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Forever Friday: A Novel by Timothy Lewis Published September 3rd 2013 by WaterBrook Press
In a gripping love story that  transcends time, author Timothy Lewis new title, Forever Fridays,  is the narrative of the intense fire between a man and wife, and the fervent devotion crucial to fanning its flames. 

Set within duel timelines, smooth transitions take us from present day Texas, where estate-sale specialist, Adam Coby, unearths a collection of sixty years of postcards hidden inside several photo albums. Not having recovered from the devastating heartbreak of a divorce two years ago, his brokenness stems not only from the loss of his future with his wife, but in what he sees as the staggering futility of love.  As he casually reads through them, he experiences a flicker of hope that hidden in these postcards is the secret to maintaining a rich and long lasting love. 

Falling into easy nostalgia with imperceptible seams and a graceful entry into a bygone era we learn the story of Gabe and Pearl Alexander beginning at the genesis and the birthplace of their love, 1920's Texas Coastal Bend. Tenderly chronicled within each missive is the story of a lifetime of a love not taken for granted, but nurtured and cultivated with the meticulousness that can only come from mutual devotion, unchanging and reaffirmed throughout the decades. Forever Friday is truly a beautiful and inspiring read,  and resplendent in its telling, making this title one you'll want to read and re-read as you invest in your own love story. 

A physical copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author for purposes of review.
 
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Such a Pretty FatSuch a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is NOT a feminist memoir.

Or is it?

I'm a fan of reading books on women's issues and feminism, and I generally shy away from books that attack less-empowered women, but I have to say; Jen Lancaster's bitching definitely works in her favor.

I've just finished re-reading Such a Pretty Fat, and, just like the virgin read, by the time I closed this book's cover, I felt both a vicarious giddy, ridiculous self-acceptance, and a also little smug.

Such a Pretty Fat is a memoir chronicling the author's struggles with her own body image and weight loss. Jen makes repeated conflicting statements about her comfort with her own body weight, yet, throughout the book, she hypercritically projects her insecurities onto other women- women she encounters who more closely resemble the idealized feminine form. Whatever flaws she may have, this great memoir reads to some degree like a pissy note passed in high school.

Jen Lancaster feels like best-friend material. She's a myriad of inconsistencies; she somehow manages to come off as both dainty and foul, self-indulgent and overly-critical of herself. It was a pleasure to share her journey through weight loss, and easy to root for her, even at her worst. I feel the need to defend her, to push the point that she is NOT a hot mess, only deeply insightful and multifaceted. This book is worth reading. TWICE.

Besides, in the end, even Barbie redeems herself.

Life just doesn't get any better than that.


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