March 6, 2014 11 Comments
Welcome to the sign-ups for the 2014 National Poetry Month: Reach for Horizon Blog Tour!
I would love to have any bloggers, poets, authors, and readers sign up to review books, talk about poets, write poetry, share their inspirations, and celebrate the love of poetry this April.
Please let me know in the parentheses — Your Name (date) — which date you would prefer, and I’ll set aside that date for you.
If you know what topic/poet you want to cover, leave that in the comments as well.
Let’s fill up all 30 days!
March 8, 2014 2 Comments
Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.
Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s book suggested.
Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.
Also, sign up for the 2014 Dive Into Poetry Reading Challenge because there are several levels of participation for your comfort level.
Signup for the 2014 National Poetry Month Blog Tour: Reach for the Horizon
Today’s poem is from Calef Brown from Flamingos on the roof: poems and paintings in honor of Wiggles’ birthday!
Birthday Lights Light bulbs on a birthday cake. What a difference that would make! Plug it in and make a wish, then relax and flip a switch! No more smoke or waxy mess to bother any birthday guests. But Grampa says, “it’s not the same! Where’s the magic? Where’s the flame? To get your wish without a doubt, You need to blow some candles out!”
What do you think?
March 5, 2014 10 Comments
Source: Random House and TLC Book Tours
Hardcover, 256 pages
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The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith is a fresh short-story collection that spans the Vietnamese culture, myths, and the immigrant experience, straddling reality and the magical. The Vietnam War hovers in the background of the characters’ lives as the mothers struggle to garner U.S. visas for themselves and their children born of American soldiers in “Guests” or in “Boat Story,” where a grandson asks his grandmother to explain her escape from Vietnam during the war. Kupersmith’s style is clear and engaging, and the myths and magical moments are told in a storytelling style that is reminiscent of the oral traditions in Vietnamese culture.
“Whatever spirit had reanimated the corpse must have been a feeble one, for the body moved clumsily, legs stiff but head dangling loose as it struggled to keep its balance on the angry waves. Grandpa sank down to his knees next to me, and we peered over the gunwale in helpless horror as the body tottered closer and closer.” (Page 8 ARC)
From ghosts in the Frangipani Hotel to the spirits in the woods, Kupersmith weaves in magic and myth seamlessly with reality. Her characters are oddities and not; they are rational but also open-minded about the unseen. From the twin girls who border on feral to the young man who finds a ghost in the hotel, her characters are both real and unreal — they have a mystical quality. The prose is witty, with a few moments that will leave readers chuckling. At other times, the stories tackle serious issues like immigration and the soldiers who leave women behind with babies when the war is over, though with a sense of irony that never feels misplaced.
She can lull readers into a sense of complacency before her prose unsettles their world, and the mark of a great storyteller is one that can shift from male and female points of view with ease and who can create stories that will stay with readers long after they’ve been read. The stories in The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith shift in setting and time, but the roots do not change, merely grow and curl as the tales unfold.
***U.S. residents can enter to win 1 copy of Violet Kupersmith’s The Frangipani Hotel by leaving a comment by March 10, 2014, 11:59 PM EST.***
About the Author:
Violet Kupersmith was born in rural Pennsylvania in 1989 and grew up outside of Philadelphia. Her father is American and her mother is a former boat refugee from Vietnam. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College she received a yearlong Fulbright Fellowship to teach and research in the Mekong Delta. She is currently at work on her first novel.
7th book (Vietnam War) for the 2014 War Challenge With a Twist.
6th book for 2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.
10th book for 2014 New Author Challenge.
March 6, 2014 11 Comments
Welcome to the sign-ups for the 2014 National Poetry Month: Reach for Horizon Blog Tour! I would love to have any bloggers, poets, authors, and readers sign up to review books, talk about poets, write poetry, share their inspirations, and celebrate the love of poetry this April. Please let me know in the parentheses — […]
March 4, 2014 4 Comments
Source: Purchased Paperback, 282 pages I am an Amazon Affiliate Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers is for readers age 12 and up given the subject matter, though there is less gruesome violence in this book than in other war books. Robin “Birdy” Perry is a new recruit to the Civilian Affairs Battalion from […]
March 3, 2014 22 Comments
Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has gone through a few incarnations from a permanent home with Marcia to a tour of other blogs. Now, it has its own permanent home at its own blog. To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the […]
March 2, 2014 2 Comments
Anna and I have decided to have a tea room chat of Jane Austen’s Persuasion this month. It was Austen’s last completed novel, and I’ve been meaning to read it for at least the last three years. The time has come for me to make it a priority, and Anna agreed to read it with […]
March 1, 2014 2 Comments
Welcome to the 243rd Virtual Poetry Circle! Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful. Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s book suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her […]
February 28, 2014 1 Comment
This is the final week of the February read-a-long for Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers at the War Through the Generations blog for the 2014 War Challenge With a Twist. The questions are up, please stop by and offer your thoughts on pages 215-end of the novel. Click here for this week’s questions. […]