|Caisse, Myself and Amber inside the Panama Hotel|
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Jamie Ford, inbetween book signings, interviews, and readings, is cooking up his next novel titled Songs From the Book of Souls due to release early 2012. (I unsuccessfully searched for a description, sorry.) As you may have noticed we love to read books and then watch it on the big screen BUT Jamie just announced on his website yesterday that it won't be happening anytime soon with Hotel on the Corner. Not because Mr Ford hasn't been trying, I might add. While basking in the glorious success of his debut novel he has been unsuccessful in striking up an agreeable deal with Hollywood. (Sniffle, sniffle.) I'm not without hope since he said, "Forget about it for the time being." I think this could be a great movie. Don't give up Jamie! I am also happy to report that he is working on a Young Adult series! AND for other book clubs out there, you can call Jamie and have him participate in your book club discussion of Hotel on the Corner.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Anyway, because the book kicked off with my mind on the movie and then the author opened the book with a quote from the Lennon/McCartney “Across the Universe”, I couldn’t help but think of music the entire reading. So here’s a little playlist I came up with:
1. Across The Universe - I went with the version by Jim Sturgess from the Across the Universe Soundtrack
2. Spaceship - Benny Benassi
3. Rocketeer - Far East Movement
4. Help I'm Alive - Metric
5. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time) - Elton John
6. Starlight - Muse
7. Spaceboy - Smashing Pumpkins
8. Forgiven - Deb Talan
9. Waiting for the End - Linkin Park
If you read the book, my picks hopefully make sense. Anything I missed that would be a perfect fit?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
All throughout history, from Reuben to Robbins, redheads have been recognized as a rare breed. Blondes may have more fun, brunettes may be brainier, but when it comes down to raw energy, creativity, and personality … you just can’t beat a redhead. Well, you can, but beware … she’ll probably beat you back!
Monday, April 18, 2011
First, a destination I've seen and found awe inspiring, as many probably do, the Grand Canyon.
Looking back I realize how young and stupid I was. We peeled out on this wonder and took off to Las Vegas.
Next, even though he's moody and bites this little fella exceeds my expectations daily.
And, one place I secretly want to experience.....
I almost didn't pick this book. Want to know why? Because of the reviews! There were so many mixed reviews I almost changed my mind. I am so glad I didn't. This sci-fi had mystery and romance. It also had some twists in the end that had me pleasantly surprised.
Across the Universe is about Amy and Elder. Amy is from sol-earth and Elder is from the ship Godspeed. Amy was cryogenically frozen to travel hundreds of years to live on a new planet and Elder will live and die on the ship. What do Amy and Elder have in common? Amy was unplugged and violently woken from her frozen dream-like state, someone tried to murder her. Amy teams up with Elder and together they unravel the secrets of Godspeed while trying to discover the murderer before he kills again. This book has a really interesting premise that will get you hooked immediately and when it's over have you asking "How would I have reacted?"
Usually I try to go with a theme for our meeting, but with science fiction it becomes more of a challenge. Instead I just tried to do good food. I stumbled across some recipes that will go into my permanent file because they were so simple to make but very flavorful.
I made steak and mushroom puree wrapped in puff pastry (just so-so), Italian herb mashed potatoes (yum!) and zucchini and carrot a scapece (Mmm Mmm good). The scapece can be made the day before which cuts down on last minute freak-outs before the actual meeting, bonus!
Zucchini and carrot a scapece
1/3 cup olive oil
5 large zucchini, sliced
3 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint, thinly sliced
1 lb. carrots, sliced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Heat half the oil in a large skillet, add zucchini, salt and pepper. Fry until golden, stirring occasionally. Transfer zucchini to a baking dish with a slotted spoon. Stir half the garlic, basil and mint in. Add remaining oil to frying pan. Add carrots. Saute till golden. Transfer carrots to zucchini mixture. stir in remaining garlic, basil and mint. Drizzle the vinegar over vegetables and gently toss to coat. Cool to room temperature. Cover and let marinate 8 hours or overnight. Let warm to room temperature before serving.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Ok, first a confession is in order, this book was not on my radar at all until this lovely was cast....
Then all of a sudden I decided I was interested in a Depression-era circus romp. It has been almost a year since I read the book, so I'm sure I've forgot some important bits, and I will admit, there were times in my reading I didn't love the book. It took some, um..., 'coarse' turns. But ultimately, I loved Jacob, and not just because I was picturing Robert Pattinson. I loved the completeness of this novel. So many times when I read a book, I want to know what happened next, the dual perspectives of ninety year old Jacob and college age Jacob satisfied my need to know. There was also a bit of a mystery through the book that added another layer of interest. Finally, some might consider this a spoiler, so consider yourself warned, but I like order, symmetry and tidy endings and while this book definitely had it's dark moments, this book ended with me in happy tears, completely satisfied.
Then came the trailers.
I love the creepy carnival music in this next trailer.
So, pretty much you'll find me at a theater next weekend. Will I see any of you there?
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Whenever the smell of old wet wood wafts by, most people are repelled. For me it's like childhood summers giving me a passing smile. Yes, I know musty wood isn't normally a pleasant odor but whenever I get a sniff I can almost hear the waves lapping the sides of my dads old wooden boat. My dad lived on a large wooden sailboat. "One mast away from being a ship," he always said. Growing up, in the summer dad would take me and one of my cousins on a week long sailing trip. We would go crabbing, camp on small islands, jump off the boat into the water, and ride the very bow of the boat when going over huge waves. We would eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches for breakfast and jalapeno burritos for dinner. I would read lazily in the sun and then run wild like a grubby ban-shee.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
|Liam Hemsworth 'Gale'|
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
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Saturday, April 2, 2011
"Remember I told you Constantine had a daughter. Well, Lulabelle was her name. Law, she come out pale as snow. Grew hair the color a hay. Not curly like yours. Straight it was." Aibileen to Skeeter (Pg 358) If Kathryn Stockett tells me in her fiction book that Lulabelle's father was as black as Aibileen who am I to question her? I'm no Geneticist. But after spending 2 minutes googling 'maids from the South' I found a possible explanation in which the story could have taken a whole different turn.
Apparently, in the South it was common for white wealthy males to take advantage of their black maids. Since black women were very poor and didn't have a lot of job opportunities, as we saw from the book, some gave into the advances (or didn't quit when they were "mistreated") in order to keep their job to feed their family. It sickened me to read that some white males even went as far as to have their white family in the big house and their "family" with the maid in a shack in the back!! Now, I'm not trying to imply anything about Skeeter's dad, I liked the guy, but I'm just saying its one possible explanation.I started reading the help on the plane to Maui. I read it at night with my too bright book light that attracted gnats which are now squashed around chapter 10. And here I am reading and soaking up some rays by the pool.