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The Mothers

The reappearance of Mariela Fairman’s husband, seven years after he mysteriously vanished, launches her into a tortuous whirlpool of love, guilt, hope and loss. Living on the south west coast of Ireland in a dilapidated manor house that is both a retreat and a prison, struggling to raise her cold and rejecting son, and caring for a man who is confused and dangerous, Mariela fights to make sense of who she is. As her life intertwines with those of two other women, both with their own secrets, she learns how, and crucially, where, to look for meaning, even if it challenges her to accept the existence of a world beyond the human one she knows.


“The Mothers” is a thoughtful and provocative story of maternal guilt, a modern fairy tale that asks what we think we know and how we understand what happens to us. It follows one woman’s quest for survival as her dreams disintegrate and she is thrust into an existence that sets life against death, reality against fantasy, and motherhood against selfhood.

Endorsements:

“Deliciously melancholy storytelling.”

“A great build-up of mysteries to unpack as the story continues.”

“The language and imagery used in this piece are wonderful, a joy to read”


– Judges’ feedback, Jericho Writers Friday Night Live Competition 2020

Excerpt from the Book:

“I hold my breath, try to still my shaking limbs, wait for answers. Conor is smiling now but with eyes that remain blank and faraway, and I know that he is not here, not with me. Still I wait, hoping, afraid to move, scared to risk dispelling the air of possibility. When his words come, they startle me.

‘It was the best night of my life.’

I breathe out through my nose, shoulders falling, trying not to let my confusion show in the squeeze of my hand. I am so hoping for more but to ask for it is terrifying. He is smiling as silence drops with the suddenness of a tropical rain shower, and his eyes close. Today will not be the day that I learn where he has been for the past seven years.

As I sit trying to still my mind, the crow that had taken up residence in the tree outside since Conor’s return mocks me, laughs at my fruitless wait, caws at me with disdain before flapping its ragged wings to fly in search of its companions. Crows began to roost in the trees lining the driveway when Conor returned, sentry-like, squawking whenever I leave the house. Harbingers of bad luck or goddesses of fortune, depending on who you listen to, their harsh cries send shivers through me every time they herald me leaving the house, so that I hasten out of their sight.

Leaving the bedroom on tiptoes, I turn for one last look at Conor, and to check that the crow is not watching me.”

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Lift Your Chains, I Hold the Key

My mother’s and my own personal history in witchcraft with its revealed secrets as we accepted the traditions of our kinsfolk.

Our phenomenal conversions to Christianity including an up close and personal meeting with Jesus Himself and examples of His outrageous grace toward us.

Furthermore, God Himself revealing how He is the most superior Spirit being in the whole universe.

On top of all that, the revelation in supernatural power that Jesus’ sacrifice made a public spectacle of His archenemy on the cross.
And in addition to all this, came Divine wisdom of the differentiation between the Holy Spirit and the lesser spirits.

And into the bargain, God showing us Satan’s beginning and end and why it is nonsensical to serve him as master, compared to our holy destiny we have here on the earth in Satan’s territory, the atmospheric heavens as a mortal, and eternal life with Jesus as Master to boot.

I ask you, why would you spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and you will delight in the richest of fare.

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“My mother was born with an inherited demon from ancestry from her side of the family, steeped in witchcraft, some were even members of a witch coven. My mum was constrained by the activity of familial spirits that function linking with family lineage.

The devil, Satan himself, uses to great advantage unconfessed sin; if sin occurs and persists unsettled, especially in the area of witchcraft, then the enemy of our souls has a legal right of claims, combining the biblical principle of “the visitation of the sins of the fathers on the children” (Numbers 14:18).

If my mother’s great-grandmother or other ancestry further than that, practised occultism, they would have partnered with evil spirits and become possessed by them and experienced divination powers. Because my mother’s ancestors did not surrender their powers to Almighty God and lay them down for the power of the Holy Ghost and gain holy spiritual powers to be used correctly as God sees fit, for the furtherance of the Kingdom of Light, then the curse carried on through the generations.”

