REVIEW: “Churchill” by Paul Johnson

"Churchill" by Paul Johnson 192 pages Published Nov. 3, 2009, by Viking ISBN: 0670021059   My review I've owned this biography of Churchill, who is undoubtedly Great Britain's most lauded prime minister, for a couple of years. After seeing him portrayed by John Lithgow in "The Crown," my interest in this book was finally piqued. I … Continue reading REVIEW: “Churchill” by Paul Johnson

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REVIEW: “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr

Blogger's note: I shudder to admit that until about a month ago, I had no idea the then-forthcoming TNT miniseries "The Alienist" was actually based on a 23-year-old novel. I happened upon it while finishing my birthday book shopping spree, on an endcap featuring titles that were "hitting the big screen." Despite its length, I … Continue reading REVIEW: “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr

BLOG TOUR ~ REVIEW: “If the Creek Don’t Rise” by Leah Weiss

I'm excited to share my review of "If the Creek Don't Rise" by Leah Weiss, as part of the official blog tour promoting the release of the book. If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss Sourcebooks Landmark Publication Date: August 22, 2017 “Weiss’ debut novel reveals the best and worst of human nature… The author’s masterful … Continue reading BLOG TOUR ~ REVIEW: “If the Creek Don’t Rise” by Leah Weiss

More than just a band

Happy Hanson Day!

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Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from my wife, the lovely Megan McNeill, who is celebrating Hanson Day 2017. Her love of Hanson truly knows no bounds.

“I could never let you go after all that you’ve been to me.” – Hanson, “Georgia”

It’s just a band.

A band that started 25 years ago with little a capella shows for anyone who would listen.

It’s just a band.

A band that won my heart in an “Mmmbop” one lazy summer day.

It’s just a band.

A band whose faces covered the walls of my bedroom for at least five years.

20170505_145412.jpg A sampling of my Hanson swag (I couldn’t possibly fit all of my posters and pinups in one photo).

It’s just a band.

A band whose every note, every song, every album has transported me to a place of comfort and contentment.

20170506_200113.jpg My MOE member CD and “Road…

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): “Other Breakable Things” by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood

Yes, I know I mentioned earlier this week that I'm on hiatus, but I still wanted to keep my promise I'd made to participate in the blog tour for "Other Breakable Things," a moving YA novel by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood. "Other Breakable Things" by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood 290 pages (Kindle Edition), Entangled Teen … Continue reading BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): “Other Breakable Things” by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood

20 years of “Mmmbop”: A retrospective

My husband was kind enough to let me blab about Hanson over on his blog. Happy birthday, “Mmmbop”!

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Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from my wife, the lovely Megan McNeill, on this, the 20th anniversary of her favorite band’s first hit, “Mmmbop.” She truly is the biggest Hanson fan I know. Enjoy.

On Tuesday, April 15, 1997, baseball great Jackie Robinson’s jersey number, 42, was retired leaguewide. America Online service began in Japan.

And three blond brothers from Oklahoma unleashed to the world a catchy pop tune known as “Mmmbop.”

Hanson mmmbop gif.gifIt’s technically turning 21 this year, as the original version was released in 1996 as the title track of Hanson’s second indie album — so buy it an Mmmhops.

The upbeat song with the unforgettable chorus was the first single off Hanson’s major debut album, “Middle of Nowhere.”

By the time “MON” hit stores May 6, 1997, a bevy of fans — most of them young and female — had cropped up. Hysteria ensued…

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