Will we ever stop talking about Marilyn Monroe?

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People will talk. And that can be a bad thing: gossip is often mean, and its shelf-life is sometimes longer than we’d like. On the other hand, a bit of scandalous chatter can be great: as in the new book Marilyn Forever by Boze Hadleigh, if people are talking about you, they’ll remember you. Through […]

Got books? The best of 2016

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Yep, if you were me, the answer would be, “Ohhh, yeah!”  Shelves of them, in fact, over the last 52 weeks, and here are some of the better choices I read in 2016, in no particular order: FICTION I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t stop touching “I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows when […]

Bookwatch: ‘Miss Jane’ — A simply beautiful novel

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Your mother called it an “angel’s kiss.” Ugh. Lots of people are born with birthmarks or unique features but you saw yours as a flaw and you hated it for years. Slowly, though, you came to embrace it, to see it as something that sets you apart, and now you wouldn’t erase it for the […]

Bookwatch: ‘The Essential RuPaul’

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The Queen has spoken. Everyone listens because, well, how can they not? Her bearing, her stature, her very demeanor demand attention from all her subjects and in the new book The Essential RuPaul by John Davis, illustrations by Libby Vanderploeg, these queens have a lot to say. When RuPaul Andre Charles was a little boy, […]

This memoir is easy to like

Oh, the things you did in your youth! All those late nights, sneaking out of the house and thinking your parents didn’t know (they did). The crazy things you did on the road, hoping the police would never stop you (they did). The parties, the goofy fashions, the drama, all the fun and all the […]

Bookwatch: Great premise, good story – just too much fluff

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The first day your toddler said he could dress himself was a day you’ll never forget. He tried; you have to hand it to him. When he was done, part of his outfit was out of season and the other part was out of style, the colors were painful together, and nothing matched except his […]

This unlikely couple had much in common

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Your closest friend really gets you. You never have to explain yourself when you’re together; everything said (and unsaid) is understood. There may be many years between you, but it doesn’t matter. There may be differences in background, but no worries. Nothing keeps you apart, and in the new book Elizabeth and Michael by Donald […]

Wrestling fans, this book is for you

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You are the champion of all-time. Nobody can beat you; nobody can even tie your record. When it comes to thumb-wrestling, you know all the moves and you really throw your arm into it for the win. Hands-down, you’re the best. So now read Accepted by Pat Patterson (with Bertrand Hebert) and take it to […]

New book empowers children to embrace their differences

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MANSFIELD, Texas – There’s no way to sugarcoat it; societal discord has hit breaking point in modern America, and diversity has – ironically – divided the nation. It’s a dangerous and destructive influence on young children, leading author Dr. Vanessa P Girard to hand them the perfect antidote. ‘It’s Okay to be Me!’ is a […]

Dive right in, the water’s fine

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People say you’re all wet. Maybe that’s not the nicest thing you’ve ever heard but hey! If something’s true, it’s true, right? Yep, you love being in a pool, lake, pond, the ocean, a puddle, it doesn’t matter. And in The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon, you’ll meet like-minded people in swimsuits. At the […]

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