On Day Four of BBAW, our topic is about forgotten treasures.  We’re to spotlight a book that we wish would get more attention.  To play, click the picture for the link.

As I strolled through my rooms, scanning my bookshelves, I kept thinking…no, that one isn’t quite right.  And then I came to the short stack on my old wicker trunk, the stack of books I’ve planned to reread because they were uniquely special.

The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing, is on that stack.  I recall reading that one during college.

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On Amazon, we find this blurb:

Much to its author’s chagrin, The Golden Notebook instantly became a staple of the feminist movement when it was published in 1962. Doris Lessing’s novel deconstructs the life of Anna Wulf, a sometime-Communist and a deeply leftist writer living in postwar London with her small daughter. Anna is battling writer’s block, and, it often seems, the damaging chaos of life itself. The elements that made the book remarkable when it first appeared–extremely candid sexual and psychological descriptions of its characters and a fractured, postmodern structure–are no longer shocking. Nevertheless, The Golden Notebook has retained a great deal of power, chiefly due to its often brutal honesty and the sheer variation and sweep of its prose.This largely autobiographical work comprises Anna’s four notebooks: “a black notebook which is to do with Anna Wulf the writer; a red notebook concerned with politics; a yellow notebook, in which I make stories out of my experience; and a blue notebook which tries to be a diary.” In a brilliant act of verisimilitude, Lessing alternates between these notebooks instead of presenting each one whole, also weaving in a novel called Free Women, which views Anna’s life from the omniscient narrator’s point of view. As the novel draws to a close, Anna, in the midst of a breakdown, abandons her dependence on compartmentalization and writes the single golden notebook of the title….

I do recall that I carried this one around with me, reading bits and pieces when I had the chance.  I mostly read it while I was going to consciousness-raising groups (an early 1970s feature of my life).

Today’s young women might not be able to relate to this one the way my generation could—we felt as though it was our mission in life to win personal freedom for all women—but I still think it’s an important part of our history and could lend insight into what made some of us tick…way back in the day.

My own journey is one I chronicled (fictionally) in the first novel I wrote, Miles to Go.

What treasures did you forget about, and then recall for today’s event?  Please stop by and share….


Today is Day 3, and here’s the topic.  Click the picture to your left to visit the hosting page:

Book bloggers can be some of the most influential people around!  Today we invite you to share with us a book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger.  What made you cave in to try something new and what was the experience like?

That’s difficult to answer, since there have been many books that I’ve thought about over the years, and when I’ve seen them spotlighted on a blog, I think: why not?

But if there was one powerful flash that seemed to hit and circle around the blogosphere, I guess I would say it was the 50th anniversary spotlight of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; I hadn’t read it before!

So when I did, I felt cozy and warm and like a member of a really unique group of individuals who enjoy classic literature.


This week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week!  What an event this is turning into…like most blogging events.

As we all know, there are infinite numbers of bloggers out there.  So how to connect with even a small portion of them?  Well, taking part in these events is the first way.

My adventures as a blogger began last year, around June, when I joined a little networking site (not so little, actually!) called Book Blogs.

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There I met a fantastic blogger whom I’ll be shouting out about today.  Sheila, of Book Journey, connected with me there and I visited her blog.  I was very excited to discover Word Press, as I was looking around for alternatives at the time.  And Sheila was so helpful in mentoring me about some of those “how-to” issues.

She posted an interview with me and featured my book Miles to Go.

But why I keep going back to visit everyday has a lot to do with her warm, welcoming attitude and her Morning Meanderings. I always want to have my own coffee cup handy when I start reading.  She shares about her life, her adventures, and posts lots of interesting photos.

One time she even posted photos of her wonderfully cheery kitchen.  Now I felt as though I was actually visiting.

Her giveaways, her book reviews, and her energy—all of these aspects to her blogging mojo attract and bring in the visitors.

Not to mention her It’s Monday meme!

So I’m very happy that I discovered her blog, and while I’ve also visited many other blogs out there that I enjoy, hers was the “first treasure” I found.

Click on the BBAW picture above to join in the fun!