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My Man and Me

George Stephenson is approaching his fiftieth birthday, disappointed with life, and only too aware of his many failings. His troubled marriage to Dawn appears to be crumbling, egged on by his successful neighbour Derek. His relationship with his son Paul has become detached. Something has gone horribly wrong in their son’s life that he won’t share with them. And there’s something big that only Paul’s difficult girlfriend Danni knows about – and she’s not telling anyone. On top of all of that, they’re on to him at work. But this life starts to be transformed in what seems like a random series of events. Is it all down to chance and good fortune? Or is someone, or something, from deep in George’s past orchestrating events to turn things around for the Stephenson family?

Excerpt from the book:

“So, when Roberto came along, with his short hair and clean fingernails, and his good manners and job at the bank, compromise didn’t seem so bad. He’d started calling in at the bar with his books to study for exams. They’d got talking. His flat was clean. The fridge was full. Less sexual electricity, but more real electricity. The sort that makes light bulbs work. And he was a good man. Loved his mother.

And he loved her. Rachel, from Hackney, East London, the gentrified bit. Daughter of a lawyer. Stepdaughter of an architect who owned a lot of land. In possession of a good education, apart from English Literature, grade D. With a wayward side that nobody could explain.

But the real problem was, their names were so similar – Rodolfo and Roberto. Both beginning with R, both three syllables, and both ending in O. Not great planning that. You had to be very careful, especially in the morning. She’d got it wrong once, but got away with it. Roberto hadn’t noticed. Or was it Rodolfo?

Where the hell was Rodolfo?

He’d been late a week ago as well. The night when so many things changed. It hadn’t been Rodolfo, or Roberto, or Rupert, that she’d been thinking about for the past week. She’d done nothing about it for too long, but now she was determined.

She stubbed out the half-smoked cigarette, took out her phone, and sent the text message to Danni.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars  Great story and really well-written!

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Really enjoyed this book! Intriguing storyline with hidden depths, fascinating characters and darkly humorous at times. This is the first fiction novel I have read in a long time and it has inspired me to read regularly again. I understand it is the debut novel from the author and I keenly await his next one!

James d

5.0 out of 5 stars  A great read!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 July 2021

A fantastic, darkly humorous thriller. So enjoyable that I finished in a day!

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Live a Life to Die For

From the icy wastes of the North Pole to the vast expanse of the Sahara, from the stormy reaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the dizzying heights of Mount Everest, Live a Life to Die For is an adventure like no other. Roger Davies has rowed, trekked, raced – and played the odd game of weird rugby – across some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet, and his epic story is packed with spills, thrills, high comedy and personal tragedy.

But this book is much more than a great outdoors adventure; it is the story of one person’s struggle to throw off the shackles of alcoholism, to come to terms with the after-effects of brutality and trauma, and to leave the grey margins of the criminal underworld behind him. Along the way, he meets an extraordinary cast of characters: the good, the bad, the heroic and the plain crazy.

Join Roger on his quirky, unique journey, from thug, to charity worker in Africa, to record-breaking adventurer; and find out how he overcame the burden of his past and learned to Live a Life to Die For.

Endorsements:

“I had the pleasure of sharing Mount Everest with Roger and his lovely wife Lesley on yet another challenge Roger had undertaken. He is a great man with a remarkable story and I was massively inspired by his determination and drive and his never say die attitude. I am honoured to share a Guinness world record with Roger and have no doubt he will continue to inspire us all!” – Shane Williams MBE

“Roger is ‘hard wired’ for success. If he can beat cancer, he can easily beat the Channel!” – Jock Wishart

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Lesley Pender

5.0 out of 5 stars  Wow! Inspiring – I couldn’t put this Book down!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 July 2021

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Roger really has had a roller coaster of a life. What hope he shares that life is indeed what you make it. He’s suffered abuse at school, near death experiences though violence and addiction and turned his life around completely! Great read, I’m off to find my adventure!!

 

Patrick Desmond Harrington

5.0 out of 5 stars  Inspirational account of a life transformed

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2021

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This is a brutally honest and candid account of a life spiralling out of control, plummeting the depths of despair and criminality and taking the author to death’s door. The amazing transformation is both moving and inspirational. Roger’s life has truly been well lived and he has become a loved and respected member of the world of adventurism and the wider community.


Jaw dropping adventures allied to selfless acts of charity!

