Job Title: Book Buyer
Favorite book when you were a child: 1st Favorite: Go Dog Go! P.D. Eastman (I always wanted to go to the party on top of the tree). Later, I constantly re-read Little Women, The Wizard of Oz, and Heidi.
Your top five authors: Lionel Shriver, Edith Wharton, Karin Slaughter, David Sedaris, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Book you've faked reading: None – I’ll readily confess to the gaps in my reading.
Book you are an evangelist for: We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver.
Book you've bought for the cover: None – a cover might turn me off but not make me buy.
Book that changed your life: The Novel by James Michener – When I first realized the layers of jobs involved with books; that I could have a life in books without having to become an author.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: Lonesome Dove.
Book you'd take with you to a desert island: A dictionary – it has all the words you need.
Song that has played the most on your MP3 player: I put it on shuffle and just let it play, it would be rude to interrupt the flow.
Best way to spend a weekend: In a lawn chair on my front porch with a good book, a cold bottle of wine, and my sweetheart by my side.
Your go-to pick for movie night: On my non-premium Dish TV I check AMC, IFC, and Comedy Central – in that order.
Favorite Vacation Destination: The beach.
Window or Aisle: Aisle!!
What is the first giveaway that a book is going to be good: When I have to read a description out loud to whoever is closest (plane trips can be awkward).
Best TV or Movie adaptation of a book: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Book character you would like to play in a movie: Trixie Belden
Website you have spent the most time reading: cakewrecks.com

Sydne's Recent Reviews

Leni is 13-years-old when her Vietnam vet father moves her and her mother to a tiny outpost in Alaska’s wilderness. The dangers of Alaska’s winters are magnified by the increasing paranoia and abuse from Ernt whose POW experience pushed him to the brink of sanity and society. Hannah’s cast of characters – including a former D.C. lawyer named Large Marge; a man married to a goose; and Matthew, the only teen near Leni’s age who helps her see the beauty of the area and the possibility of life beyond the misery she experiences – make this large story set in the tumultuous early 70s an intimate story of people who have to pull together to survive.
 
 
 
 
In 1914, movies were being made at a hectic pace in Hollywood. Frances Marion moves there, anxious to make her mark somehow, and she meets a luminous child-like actress with golden curls. “America’s Sweetheart” is Mary Pickford and she goes on to become the highest paid and most beloved actress of her time. Frances develops into a talented and prolific scenarist, both writing screenplays and shaping the movies and Pickford’s performances. This book details the friendship and battles of these two women as they play groundbreaking roles in the development of the movie industry as working and leading women. With supporting characters like Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and Louis B. Mayer the real story of their careers and personal lives is brought to life in this captivating novel. The movies and women started out as silent but they both find their voice here.

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