Book Shelf: The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell

The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell – What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird

The title and the cover are what drew me to this book as I discovered it while pulling holds at the library. Written in 2015, about an event that happened in 1975, I really enjoyed this story.

While away for the weekend in Uruguay, twenty-three-year-old Tom Michell rescues a penguin covered in oil from an ocean spill. Michell cleans him up and tries to return him to sea. The penguin refuses to return and follows Michell. We learn how Michell smuggled the penguin, now named Juan Salvador, back to Argentina with him, where he is assistant master at a boarding school.

Heartwarming story of Juan Salvador’s life on the campus, to include the lives he touched along the way.

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZrtY5x

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Book Shelf: Wild Mind – Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg

Wild Mind – Living The Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg

I have really enjoyed Natalie Goldberg’s other books about writing …Writing Down the Bones, and True Secret of Writing. This did not disappoint. It’s a great addition for a writer’s collection of books about writing. Her books are not the typical, do this and do that, don’t do this and don’t do that. They are wild and random. Just my style.

“For a long time I thought it mattered. I thought my success in writing would finally win me love. This wasn’t a conscious wish, but it was a strong one. Below that desire I found a cleaner one, a more grounded one: I wrote because I wanted to, because I wanted to step forward and speak.”

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/31XdoMK

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Book Shelf: Strange Creatures – The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum by Lita Judge

**Throwback to 2016** – From the time Thomas and Lillian were born I read to them nightly before going to bed; leading to some time in 2017 when we all decided to discontinue doing so. Their tastes in what interested each of them had solidified by this point. We all continue to be heavy readers, reading daily.

Strange Creatures – The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum by Lita Judge

Beautifully illustrated biography of a young man who followed his passion while surrounded by those who had chosen a different path for him. We LOVED it!!!! xoxo

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kwpNhD

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Book Shelf: When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew by Hendrika de Vries

When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew by Hendrika de Vries

Beautifully written memoir of a young girl’s journey through Nazi-occupied Amsterdam and the years beyond. Her father is deported to a POW camp in Germany and her mother joins the Resistance. I had no idea, didn’t learn about, or simply don’t remember learning about the Dutch living in Amsterdam, what they endured, and the “Hunger Winter” they experienced. I’m grateful that Hendrika wrote this book and look forward to a continuation of her story should she write one. – Camilla

U.S. Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZT4DlB

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Book Shelf – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Ever read a sentence in a book (or any writing) that reaches into your heart, gently opening a place where longing and sadness stay in hiding, something you’ve forgotten is even there (or pretend isn’t there), until you read just the right words, in just the right moment?

This sentence did that to me (for me?) yesterday. “I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.” Reading this sentence caused my eyes to sweat.

I absolutely loved this book, devoured it even. I’d had it on my list for over 2 years, as part of a list of books to read before suggesting them to Thomas and Lillian. I read it in two days, finding it hard to set aside. Beautiful, powerful book. – Camilla

U.S. Amazon: https://amzn.to/2BuBl3a

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Book Shelf: Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

Born Survivors – Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope by Wendy Holden

Another true story written by Wendy Holden, who was interviewed on MTA in May 2019. The story of three young mothers who were pregnant when imprisoned by the Nazis. An unbelievable fight for survival by three strong and brave women. A must read! – Camilla

Follow this link to read a recent guest post/interview with Wendy on our Friday with Friends series …

Friday with Friends: Timeless Stories of Remarkable Women

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TCs9zH

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Book Shelf: The Painted Fan by Marilyn Singer

The Painted Fan by Marilyn Singer

**Throwback to 2016** – From the time Thomas and Lillian were born I read to them nightly before going to bed; leading to some time in 2017 when we all decided to discontinue doing so. Their tastes in what interested each of them had solidified by this point. We all continue to be heavy readers, reading daily.

Beautifully illustrated story about a time of prophecy, magic and bravery. Great illustrations too. We really enjoyed this one! – Camilla

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/3d0qADq

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Book Shelf: Mr. Sagittarius: Poetry and Prose

Mr. Sagittarius: Poetry and Prose by M J Mallon

I absolutely adore this book and will be sharing it with my 18 year old daughter. I enjoyed the different styles of poetry and prose mixed together with photography. It flowed beautifully. An uplifting, magical, sweet gem of a book. – Camilla

I interviewed the author of this book in March 2020. Follow the link to read more about M J Mallon.

Meet the Author: Mr. Sagittarius by M J Mallon

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/3btc6dR

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Book Shelf: tapestry of fortunes

tapestry of fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

Stepped out of my usual genre with this one … again. I was pulled in by the cover. It’s an incredibly beautiful cover. Truly enjoyed this tale of 4 women confronting life. It felt as if I were on the journey with them. Loved it. – Camilla

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/2VFXxPi

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Book Shelf: The Full Monty

The Full Monty by Wendy Holden

Absolutely not my typical genre of choice. Yet, I interviewed the author, Wendy Holden, and have been making my way through books she’s written.

I very much enjoyed the story and am looking forward to seeing the movie now. I had a wonderful time getting to know the characters and being a part of the transformation for each of them. Loved it! –Camilla

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JMT8n7

Go here if you’d like to read Wendy’s interview …

Meet the Author: One Hundred Miracles by Wendy Holden

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