My Little Pocketbooks: Quicky Review #30: Frida and Where There's Smoke   

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Quicky Review #30: Frida and Where There's Smoke

Welcome back to another Quicky Review everyone.
A lot of the time I like to read short stories, prequels and free audiobooks that are short and sweet.  But why do a full review on a book that is say...80 pages long.  So I do Quicky Reviews for the shorties and children books as well.  Basically, the short stories get short reviews.
Here is just a few sentences on one children's book and one e-book from last month.
There are other Quicky Reviews for you to check out too and don't worry there will be more to come. I like short stories because most of them are FREE and I can get in and out of one in no time.

Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life! 
Author: Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Genre: Teen's Non-Fiction
Age Range: 14 -17 years old
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Release Date: November 1, 2007
  Hardcover: 64 pages
 Source: Free from public library

 Book Description

"Wearing the white huipil with the lavender tassel,
hiding my amputated leg in red-leather boots,
I wheel the wheelchair to the Blue House studio
that Diego so lovingly built for me.
I dip the brush in blood-red paint
and, embracing life with all its light,
I print on a watermelon cut open—like I am—
¡Viva la vida!—
a hymn to nature and life."
Frida Kahlo, a native of Mexico, is described here in biographical poems accompanied by her own artwork. Both text and images reveal the anguish and joy of her two marriages to muralist Diego Rivera, her life-long suffering from a crippling bus accident, and her thirst for life, even as she tasted death. Her favorite motto was: ¡Viva la vida! (Long live life!)
Back matter includes excerpts from Frida’s diary and letters, a prose biography, a chronology of the artist’s life, a glossary of Spanish words, sources, and notes.

My Thoughts

This was a really good book about Frida because the author used only her artwork and photos along with writing her life story in verse.  It was an easy read and was very well put together.
Where There's Smoke
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Contemporary Short Story
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: May 19, 2014
  E-book: 40 pages
 Source: Free from iBooks

 Book Description

Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts. When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage—to both her reputation and her show—Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.  

My Thoughts

 I really enjoyed reading this short story and I soooo wanted more.  I want to find out what happens next.  This should have been a full 400 page novel.  DANG!!

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