Book Review: *Unpolished Gem* by Alice Pung

Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me by Alice Pung
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Plume (January 27, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0452290006

Back of the book blurb:  After Alice Pung’s family fled to Australia from the killing fields of Cambodia, her father chose Alice as her name because he thought their new country was a Wonderland.  In this … debut memoir [...]

Author Event: Christina Thompson and *Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All*

Last Monday (October 20, 2008) I had the opportunity to attend a reading and discussion with Christina Thompson, author of the memoir/history Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which is “an improbable cross-cultural love story between a Maori man and an an American woman, and the fascinating history that connects them.”

Thompson’s [...]

Book Review: *The Shiniest Jewel* by Marian Henley

The Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story by Marian Henley
Publisher: Springboard Press (September 15, 2008 )
Hardcover: 176 pages
ISBN-10: 0446199311
ISBN-13: 978-0446199315

For the past few months I’ve been conducting an informal poll of my book-blogging friends; I hadn’t yet read a graphic novel, and wanted to get their recommendations of where to start.  It had to be [...]

Book Review: The Wishing Year

The Wishing Year by Noelle Oxenhandler
Publisher: Random House (July 8, 2008 )
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1400064856
ISBN-13: 978-1400064854



Be careful what you wish for

Wishful thinking

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride


These expressions carry a sense of scorn toward the act of wishing, as if wishing is something that should be reserved for [...]

Book Review: Admit One: A Journey Into Film

Admit One:  A Journey Into Film by Emmett James
Publisher: Wheatmark (January 15, 2008 )
Hardcover: 220 pages
ISBN-10: 1587369141
ISBN-13: 978-1587369148
SheIsTooFondOfBooks Rating:  3 1/2 stars



Emmet James spent his childhood in a small town near London, creating mischief and pulling pranks while he fantasized about becoming a Hollywood actor.   In the introduction to his memoir Admit One: A Journey [...]

Book Review: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co (February 26, 2008 )
Hardcover: 326 pages
ISBN-10: 0618683356
ISBN-13: 978-0618683352
SheIsTooFondOfBooks Rating:  5 Stars

David Sheff’s memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction is an honest first-person account of Sheff’s response to his son Nic, who has [...]