Friday Morning Bookclub

February 24, 2012

Breaking Night By Liz Murray: A Review By Janine

Filed under: Book Recomendations,Breaking Night,Memoirs — janinefrier @ 7:22 pm
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Liz Murray and her sister Lisa learn to fend for themselves from a very early age.  They are born to parents, who are both alcoholics and drug addicted.  Despite this, their parents love the girls deeply and want to do better by them, but are just incapable.  They spend most of their monthly welfare check on feeding their habits and not their children. So, much of Liz’s childhood is spent skipping school, playing with friends and learning how to either steal, make a few pennies or scrounge in order to feed herself.

As Liz moves through her teen years, she spends more and more time skipping school and eventually lands up moving out of her mother’s house and becoming homeless. Breaking night, is the term used on making it through another night on the street, when night is broken and she has made it through to another day.  A day where Liz, through the kindness of friends, will probably sneak into their house to take a shower, sleep or have a snack from their kitchen.

This book is an enlightening window into what day to day living is like for a homeless teen. A teen who found herself in this place, through no fault of her own, as many out there do.  A teen who breaks many stereotypes of what we in the home having world may think. But beyond that, this is also a story of how someone with all the odds stacked against her and under incredibly difficult circumstances, decides to take control of that part of her life that she can control. She realizes that only with an education will she eventually be able to pay her own rent and not have to rely on others.  So with amazing determination, she finds a way to go back to high school and eventually beyond, all while being homeless.

I listened to this book, which is read by Liz and found her story totally captivating. Just knowing that she overcame homelessness and has become so successful, is inspiring in and of itself.  But really understanding and being immersed in the details of her life, gives one a true sense of her daily obstacles and the inner strength it took to move her life to such a different place.

A link to Liz’s web site.

A short movie called Perseverance, featuring Liz.


September 3, 2010

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives The Man In The White Sharkskin Suit 4 Omelets

Filed under: Memoirs,Polls,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 4:52 pm

Amazon readers gave The Man In The White Sharkskin Suit 4 1/2 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave The Man In The White Sharkskin Suit 3 1/2 stars

The Man In The White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family’s Exodus From Old Cairo to the New World is written by Lucett Lagnado, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. It is Lagnado’s memoir complete with family pictures, which really make her story come to life!

August 27, 2010

Rate The Book:The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit By Lucette Lagnado

Filed under: Memoirs,Polls,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 10:19 am

We are trying hard to get all of our past books rated! Please help us out and vote!

March 25, 2010

Rate The Book: Identical Strangers by Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein

Filed under: Memoirs,Polls,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 5:20 pm

Please help us rate our books. All votes are welcomed.

February 24, 2010

Jeannette Walls, Author of The Glass Castle Live Tonight!

Filed under: Literary Tidbits,Memoirs,The Glass Castle — susanbright @ 12:53 pm

Jeannette walls, author of one of my favorite books The Glass Castle will appear as a guest on The Late Late Show With Craig Feruson tonight! The Glass Castle is Wall’s memoir, and what an amazing life she has lead! The book opens up with Jeannette riding in a taxi in New York City on her way to a party. While stuck in traffic she  sees her  mother digging through the trash in a dumpster. Needless to say Jeannette Walls grew up in a dysfunctional family along with three siblings. Today Walls lives in New York with her husband and is  the author of a new book, Half Broke Horse. The show aires on CBS at 12:35. I think I will have to record this one to watch at a more reasonable hour!

January 16, 2010

Stand By Debbie Williamson

Filed under: Goodreads,Literary Tidbits,Memoirs — susanbright @ 11:24 am

I just finished the book I won through Goodreads: Stand; Overcoming a Lifetime of abuse and neglect with Grace and Dignity by Debbie Williamson. I have to admit that this is not a book I would normally choose to read, however I am certainly glad that I did!  Debbie was sexually molested at the age of 9 and you can imagine how this affected all of the relationships in her life. This is Debbie’s story of how she overcame the many obstacles in her life and found peace and happiness.  Within the book are pictures of Debbie’s extended family which really makes her story come to life and by the end of the book you will feel as if you know Debbie. This is a book you will not be able to put down! It took a very brave person to write this book and I wish Debbie, her husband Gary and their children and grandchildren a lifetime of happiness.

January 12, 2010

Eat, Pray and Love……Elizabeth Gilbert Is back!

Filed under: Literary Tidbits,Memoirs — susanbright @ 12:12 am

Have you been staying up  nights, wondering what happened to Elizabeth Gilbert after she returned from traveling around the world eating, praying and searching for love? Did she ever really recover from her broken  marriage and broken heart? Well, she is back with a new book which answers all of your questions. In Gilbert’s new book  Committed; A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage we learn that Elizabeth not only finds lasting love, but that she settles down and marries Felipe her Australian  lover from Eat Pray and Love. Eat Pray and Love  spent  57 weeks at the No. 1 spot on the New York Times paperback nonfiction best-seller list and is being made into a movie starring Julia Roberts.

December 1, 2009

“The Memoir Boom”

Filed under: Literary Tidbits,Memoirs — susanbright @ 5:54 pm

It seems that everyone is writing them today. I know that the Friday Morning Bookclub has read several memoirs.  So what are they, fiction or non fiction? How much is true and how much is an exaggeration of the truth?  How much do you actually remember from your childhood? I am embarrassed to say that I remember very little. A lot of my memories are from stories I have been told or pictures I have seen in a family photo album. I guess I will not be writing my memoir anytime soon! Check out his interesting Washington Post article about the book Memoir A History by Ben Yagoda.


November 3, 2009

Coming Soon: Eat Pray Love, The Movie

Filed under: Memoirs,Movies — susanbright @ 10:11 pm


I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a single movie starring Julia Roberts that I did not like! If Julia Roberts is in it, it is sure to be a hit! Eat Pray  Love is based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Julia Roberts plays Elizabeth Gilbert, the 30 something author who after a difficult divorce,  decides  to spend a year traveling in Italy, India and Indonesia in order to “find herself”.

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