Weekly Book Round Up

I have been looking forward to Sunday all week just for this one moment: 
After the morning calms down and the littles cuddle on the couch with a movie and I can sit with them and write about the books that have caught my attention in my magazines.

And the bonus? It's raining out. What's greater than books, coffee and a dreary, cool morning outside?

First though, I wanted to tell you about the book I got in the mail from Liz at Freckles in the Fog thanks to Kimberly's Book Swap at The Simplicity of Being Curious 

Liz sent me Bel Canto, by Ann Panchett. 

She also sent me the nicest note and a Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake bookmark. Pretty perfect, if you ask me! 

I have heard of this book before, so I was happy she thought I would like it. It's been awarded several times and was included on Amazon's Best Books of the Year in 2001. 

From Goodreads: In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. His hosts hope that Mr. Hosokawa can be persuaded to build a factory in their Third World backwater. Alas, in the opening sequence, just as the accompanist kisses the soprano, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.

Thanks so much to Liz! I can't wait to get started on it! 

Okay, so on to the books that made news this week.

The one that MOST intrigued me was in People: 

Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless. 

I LOVE memiors. I even love reading memoirs about people I have never even heard of. And then I obsessively Google them and trying to find pictures of them. 
Wendy Lawless is an actress. I've never heard of her, but according to IMDB.com, she was on Caroline in the City and Grace Under Fire in the 90s, so I have probably seen her. Her story seems riveting: 
"If the question 'What will happen next' is the one  you are asking every day when your 9, you're pretty much guaranteed a fraught childhood," wrote the reviewer in People.  Wendy's mother is a "gimlet downing, social climbing mother" who takes them to a candy store one day and locks them in a closet the next. She tells the story of how her mother ruined her and her sister's life. Apparently, Lawless' mother say her daughters as both her competition and what she couldn't live without.
This memoir interests me so much because I love reading about mother/daughter relationships and the reviewer says she tells this said story without self-pity, which I think is really brave. 

This is another book I have been seeing popping up everywhere:
Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde: A True Story

It was both in EW and Oprah this week. 

From Goodreads: The ultimate fish-out-of-water tale . . . 
A child who never quite fit in, Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar of Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, dreaming of one day ditching Pittsburgh and moving to New York, her Jerusalem. After graduating from college, she made her way to the city to begin her destiny. For a time, life turned out exactly as she’d planned: glamorous parties; beautiful people; the perfect job, apartment, and man. But when it all came crashing down, she found herself catapulted into another world. She moves into Brooklyn’s enormous Lubavitch community, and lives with Cosmo, a thirty-year-old Russian rabbi who practices jujitsu on the side.

One article about the book compared the main character to Carrie Bradshaw, and there's nothing that mystifies me more than New York City, so this story is right up my alley.

O Magazine also had a collection of titles they recommended:

Among them, 

Saturday Night Widows: "The true story of a New York journalist who forms a support group with five other widows, and how together they venture back into life.

Without realizing it, I chose all memoirs/non fiction this week! 

Happy reading friends! If there are books you've read about or just recently put on your "to read" list, I want to hear about them! 

Coming soon, I will review the book "In The Woods" by Tana French, which I just finished yesterday. Next, I'll be reading Divergent and the American Heiress. I am still listening to The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriani Tragiani, and I know, without even finishing it yet, that I will be one of my all time favorites for years to come. 

Thanks Again, Kimberly, for a great swap! Check out her blog here! 


What She's Reading Now

What do you get when you combine a  night filled with laughter, wine, and your two best friends? 

Apparently a wine hangover, spending a lot of money at Hobby Lobby, and being a slug on the couch. 

But that's just me. 

But really,  is there any thing better than a great dinner with two friends who have known you longer than any other friends you've ever had? 

There wasn't a topic we didn't cover, a memory we didn't relive and a bottle of wine we didn't drink. 

This evening was spent catching up on what I missed from being away over night from the kids. You, know, the usual: boxed mac and cheese, Nerf gun fights and coloring. 

I thought I would catch up reporting what books I am reading, since I just started them both this weekend. I am reading In The Woods by Tana French. It's been a while since I have read a mystery/thriller so I am ready to dive into to this interesting story! After I finish this book, I will move on to The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin. 

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)

Description from Goodreads.com: As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

And I am listening to this in the car while driving to work. I bet there aren't alot of romance novel lovers out there who don't love Adriana Trigiani. Her words are so so vivid and I get so lost inside her stories. I can't wait to do the same with this book! 

The Shoemaker's Wife

From Goodreads.com: The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.

This riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write, one inspired by her own family history and the love of tradition that has propelled her body of bestselling novels to international acclaim. Like Lucia, Lucia, The Shoemaker's Wife defines an era with clarity and splendor, with operatic scope and a vivid cast of characters who will live on in the imaginations of readers for years to come.

This week will be fun! I'll have a Literary Junkies link up for you on Tuesday and then later this week I will be posting some pictures of the new gallery wall decor I put up and I can't wait to show off my bedside table lamp that I redid! That being said, yes, I just bragged about my home decor projects. BOOM.

From California To Kansas

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