“The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros

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House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

Genre: Genre Fiction/Cultural Heritage/Hispanic & Latin

8.99 at time of posting!

The best-selling coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the world.

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

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“Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish” by Pablo Cartaya

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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

by Pablo Cartaya

Genre: Children/Geography & Cultures/Multicultural Stories/Hispanic & Latino

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One boy’s search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos.

Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you’re only in the eighth grade, you’re both a threat and a target.

After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus’s mom decides it’s time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don’t remember or have never met. But Marcus can’t focus knowing that his father–who walked out of their lives ten years ago–is somewhere on the island.

So begins Marcus’s incredible journey, a series of misadventures that take him all over Puerto Rico in search of his elusive namesake. Marcus doesn’t know if he’ll ever find his father, but what he ultimately discovers changes his life. And he even learns a bit of Spanish along the way.

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“Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Novella” by K.L. Brady

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Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Novella

by K.L. Brady

Genre: NA/Romance/Holidays

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Girl trips over Boy…and Boy falls for Girl.

Kristie fell out of love with Christmas in D.C. when her father died three years ago. But this Christmas is different now that she’s engaged to Zach. She’s ready to embrace the spirit of the season again, at least until she catches Zach doing the unthinkable on her way to the National Tree Lighting. She confronts him and runs out of her nightmare, but arrives at Presidential Park just in time to trip over a dream…

A.J. Dawson is back home in D.C. after a whirlwind global music tour. All he wants is to celebrate a quiet, traditional D.C. Christmas with his socialite almost-fiancée, Sabrina, but she’s got different ideas—A.J. serving at her beck-and-call, hanging on her arm at high-class parties, while ignoring his every wish, except one. Fed up, he’s determined to enjoy the season his way and makes his way to the National Tree Lighting, a moment too late to get in before the gates closed, but just in time to fall for the right girl…

When they are unexpectedly parted with only each other’s first name, can a Missed Connection ad and a little Christmas magic bring them back together?

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS is a contemporary holiday romance featuring endearing characters, serendipitous twists, a touch of Murphy’s Law, and the magic of the most wonderful season of all. Rediscover all the joy, wonder, and sweetness of holiday love when you pick up this heartwarming story today!

Two lonely strangers. One unforgettable date. Five golden rings.

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“Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution” by Ji-Ji Jiang

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Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

by Ji-Ji Jiang

Genre: Memoirs/Middle Grades/Geography & Culture/History/Asia

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Publishers Weekly Best Book * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children’s Book * ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice

Moving, honest, and deeply personal, Red Scarf Girl is the incredible true story of one girl’s courage and determination during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.

It’s 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, popularity, and a bright future in Communist China. But it’s also the year that China’s leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li’s world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. And when Ji-li’s father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.

Written in an accessible and engaging style, this page-turning autobiography will appeal to readers of all ages, and it includes a detailed glossary and a pronunciation guide.

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Fibromyalgia and Donating Blood

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Donating blood is an important way to give back to your community. If you take the time to donate your blood, you can help save a life. In fact, the American Red Cross estimates that about three lives can be saved when you donate blood. Blood is in constant need. Within the United States blood is needed around every two seconds, which is why it is important to continuously donate.

The following article will address blood donation and how it can be both advantageous and disadvantageous.

Advantages of Donating Blood

Donating blood is not only beneficial to recipients, but it also has several advantages for the donator. Below we will examine the several ways blood donations can help reduce your blood pressure, benefit your overall physical health, and help improve your mental health.

Reduce Blood Pressure

Donating blood has been found to help reduce blood pressure. Additionally, donating blood has been found to help lower the risk of heart disease and heart attacks if you continuously making blood donations. There are lower levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in donators, which protects against cardiovascular disease.

Physical Health

When you go to donate your blood you are required to go through a health screening. A health professional reviews things like your blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin levels, and pulse. They will also need to test your blood for any diseases. This is a free health checkup, which can help you manage your physical health more efficiently.

Mental Health

Donating blood can help improve your overall mental well-being. By acting selflessly and donating blood to help save a life you can feel a sense of belonging and purpose. It can help reduce negative feelings and make you feel less isolated.

