Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Literature Trivia

Who is the most written about woman in history?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Author Signing (and spotlight)

I always get excited about author signings, but unfortunately not many happen in Idaho or Hawaii. This one is really only relevant to Cami, but I thought you all might be interested in the author and books anyway.
Joanne Fluke is a best selling author of a mystery series (which Shiloh has read and really enjoyed). To promote her new book Apple Turnover Murder, she will be holding a signing in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 4th. It will actually be a discussion and a signing on the beach. Details at her website (linked below).
A little about Joanne Fluke taken from her website: Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young widow's clothesline. She insists that there really are 10,000 lakes and the mosquito is NOT the state bird.

While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a private detective's assistant, a corporate, legal, and pharmaceutical secretary, a short order cook, a florist's assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer consultant on a now-defunct operating system, a production assistant on a TV quiz show, half of a screenwriting team with her husband, and a mother, wife, and homemaker.

She now lives in Southern California with her husband, her kids, his kids, their three dogs, one elderly tabby, and several noisy rats in the attic.

This should be a fun discussion and signing and I can't wait to read my first Joanne Fluke novel as each is not only a mystery, but also is said to include delicious recipes!
For more info visit her website:

Monday, February 1, 2010

February's Book

Dad dictated the following to me and asked me to post it.

Originally titled The Strike, this novel is a unique blend of drama, adventure, politics, intrigue, economics, mystery and of course, just a little bit of sex. Enough to keep me interested but not enough to make me blush.
(Funny, we girls would have just called it romance. -- mom)
The author, Ayn Rand, had a very unique perspective when she wrote the book in the early 1950's. She was born in Russia and as a young woman experienced first hand life under the czars and 2 revolutions, the last being the Bolshevik Revolution which brought communism to Russia. After immigrating to the U.S. she became a screen writer in Hollywood and thus intimately aquainted with the Communist movement in the McCarthy Era.
The main drawback to the book is it's length. The author is very wordy and at times a little repetative. The book would have been better if it were 300 pages shorter. If you will just make it (suffer) through the first couple of chapters and get introduced to the characters and the plot, you will be hooked. It is notable that Ms. Rand's social and political views are totally void of religion, emotion and sentimentality, but the political insights to our present day will leave you shock-ed and amaze-ed.
All in all, I enjoyed this book not only for the story, but also for the economic theory.
Prepare to Shrug! - Dad
Due to the length of this book we will extend the reading time to the 15th of March or approximately 6 weeks. The last two weeks of March will be used for some short, fun assignments. On your marks. Get set. READ!!!!!