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From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More by Becky Lewellen Povich

McGuffy Ann, January 7, 2014

(A Memoir and More)

By Becky Lewellen Povich

This memoir is filled with heartfelt stories beginning with growing up in 1950s America’s heartland. I could relate to many of her references. Becky shares vivid tales of being a tomboy playing marbles, climbing trees, and of putting on parades with bicycles and wagons. She recounts stories of parochial school. She is honest about her trials of learning the multiplication tables, and other childhood moments, both good and not so good.

We also meet Becky’s family. She was very close to her father until the family was divided by divorce and miles. This strained her relationship with her father, yet the rest of her family was close. She illustrates this in each touching memory of family vacations holidays, and the ups and downs of life.

Not long after high school, Becky eloped. The next few years were spent as an Army wife, stationed in Germany. She also shares stories of motherhood. There are many tales of this period of her life. Even through the obvious hardships, Becky retained her trademark sense of humour and positive attitude. Though her first marriage ended, Becky shares happy stories from her second marriage.

She is open, honest and very genuine in her writing. There are many funny stories, due to what Becky refers to as having a “klutz gene”. Reading her book is like sitting down with a friend and reminiscing. Her book is both fun and easy to read.

The 1950s were a simpler time in many ways, and Becky reminds us of the simple goodness of growing up in that time. The foundation was set. Becky Lewellen Povich took her roots and continued to grow. In each life experience she found humour and lessons. I am thankful she shares them with us in her writing.
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The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story by Jon Katz
The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story

McGuffy Ann, December 9, 2013

In this memoir, Jon Katz tells a story of love. At a time in his life when things were falling apart and he was especially vulnerable, things did indeed change. He met Maria, his human soul mate. He also met Frieda, Maria's dog.

This is the story of his relationship with Maria, and Frieda, who is very loyal and protective of Maria. As the relationships grow, Frieda must learn to adapt and find her place on the farm. Jon must find a way to help her.

Jon Katz understands dogs. He knew Frieda needed help. He dug into her past so he could understand her, and help her find her place on this farm. A Shepard/Rottweiler mix, she was bred to be a guard dog. Later she was abandoned and lived in the mountains solely by her own wits. Eventually, she was caught and held in a shelter, only giving her more reason to not trust people. Due to her distrust, she was destined to be euthanized. That was when Maria met her. She was determined to give Frieda another chance, and so she adopted her.

Very different than Jon’s dogs, Jon searches for a way into Frieda’s heart. He must help her with trust and love to feel she belongs on the farm. The journey is a difficult one for Frieda, Maria, and also Jon. Yet perseverance and love do conquer many adversities in life. They can save you and transform you; and they do.

This is Jon Katz at his very best. I highly recommend this love story to those who love dogs, and also to those who love a story of survival and triumph.
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The Tilted World by Tom Franklin
The Tilted World

McGuffy Ann, November 25, 2013

This historical novel takes place during the “great Mississippi floods of 1927”. Set in Hobnob, Mississippi, the novel characterizes their people, lives and suffering during the massive natural disaster.

Moonshine and bootlegging is a way of life in and around Hobnob. Young Dixie married top moonshiner, Jesse. It is not an easy marriage, laden with problems, including the loss of an infant.

The Government sends in agents to shut down the bootlegging of moonshine in Mississippi, particularly in and around Hobnob. While seeking out stills and illegal operations, two agents go missing. Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover then must send in two special agents under the guise of being engineers.

One of the agents, Ingersoll, finds an infant and places it with Dixie, who is more than willing. This only creates another set of problems, while complicating existing issues. The relationship between these characters is interesting and intriguing.

A complex, multi-layered story, it is vivid in its imagery and colourful in its characters. Offering romance, suspense, history, crime, and intense character portrayals it will hold your interest and keep you involved.
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Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Someone Else's Love Story

McGuffy Ann, November 25, 2013

This beautiful novel drew me in from the first page and held me to the last. It is definitely a complicated love story, but the love is sincere and often heartbreaking.

Shandi is a single mother of precocious, bright three year old Natty. She has convinced herself that Natty was a miraculous virgin birth. She cannot face the reality of this being the result of a party she cannot remember. She also refuses to see Natty as a mistake. She is a wonderful mother, fully devoted to Natty.

William is a brilliant research scientist, he is a genius. However, he has Asperger’s. He is struggling with emotions and life. He is also trying to deal with the car accident that resulted in the loss of his wife and young daughter.

Shandi and William’s worlds collide at a convenience store where a robbery takes place. Shandi, Natty and William are taken hostage along with several others. William becomes the hero, first sheltering Natty and then taking control of the hostage situation. Shandi immediately feels drawn to William, as does Natty. A deep bond forms between the three of them.

As their relationship grows, they find out more about each other and their pasts. They inevitably learn more about themselves, as well. There are many twists, turns, and surprises in this book.

Joshilyn Jackson has a way with portraying characters that you care about, in difficult situations. This is a sweet, touching novel filled with people who ultimately seek not only to be loved, but to love others, too.
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Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Someone Else's Love Story

McGuffy Ann, November 25, 2013

This beautiful novel drew me in from the first page and held me to the last. It is definitely a complicated love story, but the love is sincere and often heartbreaking.

Shandi is a single mother of precocious, bright three year old Natty. She has convinced herself that Natty was a miraculous virgin birth. She cannot face the reality of this being the result of a party she cannot remember. She also refuses to see Natty as a mistake. She is a wonderful mother, fully devoted to Natty.

William is a brilliant research scientist, he is a genius. However, he has Asperger’s. He is struggling with emotions and life. He is also trying to deal with the car accident that resulted in the loss of his wife and young daughter.

Shandi and William’s worlds collide at a convenience store where a robbery takes place. Shandi, Natty and William are taken hostage along with several others. William becomes the hero, first sheltering Natty and then taking control of the hostage situation. Shandi immediately feels drawn to William, as does Natty. A deep bond forms between the three of them.

As their relationship grows, they find out more about each other and their pasts. They inevitably learn more about themselves, as well. There are many twists, turns, and surprises in this book.

Joshilyn Jackson has a way with portraying characters that you care about, in difficult situations. This is a sweet, touching novel filled with people who ultimately seek not only to be loved, but to love others, too.
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