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Book Review: Sleuth: Tales of a Private Eye by R.L. Lesnick

This book includes my struggle to get into the business without the required licensing qualifications. It includes nine chapters containing dozens of my more colorful cases in various parts of the country; some hilarious, some tragic, some dangerous, and some highly illegal. (The statute of limitations has passed.) These cases include bitter custody battles and divorce cases, insurance fraud, employee theft, the Castellanos hit by John Gotti with NBC news, drug dealers with NBC news, various surveillances, crossing the line with illegal wiretaps, perks of the job and more. Sleuth provides the reader with incredible firsthand insight into the private investigative business which I believe, you, the reader will find fascinating and entertaining. With almost three decades of investigative experience, my story and case studies make this book quite unique. But there is much more to the story.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction but I’m really glad I accepted this book to review. It is so interesting! Bob was a PI for many years and he recounts cases from those days. His writing is straightforward, even blunt, and told with humor. This is a book that I’m not only recommending to my readers, but to friends and family who don’t read a lot.

There were several cases that I found interesting, so I thought I’d list a couple favorites:

A woman wanted Bob to find her husband with a stripper she knew he was still seeing. She wanted him to let her know when he found him. When he did, she came to the strip club, beat up her husband, then jumped up and down on his Mercedes.

There was an insurance fraud case involving busses, passengers, doctors, and lawyers. A big case that left me shaking my head.

Some of the people in these cases are unbelievable. In fact, at the end of several chapters, he writes, “How do these people find me?”

The author also had a decked out surveillance van. He ended up helping other agencies build their own vans and he helped police and newspeople with surveillance. Some of those stories are exciting! His van has been on several TV shows and one studio even purchased it after he retired.

I definitely recommend Sleuth but be warned: it needs editing.

About the Author

Robert L. Lesnick has been a private investigator for 28 years. He has worked local, national and international cases. He is now retired and working on his golf and pool game. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1964-1970 coming home with all the big parts. He enjoys good single barrel Bourbon; his favorite is Eagle Rare but keeps a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 15 year around for special occasions.

As a younger man, he was an avid scuba diver in the North Atlantic; although he has dived in many parts of the world.

He lives in New Jersey with his lovely wife, Rina.

Book Review & Giveaway: Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver by Rachel Michelberg

Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver by Rachel Michelberg

Publisher:  She Writes Press, (April 27, 2021)
Category: Memoir, Divorce, Parenting, Moral Conflict, Caring for Disabled, Caregiver
ISBN: 978-1647420321
Available in Print and ebook, 224 pages

Description

Rachel likes to think of herself as a nice Jewish girl, dedicated to doing what’s honorable, just as her parents raised her to do. But when her husband, David, survives a plane crash and is left with severe brain damage, she faces a choice: will she dedicate her life to caring for a man she no longer loves, or walk away?

Their marriage had been rocky at the time of the accident, and though she wants to do the right thing, Rachel doesn’t know how she is supposed to care for two kids in addition to a now irrational, incontinent, and seizure-prone grown man. And how will she manage to see her lover? But then again, what kind of selfish monster would refuse to care for her disabled husband, no matter how unhappy her marriage had been? Rachel wants to believe that she can dedicate her life to David’s needs, but knows in her heart it is impossible.

Crash tackles a pervasive dilemma in our culture: the moral conflicts individuals face when caregiving for a disabled or cognitively impaired family member.

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A heart wrenching look at the underappreciated caregivers in our lives.

Rachel Michelberg was a young mother of two when her husband, a pilot, was in a terrible accident. His plane crashed into a vineyard in California, and David Michelberg was left with severe brain damage as well as spinal damage. This kind of catastrophe would be enough to destroy almost anyone’s life, but Rachel had an added problem.

Before the crash, she and David’s marriage was already in trouble, and Rachel had begun seeing another man. Now, Rachel must care for a husband that she is not sure she feels anything for beyond duty. And, of course, caring for someone with such severe injuries is a full time job.

David is capable of speech and some memory, but he doesn’t remember his children and he is prone to fits of irrationality. Between caring for her children and health issues of her own, Rachel struggles to take care of a husband who has mentally regressed back to the state of a small child and take care of herself at the same time.

Michelberg’s writing was fantastic and she held nothing back from scrutiny. Reading this book felt like an intimate look at the life of someone suffering through a time that most of us hope we’ll never have to face and getting through it in a realistic way. Despite putting all of her flaws out for everyone in the world to see, Michelberg was so sympathetic and so easy to understand.

I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to deal with someone that you love going through something so terrible and irreversible. ‘Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver’ changed my mind and my opinions in a lot of ways, and it’s one memoir that I know I will be thinking about for a long time to come.

About the Author

Rachel Michelberg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and still enjoys living there with her husband, Richard, and their two dogs, Nala and Beenie. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University and has performed leading roles in musicals and opera from Carmen to My Fair Lady as well as the part of the Mother Abbess (three times!) in The Sound of Music.

When Rachel isn’t working with one of her twenty voice and piano students, she loves gardening, hiking, and making her own bone broth. CRASH: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver is her first book.

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A Touch of the African Sun

This saga is led by that complex character von Tabis, a psychopath, whose monumental ego, and fantasies of power and grandeur, were given fortuitous reign by his unexpected transfer to tranquil Tanganyika (Tanzania) just before World War II. His South African co-conspirators who fell under the spell of von Tabis, illustrate how his charismatic and compelling personality stimulated their latent dreams and ambitions. A colourful diversity of characters adds atmosphere and mystery that is unique to Africa. Despite a remarkable degree of success towards his madcap schemes, von Tabis, blinded by reality, stumbles inexorably towards his ultimate destiny.

Excerpt from the book:

“The gaunt, pasty sweating body lay quietly in the vast bed. Georgio was alarmed and took the weakening pulse. He realised that nothing short of a miracle could save Jeremy now. The sheets were sodden, but Jeremy’s lips were dry and cracked. Georgio tried lifting his head and helping him to some water, but his lips barely moved. Then suddenly he opened his eyes and gave Georgio a happy smile before again shutting them. He gave a heavy sigh and left this world to join his beloved Cynthia.

Karumba was stunned. He stood there silently, but huge tears coursed down his shiny black cheeks. Georgio lifted the sheet and pulled it over the dead man’s face.

“Where is Straker?” he demanded.

“I will fetch him, bwana,” said Karumba.

 He hurried from the room and across the yard to the manager’s house. He banged on the door, and Straker came bleary eyed to open it, his pyjamas hanging obscenely open in front as he fumbled with a threadbare dressing gown.

“What the bloody ‘ell are you doing waking me at this time of night, eh?”

“It’s Bwana Forbes,” said Karumba tearfully. “He is dead, bwana.”

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Memoirs of a British Bobby

PC155, Les Morris looks back over his time in the police force and how much things have changed over the years, not just in the force itself but in the wider world beyond.

Technology, communication, new laws and legislation have changed policing, almost beyond recognition, and this unique insight reveals much about how the force used to run and the changes that made it into the organisation we recognise today.

These memoirs are based on the personal experiences of a young man making his way through the ranks and those characters and challenges he meets along the way.

The author hopes the book will give anyone interested in joining the police force a real insight into the recent history of this organisation.

Two excerpts from the book:

“One of the first jobs I was given was to investigate the theft of eggs from a broody grouse. I had more success with the next incident, when I was sent to investigate the theft of a bayonet that had been taken from a school house at Wootton. I questioned a few boys and noticed that one of them kept avoiding me and refused to look me in the eye. He was 14 years old and a foster child under the care of one of the teachers. I took him aside to question on his own and he then admitted that he had taken the bayonet. I asked him to accompany me in the car so that he could show me where he had hidden it. We retrieved the bayonet and, after telling him how foolish he had been, I drove him home to his foster parents.  I was convinced that this was his first theft and told his foster parents of my decision not to take things further, but that I would be making a note of the event.  I then returned the bayonet to its rightful owner.” (pgs. 58 – 59)

