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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…

Friday Review: A journey from innocence to innocence.

It has been a very busy week as far as my personal reading goes. No, I do NOT just lounge around the house with a book in my hand (well, maybe); but the weather has kind of forced me inside. That ol' pal MS does NOT like heat and it has been in the 90's all week. So...enjoy the fruits of my laborious life.







The year William Bur celebrates his eighteenth year, he is full of realizations concerning his life, mainly that his future is one, enormous pit of uncertainty. While the rest of his friends, affectionately known as the “Group of Seven”, seem to have their futures well-organized and are awaiting transport into their new lives, Wil remains unsure of his purpose. Regardless of purpose, Wendy, Colin, Manjula, Victoria, Lesley, and Jed have all verbalized post-graduation plans along with a very real sense of anxiety. College, jobs, and change surround the “Group of Seven”, .leaving each of them alone in their thoughts regarding adult-hood. Each friend carries his or her own secr…

Lisa's Friday Review

https://www.amazon.com/Winds-Skilak-Survival-Alaskan-Wilderness-ebook/dp/B00JQQ1QQ6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=14892


When Bonnie agrees to follow husband Sam's dream of selling all their possessions and moving the wilderness of Alaska, she realizes that one man's dream is possibly this woman's nightmare. While looking for land to purchase, Sam and Bonnie feel more like they are on a permanent camping trip than on the cusp of planting their marital roots. Cut off from most outside influences, Bonnie learns to cope with no electric, running water, and oft times no social interaction. She covets the rare journey from the log cabin she and Sam built themselves across wicked Skilak Lake to visit the post office for news from family back home. Ultimately, Bonnie comes to realize that the combination of friends and memories, the hard work and sacrifices, are equivalent to the true meaning of home. 

Winds of Skilak is that book that you never want to end, but that c…

Visit ‘MS House’ to get a better perspective of living with MS.

I haven't written much about MS lately. Mainly because writing book reviews is SO much more fun than thinking about multiple sclerosis. But, this article caught my eye and is well-worth sharing. I haven't written much about MS lately. Mainly because writing book reviews is SO much more fun than thinking about multiple sclerosis. But, this article caught my eye and is well-worth sharing. A few months ago, I wrote about a bicycle that mimics the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Now, I’ve discovered that there’s an “MS House” that allows a healthy person to experience some of what life is like for someone who lives with MS.
People walking through the MS House will be able to see and feel things from a different, and often difficult, perspective. For a short while, as they walk through guided by headset audio, they can better understand what multiple sclerosis is all about. The living room
(Photo by Andreea Antonovici)
A TV displaying half-definition pictures is used to illustrate vi…

Lisa's Friday Reviews

Why mess with the facts? READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


As a life-long reader, my love for the written word lead me, finally, to the exciting reality of being a rising author. What once was a pipe dream is staring me right square in the face.  Not only am I a READER, I am an AUTHOR. 

Authors love nothing more than an honest review. That review can be painful, it can be encouraging, it can be exhilarating. 

This is what happened to this author last week:



VERNITA NAYLOR FOR READERS’ FAVORITE
APRIL 22, 2017 “If I had learned anything about life after Dad’s death, it was to expect the unexpected,” says Americka – aka Meri – in Bombs Bursting In Air by Lisa A. McCombs. When Meri went with her dad, a retired veteran, to see a war movie, she thought that she was being punished. Instead of continually hearing the loud bombs and explosions going off in the movie, Meri began to wonder why wasn’t she spending time at the mall with her friends, Holly and Janie? A simple day at the theatre turned in…

Lisa's Friday Reviews on a Monday

Technology is wonderful when it works, right?  It is even better when we (I) know how to use it.   So, I set up my blog to publish while I was on vacation out in the middle of nowhere and totally off-the-grid. I was so proud of myself for figuring out how to do this. I giggle with delight all the way to The Center of the Universe, Bemis, West Virginia.

Of course, the joke was on me. Nothing posted.

The good news is that I have several reviews ready to share AND I read some pretty awesome stuff while holed away in my mountain paradise. So... get ready to be overwhelmed with reading suggestions. No



                                       INTRIGUE
When Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Shawn Shaw visits his favorite haunt looking for sustenance and creative inspiration, the owner shoves the day’s headline at him.   “French Professors Raise Gifted Children in Dungeon” Enough to elicit conversation between the two friends, but not enough to animate Shaw’s latest investigation of insider gamb…