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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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8 Comments

  1. Marianne

    Thanks for the book reviews! They all look great!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Great! Hope you like some of them

  2. Beth Sher

    I loved American Dirt it was definitely one of the best I’ve read this year

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It was so good! I appreciated the insight into what people go through.

  3. emmaclaire

    Late to the party, but loving all the good selections! I am interested in American Dirt, but there was just so much kerfluffle about it when it came out, I thought to wait until some time had passed and I could separate it in my mind from the controversy around its publication. I read a different Lucy Foley (“The Hunting Party”) and it was pretty good, so I would certainly give “The Guest List” a try. I just finished “The Choice” by Dr. Edith Eger. It’s about her experiences during WWII and how she survived and learned to thrive afterward, as a wife, mother, psychologist and motivational speaker. It was really good! I also just finished “Little Black Lies” by Sharon Bolton. It’s a thriller that takes place in the Falkland Islands, which I knew nothing about, and it was a real page-turner. I really like Bolton’s work. I also will not be making my reading goal this year – about 10 books behind at this point, but I’ve read a lot of good stuff. Happy reading!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the reminder! I enjoyed Sharon Bolton’s books. I will check to see if she has anything new.

      I remember reading the drama about American Dirt. I had mixed feelings about the drama. I can see the point of BIPOC people feeling angry that a white woman is writing a story about their experience. But at the same time, I feel like a writer is a writer and I disagree with censorship in almost all forms (even if it’s something I am really opposed to). I feel like when we start censoring WHO can write about WHAT, it gets into dangerous territory. Writers are creative. They have stories in them. A lot of times it’s about other cultures, other people’s stories. Pretty sure Stephen King is not a killer. Yet he can write about psychos, right? Maybe not the best example but you get what I mean.

      1. emmaclaire

        I do get what you mean. And I think one of the best ways to get these immigrant stories told is to tell them. As publishers see the market for literature by and about people of color, they will see what a treasure trove of creativity is waiting to be shared. It’s a step in the right direction anyway. And, no, I don’t think Stephen King is a killer, but he does write really creepy ones…Brady Hartsfield, I’m looking at you 🙁

        1. Lisa Eirene

          You said it a lot better than me. I agree. There are so many rich stories about other lives and if it opens doors for those stories, I’m all for it. It makes me think about early days when women authors had to use pen names of male names to get their books published….

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