Monthly Archives: May 2009

Friday 56


Friday 56: Week 3









Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions 
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends here or at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

My entry:

In addition, you must prove that your U.S. citizen or permanent resident

relative will suffer extreme hardship if the USCIS or a consular office

doesn’t grant you permanent residence.

-U.S. Immigration & Citizenship: Your Complete Guide by Allan Wernick


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Sharing the Lemonade Award


 

An Award for Bloggers who show
Attitude and Gratitude!

I’m sorry for the slow turnaround of this award which I received from three wonderful blogs: Missy at  Missy’s Book Nook, Cathy at One Eyed Stuffed Bunny, and Kim at Page After Page.  Thank you all for your generosity. I’m still quite new to blogging and am amazed at how kind and warm people have been.  I’m very touched and very much appreciate this award!

I love the message behind it – “Making lemonade out of lemons is an important principle to grasp if we are going to be content in this lifetime!”  This is so true, though I do have to remind myself every so often.  It has been wonderful making friends and learning much through these blogs.  I’d like to pass on this award to other bloggers who show attitude and gratitude!
 
A Circle of Books – click here or visit:

A Journey of Books – click here or visit:

all about {n} – click here or visit:

Books Obsession – click here or visit:

Fantastic Book Review – click here or visit:

Hip Writer Mama – click here or visit

Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf – click here or visit:

The Maiden’s Court – click here or visit:

The Burton Review – click here or visit

Tome Traveller’s Weblog – click here or visit:


Do check out these wonderful sites and those of the kind folks that passed on the award to me:

Missy’s Book Nook here or at http://missysbooknook.blogspot.com/

One Eyed Stuffed Bunny here or at http://oesbunny.blogspot.com/

Page After Page here or at   http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2009/05/sweet.html

Thank you again!  I’m heading to the BEA this weekend and hope to make some friends and  maybe meet some of you in person. If anyone else would like to meet up or has questions about getting around in NYC – do shoot me an email or write a comment!

Book Review: Surviving High Society – Lots of Love Trumps Lots of Money by Elizabeth Marvin Mulholland


Review of Surviving High Society – Lots of Love Trumps Lots of Money 
by Elizabeth Marvin Mulholland

Surviving High Society - Lots of Love Trumps Lots of Money
Synopsis: 

This autobiography begins with a description of the heroine’s parents, their affair, subsequent marriage and divorce. Elizabeth was given up for adoption the day after her birth and her name changed within months of her birth to Patricia Elizabeth Marvin. Adopted by a wealthy and emotionally unstable mother and a kind father, Elizabeth also had a younger brother by adoption named Ted. They lived outwardly enviable lives – huge houses, servants, luxury vacations and all that comes with being one of the wealthiest and oldest families in America. Glamourous and beautiful, Elizabeth becomes close friends with Hepburns and Hemingways. Through carefully chosen anecdotes, Elizabeth demonstrates the ways in which their mother controlled the children’s lives from their early years. We learn that the household was dysfunctional from its early days and the facade of this idyllic life crumbles with her father’s death. 

After her father’s death at 22 years of age, Elizabeth lived in relatives peace with her mother in their large Connecticut house. Accustomed to presenting a proper front, Elizabeth finds herself outmaneuvered by her mother and her team of lawyers, doctors, and bankers. Elizabeth voluntarily commits herself and begins a lifelong struggle in and out of psychiatric hospitals. Despite these odds and lack of support, Elizabeth is able to find her a way outside and make a good life for herself without her mother’s help. With a loving husband as her partner, she starts a business, a new life, and makes her own success. 



Review: 
From the blurb and the title, I was aware that the story would have shades of Mummy Dearest – a controlling and unstable mother that would reach out to control her children through her fortune. In this way, the book did not disappoint. I was surprised to find myself liking the narrator and worrying about the measures that she’d take and the plots that she was unable to spot in her youth. Despite her huge fortune and the rather long discussion of her antecedents, Elizabeth is a very sympathetic character. I found myself enjoying the book and its clear narrative. It was particularly interesting to learn what life was like growing up in the 40s and 50s. It’s an enjoyable read and a good way to spend a few hours. 

