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The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma’s Match (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #5) [book review]

jamie insalaco and grantI haven’t mentioned Grant in a while.  He’s the German Shepard mix member of our pack and neither diabetes, nor cancer, nor heart arrhythmia, nor blindness will keep him from breaking down doors or reviewing books.

That’s right, reviewing books.  Grant’s versatile.  He likes all sorts of things and apparently, weighing in on what Dr. Girlfriend is reading is right at the top of his list.  For Grant’s first (and possibly only) book review, he’s going to tell you what he thought of The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma’s Match (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries #5) by Carrie Bebris. Read the rest of this entry

Filing Glen Beck’s books where they belong


So poetic.  And only seven bucks, too!  Glen Beck must be proud.

Damn it, Kindle…


Every once and a while, my kindle will decide that its best function is to take up space.  It just sits there and shows me this screen in what I assume is an attempt to remind me that I need to spend more time reading outdoors.  I don’t know what causes this (automatic updates?) and I certainly don’t know what fixes it (positive thinking?), but eventually, the situation resolves itself of its own accord.  In the meantime, I am frustrated… And  reminded that a proper book has been state of the art since the printing press was invented.  Still, the kindle is a great device that I can’t help but recommend in one fashion or another.

Darth Vader and Son [Book Review]


My Score: 80%

I love the idea of an extraordinary character in an every day role, and Darth Vader and Son pulls this off in spades.  There’s just one problem… Read the rest of this entry

Before There Was Twilight…


…There were cheesy romance novels.  Novels that were upfront about their crap factor.  Just look at these covers!  That’s some genuine schlock.

We are American: Unfulfilled Dreams by William Perez

Dr. William Perez

Last night, I heard Dr. William Perez speak about the issues of undocumented students and the challenges they face.  This has been on my mind lately.

I heard an interview with a family on WNYC radio last week.  The kids were born here, but the parents were here illegally – I forget where they were from, but it did not sound like a good time.  The little girl said something like, “I heard my parents talking in Arabic and they said a word I didn’t know.  I looked it up and learned it meant ‘deported’ – that’s how I found out they were here illegally.”  The parents are being deported and can choose if the children go back with them or not.  So much for anchor babies.

Comparatively to children who immigrated here illegally, the above child has it easy.  Imagine you were brought here when you were three years old.  You go to school and the day you bring home the SAT application and ask your parents for your social security number…  that’s when you find out.  You’re here illegally and unless you can change your status, your future is in serious jeopardy at best.

Dr. Perez talked about living a life I never imagined in my dizziest nightmares  – imagine trying to deal with issues like this while you were going to college…  it’s almost too much to think about.  Yet the data shows that many students in this situation do well in school and go on to be productive members of society.

In 2010, The Dream Act failed in the US Senate by 5 votes, but many states have enacted similar laws already.  We’re getting closer to where we need to be, but we aren’t there yet.  Hell, even Governor Rick Perry of Texas supports similar legislation in his home state, and he apparently never goes jogging without a gun.

Dr. Perez’s book, We are American: Unfulfilled Dreams, drops in November – I plan on picking it up.

Why People Thought The Rapture Was Coming


If you walked into a book store and saw this, what would you think?

In the interest of being thorough, I watched an entire episode of The Jersey Shore, and besides being a complete and total waste of my time, it was immediately obvious that none of the cast members (or whatever you call people on a reality show) were from New Jersey as per their EXTREMELY THICK NEW YORK CITY ACCENTS, but whatever.  Excuse me for expecting a show called “The Jersey Shore” to be populated by people from New Jersey, but I guess that’s presumption on my part – it merely takes place at the Jersey shore.

The fact that a cast member (never mind the one called ‘Snooki’) wrote a book (or more likely, had someone ghost write it for her) isn’t one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, but it damn well should be.  Nevertheless, no rapture.  Maybe if The Situation hooks up with Ark Music Factory and drops a fresh jam, well… that might push us over the top.


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