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text 2018-06-27 05:55
And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (Book of some of her Poems)
And Still I Rise (Audio) - Maya Angelou

2nd reading. Listened to this a couple days ago but forgot to add it here. As always, some of my favorite poems as well as some I had heard just once before the first time I read it. She is one of very few poets I enjoy. 

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review 2018-06-07 13:15
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Wow, there was so much about Maya Angelou that I didn't know! She is an amazing woman and lived such a crazy life. I really don't know how she managed to deal with all she did but I suppose she didn't have much choice in the matter. 

Born Marguerite Johnson, she and her brother Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother when their parents split up. At 3 and 4 years old, they were sent unaccompanied on a train from Long Beach, California to Stamps, Arkansas. Their tickets were pinned inside her brothers jacket with a note that said, "To whom it may concern..." Their grandmother was the only black woman in the small town to own her own store and she took them in and made sure they were fed and clothed. After several years in Stamps their father came for them and took them to live with their mother. Life there was much different and had its own challenges. Life was only just beginning for Maya and it wasn't going to be an easy road. After many trials and tribulations she learned to stand tall, own her actions, and just be herself.

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On our way home one evening, Miss Glory told me that Mrs. Cullinan couldn’t have children. She said that she was too delicate-boned. It was hard to imagine bones at all under those layers of fat. Miss Glory went on to say that the doctor had taken out all her lady organs. I reasoned that a pig’s organs included the lungs, heart and liver, so if Mrs. Cullinan was walking around without those essentials, it explained why she drank alcohol out of unmarked bottles. She was keeping herself embalmed.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

Chapter 16, page 89

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review 2018-05-14 03:01
Forged in Steele
Forged in Steele - Maya Banks

Steele, like Rio, was a character whose story I really wanted to read and I looked forward to it. But, like Rio's, I was disappointed. For the "Iceman" I didn't buy it. He's an asshole one moment, then incredibly sappy another. I got whiplash. What woman wants to be called an "idiot?" Really? Surly there could have been a better middle ground for Steele's sappiness. 
Maren, I liked. She's got a career. She's competent. I didn't care for a certain trope. Then, let's give her a psycho admirer and get her kidnapped! And have to be rescued. *Sigh*
The final, eye-roll came towards the end. Someone is CRITICALLY injured and bleeding out, but let's check the MEDICALLY STABLE pregnant woman to make sure she is not having a miscarriage. 
I was set to give this a 2. But, then, Steele was willing to put Maren and her career before his own, move anywhere she wanted, and, if needed or necessary, give up his career at KGI. While that didn't make my issues or disappointment with this book go away, if softened it a bit. So, a generous 3. 
I do think I'm done with this series.

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review 2018-05-08 20:20
S'more Murders - Maya Corrigan

When I first started reading this book, I was truly bummed that I thought I could see where it was going. Boy, was I wrong and truly glad. After that was settled, I bedded down (literally) and got into the real gist of the book.

The plot twists were interesting and the suspects were numerous which definitely added to my entertainment enjoyment. 

I loved the idea of a "Titantic last meal" on a yacht. That in itself was pretty creepy. The Titantic references were numerous and some were down right hilarious. The host went out of his way to make sure this trip was "a night to remember". There was even an old time "everyone meets in the parlor to find out if the "butler" did it. Ha!!!

I love just about any book where catering is involved and food is talked about in detail. This one definitely fit that bill.

Grandpa really cracked me up throughout the book. His insistence at the beginning that "that boat doesn't leave the dock unless it has enough life vests, life rings and lifeboats" really cracked me up.
I especially enjoyed how the title came up in the book. It made sense and a great title.

A really good read that I thoroughly enjoyed and was glad to have the chance to read.

Huge thanks to the author for providing me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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