Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn:
"A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."





Sunday, December 27, 2009

White Folk Feasting

This year Ellen requested our Christmas dinner be representative of our heritage. First there was the, "Well, what are we?" The generated list was followed by, "What do they eat there???" We are such white folk. Thankfully, there's the internet!

The highlight turned out to be Aebleskiver from Denmark. Here's the funky pan:


And the final product:

We ended up celebrating:

Denmark: Aebleskiver and later a red cabbage side dish
Germany: Beer bread and potato salad
England: Cider chicken and pea salad
Ireland: Irish stew and Irish whiskey

Later talking to Justina Chen, I realized how funny we were. To cook traditional to her is to cook food from Taiwan. What she has grown up with her entire life. And here we were saying for the first time, "Wow, this is good! Yay for being Danish!"

Next year Emily has requested an Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes. The year after will be a Harry Potter Feast. So much to look forward to! But for now, I can recommend Aebleskiver. Try it!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Poetry Friday: Painted Summer




Painted Summer

Water swirls around
our pooled shadows inking the
earth's watercolor.


Lorie Ann Grover, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Poetry: Sundays in the Park, 1979


Sundays in the Park

A duck fed.
A child adored.
A breeze stilled.
A light curved
over love.

by Lorie Ann Grover, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

What a Girl Wants: Book Recommends

Colleen over at Chasing Ray asked the What a Girl Wants Panel for their recommends this season. Here's my response. Check out all three of her posts though. What a variety!

Lorie Ann Grover says: "When Colleen asked for a book recommend for What a Girl Wants, I went back and scrolled through my goodreads. What have I read this past year, that I'd want to place in the hands of a teen girl? There are so many books! Certainly every readergirlz main feature and postergirlz recommended read. But what rises to the top for me, personally? I've chosen three:

Justina Chen's North of Beautiful because every girl should be challenged to discover her own definition of beauty. Teen girls will identify with Terra as she charts her path away from her constraining, abusive father. They will cheer when she finds truth and beauty through art, and she gathers insight through her new friend Jacob. The beautifully crafted sentences and rounded characters will hold readers with hope and call them to find their own north of beautiful.

Laura Resau's Red Glass is my second recommend. With rich, beautiful language, readers will join Sophie on her journey into Mexico during a summer road trip. An eccentric cast, cultural diversity, and a hint of magical hope infuse this work which will expand the scope of teen girls today. Whether they be touched by the Bosnian war refuge or the six year old Mexican boy who has crossed the U.S. border illegally, the readers' experiences and empathy will be broadened.

And Beth Kephart's House of Dance is my third recommend. The lyrical beauty of Beth's prose just may incite teen readers to reach out to an older generation. As Rosie is charged with tending to her grandfather dying of cancer, she uncovers the life that he loved. Through ballroom dance instruction, Rosie's confidence blossoms until she can stand and give back herself. The sense of community and family love found in this gentle journey will resound in teen readers.

So there are three books of hope, I just realized. As I say to teen readers, "There's hope. Look." (Loose Threads, 2002)"

Colleen Mondor: Oh Justina Chen! Oh Beth Kephart! Can I say how much I love their books? Justina's Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) remains one of the funniest and most normal books I've read in ages. And yet it is anything but typical it's just that any reader can see themselves in Patty's frustrations. And Beth's Nothing But Ghosts is a revelation, plain and simple. Such gorgeous writing and such a light touch when it comes to family drama and romance and coming-of-age. A book to sink into!

Colleen went on to say:

"And Lorie Ann Grover. Well, good grief, where to begin with my friend Lorie Ann. She writes for teens and toddlers and she is (in my mind) the beating heart of the readergirlz. When I grow up, I will be as powerful and talented and compassionate at Lorie Ann. She makes my world better."

And I say:

Colleen, I'm in awe of all you accomplish and provide the literary community. AND your amazing love and sacrifice for your family is inspiring. Seriously. Inspiring. Thank YOU! xox

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Photo Friday: Vision Board for My WIP

Tada! This is my new vision board I just made for my work-in-progress. With the first draft done, I like to switch over to my right brain and explore the imagery. I'm liking this! Although my hubbie finds the lower right corner too freaky. But it fits.

Ooo. I like the guy kissing her hair. Can you make him out? Click on the image, and it will enlarge. Sweet!

*rubs hands together* Now back to the text!