Archive for May, 2011

Happy Mothers’ Day

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Author: Lory Manrique- Hyland

As a mother and a writer, I face a special challenge. Not just mother-writers but mother-workers all over the world face it:  That tug of war between work and childrearing. I’m at home most of the time, but do have a few hours to myself three mornings a week when the boys have activities. That is when I sit at my computer trying to focus and complete in a couple of short hours what usually takes people much longer to do. I don’t have a choice. The school bell will ring and my time becomes my children’s. Sometimes I think: I wish I had more time to myself. But if I did, I bet I wouldn’t accomplish as much.

My first novel, Revolutions (Lilliput, 2004), had grandmothers as central characters. I wrote about these women as they would have been in their youths in Cuba in the 1940s and 50s. The story has a lot of drama in it and, yes, a cameo appearance by Fidel Castro-how could I avoid it? But I also wrote about these women at points in their lives when they were transitioning from being single women to being mothers. One was desperate for a child and the other reluctantly pregnant. Mothers come in all flavors; women have a diversity of opinion on childbearing and child rearing. Though many are happy to be mothers, some find it difficult to cope. In the novel, I explore the heady mixture of social, political Cuba and personal, private Cuba from the point of view of women and mothers.

I sympathize with feelings of being overwhelmed by the daily tasks and obligations of motherhood, and welcome that there is at least one day a year when people take time out to thank the women who’ve sacrificed for them.

Happy Mothers’ Day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lory Manrique-Hyland’s first novel, “Revolutions”, was published by The Lilliput Press, 2004. She’s won awards and grants for her writing and has appeared in national press, television and radio. Lory currently teaches fiction and contributes feature articles on pregnancy and parenting for a national Irish newspaper. She blogs at The Mom Blogs, and is regularly featured on mamapedia.com. Lory has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, and an MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. She’s also a Certified Adult Educator, with a Certificate in Training and Development. Most importantly, Lory is a mother.

Book Review:The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The Unnamed is a heartbreaking tale of a middle aged workaholic man working in a Manhattan law firm. Ferris’s debut novel, ‘THEN WE CAME TO AN END’ where on one hand was a satire on an American workplace; his second novel presents a more personal focus and introspection.

Tim Farnsworth is a high powered lawyer. He lives in a beautiful home, travels on exotic vacations, and loves his family and job. But one cold winter day he literally walks out of his office and keeps walking. He is frightened and appalled when he reaches aback home and tells his wife that he has been “forced out of the building into the street” and that “it is back”.

The novel begins at the recurrence of this disorder which no doctor or psychiatrist has been able to diagnose. Moving on to many places and seeking help from people across the world did not lead to the identification of this disease. Nobody has any clue about it not even the internet. Some defines it as “benign idiopathic perambulation’, some say it is hallucination, clinical delusion and some  even  say it is a case of multiple personality disorder.

At times we as readers will feel that we are accompanying Tim on his involuntary, aimless walks which nobody knows when and where they are going to end. Some, like Jane are helplessly searching for answers to Tim’s conditions.

A tough novel to read –THE UNNAMED focuses on the Tim’s efforts to overcome this nameless impulsion and his inability to succeed in that. Ferris employs his skill to evocate suffering particularly in its pitiless final chapters. The ‘Unnamed’ clearly wins at being an important novel with great individual work.

List of Five Paranormal Books to make you Sleepless

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Below, is a list of five books that offer a glimpse into the paranormal and other controversial knowledge. These books are well researched and have been expertly written. Our list of five paranormal books includes all those books which I particularly found interesting and wished to share it with our readers. I invite all my readers to come up and share the name of any other  paranormal book which they think would fit into this category.

1.Haunting Experiences: Encounters with the other Worldly by Michelle Belanger-0738714372 The author has come up with the chilling collections of true ghost stories that will take you further than you have ever gone before in the realm of spirits, astral entities and dark forces.

2.Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance-1400117372 Readers will just love this addition to the series. It’s a fast moving novel by Karen Chance. If you like creativity, likeable characters and nonstop action, this book is for you. The book leaves you breathless and at the same time wanting for more.

3.Unexplained! : Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences and Puzzling Physical Phenomena by Jerome Clark- 1439564965 An updated and expanded edition by Clark in which wide range of phenomena are explored, evidences are documented and witnesses are heard. In the book 200 mysteries and hoaxes are thoroughly examined that includes Cattle mutilations, big foot, Bermuda triangle, ghosts, hollow earth and many more.

4.Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown by Stefan Petrucha & Ryan Buell-0061767948 The authors take us behind the scenes of his most intense supernatural encounters. In this book Buell gives readers a chilling, in depth look at some of the most disturbing cases including some that have never been aired on his show, revealing startling new facts and new discoveries.

5.Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal by Lloyd Auerbach-1579510671 It is an absolutely fabulous book. It explains in clear and simple terms the basics of parapsychology, what kind of techniques and equipment are useful in ghost busting. Based on parapsychology research from the last 100 years, this book explains what Ghosts are and contains true life stories.

Book Review: Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

A true story carved with precision and grace of one of the most chaotic, heartbreaking childhood. Journalist Jeannette Walls in her brilliantly written memoir, ‘The Glass Castle’ shares her fond memories of unique childhood, her father and mother and how they refused to conform to the society’s idea of responsibility. She recalls her life spent in a dysfunctional family, raised by manipulative and selfish parents.  The story is told in a straight forward fashion with almost innocent presentation of facts.

“Rex and Mary Walls, parents of four children spent their early lives like nomads, camping in the mountains.  Rex was a brilliant man who used to teach his children Physics, Geology and above all how to fearlessly embrace life. His wife Rose Mary was fond of painting and writing but she could not stand the responsibility of providing for her family. But later when the money ran out, the romance and the excitement ceased. Rex Walls, in order to escape from the realities of life indulged himself in drinking. He even got disappeared once and remained so for many days after stealing grocery money. As both father and mother failed to fulfill their respective responsibilities, Jeannette, her brother and sisters had to fend themselves, supporting one another. After they weathered their parent’s betrayal, they finally found the resources and the will to leave home.”

Jeannette’s story is a story of triumph against all odds that affirms our faith in the human spirit.According to Patricia Bosworth, author of Anything Your Little Heart Desires and Diane Arbus: the Glass Castle is the saga of the restless, indomitable Walls family, led by a grand eccentric and his tempestuous artist wife. Jeannette Walls has survived poverty, fires, and near starvation to triumph. She has written this amazing tale with honesty and love.

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