Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

Mary Phipher

Women Rowing North

Here is an unexpected book that came out of nowhere.  And it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was so excited. Finally, a book written for women of that certain age. And written by a very capable woman psychologist with a proven track record. And she’s the right age to be writing this….Almost seventy.

I have had a few women ask me if the book is about actual rowing, as in of a boat. No, not that kind of rowing. It’s about moving up the stream and transitioning from middle age into older age. Hey, we all are going to do it. Might as well embrace it and this book can help you do just that.

I found myself flagging pages, underlining sentence after sentence, and sometimes even entire paragraphs. Then, I had a revelation; why not lead a discussion of this book at Copperfish. And the rest is history. That discussion is going to happen this evening. I wanted to keep the number of participants manageable and that is why I did not advertise it on the blog. If you are thinking of attending please call to see if there is still availability.

When I was a young woman married with small children we had no one to talk to. That’s just how it was back then. Women kept everything bottled up inside. Dr. Spock was all we had to tell us about bringing up kids. Masters and Johnson told us about sex. No one gave us a leg up about much of anything. It was challenging. Now, I find women my age and older are anxious to talk about what they are experiencing in their lives.  All of it. We have each other.

Mary Pipher does go on about finding bliss. I don’t know that I would go that far. But I encounter women everyday in my travels who are enjoying the best part of their life. Now, their kids are grown and their lives have taken a turn. They are busier than ever with activities they might not have had time for her in years past, they have close friends to share their trials and tribulations with, and many are still working. I find the work most older women are enjoying is passionate work. Could even be work they’ve only just discovered they love. Yes, many women still need to work, too.

We all experience aches and pains. Most of us have learned how to tolerate the normal pain of aging.  There are good days and not so good days. And then there are days  you want to just pull the covers over your head and escape the real world. That’s okay, too. Give yourself permission to do this now and then.

Mary Pipher brings up issues that are going to be very controversial.  Not everyone can relate to everything she says here. And that is why I believe this book is going to be a great one for discussion. I am leading the discussion tonight. I am not doing the speaking. I want to hear everyone’s opinions. Everyone shall get a chance to speak up. It should be quite a lively talk.

We have copies of WOMEN ROWING NORTH by Mary Pipher at Copperfish Books. They are marked 20% off.  Come on in and see us. We can’t wait to see you.

Punta Gorda

Copperfish Books

New Winner!

Dana Reinhardt

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun

Peri Pantazes, you are my winner today! Congrats.

Summer is coming quickly here in S.W. Florida. Our mornings are still cool, but, it’s really heating up. Time for lighter reads….

Thanks for entering my contest.  And thanks to Pamela Dorman and Viking Books for providing the giveaway book.

Giveaway: Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt

Dana Reinhardt

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun

The cover may draw you in. But it’s the story that will entice you.

What’s not to love about vacationing in a luxurious villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?  When Jenna leased a stunning villa in paradise she took it for granted it would be safe and sound.  She’d been put in charge of orchestrating  a dream vacation: a perfect week at the perfect locale.  Who’s going to be there? Jenna, her husband Peter who is turning 50, their teenage daughter Clem, and their best friends Solly, his new much younger wife and their young very precocious son, and his troubled teenage son from his first marriage. That’s all….

It all sounds good. But the reality of two families sharing a vacation for a week is daunting. There are bound to be challenges.  First, the two women are not friends. Jenna is a well established YA writer. Ingrid, Solly’s young wife, is a wannabe writer of YA.  Conflict.  Peter and Solly are in business together and it’s not an equal partnership. So even though this is vacation and business is taboo, we know how that might go. The teens are trouble, period. And then comes the threat of terror, the mysterious constant phone calls, and the beautiful woman next door.


Dana Reinhardt

This is a good book to take on vacation. It’s a quick read. The style lends itself well to a holiday atmosphere.  Some people are likening the writing to Meg Wolitzer and Emma Straub.  Those are some pretty big shoes to fill. Reinhardt is well on her way…

I have one copy of TOMORROW THERE WILL BE SUN for giveaway. Your book will be provided by Viking, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing. Please leave a comment below. Only U.S. mailing addresses, please, and no P.O. boxes. I will choose one winner on Monday, March 25th. Good luck!

Giveaway: American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton

Presidents daughter

American Princess

A novel based on the life of first daughter Alice Roosevelt.  To say the woman was truly a force is a total understatement. I just can’t help but wonder why it’s taken so long for someone to discover this.

