Banker to the Poor Review

Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus was an excellent read. Not five star excellent, but still interesting. Reading through it I could pick out parts that would be exciting and interesting for our book club to discuss. Micro-lending, in particular in as varied of circumstances as Yunus presents, touches on almost every level of life,…

Picking September

It’s the end of the book club night. We should have discussed it sooner. We’ve had a few drinks (sometimes more than a few) or it’s very late and we need to go to bed. What are we reading next time? Most people in book club keep GoodReads Lists specifically to bring to book club….

Many Named Noir

A few days after book club I finished the last couple chapters. Overall I liked the book. The last time we did fiction as a book club we read Red Harvest and there are a lot of similarities. The language, for example, is heavily jargon both from eras and industries. A reader needs to stay flexible about understanding…

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy- August Book Club

We move a lot. Since our book club is predominantly in the twenty- thirty age range and hosted at the home of all members we move a lot. 16 different locations have hosted book club. In the last three years, most of us have had at least two residences, some of us have had three….

Book Club Casting

Meet my book club. There are five lovely ladies who range in age between mid-twenties and early thirties. Three of which are married, two of which are single. One with a kid, one pregnant, and three without munchkins. Three ladies in non-profit work, two in for-profit organizations. Four of which sold books for three or more…

3 Things I’ve Learned and 2 I Haven’t

Sure, the book looks good on the shelf but does it work? I’ve experimented a bit with The Daily Face: 25 Makeup Looks for Day, Night, and Everything In Between! By Annamarie Tendler from A Cautionary Tale of Selling Your Books. I’m not a fashion expert, I didn’t go to cosmetology school, and I had never…

The “$16.95” Book

I picked up The Daily Face: 25 Makeup Looks for Day, Night, and Everything In Between! By Annamarie Tendler, not heeding my own words of warning from A Cautionary Tale of Selling Your Books. I went straight from the bookstore to the drugstore to buy new makeup. What sold me about Tendler’s book is the minimalist…

A Cautionary Tale of Selling Your Books

“That’s it! I’m getting dumber friends!” said a bookselling pal of mine. She helped with the book transport of one of our fellow book-clubbers from one apartment to a new house. Understandably, it was backbreaking work. I’m preparing to move within the next few months. My fella, who recently lost his apartment in a buyout…

Children’s Books and Play Adaptations

The Grand Rapids Civic Theater is one of my favorite places in town. There’s not one bad seat in the entire house. I know, I’ve sat in the very last row of the very last balcony. This summer they produced two shows, Sideway Stories from Wayside School and Into the Woods As I mentioned in…

Book Connections

You snuck a flashlight under the covers to read by after bedtime. Or you read by the dim light from your digital alarm clock. Or maybe you boldly left your night table reading lamp on, after you carefully shoved pillows under the door, to covertly get in another chapter. When we were children, we found…

The Need for a Non-Stars Option

To set the mood you may want to listen to this while you read. I finished One Rainy Day in May (The Familiar: Volume 1). Giddiness takes over when I complete a book. Not only have I accomplished something, but now I get to check it off my to-do list. Books read are tracked on…

Ignorant Outlaw

If my ” 8 Guidelines for Personal Reading,” were instead “8 Laws of a Bibliophile,” I would be in the Backroom Clink. Lock me away, I’ve errored in naivety. Several weeks ago my fella whisked me away to one of the touristy beach towns not far from home. Our first stop was a local bookstore Between…