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Recently I picked up the book Bouillabaisse by Stacey Sauter at this year’s BookCon in NYC.  She was nice enough to give me an advanced copy.  I received many books this way but I read this book first and I am very glad that I did.

It is based in the 1960’s with a family that takes in it’s cousins because their mom has been killed by their adoring father who is on the lamb after robbing banks.  Gail is the the main character in this book.  She is 15 and awakes one morning to find a baby boy in the lower drawer of her bureau.  This baby is one of the children that comes to live with her family after the horrible “fall” that her aunt has taken when pregnant with this baby.  Gail becomes the child in the house that helps her father and mother take in her now homeless cousins.  Oh by the way they are all boys and Patti is the lone girl who comes to live with Gail’s family and she has special needs.

This story will bring the memories back for older female readers but I think that younger teen girls need to read this and will also love it’s story for a different reason.  I liked the story because it resonated with my Catholic upbringing and it shows how far females have progressed in being able to make our own choices.  Teenage girls with understand what it takes to have a baby at a young age.  This is always the best birth control as I see it!

Gail is a strong young lady and she questions the adults in this story.  She also sees the needs of her cousin Patty who is not treated too nicely at first in regards to doing what the other kids in the family are expected to do.  Gail’s father makes an agenda for each kid to be responsible for dinner once a week and Patty also wants this responsibility.  Needless to say, one of her cousins calls out her inability to do such a thing with her intelligence.  Patty finds help with the neighborhood’s Catholic school nuns who teach Patty how to make Bouillabaisse soup.

The book continues to follow the path of Gail’s family as they struggle in taking care of all of the family’s needs since they all have to depend on each other under one salary by Gail’s father.  Gail’s mother loses some of her get up and go from losing her sister in such a cruel way and Gail leads the family in a story that leads you to an ending that is surprising and well told.

Bouillabaisse is available now on Amazon in paperback and is a book that you need to read.  Loved it.

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Why was I cut out of the movie?

I was recently in NYC and saw the movie Ocean’s 8.  I really liked the movie, I love all of the women in it and I liked the story line.  I have read reviews on it and the reviewers all have commented on the storyline being too simple.  Please, it is a movie to entertain us.  I do not need every movie to teach me a lesson or to bring a hardship of this existence on Earth.  I go to the movies for enjoyment.

Some of you may be reading this and just said to yourself, “she capitalized the word Earth”.  Yes, yes I did.  Why is every other planet capitalized and Earth usually is not when used in a sentence?  It is our planet’s name.  The last time that I was in an English class I believe I learned that a proper noun as in a name is to be capitalized.  Right?  So why does no one capitalize the name Earth?

If you are to become an astronaut and have the dream of traveling to Mars you will always capitalize it’s name when you are sending text messages back to Earth because you probably are not coming back any time soon.  Why is our planet not being treated as a proper noun?  Heck with finding out what life forms can be found on Mars, I want to know why we are not capitalizing the word Earth.

Now there are some circumstances where the word Earth should be used with the beginning e being lower case.

Example lower case:  She picked up some earth in her hands.  (This form of earth is dirt, or any substance that was part of our planet named Earth.) .

See how I did that.  My name is Kim and if my arm falls off and someone picks it up they would not say, “hey is this a kim?”  No!  That is Kim’s arm.  Yes this is silly but please then explain why the Earth when named in any sentence is usually not capitalized?   When you can explain this get in contact with me.

So I liked Ocean’s 8 because it was a simple fun movie but I am constantly irritated when I am reading and the word Earth comes up in the dialogue and it is in lower case letters.  Maybe that is why I wasn’t asked to be in the movie.  I would have brought this question up and then the movie would have been too complex for the director but the reviewers would have loved the in-depth thought that I would have added.

Oceans 8 was a movie made on the Planet Earth!

 

 

Book Con 2018, NYC

I attended BookCon 2018 this past weekend in NYC.  It was at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on June 2nd-3rd.  I’m not sure how I found out about it, maybe on FaceBook maybe on Litsy, I’m not really sure.  It was booked as a convention of authors, books old and new, and bookish items.

