Sunday, June 8, 2014


My PSRP is off to a fantastic start!!!!!  (PSPR - Personal Summer Reading Program)  

First, let’s talk about little ole’ Ms. Lisa Patton.  She can write Southern so well you can smell the biscuits browning in the oven and the sweet in her tea!!!!  Her protagonist is named Leelee Satterfield and together with her BFFs, she will keep you laughing and crying and cheering and hissing and loving………all at the same time.  These books are wonderful - but please read them in the correct order unlike moi!!!!!!

# 1:  Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’Easter

# 2:  Yankee Doodle Dixie

# 3:  Southern as a Second Language

The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore.  I don’t know what to say……..She can take the same 26 letters that we all use to form words and do something so moving and amazing and wonderful with them.  This book is also set in the South……..I’m always drawn to these books!!!  It is the story of a young girl who works in a sewing factory and is faced with a harsh, cruel life.  Get this book.  You can’t put it down!!!

My grandmother and my mother-in-law suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  It is truly heartbreaking.  My grandmother was a totally different person……a stranger to me……at the end of her life.  She wrote me letters that I actually burned because I didn’t know that person.   The writer was not my sweet granny who loved me with all her heart.  They were written by someone whose mind was turning inside out, whose life was turning upside down, and she had no way to stop it.   Most people have family or know someone who has to deal with this terrible, depriving, evil condition.  The book, Still Alice, by Lisa Genova is about a 49 year old Harvard professor who is diagnosed with early onset dementia.  What a beautiful yet horrific look inside her thoughts, her plans, her desires, and her destruction.  


  1. I'll have to find those titles! I just finished "Looking for Alaska" by John Green. It was absolutely amazing! I'd recommend you add it to your list!

  2. Thank you, Diane!!!! Getting it just because you say I should!!!!!

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