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Book Review: *The Foremost Good Fortune* by Susan Conley

The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf (February 8, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-030759406

Back-of-the-book blurb: Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new experiences that such [...]

Book Review: *Don't Sing at the Table* by Adriana Trigiani

Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Harper (November 9, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0061958946

Back-of-the-book blurb:  As readers of Adriana Trigiani’s novels know, the author draws inspiration from her own family history, in particular from the lives of her two remarkable grandmothers.  In Don’t Sing at the Table, Trigiani has gathered [...]

Book Review: *The Bucolic Plague* by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers:  An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper (June 1, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0061336980

Back-of-the-book blurb:   What happens when two New Yorkers (one an ex–drag queen) do the unthinkable: start over, have a herd of kids, and get a little dirty?

A happy series of accidents and a doughnut-laden [...]

Book Review: *Every Day in Tuscany* by Frances Mayes

Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life by Frances Mayes
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway (March 9, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0767929820

Back-of-the-book blurb:  Frances Mayes offers her readers a deeply personal memoir of her present-day life in Tuscany, encompassing both the changes she has experienced since her earlier memoirs appeared, and sensuous, evocative reflections on the timeless beauty [...]

Book Review: *The Power of Half* by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen

The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 10, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0547248066

Back-of-the-book blurb:  It all started when 14-year old Hannah Salwen, idealistic but troubled by a growing sense of injustice in the world, had a eureka moment when a homeless [...]

Book Review: *Vera and the Ambassador* by Vera and Donald Blinken

Vera and the Ambassador: Escape and Return by Vera and Donald Blinken
Hardcover: 350 pages
Publisher: State University of New York Press (February 5, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1438426631

Back-of-the-book blurb: Vera and the Ambassador is both a compelling portrait of a U.S. embassy in a post-Cold War former Soviet satellite and a personal story of a refugee’s escape and triumphant [...]

Thoughts on *Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven* (audiobook) by Susan Jane Gilman

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman; read by the author
Abridged Audiobook (7 CDs, approximately 8 hours)
Publisher: Hachette Audio Group (3/24/09)
ISBN:  9781600244483

Back-of-the-box blurb: In 1986, Susie and her friend Claire, fresh-faced graduates from Brown University, were inspired by a placemat entitled “Pancakes of Many Nations” to depart on an epic trip [...]

Book Review: *Lopsided* by Meredith Norton

Lopsided: A Memoir by Meredith Norton
Paperback: 211 pages
Publisher: Penguin (May 26, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-311563-2

Back-of-the-Book Blurb: By the age of thirty -four , Meredith Norton had been a hymnal editor, art restorer, game-show producer, and a public school teacher. She’d even lived in a tree house and shepherded goats in Minorca. But none of these unusual experiences [...]

Teaser Tuesdays: Life under a microscope

TEASER TUESDAYS is hosted by MizB at Should be Reading; I’ve modified this version to allow more than two sentences from anywhere on the page:

Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us a  “teaser” sentences from that page.  Please share the title of the book that you’re getting your [...]

Book Review: *The Center of the Universe* by Nancy Bachrach

The Center of the Universe: A Memoir by Nancy Bachrach
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf (April 28, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0307270900

Back-of-the-book blurb: Nancy Bachrach is living in Paris, selling deodorant to the French, when a freak accident kills her father aboard his cabin cruiser, the aptly dubbed “Mr. Fix It”, in her incongruously named hometown of Providence. Her mother, [...]