Tag Archives: Family

On Writing

As mentioned in my previous post, Reading In Crisis, my husband Mark is in the ICU. He has been in the hospital exactly 25 days now; 19 of them in Intensive Care. As you can imagine, this has turned almost everything in our lives upside-down. He obviously can not work, our three children (aged six, […]
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Review: Daddy’s Little Princess by Cathy Glass

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across Damaged, by Cathy Glass, and was completely sucked in. I read it in one day. It was the completely heartbreaking story of a child that Cathy took in as a foster child. Because the book was so intense, I did not run out to read another of […]
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Reading In Crisis

Why do I willingly subject myself to such depressing reading material! Here is my pretty significant life problem right now— my husband of eight years, father to my three children, my best friend- Mark Hollett, is currently laying in ICU in critical but stable condition. He is 34 years old. What. The. Hell. I am […]
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Review: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

When you can see a part of yourself or a loved one in a character of a book without any stretch of the imagination, you know the author knows how to write well. While of course not every facet of any character will apply to any one person, sometimes they just seem so real— a […]
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Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Have you ever read a book, and within about five pages you can tell by the persona of the narrator that every single person who reads this book will either hate the protagonist, or love him in a very human but somewhat twisted way? Read Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch and you […]
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Fathers Day Book Recommendations

When I was a kid, I don’t remember my dad reading with me much. What I do remember, is that as a teenager he read books for his own personal journey like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Six Thinking Hats. The fact that he seemed to be attempting to improve himself was really […]
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FILM VERSUS BOOK: The Fault In Our Stars

So I waited until two days ago to read the incredibly famous The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. On purpose of course; to maximize the amazing TFIOS concentration that I anticipated with today’s release of the movie based on the book. I read 200 pages of the book on Wednesday, and the rest […]
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Review: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

I have an uncle who works with governments in second and third world countries to build systems, policies and help advance their protocols into the new millennium. Right now, I believe he is in Bangladesh and has been for a few years on and off. When I was growing up, his home base was mostly […]
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We Were Liars: Get Beyond the Hype

Multiple reviewers said, “the less you know the better it will be.” And so I went in blind. Ann Kingman says, “not just one of the best YA books I’ve read this year, but one of the best books I read this year in any genre.” And I generally love the stuff that the Books […]
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The Martian – How much is a one-way ticket to Mars worth?

As a married father of three young children, there are many days when being stranded alone on Mars sounds like Eden.  Throw in the fact that lead Martian Mark Watney is a mechanical engineer, and heck I’ve daydreamed this scenario several dozen times already. Why do I have such compulsion to escape the people I […]
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