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Friday Favorites | Quote from Peony by Pearl S. Buck

“There is one word that can be the guide for your life — it is the word reciprocity.”
~ Pearl S. Buck in 

Author Pearl S. Buck

Pearl S. Buck, July 10, 1972
Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 Bestanddeelnummer 925-7294
Via Goodreads

Friday Favorites | Quote on Books by Vera Nazarian

Nazarian quote

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Vera Nazarian is arguably the only Armenian-Russian professional speculative fiction writer working in English today. She is an award-winning artist and a Nebula-nominated writer, active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Her work has been translated into eight languages. Best known works are the novels Dreams of the Compass Rose and Lords of Rainbow.

Ancient myth, moral fables, eclectic philosophy, and her Armenian and Russian ethnic heritage play a strong part in all her work.

(Source: Goodreads)

Phone Calls from Heaven? | Review of Mitch Albom’s The First Phone Call from Heaven | TLC Book Tours

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Image via TLC Book Tours

“The news of life is carried via telephone. A baby’s birth, a couple engaged, a tragic car accident on a late night highway – most milestones of the human journey, good or bad, are foreshadowed by the sound of a ringing.” 

Mitch Albom,
The First Phone Call from Heaven
(Quote via Goodreads)

Source|Disclaimer: I received an ARC from publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


One autumn day, in a small town on Lake Michigan, the phones begin ringing. The people calling are all deceased. They talk about heaven. They say they are safe and happy. Each call is greeted differently—some with relief, some with love, some with religious zeal, some with fear.

On that same day, Sully Harding is released from jail for a crime he may not have committed. During his time behind bars, his wife, Giselle, passed away, leaving him a single father filled with heartbreak and regret. He returns to his hometown hoping to rebuild his life. Instead, he finds a community increasingly gripped by miracle fever. As the mysterious phone calls become more frequent, outsiders begin flocking from all over the world to be part of the blessing, changing the small town indelibly, and turning local citizens into worshipped heroes.

[Continues on TLC Book Tours . . .]

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My Thoughts:

When I turn the last page and close the cover of a Mitch Albom book, I experience good feelings. I’ve spent time in the company of a good writer, met interesting people through his characters, traveled a journey to its end and discovered answers along the way.

Such is the stuff of Albom’s newest work, The First Phone Call from Heaven. I closed the cover on yet another Albom, and I felt overcome with feelings of joy, hope, love and belief. And I had been in the company of a consummate writer, who had developed real characters living on the pages. Some of these people could live next door to me, be officials in my community, the children playing in the schoolyard around the corner. I traveled an amazing journey with the people of a small town, and I experienced their highs and lows and most of all their loss and grief and an immense amount of hope.

What happened in Coldwater, MI, could happen anywhere. Just a small town near Lake Michigan, Coldwater residents are good, hardworking, honest people. Living fairly simple lives. Some richer than others. Some more secure in life than others. But when folks from all classes begin to receive phone calls from the same place, they become as one.

And what happens next and how their communal mystery unfolds could happen anywhere too. Some are amazed and thrilled, others frightened to say it happened to them, and others highly suspicious. Read the book and see if you don’t agree!

My Recommendation: 

You can’t lose reading a Mitch Albom book. I have loved them all. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a fictional story based in the ordinariness of life. This book is a page-turner and moves quickly thanks to Albom’s writing style. If you have time, it would make your favorite reader a great Christmas gift!

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Meet the Author:

Photo credit: Jenny Risher

Photo credit: Jenny Risher

Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-eight territories and in forty-four languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

Find out more about Mitch at his website, connect with him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and sign up for his newsletter.

(Bio and image via TLC Book Tours)

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Book Details:

Publisher: Harper
Published: November 2012
Hardcover: 336 pages
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780062294371

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Friday Favorites | From Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Image from Goodreads

Image from Goodreads 

“I do not know many people who think they have succeeded as parents.
Those who do tend to cite the markers that indicate (their own) status
in the world: the Stanford degree. . . .
Those of us less inclined to compliment ourselves on our parenting skills,
in other words most of us, recite rosaries of our failures,
our neglects, our derelictions and delinquencies.” 

Joan DidionBlue Nights

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