Saga Saturday III Alice Walker

It’s another Saturday time for another great Saga

My pick for this week is:
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“The Color Purple

This is a classic southern tale of friendship/family and hardship. I love story about sisterhood, I myself have 4, so I can relate. Alice Walker has captured a depth of character in her female protagonist, that is empowering. She is an amazing writer, and has written a very important piece of literature. “The Color Purple” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 (the year I was born.)

Rated: 4.4 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Sweet Tea
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In a large glass measuring cup, place 6 tea bags and 1/8 tsp baking soda. Pour 2 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Take out the tea bags and do not squeeze them. Pour the tea mixture into a 2-quart pitcher; add 1.5-2 cups sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add in 6 cups cold water. Let cool; chill in the refrigerator and serve over ice.

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Honoring Alice Walker:
uewb_10_img0708Alice Walker was born February 9th 1944 in Putnam, Georgia. She had 8 siblings and was the youngest. When she was 8 she was shot in the eye with a bb gun by her brother, and become permanently blind in that eye. Her feeling of isolation and embarrassment from teasing were consolidated by writing poetry. She ended up being voted most popular and became valedictorian of her class. She went to college on a full scholarship. Alice walker has overcome so many challenges and obstacles and is an amazing women.Alice-Walker-Final.jpg

 

Admiration For Amy Tan

amy-tanI seem to be drawn to the novels of Amy Tan. I’m unsure of the exact allure, but I find her style of writing deep and compelling. She often writes with a rawness that can feel a bit gritty, but at the same time it makes the novel feel more real and attractive. I love the way she ties history and culture into her stories, it is an added appeal (for me at least.)
Also, having two amazing daughters of my own, as well as a deep love and respect for my mother, I especially enjoy how beautifully Tan writes about mother-daughter relationships. I find the realness and emotion in her novels to be delightful. I hope I’ll have the time to read more of here work some day.

Here are what I find to be her most alluring books:

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The Valley of Amazement
This story is about two women’s with intertwined fates. It explores in inner workings of the Shanghai courtesan houses, the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, and other events centered around WWII. I found the novel deeply engrossing. A very well written story.
Rated 3.6 on amazon.com

 

 


The Joy Luck Club”
This novel was Amy Tan’s first best-seller and was made into a very well known and successful film. Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories.
Rated 4.2 on amazon.com

 

 


The bonesetter’s Daughter”
This book is about Ruth Young , a 40-ish ghostwriter in San Francisco. It follows her as she struggles to come to terms with her mother (LuLing,) who has Alzheimers disease. Ruth stumbles upon LuLing’s memoirs, and much of the book consist these memoirs.
Rated 4.1 on amazon.com

 

 


The Hundred Secret Senses
I have not read this book yet and it is high up on my TBR list. I am so intrigued, not only by it’s beautiful design and good ratings, but also the story line. This taken from amazon reviews: Tan spins the tale of two sisters, two cultures, and several acts of betrayal. Knowing Tan’s style, I am looking forward to reading this novel.
Rated 4.3  on amazon.com

 

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Book Bean:
Jasmine Tea

Indulge in the sweet aroma & divine flavor of jasmine tea.
Beautiful on it’s own, but also good with a swirl of honey. 


Have you read any of Amy Tan’s work?

If so what do you like/dislike about her writing?

Fun Fact: When Tan was 15 years old, her older brother Peter and father both died of brain tumors within eight months of each other. Daisy moved Amy and her younger brother John Jr. to Switzerland, where Amy finished high school at the Institute Monte Rosa, Montreux. During this period in her life, Amy learned about her mother’s former marriage to an abusive man in China, of their four children (a son who died as a toddler and three daughters), and how her mother was forced to leave her children from a previous marriage behind in Shanghai. This incident was the basis for Tan’s first novel, 1989 New York Times bestseller The Joy Luck Club.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Tan

Saga Saturday II

My pick for this Saturday is a favorite of mine. Also it is a books I love to read aroun the Christmas season, as it is rich with the Christmas spirit.

