Monday, September 20, 2010

Jim Fergus, One Thousand White Women, and More!

There are mixed reviews on One Thousand White Women, while one critic says: The best writing transports readers to another time and place, so that when they reluctantly close the book, they are astonished to find themselves returned to their everyday lives.One Thousand White Women is such a book. Jim Fergus so skillfully envelops us in the heart and mind of his main character, May Dodd, that we weep when she mourns, we shake our fist at anyone who tries to sway her course, and our hearts pound when she is in danger.Colorado Springs Gazett, other critics say it reads like May Dodd was a mom transported from 1990 to the old west and totally unbelievable.  I loved it!  It is a good addition in what's shaping up to be our year of, "not so proud moments in USA history."

If you enjoyed One Thousand White Women, You might want to read  Fergus' other novel, "The Wild Girl" already being made into a Hallmark film. Clip below:
When Ned Giles is orphaned as a teenager, he heads West hoping to leave his troubles behind. He joins the 1932 Great Apache Expedition on their search for a young boy, the son of a wealthy Mexican landowner, who was kidnapped by wild Apaches. But the expedition's goal is complicated when they encounter a wild Apache girl in a Mexican jail cell, victim of a Mexican massacre of her tribe that has left her orphaned and unwilling to eat or speak. As he and the expedition make their way through the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, Ned's growing feelings for the troubled girl soon force him to choose allegiances and make a decision that will haunt him forever. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I loved this book.  It is one of those that was indeed bittersweet.  I felt like crying through much of it.  I suppose it was the shame of remembering a time that was not our finest hour; the sadness that I feel when I think of all war and how it tears families apart; how hard it is for young men to grow up; and how cruel kids can be to one another.  This beautifully written story was a love story, told with honor and intrigue.  Buoyed with a smokey jazz undercurrent that made it even richer.  I loved it!  If you missed book cub, here's the clip Sue showed us 

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Help and The Cabin

What could be better than a great book, great friends, and bringing both together at a gorgeous setting.  Thanks again Cindy.  Pictures attached!

Also from Kathryn Stockett's web page,    click here for link     for the never fail Creamy Caramel Icing Recipe.
Never Fail Creamy Caramel Icing
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 slightly beaten egg
1 stick of butter
3/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
Melt 1/2 cup of sugar in iron skillet slowly, until brown and runny. Mix egg, butter, remaining sugar, and milk in a saucepan and cook over a low flame until butter melts. Turn the heat up to medium and add the browned sugar. Cook until it reaches the soft ball stage or until mixture leaves sides of pan. This takes about 10 minutes. Remove from fire, let cool slightly, and add vanilla. Beat until right consistency to spread. If it gets too thick add a little cream. This will ice a 2 layer cake.
Reprinted by permission from The Junior League of Memphis, Inc. from “The Memphis Cookbook” © 1952; recipe submitted by Mrs. Phil Thornton, Jr.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

As a Yorkist myself...I concur!

As many of you know, "The Sunne in Splendour" is on my top 10 list of all time favorite books.  As much as I love the Bard (and I do truly love Shakespeare) he, out of necessity, wrote with a Lancasterian bent and maligned  our poor King Richard III.  I have long held this belief and the Sunne in Splendour is a glorious work which happens to bolster my humble opinion so what's not to love about that!  Now my fellowChapter Chatters, and  fans everywhere, she has done it again! Philippa Gregory has written two novels which she dubs "The cousin's war" which the rest of know as..."The War of the Roses"  Here you will discover the mighty Duke of York who did more than march his men up and down and half way up hills!  You will meet the Plantagenets, and learn the difference between red and white roses!  Ooooh I can't wait to dive in!

Summer Reads

I've had a great summer of reading, can't believe it's Labor Day tomorrow and everything changes.  Would love to talk about any and all!  Will try to catch up on my reviews this week!
Here's the list:

Book Club:
  • Very Valentine and Brava Valentine by Adrianna Trigianni
  • The Help byKathryn Stockett
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford0
  • Silent Snow: Weatherman series book 2 by Steve Thayer
  • 1000 White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
  • The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

  • Welcome to Fred,
  • First Time, Legend of Garrison Fitch
  • Can of Peas
  • (Tons of reference books on Exodus, which no-one wants to hear about !)

On my own:
  • What theDog Saw
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Girl who played with fire
  • South of Broad
  • Singing With the Top Down