Book Reviews

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

Book Reviews

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

Book Reviews

Cat’s eye by Margaret Atwood

I think I have a new favourite book! Margaret Atwood has this way of talking about relationships between men and women and women and other women that cuts through the surface and presents a raw image of raw emotions (Margaret Atwood -The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood - Life before man, The edible woman - Margaret Atwood,The Handmaid's Tale… Continue reading Cat’s eye by Margaret Atwood

Book Reviews, Stephen King

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

Psychology

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)

Book Reviews

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn Book Review

After the pleasant surprise I had reading "Dark Places" and "Gone Girl", I thought nothing I read from Gillian Flynn would convince me more of the basic evil-ness of the human species. I was wrong. So Wrong. I prayed after every chapter for it to be fiction. I hope such a town and such people… Continue reading Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn Book Review

Book Reviews

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

Excerpts

Wishing for a mother – White Oleander

“But then I realized, they weren't calling out for their own mothers. Not those weak women, those victims. Drug addicts, shopaholics, cookie bakers. They didn't mean the women who let them down, who failed to help them into womanhood, women who let their boyfriends run a train on them. Bingers, purgers, women smiling into mirrors,… Continue reading Wishing for a mother – White Oleander

Dean Koontz, Excerpts

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

Book Reviews

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