Jan 29, 2010

Daddy Sang Bass, Mama sang Tenor

My parents seemingly have nothing in common- Daddy is a car dealer with a business mind.  Mama is a potter who sometimes I believe still has no idea what I do as a transactional attorney.  She was an anthropology major where she fell in love with ceramics, while his analytical brain studied engineering.

Mama is tight as a tick, while Daddy is a bit, ahem, more generous in his spending.  Mama is more of a country girl, growing up riding her horse to school on report card day.  Daddy, although born in East Tennessee, to East Tennesseans, grew up in Pittsburgh.  He is a bit more likely to turn up his nose at a dinner of beans, greens, and cornbread (although I think this has changed after thirty years with Mama).

Anyway, one thing they enjoy together is books and reading.  Our home is overflowing with reading material- books and magazines line the wall, and reside in stacks in corners and nooks.  Much to Hubs' dismay, our cosy little condo is rapidly becoming subject to the same fate.  I read, to put it mildly, a lot, and I love to be surrounded by books. So the Happy Prize for today is. . .BOOKS!

Two of my recent favorites- Bound South by Susan Rebbecca White, which is set in Atlanta.  I read this last summer around the time I read "The Help".  I recommend this to any fans of that book.


Book number two is a psychological thriller set in Cape Cod, "Tainted", by Brooke Morgan. I devoured this book, which kept me up all night.

So please enter by commenting which book you would like to win, and what is currently on your nightstand.  I'm always looking for fun recommendations!

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  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVE to read!! I read maybe 2-3 books a month (which sometimes drives Husband nuts!) Both of these are on my reading list, so I'm happy with either.
    Suggestions - hmmmm...I loved the Friday Night Knitting Club. I really enjoyed Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter, I couldn't put that one down, a keeper for me. I'm currently reading The Help, and am loving it. Too bad you missed my book swap! :-)

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  3. I had to remove the first comment because I was signed in to the wrong account. Oops! Anyway, as an Atlanta girl, I'd love to win "Bound South"! Currently, I'm reading "Overnight Socialite" - it's a cute book and I like the main character alot!

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  4. I would love to win Bound South. I'm always on the lookout for good books, too! Right now I'm reading Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (I love it!) and I just finished up the The Help (it's one of my favorites!

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  5. Both sound really interesting,but "Tainted" sounds particularly cool.

    I'm currently reading "Stitch and Bitch" and "Knitting for Dummies", as I'm on a quest to knit a scarf this week, and "Mistress Shakespeare", a downright excoriable fictionalization of Shakespeare's alleged secret wife. Can't wait to finish that one.

    Are you on GoodReads?

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  6. I want to Bound South! I was reminiscing the other day about when I was little and momma and daddy would go on trips. Most kids got toys but we always received books. It was so exciting to see what adventure they were bringing us in those pages. Currently on my nightstand is Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom. I also have The Help in my stack.

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  7. Ohh, Bound South sounds fantastic (well, they both do!). Currently on my nightstand? Guides to writing! I know, suuuuuper exciting.

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  8. Goodness you favor your daddy!!!

    I would love to read either one, they both look great!

    Right now I am reading Catcher in the Rye. I never read it in school and am wanting to read the classics this year.

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  9. I just finished Audrey Niffengegger's "Her Fearful Symmetry," and Dominick Dunne's "A Season in Purgatory." Would love to try the suggestions you have provided. Please consider me for the giveaway!

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  10. Thank you for the recommendations! I'd love to win 'Bound South'!
    I've made it a mission this year to have more books on my nightstand and actually read, and finish them!
    Currently working through "The Help" after hearing so many great reviews!

    Happy Friday!

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  11. OHH!! Bound South looks awesome. I have a thing for red in the summer and going barefoot. Plus, hello! I live in Atlanta. =) Right now I have a book that I havent even cracked open on my nightstand. "My Legendary Girlfriend" clearly, I need to broden my horizons.

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  12. I would love to win either book. If I need to pick, then I will say Tainted. :) I love to read too -- usually a book a week. It's a nice break from legal work, that's for sure. I just finished The Welsh Girl, which was good. My recent favorites have been The Secret Life of Bees; The Help; America, America; We Need to Talk About Kevin. I read American Wife last month, but I was a little disappointed. Oh, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was good too. Take care, and have a good Friday.

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  13. I would LOVE to win bound south!

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  14. I too just finished "Her Fearful Symmetry" in one in a half days. Makes me believe in ghosts. I would like to be in the running for Tainted. Also read "A Gate at the Stairs" by Lorrie Moore and am catching up on finally reading Julie & Julia.

