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So Long, Something Fierce

We gathered, we talked. We cozied up on Cindy's couch. We sipped wine and sampled delicious food. Another great night at book club. I arrive hungry. No dinner for me on LOL nights. The food and drink is always so delectable, I make a monster meal...

Something Fierce…bittersweetly funny

Last day I wrote how Carmen Aguirre's mother upset me with her selfish refusal to leave her girls behind, where they would be safe with their father in Vancouver, dragging them instead to South America to become indoctrinated in the revolutionary movement. Of course she...

Feeling Funky about Fierce Mother…

Right from the start, Carmen Aguirre's memoir, Something Fierce, captures the reader's attention with its fascinating premise: a young  Chilean refugee leaves the safety of her Canadian homeland to travel back to Chile with her revolutionary mother and step father. Told in everyday language, blunt...

Starting Something Fierce

Author, Carmen Aguirre In our first season the Ladies on Literature read only one non-fiction book: Open by Andre Agassi.  Now into our second season, we're reading nothing but! We started with my selection, Wild,  by Cheryl Strayed and now we're onto Cindy W's selection, Something...

17 Sep
Chicken, Red Grape & Pesto Pizza

Chicken, Red Grape, & Pesto Pizza This pizza is sooo delicious, easy to make, looks utterly impressive and--you'll never believe--is light too! Yes, indeed, the recipe (and photo) is courtesy of Cooking Light Magazine, Readers' Top-Rated Recipes (October 2011). I used to subscribe to Cooking Light  (cookinglight.com.)...

Wild is Really Wonderful…& Hopeful Too

Thank-you, Ladies on Literature! I hosted the inaugural meeting of the 2nd season at my home Wednesday night. While we were a small group of seven (half of our members were absent), we engaged in one of the most meaningful discussions we've ever experienced. And it's because...

Cheryl Strayed & Elizabeth Gilbert…Whoa-as-me but Winning Writers

Tonight we talk "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. Yes, it's LOL's first meeting of our second season, chez moi! I'm so looking forward to seeing most of the Ladies on Literature and to discussing this well written memoir. Overall I enjoyed it. But like a number...

What I know for Sure about “Wild”

As the Ladies on Literature prepare to meet at my place this week to discuss our opening book, Wild, I find myself almost sad to be closing out this book--and particularly the blog--about it. Why, you ask? Is it because this book is so phenomenal I...

Cheryl Strayed: Smart Writer; Stupid Hiker?

Even in the prologue to Wild, Cheryl Strayed adopts a somewhat cavalier attitude to embarking upon an epic journey: "A woman who walks alone in the wilderness for eleven hundred miles? I'd never been anything like that before. I had nothing to lose by giving...

Wild about Wild

It's not easy making a choice for book club. Of course we all want to make a selection that will be a brilliant read, highly entertaining, and most of all, make for excellent discussion. With so many superb books out there, the choices are endless...