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Book to Screen: HBO’s Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

HBO's Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Did anyone else catch HBO’s Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks based on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot? I watched it this weekend and thought that it was so well done.  I’m definitely a self proclaimed geek and this is right up my alley!!!! This HBO series stars Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks and Rose Byrne as Rebecca Skloot.  The movie has a difficult task of  bringing the pain and heartache of the Lacks family to the screen.  It was also difficult to portray the years of research and frustration of the author, Rebecca Skloot, in one 1.5 hour movie. Continue reading “Book to Screen: HBO’s Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

five-stars
Jane Austen Gift Guide

A Storybook Adventure at Taste of Britain in Wayne, PA

A storybook adventure at Taste of Britain in Wayne, PA

Part of what makes reading so wonderful is the immersive experience the right book can create in your mind. As adults, we can draw on our own adventures to imagine the customs, places or people who are described in any book. For children, particularly young ones, the knowledge they have is a bit more limited.  So, as a parent, I find it incredibly important to bring those stories to life in a tangible way. Continue reading “A Storybook Adventure at Taste of Britain in Wayne, PA”

four-stars
Jane Austen Gift Guide

Local Literary Watering Hole: Cathy’s Half Price Books

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Local Literary Watering Hole: Cathy's Half Prices Books Havertown, PA

I had the wonderful experience of learning about Cathy’s Half Priced Book Store.  I cannot believe that I have been in this area for the last 15 years and never learned about this store until last week.  Oh, how I have been missing out!!!  Located in the Manoa Shopping Center off Eagle Road and West Chester Pike sits this little gem.  Packed from floor to ceiling are book that are all at least half off the original price.  There is everything from children’s books and fiction to an amazing assortment of antique collectors editions and new releases. Continue reading “Local Literary Watering Hole: Cathy’s Half Price Books”