“Before there was Caroline Kennedy, Chelsea Clinton, or the Bush twins, Alice Roosevelt made headlines as the beloved First Daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. Well ahead of her time, Alice was brash, bold, and unapologetic: she was destined to be a legend. “

This new novel of Alice’s life has been well-researched by Thornton. She’s managed to use some of Alice’s letters and has used them authentically.  What a treat for those of you history buffs.

I have one copy for giveaway. Please leave a comment below to enter. Only U.S. addresses, and no P.O. boxes, please. I shall choose a winner on Monday, March 18. Good luck!

Thank you Berkley for this fine giveaway. Let the comments begin!

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Etaf Rum

A Woman Is No Man

Etaf Rum is a brave new voice to watch.  An Arab- American voice.  A WOMAN IS NO MAN is her first novel.  And it’s going to be a block-buster.  Not since THE KITE RUNNER have I read a novel that delves into the hidden lives of a culture. And this time we find horrific things are happening right here in  this country. In plain sight? Well, no. But close enough.

A WOMAN IS NO MAN tells the story of three generations of Palestinian-American women living in Brooklyn.

Isra is a seventeen-year-old Palestinian girl living with her parents in Birzeit, Palestine,  who is married off to a young Palestinian man named Adam who takes her to America to live the dream.  But it’s really a nightmare.

Adam’s mother is Fareeda. She’s been living in Brooklyn for years after emigrating from  Palestine with her husband and children. She’s determined that Isra give Adam a son. No matter what.

Deya is Isra’s eldest daughter. Her story is so compelling I found myself  being held hostage to the page. I could not turn away. I  HAD to know what had happened.

There is a page in the very front of the book that is written by the author.  You can feel the fear as you read. Etaf Rum was scared for her life as she began writing this novel. Once you’ve read the book you will totally understand why. I am still reeling from this  heartfelt and terrifying story. Even though I know this story is fiction, I know of where it comes.  The very first  two sentences are: “When I started writing A WOMAN IS NO MAN, I was constantly swallowed by fear. Telling this story meant challenging many long-held beliefs  in my community and violating our code of silence.”

This has been the year of the woman. Woman are getting their voices.  I get this. But this voice is especially strong and meant to be heard. An Arab-American voice is needed in the bookstore. And here it is.

We have copies of this amazing new novel at Copperfish. They will go quickly. Come on into the store to pick up your copy and get 20% off.

Punta Gorda

Copperfish Books

My review copy of A WOMAN IS NO MAN arrived from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED it!

Maurice’s Monthly Musings: March

March is a pivotal month in S.W. Florida. It’s the beginning of the end of the season. This year Easter arrives in late April. Some of our northern visitors will remain a bit longer.

My book lectures are calming down. Clubs are starting to think of next year and sending me dates for bookings already. January and February were jam-packed with lectures. I traveled around a lot. I met some new readers.  All good.  The future is bright.

What am I doing now? I’m working with Elaine Newton on the upcoming and highly anticipated summer reading list for the Critic’s Choice. We have very little time to finalize it. It is quite exciting. We persist.

UPS is now delivering review books for up to one year in advance. I never thought I’d see the day. I was asked by Amy Einhorn of Flatiron Books to take a look at a manuscript.  She overnighted it to me. I loved it. Will not be available until January 2020.  Working title is AMERICAN DIRT. A force. More about it in the future.

Just look at this new book  by Mary Phipher!

Mary Phipher

Women Rowing North

It’s non fiction and I’m so excited about it. In fact, I’ve offered to lead a discussion on this book on Tuesday, March 26th, at six in the evening, at Copperfish. Please call to let us know you’ll be joining us.  I’m feeling very passionate about this one. It’s sure to be a lively discussion. Women together talking about women’s issues. Win/win.

I’m interested in both literary books and beach reads right now. Readers are looking for really well-written beach reads for summer. For a lot of my readers the summer months are the only time they can actually relax and just read something fun. But, they want it to be well-written. I have a fistful right now and will be reviewing them shortly.

Copperfish is working with marketing to have Mary Kay Andrews speak in Punta Gorda. We love Mary Kay!!

Sunset Beach

Mary Kay Andrews

She’s got a new book coming in May titled

Sunset Beach

SUNSET BEACH. I devoured it. Perfect beach read.


So many great books coming out this month. Too many to mention now. I will be posting more reviews now that my book talks are slowing down.

I’d love to see you at Copperfish.

Copperfish Book Art

We have all the best and newest books this season. Our selections just keep getting bigger and better!