10.25.2012

Jo and Stella share a blog post!




Hello Everybody!

When I have read a book 
 that just knocks me out, I really just want to tell somebody about it, and I pick you!

The Round House is the newest book by Louise Erdrich, a very favorite writer of mine, and its about a woman living on a North Dakota reservation  who has been terribly attacked and injured.  The details of the crime are slow to surface as she is reluctant to reveal the details to her husband, Bazil, a tribal judge, and 13 year old son Joe.  From a very pleasant and good family, Joe finds himself being
thrust into an adult world for which he is little prepared. 

Joe has three pals, Cappy, Zack and Angus who decide to help him find answers on  his own.  Joe is a very bright kid, and he knows he has to be very careful about what he is learning.

This book has everything, tragedy, comedy, the spirit world which is very much present in the lives of  Erdrich's all too human characters, along with a tale of injustice that is sadly, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.  I am giving it 5 stars and  it is listed as one of the books being considered for the National Book Award.  If you are unfamiliar with Erdrich's writing, let me recommend her first trilogy: Love Medicine (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award) The Beet Queen and Tracks.    Let me know if you are an Erdrich fan!
Cheers,
Jo
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 This is Stella, and I am concerned about what is happening with the Purina America's Pet Debate.  For each vote in the Team Dog or Team Cat contest, Purina will donate $1 to Pet Partners’ Veteran Programs (up to $100,000). You can vote once a day until November 9th and you dogs better get over there because the CATS are beating us as best pets.  Can you believe THAT? For instance in North Decoder where you'd think there are a million dogs who work on farms the score is 72% CATS and 28% dogs.  In the USA as a whole the score is 56% CATS and 44% dogs. Pups. are you ready for this kind of Humiliation?  I can tell you I am NOT.  Once every day until November 9th go to that website and for for DOGs.  I'm serious about this.  Now promise and vote every day, but not for cats, they don't need it, it will take us to the deadline just to catch up to them. 
Kisses,
Stella

21 comments:

  1. stella, i voted - said i owned a dog. and it took my vote and said 'thanks for voting cat!'

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  2. Jo, Thanks for lettin' us know about this travisty!! I have voted! Team Dog!!! (sorry kitteh's, but this is serious!!)

    Tells your Moms that she has me TOTALLY hooked on that book now! Ma LOVES suspense and mysteries, and this book is right up her alley. She has never read this author before, but she is gonna down load it this weekend!

    Kisses,

    Ruby

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  3. We will vote too, Stella.

    Mom loves to read but never seems to find enough time. She thinks this sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  4. I headed right on over and cast my dog vote! No way should cats win!

    Bunny

    That book sounds really interesting! I've never read anything by that author. I'm currently reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and it's really engrossing!

    Bunny's human

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  5. I loved Round House!!! One of her best. I liked Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper even more. And Barbara Kingsolver has a new one coming out November 6. Hooray for good books.

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    1. I thought the part where the boys go to church, and one confesses, was the funniest thing I have read for a long time!

      Jo

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  6. Great author suggestion. I'll give her a try!

    And, I'm going to vote right now... What does Zkhat think about this post?

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    1. We don't tell her Everything!

      Stella

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  7. Momma loves Erdrich's work! And Kingsolver's, too! We see Christmas list items...woohoo! Momma loved your suggestion of Animal Dialogues.

    We have been voting in the Purina Debate. Frankly we think the cats have somehow rigged the contest!

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  8. Hi Jo (And Stella)
    Thanks for the book recommendation. Definitely sounds interesting. I'm not familiar with Louise Erdich, but she has been added to my list of random book recommendations this morning (along with a book recommended by a friend I met up with last night titled "Don't be Such a Scientist"!)
    Cheers,
    Gail.

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  9. Nice book review there. We will check out the Purina debate. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  10. Hank may just have to disagree here. :))

    And I'm going out to find that book today. I lived in North Dakota for several years so anything about it always interests me. Thanks!

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  11. After I read your review I thought that sounds familiar. Then I remembered that I recently heard it being discussed on National Public Radio. I'm going to have to check it out.

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  12. hello stella its dennis the vizsla dog hay kleerly the cats are hacking this competishun!!! i deemand a rekownt!!! ummm or is it too erly for that??? ok bye

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  13. Added the book to my list. Have enjoyed some of Louise's other books. Thanks!!

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  14. Thanks for your very kind words about our blog friend, Suka. The poem was lovely and I shall pass it on to K in the hopes that it might make the ache pause for a few moments. You would love their bog, check it out through the link on my sidebar: Suka's Just Sayin'

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  15. You well know I am a Louise E. fan, so I'll be adding this to my list of books "to-read." Thanks for the recommendation!

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  16. What is up with that?? We thought for sure our Mom was voting for Team Dog - we don't even know a cat, except for GJ!!

    XOXO
    Lilly, Piper, Ivy and The Sweet Buglets

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  17. Thanks. I'll take a look.

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  18. Did you see/hear this week where Erdrich won the National Book Award for fiction for Round House?

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