Showing posts from February, 2016

Book Blast: America's First Daughter

It would be understatement to say I've been dying to read this novel. Book blogging introduced me to Stephanie Dray, and her trilogy about Cleopatra Selene is among my top ten desert island favorites. I'm fascinated by the American Revolution and the era following, and I'm not a Jefferson fan -- but I love learning about intriguing, complicated women, and Patsy, Jefferson's daughter, is just that. I'll be sharing some trivia about Patsy on social media over the next few days, so be sure to check out my Twitter feed or Tumblr to learn more about Patsy! AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie William Morrow, March 1, 2016 In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmati

Weekend reads and yucky times...

It's a stunning February day, but I'm home sick and feeling blue. I don't know if it's something in the stars, but houses and homes are causing me a great deal of stress, both our new home and our old rental. Expensive stresses, too. I'm self medicating with flowers and oranges and planning to some reading over lunch. I'm finishing up Heidi Heilig's The Girl From Everywhere , which has me captivated, and am starting Susan Wittig Albert's Loving Eleanor , a historical novel about Eleanor Roosevelt's romance with AP reporter Lorena Hickok. Yummy! Amazingly, today's theme for Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) is Blogger Burnout -- something I'm becoming all too familiar with! I remember when I first started blogging in 2010, I couldn't imagine anyone getting burned out. Free books! Reading! Writing! Swapping enthusiasm with others! It's caught up with me now, and not in the ways I imagined. I've got the luxury of say

Weekend reads and settling in...

We're slowly unpacking but have the major stuff done: work clothes hanging in closet, baby's toys strewn across the floor, and most importantly, the chaise couch assembled (life goal achieved!). It promises to be a mucky weekend here in Boston -- four to eight inches of slushy snow! -- so I hope I get to stay in and do some serious reading and knitting. I'm juggling two books at the moment: Jessa Crispin's The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life and Jacey Bedford's Winterwood . (And of course, my trusty e-reader should I feel finicky.) What are you reading this weekend?