Monday, March 3, 2014

Featured Author

Featured Author: Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello has edited the award-winning fiction magazine Other Voices for over a decade. She is also the Sunday editor of The Rumpus and the fiction editor of The Nervous Breakdown. What happens when a long-time editor starts writing novels? Sensational stories that you can’t put down.

The latest novel from this author is
A Life In Men. It is the soul-searching story of a life-long friendship between two women that ends unexpectedly. Before the reasons for the abrupt departure can be explored, one of them dies of cancer. The sudden passing leaves the remaining friend full of questions, sadness, and a personal search for meaning.

“A stunning novel--Frangello’s broken characters live in a world of terror and redemption, of magnificent sadness and beauty.”
Kirkus Reviews

“In this bravura performance, a quantum creative leap . . . Frangello astutely dissects the quandaries of female sexuality, adoption, terminal illness, and compound heartbreak in a torrent of tough-minded observations, audacious candor, and storytelling moxie.”

  An earlier thought provoking release from the Frangello entitled My Sister’s Continent, is a contemporary retelling of Freud’s famous “Dora” case study. Character Kirby is a young woman so much in dread of her twin sister’s return to town that she enters into therapy to deal with it. The therapy “fails” and she uses her twin’s journal to reconstruct memories of their life in her own way.

“A refreshing rebuttal to the canard that feminism is humorless, and the deep pun in the title is priceless.”
 --Chicago Tribune

Frangello is uncanny and mesmerizing in this smart, suspenseful psychosexual drama.

- Booklist

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Simplify, simplify, simplify!

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say let your affairs be as two or three and not a hundred or a thousand”
-Henry David Thoreau

Have you ever thought that you might like to find ways to simplify your life? One of these books that are available on Freading may be able to help.

Blessed by Less
By Susan Vogt
The author shares the extraordinary results of her own personal experiment to give away one item a day from her home for forty days. What she found is that at the end of that time that is that she did not want to stop getting rid of things; physically or emotionally. Lightening up can be important in more than just physical health.

The Simple Living Handbook
By Lorilee Lippincott
Challenging and inspiring guidebook by a woman who went a few steps further than giving things away; she and her family sold their multi-bedroom home in order to work out of, and school their children from a one bedroom apartment. Although not everyone will want to go to that extreme, she makes readers take a hard look at reassessing priorities.

“This thought-provoking offering will have readers seeing their lives and possessions in a new light”-Publishers Weekly

Mini –Farming: Self Sufficiency on ¼ Of An Acre
By Brett Markham
From just wanting to grow a few salad ingredients that taste great or perhaps having fresh eggs for Sunday breakfast to completely depending upon your own land for sustenance, this book is packed with information that will appeal to gardeners of all levels.

The Naturally Clean Home
By Karyn Siegel-Maier
One way to get closer to nature and simplicity is to use fewer chemicals in your home. They can be quite expensive and in some instances they are potentially hazardous. Although there are numerous  “green” cleaning products on the market now, what is more green than what is actually found in nature? Quite a bit can be accomplished with baking soda, lemon and vinegar.

By Kathleen Jamie
An award-winning essayist and poet from Scotland shares her exquisite essays on nature during her spell-binding travel adventures.  She has visited the Northern lights in Greenland, watched whales in the ocean, and witnessed other natural occurrences that are not as beautiful and don’t always make much sense. Her writings will bring nature to a whole new light.

“Jamie’s lustrous essays recharge our appreciation for not only the world’s beauty and mystery but also for the gift poetic writers such as Jamie possess for translating sensory input into gloriously calibrated,  revelatory language”- Booklist

“A lyrical work of profound insight”- Kirkus Reviews

“..immensely beguiling. There are piquant descriptions to stop you in your tracks.”
- The Sunday Times (London)

“I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think like that. It’s like this pretty much all the way through.” –The Guardian

Monday, November 25, 2013

Time To Shop

Thanksgiving is almost here, and then its time for….
the official start of the holiday shopping season!

 How do you know what buy for your hairdresser for the holidays? Or what about your child’s teacher, your co-worker or that relative you see once a year? 1500 Great Gift Ideas By Lorraine Bodger is an essential reference when you need some extra help in the gift department. Download it to your iOS or Android Device, and take it to the mall with you ! It is full of clever suggestions for the technological person in your life, the outdoors person, the traveler, and many more! It also breaks it down for men, women, and children. You may not want to leave home without it between now and the New Year!

Are you talented enough to make your own presents? There are many options out there that you still have plenty of time to create if you’re a novice, or more experienced craftsperson.

 Homemade soap can be a wonderful gift for just about anyone! Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola is a step-by-step guide of how to make your own amazing soaps with beautiful designs and lovely scents. Detailed enough for a novice who will look like a professional when they give these!

Quick and Easy Quilts for Kids by Connie Ewbank is a marvelous resource of cute, cozy blankets that all levels of quilters will appreciate making for the child in their life. They are also perfect ideas if you will be quilting for charity!

Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson holds a treasury of inspiring ideas that can be completed in anywhere from two to ten hours. The book is actually organized by the time it takes to complete each delightful project. You will be amazed how such adorable designs can be made so quickly!

“ Lush color photographs…the directions are clear and easy to follow..”- Booklist

Necklaces and bracelets are other items that can be made at home without too much in the way of supplies or time…

When you’re ready to relax and take a break from shopping or gift making, treat yourself to a laugh! 

