In January, I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Bitting at a local Whiskey & Poetry event in Pasadena, CA. She read from her newest poetry book, THE COUPLE WHO FELL TO EARTH. Michelle Bitting’s words took us on many journeys, all unique and wonderful. Some were poignant, some were lively and colorful, all were eloquent. And it wasn’t just the whiskey talking either… In my opinion, if you like poetry at all, this book should be one to put in your library to peruse over and over and over again.
It was a pleasure to meet you MICHELLE BITTING.
I couldn’t be happier with the new release of Morrine Depolo’s second novel, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. The story takes the reader on a journey through three generations and almost four decades with the narrative told through many different voices. This can be difficult but here it works and is rich, evocative and flows easily. Each character is distinct and unique which lends itself to the overall story and makes the transitions seamless. Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow is about life and the decisions the characters make along with the consequences they incur. As the story unfolds, it is a reminder that no matter how challenging things can be a strong and loving family always provides support and the hope that support generates.
Morrine is having a giveaway on Goodreads. Click on the link for a chance to win a copy of her book.
I enjoy my book clubs tremendously. I’ve met some amazing women and I’m honored to know them. We meet once a month and our discussions are lively, educating, and fun, and ALWAYS involve good food and drinks.
Book Club #1: We are reading Geek Love written by Katherine Dunn. This story follows a very unusual family and makes us think twice about what “normal” is. It has a unique and interesting cast of characters and an unusual setting. But what is prevalent (so far, since I’m only about a third of the way) is the love between the family members, until sibling rivalry gets in the way and changes things.
Book Club #2: We are reading Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg. A ode to small town America at it’s best. From the 1940s to the present. Reading this story is like being transported back in time and makes me want to drink a lemonade and sit out on the grass and enjoy the day. (I’m only about a quarter of the way into the story)
Both books should yield great discussions. They couldn’t be any more different from each other. As far as stories go they are on opposite ends of the spectrum. I’m curious to see what happens.
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I just started reading NOT BY ACCIDENT by Samantha Dunn and I can’t put it down.
This happened the last time I read one of her books, FAILING PARIS. I read it so fast I was sad when i finished.
The other day I looked on Goodreads for a list of Samantha Dunn’s books and I found out that I have a copy of every book she’s written. I did not know that. Something else I discovered while reading Not By Accident is that she and I have PLACE in common. For starters, Los Angeles but also, New Mexico, specifically Las Cruces — City of the Crosses. She and I have ties in a part of the country that is largely unknown to most people, but when you are lucky enough to see it, it peaceful, enchanting, a sanctuary.
I’ve only just started reading this book, but I can say it will be a book I will read again. Her writing is evocative and dreamy, but is also truthful and honest. She weaves in a natural disconnect and numbness in the midst of terrible pain and sadness that is relatable, but also shows us how much we can endure and survive. This book is about how she was tested to and through her limits by an accident that changed her in unexpected ways as she embraced her whole life; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
We can all learn from her journey.
If you’ve read this book or anything written by Samantha Dunn I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below.