A Scrapbook Novel Giveaway from Darien Gee
Scrapbooks and storytelling—what could better than that? The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is the latest book by Darien Gee, who infuses her writing with a love of crafting and the opportunity to make new friends through crafts. In this special guest post, Darien offers her insight on why scrapbooking is such an important activity. If you’re an avid scrapbooker—or just love a good read—make sure to enter Romance at Random’s giveaway!
Get a bunch of scrapbookers together (or, better yet, spend the weekend cropping with them), and one thing’s for sure: the stories never end.
There’s a reason for this, of course, because scrapbookers are the consummate storytellers. They don’t just leave a picture on a page or stick a movie stub in between the pages of a book. They caption the photos, offer details and explanations on journal cards, add embellishments that evoke a sense of the moment. They guide you through the baby shower, the family vacation, the graduation. They pull you into an experience they have lived and invite you to be a part of it by being witness to it.
“I don’t scrapbook,” is the first thing out of people’s mouths when they hear the title of my book. I then go on to explain that scrapbooking takes many forms, that at its heart it’s about memory keeping. “Ohhh,” I’ll hear, because they understand that. They know about memory keeping, about holding something close, about the risk of losing that very thing. And then guess what happens? They beckon me to sit down next to them and the stories never end.
The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is about people and about the stories we hold tight to. For Isabel, fixing up her house so she can sell it means confronting painful memories; for Frances, it’s about how her life will change if their family adopts a special needs girl from China; for Yvonne, another chance at happiness means looking at the life of privilege she once left behind; and for Connie, who also appears in my first Avalon book, Friendship Bread, finding a wayward goat triggers a sense of aloneness that makes her question what home really means. And then there’s Ava, a single mother who is trying to do the best by her son but realizes she needs more support and there’s only one person who can give it.
Through the eyes of these women we see the thread of the story, a woman named Bettie Shelton. Bettie is a nosy, pesky, annoying neighbor who happens to be the founder of the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society. She’s been carrying a secret all these years, and that’s what propels her to get everyone to put picture to paper. Bettie knows the value of remembering, and knows what’s lost when we forget.
We are all the storytellers of our own lives. Scrapbooking is the means by which we prove our connection—with ourselves, our past, our present, and our future. It’s about how we interact with the world around us. It’s the evidence that we exist and are alive in the world. It reminds us of the people who have been a part of our journey. Scrapbooking reminds us of who we are.
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Michael Symon's Carnivore
120 Recipes for Meat Lovers
Written by Anastasia Young
Category: Cooking - Meat; Cooking - American
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
On Sale: October 16, 2012