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Oprah’s Book Club: What the Dickens!!! December 7, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Writing & Writers.

150px-Carlo_Crivelli_052The new selection in Oprah’s Book Club?  Not just one book by my favorite author, but two!

Oprah’s most recent pick combines two classics into one Dickens of a Good Read:

* A Tale Of Two Cities, set in Paris and London in the late 18th Century (before and during the French Revolution), one of only two historic novels by Dickens, enthralls readers from first line:

“It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times.”

To last:

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”

In Great Expectations, Dickens weaves vividly drawn characters, great good humor, moral maelstroms, and the sorrow and pity of love into a rollicking good read.

From Amazon’s Editorial Reviews: 

A Tale of Two Cities:  After 18 years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of the two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of the guillotine.

Great Expectations:  A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor ~ these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens’s haunting late novel depicts Pip’s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his “great expectations.”

Two Great Classics brought together for one Dickens of a read.

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Gift Idea: Books On Tape December 7, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, People.

Sally-BrownHere’s a gift idea for grandparents (and doting aunts and uncles) who live at a distance and want to connect with their favorite “wee ones” over the Holidays.

Share your love for them (and for books) despite the miles between you:

* Buy an age appropriate children’s book.

* Record yourself reading the book with appropriate prompts, comments, and silly sound effects.

Talk about the pictures.
Remind them when it’s time to turn the page.
Ask them funny questions.

* Send the book and the book on tape to your favorite little guy or gal so they can read along with you.

I did this a few times over the years.  My nieces and nephews loved having Aunt Nancy read them a bedtime story . . . from 2,000 miles away.

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How Do You Spell R-E-L-I-E-F? December 7, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Sustainable Living.

Relief Beads are handmade from sand by tribes in Africa and assembled by refugees in Darfur. Each bracelet is unique.

By purchasing Relief Beads, you support the refugee women making Relief Beads at the Relief International’s Women’s Development Center in Darfur.

They are currently raising funds to provide relief to malnourished children and build a Children’s Malnutrition Center.

The UN has recognized the situation in Darfur as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” Since the conflict began in 2003, millions of people have been forced to leave their homes.









For more information:  Relief Beads Bracelet for Darfur ~ Fair Winds Trade

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