexico and the United States, the Philanthropic Ogre  Hunger of Memory : The Education of Richard Rodriguez
The Dirty Girls Social Club: A Novel  The Feast of the Goat: A Novel  Thirteen Senses: A Memoir
         

Back to School Films @ Jorie’s Store


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Theatrical release poster – Dead Poets Society | Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 With the recent loss of Robin Williams, I recalled one of my favorite films – Dead Poets Society. Surprisingly, this rather literary film wasn’t based on a book. Still, this movie turned me onto “teacher films” as well as to the late Williams’ mad acting skills. In light of all this and the students returning to school soon, I’ve added Dead Poets Society and other inspirational “teacher films” to the store. Let me know what are some of your favorites!
You can click on the covers, visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great films. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! 🙂
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Dead Poets Society  To Sir, With Love  Dangerous Minds
   Freedom Writers  Stand and Deliver  Lean on Me (Keep Case Packaging)
  Mr. Holland's Opus  Blackboard Jungle  The Water Is Wide - Hallmark Hall of Fame
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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold | LibraryThing

I originally read Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones during Christmas break my senior year of college. The balance between the macabre and whimsy never left me. The distinct point of view (POV) struck me like not much else.

Some years later, I saw a nice, hardcover edition on the shelf among the Friends of Freeman book sale. Then, over Independence Day weekend 2014, I read this book again. Eventually, I checked out the film based on the book.

Reviews of book and the movie both may be coming soon. As this title seems polarizing, comments are most welcome! If you’ve read it, what did you think? If you’ve also seen the movie, what did you think of the interpretation? I’ve got some strong opinions about both.

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain


Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes | LibraryThing

Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain made my list of Independence Day Reads last week. This tale of 1775 Boston focuses on the titular character, a silversmith apprentice. A life-changing event alters Johnny’s prospects and Johnny must regroup.

Johnny Tremain set on my girlhood bookshelf. I liked that Johnny was an artist and appreciated the mentions of Paul Revere, another silversmith. When Tropical Storm Allison poured on Houston, family friends suffered a lot of property damage. As a bookish college girl, I aimed to rebuild this family’s personal library. Among the donations was my copy of Johnny Tremain.

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