I would recommend this book to people interested in social gossip and in a narrative of a young girl finding her identity. 

Cover and Format: Straightforward picture of the author as a young woman.

Rating: 3 out of 5 
Release date: 2008 by Itasca Books (176 pages)
Courtesy of Bostick Communications.  Thank you again for the opportunity to review this book.

Friday 56


Friday 56: Week 3









Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions 
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends here or at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

My entry:

In addition, you must prove that your U.S. citizen or permanent resident

relative will suffer extreme hardship if the USCIS or a consular office

doesn’t grant you permanent residence.

-U.S. Immigration & Citizenship: Your Complete Guide by Allan Wernick


Friday 56


Friday 56: Week 3









Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions 
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends here or at http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

My entry:

In addition, you must prove that your U.S. citizen or permanent resident

relative will suffer extreme hardship if the USCIS or a consular office

doesn’t grant you permanent residence.

-U.S. Immigration & Citizenship: Your Complete Guide by Allan Wernick


Sharing the Lemonade Award


 

An Award for Bloggers who show
Attitude and Gratitude!

I’m sorry for the slow turnaround of this award which I received from three wonderful blogs: Missy at  Missy’s Book Nook, Cathy at One Eyed Stuffed Bunny, and Kim at Page After Page.  Thank you all for your generosity. I’m still quite new to blogging and am amazed at how kind and warm people have been.  I’m very touched and very much appreciate this award!

I love the message behind it – “Making lemonade out of lemons is an important principle to grasp if we are going to be content in this lifetime!”  This is so true, though I do have to remind myself every so often.  It has been wonderful making friends and learning much through these blogs.  I’d like to pass on this award to other bloggers who show attitude and gratitude!
 
A Circle of Books – click here or visit:

A Journey of Books – click here or visit:

all about {n} – click here or visit:

Books Obsession – click here or visit:

Fantastic Book Review – click here or visit:

Hip Writer Mama – click here or visit

Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf – click here or visit:

The Maiden’s Court – click here or visit:

The Burton Review – click here or visit

Tome Traveller’s Weblog – click here or visit:


Do check out these wonderful sites and those of the kind folks that passed on the award to me:

Missy’s Book Nook here or at http://missysbooknook.blogspot.com/

One Eyed Stuffed Bunny here or at http://oesbunny.blogspot.com/

Page After Page here or at   http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2009/05/sweet.html

Thank you again!  I’m heading to the BEA this weekend and hope to make some friends and  maybe meet some of you in person. If anyone else would like to meet up or has questions about getting around in NYC – do shoot me an email or write a comment!

Sharing the Lemonade Award


 

An Award for Bloggers who show
Attitude and Gratitude!

I’m sorry for the slow turnaround of this award which I received from three wonderful blogs: Missy at  Missy’s Book Nook, Cathy at One Eyed Stuffed Bunny, and Kim at Page After Page.  Thank you all for your generosity. I’m still quite new to blogging and am amazed at how kind and warm people have been.  I’m very touched and very much appreciate this award!

I love the message behind it – “Making lemonade out of lemons is an important principle to grasp if we are going to be content in this lifetime!”  This is so true, though I do have to remind myself every so often.  It has been wonderful making friends and learning much through these blogs.  I’d like to pass on this award to other bloggers who show attitude and gratitude!
 
A Circle of Books – click here or visit:

A Journey of Books – click here or visit:

all about {n} – click here or visit:

Books Obsession – click here or visit:

Fantastic Book Review – click here or visit:

Hip Writer Mama – click here or visit

Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf – click here or visit:

The Maiden’s Court – click here or visit:

The Burton Review – click here or visit

Tome Traveller’s Weblog – click here or visit:


Do check out these wonderful sites and those of the kind folks that passed on the award to me:

Missy’s Book Nook here or at http://missysbooknook.blogspot.com/

One Eyed Stuffed Bunny here or at http://oesbunny.blogspot.com/

Page After Page here or at   http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2009/05/sweet.html

Thank you again!  I’m heading to the BEA this weekend and hope to make some friends and  maybe meet some of you in person. If anyone else would like to meet up or has questions about getting around in NYC – do shoot me an email or write a comment!