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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: 9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes by Patricia Morrisroe

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A funny, poignant coming-of-age memoir told through the shoes that she wore.

As I read the chapters in this book I couldn’t help but reminisce on my own escapades. Morrisroe certainly provided plenty of moments for me to step back in time as I read of her experiences. Parochial school days, wearing Stride Rites to my own beloved pair of patent leather Maryjanes in black, my first love, yes I smiled and laughed as I journey along with Morrisroe.

Morrisroe cleverly addresses the issue of shoe marketing pertaining to the high-end designer brands. Lots of tidbits on shoes in general along with history added interest. Love the way she breaks down her life from childhood to adulthood through her shoes. She discovered her first love while wearing her granny boots in England, Beatle Boots purchased for a school performance etc.

An original memoir of an ordinary woman (sporting a shoe fetish, yes she owns Louboutin, Blahnik, Choo, – a girl after my own heart) blending shoes with memorable moments and milestones in her life, family and love. Fun read, especially for self-proclaimed shoe divas such as myself. Plenty of humor will thoroughly entertain you.

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Patricia Morrisroe grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in English. After spending a year as a reporter and film critic at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, she received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU. As a contributing editor at New York magazine, she wrote over fifty features, many of them cover stories. Patricia’s work has also appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Departures, Travel & Leisure, and the London Sunday Times Magazine.

In 1988, the noted photographer Robert Mapplethorpe selected her to write his biography. A year later, several months after he died of AIDS, the Corcoran Gallery of Art cancelled the photographer’s “The Perfect Moment” exhibit. This spurred a heated nationwide debate about pornography as art and called into question the extent to which Congress and the NEA should be funding that art. When Mapplethorpe: A Biography was published in 1995, the art critic Arthur C. Danto, in The Nation, called it “utterly admirable… The clarity and honesty of Morrisroe’s portrait are worthy of its’ subject.” The Washington Post declared the book as “mesmerizing as Mapplethorpe’s stare in his self-portraits.”

In 2010, Patricia wrote Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia, which blended science, culture and personal insight to tell the story of why she – and 40 million other Americans – can’t sleep at night. Janet Maslin in the New York Times praised her “deadpan funny” sense of humor, describing the book as a “fine firsthand look at insomniac eccentricities.”

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•Hardcover, 256 pages
•Published April 14th 2015 by Gotham
•ISBN13: 9781592409242

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Review: The Book of Colors: A Novel by Raymond Barfield

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Yslea is an unforgettable character. A sage soul, observant to minute details with her simple yet profound thoughts along with observations. Her views are organic lacking over analyzing, seeing with both her heart and eyes. A challenging upbringing failing to hinder her growth and optimist outlook. A young woman full of hope, faith, love and happiness. The characters are three-dimensional and intricate. Yslea certainly brightened my world in an affecting manner, she taught me much as we shared our short memorable time together. Simply beautiful.

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•Kindle Edition, 224 pages
•Published April 20th 2015 by Unbridled Books
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Review & Giveaway: Cicada Spring by Christian Galacar

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On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979, the people of Heartsridge, Massachusetts, are living the American dream. Families are gathered for barbecues. Kids are playing in front yards. Gardens are being kept. Meanwhile, Kara Price stumbles home through the woods, raped and beaten, her life shattered by a wicked act of violence, perpetrated by one of the town’s most beloved and public figures.

How far would you go to protect your own?

Galacar certainly impresses with his debut novel. I was sucked in from the first page, trust me you won’t be able to put this book down.

The narrative is exciting, plenty of action with loads of uneasiness. The fast pace undoubtably holds your attention and interest. Multiple story lines intersect joining together with great impact. Riveting until the turn of the last page. Galacar demonstrates competence in handling fragile subject matter (rape). He expertly explores the aftermath both emotionally and mentally as well as the inescapable pain post rape trauma. We are privy to the psychological wounds suffered by rape survivors no matter their age, or time passed from attack, very affecting for the reader via Galacar’s keen eye and perspective.

Fantastic characters, all fully developed. Each character’s strength and weakness exposed. Kara will grab hold of your heart as she desperately tries to deal with her challenge. Her courage is admirable. Harry is despicable, you hope for his loathsome side to be discovered for the entire community to see his true colors. Catherine is memorable due to her quiet strength and compassion, a secondary character with a very strong presence along with an intricate part in the narrative.

Looking forward to reading more from this incredibly talented author. Fabulous debut effort.

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•Paperback
•Published March 23rd 2015 (first published March 18th 2015)
•ISBN13: 9781508616696

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Review & Giveaway: The Private War of Corporal Henson by E.Michael Helms

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A semi-autobiographical story of a soldier acclimating to life after serving in the Vietnam War.

A story I found emotionally compelling. Can’t get a closer psychological glimpse into the head of a combat veteran unless you are one or witness their silent and thundering anguish first hand, still never really comprehending their inner turmoil along with haunting demons and the unshakable feeling of guilt, not to mention the horrific carnage witnessed in front of their virgin eyes, their unsurmountable losses of friends and fellow soldiers. Helms manages to paint a detailed rendering of PTSD and living with the unfamiliar person you have become.

“We’ve been through something special, something the World can’t even begin to comprehend. It’s alien to them. They can’t understand it no matter how hard we try to explain, so what else can they do but go on as if it never happened? Hell, it didn’t happen to them. So for them life goes on just like it always has.”

A fictional memoir with more nonfiction creating quite an impact. The struggles faced are raw and heartbreaking. Each character faces a personal issue, as their story’s unfold you begin to understand how deeply wounded and forever changed these men are.

Helms masterfully crafts an intimate unraveling of life seventeen years after enduring the trenches of the Vietnam War – the wounds healed the scars remain, the pain palpable.

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•Paperback, 276 pages
•Published August 19th 2014 by Stairway Press (first published June 3rd 2014)
•ISBN13: 9780989760553

 

 

Philosophy From The Armchair

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I don’t have time to think about what I want, there are too many things demanding my attention as it is. Sound familiar? I’m sure it does, although what you may not realize is your first priority is to yourself. Not selfish, but rather..you must take care of yourself in order to be anything but a detriment to others.

The final hour of the day belongs to you, claim it, and shut out everything non essential. A quiet house, calm surroundings, silence the external obligations to allow the inner needs and wants a chance to make themselves known.

Too often we convince ourselves the solution to our problems is mired and lost in the outside world. We must immerse ourselves, get lost and nearly drown within the junkyard of everyday distraction. Not so, the answers lie within. Take an opportunity and listen to what your inner self is saying to you. The idea may sound ridiculous at first but allow it to settle. The key is to listen to your Self, find out how to nourish and satisfy, then your external existence will blosom.

A brilliant friend of mine introduced this concept to me and I’ve applied it to my own situation. Admittedly, initially it felt strange but further thought and reflection yielded some welcomed revelations. Everyone has an inner voice, keep an open mind, and pencil and paper handy..trust yourself.

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