Blog Posts by Pam I am

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Pam I Am lives in Arlington Heights with her husband, two children, and golden retriever. On any given day she can be found juggling work, dirty laundry, reading literature, or devouring a People magazine.




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by Allison Pearson

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09/14/11
If you are heading to the movie theater to see I Don't Know How She Does It starring Sarah Jessica Parker, why not read the book too?  Allison Pearson's debut novel is a witty look into the world of trying to juggle work and family in the 21st century.
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by Liane Moriarty

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09/12/11
Alice Love has lost 10 years of her life!  When Alice wakes up on the floor of her gym after collapsing  and is whisked away by paramedics she believes she is 29 years old, happily married and expecting her first child.  In reality, Alice is 39, has three children and is in a bitter divorce with her husband, Nick.  Alice does not regain her memory and believes that her life should be as it was 10 years ago.  But, somehow her life has not turned out at all like she thought it would.  Her husband Nick, now a successful executive, despises her and is fighting over custody of the kids?  How did this happen . . .the last thing Alice remembers is being deeply in love and awaiting the birth of their first child.  She doesn't even know her three children.  Her once close relationship with her sister Elizabeth has somehow gone awry? She only remembers their closeness and doesn't know why they are distant.  Her mother has remarried.  And, she is now a busy PTA mom, running committees, dressing the part, and going to the gym everyday.  She doesn't even like exercise . . . does she?  Alice must decide how to put her life back together and how to mend relationships that she didn't even know she had lost.  This book is at times tense and angst filled but also funny and heart felt. 
by Sarah Pekkanen

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09/11/11
What happens when everything you thought your marriage was is turned upside down?  That is what Julia faces in Skipping a Beat.  Julia and Michael were high school sweethearts who married and had a seemingly  model marriage . . .success, money, big house, and all.  But, the couple has drifted apart.   Then, Michael has a brush with death and this changes everything he values.  Money and material things are suddenly unimportant.  This book explores the concept of love versus money and figuring out what matters.
by J. Courtney Sullivan

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08/31/11
Maine takes the reader into the dysfunctional Kelleher family in all its glory.  Maine is told from various perspectives:  Alice, the 83 year old matriarch of the family;  Maggie, Alice's granddaughter; Kathleen, Alice's estranged daughter;  and Anne Marie, Alice's uptight daughter-in-law. It is through these four women that we see the struggles and triumphs of the Kelleher family.  These women all come together at the summer cottage in Maine during the month of July and they each bring their "baggage" so to speak.  Alice is haunted by a tragedy that happened in 1942  and has always seemed to struggle with the path her life has taken.  Maggie comes to Maine single and pregnant.  She is a writer living in Brooklyn and has just broken up with her boyfriend, who she thought she may have loved.  Kathleen, Maggie's mother comes to Maine when she learns of Maggie's pregnancy although she vowed never to see her own mother, Alice, years ago.  And Anne Marie has crafted a life that seems perfect on the outside, but just below the surface she is struggling to figure out her life and marriage.  As each chapter switches narrator, you are drawn to their own individual stories and the characters are rich, funny, mean and much more. 
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by David Nicholls

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08/22/11
Don't miss the movie of David Nicholl's best-seller One Day.  The movie stars Anne Hathaway as Emma  and Jim Sturgess as Dexter.  For a staff review of this 2009 novel follow this link:
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by Elin Hilderbrand

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08/18/11
Silver Girl is the perfect book to read over a long summer weekend.  This book touches on friendship, betrayal, romance and redemption -- all against the backdrop of beautiful Nantucket.  Meredith Delinn is living a rich, privaledged life with her husband Freddy.  Then her world comes crashing down when Freddy is convicted of running a ponzi scheme and cheating his investors out of billions.  (ripped from the headlines of the Bernie Madoff scandal?)  Alone, and in hiding, Meredith reaches out to her long lost childhood friend, Connie.  Connie is also struggling alone as she recently lost her husband to cancer.  Connie and Meredith spend the summer at Connie's house in Nantucket attempting to rebuild their lives.  Slowly, the two learn how to embrace life again after loss.  Hildebrand also ties in a little romance with an old flame and a new flame.  There is a touch of mystery as Meredith has to help the feds recover some of Freddy's hidden money.  If you want an easy, entertaining book, this is a good choice.
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by Jennifer Weiner

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08/05/11
Don't miss Jennifer Weiner's latest novel.  Weiner is a  top author of the chick lit genre.  In Then Came You, Weiner addresses topical issues like infertility and mixes it with her usual wit and humor.  
by Darien Gee

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08/05/11
When Julia finds an unexpected package of homemade Amish Friendship Bread on her doorstep she is not sure what to do.  Included is a note that says, "I hope you enjoy it" and instructions on how to make the bread and instructions to pass on a bag of starter dough to three other people.   Julia fulfills this request and passes it on. . . soon everyone in Avalon is baking Friendship Bread.  As it makes its way through town the reader learns about life, love, friendship and the community. 
by Martin Kihn

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07/27/11
This is NOT another Marley and Me dog story.  Even though, Hola, the enormous untrained Bernese Mountain Dog is the main subject of this memoir, this book offers so much more.  Martin Kihn struggles to control Hola, but this memoir focuses on Kihn's struggle with alcoholism and recovery.  Kihn is on the verge of losing it all, his job and his wife because of his out of control drinking.  He is brought into the world of addiction recovery and very poignantly reveals his personal struggle.  At the same time, he dives head first into the world of dog obedience training and attempts to get Hola to pass the Canine Good Citizen test.  This is a great, if not obvious, metaphor in his way through the "steps" of a program and his way through the "steps" of canine good citizenship.  Kihn's writing is thoughtful, funny and touching. 
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by edited by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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07/26/11
This is Chick Lit is a compilation of Short Stories written by a variety of notable authors of the Chick Lit genre.  The short stories feature smart, funny, edgy, witty and entertaining protagonists.  These stories tell tales of friendship, laughter, love and even death. 
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