Book Reviews!

Inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

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“I was born twice: first as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petosky, Michigan in August of 1974.” That’s the first line of this fascinating and wonderful book, which relates the story of the intersex life of Calliope who becomes Cal. The story is interspersed with the tales of three generations of a Greek-American family. I highly recommend this book, unless you are uncomfortable with the subject matter, but it did give me more understanding of the LGBTQ community.

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Major Ernest Pettigrew is part of a generation that still believes in decorum, respect to be earned and modesty. When his brother dies, Pakistani shopkeeper Mrs. Ali shows up at his door to see if he needs anything and an old-fashioned romance begins. I really enjoyed this book; set in a small village in the English countryside. The Major and Mrs. Ali have to deal with prejudice, there is the tenuous relationship between the Major and his son, and still there is some humor to the book. I highly recommend this!

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Librarian Tori Sinclair is new to the town of Sweet Briar, South Carolina and finds it hard to fit in in a town where everyone knows everyone else. But when the town’s sweetheart is found murdered outside the library dumpster Tori becomes everyone’s number one suspect, including the police. Tori must clear her name before she finds herself taken into custody. I found this cozy mystery series (A Southern Sewing Circle) on Pinterest and at first decided not to read any more books in the series. But for some reason I couldn’t stop thinking of Tori and I got the second one in the series and found I liked it better. Tori is likable, there’s some romance and a great cast of supporting characters.

All of these reviews were taken from my goodreads profile and I hope you will friend me on there! Happy reading!

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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12 Responses to Book Reviews!

  1. Thanks for the reviews! “Sew Deadly” is definitely going to be my next read.

    • mamasick says:

      Cozy mysteries like “Sew Deadly” are a great, fun way to relax, Cheyanne. I hope you like the genre!

  2. Andrea says:

    Middlesex is SUCH a great book and would be worth a re-read I think, nowadays! I’ve heard of Major Pettigrew, but never picked up – might have to now…

  3. mamasick says:

    Yes, Major Pettigrew was a great read, Andrea, I hope you will like it! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Alexis says:

    I loved “Middlesex.” It’s such a powerful book, and I loved Cal/Calliope. I haven’t read the others, but they sound interesting.
    Alexis´s last blog post ..Dallas, My Beloved City

    • mamasick says:

      Yes, Alexis, Middlesex is definitely a book that will be sticking around with me for a long time! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kat says:

    Oh that first line of Middlesex really pulls you in! I’m hooked already!

    • mamasick says:

      I think you’ll like it, Kat, it is one interesting read that will have you thinking about it for a long time!

  6. Oh I like the sound of all of these books! I think Middlesex mostly, then Major Pettigrew and then the sewing mystery book last but still, a great selection. I think I’ll try and order a copy. Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare
    Hannah Spannah´s last blog post ..Weekend Blog Share | 15th July 2016

    • mamasick says:

      Yes, Hannah, Middlesex has been my favorite of late. It was really fascinating and I’ll be thinking about it for a long time!

  7. Liz Lloyd says:

    Middlesex is such an interesting book but I don’t know the other books. I will send you a Goodreads friend request. Liz in UK

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