8/30: The Actor and the Housewife

The Actor and the Housewife
Shannon Hale

Summary via publisher

Becky is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets her dream actor Felix Callahan by chance. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later something has happened, though nothing has happened… it isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But soon Felix shows up in the Utah ‘burbs to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. Her children roll their eyes. Her best (girl)friend can’t get her head around it. But Felix (think Colin Firth) and Becky have something special… something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it?

Where to start?

First, some background. I’ve been reading Shannon Hale since I was pretty young. Although I don’t have records of my reading that far back, my best guess is that I read my first Hale book when I was 14. I really love the Books of Bayern and I’m generally a fan of all her work. Since I’ve been on Twitter, following her campaigns for gender equality in reading, I’ve come to respect her even more. Continue reading

Why Read Children’s Lit? or Why “Palace of Stone” is Written for College Students

Also, long titles have a long and glorious history, so don’t judge.

Seriously though, why read children’s literature? Why does a college student check books out of the children’s section of her local library? Continue reading