The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

Mar 03

I have been a long time fan of Alice Hoffman’s work. She has a delightful way of making life just a little bit more magical than others. She dips her pen in magical realism and writes very real, imperfectly perfect characters who you grow to really care about in her stories. She is really a talented author. Her latest book, The Red Garden, did not disappoint....

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Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Places Ireland by David Hoffman

Jan 08

Did you know that “hiding a pot of gold may be what leprechauns are best known for, but it is not their full-time job; by trade they are the official shoemakers of the fairy kingdom”? And did you know that Newgrange passage tomb in Ireland was constructed 500 years before the pyramids and 1,000 years before Stonehenge but Newgrange was not found until...

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A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Jan 03

Over the holidays I had the pleasure of reading Tom Standage’s A History of the World in 6 Glasses aloud with my family. This book was fascinating! It really did correlate world history to beverages and did so in a way that made me feel almost as if I should have already thought of it myself. This is an easy and interesting way to learn about the world’s...

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The Blind Contessa’s New Machine

Dec 30

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine This book was delightful! I ordered it on my Nook and read it in one sitting. It is not long but what it lacks in length it makes up for in charm. I am a sucker for stories with quirky people who live within a world all their own. Perhaps it started with Alice in Wonderland so many, many years ago. Or maybe I can relate. This...

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Love Songs by Sara Teasdale

Dec 22

I really enjoy the poetry of Sara Teasdale so I decided to read one her books, Love Songs which is a compilation of poems. In it Sara swept me away with powerful poetry of love, of life, of her surroundings. She feels things deeply and writes her pain in a way many of us can relate. Her work is intense and emotional. Colored darker than many but still worth the...

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