The Land of Enchantment

land-of-enchantmentThe Land of Enchantment is a journey through a tortured romance, an emotionally abusive relationship, and a first love.

Leigh Stein walks you through what she saw at the time as a beautifully romantic love story. From suburban Chicago, to the New Mexico desert, to Brooklyn, Stein tells the story of how they met, started over across the country and moved on in a new city.

While in the relationship she had no idea it was abusive. Even admitting abuse to a doctor, it was suggested she needed to give her boyfriend a break. It took her years after it was over to understand it was abusive.

Her story is unique, because it is her’s and no two are the same, but also because as she spends years continuing to pull away from him, and as she continues to be pulled back in by him, he suddenly dies, leaving things unresolved.

What began as a look at how we grieve in today’s online all the time world, she found what she was writing was a different story. As she realized what the relationship really was, she couldn’t tell anyone, and admit the mistake she’d made in moving away from home with a man she hadn’t been dating long.

When I saw her speak at Women and Children First, she talked about the need to share her story because so often emotional and mental abuse isn’t viewed as real, or a painful to live through. With no visible signs of abuse, emotional and mental abuse is often not believed by others. The scars go far deeper and take longer to recover.

Stein doesn’t wrap the book up in the usual female memoir way, which I actually appreciated. The book is quick, traveling through time, and back and forth across the country, making you feel the rush of the relationship as you go.




The amazing power of books

Books give a soul to the universe,wings to the mind,flight to the imagination,and life to everything.- Plato

Reader’s Bill of Rights

Books give a soul to the universe,wings to the mind,flight to the imagination,and life to everything.- Plato (1)

First Book of the Month box

My first Book of the Month club box arrived! It came with a tote, a wine koozie, and a book mark.

I’m pretty excited to get started with All the Ugly and Wonderful Things too! If you’re looking for bookish box, I’d like to suggest this one – it’s been around since 1926. (Fun fact: my grandpa got most his books from Book of the Month.)

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If you’re interested you can use this link for a trial discount. 

What Maggie’s reading that aren’t books

In book related great things I’ve found on the internet lately:

This may be a little old, but I ran across it recently. Put together by Powell Books (yes, that Powell Books) you’ll want to keep track of this to update your To Be Read list: 25 Women to Read Before You Die

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I joined Book of the Month

I joined Book of the Month after getting a discount code for a three month trial. And then I had to pick between five books – which took some time!

A couple amazing things I quickly learned:  Continue reading

The Ship of Brides

20893485My favorite Jojo Moyes book, The Ship of Brides follows four Australian war brides joining more than 600 others on a British air craft carrier to meet their husbands in England.

Told as a flash back, it opens in modern day with a woman traveling in India with her granddaughter. You are quickly brought into the stories of several young women preparing to leave Australia by Royal Navy ship.  Continue reading

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night



15850930Some books are just a joy to read. Vera is barely old enough to leave home and heads to Chicago in the early 1920s. She quickly finds herself for falling for two gangsters from rival gangs.

So yeah, it’ll pull you in. Renee Rosen likes to take the first 50 pages or so to set the stage. All her books feel like they’re starting slow, but then all of the sudden – things are rolling. And set in the roaring ’20s, they roll fast, with a heavy dose of liquor, and a lot of secrets. Continue reading

5 Books About the South

I’ve spent a lot of time, and most of my adult life, living south of the Mason-Dixon Line. While on vacation in Charleston I started thinking about some truly southern books I’ve loved.

The list I came up with was much longer, so odds are more will be coming. Until then here’s 5 southern books: Continue reading