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  15. Love to read (as does my entire family). I feel like half of our home is books, if not more! Enter me for Bound South please. Your parents are so cute!

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  16. Don't forget about The Book Thief!!!
    I'm thinking the psychological thriller may be my next read... well, after lonesome dove :)

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  17. I'd definitely love to win Bound South. Right now I'm reading Pat Conroy's South of Broad, and next up for me is The Help. Our book club chose it to read, so I am very excited to get started!

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  18. I would love to read the book South Bound. I am from GA - west of Atlanta in a small town called Carrollton. I'm sure this would be a good one. I am currently reading The Help and I am loving it! :)

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  19. Bound South looks really awesome! I'm reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it's taking me ages to get through. I'm looking for something lighter next!

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  20. Hey girl! Well, since I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED "The Help" and gave it to several of my girlfriends for Christmas gifts I think that I'll take your recommendation and choose "Bound South" if I could pick one to win! Right now, I am reading a book that I think that you'd love. It's called "Dixieland Delight" it is by Clay Travis and his story as he travels his way through the south during football season attending a home game at EVERY SEC team! The other book I am reading is more of a bible study "Lady in Waiting: Becoming God's Best While Waiting for Mister Right". I am single these days and using this book for inspiration :)

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  22. What a gorgeous couple! I'd love to win "Bound South", thanks!

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  23. I'd love to read "Tainted."

    Currently on my night stand is my book club's current pick, "Same Kind of Different As Me".

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  24. Oh gurl! Either one would be great. I am currently reading "The Amateur Marriage" by Anne Tyler (who also wrote "Breathing Lessons".

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  25. I would love to win "Bound South"! Recently I am reading Cocktails for Three but I would definitely recommend Time Travelers Wife or Lovely Bones, scary/creepy but good.

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  26. Your parents are too cute!

    I am currently reading The Gospel According to Chanel.. I love it! Check it out!

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  27. Bound Sound looks fun! I just finished reading Born Round by Frank Bruni (former NY Times food critic) and passed it along to a friend yesterday. I need a new book to get into! :)

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  28. i looove reading! my husband got me a kindle so that i dont continue to collect piles and piles of books...and as much as i am learning to like my kindle there is NOTHING that can replace snuggling up with a real book!
    i love "the five fortunes" beth gucheon. chelsea handler books. "firefly lane" kristin hannah. just started the girl with the dragon tattoo and have heard great things about it!

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  29. I read a lot of non-fiction, I know totally geek! But I love a good novel too. Lately I've been reading all of Malcolm Gladwell's books, they're very fascinating to me. The Outliers has been the most thought provoking so far. Hope you ahve a fabulous weekend!

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  30. oooh both books sound great! Tainted sounds amazing!

    What a cute couple!!

    Right now my bedside has The Lovely Bones and The Host - both of which i'm having a hard time getting into!

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  31. I heart parentals!

    Currently on my nightstand... Time Traveler's Wife, which I'm rereading for the third time (its my 3rd fav book of all time) and Omnivore's Dilemma, which I'm rereading for the 2nd time. I LOVE books, could never learn to enjoy a Kindle, and revisit my favorites time and time again!

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  32. I, too, am a voracious reader, never reading just one book at a time. I'm currently reading The Help, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Breaking Dawn, A Million Little Pieces, and Under the Banner of Heaven. I've got books all over the place!

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  33. I'm currently reading The Help so I guess I would have to say Bound South. I'm a bookworm as well and I'm trying to take advantage of my library this year to help out with the overflowing book situation.

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  34. Your parents are totally adorable. Love the contrasting black and white - perfect to go along with your description. I'd love to read Bound South!

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  35. Love seeing what others are reading and it some good adds to my already long list.

    Weirdly enough I'm currently straddling 2 books : Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (who wrote Eat, Pray, Love) + The Ominvore's Dilema by Michael Pollan. So far they're both very fascinating in very different ways!

    ps: loved the pics of your mom & dad!

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  36. "Bound South" for this TN girl!
    I am currently reading "My Life in France" by the one and only Julia Child. It makes me want to buy out Williams Sonoma...but do you really need a book to feel that way??

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  37. I forgot to say that I thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was slow at first but then it really picked up. I am trying to resist buying the 2nd one in the series. (I want to wait for it to come out in paperback.) Based on your suggestion, I picked up Bound South this weekend. It was really good. I enjoyed it. I liked all the narrators. Thanks for the recommendation.

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