Literary Discussion: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


“Ethan Frome, a poor, downtrodden New England farmer is trapped in a loveless marriage to his invalid wife, Zeena. His ambition and intelligence are oppressed by Zeena’s cold, conniving character. When Zeena’s young cousin Mattie arrives to help care for her, Ethan is immediately taken by Mattie’s warm, vivacious personality. They fall desperately in love as he realizes how much is missing from his life and marriage.

Tragically, their love is doomed by Zeena’s ever-lurking presence and by the social conventions of the day. Ethan remains torn between his sense of obligation and his urge to satisfy his heart’s desire up to the suspenseful and unanticipated conclusion. (Penguin Group edition.)” Continue reading Literary Discussion: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Who Will Roar If I Go? by Paige Jaeger

Illustrated by Carol Hill Quirk


“Do you know what an endangered species is and why animals become endanged?”

“Who Will Roar If I Go? will introduce you to thirteen animals around the world who have one thing in common: they need your help. With beautiful watercolor illustrations and rhyming verse, each animal is sharing a message with you that you will long remember after reading.”
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Literary Discussion: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


My first completed book for #classicswithjess month, it was fantastic! I decided a literary type Q& A would be the best way to discuss Frankenstein, a magnificent example of Gothic and Romantic literature.

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  1. Why does Frankenstein become obsessed with creating life? Was it wrong for Frankenstein to inquire into the origins of life?

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The Fox Hunt by Mohammed Al Samawi


“Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he’d previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen.

Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook.

Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces— rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south.

The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.” Continue reading The Fox Hunt by Mohammed Al Samawi

April Release! My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie


A Novel of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

“From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton–a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before–not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal–but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right. Continue reading April Release! My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

Our Wild Magic by Amanda Linsmeier

In Our Wild Magic, the soon to be released book of poetry and prose by Amanda Linsmeier, we are again taken on a journey of deep feeling- which is the sign of a great compilation- one that invokes raw emotion from the reader. I found myself reminiscing feelings which haven’t been stoked in years.  Like Waves by the author was a book overwhelmingly wrought with feelings of despair and real pain; Our Wild Magic is a book displaying self-reflection and a fire lit from within attitude.  Continue reading Our Wild Magic by Amanda Linsmeier

Release Day! The River House by Carla Neggers


Felicity MacGregor loves organizing social events for others but her own personal life is a different story. After a brief but failed attempt at a career as a financial analyst, she returned to Knights Bridge where she enjoys running a thriving party-planning business. Continue reading Release Day! The River House by Carla Neggers

Book Break! My Most Loved Make-up!

Let me begin by admitting that I have a problem with make-up like I do with books. OK, not that bad, but I do love make-up! I remember sitting on my mom’s bed as a little girl and watching her precisely place color on her cheeks and lips at her vanity.  She was so beautiful. It’s some of my best memories, watching and adoring her. I remember her taking me to the store for the first time to get blush (suitable for a tween) and her specifically saying to always get peach. Peach flatters all you know! Anyway, I love make-up! I’m no expert and I could list 100 items I like, but I’ve narrowed it down to my most used and most loved! Continue reading Book Break! My Most Loved Make-up!