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G13 Book Review of Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss

Name of Book: Autobiography of Us

Author: Aria Beth Sloss

ISBN: 978-0-8050-9455-8

Publisher: Henry Holt

Type of book: friendship, 1950s-1990s, betrayal, crushed dreams, feminism, hopes, California, New York, marriage, adoption, secrets, unspoken issues

Year it was published: 2013


A gripping debut novel about friendship, loss and love; a confession of what passed between two women who met as girls in 1960s Pasadena, California

Coming of age in the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena, California during the 1960s, Rebecca Madden and her beautiful, reckless friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them early on, until one sweltering evening the summer before their last year of college, when a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca’s haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and t…

G12 Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Name of Book: Brain on Fire; My Month of Madness

Author: Susannah Cahalan

ISBN: 9781451621372

Publisher: Free Press

Year it was published: 2012


A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a young New York Post reporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening a new window into the fascinating world of brain science.

One day, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records—from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory—showed psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four year old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter.

Susannah’s astonishing memoir chronicles the swift path of her illness and the lucky, last-minute intervention led by one of the few doctors capable of saving her life. As weeks ticked by and Susannah moved inexplicably from vi…

E-Reading: Book Review of #8 Nancy's Mysterious Letter by Carolyn Keene

Name of Book: Nancy's Mysterious Letter

Author: Carolyn Keene

ISBN: 9780448095080

Publisher: Grosset and Dunlap

Part of a Series: Nancy Drew series

Type of book: Mystery, young adult, 1930s, letter, heiress, Lonely Hearts Club, football game, college, wealth

Year it was published: 1932


BY mistake Nancy Drew receives a letter from England intended for an heiress, also named Nancy Drew. When Nancy undertakes a search for the missing young woman, it becomes obvious that a ruthless, dangerous man is determined to prevent her from finding the heiress or himself. Clues that Nancy unearths leads her to believe that the villainous Edgar Nixon plans to marry the heiress and then steal her inheritance.

During her investigation Nancy discovers that Nixon is engaged in a racket that involves many innocent, trusting persons. The thrilling hunt for Nixon and the heiress takes Nancy in and out of many perilous situations.

How the teen-age detective saves the British heiress from the sly, cunni…

Book Review of Kenjiro by Pat Barr

Name of Book: Kenjiro

Author: Pat Barr

ISBN: 0-446-30030-6

Publisher: Warner Books

Type of book: Japan, Britain, culture clash, 1862-1869, 1888-1895, unbelievable, culturally poorly researched, foreigners, interracial relationship, Asian male/white female, Asian female/white male, hapa children

Year it was published: 1985


 Kenjiro...the ambitious, handsome samurai, who fought the barriers of race and sin that stood between him and the beautiful white "barbarian" he loved.

Elinor...the stunning Englishwoman, caught in a spell of intrigue and violence, enchantment and ecstasy, torn between two ways of life- and love.

Ryo...Kenjiro's sister, who traded a traditional future for a forbidden love and an independent life.

Felix...the proper Victorian, forever loving women he could not truly possess, from the married woman who broe his child to the young Japanese girl he was forbidden to marry.


I couldn't capture or relate to any of the characters in the book. …

G9 This Generation Dispatches from China's Most Popular Literary Star (and Race Car Driver)

General Information:

Name of Book: This Generation: Dispatches from China's most popular Literary Star (and race car driver)

ISBN: 978-1-4516-6000-5

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Year it was published: (2006-2012), anthology form, 2012


For those who follow Chinese affairs, Han Han is as controversial as they come- an irreverent singer, sports celebrity, and satirist whose brilliant blogs and books have made him a huge celebrity with more than half a billion readers. Now, with this collections of his essays, Americans can appreciate the range of this rising literary star and get a fascinating trip through Chinese culture.

This Generation gathers his essays and blogs dating from 2006 to the present, telling the story of modern China through Han Han's unique perspective. Writing on topics as diverse as racing, relationships, the Beijing Olympics, and how to be a patriot, he offers a brief, funny, and illuminating trip through a complex nation that most Westerners view as marc…

Book Challenge A-Z #50 Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Fulfilling the requirement:

The W letter for the author's last name (Weis) alphabetically.



Creatures of legend. Stories told to children.

But now dragons have returned to Krynn. The darkness of war and destruction threatens to engulf the land.

Then hope appears- a blue crystal staff in the hands of of a beautiful barbarian woman. The promise of hope, as fleeting as smoke upon the autumn wind, forces a group of long-time friends into the unlikely roles of heroes.

Knight and barbarian, warrior and half-elf, dwarf and kender and dark-souled mage; they begin a perilous quest for-

the legendary Dragonlance.

