Monthly Archives: September 2012

September 29

10 Great Writing Prompts

This is a sample of some of the writing prompts available at Writing Prompt # 001 Picture prompt: Start a story or scene from a description of the picture above. Writing Prompt # 002 Art prompt: Write a story about what is going in the painting. Go back and write the story from the […]

September 27

“A Few Words About Short Stories,” Augusto Monterroso

“A Few Words About Short Stories,” Augusto Monterroso Born in Teguscigalpa, Honduras, Augusto Monterroso (1921- 2003) is mainly known as a Guatemalan writer.  In his early life in Guatemala city, where his family relocated in 1936, Monterroso began to publish his short stories and was one of the founders of El Espectador with several other […]

September 27

In The Garden on Beasts, Erik Larson

**1/2 In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin Author: Erik Larson First Edition: Crown, 2011 Original language: English Awards: Short list, 2011 Independent Literature Awards, Non- Fiction Summary: From Barnes & Noble: “Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new […]

September 26

Dreams of Joy, Lisa See

**** Dreams of Joy Author: Lisa See First Edition: Random house, 2011 This edition: Kindle, 2012 Original language: English Summary: From “In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic […]

September 24

Ciclovía: closing major roads on Sundays for bicycle and pedestrian traffic

From my column at the Washington Times Communities: WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2012 – Every Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm, 121 kilometers of main streets and thoroughfares in Bogotá, Colombia–a city of almost 8 million people–are closed to vehicular traffic to allow the city’s residents to bike, jog, roller-skate, skateboard, and stroll.  There […]

September 22

Broken Harbor, Tana French

***** Broken Harbor Author: Tana French First Edition: Viking, 2012 This edition: Kindle Original language: English   Summary: From Amazon: “Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of […]

September 22

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman

***** Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Author: Beth Hoffman First Edition: Viking, 2010 This edition: Kindle edition, Viking 2010 Original language: English Awards: Southern Independent Booksellers Award Okra Pick Summary: From “Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a […]

September 22

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See

***** Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Author: Lisa See First Edition: Random House 2005  This edition: 2006 Kindle Ed.  Original language: English Awards: WINNER 2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age   Summary: From Random House: “In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender […]

September 22

The Coral Thief, Rebecca Stott

** The Coral Thief Author: Rebecca Stott First Edition: Spiegel & Grau, 2009  This edition: Imprint, a division of Random House, 2010 Original language: English   Summary: From Amazon: “Paris, 1815. Napoleon has just surrendered at Waterloo and is on his way to the island of St. Helena to begin his exile. Meanwhile, Daniel Connor, […]

September 20

Cool, Favorite, and Necessary Bicycle Accessories, Gadgets, and Toys

Cool, favorite, and necessary bike accessories and toys Today there is an excess of gadgets, accessories, and toys for every bike rider.  Whether you are a commuter, recreational rider, or hard-core trail rider, there are literally hundreds of accessories for you.  Below is a list of the newest Shooting authority in air-soft guns and the […]