Lydia Hirt

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-Louisa May Alcott (1873)
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I downloaded this novel without reading a single blurb or description, based on the recommendation by a trusted friend (PopCultureNerd). Going in with no expectations, it was a wonderful - and very unique - read that took me from NYC to the Yacatan Peninsula in Mexico.
At the end, I almost felt like the entire novel was a dream sequence - from black panthers to illegal flowers (and their effects) - to very pretty, illustrative writing that had me researching all sorts of gorgeous and exotic plants.
Some of my favorite passages:
A moth hops onto a flower under the cover of moonlight, pollinates, or mates with the flower, and leaves. We humans do the exact same thing, except it involves dinner beforehand. So, to make a long story short, dating is when two or more people eat and converse to find out if they can tolerate each other enough to pollinate under cover of moonlight.

I hug her like this every day… Why wait till I miss her?”

"Humans are a very peculiar species. We don’t like to work at love. We only believe love is real if it overtakes us like a sudden illness. Like the flu. When people call in love gradually they always question it. So the gloxinia delivers love at first sight. Just the way that people like it to be."

"Sinsemilla mean ‘without seeds.’ A seedless female is far more potent than a seeded one. Remember that next time you want to accomplish something. Do it before you have sex. Before some male comes along and shoots his seed in you, satisfying you, and making you energetically useless."

This one is for the men out there. Datura inoxis is a plant that behaves exactly like a woman. If she lets you spend time with her, you will begin to feel powerful. But you will also become weak, because you will be at her mercy. But if you treat her well, and handle her with the utmost respect, care, and precision, she will bestow upon you visions of a future beyond your wildest imagination.

I downloaded this novel without reading a single blurb or description, based on the recommendation by a trusted friend (PopCultureNerd). Going in with no expectations, it was a wonderful - and very unique - read that took me from NYC to the Yacatan Peninsula in Mexico.

At the end, I almost felt like the entire novel was a dream sequence - from black panthers to illegal flowers (and their effects) - to very pretty, illustrative writing that had me researching all sorts of gorgeous and exotic plants.

Some of my favorite passages:

A moth hops onto a flower under the cover of moonlight, pollinates, or mates with the flower, and leaves. We humans do the exact same thing, except it involves dinner beforehand. So, to make a long story short, dating is when two or more people eat and converse to find out if they can tolerate each other enough to pollinate under cover of moonlight.

I hug her like this every day… Why wait till I miss her?”

"Humans are a very peculiar species. We don’t like to work at love. We only believe love is real if it overtakes us like a sudden illness. Like the flu. When people call in love gradually they always question it. So the gloxinia delivers love at first sight. Just the way that people like it to be."

"Sinsemilla mean ‘without seeds.’ A seedless female is far more potent than a seeded one. Remember that next time you want to accomplish something. Do it before you have sex. Before some male comes along and shoots his seed in you, satisfying you, and making you energetically useless."

This one is for the men out there. Datura inoxis is a plant that behaves exactly like a woman. If she lets you spend time with her, you will begin to feel powerful. But you will also become weak, because you will be at her mercy. But if you treat her well, and handle her with the utmost respect, care, and precision, she will bestow upon you visions of a future beyond your wildest imagination.


"That’s what he was asking me to extinguish - the small child as well as the man - all that love, all that history."  ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes


Heartbreaking, touching, thought-provoking… I really enjoyed this book. Even though “enjoyed” is an odd word to use when it caused me to have tears streaming down my face. 
Have tissues in hand. Find it on Goodreads here.

"That’s what he was asking me to extinguish - the small child as well as the man - all that love, all that history."  ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes

Heartbreaking, touching, thought-provoking… I really enjoyed this book. Even though “enjoyed” is an odd word to use when it caused me to have tears streaming down my face. 

Have tissues in hand. Find it on Goodreads here.

This novel is incredible - Love, sex, religion, war…. family strife, attics.. I can’t even explain it. The ending will leave you breathless. It’s the upcoming MUST READ from Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, who also brought you many of your favorites including THE HELP and THE WEIRD SISTERS.

@PutnamBooks is giving away copies on Twitter - as well as Facebook! 
putnambooks:

Introducing THE Penguin Rep Pick of the summer: CITY OF WOMEN by David Gillham - available August 7th from Amy Einhorn/Putnam Books.The novel Alan Furst calls “extraordinary,” Paula McLain declares “powerful and piercingly real,” and Pam Jenoff proclaims “haunting and sensual” is now available for preorders! Here’s a glimpse into the book that already has bestselling authors and booksellers buzzing:

It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is now lost in the chaos of the war.Sigrid’s tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters—whom she believes might be her lover’s family—and she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.

 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Books-A-Million | iTunes

This novel is incredible - Love, sex, religion, war…. family strife, attics.. I can’t even explain it. The ending will leave you breathless. It’s the upcoming MUST READ from Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, who also brought you many of your favorites including THE HELP and THE WEIRD SISTERS.

@PutnamBooks is giving away copies on Twitter - as well as Facebook!

putnambooks:

Introducing THE Penguin Rep Pick of the summer: CITY OF WOMEN by David Gillham - available August 7th from Amy Einhorn/Putnam Books.

The novel Alan Furst calls “extraordinary,” Paula McLain declares “powerful and piercingly real,” and Pam Jenoff proclaims “haunting and sensual” is now available for preorders! Here’s a glimpse into the book that already has bestselling authors and booksellers buzzing:

It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.

But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is now lost in the chaos of the war.

Sigrid’s tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters—whom she believes might be her lover’s family—and she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.

 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Books-A-Million | iTunes

In case you have yet to see Kit’s* fabulous rendition of…a piano song… with the accompaniment of Alex George’s A GOOD AMERICAN!

*The first person to read this novel on the continent of Africa!

(via Books are my Boyfriends)

LOVE this book. I highlighted so many passages that were by turn insightful, heartbreaking, and smile-inducing.  One of my favorite lines:

"Our story was just  a single line in this vast narrative of hope.  Every family had begun their  journey here before spreading out in waves across the country, on the crest of  their immigrant dreams." -Alex George in A GOOD AMERICAN


Reblog PutnamBooks - below - for your chance to win a copy!
putnambooks:

This one is so wonderful we just have to share…we’re giving away (at random) one finished copy of A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George! Re-blog this post to have a chance win!
Let’s consider it birthday present for A GOOD AMERICAN’S book birthday!

LOVE this book. I highlighted so many passages that were by turn insightful, heartbreaking, and smile-inducing.  One of my favorite lines:

"Our story was just a single line in this vast narrative of hope.  Every family had begun their journey here before spreading out in waves across the country, on the crest of their immigrant dreams." -Alex George in A GOOD AMERICAN

Reblog PutnamBooks - below - for your chance to win a copy!

putnambooks:

This one is so wonderful we just have to share…we’re giving away (at random) one finished copy of A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George! Re-blog this post to have a chance win!

Let’s consider it birthday present for A GOOD AMERICAN’S book birthday!