Friday, August 29, 2014

Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison

Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison

Author: John Elder Robison
Publisher: Anchor Canada (this edition)
Publish Date: March 18th 2014 
Page Amount: 384 Pages
Price: $14.95 Paperback
ISBN:0385670389 (ISBN13: 9780385670388)

"Part parenting guide, part courtroom drama, part catalog of the travails and surprising joys of life with the high-functioning form of autism called Asperger's syndrome, this memoir will offer all parents--but particularly fathers--a lot to think about. . . . [A] touching, sympathetic and often insightful book." --The New York Times
John Elder Robison wasn't a model child. He was awkward in school; he ran away from home; he threatened people with knives. As an adult, he learned he had Asperger's syndrome, which explained a lot, and his youthful shenanigans made for riotous stories. But it wasn't so funny when his son, Cubby, started having trouble in school and seemed like he might be headed the same way. Not that John was a model dad, either. When Cubby asked, "Where did I come from?" John said he'd bought him at the Kid Store--and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would do chores. He ditched Good Night, Moon for stories he made up about nuclear-powered horses. Cubby turned out to have his father's intelligence but also some of his resistance to authority. At seventeen he was brilliant enough in chemistry to make military-grade explosives, which led to a raid by law enforcement officers. That woke John up to another thing he and Cubby shared: Asperger's syndrome.
This is an unforgettable memoir about a different boy being raised by a different father--and learning to cope with, even celebrate, the difference." (Goodreads Description)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mr. Tall: a Novella and Stories by Tony Earley

Mr. Tall: a Novella and Stories by Tony Earley


Author: Tony Earley
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date: August 26th 2014 
Page Amount: 256 Pages
Price: $25.00 Hardcover
ISBN:0316246123 (ISBN13: 9780316246125)
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"Two decades after his debut collection Here We Are in Paradise heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, the rueful, bittersweet, and riotous stories of Mr. Tall reestablish him as a mythmaker and tale spinner of the first rank. These stories introduce us not only to ordinary people seeking to live extraordinary lives, but to the skunk ape (a southern variant of Bigfoot), the ghost of Jesse James, and a bone-tired Jack the Giant Killer. Whether it's Appalachia, Nashville, the Carolina Coast, or a make-believe land of talking dogs, each world Earley creates is indelible." (Goodreads Description)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Elixir by Ted Galdi

Elixir by Ted Galdi


Author: Ted Galdi
Publisher: Self-Published
Publish Date: August 1st 2014
Page Amount: 259 Pages (Estimated)
Price: $4.99 Ebook
ISBN: (ISBN 13) 9780989850735

"Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy. However, Sean wishes he could just be normal.

But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.

For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he’s 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.

Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love." (Goodreads Description)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How I Fall (How I Fall #1) by Anne Eliot PART TWO

If you have not read the first part of this review, click here. The book's information, and Ms. Eliot's website are located on that post.

I've decided to revisit Anne Eliot's How I Fall, because I realize that I missed out and did not expand on so many valid points as to why this novel should be considered one of the greatest novels to graze the planet. Some of these points I have already mentioned in my previous post, but it doesn't hurt to reiterate them.

Meet Guest Blogger Anna!

Hello to all of the well-read followers of this fantastic blog!

I am Anna, and I am a new guest blogger! To introduce myself, I will outline the course my book obsession took throughout the years.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl

Author: Paige Rawl
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: August 26th 2014 (first published August 15th 2014)
Page Amount: 288 Pages
Price: $18.99 Hardcover
ISBN: 0062342517 (ISBN13: 9780062342515)

"In this compelling and compulsively readable memoir, nineteen-year-old Paige Rawl tells the story of how she was mercilessly bullied in middle school...and how she overcame the ordeal to change her world for the better.
In this astonishing memoir, Paige tells a story that is both deeply personal and completely universal—one that will resonate deeply with the thousands of children and adults whose lives have been touched by bullying.
Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth…but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. It never prevented her from entering beauty pageants or playing soccer or making the honor role.
On an unremarkable day in middle school, while attempting to console a friend, Paige disclosed her HIV-positive status—and within hours the bullying began. She was called "PAIDS," first in whispers, then out in the open. Her soccer coach joked that she was an asset because opposing team members would be too afraid to touch her. Her guidance counselor told her to stop all the “drama,” and her principal said she couldn’t protect her. One night, desperate for escape, Paige swallowed fifteen sleeping pills—one for each year of her life to date. That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning.

The gripping first-person account of Paige’s life will pull in even the most reluctant readers of nonfiction, and her call to action to choose compassion over cruelty will stay with them long after they turn the last page." (Goodreads Description)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PROMO for Get Even by Gretchen McNeil + GIVEAWAY!!! *CLOSED*

PROMO for Get Even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil + GIVEAWAY

Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publish Date: September 16th 2014 
Page Amount: 379 Pages
Price: $9.99 Paperback
ISBN: 0062260855 (ISBN13: 9780062260857)

"The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose." (Goodreads Description)