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A book that’s DEFINITELY for me

I heard about this book on the radio and immediately went to look it up because the title was so captivating, plus it made me chuckle. It’s called A Perfectly Kept House is a Sign of a Misspent Life: How to Live Creatively with Collections, Clutter, Work, Kids, Pets, Art, Etc. It’s by Mary Randolph Carter. It sounds fascinating so I immediately put my name on the list for it at the library – yes it even has a waiting list. So I’m not the only person who is surrounded by clutter, dust bunnies, and, well let’s face it – junk. And I though here’s a woman after my own mind when I read the comment “don’t scrub the soul out of your home”! I am so intrigued by this book that I can’t wait to get my paws on it.

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Anita Rau Badami’s New Book

Anita Rau Badami’s new book, Tell it to the Trees, will be released in mid September.  I really, really liked her last book, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call, so I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of her new one.

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Kudos to Jamie – again!

You know how much I love Jamie Oliver. And apparently I’m not alone. Not only has his latest book, Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast been in the top 10 best-selling culinary books in Canada for weeks, but when it was released in Britain late last year it set a record for being the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time. All time!

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Reading Retreats

Who needs a spa when you’ve got this…

Twice annually Bill Gates packs it all in and schedules a week-long ‘reading retreat’ (not only does he have gazillions of dollars – but he’s got his head screwed on properly!). During this time he does nothing but pore over the books and papers he’s set aside during the year. And this kind of retreat seems popular in the U.K. You can sign up at London’s School of Life (?) and get a customized book list plus lodging at one of several modern country houses. Now who would want a pedicure when you could have this! No mention of food though… I M H O you’ve got to have good food to go with this.

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Jeffrey Archer Alert!

Well-known British writer Jeffrey Archer’s new book, Only Time Will Tell, will be released in late August. This is the first book in a series called The Clifton Chronicles. The series portrays the Clifton family over the course of 100 years, starting with Harry Clifton, a dock worker in Bristol England in the 1920s. Mark your calendars guys! This is bound to be good.

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What Next!

I just read an article in The Globe & Mail (A novel soundtrack, by Marsha Lederman, May 11th) that I found quite intriguing. Music specifically chosen by a writer to go along with their book… how about that! Author Jodi Picoult has even included a CD with her latest book, Sing You Home, where each song corresponds to a chapter in her book. It just so happens her protagonist is a music therapist so this is more than fitting to the overall effect and enjoyment of her novel.  Even Stephanie Meyer suggests soundtracks for her Twilight books on her website. And singer Sylvia Tyson, who recently published her first novel, has a corresponding album which has the same name as her book. Interesting eh! I like noise in the background when I read so this might be something to check out.

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Dumb & Dumber

I couldn’t believe it… there it was staring out at me from a page of The Globe & Mail… The Royal Wedding for Dummies. One of those yellow Dummies books. All about the royal wedding. Honest.

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Guess Who’s in Hot Water? … and he’s not making tea!

Author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson is in the news these days. There’s lots of contraversy involving his best selling book Three Cups of Tea. Well, it seems some of it might have been fabricated or inaccurate. What!!… you mean I can’t believe everything I read… shocking!  :)

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Finally! – A new book by Robert Rotenberg

I’ve been waiting for ages to read another book by Robert Rotenberg. Remember he wrote that great mystery set in Toronto called Old City Hall. Well apparently I don’t have to wait much longer. His new book, The Guilty Plea, is set to hit bookstores at the beginning of May.  I can’t wait!

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Thought Du Jour

From the column Social Studies by Michael Kesterton in The Globe & Mail a wonderful quote:

When I was 10, I read fairy tales in secret… Now that I am 50 I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things including the fear of childishness.”

British author C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Read this daily column if you can find it online. It’s a potpourri of interesting info that is a welcome diversion from all that nasty news out there. And his “Thought du Jour” is always good.

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