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Musings from a woman, wife, mom & friend in the 'burbs...

The Happy Bookers are still meeting during our current shelter in place order albeit virtually. Zoom allowed us to dissect our last reads and connect with one another. Most members logged on and the comfort of all our faces coupled with catching up provided us all with some respite of…

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This months titles are by two female writers, both books are getting attention. Of the two I preferred American Dirt however the book has been criticized because of the white author’s portrayal of a mother and son fleeing Mexico. Mrs. Everything is a dive into mothers, daughters, sisters, sexuality and…

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A gem, the main branch of The Detroit Public Library is a nod to the past, when Andrew Carnegie donated close to 60 millions dollars to build libraries across the United States. In 1910 Carnegie’s funding facilitated an oldie but goodie on Woodward or Cass depending on which entrance you…

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Maria Shriver’s Sunday posts often inspire, this one has prompted me to look into life lessons, often painful ones. This week on her blog she shared Steve Leder’s book More Beautiful Than Before, How Suffering Transforms Us. I recommend Shriver’s blog. She highlights ways to add meaning and understanding to…

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Typography, text, word play I love it all. I have found a fun spot with prints that are clever and colorful. I first found the Nanas of Anarchy scrolling through Instagram looking for disco prints and what do you know? The gals at Nanas could help me out. Based in…

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The Happy Bookers’ Book Club meets about once a month. About three months ago our club decided to always pick two titles to read. That way if one book is not interesting you have a second title. Also some of our ladies are voracious readers and appreciate a second title….

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Pop ups and supper clubs are here to stay and often are on the front end of what is fresh in the culinary landscape. I read about a new kind of supper club in the Chicago Tribune today. Learning about Table4twenty prompted me to research other like minded efforts going…

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In the metro Detroit area there are international markets. Through some good adventures I have explored a few. One that I am partial to is 168 Asian Market on John R. Road in Madison Heights. Why the name 168? In Chinese culture the number 168 is associated with good luck…

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The Happy Bookers have just read Home Fire by Shamsie. Family and faith, jihadists, London & Massachusetts all intertwine into a modern tragedy.

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Sharing sites and books I find inspiring helps me connect with friends, family and readers. I recently received Maria Shriver’s book, I Have Been Thinking. The book is a collection of thoughts and meditations on life’s challenges. I recommend the book as a nightstand read to revisit. Two big take…

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