Book Reviews, Books, Memoir, Writing

Book Review: The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

New York writer Helen Hanff has corresponded for years with Marks & Co. Booksellers on London’s 84 Charing Cross Road, and they’ve faithfully cared for all her eccentric reading needs. Having developed a touching transatlantic friendship with bookseller Frank Doel and all the good folks at Marks & Co., she’s been issued countless invitations to visit the United Kingdom. In this sequel to 84, Charing Cross Road, Hanff  takes us along on her trip of a lifetime as she explores all the places she’s dreamed of for so long. Feted by friends and admirers alike, she is dubbed the Duchess…

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Health, Liza's Big Yes Series, Self Help

Liza’s Year (maybe) of Yes

  Reading Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes truly inspired me. So much so that I have decided to give it a whirl myself. So this is the first (or last) in my Liza’s Big Yes series, highlighting personal issues I am working on. First up: my health. I have been plagued with asthma, eczema, and allergies since six months old. At 21, I became deathly allergic to fish. For the past few years, I have nearly disfigured myself (my older sister’s words) scratching and rubbing my perennially itching eyes. NOTHING helps. Oh, no. That’s not true. Steroids help, but no doctor’s gonna…

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Autobiography, Book Reviews, Inspirational, Memoir, Self Help

Book Review: Year of Yes

On Thanksgiving Morning, Shonda Rhime’s watches big sister Delorse cook and relates all the glittering events she’s been invited to. When Delorse asks will she accept any of these invitations, Shonda says no, citing her busy life. Her sister’s response—you never say yes to anything—sets Shonda Rhimes on a year-long commitment to saying YES to everything that scares or challenges her, to finding the real Shonda hiding inside, and to changing her life. As with a hella books I have, YES had been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Waiting like a 19th-century spinster for a proposal. I’m…

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Awareness Days, Books, Goodreads

April 10 Is Siblings Day

So, I got a sweet email wishing me Happy Siblings Day a couple of days ago. From one of my three sisters? Naw. They barely know what day of the week it is nevermind an awareness day. No, not a sister. Really, I have no clue whom it was from. Or why I got it today. Siblings Day is 5 days away. Damn spam is getting ridiculous. Nevertheless, it did give me a good idea for a post. Books about siblings. So I googled and found this Goodreads list of the 100 Best Siblings Books. A quick perusal shows I…

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Facebook, How To, How To, Social Media

Facebook Saved Post Collections

So, if you’re like me, you probably don’t know half the things you can do on Facebook. Took me forever to figure out backgrounds on posts. Kept seeing them, and finally asked a friend how to get them. Turned out, I wasn’t really so clueless. Facebook Germany hadn’t gotten the Add Background capability yet. But here’s a new feature I just happened on that I love, too. First, if you didn’t know–which is perfectly possible if you’re Liza–you can save Facebook posts from your news feed. I would save links galore after I discovered it. But when I went to…

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Blog, Dating, Romance

Why Divorce Date?

So, I am reading 4 Reasons to Date Someone Who’s Been Divorced. First off, I learned something new. Seems there’s still a stigma attached to dating divorced people. Never knew that, especially since at a certain age, if s/he isn’t divorced, I would wonder. Okay, but that’s not my point here. After reading the article, I realized my reason Numero Uno didn’t appear. In fact, this reason might make it advantageous to only divorce date. So here it is.   1.  How they treat their former spouse is a GOLD MINE of information. I am divorced, and my former husband and I are still…

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Ever Wish They’d Just Stop Making Movies from Books?

When I bought 84, Charing Cross Road on Amazon, I discovered it had been made into a movie featuring powerhouse actors Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft as Frank Doel and Helen Hanff. So, after inhaling the book like a bag of my fave potato chips, I simply couldn’t resist plunking down even more money for the DVD. If given the chance, I would have staked my life on the film being incredible. Luckily my life didn’t hang in the balance, because while 84, Charing Cross Road didn’t flop as a movie, it also didn’t achieve cinematic genius. Frankly, it was a…

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Book Reviews, Nonfiction

Book Review: 84, Charing Cross Road

New Yorker Helene Hanff loves books, but not just any old books. In 1949, hoping to satisfy her ‘antiquarian taste’ in books and save herself from the exorbitant prices of New York bookstores, this self-described ‘poor writer’ turns to Marks & Co. Booksellers on London’s Charing Cross Road. So begins a 20-year letter exchange between the lively, somewhat salty and sarcastic Ms. Hanff and the oh-so-very-proper and reserved British bookseller Frank Doel… a letter exchange that slowly but surely turns into a touching friendship. This is the first time I’ve ever taken up on one of its book recommendations.…

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Movie Trailer: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I loved this book, as can be seen here in my book review. If a book makes me want to visit somewhere, it’s done it’s job. And I am determined to one day visit Guernsey. But as my post on books turned movies laments, I am forever disappointed by the cinematic versions of books. Does that mean I won’t be going to see Guernsey Literary…hell, naw. The video entices, and the actors are top drawer. So most likely, me and my smuggled popcorn will be there. What can I say? My dad always said I didn’t have the sense God gave tiny…

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