Disadvantages of Donating Blood

First, let us start by discussing the disadvantages of donating blood. Donating is a safe process and involves a trusted procedure. Blood donation has more advantages than disadvantages, but for this article, we are going to examine the few reasons why donating blood can be difficult for some people. Blood donation can be time-consuming and can take up to at least an hour for the entire process. However, the actual blood donation happens within ten minutes. Also, the process of donating blood can leave you with bruising, pain, weakness, continued bleeding, or dizziness and nausea. Below we will go into detail about these disadvantages.

Bruising

It is quite common to experience bruising when you donate blood. When the needle is inserted into one of your veins to collect blood it tends to leave the area a little bruised. Bruises vary in color and size. Yellow, blue, or even purple bruises are nothing to worry about. In fact, you should not be at all concerned if you get bruises after donating blood. You can easily treat the bruises by placing an ice pack on the bruised area.

Pain

Pain may arise when the needle is inserted into your arm. The process of taking blood is not painful, but the needle can cause discomfort for some people. It is also possible to feel a bit sore after donating blood, especially if you experience bruising.

Weakness

After donating blood it is possible to feel weak. Your arm is more likely to experience weakness because that is the site where blood is drawn. It is important to not exercise or do any intense physical activity for a few hours after you donate blood.

Continued Bleeding

If you experience continued bleeding after removing the needle, put pressure on the site that is bleeding. Then, keep your arm above your heart for a few minutes before releasing the pressure. The pressure should slow down the bleeding. This is why you are told to keep the bandage and dressing around your arm for a few hours so that way the bleeding will stop. However, if you notice that your bleeding does not stop after applying pressure, you will need to speak to your doctor.

Dizziness and Nausea

Once completing your blood donation, you need to sit in an observation area for about fifteen minutes. During this time, you can drink water or juice, rest, and eat a small snack. This allows your body to recuperate and helps prevent any dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea. Mild versions of dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea can still occur. If you experience these side effects long after blood donation, call and speak to your blood donation center.

If you are interested in donating your blood, contact your local blood donation center to find out the requirements for blood donations.

 

 

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#ReleaseBlitz “Losing Time (Knights in Time Book 5)” by Chris Karlsen

Title: Losing Time (Knights in Time Book 5)
Author: Chris Karlsen
Genre: Historical Romance (With time travel
elements)
Release Date: September 16, 2018
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Can love survive the wrong time and place?
Felicia Wycliff’s peaceful stroll through the woods turned to disaster when her dachshund bolted after a rabbit. One minute Felicia was running after the determined little dog, the next she was hurled to the ground. Gathering her wits after her tumble, she brushed herself off and continued her pursuit—-right into three mounted knights who blocked her path.
They were so authentic looking. They might’ve stepped from the keep of the nearby castle, Elysian Fields. But the old Norman fortress was a ruin and had been for three hundred years.
“Seize her,” the middle knight ordered, the knight who sat tallest in the saddle.
“Let me go.” She fought, striking out when the two knights grabbed her. “Who the deuce are you?”
“I’m the Captain of the Baron’s Guard, and you are trespassing.”
Kidnapped, her confusion and fear consumed her. But when they rode through the gates of Elysian Fields, the castle looking as formidable as the date it was built, her terror exploded.
When she fell she knew exactly where she was. But where the devil had she landed?

 

 

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs.

 

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“Ice Lake (Psychologist Harry Cull Thriller, Book 1)” by John A Lenahan

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Ice Lake: A Gripping Crime Debut That Keeps You Guessing Until the Final Page (Psychologist Harry Cull Thriller, Book 1)

by John A Lenahan

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Small Town & Rural/Organized Crime/Vigilante Justice

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Where everybody lies. And some people kill…

An electrifying debut crime novel and the first in a new series featuring psychologist Harry Cull. Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly, Peter James and Greg Iles.

An abandoned body
Deep in the woods of north-eastern Pennsylvania, the body of a man is found – shot three times, dumped under the trees where the local kids will find him.

A haunted psychologist
Psychologist Harry Cull, tormented by his past, arrives in the picturesque town of Ice Lake to help with the murder investigation. There he unravels a web of lies and deceit that leads to the dark heart of a community torn apart by fracking, drugs and murder.

A desperate killer
It’s not long before the second corpse turns up, this time a lawyer left for dead in the forest, and Harry finds himself on the trail of a twisted killer – who will do anything to keep the town’s darkest secrets buried.

