WOMEN of the SILK by Gail Tsukiyama

WOMEN of the SILK by Gail Tsukiyama, 1991. West Coast Bestseller in hardcover form. This story takes place in 1926 China “where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn until dusk.The young women lead the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the atrength of their ambition, dreams and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own.”  The story starts out in the year 1919.

Here is the teaser:

“Yes, Yu-sung” said Ching. “There is the head, the baby comes, the baby comes!”

   And there between her mother’s legs Pei could see the baby’s head emerge. It was a dark, wet, ugly thing, sliding out so slowly with each push. She wanted to step forward and see more, but her legs felt weak. When Pei turned around to share this with Li, she she saw that Li had her eyes closed tight, even as her hands continued mending the cotton trousers.”

NOTE: Will this book be depressing to the sensitive reader? Perhaps, it’s a life of hardship as are most of the Asian novels I read. They write of real life in all it’s glory and sadness.</p

So far I'm enjoying the book, reading about another lifestyle, another century.

Should You Read a Book To Review It?


I don’t give a typical book review. I don’t pick it apart to analyze it. I just let you know how enjoyable is was or wasn’t. I do my own rating system.

Originally posted on lawritersblog:

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First you read the book, then you review it.

THE OTHER was a recent recipient of a ‘2′ rating and a very critical review from someone who admitted he/she stopped reading after just a few pages.

Fair enough. Stop reading if the book is not your cup of tea. But don’t review it. You haven’t read it.

I’m normally fairly thick skinned about reviews, all authors need to be. There’s all kinds of folks out there and all kinds of opinions. But an author has no way to undo the damage done by a very critical review by a non-reader.

Of its 36 reviews on Amazon, THE OTHER has received two other ‘2′ ratings. I suspect both readers expected it to be something it wasn’t. Fair enough. They didn’t like it. But at least they read it.

Why is it so important to read a book to review…

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RAIN SONG by Alice J. Wisler

RAIN SONG by Alice J. Wisler, 2008. I bought this one at the flea market last Sunday.


This is the story of Nichole Michelin who avoids airplanes, motorcycles and most of all Japan where her parents worked as missionaries. Something happened to her mother in Japan, so Nichole and her father returned to America alone. Nichole remembers only bits and pieces of what happened in the past, but she is content with her cozy little life in Mount Olive, North Carolina, with her quirky relatives, a tank of lively fish and plenty of homemade pineapple chutney.

Meanwhile Nichole meets a young man named Harrison Michaels through her on-line column for the Pretty Fishy website. and much to her dismay Harrison lives in Japan and he is eager to meet her. She attempts to avoid him, but his e-mails tug at her heart.

Then Harrison reveals he knew her as a child in Japan and even seems to know more about her childhood than she does. It seems Nichole must face her fears and go to Japan and find out more about her childhood and meet this most interesting man.

Here’s the teaser:

“Since the death of my mother, Ducee has practically raised me. Although I lived with my father until I graduated from high school, during those years, my summers and school breaks were always spent at Ducee’s house. She knows I have a mole the shape of an apple on my lower back and that even at age thirty-one I continue to sleep with a cloth kimono doll.”

NOTE: I’m really enjoying this book, Although it has occasional Scripture quotes it’s not heavy on the Biblical jargon. 

My Blog is One Year Old Today!

August 12, 2013 I wrote my first book review! I even have 53 followers! (I had no idea, I just looked it up!) I know some people have thousands of followers, but I never gave that a real thought for myself, it’s a free will world and I “Go with the flow.” Thank you for even caring to read my opinions on books I read, and I do have very small following in my own hometown. mom, a cousin, a few women from our small town library, from which mom is head librarian. It’s a volunteer job- she’s 79 years old by the way..

Right now I’m really engrossed in THE KEY, A True Encounter, by Whitley Strieber, and when I need a break from reality I’m reading OLIVE KITTERIDGE.

OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout

OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout, 2oo8. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Olive Kitteridge is a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and the world at large. This is really 13 stories about 13 different people and how they are all entwined with Olive Kitteridge’s own life, and how she deals with her own life and self understanding. Meanwhile her husband Henry and her adult son have to put up with Olive’s ruthless honesty.


“Mousy” his wife said, when he hired the new girl. “Looks just like a mouse.”

Denise Thibodeau had round cheeks, and small eyes that peeped through her brown-framed glasses. “But a nice mouse.” Henry said. “A cute one.”

“No one’s cute who can’t stand up straight”, Olive said.

NOTE: Pulitzer Prizer Winner or not, I’m not sure I’ll enjoy Strout’s writing style, I’ll have to let you know.

NOTE: I’m still reading this one, and it’s still a slow one: I was also setting it aside the read THE KEY by Strieber! LOL

NOTE: I’m setting this one aside for when I’m desperate for a book to read. It’s okay just not very exciting.

THE KEY, A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber

THE KEY, A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber, 2011.

I bought this reprint at the flea market yesterday along with 3 Trade Paperbacks. I have a burning quest to have my questions answered which is why I delve into the “Unexplained” and unsolved mysteries of life. If you don’t believe in the mystical, spiritual and far out stuff you might not like this book. I on the other hand find it interesting.

It’s hard for me to give a summary Here’s some of the book blurb:

“At two thirty in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Strieber was awakened by somebody knocking on his hotel room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering.

This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this uncanny visitor was- a “Master of Wisdom”? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He decided to cal him “The Master f the Key”.

The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.

The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save us from self-imprisonment. “Mankind is trapped,” the stranger tells Strieber, and “I want to help you spring the trap.” In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger– which takes the form of a classical student-teacher dialog in pursuit of inner understanding- the unknown guest provides a lesson inhuman potential, esoteric psychology, and man’s fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction–and and the slender, but very real, possibility of release.”

This book is on par with major contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A COURSE IN MIRACLES, and the teachings of Edgar Cayce, D. T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.

NOTE: I’ll have to tell you more about it later.

NOTE: I understand this book may make some folks uncomfortable, but my whole being, my reason for living  is about being REAL and not lying to myself or you. About waking up to the truth.

AT THE SCENT OF WATER by Linda Nichols

AT THE SCENT OF WATER by Linda Nichols, 2004. Here’s my version of the book blurb:

This is the story of Samuel Truelove, a gifted heart surgeon, who married Annie the love of his life, and they had a beautiful daughter. One day Samuel was asked to perform emergency surgery that sent a deadly cascade of events in motion and their picture perfect life started to unravel.

Broken hearted Annie Truelove leaves her beloved home in the mountains of North Carolina, hoping to escape her grief. She moves to far away Seattle to start over. Not that she’s any happier with her memories which of course still haunt her everyday. Then she is offered a job with The Los Angels Times, where she hopes a better life awaits her, but a disturbing headline interrupts her plans and takes her back home to her husband, where the past coming flooding back to her.

Here’s the teaser:
“He remembered the foolish hope that had carried him through the first year. She had been traumatized, he told himself. She just needed time to recover from the events that had torn both of their hearts to pieces.”

I’ll have to let you know what I think later!

NOTE: Here I am on page 94 and I can’t seem to get into the book, there’s to many religious overtones..and Biblical quotes. If you are a true Christian and go to church every week, or even one who doesn’t, you may love this book.