Thoughts on: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / September 18, 2011

About: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith is a historical fiction book set in … Brooklyn. The book was published in 1943 and became an instant best seller despite criticism on its content. 528 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics ISBN: 0061120073 My rating for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – 5 Buy & Save on “ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith is considered an American classic and an essential part of American literature. The book describes life in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn and is a testament for the hope kindled in immigrants who came to the United States. Not surprisingly, this well written book emphasizes the value of good educations, good teachers, community and family. “Before they went to bed, Francie and Neeley had to read a page of the Bible and a page from Shakespeare. That was a rule. Mama used to read the two pages to them each night until they were old enough to read for themselves. To save time, Neeley read the Bible page and Francie read from Shakespeare.” To…

BBAW Day 5: Current Practices & Future Trends
Latest Posts / September 16, 2011

Share 3 things you are essential tried and true practices for every blogger and 1-3 new trends or tools you’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future. Interesting topic and I’d be interested to read what others have written. But let’s not pontificate: Tried & True: 1) Comment on other blogs – karma’s great. 2) Personalize the posts. Sure it’s nice to hear a synopsis, but I want to also know about the person. 3) Quality trumps quantity! New Trends and/or Tools: 1) Get your own domain – it’s affordable, professional and looks great on a business card 2) Editorial calendars are a blessing. I use WordPress Editorial Calendar 3) Read out of your comfort zone, even if you don’t like it at first it will make you a better person, reader and blogger. Zohar – Man of la Book    

$25 Amazon Gift Certificate Giveaway – Bold’s Palooza Blog Hop
Latest Posts / September 16, 2011

Give­away Rules: Ends Sep­tem­ber 18, 2011 Win­ners will be cho­sen using Random.org Win­ners will have 24 hours after my ini­tial con­tact to write back their mail­ing address, oth­er­wise alter­nate win­ners will be picked Please con­sider join­ing the FACEBOOK BOOK GIVEAWAY group

BBAW Day 4: Changing how we read
Latest Posts / September 15, 2011

Since starting this blog I have discovered some wonderful authors which I never would have read. Not only books which I might have passed on in the past, but those which I most likely never would have heard about because from one reason or another they did not make it onto the precious shelf space at my local book stores. The key was finding bloggers who have my taste, that might seem like an easy task to many people (especially ladies who are into paranormal), but to me it was not easy. However, I did manage to find several, among them is The Children’s War, Knitting and Sundries, Boston Book Bums and Janette Fuller and more. What I really learned a lot from my time blogging has more to do with marketing and publishing. Before I didn’t pay much attention to book marketing, but now it seems as if I learn something new each and every day. I learned how hard authors work to promote their books, that the “system” can be either very good or very bad but very rarely is it in the middle. I’ve learned a lot about social media marketing, blog marketing and product promotion. And…

BBAW Day 3: Community Part II
Latest Posts / September 14, 2011

I only have been blogging for a bit more than a year and I don’t feel qualified to give anyone tips about building a community. However since this is the daily topic I’m going to try. Most important is to keep doing what you enjoy. Don’t try to appease others, don’t try to read books you “think” your followers want you to read and don’t overload yourself with deadlines. This is a hobby, it’s fun, it’s hectic, it’s pleasing and rewarding –but don’t make it work. Keep enjoying reading and don’t being afraid to express an opinion, follow other bloggers, see how they handle tough situations, seeing how they start/end discussion and don’t be afraid to participate. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you’ll find a plethora of information and good will if you simply ask. Parajunkee even have a weekly feature called “Book Blogging 101” which is one of my favorites.   Zohar – Man of la Book Related articles BBAW Day 2 – Blogger Interview! (walkietalkiebookclub.wordpress.com) My BBAW Interview Swap with Lu from Regular Rumination (bookjourney.wordpress.com) BBAW: Community (thecheapreader.wordpress.com) BBAW – Day One: COMMUNITY (bookjourney.wordpress.com) Thanks to the Blogger!!!!! (mylibrarycardworeout.wordpress.com)

Author Q&A with J.E. Fishman
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / September 13, 2011

Author J.E. Fish­man had a very inter­est­ing career in the book busi­ness; his blog is fas­ci­nat­ing and enlight­en­ing. Mr. Fish­man took the time to answer some ques­tions I had about his new thriller “Primacy” (book review).   Q. Why was it important for you to write a book about animal testing? A. The way we treat things over which we have power is a reflection not only of our values but of our humanity. There are estimated to be 100 million vertebrates locked up in animal testing facilities all over the United States – more than fifty thousand of these non-human primates. They are transported in unmarked vehicles and hidden behind unidentified doors. It’s a big industry that’s conducting what amounts to institutionalized torture of lesser beings. This is in the name of our society, because it’s said to be for the greater good. Primacy is not a philosophical treatise; it’s a thriller. But sometimes entertainment can help us sort through our own humanity or inhumanity. Why are these animals hidden away? The scientists will tell you it’s because, otherwise, crazy animal rights terrorists will attack them. That may be part of the reason. But historically society also hides things…

BBAW Day 1: Community
Latest Posts , Opinion / September 12, 2011

I’m going to tell you right off the bat that I’m going to cheat. This weeks marks the 2011 Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Yes, I have my favorite book bloggers and they know who they are. There are several which I follow religiously but mostly I simply enjoy looking at my RSS feed knowing that there are many other bookish people out there who like to share their experience reading. I’m a firm believer that reading was, and could be again, a social activity. In days of yore people use to sit around the fireplace taking turns reading passages out loud and discussing them. Those days were gone but they’re coming back. Instead of a glowing fire (sounds romantic but imagine the dirt, cinder and smoke) we have glowing computer screens and we don’t read out loud anymore but we certainly discuss the books. The beauty of it is that we can get opinions of people across the ocean and, based on our own depiction of reality, discuss how a certain book affected us in different ways. Book blogging also takes a huge amount of time, several hours a day to maintain a consistent blog (lots of reading and writing)….

Book Review: Primacy by J.E. Fishman
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / September 12, 2011

Liane Vinson is a researcher in an animal testing facility for Pentalon in Farmngdayle, LI who just got a promotion to work in the monkey lab . However, one of her favorite primates, a bonobo called Bea, starts to display the ability to speak.

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