Book Giveaway – Wifey by Judy Blume

HB 10

This is a used mass market paperback, read twice.  Originally published in 1978, 276 pages.  Here’s the B&N synopsis

With more than four million copies sold, Wifey is Judy Blume’s hilarious, moving tale of a woman who trades in her conventional wifely duties for her wildest fantasies-and learns a lot about life along the way.

Sandy Pressman is a nice suburban wife whose boredom is getting the best of her. She could be making friends at the club, like her husband keeps encouraging her to do.

Or working on her golf game.
Or getting her hair done.

But for some reason, these things don’t interest her as much as the naked man on the motorcycle…

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Smart Women, by Judy Blume

Smart Women by Blume Blume: Book CoverFinished 5-19-09, rating 3.5, fiction, pub. 1983

He grabbed her roughly, forcing her to face him.  “I’ve spent six years paying for what may or may not have benn my fault.  I’ll never get over it completely.  But I’ve learned to deal with it… with my guilt… with your hate… with losing Bobby… and then you, taking Sara away.  Six years is enough.”

“Enough for you,” she said.

“Enough for any of us,” he said softly.

Chapter 6

B.B. and Margot are casual friends who have a lot in common.  They both escaped to Boulder, Colorado, after their divorces and both have impressionable young daughters.  B.B. has Sara, a serious preteen who bears the brunt of her mother’s anger.  Michelle, Margot’s daughter, is a 17 year old who is full of anger at her mother and is not afraid to show it.  These four share time telling the story.

B.B. is a successful realtor with her head in the sand.  She lost her 10 year old son in car accident with her then husband, Andrew, driving.  She is incensed that Andrew now wants to move to Boulder to be closer to Sara and she asks Margot to keep an eye on him when he moves next door to her.  Margot, who has had a string of boyfriends, meets the sexy Andrew and tries not to fan the flames between them.  Andrew for his part has no problem pursuing Margot and it sends B.B. over the edge.

I found the story readable and compelling and I don’t know why.  These ‘smart women’ all had problems.  B.B. was a cold, unforgivable shrew.  Margot cared more about her next boyfriend and sex life than her two kids.  Michelle is the awful teen cliche and may have been the only one to show any real growth from beginning to end.  And poor Sara bore the brunt of her mother’s verbal abuse and was the only sympathetic character in the whole bunch.  But, maybe it was their extreme flaws that made them so recognizable  and therefore the story compelling.

At its best it is about what makes a family and the blending that takes place with divorced parents.  At its worst it is a shallow soap opera.  I’m torn as to which side it falls closer to.

Teaser Tuesday – Smart Women


Teaser Tuesdaysis a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! ;)

“You killed Bobby and now you’re trying to take Sara so that I’ll have nothing left, nothing to live for.  You won’t be satisfied until then, will you?”

Smart Women by Judy Blume, Chapter 20

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Before anyone asks, this is an old book, 1983, 

So, what are you reading today?

Books = Gifts

This year I had decided to make books the theme of my Christmas gift giving.  We have an independent bookstore that I will support by shopping there and I’m compiling my list of ideas before I go.  Last night I found the website,, and was excited to see a site with links to good gift ideas, a book sweepstakes, and this fun video
America’s book publishers are proud to debut a holiday video featuring Elmo, Martha Stewart, Jon Stewart, Barbara Walters, Dean Koontz, Maya Angelou, Mary Higgins Clark, Kathie Lee Gifford, Bill O’Reilly, Christopher Paolini, Frank McCourt, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Julie Andrews, Cesar Milan, Carol Higgins Clark, Alec Baldwin, Deidre Imus, Jim Cramer, Nora Ephron, Dan Brown, Judy Blume, Jonathan Lethem, Scott Westerfeld, Rachael Ray, and John Lithgow sharing their reasons why books make great gifts.
I hope you will all join me this year in supporting authors, booksellers, and publishers by buying books for gifts 🙂