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Discussion Point: Women as Their Own Writers [05 Sep 2009|08:21pm]

One thing that I've been thinking a lot about - through my first degree, and what have you - is that women writers keep getting screwed around with in regard to what they do. The influence on the writer, the fact that they're "ghetto-ized" in some ways into "non-real" writing.

For example, if you look at Austin or Nora Roberts, they're placed in the category of writers "for women", or even for "youth" now.

Does anyone have any thoughts on that?
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Excerpt: Medicine, Horses, & Motherhood [17 Dec 2007|04:34pm]
I have permission from publisher Sunstone Press to distribute an excerpt from an unusual crossover novel by Texas surgeon Barbara Bergin. "Endings" mixes Bergin's own worlds of medicine, horses, and motherhood with a strong romantic core.

It's the story of Leslie Cohen, a 40-year-old doctor who perpetually takes temporary "locum tenens" assignments to stay on the move. While filling in for an orthopedist in Abilene, Texas, she meets a man who might make her quit running.

"Endings" is laced with loving descriptions of ranch and horse life, packed with fascinating accounts of medical procedures, and loaded with mystery surrounding Leslie's hidden history.

The excerpt is entitled "Reining" and is a detailed scene at a horse event that Leslie and her date attend. It shows off the author's background as a nationally ranked horsewoman.

You can read the excerpt at the following URL:

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Uglies trilogy [31 Mar 2007|11:45pm]

[ mood | tired ]

Crazy for it over here, folks. Scott Westerfeld has me hooked on Tally Youngblood. Her character caught my eye right away. The way her mind works, the actions she takes, everything.

These books are just, gahh! :D Anybody find them as fascinating as I do? Or do I just not sit down and get my hands on a good book too often? Heh.

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Liz Curtis Higgs [27 Aug 2006|09:08pm]

[ mood | amused ]


I'm new. :) I'm Anna and love classics, Elisabeth Elliot, Christian fiction, Ted Dekker, LotR & Narnia.

I was wondering if anyone here has read any books by Liz Curtis Higgs. Mainly The Lowlands of Scotland series? :) I adored all four books and am eager for discussion!

Have a beautiful day!

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Magdalene by Angela Hunt [19 Aug 2006|08:33pm]

I just now finished this book and had to update to the community about it. It is an amazing book, and I thoroughly loved the mixture of Hebrew and Roman story lines. I have copied and pasted the Amazon.com synopsis below, and highly recommend that you all check out this book!

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my first post [01 Aug 2006|05:50pm]

I just finished a trilogy by Philippa Gregory. "Wideacre," "the Favored Child," and "Meridon." A few thoughtsCollapse )

about me: I just finished a fast-paced bachelors degree program, and loving my freetime again. Plenty of time to read and relax, and take in literature. :)
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Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh [26 Jul 2006|07:23pm]

Has anyone read this book? Wow... I'm still reeling about it. I rented it from the library yesterday, and finished it this afternoon. It's only about 100 pages, but it's quite a story.

So, if anyone's read it, let's discuss! I'm eager to hear your thoughts.

If you haven't read it, check it out. Like I said, it's only 100 pages and, although it's different, it's definitely interesting!
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[01 Jul 2006|03:03pm]

I just bought the book Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire. I don't know if anyone has read any of his books, but he likes to delve into the "what could've/should've been" regarding fairy tales. This particular book is about Snow White, but he also has books about The Wicked Witch of the West, and the Ugly Stepsisters. I hope it'll be good, and with my new job this book will actually take some time to read, too!
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Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities [09 Jun 2006|07:09pm]

I am about halfway through this book, which is by Alexandra Robbins. It is an absolutely wonderful look into the lives of 4 sorority girls from a state university in the South. Although some of the information does make sorority life look bad, I truly believe that the author is simply telling the truth and presenting the facts, leaving the reader the ability to make up her own mind. I highly recommend this book, especially as someone who went through the rushing process but decided against joining for the same reasons presented in the book.

