The Belles is the type of young adult novel that teens and adults alike will want to read. It is a novel perfect for the post-Disney Princess era in which girls and women have been taught to revere royalty, but not to sit around and just look pretty waiting for their white knight to save them. The girls in the story are pretty and strong and feisty and independent and quite proactive. It has all of the pomp and circumstance of Marie Antoinette’s royal court, the magic of a Harry Potter novel plus a fantastical take on Mean Girls. In a word, it is perfect amalgamation of what the people want. Continue reading On Identity Politics, Pink Macarons & Teal Peacock Feathers in The Belles
It took me awhile to hop on the cozy mystery train.
I recall seeing that section in the bookstore full of brightly colored covers with catchy titles that were always plays on words and I’d move by it without any interest. It was only after reading a Tweet featuring a just published book a literary agent living in North Carolina that solved mysteries (ahem – I am also a literary agent living in North Carolina) that I gave these stories a try. And… I was hooked.
Like a bird focusing on a shiny object, I was at first attracted to the brightly colored cover of The Milk Lady Of Bangalore. My eyes skimmed over the cow and focused on the flowers. As a sometimes meat eater, I’ve developed the skill of never looking animals in the eye, or I can’t eat them again. This happened when my husband and I took the kiddos to the petting zoo at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC. Continue reading The Milk Lady Of Bangalore Is About More Than Cows…But There Are Definitely Cows