Category Archives: Reading

American Writers Museum wows in Chicago

What is the American Writers Museum?

American Writers Museum SignThe American Writers Museum sign on the side of a building caught my attention as I cut a path through the crowd along Michigan Avenue to meet a friend. What exactly is the American Writers Museum, I wondered as I hurried to reach my luncheon destination north of the Chicago River. My curiosity piqued, I vowed to check it out later during my weekend stay in the Windy City.

Finding a few hours of free time the next morning, I retraced my steps to 180 North Michigan Avenue and entered the American Writers Museum on the second floor as the doors were unlocked at 10 am sharp, pleased to be the first visitor of the day. Wowed by the high-tech and shiny-new gleam of the place, I learned the museum’s grand opening on May 16, 2017 had been less than two months before my visit. Here’s what I discovered on my tour. Click on any image to enlarge and use your back arrow to return. Continue reading

Motherhood: Lost and Found

Books I’m Reading: Motherhood: Lost and Found

Motherhood: Lost and Found by Ann CampanellaI recently read the book Motherhood: Lost and Found by Ann Campanella. It was a good memoir about the sandwich generation trying to do the right thing for their aging parents, their children, and themselves. Campanella writes beautifully and truthfully about the difficulties of undertaking and balancing the tasks of having and raising children, family caregiving for ailing parents, and pursuing a career and personal hobbies. Thank goodness for Campanella it all works out in the end. Job well done!

AlzAuthors eBook Sale June 21 – 28, 2017

AlzAuthors eBook Sale starts on The Longest Day during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month!

AlzAuthors eBook Sale June 21-28, 2017Looking for some great new books to read? Then you’ll want to know about the AlzAuthors eBook Sale that starts today, which includes my award-winning family saga novel Brought To Our Senses offered at an insane discount for the very first time!

First, a little bit about the group offering this great eBook sale. AlzAuthors was founded in 2016 by four daughters of dementia who met over the internet because of their books, and formed a friendship and a mission to create a space where caregivers can find solid support, and those who share their stories can find the proper audience. I am pleased to be a member of AlzAuthors.

You may have heard that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and June 21st is The Longest Day. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, these important events increase awareness of Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and brain health. In recognition of these events, AlzAuthors has put together our very first eBook sale! Continue reading

Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her AgainWhere the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading Where the Light Gets In and recommend the book. I think I wanted to see if a celebrity might somehow have a different experience with dementia than the average person. And largely the pain and struggle is the same, regardless of status. Dementia is cruel and difficult for all. My favorite part of this memoir was when the author rid herself of selfish expectations and learned to connect with her mother in the moment of what was left to share. It’s an “a-ha” moment that I finally reached as well, and what I hope others will discover too as they struggle through a loved one’s journey through dementia. Kudos to Williams-Paisley for showing the reality of this disease and not sugar coating the difficulties.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Nightingale was an enjoyable read. It was fascinating to relive WWII from the perspective of two French sisters. I liked the conclusion and how I wasn’t sure what happened and which sister was left until the very end. A lovely, emotional story and good reminder that war is hell. Hopefully history has taught its lesson.
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Brought To Our Senses family saga novel by Kathleen H. Wheeler

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to read and shared all the main characters from a first person perspective, making it clear where they were coming from and why they behaved the way they did. Not that it made them all likable, because some were just so hateful and deplorable. Picoult was brave to tackle the divisive topic of racism head on. With one daughter in nursing school and another considering law school, I’ve recommended they both read this book. This novel shows we all could benefit by practicing more acceptance and love. What a wonderful takeaway!

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Brought To Our Senses family saga novel by Kathleen H. Wheeler

The Corkscrew ultimate blend: fine wine and a good book

The Corkscrew in Springfield IL now sells Brought To Our Senses

I love reading, and I love wine. But reading with a glass of wine? Forget about it, that’s the best! What a luxury to sip a smooth glass of Pinot Noir and read a compelling story, one that just makes obligations and responsibilities fade away. If only there were enough hours in the week to read while enjoying a great bottle of wine. Sigh. Continue reading

2016 Reading Challenge Results

Coming Up Short on 2016 Reading Challenge

I set a goal of 24 books for my 2016 reading challenge, and I’m sorry to say that I missed it by four books. What a bummer! I’ve been so busy this year that my reading time was cut short, although I did try my best, especially in the last couple of weeks of the year with additional free time due to the holiday.

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New Book Brought To Our Senses out today!

Dementia Fiction Saga Publication Date November 1, 2016

Brought To Our Senses: a family saga novelThe date has finally arrived for the release of my new family saga novel Brought To Our Senses, now available from all major online booksellers in print and ebook format.

Hooray! It’s been a long journey to get to this day. I want to take a deep breath and enjoy this accomplishment. The November release of Brought To Our Senses is well timed because it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. This book will speak to those affected by dementia and those charged with the care of aging parents. Continue reading

Book cover design reveal

If a book cover design could talk!

Brought To Our Senses Book Cover DesignHere’s your first look at the book cover design for my family saga novel to be published on November 1st! I’m thrilled with this design and it’s really grown on me the last couple of months. I think it’s beautiful while doing its job to hint about the story.

I’d love to know what you think! Does this book cover design give you any indication of what this story is about? What does it say to you?