Here is my Saga Saturday Selection:

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Little Women
I adore this book written by author Louisa May Alcott. It is such a great story about family, friendship, and love. The story is about the life and relationships of the four March sisters. I can especially relate, as I have 4 sisters of my own, which makes it special for me. I can identify a little bit with each of the sisters, but mostly the character of Jo. She is the main protagonist of the story, Jo is a very passionate person and writer. The story follows her and her sisters through many joys, adventures, and tragedies.
This books is so delightfully old fashioned, which is one of the things I love most about it. I know there are so many people out there who love and cherish this heartwarming book as much as I do.

orange_mocha_5Rated 4.4 on amazon.com
Book Bean: Orange Mocha
I love chocolate and orange! Try adding a bit of orange extract, zest of orange, or orange syrup/liqueur to your next mocha or hot chocolate. It is simply heaven.

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Little Women as many know, was also made into a movie three times, once in 1933, again in 1949 and lastly in 1994. I think the book is best, which sort of goes without saying. However, I loved both movies that were made as well.lwwp

 

 

 

 

Have you read Little women, or perhaps seen the either of the movie adaptations?

Share your thoughts.
Fun Fact: Little Women was originally published in two volumes
in 1868 and 1869.


“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”

Saga Saturday I

I am a major sucker for a good long saga. Some of my favorite books
are considered to be as such.

Definition of saga

  1. 1:  a story of heroic deeds
  2. 2:  a long and often complicated story
    (http://beta.merriam-webster. com/)

For the first of weekly installments, here are my favorite saga’s (to date.)

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Gone With The Wind
I’m sure everyone has heard of gone with the wind. Whether you have seen it or not, have you read it? It is an awesome book! I recommend that if you like the movie and/or love saga’s that you read this book by Margaret Mitchell. It’s a novel that takes place during the civil war. The characters are ones that you cannot help but fall in love with. Gone With The Wind is truly an epic book.
Gone With The Wind Rated: 4.8 on amazon.com

 
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Book
Bean: Scarlet Tea
White tea (or coffee) with frothed milk, 2 sugars,
and sprinkled with cinnamon.  

 

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Far and Away

I cannot say enough about this book by Sonja Massie, I loved it so very much. It was the first book that I ever read ‘after’ I saw the movie. The movie it was based on is one of my all time favorites. The book is much deeper and more detailed. It is a great story about overcoming pride and on discovering oneself. It carries a theme about painting your own journey, which I really love. There is of course a love story, and it is a good one. It seems to be a bit under appreciated, as you will see if you follow my links, maybe I’m over biased…
Far and Away Rated: 4.3 on amazon.com
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Book Bean:
Old Fashioned Irish Coffee

Of course you can substitute the whiskey as I do with non-alcoholic rum flavoring (buy it where you get your vanilla.)

 



East of Eden
This novel takes place in Salinas Valley. Steinbeck does not disappoint with his beautifully descriptive narrative. Some people may not like his long winded picturesque intro’s, but I for one, love them. He brings you on location so you hear the wind in the trees, see each shapely cloud, and taste the very air he writes of. Who knows if it wasn’t for all of the wonderful descriptiveness, it might not even be a saga 😉
East of Eden Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com


images (1)Book Bean:
Green Tea Latte

Just substitute the espresso in your normal latte machine/bialetti with condensed green tea leaves, it’s so good. If you don’t have one then well, I’m sorry.

 


The Thorn Birds

I may sound like a broken record now but this is such a marvelous novel. It’s hard to pick a favorite among so many fantastic books, but this one almost makes me want to. Colleen McCullough tells a beautiful story, that follows the life of a girl, through the eyes of a handsome young priest. It takes place in Australia, and has it’s share of scandal, pain, and yes love. It may sound corny, but it is a delightful novel that I will love forever.
The Thorn Birds Rated: 4.3 on amazon.com

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Book Bean:
Ginger Peach Tea
Hot or iced, tea infused with dry peaches and ginger. If you don’t have it just add dry peaches and a dab of ginger to your infuser and use whatever tea you have.

And there are so many more I still have yet to read, and so many that I can’t wait to read.

What is your favorite saga?

Join me each Saturday for more great Saga’s!

Fun Fact: The mythical “Thornbird” searches for thorn trees from the day it is hatched. When it finds the perfect thorn, it impales itself, and sings the most beautiful song ever heard as it dies.