 ‘Shop ‘Til You Drop, Then Sit Down and Buy Shoes” is Cathy Guisewite’s witty wisdom at her best!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

                          Fall Book Club Picks

Looking for suggestions for your next book club discussion? Or even if your preference is a book club of one, we have some recommendations for you…

 In The Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctors Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta Ahmed

The startling memoir of a young British Muslim doctor who accepts a new job practicing in pre-September 11th Saudi Arabia. It’s a position she hopes to find rewarding and exciting. What she finds upon her arrival are insanely archaic rules for the citizens to follow; but a people still filled with humor and love. The wide spread anti -Americanism after 9/11 shocks and troubles her after becoming attached to some of the country folk.

“Ahmed still beautifully asserts her arguments and confronts the anti-Semitism, the sexism, and anti-western attitudes she experienced…In The Land of Invisible Women gave me a lot to think about..”- Adventures in Reading

“Well written and fascinating”-Bookopolis

“…a must read for everyone..”-Blog Critics

A Friend Like Henry by Naula Gardner

This international best seller is a warm, emotionally powerful true story of a young boy with autism and how his relationship with his dog helped him overcome this exceedingly common disability. The story chronicles the daily life of this boy and his family as they try to outsmart autism before it pulls the family apart.

“...fascinating and inspiring..”- Woman and Home

“An emotional rollercoaster”-Book Review

“....emotionally charged, this story raises powerful issues in a deeply personal and powerful manner”-Irish Examiner

 Brief, Gaudy Hour : A Novel of  Anne Boleyn by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Anne Boleyn was the Queen of England in the 16th century, but her name is one that we still know today. This depiction of her by well -known British Author Margaret Campbell Barnes brings to life the courage of this powerful young woman living in a man’s world.

“Barnes lucidly envisions the well-documented events of Henry VIII’s second wife’s brilliant, short- lived career…vividly depicts Anne’s hopes and fears”-Publishers Weekly

 Churchills’ Hour: A Novel of Defiance by Michael Dobbs

Now a full time writer, author Michael Dobbs was previously a prominent British politician. He was an advisor to Margaret Thatcher and deputy chairman of the Conservative party in 1994. Dobbs brings us Churchill  at his most desperate time from an English political insider’s point of view.

“..riveting and controversial…Dobbs has the gift of taking you inside the subjects head”- Glasgow Evening Times

“..a gripping read”-Choice Magazine

Mr. Darcy’s Diary: A Novel by Amanda Grange

A delicious continuation of Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice”. Grange lets readers into the innermost thoughts of the seemingly stuffy Mr. Darcy . At times it feels as if you can hear his voice.  Anyone who has read the Jane Austen novel will be glued to this inspired and well researched “sequel”.

“Absolutely fascinating”- Historical Novel Society

“ Sensitive to the original but lots of fun”- Woman Magazine

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

Cooler weather is coming our way….how about curling up on the couch with a blanket, the beverage of  your choice, and a good detective novel from the Freading site !

“Valentinto: Film Detective” by Loren Estleman is a intriguing collection of stories about a UCLA film archivist whose job it is to find lost movies. His work often sends him to remote locations and occasionally he discovers that not everyone wants these works to be found ! The author of this book has won 4 Shamuses from the Private Eye Writers of America for his detective novels, and 13 other major awards.

“The Night Detectives: A David Mapstone Mystery” by John Talton “….is thoroughly satisfying” says Publishers Weekly. Booklist  states “Mapstone’s seventh outing (after South Phoenix Rules, 2010) features tight prose and plotting and a pair of complex and fallible protagonists whose character development continues in a series that just keeps getting better."

This year marks the bicentennial of the first publication of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.  You can read about Jane Austen’s life and unfortunate death in “The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen” by Lindsay Ashford.  Critics give it rave reviews…
 ”This solid historical puzzle will appeal even to readers with only passing familiarity with Austen's works." – Publishers Weekly
 "No zombies and none of the twee twaddle that characterizes too many Austen pastiches. Rather, this is a lively Regency romance about murder, serial adulteries, and other pastimes of your typical extended family…”- Library Journal

Other choices on Freading to warm you up without a blanket include:
 Fire In My Belly by Kevin Gillespie is a fresh, fun cookbook full of exciting ideas. In addition to recipes, the author shares entertaining stories about where food comes from.  Gillespie was featured on the XM Radio show “Cooking with Emeril”. He has also won and been nominated for many awards including “The People’s Best New Chef” from Food and Wine Magazine.  Fans of the television show “Top Chef” voted him as Fan Favorite
“Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II”  by Douglas Jacobson is a gripping war story told primarily through the eyes of a young polish couple who are separated for most of the war but play an important part in the Belgian resistance. Award Winning Author James Conryd Martin calls it "A taut and twisting thriller with memorable flesh and blood characters . . . Jacobson's clockwork plot draws the reader onto its roller coaster ride [and] clicks along at breakneck speed."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013




The Winter Sea
The Shadowy Horses
The Firebird
"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real...and makes history come alive." -Booklist

Take a Chance on Me
Millie's Fling
Miranda's Big Mistake
"Both laugh-out-loud funny and tear-jerkingly sad?You won't put it down."  -New Woman

Handling Sin
Dingley Falls 
Four Corners of the Sky
 "Devoted Michael Malone fans have been waiting more than twenty years for another Handling Sin, perhaps the greatest road novel since Tom Jones. The wait is over..."
Bill Ott, editor-in-chief, Booklist

Start with WINGMANThe first book in the bestselling, action-packed Wingman Series.
"With America in ashes, and lawlessness threatening to rule land, air, and sea, one pilot stands poised to pull his nation back from the brink of all-out anarchy."
*I won't bore you with all the details, but there are 17 books in Freading by Mack Maloney.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley now available in Freading

Beloved by readers as varied and adventurous as her novels, you will never forget spending time in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley's world.

Two Women.
One Mysterious Relic. 
Separated By Centuries.

Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof.
But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.

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