This Saturday, I will be participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.A good friend of the family has ALS and I have seen these devastating effects firsthand.
This will be the third year that Robin’s Walkers, named for my mom, will be a part of the race. The money raised from the event goes towards ALS research. I would really appreciate any donation to this great cause. To donate just visit:
I typically don’t talk about the manuscripts I read for work, but I am going to make a tiny exception and that’s only to mention one small detail in the book I just read…
A character has the last name of Beerman! That’s my last name! Well, that was my last name up until very recently and I will always be a Beerman at heart.
Anyway, I was really excited to see the name because I’ve never met a Beerman I wasn’t related to that spelled it the same way. And I’ve certainly never read a book with a character with the name spelled the same way.
We Beermans are entering the pop culture realm I guess.
It’s the little things that make me happy.
(That is the first picture that came up when I Google image searched “Beerman.”)
I won a book! It’s no vacation or car, but since I never win anything I’ll take a free book.
Through Goodreads’ giveaway program, I was randomly selected to receive a copy of Jeannette Walls’ The Silver Star: A Novel. Here’s the description from Goodreads:
It is 1970. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz is fifteen when their artistic mother Charlotte, a woman “who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble,” takes off to “find herself.” She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.
An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants, and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.
I’m really looking forward to the book because I’ve read and liked Walls memoir The Glass Castle about her very dysfunctional family. In fact, it was so nice I read it twice. (Okay, that was an accident because I didn’t remember I’d already read it but still.)
This is Walls first novel so I’m interested to see how she does with material that doesn’t come directly from her life. Then again, the description indicates that Walls’ odd childhood maybe be at least a little bit of an inspiration. We shall see…
I read Fahrenheit 451 in middle school? High school? I can’t remember when, but I can remember really liking it.
Today I stumbled upon this very cool cover of the book, which turns the novel into a matchbook, created by graphic designer Elizabeth Perez. See how cool:
It exploded on Reddit and now I am spreading it to the far reaches of the internet thanks to Reading for Robin. Enjoy!
(via Elizabeth Perez via GalleyCat)
When you work in publishing and have a book blog, people think you know a thing or two about books. Weird, right?
Since I love talking about books I appreciate this assumption, but it does bring a certain amount of pressure. By now, I really should be more prepared.
Out at a bar on a Saturday night two different people asked me what good books I’d read lately. Not a hard question, especially for someone who reads as much as I do. And yet, I struggled. I pretty much answered both with an “Oh, um, hmm, let me think… uh, well, I’m listening to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk now and it’s, uh, pretty good.”
Perhaps because I’ve been reading a lot of manuscripts for work lately, I don’t have that many current books to recommend. Plus I am horrible at remembering what I’ve read recently. Still, I should be able to come through with an answer.
I think from now on at any given time I should have a list of the top books I’ve read in the past few months assembled in my head for when the situation arises. My current one would probably include Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (well, it’s true), The Middlesteins, Game Change, Where’d You Go Bernadette, and Beautiful Ruins. Give me a few months and I’m sure it will change.
I’ve been neglecting the blog a little these days but it’s because I’ve been on a Marisa de los Santos binge. As I mentioned, I recently read Love Walked In and then I immediately picked up the sequel, Belong to Me. While I initially expressed reluctance towards the books, I quickly found myself absorbed.
By the time I finished Belong to Me, I couldn’t get the characters out of my head. Because they took up residence in my brain, it took a while for me to move on. Almost a week went by before I picked up another book. Nothing else was calling out to me. Now I’m eyeing de los Santos’ newest novel Falling Together. It appears to be about a completely new set of characters, though, so there’s less urgency to pick it up. I’ll add it to the list.
In the meantime, I’m checking out a few books for work. More on those later. And suggestions for new books to read are always welcome!