History, only better!

Don’t get me wrong, I love history, but sometimes I need a more satisfying narrative. Here are a few titles that will transport you to another time and place and you may learn a little history at the same time:

Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck

fridaThis fictionalized version of Frida Kahlo’s life is based on a recently discovered notebook in which Kahlo recorded her thoughts, recollections and (wonderfully) her recipes for offerings on the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos. This holiday celebrates the return to earth of dearly departed ancestors. Altars are filled with marigolds, incense, candy sugar skulls, sweet pastries, old photographs and candles to light the way to the next life. Continue reading “History, only better!”

They see dead people…sort of

Here are two paranormal series written on a theme, a woman who can see how and when people die, one in hindsight and other as foresight. The Harper Connelly Series is the invention of Charlaine Harris who is known for several series including Sookie Stackhouse in the Southern Vampire Mysteries. The other by Chuck Wendig is the Blackbirds Series. Wendig is also a screenwriter, blogger and game designer. Both are excellent writers, but with very different writing styles.

Harper Connelly has it rough. After being struck by lightning at the age of 15 she can find missing people’s remains. She can feel the dead and find their final resting place, and then experiences their death. The drawback is if it is murder Continue reading “They see dead people…sort of”

Do you speak dog?

Picture of a dog's nose in closeup.Do you have dog friends? You know, the ones that didn’t have kids, they had dogs instead? Yep, I’m one of those.  We don’t mean to drive you crazy with our stories about how smart, funny and devoted our dogs are or how recalcitrant, devious, and amusing they can be. Those of us owned by dogs have long known how smart dogs are and we now have science to prove it.  Animal behaviorists and trainers are learning more and more about how complex the human/dog relationship really is and here’s the kicker…we’re not the amazing part in that duo!  Here are three books that will give you some insight, not just into dogs, but those pesky, dog-loving friends of yours:   Continue reading “Do you speak dog?”