Wednesday, September 9, 2015

White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters

An utterly unique memoir, this book was not was I expected it to be. Though it got off to an almost excruciatingly slow start, the book was a very touching and heartfelt look into the love that can exist despite and sometimes even because of a dysfunctional environment.
The story was one that had difficult moments but I feel like it was an important story for Mary to share. One that might give others hope even or at least help them to accept that we are all a product of our experiences. Not for the faint of heart, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt like life was stranger than fiction but couldn't help but embrace those there.

Mary Pflum Peterson is a veteran multi-Emmy-Award winning producer at Good Morning America, the nation’s number one morning news show. Her work at GMA has taken her to papal funerals in Rome, to the ravaged remains of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, to the royal wedding in London and to numerous Oscar ceremonies in between. Prior to joining GMA, Pflum Peterson was a producer and reporter for CNN, where, from her post in Istanbul, she traveled in and out of numerous warzones, including Afghanistan. Today, her warzone of choice is Manhattan’s Upper West Side where she resides with her husband, Dean, and their four young children, ages 1 to 7.

Plan Bea Reveal!

Author: Hilary Grossman
Series: (book 1)
Release Date: October 2015
Genres: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Booktrope

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How well do you really know the people in your life?  

Annabel O’Conner has the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and the mother from hell! Annabel doesn’t like it but has come to terms with the fact that her relationship with her mother, Bea, deteriorated to the point of forced and strained communications. However, an unscheduled call from Bea turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believed about her life.

Despite the fact secrets, lies, and misplaced blame have destroyed the women’s relationship; Annabel reluctantly agrees to help Bea plan her wedding. Little does Annabel know the impact of her decision.

In this Women’s Contemporary Fiction novel, Hilary Grossman explores the complex relationship that exists between mothers and daughters in a light-hearted and relatable manner.

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Hilary Grossman loves to find humor in everyday life. She has an unhealthy addition to denim and high heel shoes. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep as many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn't writing, blogging, or shoe shopping she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on the beach in Long Island.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

A Remarkable Kindness

 A Remarkable Kindness was the kind of novel that touches you deeply. I have always been drawn to Israel and its rich history, so I was not at all surprised to be drawn into the story of Rachel, Lauren, Emily and Aviva. Faced with their own personal challenges, this book tells the stories of their lives and what brought these four Jewish American to this place.
I was quite intrigued by the concept of a burial circle as it was not something I had previously heard about yet I found utterly compelling. I found the idea very touching and something that I felt was a great central focus of the story with the individual stories revolving around it.
This book was one that I can definitely recommend to anyone who loves a good story with a lot of emotion. It was a heartfelt and great story that was very easy to read.

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Diana Bletter is a writer whose work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Commentary. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, with photographs by Lori Grinker, was shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. In 1991, she moved from New York to a seaside village in northern Israel where she lives with her husband and children, and volunteers in a burial circle.
Find out more about Diana at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.