Saturday, August 3, 2013
Entering into this tragic situation is Anya, a child psychiatrist grieving the loss of her own daughter. She desperately hopes to help Alex, but can she? That is the major question that haunts this tale, as the narrative alternates between the perspectives of these two characters. Alex’s portion of the book depicted through diary entries and Anya’s portion chronicles her own struggle to move past the tragedy of losing her daughter to the mental illness that she fears Alex also suffers from.
The story is fairly fast-paced, takes a number of twists and turns (all of which I saw coming), and resolves successfully. The writing is descriptive enough to draw to my mind a number of frightful ways this could be filmed, but ultimately its mere entertainment, with little that sticks. It that’s what you look for in your reading, I predicted you’ll like The Boy Who Could See Demons. If you’re looking for more depth, I’d skip this one.
3 of 5 stars
Note: I received an advance copy of The Boy Who Could See Demons from Delacorte Press for review, but my thoughts here are an honest expression of my reaction to this novel.
Friday, July 5, 2013
The story begins with Esme coming to terms with an unplanned pregnancy. Soon she seeks employment at The Owl, a used bookstore, barely holding its head above water in the current world of the e-commerce and e-readers. It’s here that Esme finds an odd mix of friends and co-workers who will ground her during this unexpected turn her life has taken.
The cast of characters is lovable as well. I’d even go so far as to say there’s not a bad one in the bunch… Oh, except for Esme’s boyfriend and his wealthy, entitled family. They will turn your heart cold, and for good reason.
New York City, the setting of The Bookstore, is a character in this story as well. The energy and diversity of Manhattan will make you yearn to visit the city with fresh, young eyes.
The Bookstore is a modern story. Esme finds herself unexpectedly pregnant early in the novel. Because of this you should expect a good bit of reflection on whether she should have the baby. If this sort of rumination is difficult for you to handle, I suggest you skip The Bookstore completely. For those who venture in, this story offers many scenes that sparkle and shine... You’ll also get to see these characters grow, as life and its challenges mold them. What more can you ask from a novel.
Highly Recommended. 4****
Note: I received an advance copy of The Bookstore from Gallery Books for review, but my thoughts here are an honest expression of my reaction to this novel.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
- The Sorrow of an American by Siri Hustvedt
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Water for Elephants by Sara GruenComplete 2/13/11 - 4**** See review HERE
- Windfalls: A Novel by Jean Hegland
- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
- Atlas of Unknows by Tania James
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett Complete 6/17/11 - 4****
- Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
Thursday, December 23, 2010
You can also see all of my zentangles on flickr here.
The zentangle pictured here is for Laura Harms weekly zentangle challenge. This is week #1 and the prompt during this busy holiday season is Simplicity. I took the simplicity of one spiral and added one pattern. Fairly pleased and happy to start the weekly challenge.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Still really enjoying my summer reading. I have two more Jennifer Weiner books to read. One even continues the tale of Cannie. I would definitely recommend any of Jennifer's books as a good summer read.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I signed up for a doll workshop online this week. I’ve wanted to do this workshop for awhile and this weekend is a great time to start. The coolest thing about this process is getting to sculpt a face for my dolly. The doll will be made of fabric with paint and paperclay applied to the body form to create features. Very exciting!
Here are some of the dolls made by others who’ve participated in this workshop:
I’ll be sure to take photos of the process and final product.
In addition to starting on my doll this weekend I plans with a friend which involve lunch, visiting Spool and Loop on South Street and helping her start a sweater for her first baby due in November. I also have plans to go see the Phillies with a large group of folks from my neighborhood Monday evening. Let’s hope they win.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
So what have I been doing with my summer?
I came across a great website for those who enjoy books, Goodreads. I’m participating in the Summer Reading Challenge on the site which has gotten me really reading. Here are the books I’ve read since June 1st:
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker (4 stars) – One of my very favorite movies. So glad I’ve finally read the book.
- The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (4 stars) – Really enjoyed the movie. The book was really good as well, but I have to admit I hoped it would be a little racier.
- The Whiteness of Bones by Susanna Moore (2 stars) – This is by the same author as In the Cut, which I enjoyed. Didn’t like this book half as much, primarily because I found it somewhat depressing.
- Under the Skin by Michel Faber (3 stars) – Read specifically for the Summer Reading Challenge. It started out really good, but really didn’t have a satisfying ending.
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (4 stars) – I really enjoyed this book, although it was a little long for my taste.
- The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman (4 stars) – By the author of Practical Magic, this book also has a family with magical abilities as its center. I liked every single character in this uplifting book.
- Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy (5 stars) – Another book I read specifically to fit a category in the Summer Reading Challenge. This book remarkably captures the thought processes of childhood and sheds light on growing up with a visible disfigurement in a society that values beauty.
I’m currently re-reading Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed. This book has one of my all-time favorite characters, Cannie. Weiner has a new book out with this same character. I’ll be reading that as well in the next couple of months. And Weiner’s newest book is coming out next week. She scheduled to appear at the Central Library next Wednesday. I’m hoping to go and see her speak.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I saw a very interesting documentary last night on the Sundance Channel. It was about the art and life of Agnes Martin, an artist I had not heard of before. She describes her work as abstract expressionist, although her art is often associated with minimalism. As the movie progressed, I became more and more fascinated by her somewhat mystical approach to her art. Abstract art is fairly difficult for me to connect with, but listening to her speak of what she was trying to express through the grids and horizontal lines that predominant her paintings I traveled to a deeper connection to what art, even my own, could express. Perhaps this is the path to "true" art.
Peace & Happiness by Agnes Martin
Her description of her work that I found most intriguing was the idea that so, so many painters were painting about painting, and she wanted her art to be about life. This is the primary reason for the abstract, minimal approach to her work. In this way there is nothing between the idea and the art. She waits... and waits.... for inspiration on how she can express whatever concept/trait she would like to express and how that can be done through the use of lines, grids, color fields. It is only when she has been visually inspired that she starts painting. Very fascinating. I think I'll look into whether the Philadelphia Art Museum has any of her work on display.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
A dirt road . . .
acres of potato plants
white-flowered under the moon
There has been a lot of reminiscing going on around my family lately and I came across this beautiful haiku that brought to mind a personal memory of my own…
A moonlit night, a dirt road and a sense of adventure…
I had the wonderful luck in my early teens to go to Camp Pinecrest a number of times; for summer camp and also for church youth group retreats. I’m pretty sure it was on one of these retreats that a number of us from the group went on a nighttime hike. Our ultimate destination was a dilapidated old shack that was covered with kudzu, presumably haunted. I vividly remember walking down a dirt road with my friends and the moon shining so bright. At one point we came to a soybean field and it was so bright that the light was bouncing off the leaves in the field. I was immediately struck by wonder at this nighttime world that I had no idea existed. I wanted to stay and look at the field, forget the creepy house. I wanted to drink in this scene; become one with the night.
We took a pause in our journey to gaze upon the field, but soon the more adventurous, less contemplative kids in the group urged us on. I left the scene reluctantly, but carried it away with me, enriched.
A good memory. I’m glad it was awaken by the words of another.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
In order to make my blog a little more personal I thought I’d add a little music. I made a small playlist at Playlist.com. They provide handy code so all I had to do was add a new page element and, there you go, music. I’ve tried to make the player handy to access so if our musical tastes aren’t the same you can easily pause the player in the left hand column.
I hope you enjoy.