Blaise’s July Suggestion

No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson – audiobook

no drama coverBlaise says: “No Drama Discipline advocates for a more thoughtful approach to discipline and parenting. This is the first ‘how-to’ book I have ever listened to as an audiobook and I highly recommend it! I feel like I am actually absorbing what I am listening to and applying what I’ve learned much more easily than if I was trying to read this book in the traditional sense. (Plus it gives me more time to read novels!)”

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Also by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson: The Whole Brain Child


Blaise’s May Recommendation

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Blaise recommends this in audiobook format!

invention of wingsBlaise says:

Set in the early 1800’s, this historical fiction novel follows the intertwined lives of two women, Sarah from a rich, slave-owning Charleston family and Handful/Heddy, a slave her family owns.  Two different narrators read the two parts and really bring this novel to life.

Summary from publisher: The story follows Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. Thenovel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “TheInvention of Wings” follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined

Blaise’s March Recommendation

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

hypnotistBlaise says:  “My recommendation for March is The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.  If you enjoyed Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, then don’t miss this one by Moriarty.

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3 Similar Reads

The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans – “His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but knows he cannot have.  For Julia Bishop is the partner of his closest friend, Ed Tully, an ambitious young musician.  Julia loves them both but the tragedy on Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them and burns a brand on all their hearts.” – Summary from book jacket

A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon – “Forging an intense friendship in their senior year at Harvard, Ed, a Jewish, girl-crazy scholarship student; and Hugh, a Boston Brahmin who dedicatedly pines for the one who got away; abruptly and mysteriously go their separate ways years later and pursue very different lives that are shaped by their past bond.” – Summary from catalog

My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman – “In the late 1970s, Frederica Hatch is the enchantingly outspoken daughter of brilliant college professors at a minor all-girls college in Massachusetts. Her temperate, mildly eccentric, and lovely parents, also union activists for the faculty of Dewing College, serve as houseparents at one of the dorms, where Frederica has lived her whole life. Wise beyond her years, Frederica takes it in stride when she discovers that her father was married once before and that Laura Lee French, the smashingly solipsistic first wife of Dr. David Hatch, has just been hired as housemother of one of the other dorms.” – Library Journal

Blaise’s February Recommendation

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

glitter and glue

Blaise says:  “A moving memoir about mothers and motherhood.  She will be speaking at a benefit for the LuMind Foundation (supporting Down Syndrome research) on February 28th.  I’ll be there!”

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3 Similar Reads

Blue Plate Special:  An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen – “Novelist Christensen (The Astral, 2011) pegs her tangy memoir of a peripatetic life to the endless quest for sustenance and the nurturing of the self” – Booklist

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – “Didion really did need some magical thinking at the end of 2003: in quick succession, daughter Quintana Roo went into septic shock, husband John Gregory Dunne died of a heart attack, and Quintana Roo, having recovered, suddenly required brain surgery for a hematoma.” – Library Journal

Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe – “In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs.” – Summary from catalog

Blaise’s October Recommendation #2

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Blaise says: “If you enjoy reading about the lives of “others,” especially the very rich, here is one to add to your repertoire.  Empty Mansions tells the fascinating true story of Huguette Clark, an heiress leftover from the Gilded Age.  History lovers will enjoy learning about how her father amassed his fortune in the 19th century west, and then the story focuses on Huguette and her strange life.  A very interesting read and one that sticks with you.”


Blaise’s October Recommendation

Blaise says: “I love memoirs because they give me a peek inside the life of someone else.  This one was especially fascinating as it also provided a look inside the world of Scientology, which I knew nothing much about other than the whole Tom Cruise connection.  In Hill’s memoir she shares how she grew up as part of the inner “clergy” of the church of Scientology.  I was prompted to read Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, after finishing this.”

3 Similar Reads

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright – The author draws from research and over 200 interview from those associated with Scientology in order to paint the origin story of Scientology and discuss its challenges.

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton – Explore the life of a Hollywood actor closely associated with Scientology.

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight – Not about Scientology, but this memoir does describe the harrowing experience of being kidnapped for ten years.

Blaise’s August Recommendation

The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka

sun and other starsBlaise says:

This is a great summer read, a good book to escape into.  Set on the coast of Italy, the story is told from the perspective of 22 year old Etto, a young man who is struggling after the death of his mother and brother.  Through friends, family and soccer he is able to find happiness and hope.  I read this book in a weekend, it’s a page turner.

Similar Titles:

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman – Also set in Italy, this literary and engaging novel focuses on the interesting characters that staff a struggling newspaper. Won Publishers Weekly and NY Times Book of the Year in 2010.

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz – A collection of short stories focusing on love and loss. Told from the perspective of Yunior, a romantic and hardheaded young man. If you are looking for funny and beautiful writing, check this out. Won 2012 Publisher’s Weekly and NY Times Book of the Year. Won 2013 American Library Association Notable Books

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie – For a more historical novel written by an important author, try this story of a stranger who arrives at the court of Emperor Akbar with a tale about a mysterious woman. Set in two empires – Florence during High Renaissance and the Mogul Empire.