New Happenings Coming This Way!

I haven't posted this week because I've been busy with my new Blog designer miss Rebekah- She has been overhauling my blog for me and she has really nailed it! You can check out her website here I have liked everything she has picked out and together we have updated 'The Thrifty Blonde' to eehmm ehmm, presenting:

'Jessi's Design' !!

The new layout should be up and running by tomorrow and I am so excited and I hope you all love it as much as I do! My acrylic monograms have yet to come in so my wreath is still in working progress but I do need a new book! I just finished And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and if you've never read anything from him- now is the time! He is one of my favorite authors and every one of his books brings me to actual tears on pages ladies & gentlemen (maybe that's not for everyone but I love a deep emotional story) He has also written The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns which are both equally excellent! 

I have these next two ready to go on the back burner but can't decide which one to start! Any suggestions on your favorite or must-read books? (I always have to have a book on my bed-side table!) 

-The Last Madam: in 1916, at age fifteen, Norma Wallace arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she tape—recorded her memories-the scandalous stories of a powerful woman who had the city's politicians in her pocket and whose lovers included the twenty-five-year-old boy next door, whom she married when she was sixty-four. Combining those tapes with original research, Christine Wiltz chronicles not just Norma's rise and fall but also the social history of New Orleans, thick with the vice and corruption that flourished there—and, like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Philistines at the Hedgerow, resurrects a vanished secret world.

I Am Malala: When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world

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