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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Musings - The Book by Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell's writing is exquisite. Whether it's poetry or women's fiction, like her stunning debut novel, String Bridge, her writing captivates and mesmerizes me. I can't wait to read her new book, called The Book. Here's what Jess says about it.

Ever wondered how a five-year-old girl perceives the world? Then you definitely need to get your hands on THE BOOK, a novella by Jessica Bell.

Check out these awesome reviews:
"Jessica Bell’s surprising risks with language capture a child’s clear vision in a world of adult heartbreak. Indelible. Courageous." ~Thaisa Frank, author of Heidegger's Glasses and Enchantment

"THE BOOK is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It's going to rip your blood pump out of your chest, kick it around like a football, and then shove it back inside you, leaving you with a potently reinvigorated faith in humanity. A curiously captivating read that somehow manages to encapsulate the length and breadth of love and family in one slim volume." ~Josh Donellan, author of Zeb and the Great Ruckus

Here's the blurb:
This book is not The Book. The Book is in this book. And The Book in this book is both the goodie and the baddie.

Bonnie is five. She wants to bury The Book because it is a demon that should go to hell. Penny, Bonnie’s mother, does bury The Book, but every day she digs it up and writes in it. John, Bonnie’s father, doesn’t live with them anymore. But he still likes to write in it from time to time. Ted, Bonnie’s stepfather, would like to write in The Book, but Penny won’t allow it.

To Bonnie, The Book is sadness.
To Penny, The Book is liberation.
To John, The Book is forgiveness.
To Ted, The Book is envy.
But The Book in this book isn’t what it seems at all.

If there was one thing in this world you wished you could hold in your hand, what would it be? The world bets it would be The Book.


Available at all major retailers in e-book and paperback, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

I am sorry I will be unable to respond to comments today - We've had a death in the family and are driving to Texas. Be well everyone.


Jessica Bell said...

Thank you so much for posting this today.

Oh, I'm so terribly sorry about your bad news! You take care and I'm thinking of you. xoxo

Yvonnes Poetry Corner said...

Sounds like a must for me. Loved the read.


Manzanita said...

My sympathy to you and your family.
Take care, Manzanita

LD Masterson said...

Yes, very intrigued. This one's going on my TBR list.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Really unique premise!

Donna Farrer said...

Sorry to hear about your sad news. Have a safe trip. This review of The Book makes me want to start it right away! I am just finishing Coming to Rosemont by Barbara Hinske. It has been thrilling to read. If anyone is looking for a good book to get into I reccomend going to her site barbarahinske.com and taking a look, you will be taken by it I am sure!

Tracy Jo said...

Love Jessica. Sending you prayers and peace. Safe travels....

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. this is one book I'll be getting ... cheers Hilary

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

So sorry for the death in your family.

I LOVED this book. It's unlike anything I've ever read.