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Beach Reading On My Birthday: Erica Jong’s Fear Of Fifty

October 11th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s my birthday weekend, and we spent today at the beach in Bay Head, New Jersey… as our newly appointed weather girl, Maddie, discovered this morning, it was almost 70 degrees and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. I have started to re-read Erica Jong’s memoir, Fear of Fifty, whichh I read when […]

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Tags: books we love · erica jong · fear of fifty · milestones

Music Monday: Growin’ Up (Bruce Springsteen)

September 14th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Rex and I had a great time at last night’s party, which featured live music by a local band called either Three Jeffs or Not Enough Jeffs… at any rate, it seemed like all the guys in the band were named Jeff. We took the girls to Hilltop Church for their Sunday School “Rally Day” […]

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Tags: birds and the bees · books we love · bruce springsteen · growing up · judy blume · lyrics · music monday

Puff the Magic Dragon: Peter Yarrow Comes to Mendham Books Tomorrow — Friday, December 12th at 4:00pm

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the seaAnd frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff,And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.Oh! Puff, the magic dragon lived by the seaAnd frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,Puff, the […]

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Tags: best of mendham nj · books we love · mendham bookstore · music monday · peter yarrow · puff the magic dragon

The Widows of Eastwick, The Witches of the Blogosphere

November 15th, 2008 · No Comments

I just picked up my November issue of Reader’s Digest and read a great interview with “The Scribe of Suburbia” — John Updike, who at age 76 just completed his new novel, The Widows of Eastwick. It’s a sequel his 1984 bestseller, The Witches of Eastwick, which was made into a fun movie starring Michelle […]

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Tags: books we love · john updike · widows of eastwick · witches in the blogosphere · witches of eastwick

Thinner

October 6th, 2008 · No Comments

The stock market has me thinking about a book I read back in college. Thinner is a 1984 novel by Stephen King, the last novel published under his Richard Bachman pseudonym until the release of The Regulators in 1996 (the initial hardcover release of Thinner even included a fake jacket photo of “Bachman”). Set in […]

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London and Maddie Recommend…Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald and Anne MacDonald Canham

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Do you remember Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? I vividly recall sitting on the rug in the library at Old York School in Branchburg, New Jersey, listening to the librarian, Mrs. Hagan, as she read to our class from the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. Now, 50 years later (OK, not fifty years since I was in elementary school, […]

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Tags: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle · books we love · kid stuff

Roxy’s Been Reading Again: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments

I just finished The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and highly recommend it. I don’t think I’d even put it in my usual category of “shameful page turners” with Jodi Picoult, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks.
From the book jacket:
Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art […]

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Roxy’s Reads — Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent’s Guide by Lucy Calkins with Lydia Bellino

September 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Yesterday, Rex and I headed in to our NYC office, and my current hardcover page turner, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, was too heavy to lug onto the train. So I picked up Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent’s Guide by Lucy Calkins with Lydia Bellino, at the recommendation of our elementary school principal, […]

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Tags: books we love · lucy calkins · mendham township elementary school · raising lifelong learners · westmont montessori school

Perfect Shameful Page Turner for the Weekend: 4th of July by James Patterson

July 5th, 2008 · No Comments

I finished Emily Giffin’s “Love the One You’re With” on the beach yesterday, and had to run back to our beach house for another book. And there on the bookshelf, staring right back at me, was the perfect Shameful Page Turner for the holiday weekend:

I’m almost finished, and I have to laugh at how much […]

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Tags: 4th of July · books we love · shameful page turners

Something for Everyone in Roxy’s Latest Shameful Page Turner: Emily Giffin’s "Love the One You’re With"

June 28th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve picked up a new shameful page turner for the beach: “Love the One You’re With” by Emily Giffin.

According to the blurb on the book jacket, “Love the One You’re With” is a story for anyone who has ever wondered: “How can I truly love the one I’m with when I can’t forget the one […]

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Tags: books we love · emily giffin · shameful page turners

Mendham Books Website!