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I hope you all are getting the chance to read as much as I am this summer!
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Best Friends [04 Jun 2006|05:56pm]

Oh.. my.. goodness! This book officially rivals The Red Tent as my favorite "grown up" book. The author, Martha Moody, is a wonderful writer and the story is absolutely great. I loved this book and could not put it down. As always, here is the Barnes and Noble synopsis. I highly recommend you run right out and buy this book!!

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Review [31 May 2006|12:11pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Totally LOVED and ADORED The Eyre Affair. I am now reading Lost in a Good Book. I have a new favorite book and quite possibly a new favorite series. I can't recommend this book enough. It totally had me into it and all I could say was I love this book. If I could I would be done with the series and reading it again. I so wish that I could be sitting at home reading instead of here at the office.

Who wrote Amy and Isobel and Is the correct title Tristan and Isolde or does it go by another title? I would also like to know who wrote that one too. Thanks in advance!!!

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In Lucia's Eyes [21 May 2006|03:34pm]

This book, in my opinion, was not good. I just finished reading it late last week, and was extremely disappointed. The Barnes and Noble synopsis made it seem like such a good book, but I felt it was boring and depressing. It really had promise, but definitely lacked the special something that made it worth reading. However, I'm copying a review from B&N in case other people might want to check it out. After all, we all have different tastes!

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Now I'm reading Queenmaker by India Edghill. This novel is book one of a two-book series, the second novel being Wisdom's Daughter. I actually read the second book first, as my library didn't have the first one. Plus, on the back cover, there's a quote that says "Like The Red Tent, but better." I had to see it for myself. However, I'm really liking the first book just as much as I did the second! Here, again, is the B&N synopsis.

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Review [15 May 2006|12:31pm]

[ mood | determined ]

I finally finished The Other Boleyn Girl. I enjoyed it even though, it was really long. I think it took me about a month to read. I am debating about reading any of her other books just because of the length. I don't have as much time to read as I used to.

I wish they would have focused more on Mary and less on Anne. I know that more is known about Anne, but it is fiction. In my mind that means take what you know and run with it. It can still be historical. It was almost like reading a biography. It did cause me too search the net for some added information about the characters, though. So, in reading it I learned some new things.

I am one of those people that has to finish unless the book is hideously awful. I recommend it as one that you read while reading your main book. You can put it down for a while and come back to it and not have to reread anything.

Now I am reading The Eyre Affair and so far I love it. If I could I would just sit and read until I finished.

Have any of you read any of Phillipa Gregory's other books? What did you think?

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Daughter of Troy [14 May 2006|05:34pm]

Another good one, although I still have about 50 pages left... ;) This one is about Briseis; I got interested in her after reading about Helen in my previous book. Now I'm on the Trojan war kick! :P

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The Memoirs of Helen of Troy [06 May 2006|08:25pm]

Yet another wonderful read that I highly recommend for all of you historical fiction lovers (like myself)!

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Summer Reading Question: [02 May 2006|05:08pm]

What books are on your summer reading list?

I personally don't have any books in particular on my list, which is why I'm asking you guys! :)
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Everyone Worth Knowing [30 Apr 2006|08:46pm]

This novel, by the same author as The Devil Wears Prada, is another hit! It's cute, girly, and an easy read.

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So if you're looking for a fun summer read, pick up this book! :)
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GAH! [24 Apr 2006|02:46pm]

[ mood | angry ]

So I was roaming the New Fiction section at my local B&N when I discovered that the wheels of the apocolypse have been set into motion.

Nicole Richie wrote a book. What happened to POSITIVE female role models?

Excuse me while I go into a corner to cry now.

x-posted at books

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Advice: [22 Apr 2006|05:17pm]

Next on my list of books to read are the following, in order of what look like the best:

Memoirs of Helen of Troy - Amanda Eloyt
Holy Fools - Joanne Harris
Ruby Ring - Diane Haegar
Nectar from a Stone - Jane Guill

Any recommendations, or have any of you read these?
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The Borgia Bride [20 Apr 2006|05:19pm]

Oh my gosh... I just finished this book and it was absolutely wonderful! I will not divulge details that will ruin the book, but let me just say that I was in suspense throughout the ENTIRE novel. Not only was it suspenseful, but there were many unexpected turns and surprises, too.

I give this book an A++! Definitely READ IT! :)
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