“A call came through from a police sergeant at Oxford city to assist in the arrest of a murder suspect and I drove straight to Green Road in Kidlington. When the interim detective sergeant from Witney and our detective inspector arrived, I was already at the house. The inspector ordered a search of the premises and instructed the interim detective sergeant to arrest the man and take him to Woodstock Police Station. The necessary paperwork and charge sheet could be completed, as the suspect had admitted the offence. On questioning, the man, who was in his 60s, told us that he lived with his mother, who was in her 90s. She had taken to using her walking stick to lash out at him whenever he got anywhere near her. Finally, he had lost his temper and decided that he could take no more, so killed her by smothering her with a pillow.” (pg. 71)

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Book Review & Giveaway: Trek by Rand Bish

TREK by Rand BishopTREK by Rand Bishop

Publisher:  Weightless Cargo Press (August 20, 2019)
Category: Memoir, Travel, Politics, Culture
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-7330299-0-2
Available in Print and ebook, 384 pages
Trek by Rand Bishop

 

Description 

2017, America was turning mean. Heartsick, Rand Bishop couldn’t sit idly by. His action plan, however, had friends and family questioning his sanity. At 67, on bad knees and arthritic feet, with minimal camping experience and zero knowledge of long distance hiking, Rand set out to walk 900-miles, from Southern California to the Central Oregon Coast.

How an aging pilgrim managed to survive a 90-day test of will and endurance is only a fraction of this inspiring tale. The newfound hope Rand gained by listening to and interacting with a thousand people from nearly every walk of life is the true heartbeat of the TREK story.

 

Guest Review by Sal A.

Some books take you on a journey. Sometimes, you start reading in your comfy chair with the daylight streaming in around you and the fire burning in the woodstove and before you know it, you look up again and it’s pitch black outside and the fire has completely gone out. With some books it’s just like that.

Rand Bishop’s ‘Trek’ took me on a journey. And this time it was literal.
Two years ago, Rand Bishop noticed a problem. He wasn’t sleeping very well. He decided that the reason was the discontent and anguish that he was feeling about the current political situation in the United States. This was shortly after the 2016 election, when bigotry, racism and sexism (among other ‘isms’) seemed to suddenly come roaring back to life in full force. Bishop refers to this as a “culture of meanness” and it’s something that he felt was rising up and smothering all American people.

The only problem was, he wasn’t sure what to do about it.  Bishop was no politician. He was (and is) a regular guy with a love of playing guitar and a dog named Millie. So, he decided that he would protest peacefully in the form of a walk. Bishop’s ‘Trek’ took place during the summer of 2017 and went all the way up Highway 101 from Southern California to Oregon. All told, this route goes for about 1,500 miles along the coast, but Bishop was not deterred by the length of the journey. He was determined to make some sort of difference in the way he knew how.

Along the route, Bishop met with many interesting people and heard their stories. The book is filled with that charm and charisma that make up Americana in its purest form.  I can’t recommend this highly enough and I think you’ll find it just as enlightening as I did.  I give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

 

 Advance Praise TREK by Rand Bishop

“I love this book. I laughed, I cried, I walked down memory lane. I drove a big truck for 12 years, many by myself. I know those roads and my feet hurt just reading about this journey. Thank you, Rand, for sharing your story.”-Nancy B. Thompson, Amazon

“The author’s musings on this once in a lifetime adventure make the reader feel as if she is on the trail alongside, experiencing all the emotional highs and lows without getting blisters on her feet. I loved every word; every page; every chapter! TREK is a delightful a book ~ I didn’t want it to end!”-Robyn Taylor-Drake, Amazon

“I loved turning to TREK when I couldn’t take the news any longer. It was like I was able to follow along in my worn down tennies — go at the pilgrim’s pace, meet the people he was meeting, see what he was looking at, while feeling the swoosh of trucks zooming by way too close and way too fast. More than a trek, this is a journey of discovery!”-Randall Platt, Amazon

 

Writing Awards 

First Place Nashville Screenwriting Conference for the original screenplay Tin Roof.

Three Star Award The Tennessean.

 

About the AuthorTrek by Rand Bishop

Oregon native Rand Bishop is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, platinum music producer, musician/singer, author, and lifelong activist for peace, justice, and equality. In his 45 years as a music-business professional, Rand recorded for major labels, shared stages and harmonized with legends, contributed compositions to more than a dozen feature-film and TV soundtracks, several stage musicals, and amassed more than 300 tunesmithing credits.

