Alison Wonderland is a crazy tale by Helen Smith that I read recently. The book is about a young woman who is recently divorced. She needs to find a way to support herself, so she turns to the private investigator that provided her with information about her ex-husbands cheating.
Alison soon settles into her new life of going on stake outs, and working at temp jobs to find out information about men who might be cheating with their secretaries. And then in walks a client who is looking for something a little bit different than information about a cheating husband. She is looking for a newborn baby. More specifically she is looking for a foundling.
The book moves along quickly, and it is full of interesting characters. Some are a little eccentric, and some are like the people you meet in your everyday life. But all of them are put together in a story that is delightfully confusing at times. But in the end it all makes sense.
In some ways the book is far-fetched, but in so many other ways it is like real life. Like real life we are often drawn into events that we didn’t see coming. And we end up losing and gaining so many things that we want.
If you are looking for a book that will keep you entertained, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Dear Margaret Mitchell
Can you believe it’s been 84 years since the premiere of your work Gone With the Wind on the big screen in Atlanta? And I hear that there was some party that was thrown in Atlanta for that premiere. I was wondering if you had trouble finding a dress that you really liked for that premiere? I know that you were 4’ 11” tall, and sometimes finding clothes for a short person can be a little challenging. I am taller than you were, and sometimes it is such a pain to have to get dresses, pants, and skirts hemmed. I’ve just always been a little curious about that.
But what I really wanted to ask you was what did you think when Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her performance as best supporting actress in Gone With the Wind? I mean she was a great character in the movie, and Hattie did a great job of portraying the character. Did you believe that she actually did a great job in the movie and deserved the award, or were you one of those people who said she only won the award because she wasn’t allowed to attend the premiere? It seemed a little unfair of the city of Atlanta not to allow one of the stars of the movie not to attend the movie because of her race. Those segregation laws you all had were kind of foolish in my opinion.
But somehow I think you might have thought segregation was alright. I mean Gone with the Wind really did
romanticize the south during the pre-civil war era. So it kind of leads me to think that you felt that excluding Hattie from the celebrations was okay. It seems like that was pretty disrespectful to me, and if you didn’t believe that it acceptable wasn’t there something you could have said or done to ensure that she was able to attend the premiere. I mean you were the reason that the premiere was going on after all.
I hope that you haven’t found my questions to be too judgemental, I’m just trying to find out what your thoughts on the matter were. And if you could let me know where to get a great dress for the horizontally challenged I’d appreciate that too.
Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue is a children’s book that is written by Naoko Stoop. This is a road trip book for children. A little girl playing in the woods finds a polar bear cub, and along with her friend the rabbit they assist him in returning to his home in the Arctic. This is a simple story with a big message. The message is that no matter how big or small we are one person can help solve a problem.
Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue
The illustrations in the book were created by Stoop, and she uses mixed media from found items. It’s a great effect, and further reinforces her message about changing the world. The book also encourages readers to respect everyone in the world they live in.
So if you are looking for a book that will teach children of all ages respect you should really check out this book.
Close Your Eyes is the perfect book for reading to a child before bed. The book is about a tiger who tells her kit to close his eyes and go to sleep. The little tiger doesn’t want to go sleep because of all the things he will miss, and he is afraid of the dark. His mother gently reminds him of all the things he can see in his dreams, and that he has no need to fear because she is near.
This is a sweet children’s book. The illustrations by Georg Hallensleben are wonderful.
They use loads of color, and they have a little dreamy quality which is perfect for a children’s book. The message of the book is also sweet. That a child doesn’t have to miss out on life during their sleep, they are just experiencing it in another way. For all of you with children, check this book out.
Graphic novels aren’t just the comic books of yesterday. They are solid reading material with great story lines. Here are three of my current favorite graphic novels that deserve to be put on people’s reading lists.
The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons is an awesome book. This book is a Hugo award winner, and it well deserving. The book was written in the 1980’s. And it reflects many of the emotions that were present during that time frame. The fear of nuclear war, the world divided into two sides the western world and those behind the iron curtain. It has superheroes, and it shows the fears and weaknesses of many of these heroes. If you haven’t read the book you should.
Blankets by Craig Thompson is another great story. It’s a love story, which I am sure might surprise those who think comic books are only about superheroes. The story follows two young men as they grow up. It shows real life sibling rivalries, and how relationships develop. This is really a great read for young women.
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison is one strange tale. It’s basically a story of good and evil, and how the world could end up if the bad guys win. Like a lot of literature in the 90’s it focuses on conspiracies. But the story is great, and it is a story you will remember.
Let me know what you’ve been reading.