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required reading September 13, 2008

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Currently reading:

Paint it Black by Janet Fitch

On my list:
Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own by Doreen Orion

It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music by Amanda Petrusich

Party of One: The Loner’s Manifesto by Anneli Rufus

City Dog by Alison Pace

Live a Little by Kim Green

Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott

Welcome to Shirley by Kelly McMasters

& more to come…always in a book. 🙂

Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns March 19, 2008

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J. California Cooper’s Wild Stars is a worthy collection of cautionary, life-inspired short stories. Cooper delicately bridges the gap between wisdom and coming off as too preachy. The story titles are lyrical, but best of all is her introduction to the book, chanting the beauty of the good. However, most of the stories end abruptly with little closure. Nonetheless, Cooper’s stories urge us to maintain strong moral fiber in our choices of love and life, and show the simple pain of a lonely heart afflicted many realistic but often dramatized, “worst-case” dilemmas. A worthwhile, simply-written book to be treasured.