Rand has authored five published books, is an optioned, award-winning screenwriter, a produced playwright, and, for six years, penned a bi-monthly column for American Songwriter Magazine. He has served on the boards of directors of three non-profits and currently acts as music director for the Central Oregon Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. In June, 2019, Rand premiered his original, one-man, musical, stage performance, TREK on Stage.

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Book Review: Hey Doorman VIII by John P. Kildemm aka Haji Outlaw

SEX — VIOLENCE — TRUMP

Acclaimed writer, Haji Outlaw, writes under his pen name of John P. Kildemm.

Mister Kildemm chronicles the night life in the City of Angels as only he can, in the fourth installment of, Hey Doorman. But this time with a biting political edge working in cahoots with his always hilarious edge. That’s two edges people. TWO.

As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “I’m sure he’s having a good laugh over this with his doorman buddies.”

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Hey Doorman VIII contains several stories about the author’s experiences as a doorman. The stories were interesting and his view of things is a little comical but I was expecting more humor. If you’re interested in what bouncers have to deal with on a daily basis you might enjoy this book; however, if foul language offends you, this book is definitely not for you.

 

 

About the Author

Haji Outlaw has written for The Eric Andre Show (Adultswim), in addition to other television programs. You may have even seen him acting on Comedy Central’s Why? With Hannibal Buress. In 2018 he released his first film, Humor, which made its international debut at the Berlin Flash Film Festival.

When Haji has not been writing for the screen or performing standup comedy, he finds time to release a non-fiction series about his life as a LA bouncer (Hey Doorman) as well as a sci-fi fiction series (Caramel).

Haji wrote his first commercial for Turo, which can be seen in the summer of 2018 and beyond.

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Anybody Can Do Anything by Betty MacDonald

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Author: Betty MacDonald

Narrator: Heather Henderson

Length: 8 hours 30 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press⎮2016

Genre: Humor, Memoir

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“The best thing about the Depression was the way it reunited our family and gave my sister Mary a real opportunity to prove that anybody can do anything, especially Betty.”
After surviving both the failed chicken farm – and marriage – immortalized in The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald returns to live with her mother and desperately searches to find a job to support her two young daughters. With the help of her older sister Mary, Anybody Can Do Anything recounts her failed, and often hilarious, attempts to find work during the Great Depression.

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Betty Bard MacDonald (1907–1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, and The Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald’s vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring MacDonald’s Ma and Pa Kettle characters.

MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island).

Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first official biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.

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Heather Henderson is a voice actress and audiobook narrator with a 20-year career in literary and performing arts. Her narrations include the NYT bestseller (now also a feature film) Brain on Fire; and Sharon Creech’s The Boy on the Porch, which won her an Earphones award and was named one of the Best Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile Magazine. She earned her Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and is co-curator of AudioEloquence.com, a pronunciation research site for the audiobook industry. In 2015, Heather was a finalist for a Voice Arts Award (Outstanding Narration, Audiobook Classics), for her narration of Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I.

 

 

I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy from Audiobookworm Promotions. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I had listened to The Egg and I and The Plague and I and enjoyed both so I was looking forward to listening to this one. Betty MacDonald’s storytelling is delightful as is the narration.

This is my favorite book by Betty MacDonald so far. It’s mostly about her family life, both as a child and after she left her husband on the chicken farm and returned home. Since it was during the Depression, Betty, her daughters, her mom, and her siblings all lived under one roof and tried to survive the best they could. 

Betty’s sister, Mary, was a force to be reckoned with. She could talk Betty into doing just about anything both when they were children and when they were adults. She got Betty into some scary situations but Betty is always able to put a spin on it and makes most things funny, anywhere from a chuckle to laugh out loud funny.

The narrator, Heather Henderson, has a pleasant voice and I enjoyed listening to her. She did a great job of using different voices for different characters. She has narrated all of the books by Betty MacDonald that I’ve listened to and it was nice to associate her voice with Betty’s stories.

