Jessica Stern’s New Book: “Denial”


Please take a look at this extraordinary new book by Jessica Stern that is soon to hit the bookshelves.  It is an amazing story by a heroic woman.  This is a book that should rock all the bookgroups in this world and Europe, too. 

My European friends and I have been talking about an online book group.  This could be the book we choose to discuss. 

Too often in our world issues such as child rape and abuse are swept under the proverbial table or ignored for a plethora of no good reasons.  I hope Ms. Stern’s book causes so many of us to rise up inside and be outraged enough to help in some way those who are most vulnerable in our own back yards.

<a href=”” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”Denial: A Memoir of Terror” border=”0″ src=”” /></a> <a href=””>Denial: A Memoir of Terror</a> by <a href=””>Jessica Stern</a><br/><br/>

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Your Bookish Dame


Bookish Sunday

The Bridge of San Luis ReyI’ve just read this wonderful book by Thornton Wilder, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928.  It’s a beautifully written account of a priest who is searching for the answers to why God chooses certain people for disaster/pain/suffering….or whether such things are just accidents.  In other words, “Why did this happen to those five people?..Either we live by accident and die by accident, or we live by plan and die by plan.”  In the larger sense, Wilder poses the central question of all mankind:  Why do we exist?

Thornton Wilder deftly leads us into an infatuation with each character.  We see them through the eyes of a narrator who sits by our shoulder quietly sharing each detail of the character’s psychological, emotional and spiritual makeup.  Then, just as they seem very dear to us, they are quite abruptly gone.  The bridge snatches their lives from us, as it did from the association of all the other earthly beings they knew.

This is a perfectly beautiful book.  Every word is a treasure of meaning.  Every sentence is telling, and epiphanies abound.  It is well worth a read on a quiet weekend, and well worth a good conversation over wine, cheese and crackers with a friend whose mind and spirit you respect.

I see that it’s been made into a DVD, as I’ve shown above.  Now that I’ve read the book, I’ll be curious to see how DeNiro and Bates work some magic with it!!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to read any comments you have, if you’ve read it or are thinking about reading it! 

TBR Challenge 2008

Here finally is a great reading challenge for me!  The one that gets the books in my “To Be Read” pile whittled down this year.  I have so many want-to-be-read books that just haven’t gotten into my hands in the past year.  This group allows us to make a list of 12 books to read, with an alternate list of books for 2008.  We read them in any order…hopefully, one a month, and give a review for our group.  I love it!  Here’s my list:

  1. War and Peace  –  Tolstoy
  2. Silk  –  Alessandro Baricco
  3. The Invention of Truth –  Marta Morazzoni
  4. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  5. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  6. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  7. Kept – DJ Taylor
  8. The Birth House – Ami McKay
  9. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen – Syrie James
  10. Heyday – Kurt Andersen
  11. The Sleeping Doll – Jeffery Deaver
  12. Bridge of San Luis Rey  – Thornton Wilder


  1. The Poe Shadow – Matthew Pearl
  2. Snow Flower & Secret Fan – Lisa See
  3. Mansions of the Dead  – Sarah Stewart Taylor
  4. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picot
  5. A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies – Ellen Cooney
  6. Eye Contact – Cammie McGovern
  7. Crow Lake – Mary Lawson
  8. The Tortilla Curtain – T.C. Boyle
  9. Loving Frank – Nancy Horan
  10. Papa Married a Morman – John Fitzgerald
  11. The Kite Runner
  12. A Thousand Splendid Suns