It’s Sunday! What are you reading this week?

Happy Sunday! Here it is going to be a hot one again. I am reading Christmas books today and just couldn’t get into it. So I lit a Pine candle and now the house smells like a Christmas Tree and the reading is rolling along just fine.

Today is also my little munchkin Corbins fifth birthday! So this afternoon and into the night we will be celebrating him out at GiGi’s house in the country. With all the cousins and Aunts and Uncles. And of course, Spiderman! This little boy brings me more joy than I ever thought possible. He has the most incredible imagination and you are likely to find us wearing capes and running in the yard being superheroes or having chocolate milk mocktinis at tea time.

Like me, he is a solitary soul. He is totally happy playing by himself and making up stories about fairies or super heroes.

Happy Birthday my darling boy. I love you to the moon and back!

xx Patricia

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Sing, Unburied,Sing A Novel by Jesmyn Ward Release Day Congratulation!

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From National Book Award-winner for Salvage The Bones, Jesmyn Ward brings us this look at a place that I am very familiar with. The Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Ms. Ward uses language that pulls you in and makes you see, makes you feel. What an amazing gift she has!

Jojo, who is 13 and his toddler sister, Kayla and Leonie, their drug addicted mother live with Mam and Pop on a farm along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Mam is dying of cancer and Leonie is rarely there. She spends most of her time getting high and talking to her dead brother. She is about as unfit to be a mother as the yard dog.

Their father, Michael is currently a guest of the state, at Parchman. Parchman is not a place anyone would go willingly. For years mothers have used it as a way to keep teenagers in line. Just a drive by and you know it’s not a good place. Michael is also white, while Leonie and her parents are black. His family wants nothing to do with Leonie or their grandchildren. But Leonie loves him even though his own family killed her brother and covered up the murder.

When Michael is released from Parchman, Leonie takes the children and her best friend and heads north to pick him up. And on the trip back, it looks like Michael wasn’t’ the only one to get in the car with them. Richie, a spirit, has hitched a ride. He knows Jojo can lead him to Pops and he needs to know what happened to him in Parchman and how he died.

This portrait of Mississippi past and present is one of the most moving, raw, and beautiful stories I have read. Being from the Gulf Coast and knowing The Kill, their claim to fame being the home of Brett Favre and an odd bar with bras on the ceiling, this book made me cry, it actually was painful to read some parts because the author is so brutally honest about a subject few talk about. At least not in Mississippi.

You can pretty it up on the outside, but at the core, it’s still goes on everyday, the racism, the sense that they aren’t as good.

This story of loss, and family and prejudice was heart wrenching. The strength of the characters enduring burdens they should never have had to bear. There is no fairness, no equality, no respect for another human being, and yet they all endure. They keep moving.

Pops was my favorite character in this novel. The way he quietly took what ever came his way and made the best of it. Besides Leonie, the rest of the family never complained, whined or bucked the system in place. They just put their heads down and did what needed to be done.

Thank You to Netgalley and Scribner for this beautiful novel.

 

September is giving us some seriously good books! Here are just a few!

Sing, Unburied, Sing  A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.

Lie to Me  They built a life on lies 

 

A Murder Too Soon: A Tudor Mystery  Jack Blackjack is ordered to eliminate a spy in Princess Elizabeth’s household in this engaging Tudor mystery. 

Odd & True   Hunting Monsters!

Protocol (A Maggie O'Malley Mystery #1) “A page-turner! Smart, fast-paced and surprising.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winner, Author of Say No More

These are just a few of the many books coming out in September! I think I have a total of 20 reviewed. The first one Sing, Unburied, Sing was a difficult book for me to read. The truth often is. It is set in a place in Mississippi that I am very familiar with and know these things to be true. Ms. Ward is an amazing writer!

Have a good Saturday. Luckily, we only had leaks and line back ups to deal with up  here yesterday. But our hearts were with everyone in Texas and we will continue to keep you right there, close to us.

PLANT BASED COOKBOOK BY TRISH SEBBEN-KRUPKA

Plant-Based Cookbook: Good for Your Heart, Your Health, and Your Life; 200 Whole-food Recipes by [Sebben-Krupka, Trish]

The other day I had an appointment on the other side of the city so I dropped in on the new library they recently completed in that neighborhood.  It was very well planned out and easy to find everything you wanted. And that is where I found this cookbook. Usually I will find Vegan, Paleo,Keto,Dash,Atkins and on and on but rarely do I find a strictly plant-based one.

I was pretty excited and then I got pretty unexcited. Whenever I get to the section on Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan my eyes glaze over and I’m like…Meh. Soy and I do not get along well. At all. The reason I don’t eat meat is because of the texture, plus I could never kill anything, well except for that coyote who was stealing my chickens that one time. But back to the soy. I don’t want to make pretend meat. I don’t like Tofu. And soy milk makes my boobs grow a cup size overnight, and it tastes like a petroleum product to me.

Needless to say the book wasn’t a winner with me. I like my food in the simplest form possible. If a recipe has more than 9 ingredients, I’m not cooking it. I did find one good risotto recipe in there, now I just need the 3 different types of mushrooms to make it.

My philosophy now is that plant eaters don’t really need a cookbook. You know what you want to eat or in my case, because of my Celiac and Crohn’s, it’s what I can eat that doesn’t cause me pain and bloating for days.

Try it out and you may just like it. It just didn’t make the cut for me.

What’s up for today’s reading?

I am looking forward to reading this one! And so far it’s not disappointing me.

What are you reading today? Miss Charli Ava is reading a book that she will be reviewing tomorrow, so there’s something to look forward to as she is about as unfiltered as a child could be.

 

xx Patricia

What’s on the Reading List this week?

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Well last week’s books are done. Reviews in the draft folder waiting for release days. All in all they were pretty good. I only had one that was a waste of time, but the sad part is that it could have been good. Sometimes we forget quality is better than quantity.

So this week we have:

The Dark Lake by [Bailey, Sarah]

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic Book 1) by [Harper, Molly]

Scion of the Fox: The Realms of Ancient, Book 1 (Realms of Ancient, The) by [Beiko, S. M.]

A lot of different genres here but I think they are all going to be good! I just finished Catherine Coulter’s Enigma. One of the FBI Series that I adore. And it was really good! More about that later!

xx Patricia

 

I was going to clean but then I found a book.

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Good Sunday Morning to you all! Have you ever started a book only to be bored to tears a quarter of the way through? Do you finish it anyway? Unless I’m contractually obligated, I do not. I have too many good ones waiting to be read.

Today I have to try to ignore that Twitter feed and finish this book. It’s Game of Thrones night and yes, I know this one was hacked and released and I have it. I have made myself wait until tonight anyway. There are so few left and then I have to wait for Vikings.

Have a peaceful day and we shall meet again tomorrow!

xx Patricia