Sunday, August 28, 2016

Louisiana Flooded

More than 60,000 Louisiana homes were damaged in the flood (the week of Aug 12). My family members who live there were affected; it's hard to understand how this so called 1,000 year flood (chances of happening are 1 in a 1,000 per year) could have happened.

Right now, it feels a little surreal because though the nightmare is very real, it scarcely gets a mention in the news. Everyone is quick to say that Louisianans are taking care of themselves but that hasn't really happened in my family's case. Everyone that has helped them has also charged them. I think they got one free case of drinking water. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Klickitat by Peter Rock

Klickitat sounds completely different from any YA novel I've ever read.  I'm excited to read it.

http://peterrockproject.com/books/index.html
http://spellsproject.com/

Monday, August 15, 2016

He's Gone by Deb Caletti

Dani's second husband has gone missing. The two of them share an ostensibly fairy tale life. After he rescues her from an abusive husband, they move to a houseboat, far from the gossip of the suburbs. 

All, however, is not as it seems. Dani comes to realize how little she knows about Ian.

Unfortunately, Dani took two Vicodins the night her husband disappeared, leaving her with memory gaps. She remembers arguing with him at the party but very little else. 

Ian appears to have taken none of his clothes or other personal effects. His car was left in its usual parking spot.

Some additional details come to light. Nathan, a partner in the company, offered to buy Ian's share of the high tech start-up. This betrayal, Dani realizes, may have pushed him over the edge.

The missing person case gives Dani some clarity. She realizes her missing husband has been overly critical of her. After years of abuse from Mark, Dani has fallen from someone who wanted to rescue her. Only his rescue feels more like a trap. 

Ian often demanded she do exactly as he wanted. His hobby is collecting insects and what he says about a curious trait of butterflies is particularly disturbing.


Readers wonder if Ian's family will ever find him but another thread in the narrative concerns Dani. Will she ever find the self-confidence she needs?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

The author of middle grade novel, Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, has also written a non-fiction book for adults, Haunted Inns of the Southeast. 

Writing tip: Write a non-fiction essay or book and then create a work of fiction based on the facts you've learned. 

Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

The author of middle grade novel, Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, has also written a non-fiction book for adults, Haunted Inns of the Southeast. 

Writing tip: Write a non-fiction essay or book and then create a work of fiction based on the facts you've learned.