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It is hard to believe that ten years ago today a new phrase, “9/11,” was ushered into our vocabulary, its meaning fully understood and internalized by every American who remembers watching, listening or reading in stunned, silent horror as America came under attack and our lives were forever changed. September 11 will always be a day that we stop, pause, and remember those who were lost on that day. But we honor them each and every day that we wake and vow to live our own lives to the fullest, appreciating our many blessings and recommit ourselves to living up to the ideals upon which the Unites States was founded.
English clergyman and metaphysical poet George Herbert (1593 – 1633) is credited with saying that “living well is the best revenge.” If we give up the ideals that make us Americans, the cowardly terrorists who attacked us on that fateful day win. I have been to Ground Zero twice. (Click here to see photos from my 2007 visit.) Every American should visit the site, pay their respects, and resolve to go from that place ready to live every moment to its fullest. That kind of determination honors those who died on that horrific day — as they were simply going about the business of living their own lives.
For many people, “living well” includes reading well and in this edition of the Carnival, you will find an eclectic collection of titles from which to pick if you are looking for a book to read on this lovely Sunday, a day of remembrance.
Jim Murdoch reviews The Sacrificial Man by Ruth Dugdall at The Truth About Lies. Jim observes that “most crime novelists opt for murder as their crime of choice. Suicide is a kind of murder, but whom do you prosecute? What about the person who assisted with the suicide? That’s still a crime — technically — although the courts are more understanding when a person has a terminal illness. It may be wrong but it is understandable. But what if an apparently healthy young man advertised for a stranger to help him kill himself? And he found one. What then?”
JHS reviews Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto at Colloquium, an unusual love story and adventure across the centuries, exploring how the choices we make impact our lives. Enter by September 25, 2011, to win your own copy.
JHS reveiws Little Black Dress by Susan McBride at Colloquium. The author of The Cougar Club spins a whimsical tale about a magical little black dress — the wearer is treated to glimpses of her future. But its power tears two sisters apart. Can they repair their relationship? And what does the future hold for the next generation? Enter by September 14, 2011, to win your own copy.
Navy One reviews A Man with Three Great German Shepherds (and 1,000 Troy Ounces of Gold) by Mark Butterworth at American Thinker, a new novel about a retired Navy Warrant Officer and his three German Shepherds.
Jon Welling reviews Hatter by Daniel Coleman at Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My! He describes the story this way: “Someday Hatta will save the kingdom. In his mind, at least. But his talents of uncharacteristic kindness and a passion for colors hardly qualify him for such a destiny. In a kingdom that doesn’t need saving, a young man ignorant of social norms is the unlikeliest of heroes. On the other end of the spectrum is Chism, a young Elite soldier who thrives on conflict. How will this rash, obsessive soldier aid the childlike Hatta in his journey? Along the way, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, White Queen, and other familiar characters emerge to fill their eminent roles as well. Witness literature’s most lovable lunatic’s tangled ascent into madness.”
Danette M. Schott reviews Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder by Chynna Laird at Help! S-O-S for Parents Blog in which a mother documents her quest to solve the mystery of what is causing her baby daughter such distress.
Zohar reviews Just My Type by Simon Garfield at
JHS reviews Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell at Colloquium. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s memoir about her relationship with her best friend, whom she lost to cancer in 2002, and the myriad ways in which her life was enriched is exquisitely written and deeply moving. Enter by September 21, 2011, to win your own copy.
Amy Broadmoore reviews a series of books for children by various authors in Read Around the World: Highlights at Delightful Children’s Books, in the hope of inspiring “teachers and parents to read around the world with their kids.” Amy highlights the very best resources she has discovered for teaching kids about different countries, including favorite picture books and their authors, as well as links to fantastic international recipes, activities, and book reviews.
Thanks to all reviewers who submitted their work to this edition of the Carnival!
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