A Love Letter to Jay by: May Lee

When an unusual love letter arrives nearly 22 years late, in the form of a book, the man who receives it discovers a memoir filled with passion, wit and sensitivity. He also discovers that the book is about him…
Outskirts Press Announces the Release of a New Memoir, A Love Letter to Jay by May Le.
May Le’s debut novel, A Love Letter to Jay: A Memoir, is a unique and compelling love story that chronicles the life of a Chinese immigrant— one of six children from Vietnam—who faces one obstacle, one tragedy after another. One Amazon reviewer describes the memoir as “an Amy Tan novel with Horatio Alger undertones. An engrossing story filled with life at its bittersweet best.”
In A Love Letter to Jay, a memoir arrives in the mail one day, and the man to whom it’s addressed tears it open and begins to read. He quickly realizes the book is about him. It is about her. It is an astounding history of things he never knew. Deeply felt letters of devotion he’d never received fill the pages of the book, containing passionate remembrances of their lovemaking, confessions of secrets never shared, and painful details about the chasm that developed between her and her mother as they clashed over archaic cultural traditions from the old country. And now, reading her words, he begins to piece together the last 22 years.
Jay devours the book, especially the details about a son he still believes is his. When he reads about how she was raped and abused by her husband, his heart breaks, and he begins to understand why he and she were always like two ships passing in a densefoggy night, experiencing only occasional trysts punctuated by long periods of silence. He had always known of her success in business and how she’d overcome so much. After all, he had been her mentor and confidant before he was her lover. He was always proud of her. And he has always been in love with her. Putting the book down on the desk, Jay covers his eyes and begins to cry for what could have been.
May Le’s story jumps off the pages with a direct, raw, insightful wit as she recounts her life beginning as a Chinese immigrant to America from Vietnam in 1985. From the death of her father and brother while her mother struggled to support the family of five, to two decades of poverty followed by a brutal rape and coerced marriage to the rapist, a series of misfortunes propels May Le to rise above her circumstances. Ultimately she becomes a successful restaurateur and philanthropist, eventually rediscovering her long lost love, the real subject of May Le’s story: A Love Letter to Jay.
My Review:
I was expecting this book to be a bit different.  I thought that it would be the story of Jay opening up this package and reading these letters that May had wrote him.  It wasn’t really like that.  This was more of a first account of May’s story as it was happening.  It was missing Jay’s perspective.  It is a memoir of a young woman who struggles between her Chinese heritage/culture and growing up in America.
I think that this book needed additional editing and I found it to be a bit boring.  Some parts were intriguing but others just fell flat for me.  It didn’t match the description like I thought it would.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
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Nourished by: Lia Huber

Nourished

 

Cookbook Review: Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker

This is my favorite season of the year.  I love the Fall.  It is time to get out the warmer clothes and dress in layers, open up the windows in the house and let the fresh air in and get out my crock pot so that my family can come home to a hot dinner already made for us.

This cookbook has over 100 recipes for the slow cooker.  The title is not ingenious but the recipes sound delicious.  The images throughout the book are mouth watering.  Now, this is from Martha Stewart so I know that not all the ingredients will be easy to find or inexpensive but I know I can substitute them for things that I can get.  I can’t wait to dig deeper into this cookbook and feed my family delicious meals without taking away valuable time to cook them.

I give this book 5 crowns.

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogingforbooks.com

Sex, Lies and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting by: Michelle Dresbold with James Kwalwasser

Sex, Lies and Handwriting

This book was fantastic.  I am now obsessed with learning more about deciphering what one’s handwriting says about them and their personalities.  This was an interesting read as it provided samples from everyday people as well as infamous criminals.

This was easy to read and very descriptive.  I will be looking for more books on this topic.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Yoga Girl by: Rachel Brathen

Yoga Girl

This was a fairly short book about how Rachel came to the yoga lifestyle.  She had gone through some things in her childhood that made her act out in her teenage years.  She does talk about that time and then how she came to find yoga and what it did for her life.

This book is interspersed with photographs of poses, instructions, and recipes.  Rachel began posting her photos on Instagram @Yoga_girl and earned a huge following of people.  She not only posted photos of her doing yoga but she also wrote a lot about her life struggles.

This was a good read and I gave it 4 crowns.

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What We Have: A Family’s Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival by: Amy Boesky

What We Have

I picked this book up at the Dollar Tree and then found it on Overdrive to listen to in my car.  I had no expectations going into this book since I had no real idea of what it was about.

This is a story about a woman who grew up in a household in which all of the past generations of women on her maternal side have dies early due to cancer.  Amy has always known that she was a high risk for ovarian cancer and had a plan to have children and remove her ovaries by a specific time in her life.

This sounds like a morbid book but it really was more about the familial bond and the love and survival skills that each woman in Amy’s family have.  Yes, it was heartbreaking but it was also empowering because each woman could decide for herself what the best thing for their family would be.

I liked this book and it was well written and entertaining.  I know that sounds weird to say that a book about living with a cancer risk is entertaining but it wasn’t all about that.  It was about life.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Park Bench by: Christophe Chabouté

park bench

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this.  It is strictly images and roughly drawn ones without any words.  However, as you turn each page the stories that are told are magnificent.  You see the lives lived and only constant is this one park bench.   I absolutely love this graphic novel and the more I think about it, the sweeter the story is.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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