Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

If you loved Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, then prepare yourself for Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Douglas Stuart's mastery of tempo, tone and detailed description produces physical reactions whilst reading. There are many stories about poverty and alcoholism. Families on any given street in any given country and from all walks of life could …

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Sharing Books

Get ready to feel unbridled anger, vulnerability and powerlessness, hopelessness and disbelief. These are all true stories which is what makes them get under your skin and remain there long after you have finished reading the last page. Heartbreaking, maddening and ludicrous. Thank goodness also touching, brave and triumphant. Proof that love comes in many …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “C”

THE LETTER "C" Cross legged and cozy in a corner of my closet, I compose and choreograph compelling encounters for the charming, cool and clever me, that needs coaxing out. In my cocoon I can cry out in condemnation of the cynics, the cruel cliques and the cunning  chameleons with their cloying compliments and chocolate …

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I love New York

History and Family Saga If you want to get a good smattering of New York's history under your belt without having to endure a dry read, may I suggest Edward Rutherford's New York. It is a chunky volume (981 pages) that covers the 1600's through to 2001. New York is a fantastic read (think Gone …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “L”

THE LETTER "L" Long ago... a lifetime, actually, since I have thought about it. Seems so ludicrous now, but back then, this larger than life figure ruled the night after the lights went out. Its lecherous limbs lurching at me, lascivious lips and lizard like tongue lustfully licking the back of my neck as I …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “T”

THE LETTER "T" Thin as a twig and touchingly pale; the timeless trademarks that elicit tenderness. Tirelessly she tried to come towards me, as I tirelessly strode away. Too many years apart and two disparate trajectories were the trouble. She was tremendously tenacious, and though terribly flattered, I couldn’t tolerate being tailed twenty-four seven. Terrible …

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Larger than life

When you held the world in your hands Remember how, as a kid, everything was larger than life? The formative years of discovery, learning, possibility and novelty were accompanied by gigantic ideas, gargantuan dreams and ginormous feelings. Those were the days of joy oozing from your pores, of fear that made you sweaty and nauseous …

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