Friday, June 24, 2011

Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

"Portrays the love affair and marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Mowrer from their Chicago meeting in 1920 to their lives during the Jazz Age in Paris, but as Ernest struggles to find his literary voice, Hadley tries to define her role in their relationship as wife, friend, and muse."  Follett Titlewave

I'm really enjoying this book!  

Three neat things about it:

  •         The novel talks about his summers at his family’s cottage Windemere on Walloon Lake near Petoskey, MI ( I got to tour it during his birth centennial)

  •          This book ties in perfectly after seeing Woody Allen’s new film Midnight in Paris -such a charming film!

  • For the first time, I downloaded this title from the Public Library on my smart phone!  I have a Kindle, but so far, it only allows titles to downloaded from Amazon so this was great that I could read an Ebook from the library! 

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Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride

Sam has dropped out of college and is stalled in a fast-food job in Seattle. Interrupting the boredom of days waiting on Plumpy customers and evenings watching old movies with his friends, a scary guy named Douglas enters Sam’s world. After a few pithy verbal threats, Douglas has Sam beaten and mauled by a sidekick—and later delivers teen Brooke’s pretty blond head to Sam’s door. The good news is that Brooke seems to be in no pain and is as sassy as ever. The bad news, as Sam finds out in short order, is that Douglas is a necromancer and has identified Sam, who hasn’t a clue what his strengths are, as a rival. Before the week is out, Sam finds himself in a cellar, caged with another pretty girl, who is part werewolf, part fairy. And then there’s Ashley, the parochial-school-uniformed 10-year-old who can orchestrate salvation for Sam by using her Blackberry and brains. With fine writing, tight plotting, a unique and uniquely odd cast of teens, adults, and children, and a pace that smashes through any curtain of disbelief, this sardonic and outrageous story’s only problem is that it must, like all good things, come to an end.
Booklist starred (November 15, 2010 (Vol. 107, No. 6))

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How's your Digital Fluency?

Here's a test created by Lisa Nielsen who is best known as creator of The Innovative Educator blog: