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Lisa's Friday Reviews : Reading Across America

As I continue my journey across the country, I begin to realize to fully appreciate the beauty of our country's literary history we must allow ample time in order to completely enjoy  the talent in America. Thus, my stay in New Hampshire is taking a bit more time while I read The Virgins by Pamela Erens. Basically: I am not finished with this interesting look into the promiscuity of our youth.
So, while you awaiting my thoughts on this particular novel, let me share my latest review for Readers Favorite.
We Were Ghosts is a disturbing story that many might not appreciate as much as this former educator. Children are more often than not forced to hide secrets of horrors that occur behind closed doors.  Home is supposed to be a sanctuary, a safe place for children, not a place to fear. I believe that We Were Ghosts to be one of the most important writings ever to be shared with the public. 
Why?  Because it is truly an accurate depiction of the dark reality faced by so many young peopl…
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Lisa's Friday Reviews

Maine is a large state to get lost in, especially at the time this memoir was written. Imagine a world without our 21st century conveniences, rig down to indoor plumbing and that all might refrigerator. Louis Dickinson Rich managed to survive without internet, Walmarts, or sometimes even human companionship. While in her early thirties, Rich and her husband found their livelihood in the remote settlement of Middle Dam, Maine. Louis tells of the wide array of loggers, fishermen, campers, and thrill seekers that make their way to her small community in search of sustenance and oft times shelter from the harsh Maine snow storms in which they  find themselves.  The author refers to her home as remote, calm and timeless,  "that makes the scramble of ordinary life seem like a half-forgotten and completely pointless dream."    
For an advocate of getting lost in fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the woods with Louis Dickinson Rich. We Took to the Woods is a MUST READ and…

Lisa's Friday Reviews: I may be in Maine, but I don't just review books..

Upon looking for an e-mail that I never received, I decided to search my trash; and guess what? Not only did I find the missing e-mail, I also unearthed quite a treasure. 

As a novice essential oil advocate, I am not unfamiliar with coconut oil, but the link below provides a wide world of uses that will keep you reading and pondering for days. But do not be overwhelmed. Grab your jar of coconut oil and experiment. 



I can absolutely attest to the cosmetic value of coconut oil. After only three days of moisturizing with said product, my skin is amazingly soft. I haven noticed the disappearance of some fine lines around my eyes and mouth and my complexion has actually "evened". I am hoping that further application will eliminate that wobbly neck age forces upon us.

I apply the oil to my face and neck every morning and evening after a quick cleanse and let it dry. I also massage a little (and that is all you need) into my feet and heels. Guess I will have sandal feet all winter!

No,…

Reading Across America: Let's begin in Maine!

Last week I announced my plans to red my way across the country in lieu of actually setting foot on the soil of individual states. Since then I have decided that I am glad I did not actually get behind the wheel of a car, because there is a key element missing in my intention. I did not plan. IN my excitement to share this project I did not think through my journey. The reading teacher in me grabbed on to the alphabetical order of states without realizing that out country is not arranged in ABC fashion. So, as I scrambled to acquire an Alabama title, I did not take into account the logistics of beginning my journey in the awkward location that Alabama provides in a road adventure. 



I mean...where do I go from there? My need for order demands that my travels adhere to some type of sense. I suppose I could begin the South, but why not set off from Florida and work my way up and out? I really do not want to back track in my quest to collect all fifty states and not begin a big fan of air …

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…

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 
page.
Oh, and I must admit that I am still concerned about Danny's bowel
issues.



                                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…