Becoming by Michelle Obama

In Becoming, Michelle Obama tells her story. She talks about growing up poor in Southside Chicago. She talks about the love of her family, the value they placed on hard work and education. She discusses her career, the right path she started on and the twists and turns it took. …

A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness is a heart-breaking story. Ishikawa went form a childhood in Japan where he didn’t fit in because he was half-Korean to North Korea where he was one of the lowest of the low. He tells his story frankly, without sentimentality, but it’s full of misery, hunger, …

Spotlight and Giveaway: Falling for the Stars by Lisa Loving Dalton

Book Trailer: Giveaway: Grand Prize Package: one winner will receive: 1) a paperback copy of Falling For the Stars by Lisa Loving Dalton with autographed Last Dragon Pic 2) a paperback copy of A Balancing Act by Emmanuelle Chaulet 3) an e-copy of Murder of Talent 4) a 30-min video …

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

I enjoy Sara Bareilles’ songs. I just do. They make me want to sing along, which is why I picked this audio up from the library. Sara reads this collection of 8 essays and sing pieces of a few of her songs along the way. It’s like talking to an …

Everything Old is New Again: Guest Post by Andra Watkins, author of Not Without My Father

Today, I’m happy to welcome Andra Watkins, author of Not Without My Father, to my notebooks. She’s talking a bit about her walk on the Natchez Trace. Everything Old Is New Again by Andra Watkins For 10,000 years, souls both animal and human have walked the Natchez Trace. It’s older …