2014 – July 31 – Hijinks Ensue

On the 31st, we’re reading “Visit to the Temple” by h.l. nelson.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  ” Girls will be girls; I guess….“[/cryout-pullquote]

Dear Diary,

Oh my god, I’m dying, this is so hilarious. I just returned from a StrollerFit class, where Robin, Julie , and I wrapped dolls up in baby blankets and put them in our strollers, then we pretended to trip and dump our “babies” on the ground, pull up our shirts to “breastfeed” without covering up, and be obnoxious and competitive “new moms” about our babies’ height, weight, and head measurements. The other women caught on after about twenty minutes and insisted we leave. Continue reading

2014 – July 30 – The Getaway

On the 30th day, we’re reading “The Getaway” by Joanne Jagoda.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “Too many Lifetime movies, not enough life.“[/cryout-pullquote]

It’s 5: 30. If I see those damn green numbers one more time I’m going to puke. Why doesn’t the time go faster? I’m packed though it took me all night. I splurged on a few new outfits and that sexy one shoulder black bathing suit , but I’ll regret it when the bills come. Oh hell, for once I don’t care. David is picking me up at ten. I’ve got to keep busy until then. I’ll pay bills, dust and water the plants.

This month Continue reading

2014 – July 29 – Family Values

It’s the 29th day, and we’re reading “Family Values” by Vanessa Wiebler Paris.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “ I can break you.“[/cryout-pullquote]

“Don’t rely on others for your happiness,” I start. “You’re responsible for your own happiness.”

“Never admit weakness,” Iris says without missing a beat.

It’s a game Iris invented. She comes up with a topic, and then we ping-pong back and forth until someone is stumped or gives up. Tonight’s topic is “Family Values (Things My Family Taught Me Without Me Even Realizing It).”

The story of Slim Jim has been funny and heart-breaking by turns, but always worthy of our attention. Continue reading

2014 – July 28 – Roadies

On the 28th day we’re reading “Roadies” by Kimberlee Smith.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “All worlds are one world.“[/cryout-pullquote]

I don’t know where my husband Dean is, and I’m not that interested in finding out right about now. I am transfixed. This is what I watch my mum Maybell pack up for our baby daughter Etheline and for herself: bottled water, canned sausages, two serrated knives , adult diapers size medium , lime cordial, several bottles of gin, a case of instant oatmeal and boxes of sultanas to go with it, cases of pureed baby food, peanut butter, wet wipes, kitchen-size plastic rubbish bags, her Ouija board, disposable Continue reading

2014 – July 27 – In the Bathroom at Arby’s

It’s the 27th and time for “In the Bathroom at Arby’s” by Nathaniel Tower.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “ Do these fries need ketchup?“[/cryout-pullquote]

It’s been a month since Samford discovered he wasn’t a clone. Unless of course the doctor was lying , but Samford saw no reason why he would. Since watching the doctor die in front of him, he has been on the run. He hasn’t spent two nights in the same city. Today he is in Nashville, taking a shit in an Arby’s bathroom. Greasy food has always sent Samford straight to the shitter, and he hasn’t been able to eat anything that isn’t greasy Continue reading

2014 – July 26 – Hazard

On the 26th day we’re reading “Hazard” by Gary Percesepe.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “40 Love… whoops! wrong game.“[/cryout-pullquote]

Seven months after his divorce, a man steers his rented Cadillac Seville down the narrow lane of a manicured country club, positions the car so that it is facing the eighteenth green, and cuts the engine. He touches a button and four windows glide down leather doors, letting in the local air, and with it, a flood of memories.

It’s a clever way to introduce a flashback. About a year before, Gary was playing golf when he realized his wife was having an affair. She was in the process Continue reading

2014 – July 25 – Morgana Malone and the Mystery of the Manna from Heaven

It’s the 25th and we’re reading “Morgana Malone and the Mystery of the Manna from Heaven” by Matt Potter.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “Some like it hot.“[/cryout-pullquote]

“Morgana Malone?”

I turn and see a young man, high cheekbones on a thin face and short dark hair atop deep brown eyes. He’s looking at me through the open driver’s window of a shiny, dark blue car. It’s cold and the sky above is that depressing pale grey we all grow to know and loathe over the Australian winter. No rain, just cold and grey and dull dull dull. But it’s a quiet suburban neighbourhood and we appear to be Continue reading

2014 – July 24 – Quelle Surprise

On the 24th we’re reading “Quelle Surprise” by Teresa Burns Gunther.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Ramey Ramble: “Kissing cousins?”[/cryout-pullquote]

Rachel unfolds from the cab at Pier 39. It’s July 24th. 6: 00 pm. San Francisco has wrapped her gray shawl around the day, dropping the temperature into the 50s. Susie’s not waiting in front of the Aquarium as agreed. Rachel grits her teeth and texts where r u? Susie responds w/ the seals!

Our journey with Rachel began with a New Year’s resolution to work on her people skills. Since then she’s conspired to kill her neighbor’s rabbit (neighborliness), opened up a trunk of daddy issues, collaborated with a pigeon-rescuing coworker (patience), stolen moisturizer Continue reading

2014 – July 23 – All That Trouble

It’s the 23rd, and time for “All That Trouble” by Darryl Price.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Ramey ramble:  “What’s up, doc? The moon, of course.”[/cryout-pullquote]

Hey, Doc, did you hear? They tell me I’m going home pretty soon. Probably next week, next week sometime. I won’t know what to do with myself.

I’m going to miss you, Doc. You’ve been a real good friend to me, which to all but us chickens seems like a funny kind of thing to say to someone in your position, I know, but I mean it. You’ve kept the fox at bay.

We’ve come a long way in this story line, from psychotic break Continue reading

2014 – July 22 – Heat Rises

It’s the 22nd, time to read “Heat Rises” by Margaret Bingel.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Ramey ramble:  “Bitches be crazy!“[/cryout-pullquote]

July in the city is a humid, sticky time of the year, but the weathermen claim the heat wave should be over in a few days. Ned and his mother are drinking iced tea while standing in the back doorway of his apartment, Ned with one foot on the back stoop, his mother’s head sticking just outside. Nadia gnaws on an ice cube, belly flat on the kitchen linoleum.

This month, Ned continues his post-coma recovery. Last month he adopted a dog. This month, the dog, Continue reading