Book Review: Coptown

Book Review: Coptown

  Atlanta, Georgia, 1974.  Racial tensions are high.  Women are pushing the standard.  Anyone not white male is suspect and marginalized.  Enter Maggie, a female cop in a family of cops, but not one of the family.  Maggie is pushed, belittled, abused and in essence “encouraged” to find a man, have babies and let the men do the real jobs.  Maggie’s not giving in, not giving up.  Trained by Gail, a hardened chain-smoking undercover playing prostitute, Maggie has learned how to let most of the squad’s antics roll off of her back.  The antics of her bigoted self-righteous uncle and golden-boy brother not so much. Coptown begins with Katy joining the force and Maggie stuck with the blonde, buxom Dutch from the ritzy side of town known to this day as Buckhead.  The day Katy enters the station for roll call is the first day after Maggie’s brother escaped “The… Read more »

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5 Life Lessons from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

5 Life Lessons from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of those timeless classics that teaches life lessons through the unique set characters, especially our protagonist Charlie.  Charlie has every problem in the world it seems like between not enough food, inappropriate clothing and a house way to small for a family of seven. He has always inspired me – both the movie version that I saw many many years ago and the novel that I’ve only just recently read.  Charlie shows that hope and optimism spring eternal.  While he had nothing – not enough food, heat, shelter, and certainly not chocolate from the beloved Willy Wonka Factory – Charlie maintained his sense of hope.  We don’t hear of him complaining about his grumbling tummy while the kids around him are opening their daily chocolate bars nor does he bemoan the cold while watching others who are bundled to their ears walking into the… Read more »

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Please Excuse Our Progress

Please Excuse Our Progress

  If you’ve stopped by from the Mini-Bloggiesta Challenge Post I hope you will check back with me in September.  The tutorial will be even better then!  Of all weekends for my blog site to go kapooey it had to be now!  A designer I had worked with on this particular design has gone awol and the phenomenal Ashley from Creative Whim is on her honeymoon and graduating college!  Hopefully next week Ashley can work her magic and have my blog back up and running like usual.  I am so so sorry for the inconvenience!  

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Book Review + Giveaway: The Book of Life

Book Review + Giveaway: The Book of Life

*NO SPOILERS AHEAD* Every now and then I need a departure from the typical genres I enjoy and The Book of Life certainly fits the bill.  Beginning with A Discovery of Witches I was drawn into Diana Bishop’s strength and her career as a historian.  The love interest that began in A Discovery of Witches with Matthew Clairmont, researcher and scientist extraordinaire was fleshed out in Shadow of Night.  Now in The Book of Life Matthew and Diana are back in the present at Sept-Tours, Matthew’s family compound and not all are happy to see them together. A quick recommendation – read the last couple of chapter of Shadow of Night before jumping into The Book of Life.  There’s so many characters that having the refresher will help you know who’s who.  Another idea is to use the handy dandy Character Cheat Sheet.  I kept this pulled up on my smart… Read more »

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Quotables: Clarity

Quotables: Clarity

  Susan Gregg Gilmore shares timeless truths through her coming-of-age novel Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen.  The young protagonist Catherine Grace kept me laughing and crying all in the same sentence. Here’s hoping you find yourself enjoying sweet delicious ice cream, helping some young’uns catch a few lightning bugs, and cooling off a bit at the local lake this weekend! Cheers Lovely Reader!

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