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Escape, slow down and read. . . withTHEBOOKJEANIE
The holiday season is here, time to take a deep breath and try not to get overwhelmed. Life often presents challenges and stress and it is so easy to let days go by without picking up a book. Here are a few suggestions for  those quiet moments, the special times just for yourself when you can fall into another world. And remember. . . the gift of a carefully chosen book from your favorite local bookshop can be the most meaningful one.    



The Invention of Wings. Sue Monk Kidd. In Kidd's exploration of the role of Southern women, both slave and slaveowner, in the half-century leading up to the Civil War, she provides a startlingly fresh perspective on how some women rejected the boundaries of their lives and struggled to affect positive change for themselves and others. Sarah Grimke was not at all comfortable with the "gift" of the young slave Handful on her 11th birthday - she even had the temerity to inform her mother that…
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Spring . . .New Beginnings with THEBOOKJEANIE



This photo by Zeb Andrews, taken in the spring tulip fields of Holland brings back memories of driving across the border from Germany and suddenly finding ourselves surrounded by vast swathes of color, in every hue you could imagine. As we were stopped by the side of the road to admire the tulips in full bloom, we heard a loud clunk and turned to see a young woman lying stunned on the ground behind our white Volvo station wagon. Beside her lay her still-intact bicycle and as we helped her to her feet she seemed stunned and unable to explain what happened. Coincidentally, an ambulance driver had seen the accident on the main road and had pulled off to assist. It appeared that the young Dutch bicyclist was so amazed herself at the beauty of this spring morning amidst the thousands of brillantly colored tulips that she was not watching where she was going and ran full speed into our car.  "That was very dumb!" said the ambulance driver…
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Rise above the mist and explore the world of reading with THEBOOKJEANIE
I must admit that I did not have a book in hand while floating over the temples and pagodas of Bagan as pictured here. The ride was too exciting and the sights too incredible - the reality of the present moment was enough. But that experience and the other wonders of Myanmar inspired some great reading that I will share with you. . .




I carried this early Bantam edition of Graham Greene'sQuiet Americanwith me to Myanmar quite accidently, picking it up off the free cart at the local library just before leaving. It's size and weight were ideal and I knew that I could leave it behind on my travels. But I carried it back with me,  it's now in three pieces secured by a rubber band, because the story had so much more meaning for me than it did forty years ago when I first read it. After living in Southeast Asia for many years and visiting Vietnam briefly, Greene's depiction of an American naively making ass…