I like going to new events and since I can easily get to NYC and have a place to stay I thought that it would be a neat event to attend.  It was priced right at thirty dollars pre-sale and it looked like a good venue to receive ARCs and bookish fun items on book series that I may have read.  BookCon also had a very large amount of authors who would be in attendance for the Saturday and Sunday dates.

The venue was great and was easy to get to by subway from Brooklyn.  The Javits Center is very large and the areas to find the rooms to listen to panels were very easy to locate.  I went to listen to James Patterson and Bill Clinton introduce their book, The President is Missing.  They were both very interesting to listen to as they described how their co-authoring of a book came to be.  Weird part of this was that the book was to come out on June 4th but yet it was not offered for pre-sale at a book convention.  I would have bought one there.  I didn’t require it to be signed or touched by the authors!  I think someone missed some easy presales for that book.  Hey but what do I know!

I also went to a panel entitled “Fierce and Fabulous:  Find Your Inner Beyonce!“.  I did not go because of the title, I went to see two authors who’s books I have read and enjoyed.  These authors are Nicola Yoon who has written The Sun is also a Star and Everything, Everything and Nic Stone who wrote Dear Martin.   These three books are YA and are very attuned to today’s happenings.  The other authors in the panel were Jenny Han and Alexandra Bracken.  The panel was very outgoing and the questions that were given by David Levithan were fun.  They also gave over a few minutes of the 45 minutes that were strictly set for this panel for audience questions.  I enjoyed this panel even though I think that the title was kind of silly, but that’s just my opinion.  What should have the title been?  I’m not sure but where Beyonce fits in I am not sure.  All of the authors are women, other than that I have no idea.

The main show floor that was for the vendors was of substantial size and there was plenty of room as all of the people roamed to find what was available.  We had a problem though when it was time for ARCs to be had or when other items were being given away.  You either had to get a ticket from I do not know where or you simply found a line and took a leap at what was going to be given away.  You took the chance also that once you reached the booth that was giving books away that you may not get anything.  People were grabbing at will and piles were depleted in minutes.  It actually was a free for all.  I’m not one to enjoy standing in line for something that I really know nothing about.  I really think that some people there just took whatever they could grab even though they had no interest in that genre of book.  This was the part of BookCon that I think could be improved.  They have an app that allows you to look up and to sign up for signings and informs you of certain give aways but I just took the time to go as I pleased and enjoyed the afternoon.

I did get to talk to some authors who took the time to sit with their books and had the personalities to explain their books.  This I enjoyed.  I bought a couple of books from new authors and also some of these authors when they heard that I taught at the middle school level just offered me their book.  I will read all of the books that I got at BookCon and will email the authors that asked for my reaction to their book.

You were able to sign up for book signings at BookCon but I did not take advantage of this.   I would love to go to book signings for an author if more came to the Houston area but I did not want to take the time to stand in the lines at BookCon.  The signing areas did look like they were well planned and orderly but once again I hated to wait and waste my roaming around time.  One weird “signing” item that I found, Leigh Bardugo’s books were for sale with not a signing from herself but her stamp of her name with BookCon 2018 included in the stamp.  Did she herself stamp these?  I just think that is a lazy way to personalize a book for a reader.  Once again, my opinion but guess what?  I noticed no one was buying them.

Now the only weird thing that I saw at BookCon was the four booth layout for L. Ron Hubbard’s books.  Yes, the Scientologists bought space to sell his science fiction books and they also had auditors there talking face to face to participants.  Needless to say I walked by very quickly.  I have no need for that goofery.

I enjoyed BookCon but would I go again?  If someone wanted me to go with them I would because it was a fun day to discover some new books and to hear from authors.  It is priced nicely and is in NYC.  I just think that they need to work on how the lines for giveaways could be organized a bit better.  Maybe give the ticket holder two books when entering and then the rest is up to them to stand in line for?  I’m not sure but the lines were snaking in places that most did not even know why they were in them.  Overall it was fun to go to and I can mark that off of my bucket list.

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