Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Salon - April 24

It's been a busy week at Chez Shepp and not much readings been done. I'm reading Mary Helen Stefaniak's The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia this weekend and will have a review for that up this week. Stefaniak is another Omaha author and I'm enjoying her book a lot.

Mary Pipher, PhD is another Nebraska author many of you may have heard of, particularly if you have teen-aged daughters. Reviving Ophelia: Saving The Selves of Adolescent Girls was published almost a decade ago and was an New York Times bestseller which is still cited when discussing what we can do to help our daughters survive our "girl-poisoning" culture.

Pipher is also the author of books about women and our quest for thinness, the art of mentoring, writing to change the world, and rebuilding our families in light of the difficulties we face in today's society. I was disappointed to miss the chance to hear Pipher speak about a week ago. One of the local churches hosts a program called The Center for Faith Studies; a couple of years ago I was delighted to find that they were hosting Geraldine Brooks speaking about People of the Book.

Hoping to get back on track this week, although work will be really busy. I've got a lot of books to read for May, including Ordinary Thunderstorms; Island Beneath The Sea; Island Girl; and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter for TLC Book Tours and Brooklyn with The Omaha Bookworms. What are you looking forward to reading soon?

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