28 March 2015

{Book Review} The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawnson

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 March 2015 at 12:19 AM | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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The Public Library: A Photographic Essay
By: Robert Dawson
Pages: 192 (Coffee Table Book)
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

A gorgeous visual celebration of America's public libraries including 150 photos, plus essays by Bill Moyers, Ann Patchett, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, and many more.

Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to a public library: the unmistakable musty scent, the excitement of checking out a stack of newly discovered books. Today, the more than 17,000 libraries in America also function as de facto community centers offering free access to the internet, job-hunting assistance, or a warm place to take shelter. And yet, across the country, cities large and small are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operation. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of these endangered institutions. The Public Library presents a wide selection of Dawson's photographs— from the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California's one-room Tulare County Free Library built by former slaves. Accompanying Dawson's revealing photographs are essays, letters, and poetry by some of America's most celebrated writers. A foreword by Bill Moyers and an afterword by Ann Patchett bookend this important survey of a treasured American institution.

When I was 7 I lived in a very small town, with a very small public library. My first real memory of doing anything on my own is of me walking 8 blocks to the little-white-house-turned-library on sweltering hot days and sitting quietly while reading everything I could.

I promised myself when I grew up and got a home of my own, my kids would live close enough to the library – no matter what town I lived in at that time – so they too could have the same amazing memories.

Today, 29 years later, if you hang a left at the end of my driveway and walk 5 blocks then hang another left at the Catholic school and continue on for 2 more blocks you will find my local library.  It's a special kind of magic to be able to walk there with my kids, who are still slightly too young to go on their own. Wagon in tow like a group of Matilda wannabes, off to gather the books and music we will bring home for the week.

THE PUBLIC LIBRARY: A Photographic Essay is amazingly beautiful, I wish I had been apart of the kick starter that allowed Robert Dawson and his son to travel more than 11,00 miles, 26 states photographing 189 libraries. I wish I could say I was apart of that. More than anything I just wish I could have went with them.

Like Robert Dawson, I agree that public libraries are a beacon of hope, I can't begin to tell you how much you need this coffee table book with foreword by Bill Moyers, afterword by Ann Patchett and with reflections by Dr. Seuss, E. B. White, Isaac Asimov and more!

Among it's pages you'll find delapatated and forgotten by everyone but time libraries, libraries in strip malls, old fast food buildings and libraries grand and dressed in glass and filigree. From the old to the modern and everything in between – this book belongs in your home or office and while you're at it grab a copy for a friend too!

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27 March 2015

{Book Review} Mosquitoland by David Arnold

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Though it be late, I am still really honored to be on this tour. This is one of those books that I don't even want to tell you about, I just want to buy the whole world a copy.

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Mosquitoland
Author: David Arnold
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Viking's Children
Pages: 336
Rating 5 Birds!

"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

To simply say that Mosquitoland was profound, is an understatement. Much like Mary Iris Malone, it's main character, it is a collection of oddities. It's the kind of book that isn't just one thing, it doesn't have just one moral, or one lesson – it's the kind of book I want to read again and again because I know no matter how many times it's pages pass through my fingers, I will learn something else. I will see something else depending entirely upon what is going on with me at that time. It's lessons and possibilities are endless, like a book that rewrites itself for you each time you complete it.

Mary Iris Malone, or Mim as you will come to know her, is on a journey. At first it seems a simple one – to get to her mother before Labor Day and figure out why she's no longer writing or calling. But with every mile she crosses from her new home with her dad and new step-mom in what she calls Mosquitoland to Cleveland Ohio, you quickly learn that it was a journey of her heart, and soul.  

Mim meets many people on her simple 4 day journey. Some are the evilest of evil. Some are the kindest of kind. Some, well some don't make it the whole 4 days. Mim will learn that her demons may not be as bad as she once thought, that love isn't solid or liquid, and that despite some peoples greatest efforts, they can crumble and disappoint.

Told with such honesty that at some points it's nearly heart-breaking, experience the journey of a lifetime through the open heart and mind of Mary Iris Malone.

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26 March 2015

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Amber Smoke by Kristen Cast

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 March 2015 at 10:49 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!

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It's an honor to be asked to host the AMBER SMOKE blog tour for Kristin Cast and Diversion Books! I can't wait to share this amazing book with you, the bloggers and your readers!

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The Escaped Book 1
Author: Kristin Cast
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: June 9, 2015

There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back.  He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets.  First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life.  Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.  Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the House of Night series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.

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"Amber Smoke is thrilling and funny with just the right amount of magic. Brilliant job, Kristin Cast!" —Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"I love Kristin Cast! In Amber Smoke, Cast's wit, creativity and talent shine!  I turned the pages at lightning speed, ready for more! What a tasty treat!" —Gena Showalter, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

About The Author

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Kristin Cast is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves relaxing with her significant other and their dogs, and discovering new hobbies. This year she'll work on swimming, yoga, and adding to her Doctor Who collection.

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{Cover Reveal} Her Sister's Shoes by Ashley Farley

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Her Sister's Shoes
Author: Ashley Farley
Release Date: June 24th, 2015

Her Sister’s Shoes is a contemporary women’s novel that proves the healing power of family. Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry and packed with Southern charm and memorable characters, Her Sister’s Shoes is the story of three sisters—Samantha, Jackie, and Faith—who struggle to balance the demands of career and family while remaining true to themselves.

In the midst of their individual challenges, the Sweeney sisters must cope with their mother’s mental decline. Is Lovie in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, or is her odd behavior normal for a woman her age? No one, including Lovie, understands her obsession with a rusty key she wears around her neck.

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Ashley Farley is a wife and mother of two college-aged children. She grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina, but now lives in Richmond, Virginia, a city she loves for its history and traditions.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save. SAVING BEN is not a memoir, but a story about the special bond between siblings.

When she's not working on her next novel, HER SISTER'S SHOES, scheduled for release in July of 2015, she can be found book blogging at www.chroniclesofavidreaders.com Check out her website: www.ashleyfarley.net

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25 March 2015

{Waiting On Wednesday} Slasher Girls & Monster Boys (Anthology)

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 March 2015 at 9:46 AM | | | | | 2 Comments so far

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Release Date: August 18th 2015
Publisher: Dial

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann
Leigh Bardugo
Kendare Blake
A. G. Howard
Jay Kristoff
Marie Lu
Jonathan Maberry
Danielle Paige
Carrie Ryan
Megan Shepherd
Nova Ren Suma
McCormick Templeman
April Genevieve Tucholke
Cat Winters

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24 March 2015

{Teaser Tuesday} SWEET by Tammara Webber

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 March 2015 at 7:47 AM | | | | 1 Comment so far

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I'm so excited to be participating in this SWEET Teaser Blitz! And before you all get too excited – no I haven't read it yet – I was just kind enough to take a stop on this blitz for the amazing Tammara!

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Contours Of The Heart #3
Author: Tammara Webber
Release Date: April 27th, 2015

He's the love of her life, but he doesn't know it.
She's his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.
He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She's always been obedient; now she's restless.
Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society's opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.
And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:
Sweet.

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TammaraNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author of EASY and BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart series - NA), as well BETWEEN THE LINES, WHERE YOU ARE, GOOD FOR YOU and HERE WITHOUT YOU (Between the Lines series - YA/NA).
I'm a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I'm Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.
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(A Contours of the Heart novel - can be read as a stand-alone story)

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