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Read Across America: Lisa's Friday Reviews

Although I have traveled the majority of the states in America, there are a few that I doubt I will ever reach. An adventurer many years ago, my travel lust has waned as life grows more complicated for me. So, when I fell on to this website, I just knew this is one way to tick off all fifty states.

Join me in my travels to READ ACROSS AMERICA!

100 BOOKS ACROSS AMERICA: FICTION AND NONFICTION FOR EVERY STATE IN THE UNION A READING LIST FOR YOUR LAST-SECOND LITERARY ROAD TRIPAlabama Fiction: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafĂ©, Fannie Flagg Female friendships aren’t a new thing in literature, despite recent high temperatures induced by Ferrante-fever. This classic of Alabama fiction centers on the unlikely relationship—a friendship built, more than anything, on storytelling—between an 86-year-old woman in a nursing home and an unhappy middle-aged housewife. But it’s also a portrait of a community, and addresses issues of violence, race, homosexuality and aging over more than hal…
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Lisa's Friday Review

Here is one way to wrap up your summer reading. While writing 
this review, I kept thinking about coming of age themes literary 
greats from Kureac and even Steinbeck. Although I would never 
recommend The Summer of Crud to a young reader, this story 
definitely reflects a less wholesome  story than one normally 
associated with the genre most often classified as young adult. So...
I deam Jonathan LaPoma's an adult coming of age tale that will 
hang around in the reader's mind for days after turning the last 
Oh, and I must admit that I am still concerned about Danny's bowel

                                SUMMER OF CRUD
Finally. College graduation. A new life on the horizon. No better time than now to stretch those 
wings of independence and treat the soul to a well-deserved adventure before real life takes over. It 
was time to hit the road. Play a little music, smoke a little weed, maybe even write a new song. 
Danny is more than ready to go; but when his phone rings at…

Lisa's Friday Review

Have you ever been punched in the gut by a book?  Taken totally by surprise and anxious to get to he next chapter but reluctant for the story to end? Well, that has happened to me twice this summer. I have already told you about Winds of Skilak. I am till not over that tsunami. 
Gifts Unexpected is my second storm of words that left me speechless. Not nonfiction as is Winds of Skilak, but t times I forgot that important detail. As I told the author in my Readers's Favorite review, "Wow". That is basically all I could offer. Just, "Wow".
Relax, Adela, it’s probably nothing,” is what she told herself that morning. The little lump hiding on the side of Adel’s left breast had not been there only weeks ago. At least she was not aware of it. And her last mammogram had been normal. A bit unnerved, Adela mentally shook off any concern as she decided to recheck in a few days. If it was still there, she would see her doctor. For now her time was better spent preparing for he…

Lisa's Friday Review

Have you ever read a book that you just could not put down? Of course you have. You are a reader, right?

Well, this week I took on three totally different genres of fiction and I have been thoroughly satisfied with my reading experience.
If you enjoyed Little Women as a child, dig into this more adult read of sisterhood.
The Book Sisters by Hope Andersen When Vera, the fourth oldest of the Book sisters, asks her mother for a lemonade stand, the charm of Hope Anderson’s tale is planted. Vera, Virginia, Viveca, Victoria, Violet, and Veronica are the six daughters of Vern and Valley Book and members of a picture-perfect family. The all-American dream, the loving family of which Norman Rockwell depicts in his famous images of Americana. But, as all dreamscapes, reality settles its harsh blanket over the family with the historical events of racism, Viet Nam, political turmoil, and international devastation. As time reveals the dark secrets of this once-upon-a-time family, the Book sisters f…

Lisa's Friday Reviews

Well, the end-of-summer count down is officially up and running. School in my district begins August 24 for students and my own son is scrambling to complete summer projects that this goody two shoes would have taken care of as soon as school adjourned in June. But,that has always been my downfall: Don't put off until tomorrow what I can accomplish today. If I search deeply into my teenage memories maybe that was not always the case with me. Maybe age and experience has created this task master alter ego. Maybe extensive reading has taught me the importance of time management. What ever it is, that is me.
No matter how you spend your time, though, I hope that reading is part of it.
Sometimes a story takes us by surprise. Sometimes what we learn from the author's words will blow your mind. Sometimes we are not aware that our heart and mind are in trouble. Sometimes we just need to be reassured.  Meet author Priya Kumar. She has checked off all those boxes in my life with The Wisem…

Lisa's Friday Reviews: The ants go marching one by one.

I Have MS. What’s Your Super Power? This is a book by a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis, Lisa A. McCombs. It is her personal story, written to help fellow sufferers and their families. It explains how the disease once caused those whose immune systems come under its attack to be locked in asylums, and that it is still not recognised as widely as it should be. She goes on to describe current treatments, their usefulness and side effects, and her own way of tackling living with Multiple Sclerosis. “Suicide is not an option.”
Lisa A. McCombs has written a book that is informative, encouraging and, incredibly, carries the reader to the end on a wave of humour. “My neighbor had MS. He died last week”. This is: "I Have MS. What’s Your Super Power?" MS is the invader and the author is the Super Hero. She describes the symptoms and their tragic effects on quality of life and relationships in detail. Initial diagnosis brought fear. Where many crumble, given the appalling prognosis, M…

Lisa's Friday Reviews: Read Aloud: Books prescribed to prevent summer slide.

Summer is not over yet, but it sure is getting close. Not too close to disregard a little reading, though. According to Jim Trelease, reading godfather to the West Virginia Read Aloud program, 1,600 sixth-graders in 18 schools across the state show that by reading four to six chapter books over the summer is enough to alleviate summer loss in reading ability. When school resumes in a few weeks, teachers will typically spend an estimated four to six weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over their time outside the classroom. As a former public school educator, I can attest to that. So, please take the time over these last days of summer vacation to play catch up. Encourage your children to READ!

Books prescribed to prevent summer slide:

Pre-Kindergarten Tree: a Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup “A book with peek-through holes that let a child view the changes in a tree throughout the four seasons”

Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon Bear, feeling very grown-up, say…