Strong Women Worth Reading About

 

 

 

Once in a while, you’ll find the rarest of people. The kind of people that interrupt their regularly scheduled, comfortable lives to reach out and care about strangers.

Martha Hall Kelly’s first book, Lilac Girls, took us to Ravensbrück concentration camp where we were exposed to more of the horrors that Hilter was imposing on Jewish women.

We also get introduced to Caroline Ferridayꟷ a woman worlds away living the life of a New York City socialite, who learns about the atrocities that these women faced under Hitler’s command, and becomes determined to get rehabilitation for a few women that need her the most and offer friendship when it is the last thing these women expect.

Out now is Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

It’s important to remember that women have always been changing the course of human events through their determination, resilience, and most of all their incredible capacity for true friendship.

Click here to learn more about these incredible books and the amazing author.

Stop by the shop to pick up Lost Roses if you haven’t already. It is a read you won’t soon forget!

 

 

Lost Roses

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Lilac Girls

$17.00

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Grab the Kleenex…

In my humble opinion, there is no reason to read a book if it doesn’t make you cry. Seriously, what is the point of investing all of that time if you don’t even care enough to cry about what happens to the characters within the pages? In this busy life, there’s just no extra time for things we aren’t emotionally connected to.

Here’s a list of five titles that will require, a little bit of wine, a whole lot of tissues, and that have prompted my kids to ask, “Mom, are you okay?”

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn:  You will never forget Francie or how optimistic she made you feel while breaking your heart still.

A Partial History of Lost Causes: A life that is doomed mixed with an urgency for reality to not be what it is. I could literally talk about this book for days, and I will if you ask me!

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption: If you know anything about me, then you know that I have a weakness for old men… Louis Zamperini is truly an American hero, he is also brave, unbreakable and loves his mother. Not to sound cliche, but every American should read this book. Every. Single. American.

The Risk Pool by Richard Russo: This one killed me, and it is hard to explain why. Suffice it to say that some people can hurt us more than they ever actually deserve to. We allow these people to hurt us even though we know they will never actually have the ability to not- we are in a constant state of loss just by knowing and loving this kind of person.

Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson: Dear. Sweet. Jesus. I dare you not to cry as you think about the lonely existence of giantess Ana Swift. Her heartache, her loneliness and the cramps in her legs will stay with you for a long, long time.

I have so many more books that have broken my heart- but this is a good start and a great way to keep your humanity in check!

 

I am So Over You…

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So, like a lot of people out there, you’ve had a hard time getting over your last break up. I could spend time telling you that you probably handled your break up a lot better than my sister just did, OR I could suggest a few books that you should read to celebrate getting over the person that obviously didn’t appreciate you anyway.

There’s always either that one love you will never recover from, or that one person that has damaged your heart beyond recognition- and as sad as this might be, it actually makes for some really good reading, trust me!

OK, now walk away from the Girl Scout cookies, and read these instead:

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson: Never underestimate the power of your first love- even if it is David Cassidy!

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler  For all of you that fell in madly, deeply, passionately in love with that incredibly hot bartender that you knew was a really bad idea after the first five seconds.

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti: Sometimes the thing that we are good at, is making the same mistake over and over again.

 

Never Marry an Italian

Never Marry an Italian!

I remember when  I was about ten years old, I was at my neighbor’s house playing when she called me inside and told me to sit down, she wanted to talk to me about something, “very, very important.”

I was ten,  I was nervous, I was thinking one of two things: one, I did something very wrong- maybe she knew that once I a little bit peed in her pool? Or two, maybe my mother died in the one hour since I had gotten there and she was going to tell me before I went home and discovered it on my own.

She put out two kinds of cookies, this was a very bad sign, Vienna Fingers and that one chocolate cookie that was almost an Oreo, but it wasn’t, what were those called? She sat me down at the kitchen table, right across from her framed picture of Tom Selleck, looked me right in the eye and said very confidently…

“I am going to tell you something very, very important, and I never want you to forget this in your entire life…never, and I mean ever, marry an Italian- I don’t care how much you think you love him, never do it. Ever. Do you understand what I am saying to you?”

You MUST read the Neapolitan Series! Oh, women and the complicated relationships that we keep and oh, what we let define us!

(I haven’t watched the series on Showtime yet, I am not sure my heart is ready!)

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave, Those Who are Left Behind by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante