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Book Review: The Florist’s Daughter by Patricia Hampl

Canoes at Phalen Lake, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1905.

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By Mandy Webster

The Florist’s Daughter. Patricia Hampl. Harcourt, Inc. 2007.

Patricia Hampl’s memoir, The Florist’s Daughter, is a wordy trip down the historic path of both Hampl’s life and her home town of St. Paul, Minnesota. Hampl practices her lifetime habit of taking notes at the bedside of her dying mother while wending her way through memories of her middle class life in the middle of America.

While holding her mother’s hand, the author shares a plethora of memories of her ‘ordinary’ parents who seem extraordinary to her simply because Read more…

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Read with Me: December Books

Cover of "Wintergirls"

Cover of Wintergirls

By Mandy Webster

OK, I admit it. I am the worst blogger ever. Here we are 10 days into the month, and I am just now telling you what to read. (As if you can’t decide for yourself, right?) I try not to make excuses for myself, but the reason is that it was the end of the semester and I had tons of my own writing to do. Anyway, here’s what’s up for December:

  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: Guess what, I’ve already finished it! I picked this out of a bargain bin while shopping the Thanksgiving weekend sales at an outlet mall. When I got home, I started reading and just couldn’t put it down. So, if you’ve already read this one, let’s start talking. I loved this book, and Anderson is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite YA authors. Read more…

Read with Me: November Books

Here’s my list of books to get through this month. Read along with me on one or several, and tell me what you think!

  • Tantalize” by Cynthia Leitich Smith: This is a YA novel mentioned by my professor this semester. My book lists will likely include at least one YA read each month, as those are quick and easy to get through.
  • Creating Character Emotions” by Ann Hood: I am reading this book because I’m struggling to give the characters in my own stories the proper emotions. This specific book was recommended by my professor. Read more…