I definitely recommend Anybody Can Do Anything if you enjoy a good story and I am looking forward to listening to Onions in the Stew by Betty MacDonald in the near future. Continue reading

Book Review & Giveaway: The Stages of Grace by Connie Ruben & Kate O’Neill

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This book was written out of a desire to share with others who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease what I have experienced as Grace’s caregiver and friend. I wanted to capture the emotions, the expected and the unexpected issues, the painful times as well as the humorous and loving moments that Grace and I have shared as a result of this disease. This is not mean to be a handbook for dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, but I hope that by sharing my feelings and experiences, readers may recognize they are not alone on this particular journey.

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My Review

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This isn’t the type of book I normally read but I decided to read The Stages of Grace for a change of pace and I’m glad I did. I already know how Alzheimer’s affects families since my grandmother and aunt had it. I was also a home health nurse and helped a couple caregivers deal with the challenges of caring for loved ones with this devastating disease. So, I’ve seen Alzheimer’s disease from different points of view, but haven’t seen an in-depth view of the caregiver from dealing with it when it is first diagnosed until the disease is debilitating.
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I have heard several times that at least the patient doesn’t understand what is happening. Grace’s reaction is proof that she may not understand why something is wrong but she sure knows that something is wrong. I remember when I was a teenager visiting my grandparents (they lived in Chicago and we lived in Joplin, Missouri), and my grandma said, “I know something is wrong with me.” It broke my heart, but I didn’t know what to say or do. At that time she hadn’t been diagnosed but soon after, she drove the car through the garage because she confused the brake and the accelerator. She and my grandpa ended up in a nursing home shortly after that. The next time I saw her she didn’t recognize me. 
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The Stages of Grace is a good read for anyone who isn’t familiar with Alzheimer’s and would like to know a little more about how it affects families and caregivers. So many people can’t handle caring for their loved ones and end up putting them in a facility and I know there are a few good ones out there. Connie, though, has taken it upon herself to care for Grace and after reading this book I do believe she is Grace’s saving grace.
 
 
 

About the Author

 
connie-rubenConnie Ruben is an entrepreneur with well developed management skills. She has run several large companies, and prides herself on empowering others to work to their full potential. Connie also has an intimate knowledge of the challenges and joys of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease, as her mother-in-law Grace was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s disease in 2003. While Connie still struggles to balance her work life and home life, her understanding of this disease has made it easier for her to negotiate the demands of being a caregiver, as well as a wife, mother, and employer. She has written this book in order to share the insights she has gained as Grace’s primary caregiver and friend. Most importantly, Connie wants this book to assure others that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be enjoyable, life-affirming, and emotionally significant.
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Book Review & Giveaway: How to Raise a Smartass by Lucia Walinchus

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Book Description

How to Raise a Smart Ass is a funny, witty, rollicking ride through the joys of early parenthood. The so-titled “Best Butt Wiper in the World” delights audiences by recounting tales of ninja nurses, naughty knights, and super-duper poopers. Whether you’re a proud parent or you aspire to populate the world with tiny terrors of your own someday, this book will have you laughing out loud, or at a minimum buying lots of sanitizer. Kids are messy.

 

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I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

How to Raise a Smart Ass is Lucia Walinchus’ memoir about having a baby and the early years of parenting. I love her sense of humor and her ability to put things in perspective.

I’m not sure how Lucia Walinchus was able to find time to write this memoir but she did a great job at sharing the joys and trials of the first years of parenting. And she brought back memories of the challenges such as what to do with your baby while you’re in the bathroom or changing a diaper just before an explosive poop, and starting all over again. Having a boy, I also learned how to change a diaper quickly so that I didn’t get an unexpected “shower.”

Any parent or parent to be will get a kick out of How to Raise a Smartass. I hope she does more of these as her children get older.

 

 

Author’s Bio

Lucia Walinchus is an award-winning journalist, author and ice hockey addict. She has written more than 500 articles for various publications throughout her career and was recently named to the 2016 Fulbright Berlin Capital Program. She has been featured as a guest speaker on CNN and is a contracted freelancer for the New York Times. Walinchus currently lives in Oklahoma because she enjoys wide, flat golf courses that make her think she isn’t actually that bad.

Upcoming event:  Lucia Walinchus will be a the Enid, Oklahoma Public Library at 11AM on Saturday, November 12th.

 

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Win a copy of How To Raise a Smart Ass and/or a $25 GC to spend at My Spreadshirt Shop (5 winners – print for USA, ebook for int’l)

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