Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson – Book Review

Prepare your tissues as this book will not leave you dry-eyed. Full of love and more love and more love and a lot of loss, the book follows two couples who have something in common. Matt has been with both women and both have a baby. This change-of-pace love story is a powerfully moving novel … Continue reading Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson – Book Review

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Chicken Soup for the Mother’s soul * 101 Stories

I read this lovely book while sitting on a 2h commute and I think I laughed and I cried and I felt like having a baby just here and now.  I recommend this book to any new mother to be - either by adopting, using a carrier mommy or even by carrying the little bundle … Continue reading Chicken Soup for the Mother’s soul * 101 Stories

Stephen King * Carrie

Carrie stood among [the girls] stolidly, a frog among swans. She was a chunky girl with pimples on her neck and back and buttocks, her wet hair completely without color. Imagine you were an ugly duckling in school and your mom was a religious fanatic who thought that pregnancies were the direct result of sex … Continue reading Stephen King * Carrie

Margaret Atwood – Life before man

Look, I’m smiling at you, I’m smiling in you, I’m smiling through you. How can I be dead if I breathe in every quiver of your hand? – Abram Tertz (Andrei Sinyavsky), The Icicle Oh wow, what a book this has been. I read it in short bursts and I must say it's one of … Continue reading Margaret Atwood – Life before man

Bluebeard’s Egg * Margaret Atwood

This was my first time reading a short story collection by Margaret Atwood and after the phenomenal 20'th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill, I was surprised by the very natural - almost memoir-type of writing some of the stories. "When my mother was very small, someone gave her a basket of baby chicks for Easter. … Continue reading Bluebeard’s Egg * Margaret Atwood

The Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (with Sharp Objects Excerpt)

Recently I read the chilling tale of a murderous mother in Sharp Objects and I was interested to see what I could find regarding the Munchausen syndrome. The Americans had the city of Kansas and the story of the Wizard of Oz (a bit different from the Wizard of Glass). The Germans had The Baron Of … Continue reading The Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (with Sharp Objects Excerpt)

White Oleander * Janet Fitch

What would you do if your mother was taken away? Just before those precious years of adolescence, your dear and beloved mother would be jailed for killing her lover. For poisoning him with the stems of the Oleander flower. What would you do if you were cast from house to house, from foster family to … Continue reading White Oleander * Janet Fitch

About Child Abuse – Excerpt from The Door to December – Dean Koontz

  When I read The Door to December (1985) by Dean Koontz, the following piece struck a chord in me. So many children are abused and the monsters doing it to them rely on the child keeping silent and making them feel like it was their fault. When Laura's tears began to dry, Dan said, … Continue reading About Child Abuse – Excerpt from The Door to December – Dean Koontz

Son – Lois Lowry – Last Book of The Giver Quartet

“Fear dims when you learn things.” They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been … Continue reading Son – Lois Lowry – Last Book of The Giver Quartet

The Servants of Twilight * Dean Koontz

To his mother, Joey seems an ordinary six-year-old boy - special to her, but to no one else. To the Servants of Twilight, however, he is an evil presence who must be destroyed - an Anti-Christ who must die. This is a scary could-be-story about the power of cults and how they cannot stop once … Continue reading The Servants of Twilight * Dean Koontz