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The Center Cannot Hold, Elyn Saks

Monday, June 20, 2011

We Interrupt This Sea-Side Vacation To Bring You Some Much Needed Beatrice Munson...

Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey
In Vista Heights, the women of the neighborhood have started to look like their homes, varying shades of beige.

Lost in this world of suburbia, Marissa Lyons learns her high school nemesis has bought the house right across the street from her. Afraid that her arch enemy, Beatrice Munson, will arrive with Marissa’s high school crush as her husband and cause Marissa to relive the insecurity of high school in her forties she decides to face the music and heads to Beatrice’s house with warm cupcakes. But what Marissa finds is something she never expected.

How will Marissa and the rest of the women of San Martino deal with someone like Beatrice Munson, whose defining moment in her life was to get a boob job or go on a trip to Egypt.

This story is about friendship, love, learning to look at things differently, and great parties.

Step into the world of Vista Heights where you might recognize the women, or you might be one of them.

 I bring this book review from Sandy Eggo--who has so thoughtfully provided much needed recuperation this week via a summer vacation at the Harbor Island Hilton. Forgive me if my formatting lacks the usual style...I lost my inhibitions somewhere at the bottom of a margarita glass.

Cover: A+
The color, the style, the simplicity--all of it works. The perfect meld. Love, love, love it. Kudos, Terry Whitington for such masterful work

Story: A
Beatrice Munson is Mary Poppins for every woman over forty. She is the person you wish you were, the person you wish was your BFF, and the person you will strive to be forevermore.
This book is enjoyable. Not what you expect, considering Marissa spent her years post high school building her up as her arch nemesis. Beatrice rides into town, her carpet bag full of tricks & tips to shake up the neighborhood in a good way. She is a Good Witch, a fortune teller, & the female equivalent to Buddha. 
Marissa and her besties fall prey to Beatrice's intoxicating ways and before you know it...*poof*they find the courage and dreams they lost between diaper changes.

This is a great summer read. If you've ever felt like an outcast for not drinking the "motherhood is the end all be all" Kool-Aid, this is the book for you. Do yourself a favor, get a little Beatrice Munson'd. You'll be glad you did!
Right now you can find a copy of "Beatrice Munson" on for your Kindle. At under five bucks, it's more affordable than months of therapy and just as effective! It is also available in paperback for $12.95.
That's all I have for now. After I fully digest my Dungeness Crab I'll be back.

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