These Books Aren't All New??

Books are expensive. I tend to pick and review books that are both new & old. Many of these books you will be able to find on the shelves on your library as opposed to the front of your bookstore.

I believe that there are many hidden gems from years gone by & I enjoy highlighting those as well as today's best sellers.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jane In Bloom, Deborah Lytton

Publishers copy:
Jane's big sister, Lizzie, has always been the center of attention.  No one ever pays attention to boring, plain Jane.  But Jane's twelfth birthday markd the beginning of Lizzie's final descent into a fatal eating disorder, and Jane discovers that the only thing harder than living in her big sister's shadow is living without her...

In the wak of tragedy, Jane learns to look through her camera lnes and frame life differently, embracing her broken family and understanding that every girl has her season to blossom.

My review:
This book is described as spare and vulnerable and I think that those are two very apt adjectives.  This little book packs a bigger punch than the reader sees coming and the subject of losing and then finding one's family is handled masterfully.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Someone Will Be With You Shortly, Lisa Kogan

Hmm, Lisa Kogan works for Oprah Winfrey, has a marriage where she & her husband live on 2 different continents and this book does not reflect this level of excitement for me.

It's the small mundane things of her everyday life, which are interesting, but I want to know how the hell her marriage works!

People have compared her favorably to David Sedaris, Nora Ephron or Erma Bombeck.  Way too high of praise in my opinion.

It's worth reading, but doesn't really stay with you or leave you wanting more.

Booky Wook 2, Russell Brand

Back cover quote:

"I was born to be famous, but it took decades for me to convey this entitlement to an indifferent world and suspicious job centers - both presumed me a nitwit, possibly with good reason as I was brilliantly disguised as a scruff-bag."

I love Russell Brand.  Yes the former drug, alcohol and sex addicted comic from Britian with the silly hair and the swagger. 

The fact is, that the man is brilliant & the only way you may ever reveal his brilliance to yourself is to read his books.  I suggest you start with Booky Wook, before moving on to Booky Wook 2, you woulnd't want to find yourself lost in the story.