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Review: The One That I Want

Allison Winn Scotch’s latest book, The One That I Want, is about reclaiming your dreams.

Tilly Farmer is a 32 year old woman married to her high school sweetheart, working in her old high school as the guidance counselor. She believes she has the perfect life, outside of not having a baby. But she’s working on that. Then one day everything changes. She runs into an old friend, Ashley, who gives her the gift of clarity. Next thing you know Tilly is seeing things before they actually happen. Her father’s relapse and car accident, Tyler (her husband) packing their house and moving, her best friend with another man, etc.

Tilly’s life changes. She sees things she doesn’t want to see. Her perfect little life isn’t so perfect. Her husband is miserable. He doesn’t want to live in their home town. He had dreams. He was supposed to be a star baseball player. He decides to go to Seattle and get a job at the university scouting kids for baseball. But he doesn’t expect Tilly to come with.Tilly is devastated. Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly recap is hosted by Shelia of One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week we recap what we’ve read and look at what’s coming up this week. If you’re interested head over to Shelia’s site and get involved!

So what was I up to last week?

I’m gearing up to my busy season at work so I was only able to finish Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKeneny

Because of work, I unfortunately ran out of time and had to return Adam Langer’s The Thieves of Manhattan to the library.  At some point I’ll be grabbing that one again.

(Oh, I may have read some escapist medical romances too.)

What’s planned for this week?

Digging into Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.  I’m not a Hemingway fan, but friends have told me that this is a good book. Plus, I seem to be on a roll with books featuring writers in the 20s and 30s.

Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems It is one of -if not the -best shows on television. I love that this book dissects the episodes. My philosophy classes were my least favorite in college, but I have a feeling I’m going to like reading this book.

So what about you? Did you read anything that you would recommend? Starting anything interesting?

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Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney

A biography on Nathanael West and his wife Eileen McKenney may on the surface seem to be an odd decision. After all, West and McKenney met in 1939 and were married a few months later and died in a car accident in December 1940. But Marion Meade does a good job of combining both biographies into one compelling read in Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKeneny.

I didn’t know much about West before I began reading this book and I knew nothing about Eileen. I was drawn to the book because of the time period and the cast of supporting characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald. I also finished reading Meade’s Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties earlier this summer so I thought I would give this book a try.

West, born Nathan Weinstein, grew up in an upper-middle class family in Manhattan. A spoiled child, he frequently had his family bail him out of situations. He flunked out of Tufts University and  managed to lie and cheat his way into Brown University. They sponsored his lifestyle. When he wanted to go to France to rub shoulders with the American ex-pats like Fitzgerald and Hemingway, family members paid for him to take an extended vacation. Ultimately the trip turned out to be a disappointment when it turned out that the many of writers were leaving and others seemed to have little interest in an “awestruck boy who had published a few things in his college magazine’. Also complicating things, many of the writers were probably Anti-Semites.

West was also frankly a mess. A a child he would spend time in the park watching people having sex and then startling them before running off. He didn’t have the best relationship with the female sex. While he did have a few girlfriends it seemed that he preferred to visit prostitutes which caused multiple instances of gonorrhea. Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesdays

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser  from page 202 of Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKeney by Marion Meade:

A more accurate description of the company would be Cheapsville: its factory asembly line spewed out a constant stream of quickie action pictures using the most economical methods. Writers were given three weeks, or less, to do a script.

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Meme of Reading Questions

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Last saw on  Booking Through Thursday.

1. Favorite childhood book?
This is pathetic. I read books all the time and practically lived at the library. But I really don’t remember anything specific. It’s like I don’t remember any books until high school.

2. What are you reading right now?
I just finished Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie. I loved it. (Review coming soon)

I’m in the middle of Eat Pray Love. I hate this book. I find Gilbert beyond annoying. But I’m determined to finish it.

I’m also reading The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Our Tragic Universe, The Thieves of Manhattan, The Island: a novel

4. Bad book habit?
Shiny book syndrome. I buy/take out way more than I can possible read during a given time.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Overexposed

The Blue Bistro

A million miles in a thousand years : what I learned while editing my life

6. Do you have an e-reader?
I love my kindle.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I tend to read more than one at a time.

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