Double Book Giveaway: Anne of Green Gables

wpid-51o1uvmgdpl._sl1500_.jpgYoung readers have read and loved Anne of Green Gables and its spunky, smart heroine, Anne Shirley. Debut novelist Andi Teran reworks this classic in Ana of California. Teran introduces characters with modern sensibilities and issues while staying true to the heart and spirit of Montgomery’s series. The novel also reflects Teran’s Mexican heritage.

To enter to win both books, please email us at bookwinked [at] before July 24, 2015! Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Congratulations to our giveaway winner Carol!

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Searching for Meaning

wpid-51comuq6jbl._sy344_bo1204203200_.jpg.jpegThe Angel in My Pocket by Sukey Forbes is a true story of love, loss, and life after death. The author is the great, great, great, granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This healing memoir was written after the tragic death of Forbes’ 6 1/2 half-year-old daughter Charlotte, to non triggered malignant hyperthermia in August of 2004.

Forbes writes much about her family history and New England upbringing in a stoic blue – blooded family. Like Emerson, the Forbes family tended to be spiritual more than religious and very connected to the earth. This memoir chronicles Forbes years spent soul-searching in order to come to grips with the loss of her beloved child.

Much of what is in this book I understood. I have lost many people very dear to me throughout my life and with each passing, I ask myself many of the same questions this grieving mother asked herself.

I think this novel would be very helpful to anyone who has lost someone they love, in particular, a child. I believe a mother’s loss of her child must be one of the most difficult things to bear. How do you go on living? Forbes found a way to confront her grief, suffering, and pain through diligent effort and a change in consciousness.

This book is a beautiful tribute to Charlotte. It is also a helpful guide for others who find themselves struggling with a similar loss of great magnitude.

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The Way We Were

wpid-a-moveable-feast-ernest-hemingway1.jpgIf you have never read A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, I strongly recommend you take the time to do so.

Written many years afterward, this is a collection of short stories; recollections of Hemingway’s days in 1920’s Paris. Like a fine French wine, the stories are rich, wonderful, and worth savoring. Hemingway’s memories of Hadley, his son and the Fitzgeralds are beautifully insightful.

As always, I delighted in reading the work of my favorite author. I hope you will as well.

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The Mystery of the White Ribbon

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz wpid-book-housesilk-cvr.jpgrecently came to my attention when I saw a former professor was reading another book written by the same author. Am I ever grateful!

Sanctioned by the Doyle Estate, this is a brand new Sherlock Holmes mystery.  I listened to the book on cd and highly recommend doing so as the British actor giving voice to the story is extraordinary.

Typical of the original mysteries, faithful Dr. Watson narrates the story of the adventure which involves a well-to-do Brit who is being watched by an American thug, thus making him fear for his life.  The case becomes much more complex than originally imagined leading to people in high places and a mysterious informant who helps crack the case wide open.

As a Holmes fan, I loved this story. I think my readers will as well!

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Dedicated to the One I Love

wpid-mixtape240-08da54d189f7f94e3279235f0c21ef2faae1e6fb-s800-c15.jpgLove is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield was a timely read for me and a good memoir.  Little did I know when I chose the book on tape from the library it would be prophetic in a very sad, strange way.  Not long after I began listening to this touching love story written by a Rolling Stone writer, my oldest sister Joan passed away suddenly.

While this is a memoir written by a grieving widower who lost his young wife Renee five years into their marriage, so much of this book was relatable as I lost my sister suddenly as well.

Using mix tapes made and shared with his wife prior to her passing, Sheffield replays memories of days and cherished feelings gone by as expressed in song.

I think this is a wonderful tribute to Renee written with great love. It came to me without my knowing I was about to experience my own personal loss. It helped me understand my brother-in-law’s grief. There are no mistakes in the universe. Rest in peace Renee. Rest in peace my dear sister.

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Book Giveaway

wpid-510tzmbha-l._sy344_bo1204203200_.jpg.jpeg“From the authors of the international bestseller Homework for Grown-UpsSHAKESPEARE BASICS FOR GROWN-UPS looks at key works – from comedies to tragedies – and the most important sonnets. For parents having to keep up with their children’s homework, those looking to impress on Jeopardy’s next Shakespeare category or casual theater-goers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding of scribe, SHAKESPEARE BASICS FOR GROWN-UPS covers the historical context of his writing, personal life, most famous speeches, quotations, poems and more.

Did you know:

§   Shakespeare introduced around 1,700 words to the English language and a multitude of phrases including “Love is blind” and “Good Riddance.” §  Of the ten plays usually categorized as his Tragedies, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear are generally considered to be Shakespeare’s true masterpieces, and among the greatest works of art of all time. §  Antony and Cleopatra has more scenes than any other Shakespeare play. §  Romeo and Juliet may be one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, but it hasn’t always gone down so well with audiences. Said one critic: “It is a play of itself the worst that I ever heard in my life.” …And many more amusements about the great literary hero.”

To enter, please email us at before June 25, 2015! Contest open to U.S. residents only.


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Conquering the Air

wpid-513f52vnkll._ss500_.jpgThe Wright Brothers by David McCullough is a thoroughly researched novel focused on the amazing efforts of many creative visionaries, the brilliant Wright Brothers in particular, who invented early airplanes. Fortunate for future historians, members of the Wright family kept copious written records of ideas and discoveries which transpired leading them to become the first men to  achieve success in the creation of a airplane which could fly.

What I love about McCullough’s novels is not only the content, but also his ability to  make the reader feel they are walking alongside the main characters. This novel taught me a great deal about many things in addition to early flight and I am grateful.

Charlie Rose interview:

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