Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Bookanistas: STRANDED by J.T. Dutton


We are so excited to introduce a new book review blog chain called The Bookanistas. We're a group of writers who are at various stages in the publishing process and have decided to band together to recommend and promote the books we love. As writers we've made a conscious decision to post only about books that we're excited to read or books that we've already read and loved.

We will post reviews every Thursday that cover various topics – upcoming ARCs, books we've read and enjoyed, and even cover reviews. The Bookanistas think books are the new black, so if you'd like one of us to review your book or ARC, feel free to contact us and we will add it to our list.




This week we've decided to recommend STRANDED by J.T. Dutton.

Here's what the cover has to say: A farmer’s discovery in his cornfield thrusts a small farm town into a raging media frenzy—and Kelly Louise into a new home. Who knew a person could feel so completely stranded somewhere with national news coverage?


How is Kelly Louise supposed to shed her virginal status when the baby in the cornfield shadows her every hair flip, every wink? And the one boy around who rates anywhere near acceptable on the Maximum Man Scale only has eyes for her cousin, Natalie (who only has eyes for Jesus).

But Natalie has a secret. Everyone is so busy burying the truth about Baby Grace, they can’t see who they’re burying alive.

Welcome to Heaven, Iowa.

LiLa's Take: We fell in love with this book when we attended the book launch and heard the author read an excerpt. Kelly Louise's voice is engaging and often times laugh out loud funny.

According to Kelly Louise, the Sorenson family is very emotional, "possibly the reason we have a history of farm foreclosure and alcoholism." Yet her Nana is always hoping they'll turn things around which might explain the reason "she opted for the white rug in the living room, instead of a more practical color for soda and gin drinkers like bright orange. The Sorensons had such a bad track record maybe we should be a little more humble in our decorating choices."

Dutton's lyrical and entertaining voice really brings Heaven, Iowa to life. The themes throughout the book are dark, but Dutton has a light touch and handles difficult situations deftly. In Kelly Louise's world wearing a beret is "like wearing a wink." There's magic in her words and her story, and we hope you'll check it out.


Here's a list of the other amazing book recommendations you can check out this week:

29 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

So really this is just a clever way for you all to get more ARCs? Very smart, great idea!

JennyMac said...

Thanks for the great suggestions. ANd bookinistas...love it.

Cheree said...

Ooh, that sounds like a great book. Thanks for the suggestion.

salarsenッ said...

Ladies, this is great! Just came from a few of your fellow Bookanistas. I love the avatar and the title. Looking forward to reading.

Loretta Nyhan said...

This book looks awesome! I'm off to goodreads to add it to my list...

Jen said...

Okay I MUST READ THIS BOOK because it sounds awesome. Oh and anything that is in Iowa is something I fully support since I am a native Iowan :)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

sounds great! and yay to a fantastic idea!

Scott Tracey said...

Great review, LiLa!

SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

Ooh! This one looks really good! More to read!

Check out my BEA BONANZA BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Jonathon Arntson said...

This group is cool because you are compiling all these ARCs that Ive been drooling over and making me want them more. Hm...meanies.

Christine Fonseca said...

OOHHH...Sounds so good!

Katie said...

This is exciting! I've never heard of this one.

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

I haven't heard of this one before. Thanks for passing the title along. Now I am off to go buy stock in Barnes and Noble, thanks to you Bookanistas!

Marissa

Jemi Fraser said...

Great idea! This book is new to me - sounds great! :)

Carolyn V. said...

Wow, I'm excited to hear about this book! I can't wait to read it. =)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

This looks amazing! Sounds like nothing I've heard before. And I'll root for any book that glorifies the Midwest. "Welcome to Heaven, Iowa." LOVE it. Beautiful play on words. I want to go to this Heaven.

Wait. Shoot. Irony. Hm. Just as well. I'm pretty sure Indiana is the only real Heaven on Earth anyway.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

[That's my sarcasm]

Anyway, looking forward to reading this one.

elissa said...

ooh, I love your list! I have heard such good things about Anna and the French Kiss! It's totally on my list!

Lenny said...

that bookanista sounds real cool. im gonna share out this post with my family cause all of us are book readers. could you tell me what does ARC stand for? thanks!
...smiles from lenny

Elana Johnson said...

Oooh, since The Sky is Everywhere, I'm all over lyrical. I'll be reading this one for sure.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

i think this cover is airy and fun.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Yep, definitely sounds like I need to give this one a try. You make it sound all kinds of awesome! :)

Marsha Sigman said...

It sounds really good. Love that line abut the boy having eyes for her cousin who only has eyes for Jesus. That's funny.

Lisa Gail Green said...

My blogger feed:

Bookinistas
Bookinistas
Interview
Bookinstas
Bookinistas

See a pattern here?? I do. :)

Lisa_Gibson said...

I'll definitely throw this on one my tbr pile. Sounds terrific!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You guys are going deep lately. This sounds both dark and engaging. Thanks for the rec and best wishes on Bookanistas!

Miles McG said...

Hey guys! I just checked out your reasons for blogging on Kimberly Derting's blog! I just wanted to say it made me smile and it was great! I already am "following" your blog (number 802, in fact) and just wanted to say hi!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Nice review, Ladies! I love the cover!

Myrna Foster said...

I'd never heard of this one, and it sounds good. Thanks for the review!

Joy said...

I adored Stranded as well. Huge love, as expressed here: http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2010/05/book-review-saturday-stranded-by-jt.html

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