What do we owe those who gave us life?
Can redemption be granted, or must it be earned?
Ellen and her daughter Althea share an apartment in Chicago. A universe of two, they live a simple life and take care of each other. When Ellen receives a call urging her to her estranged father’s hospital bedside, she wonders whether or not she's ready to face the past she so desperately escaped.
Is Ellen ready to subject Althea to a road trip into her past, and the long-held secrets she left behind?More info →
Everyone who eats food and reads books will enjoy this companion volume to Bookworms Anonymous, Volumes I and II. It's not for sale anywhere, but you can get it free here by signing up for my email list.
The Cookbooklet is crammed full of non-vegan vegetarian recipes and anecdotes from everyone's favorite book club meetings. It also features a couple of essays about living with a reading addiction.
Don't just sit there, read!More info →
Part memoir, part cookbook, and part informational guide, Bookworms Anonymous by Jan Stafford Kellis describes the author’s experiences with her unique book club in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Kellis reveals a nontraditional club in 8 sample meetings, where readers buy only the books they want and take the time they need to read them. Their “read, eat, meet, repeat” structure bonds the members, creating a community extending well beyond the literary world. Kellis offers Book Handling Commandments (do not dog-ear pages) and lively instructions on how to establish your own book club. Filled with personal anecdotes, book reviews, menus, and over twenty recipes, Bookworms Anonymous is designed for anyone who loves to read and wants to enhance the experience.More info →
The true tale of our non-traditional book club, Bookworms Anonymous is a laudatory examination of reading as a hobby, diversion, obsession, even sport. The books feature a bookworm's eye view of eight club meetings, loads of book reviews and suggestions, recipes and, in Volume I, instructions on establishing your own chapter of Bookworms Anonymous. Each chapter incorporates brief accounts of daily life in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Part memoir, part cookbook, and part informational guide, each book includes reading lists, menus and recipes as well as lively book-centric conversations.
Is reality merely the span of time you tolerate between books?
Is a day without reading considered lost time?
Is the smell of a new book enough to make you hold your calls, cancel appointments and sequester yourself for a reading break?
Do you regard reading as necessary to your mental and emotional well-being?
Do you plan your activities and obligations around your (required) reading time?
You are among friends here.
Turn the page and begin.
Flashback to 1980: Enid comes of age in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where there isn't much to do in the summer or any other time of year for a twelve-year-old girl. Her summer education includes listening to the "drunken pontificators" lecture in the coffee shop about what not to do as she joins her dad at the local table for their morning refueling. Her mother and grandmother provide conflicting advice on maturing gracefully and younger sister Chloe dances her way through the days, oblivious of Enid's struggle to define herself. Enid learns life can't be distilled into mere words and small towns sometimes offer the widest view of humanity.More info →
Culture. Couture. Cuisine.Italy has it all and she's willing to share. Explore the world's first tourist destination with this thoroughly researched and enjoyed trip of a lifetime. This true story of a mother-daughter trip incorporates the traditional triumvirate (Venice-Florence-Rome) with Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, resulting in a perfect armchair tour of urban and rural Italy.
Written with a light, entertaining voice, reading this book may cause an irresistible urge to travel to Italy.More info →
Meet Mitch and Marcia: twins, best friends and local celebrities in the small town of Iron Falls, Michigan. Mitch's superhuman dedication to his detective job and Marcia's near-obsessive focus on her family and bookstore business appear ordinary until the secret they've shared for three and a half decades threatens to surface.
"Kellis explores a tight-lipped family's private pain and guilt in a novel that plays out among small-town gossip in the Upper Peninsula."
-Kirkus ReviewsMore info →