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Book Review-My Evil Mother: A Short Story- Margaret Atwood

Tuesday, May 17, 2022



Not all mothers are sweet and loving. Imagine growing up with a Mom who may or may not be a witch. She looked normal enough--but some of the things that she did and the rules her daughter had to follow--well it could not have been easy for that girl. Was she really a witch or was she just trying to manipulate her daughter? Even as she got older--the daughter could not tell!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

A #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

A bittersweet short story about mothers, daughters, and the witches’ brew of love—and control—that binds them, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments.

Life is hard enough for a teenage girl in 1950s suburbia without having a mother who may—or may not—be a witch. A single mother at that. Sure, she fits in with her starched dresses, string of pearls, and floral aprons. Then there are the hushed and mystical consultations with neighborhood women in distress. The unsavory, mysterious plants in the flower beds. The divined warning to steer clear of a boyfriend whose fate is certainly doomed. But as the daughter of this bewitching homemaker comes of age and her mother’s claims become more and more outlandish, she begins to question everything she once took for granted.



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About the Author: (from Amazon)




Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. ‘Her sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019. It was an instant international bestseller and won the Booker Prize.’

Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.


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Book Review-Hangtown Creek-John Rose Putnam

Monday, May 16, 2022



There are a couple of unrelated people who come together. Two really bad men are after a women who has fortunately escaped with the help of two men who are heading for the gold mines. A young boy loses his two brothers after they also lost their home. He actually saw who the killers were-bit his Dad wants him to stay out of it. When his 2nd brother is killed his Dad takes to drinking very heavily. The boy really tries to take care of him. With the help of a card sharp he is able to get a job in the saloon. When his Dad ultimately dies--he is again helped by the card sharp and lands a jpb with the two men who saved the woman.

There is a lot going on and at the end there is a very happy ending! (But not for the bad guys!!)

About the Book: (from Amazon)

The majestic landscapes of Brett Harte's California unite with Larry McMurtry's epic old west realism in an explosion of love, lust, murder and betrayal that comes to a powerful climax along a beautiful stream, home to the largest strike in the mines, where a burning barn ignites the passion of a gold rush boomtown and, in one dark night of revenge, earns that stream the name it bears to this day—HANGTOWN CREEK.



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About the Author: (from Amazon)


John came west as a young man and settled in Berkeley where he graduated from the University of California. He still lives and writes there and often gives a talk on the California gold rush to the gang at the Freight and Salvage.

He spent a lot of time digging into that gold rush too and many of his stories take place back then. John's characters are so real they'll jump right off the page and talk to you; his villains have hearts as cold as midnight and his heroes almost always do the right thing in the end.

He's working up quite a reputation for his knowledge of that era too. His blog, My Gold Rush Tales, attracted the interest of some TV folks and he appeared in a segment for the Travel Channel about Henry Meiggs, the man who built San Francisco's famous Fisherman's Wharf.

While his first novel, Hangtown Creek, a story of adventure, romance, and coming of age in the early days of the gold rush, was published in 2011, his brand new book, Into the Face of the Devil, moves between Hangtown and the sawmill where James Marshall first found gold, and pits a young man in love for the first time against a killer so evil he could pass for Satan.


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Sunday Stroll On-Going Giveaway Linky 05/15/2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022


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