Why I love the Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds I never change the channel when the The Birds is on.  No more work gets done and dinner plans change immediately, ie. I don’t make dinner.  I MUST watch The Birds.  Just last week the horror/suspense movie, starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy was […]

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Book Review: Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, a Legal Thriller With a Mystery Twist

Some of my favorite books are legal procedurals and true crime. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turrow captures the drama and intricacy of the legal system with a dramatic, sexy mystery that keeps the reader turning the pages.  Some of you may have seen the movie, Presumed Innocent with Harrison Ford and the late Raul Julia […]

Read the full post -> April 30, 2015 book review

Book Review: The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante : Motherhood Honesty? Ah, Yea

The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante This is one really… weird…. book. Look, I am not going to lie to you. The writing is fantastic. The subject, a mother honest about motherhood, is one of my favorite topics. As I read the book I kept thinking that this is a really well written book and […]

Read the full post -> February 27, 2015 book review

Book Review: The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry

“…”I taste the brackish air. I feel like I’m twelve years old again and invincible. Childhood slams into my chest and unfolds its promise of a bigger life.” In The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry, Eve, our protagonist, answers the door late one night to an officer urging her to come with him […]

Read the full post -> February 24, 2015 Mommy Likes

Book Review: Descent by Tim Johnston – A Suspense, Psychological Thriller

There are not many books that I will walk into a book store and pay full price to purchase.  Descent by Tim Johnston is one of those books.  I had read a review that it was fantastic. I check it out on Amazon and read a few “Look Inside” pages. I went to hit the […]

Read the full post -> February 9, 2015 book review

Book Review: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis – Mystery, Thriller, Love Story All Wrapped Into One

A great book recommendation is worth is weight in gold My busy friend at Readers Respite, Michele, introduced me to the release of One Step Too Far. Michele’s recommendation is all I need to purchase a book.  One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis was first self-published by the author and then published in the UK.  It was […]

Read the full post -> February 5, 2015 book review

Book Review: The Undertaking: A Fantastically Written Story of a Tragic, Ugly Reality in WWII Germany

I am devouring stories that are set during WWII. The Undertaking  by Audrey Magee is a fantastically written story of a tragic, ugly reality that takes place during WWII in Germany. Two narrators draw us into Nazi Germany. Peter, a Nazi soldier, marries Katharina, a German citizen who lives in the heart of Nazi Germany, Berlin. This is […]

Read the full post -> January 13, 2015 book review

Book Review: The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

A friend of mine told me I had to read The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin. She said the book is going to become a movie starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). Enough said. I bought it that day and put all my other books aside. I finished the book by the next day. It […]

Read the full post -> September 26, 2014 book review

Book Review: Tana French The Secret Place

Tana French has just released her fifth book.  A fifth book for a successful author is a risky proposition.  Kind of like Serena Williams when she plays a tennis tournament.  Serena is expected to win, it is a given.  Just as Serena did not disappoint in her performance at the US Open this year, so too, […]

Read the full post -> September 18, 2014 book club book

Runners Down The Shore Beware…Here Comes Mommy!

This entry is repost from July a few years back…still completely accurate…I still need advice! I’m down the shore this week. For those of you not on the East Coast, down the shore is shorthand for at the beach on the Jersey shore. The Moms club members I’ve met and the gals from One Fit […]

Read the full post -> July 29, 2014 beach

Book Review : The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain is the fictional account of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley. The book is narrated by Hadley, mostly, and covers her backstory but mostly the courtship of Hadley and Hemingway and the years of their relatively brief marriage as well and their time in Paris in the 20’s when every […]

Read the full post -> June 4, 2014 book review

Book Review: Even Monsters by AJ Smith | Children’s Book That Treats Children Like The Smart Monsters That They Are

  Even Monsters, a new children’s book written and illustrated by AJ Smith is charming, funny, and wonderfully illustrated.   Written for 4-8 year olds, the book follows one my golden rules…children are smart, write smart books for them!  A “children’s book” does not have to talk down to children to be successful.  An entertaining, […]

Read the full post -> April 18, 2014 Mommy Likes

Book Review : The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell : Tremendously Well Written, Perfectly Paced and Creepily Mysterious

You know you have a goodie when you do not want the book to end.  Such is the case with The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell.  It is the author’s premiere novel and it packs a wallop!…It is a joy to read from page one…a simmering mystery, slowly unraveled while the front story is just […]

Read the full post -> April 9, 2014 book review

Book Review | Romancing the Brand by Tim Halloran

As an Amazon Vine Voice, I get my pick of new titles in exchange for a fair review.  Tim Halloran’s Romancing the Brand : How Brands Create Strong Intimate Relationships with Consumers caught my eye. I love marketing and good marketing books. After a quick peek inside this book on Amazon, I decided to take a […]

Read the full post -> April 8, 2014 book review

Book Review: Mrs Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin

Someone recently told me that one of the best way to learn new things is to read as many memoirs as I can get my hands on.  The truth is, I was already a fan of memoirs.  My being a fan has to do with my fascination with life and how folks choose to live […]

Read the full post -> February 25, 2014 Author

Happy Valentines Day, 2014, A Word on Kissing

Below, in honor of Valentine’s Day, is a repost of one of my personal favorites.  A book review on a kissing book, A Compendium of Kisses by Lana Citron.  I would like to add to this post by mentioning that I am a lucky I girl because I got to marry the best kisser I […]

Read the full post -> February 13, 2014 book review

Book Review: Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuck | How-To Social Media Marketing Guide

    “Social media is like crack – immediately gratifying and hugely addictive.” This truism is just one of the thousands of morsels of reliable and insightful social media marketing wisdom to be found in Gary Vaynerchuk‘s latest book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World. I […]

Read the full post -> November 12, 2013 book review