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Wishfull Drinking, Carrie Fisher
March 19, 2009

Princess Leia sure knows how to put away the booze, pills and boyfriends in Wishful Drinking. Carrie Fisher is absolutely heartwarming, in this self loving and generously short book. She can write! Taking her manic depression with a grain of salt (Xanax). She admits to being the best bipolar actress she can possibly be, giving teenage boys wet dreams and finding a gay man dead in her bed.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

She talks about her love affairs and the daughter she loves, but is constantly afraid of disappointing, since she can’t always manage her depression. Anyone that’s traveled on the bumpy road of life will relate and should read this book. Fisher makes you laugh and cry. The dark moments she shares with her all to receptive audience turn endearing.

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the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, a novel by mark haddon
December 29, 2008

Autism is misunderstood. From childhood to adulthood autistic people see the world through a different lens alien to most of us. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is told from a lost child’s view, trying to absorb the world of confused adults, noise and patterns; while his brain processes far too quickly.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon starts with murder most foul and dreaded. The lose of life, at first misunderstood. Then Christopher John Francis Boone must understand why someone would want to take away his friends life. All complicated questions for the smartest and most spiritual. 

The author never wavers, he doesn’t use one more word then’s needed, he’s steady and mettered easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyable. This book does accomplish that rare ability of literature that only books possess, it allows you to walk around in the body of another, seeing with another’s touch, smell, and vision. Ever so perplexing and bewildering as is this child’s autistic understanding. He lives in a world of numbers, patterns and only certain recognition.  We feel his trauma. 

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling
December 21, 2008

J.K. Rowling expands on the world of Harry Potter with tales I someday hope to tell my children at bedtime. This is a small yet powerful book, fables have long been part of our culture. Rowling, now joins the ranks of Beatrix Potter. She states that witches are more proactive then muggles, I’d agree. Escaping into the world she’s created, has always been a joy.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

For witches have the power to change their world, yet are bound to the limitations of their power. The paradox of witchcraft and wizardry, are explained to their children. Yet Rowling herself shows no such constraints as she manipulates her universe.  While most writers burn-out on their supplementals and extras, there’s no doubt that the Harry Potter franchise has been pushed to the brink of over-saturation. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is still fresh. 

I can’t help wondering, if this wasn’t the first book she’d ever written, the original notes, the stories she told her children at bedtime before she cast her spell on the rest of us. Rowling focuses on Dumbledore’s notes more then on the creation of another tale, I wanted less notes and more story, the footnotes and annotations made me laugh. 

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