May 31st, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve posted from time to time about Mendham Books in Mendham, New Jersey, and I recently signed up for their “mailing list.” What a delightful surprise when I received an e-mail newsletter with a link to what appears to be a shiny new web site: http://www.mendhambooks.com/
Strangely enough, the informative May 2008 Mendham Books newsletter, which […]

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Tags: best of mendham nj · books · books we love · mendham bookstore · mendham nj

Finished My Page-Turner: The Year of Fog

May 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know that, now that my daughers are old enough to read on their own and leave me alone on the beach or the deck or the couch with my latest page-turner, I’ve been accustomed to churning through a book every few days, a week max. However, it has taken […]

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Roxiticus Page Turner: Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle

April 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Now my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers all know what a sucker I am for an embarrassing page-turner. “The Tenth Circle” was my first Jodi Picoult novel, and it really got me hooked.
“The Tenth Circle” is a metaphorical journey through Dante’s Inferno, told in the voices of each member of a small Maine family whose […]

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Tags: books we love · comic books

It’s Raining Page-Turners: The Year of Fog

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

My latest page-turner, despite the warning on the book jacket that “The Year of Fog” by Michele Richmond is “highly recommended [for fans of] authors like Jodi Picoult,” may not turn out to be a shameful page-turner after all. I am only six chapters in, but I may have to stay up all night to […]

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Weird Page Turner Coincidence: Change of Heart

April 7th, 2008 · No Comments

At the beginning of March 2008, Jodi Picoult released a new page-turner, “Change of Heart,” and I read it within a few days. “Change of Heart” examines a condemned inmate’s desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. […]

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Finished the Shameful Page-Turner: The Liar’s Diary

April 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Without giving anything away, I’ll summarize “The Liar’s Diary” by Patry Francis as a cross between Zoe Heller’s “What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal” and Jodi Picoult’s “The Tenth Circle.” I just won’t tell you why. I will say Francis took an awfully long time to tell us anything about the Diary, which […]

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Tags: books we love · mendham bookstore

Another Shameful Page-Turner: The Liar’s Diary

April 1st, 2008 · No Comments

It’s been a long time since I read a respectable book…I peeked at someone else’s copy of Anna Karenina while the girls were playing munchkin tennis at Fox Chase the other day, but for me it has been page turner after page turner for the last couple of months. Good thing I’m married to Rex, […]

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Tags: books we love · mendham bookstore · roxiticus book blog · roxiticus memoir

Spring Cleaning: Bloginization

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

In an effort to better organize Roxiticus Desperate Housewives, I am launching several new blogs:

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives Directories: will include directories of the Best of Mendham, NJ; Best of Bernardsville, NJ; Best of Chester, NJ; Best of Far Hills, NJ; Best of Peapack-Gladstone, NJ; Best of Morris County, NJ; and Best of Somerset County, NJ. […]

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Tags: Spitzer · bay head nj · blog for money · books we love · laguna beach california · makin' the bacon · roxiticus book blog · the daily soup

A Trip to Mendham Books

March 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

My older daughter asked for nothing but books for her birthday back in January, so we had several gift cards for Mendham Books. We went there on Saturday after the Mendham Juniors Easter Egg Hunt and came back with an amazing number of good books for both girls.
My kindergartner is past the three-letter-word books (like […]

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Tags: best of mendham nj · books we love · mendham bookstore

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

March 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

A year or so ago, I read a memoir by Margaret Sartor called Miss American Pie about growing up in Montgomery, Alabama in the 70s. I grew up in New Jersey, basically during the same time frame, so I found the memoir intriguing. Given my interest in the blogosphere, her memoir made me wonder how […]

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Tags: books we love · memoir · roxiticus memoir

Books We Love (Adult Reading List)

March 11th, 2008 · No Comments

I’m putting together a book list of excellent reading, both current and classic, on this page.
February 2008:

I’ve been reading Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy:

The Golden Compass (also coming on DVD in April 2008)
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

I bought it for the girls for Christmas but quickly discovered that, despite the fact that we’ll probably […]

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Tags: adult reading list · books we love

Books We Love (Kids Reading List)

March 1st, 2008 · No Comments

I’m going to have my kids put together a book list of excellent reading for kids on this page.

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Tags: books we love · children · family · kids reading list