This story gripped me from the beginning! A futuristic tale of the destruction that occurs from ignoring climate issues for too long. I enjoyed getting to know the two strong female characters who are sisters, being a part of the love they share for one another. I certainly was not able to “figure it out” until reading it as it happened. I love these types of books, this one included! GREAT story!!
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The Black Fire Chronicles – Guardians 2 – Patrick the War Man by Kim Rigby
I very much enjoyed reading this one. A grand adventure of war, love, loss, and friendship, rooted in cleverness and compassion. Had me hooked and guessing until the very end. A refreshingly different type of story and book. Loved it!
I interviewed Kim Rigby on MTA in December 2020. Go here to read the interview …
You read correctly. I have never read this book. I don’t typically read sci-fi. However, Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing was mentioned by another author. I read that one, in which Bradbury comments about Fahrenheit 451. That gave me the nudge I needed to add it to my read list.
I am so happy I did. This is a wonderfully well written, great book. I enjoyed every minute of following the characters, throughout to the end of the story. I’ve also got both the original and new version of the movie on hold at the library. Might as well watch the movies now (I’ve since watched the 1966 version of the movie, and will be watching the 2018 version soon). Fabulous story, fabulous writing, fabulous book!
Goldie – a lotus grows in the mud by Goldie Hawn with Wendy Holden
I bought this book many moons ago and it’s been packed for the last 3 years. Finally got to read it when unpacking. It was wonderful learning more bout Goldie Hawn’s childhood, throughout her early adult life to the books publication in 2005. A book about family, friendship, love, and dedication. I would like for the content to have gone a bit deeper. Yet, still enjoyed it.
Too Much and Never Enough – How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, PH.D.
A must read, revealing book. Served as confirmation for what I have observed, and deduced, on my own, and what I intuitively felt from the energy that exudes from this man. So far, she’s been the only family member willing to come forward and tell the truth about this dysfunctional family and man.
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.
Today we’re traveling to Venice (Los Angeles) to chat with Jody Forrester about how the Pacific Ocean, Nancy Drew, Edward Hopper’s house, roller skating, and being doggedly persistent come together as part of Jody’s past and current life.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am that rare thing, a native Angeleno, raised mostly in
Hollywood during the fifties and sixties. I live with my husband,
musician John Schneider, in Venice (Los Angeles) just six blocks from
the Pacific Ocean.
In which genre do you write?
Primarily memoir, but also short fiction.
How many published books do you have?
My first book, a memoir called Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary, will be released on September 1, 2020, by Odyssey Books. At least six short stories and essays have been published on both online and in print literary journals.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer and what ignited your author’s flame?
I wrote my first story when I was ten, pretty much lifted from the Nancy Drew books that I loved so much. Having always been an avid reader, I had a deep desire to write but it took a long time for me to have the time and confidence to pursue the dream.
What is an interesting writing quirk you have, that we wouldn’t know by reading your biography?
I revise, from what I can see, many times more than most writers. It’s not unusual for me to revise a story more than a dozen times, and my memoir required at least twice that.
What would you choose as your mascot, and why?
My dog is always close to me when I write, keeping me company and my feet warm.
What does your ideal writing space look like?
I once saw the painter Edward Hopper’s house on a bluff on Cape Cod, with a large window overlooking the ocean and surrounded by old-growth trees and wild flowers. That would be a wonderful place to write, though I wonder how much I would get done with such a view!
What are you currently reading?
Find Me, by Andre Aciman, a sequel to Call Me By Your Name. He’s one of my favorites writers and his latest book doesn’t disappoint.
What do you do when not writing or marketing your books?
Read, see friends, walk my dog, exercise.
What is the most enjoyable thing you’ve found through writing?
When I’m on a good roll, how transporting it can be. I love how time gets swallowed up until I emerge feeling like I’ve just gone on an amazing trip.
Do you journal write or keep a personal diary?
I have a box of spiral bound journals that I began writing in when I was about eight but since I’ve been writing stories and memoir, that’s fallen to the wayside. I’m not sure why.
What do you miss about being a kid?
I did have a lot of fun riding my bike around the neighborhood, roller skating down the steepest hills I could find, and making up games and plays. But otherwise my childhood wasn’t so great, and I’m much happier as an adult.
At this stage in your life, what advice would your young self give to your more mature self?
Don’t be stopped by fear or lack of confidence. It’s all in your head, all made up, not based in reality about who you are.
Which of your personality traits has been most useful and why?
I’m doggedly persistent and don’t give up easily. Otherwise, I would never get anything written because it’s always tempting to give up.
What are you currently working on?
I’m not writing now since all my concentration is on promoting my book. Marketing and writing occupy different modes of thinking and I seem to be unable to do them both at the same time.
It was great to have you be a part of MTA, Jody. Wishing you all the best! –Camilla
Where to find the book:
Guns Under the Bed: Memories of a Young Revolutionary, is available in brick-and-mortar and online bookstores and for order through Jody’s website, jodyaforrester.com.
“Jody Forrester’s memoir is at once an important eyewitness account of how American student activism in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s turned radical, and a portrait of a young woman’s struggle to find her way in the world. Guns Under the Bed traces her journey from innocence to experience, and, in doing so, offers lessons that resonate today. Heartbreaking and edifying, this story is difficult to forget.”
— Samantha Dunn, author of Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life
“Evocative, compelling, terrifying, sad, and ultimately triumphant. A classic coming of age narrative about a woman who seeks a sense of belonging that she doesn’t find in her family or her body.”
— Emily Rapp Black, author of Poster Child: A Memoir (Bloomsbury USA); The Still Point of the Changing World (Penguin Press)
”Every memoir turns on a fundamental question: How did a person like this get into a place like that? In Jody Forrester’s case the question becomes distinctly fraught: How did a middle-class white girl from LA find herself a member of a deluded Maoist sect, armed to the teeth and prepared to die for the revolution? Her odyssey through the last days of the mythical 1960’s touches all the sweet spots of that time even as it illuminates some of its more shadowy corners: our red-hot anger at war and racism, our alienation from the hollow promises of a corrupt establishment, and our certainty that we could heal our hurting hearts and at the same time transform the world into a place of joy and justice. But of course there are no universals—Forrester’s journey is uniquely hers, and hers alone—no easy answers, and no casual causal claims. We see a young woman bursting to live, determined to find meaning in her life, and—for all of her mistakes and miscalculations—a woman with the courage to storm the heavens.”
Bill Ayers (Fugitive Days: A Memoir; co-founder Weather Underground)
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.
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
“The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane” by C.M. Millen
**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.
Another book we really enjoyed. A wonderful fiction based on the monks of the Middle Ages from Ireland who established monasteries throughout much of Europe and parts of the Middle East. The monasteries were the place where books were made. The monks carefully translated and copied the great written works of antiquity. – Camilla