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 Teresa Medeiros

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05/19/11
This book is told almost entirely in 140-character tweets!  Abby_Donovan is an author who has a bad case of writers block when her  editor signs her up for a twitter account.  She soon starts tweeting with MarkBaynard and its a modern take on a classic tale of love!
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by Hester Browne

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05/18/11
Evie Nicholson is an antiques appaiser who loves looking into the past.  She is called to Kettlesheer castle to appraise a castle full of artifacts and family heirlooms.  While there she meets Robert, the son of the current owner.  The relationship between Robert and Evie progresses along as friends . . .maybe more . . . as she learns more and more from the past. 
by Emily Giffin

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05/17/11
If you are a fan of Emily Giffin's books, do not miss Something Borrowed.  This is not a new book.  But, the movie is theaters now and does a great job of bringing this chick lit book to the big screen!
by Matt Logelin

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05/06/11
As a follower of Matt Logelin's blog, I was anticipating the release of this book and I devoured it in one day.  This book is an emotional memoir chronicling the first year after the tragic death of Matt's wife, Liz.  As Matt explains, on March 22, 2008 his daughter Madeline came into this world and the next day, her mother, Liz left it after suffering a pulmonary embolism.  He experienced the best joy in the world, and the worst tragedy all in 27 hours.  To deal with his grief and struggles of new single fatherhood, he turned to the blogging world.  He was overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity he found among internet friends who reached out to help him and Maddy.  This book is an honest and heart wrenching look at loss and grief.  But, it is also a love story from a father to his daughter.  Matt admits that the only thing that got him out of bed in the mornings was knowing that his daughter Maddy needed him and was depending on him.  This book is also a tribute to his love for Liz.  What a wonderful tribute it is.
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by O'Neal Barbara

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05/06/11
Barbara O'Neal is a Rita-award winning romance author and this book is certainly  more romance novel than a typical Chick Lit novel.  However, this book  will not disappoint.  This book explores the love of famil yand food and about creating your own second chances.  And, of course romance shows up when you least expect it to.
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by Kate Racculia

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04/29/11
This is a highly recommended debut novel by Kate Racculia.  But, it is difficult to classify:  this is part coming of age story, part romance, part mystery, and  part literary women's fiction.  Lost in grief after his wife's death, Arthur follows a postcard he finds in a shoebox of his wife's keepsakes.  The postcard is addressed to a boardinghouse in New York.  There he finds Mona, the owner of the boardinghouse and her daughter.  From there all three learn more about each other and about life. 
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by Nancy Martin

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04/26/11
Foxy Roxy is the first in the Roxy Abruzzo mystery series by Nancy Martin.  Roxy is a sexy, tough, Pittsburgh sleuth.  Some reviews say this series is a cross between Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and Lisa Scottoline's Bennie Rosato.
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by Laurie Frankel

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04/22/11
This book offers a twist on what makes a family.  When Jill, a graduate student, finds herself both single and  pregnant , her two roommates, Janey and Katie agree to take on the adventure of parenting together with her.   This book is heartwarming and funny and shows how lives are changed by the bonds of nontraditional family.
by Sara Gruen

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04/20/11
Water For Elephants isn't a typical "Chick Lit" book but with movie stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon playing the main characters in the movie it fits the bill!  With the movie coming out you may want to read the book before seeing the film.  In Water For Elephants Gruen transports the reader to post-depression era where Jacob joins the circus and finds a bizarre world filled with beauty, cruelty, love, hatred and more.  It will be interesting to see how the movie compares to the book.  For a sneak peak, here is the movie trailer . . .
04/14/11
As my blog posts generally feature books that are "Chick Lit" books I thought I would clarify just what the genre of Chick Lit really is.  I think most people think of books like Bridget Jones Diary or the movies like Sex in the City when they think of Chick Lit.  But, for a thorough definition, I turned to http://www.chicklitbooks.com website.  Here is their great definition of Chicklit:

"Chick lit is a genre comprised of books that are mainly written by women for women. The books range from having main characters in their early 20’s to their late 60’s. There is usually a personal, light, and humorous tone to the books. Sometimes they are written in first-person narrative; other time they are written from multiple viewpoints. The plots usually consist of women experiencing usual life issues, such as love, marriage, dating, relationships, friendships, roommates, corporate environments, weight issues, addiction, and much more.

So how does that differ from regular woman’s fiction, you might be wondering? Well, it’s all in the tone. Chick lit is told in a more confiding, personal tone. It’s like having a best friend tell you about her life. Or watching various characters go through things that you have gone through yourself, or witnessed others going through."

So, why not give a Chick Lit book a try next time you are looking for something to read?

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