Lesson learned:

Anything is possible

Link to review:click here

G11 Book Review of The Book of Why by Nicholas Montemarano

Name of Book: The Book of Why

Author: Nicholas Montemarano

ISBN: 978-0-316-18847-0

Publisher: Little Brown

Type of book: Romance, coincidence, dog, Harry Houdini/ Erich Weiss, 1970s?-2012, confusing, poor transition, Martha's Vineyard, New York, cancer, faith vs. reason, reincarnation, dreams, Ralph the female dog

Year it was published: 2013


A novel about an unforgettable love. The Book of Why asks big questions: Is there meaning in signs? Do coincidences matter? Does love ever really have to die?

The answers to these questions are within you- at least that's what writer Eric Newborn said in his mega-best selling books and speeches. But the loss of his wife has left Eric with a failed belief system. In the wake of that trauma, Eric has become a recluse in his home on Martha's Vineyard.

A fan who tracks Eric down brings him back to memories of his wife, leading him closer to her than he'd dreamed he could ever get again. With a breathtaking twist at its end, The Book…

G8 Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

Title: Fresh of the Boat A memoir

Author: Eddie Huang

Date it will be published: February 2013

Type of book: food, immigrants, FOB, drugs, street-wear, 1980s-2010s, rap/ hip-hop, "rotten banana", China

Subject matter: Focuses on the story of what it's like living as an Asian American and having to experience racism and whatnot as well as why and how he turned out the way he did.

Special features: Since this is an ARC, none. I would imagine that the published versions will have pictures of him and his family.

Price: $26.00 dollars in USA, $31.00 dollars in Canada

ISBN: 978-0-679-64488-0

Publishing company: Spiegel & Grau Hardcover

What Is The Meaning of This Primary Source?

This is an autobiography of Eddie Huang that charts time from his childhood to the time his restaurant makes it into New York Times. In there he talks about the racism he experienced from the time he was a kid to the impact it had on him on as a teenager and a man. Eddie is only three years older than I and…

Planned Books

Books I'm Reading:
Kenjiro- Pat Barr 146/499
The Music of Dolphins- Karen Hesse 15/181
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves- Kristina McMorris 176/421
Cloud Atlas- David Mitchell 16/509
Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy 492/807

Story of the Stone- Xueqin Cao
5. The Dreamer Wakes 126/376
Flirting with Justice- Wendy Etherington 
2. Breathless on the Beach 41/218
People Series- W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
3. People of the Earth 204/587
Storyteller Trilogy- Sue Harrison
3. Call Down the Stars 195/503
Harry Potter Series- J.K Rowling
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 61/309
Dragonlance Chronicles- Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
2. Dragons of Winter Night 29/399
Millicent Min Trilogy- Lisa Yee
3. So Totally Emily Ebers 174/280

Nancy Drew Series- Carolyn Keene
8. Nancy's Mysterious Letter 119/197

Fresh off the boat- Eddie Huang 209/272
This Generation- Han Han 9/254

Future Books:
The Book of Why- Nicholas Montemarano

People Series Quartet- W. Mic…

G10 Journeys to Mother Love: Nine Women Tell their Stories of Forgiveness and Healing

WARNING: This is a christian book, thus there will be plenty of religion and mention of jesus. 

General Information:

Name of Book:Journeys to Mother Love: Nine Women Tell their Stories of Forgiveness and Healing



Year it was published: 2012

Overall theme: "We-the writers of this book- represent four different generations and come from various backgrounds and places. What we have in common in this: We are all mothers and we all have mothers (whether or not they are still living.) For each of us, coming to the place of freely receiving and giving love in the mother-daughter relationship has been a sometimes difficult journey." (9) Pretty much all the stories deal with death as well as rebirth or discovery of rejuvenation.

Common observations: I found the stories to be somewhat confusing. They were well written and brilliant but too short for my taste. Some common things they shared were the secrets, abandonment, and most took place in 1950s to 19…

G7 Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Name of Book: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Author: Susan Orlean

ISBN: 978-1-4391-9014-2

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Year it was published: 2012


He believed the dog was immortal. 

So begins Susan Orlean's sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin's journey from abandoned puppy to movie star and international icon. Spanning almost one hundred years of history, from the dog's improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, Rin Tin Tin is a love story about "the mutual" devotion between one man and one dog." (Wall Street Journal) that is also a quintessentially American story of reinvention, a captivating exploration of our spiritual bond with animals, and a stirring meditation on mortality and immortality.

Author Information:

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Saturday Night and The Orchid Thief, which was made into…

Book Challenge A-Z #49 Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Fulfilling the requirement:

The N letter for the beginning title of letter N alphabetically.


The most sprightly and satirical of Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey is both a comedy of manners and a cautionary tale. Written when the author herself was in early twenties, the novel takes for its heroine seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland, a spirited young woman preoccupied with the pleasures of dressing, dancing, and reading sensational novels. When she is on a visit to the fashionable spa town of Bath, Catherine's naive charm makes her prey to the sinister influences of the ambitious Thorpe family. But she is rescued by handsome Henry Tilney for a visit to his ancestral home, Northanger Abbey, where Catherien's choice of reading material comes back to haunt her. The rambling house full of locked doors and the family's mysterious history give rise to dreadful suspicions, and finally only Catherine's sweet nature and good humor can once again rescue her from p…