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“The Choir on Hope Street” by Annie Lyons

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The Choir on Hope Street: A Gorgeously Uplifting Romantic Comedy to Make Your Heart Sing!

by Annie Lyons

Genre: Genre Fiction/Holidays/Humor

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It’s time to face the music

Natalie’s husband has just dropped a bombshell she never expected. Six little words no women ever wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you anymore’ – and her whole world has been turned upside-down.

Caroline’s difficult mother has been kicked out of her nursing home! And with no one else able to take her in, she’s going to have to put the past behind her and invite her to stay.

Nat and Caroline might live just a few doors away from each other but the two neighbours couldn’t be more different! Yet when the beloved Hope Street community hall is threatened with closure, only the community choir can save the day – if they can just find the perfect song in time…

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“The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans Series Book 2)” by Barbara Robinson

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The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans Series Book 2)

by Barbara Robinson

Genre: Children/Growing Up & Facts of Life/New Experiences/First Day of School/Friendship

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Buckle up for a wild ride involving a missing gerbil, a crazy cat, and a tattooed baby that will have readers of all ages laughing!

This hilarious novel stars the Herdmans, the worst kids in the world, who made their first appearance in author Barbara Robinson’s classic The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

In The Best School Year Ever, Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman haven’t changed a bit. They still set things on fire and knock the other kids black and blue.

One day the teachers ask all the students to think of compliments for their classmates, and Beth Bradley picks Imogene Herdman’s name. At first, Beth can’t think of anything good, but soon she begins to see Imogene in a new light.

Maybe behind all of the outrageous pranks, there is something good about the Herdmans?

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Brandy” – Looking Glass (1972)

 

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “glass.”

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How’s this for following this week’s theme – a song by a group with glass in the name?

Looking Glass!

Their 1972 hit, Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl), was written and composed by band member Elliot Lurie and recorded for their debut album Looking Glass. The single reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 charts, remaining in the top position for one week. It reached number two on the former chart for four weeks, stuck behind Gilbert O’ Sullivan’s Alone Again (Naturally), before reaching number one, only for “Brandy” to be dethroned by Alone Again (Naturally) the week after. Billboard ranked it as the 12th song of 1972. Horns and strings were arranged by Larry Fallon.

“Brandy” is found throughout popular culture, most notably in the films Lords of Dogtown and the 2000 version of Charlie’s Angels. It was featured prominently in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where the song is featured as a focal point in the plot.

Interestingly, American birth registration data collected from the Social Security Administration illustrates a massive increase of American newborns named “Brandy” following the song’s 1972 release (from 353rd most popular in ‘71 to 82nd most popular in ’73).

FUN FACT: Barry Manilow’s Mandy was a hit by another group in England as Brandy, but when Clive Davis approached Manilow to do an American cover, Looking Glass’ Brandy was already a hit too so… Brandy from England became Mandy in America!

Enjoy!

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Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)

There’s a port on a western bay
And it serves a hundred ships a day
Lonely sailors pass the time away
And talk about their homesAnd there’s a girl in this harbor town
And she works layin’ whiskey down
They say “Brandy, fetch another round”
She serves them whiskey and wineThe sailors say, “Brandy, you’re a fine girl
(You’re a fine girl)
What a good wife you would be
(Such a fine girl)
Yeah, your eyes could steal a sailor from the sea”Brandy wears a braided chain
Made of finest silver from the north of Spain
A locket that bears the name
Of a man that Brandy loved

He came on a summer’s day
Bringing gifts from far away
But he made it clear he couldn’t stay
No harbor was his home

The sailor said, “Brandy, you’re a fine girl
(You’re a fine girl)
What a good wife you would be
(Such a fine girl)
But my life, my love and my lady is the sea”

Yeah, Brandy used to watch his eyes
When he told his sailor’s story
She could feel the ocean fall and rise
She saw its raging glory
But he had always told the truth
Lord, he was an honest man
And Brandy does her best to understand

At night when the bars close down
Brandy walks through a silent town
And loves a man who’s not around
She still can hear him say

She hears him say, “Brandy, you’re a fine girl
(You’re a fine girl)
What a good wife you would be
(Such a fine girl)
But my life, my love and my lady is the sea
It is, yes, it is”

“Brandy, you’re a fine girl
(You’re a fine girl)
What a good wife you would be
(Such a fine girl)
But my life, my love and my lady is the sea
It is, it is, yes, it is”

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube.
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