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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo is a #Cybils YA Fiction finalist

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I love EVERY DING DANG THING that Acevedo writes. Bonus shout outs to the author who sets the story in my hometown of PHILLY! All the things you love about Philly are represented in the book. AND! our heroine’s best friend is named Angelica which is my daughter’s name!

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

Soooooooo much fun! And I listened on audio which is divine because the author herself reads it. Homegirl could read a calculus book and make it sound interesting. Give With the Fire on High to every girl you know. She’ll be inspired.

This title may not have won the Cybils but it’s a winner in my heart this year. Also qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge!

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Books Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

I love the premise of this book because it challenges everything you think you know about Black people: that they don’t ride horses (except cowboys). But in Riding Chance, Troy is sent to stables to care for horses rather than a juvenile detention facility. Imagine what a shock being around horses must be for an inner city teen? But then he’s forced to learn how to ride and play polo. How awesome is that? That he has to learn to deal with horses and his own prejudices against people who play polo? What an interesting concept.

 

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Books Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

I love the premise of this book because it challenges everything you think you know about Black people: that they don’t ride horses (except cowboys). But in Riding Chance, Troy is sent to stables to care for horses rather than a juvenile detention facility. Imagine what a shock being around horses must be for an inner city teen? But then he’s forced to learn how to ride and play polo. How awesome is that? That he has to learn to deal with horses and his own prejudices against people who play polo? What an interesting concept.

 

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Can’t Get to BlogHer? Try Philly HomeHer14!

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Books Tea Parties

Bookish Tea Party Fun: Mother’s Day

I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating two Mother’s Days this year! Each time I was able to host a Mother’s Day tea party for others. It’s very rewarding to be able to bring a smile to someone’s face!  On Mother’s Day, we hosted a tea at the historic Brinton Lodge, on the banks of the historic Schuykill River, where the likes of William Penn, Benny Goodman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra are rumored to have walked.

What beautiful weather we had for our party.

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We played games, took a tour of the historic (and possibly haunted) house, and ate until our faces came off. hahaha Not really. That was just me. So much for my diet.

We are thinking our next party might be a Great Gatsby party…what do you think?

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Adult Fiction

Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return, a Towne Book Center Bookclub Pick

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Adult Fiction

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

 

I knew this book was going to be good after I heard the author interviewed on my beloved Fresh Air.

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I picked up the audio version at work because I thought it might be delightful to listen to. And it was. The actress reading Sarah Grimke’s voices was perfect; she did a fabulous job of translating every character into a distinguishable voice. The other actress was nice and I liked her voice too, but not to the extent that I loved Sarah’s voice.

I anxiously listened to the book thinking that it was going to be a tale of slavery and  the anti slavery movement seen through the eyes of two women. Instead it turned out to be part epistolary and part treatise on women’s rights and slave rights. The feelings the characters have for each other are difficult which makes the coming of age tale so engaging.

Sensitive and endearing. I would love to see this as a movie.

Once again, Philadelphia is featured as a good place to live, woot!

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Adult Fiction Books

The Preservationist by Justin Kramon AUTHOR VISIT

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One of the funnest aspects of my job at the bookstore (Towne Book Center & Cafe) is hosting book clubs.  This month we read The Preservationist by Justin Kramon and were visited by the author himself!  To be sure, author visits are always fun and eventful but the special part of this club was that he addressed everyone’s comments personally.  What’s not to love about that?

Here’s my video review. Tell me what you think.

If your club has read The Preservationist, why not contact him and see if he’s available?  He’s a good time and a genuinely good egg.  His website is easy: JustinKramon.com.  He’s also on Facebook.

Have you read it?  Tell me what you think!

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Children resources

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimobile Truck at Please Touch Museum

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Hey kids!

Saturday, September 14 at 12:00pm

The Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimobile

will be stopping by the Please Touch Museum (4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131)

 Just in time for lunch, the menu will be full of options including

Tacodiles (Tacos),

Subwhales (Sandwiches),

Hippotatomus (Baked Potatoes),

Barry Strawberries,

among many others!

I know I loved the book and the movie.

Stop by the Please Touch Museum and check it out.

Save me some Hippotatomus !

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Books

Lisa Scottoline Book Club Daddy’s Girl

Lisa Scottoline Unconventional Librarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been great fun hosting a Lisa Scottoline Book Club at Towne Book Center & Cafe.  Many of the ladies have read much more than I have but I can see why they are devoted readers.  To be sure, I’m a noob to Lisa Scottoline; but I’m hooked nonetheless.  So far, I’ve read these titles:

  • Look Again (A World Book Night pick)
  • Don’t Go
  • Come Home
  • Everywhere That Mary Went
  • Daddy’s Girl

I’ve enjoyed all the book immensely, but like others, I enjoy the legal thrillers the most.  I love that Scottoline tools around the Philadelphia area naming neighborhoods I’ve heard of or been in; it makes me even feel more part of the story. August’s pick was Daddy’s Girl about a law professor at Penn (coincidence?) who stumbles upon a horrible prison riot, falls in love, and gets pegged for murder.  I loved it! There’s a great surprise about the Underground Railroad, which, if you know history,  you know that the Quakers and Chester County, PA were a vital portion of the railroad.

Woot!

At next month’s meeting we’ll play catch up in preparation for the big party at the author’s house in October.

Woot!

Have you read any of Lisa’s books?  Which are your favorite?