Please Join Me! East Hampton Library Children’s Fair, Long Island, NY

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Sunday, August 12  1:00-5:30pm

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555 Field, 555 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, NY

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Many Authors Including Me, Elaine Donadio!

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Please Join Me! E. Hampton Library Children’s Fair, Long Island, NY

Book Signings & More 

Sunday, August 12  1:00-5:30pm

East Hampton Library Children’s Fair

Free Admission

Carnival Rides, Games, Book Signings, Raffles, Crafts, Treats

555 Field, 555 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, NY

easthamptonlibrary.org or 631-324-0222

Many Authors Including Me, Elaine Donadio!

It’s A Happening Place

Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn 5 Stars *****

This has to be one of the best books I’ve ever read! That this is the author’s debut novel is astounding. A.J. Finn (real name Daniel Mallory) opted to use a pseudonym to protect his privacy. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans…This book became an immediate best seller, is the biggest selling fiction title of 2018, has been translated into thirty-eight languages, AND is being made into a major motion picture due to be released in 2019 starring Amy Adams.

Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman, formerly a child psychologist, now living alone in New York City, hides from the world with bottles and bottles of wine, old classic black and white movies, and last, but not least, her camera with its zoom lens which enables her to magnify the otherwise flimsy details of her neighbors’ lives as seen through their uncovered windows. Yes, this story brings back memories of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On The Train, but it is so much more. The premise is the same, but this book is no rip-off. The plot has many twists that unfold slowly. Anna’s real story seeps out while the reader is given glimpses and hints throughout.

Anna becomes obsessed by the new family across the park. The Russells present a contradictory picture. Nothing is as it seems. Anna is sure she has witnessed a violent crime, but the police cannot find any proof. Anna befriends their sixteen year old son, Ethan, who is presented as a sympathetic character. David, Anna’s basement tenant, is a moody character with a criminal past. Anna’s husband and daughter live “elsewhere” as a result of their marital separation. Abject fear of leaving her home prevents Anna from venturing outside. Being a voyeur keeps her in touch with what’s real. Groceries and medications are delivered. Her therapist makes house calls. Weird things start to happen which make Anna and others doubt her sanity. Is Anna being Gaslighted?

The dialogue from these wonderful old classic films cleverly mirrors the events taking place in Anna’s life in real-time. Characters are developed. The author shows rather than tells. Transitions and interior thoughts move the plot along. We look inside the head of a desperate woman and begin to realize what she tells us about herself might not be entirely true. We begin to mistrust her judgment. Despite this, the ending takes us by surprise. You see, we find out we only thought we knew the real Anna Fox.

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

 

Book Review: The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable

Book Review:  The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable- A Novel About JFK  (John F. Kennedy) 4 Stars****

Did JFK have a love child with Alicia Corning Clark?

Alicia Corning Clark was an actual person whose life mirrored many of the events in the life of the fictitious main character of this book.

Wow! What a story! Although this is a novel—a product of the author’s imagination—the author has read more than 150 books about the Kennedy family and has mixed fact with fiction in this very unflattering portrayal of one of America’s most celebrated presidents and the family that surrounded him. The problem for me in a book like this is the author does not qualify which  events and conversations are based on accurate facts, and which are imaginative portrayals thrown in for dramatic effect.

The main character, beautiful, sexy, social-climbing, truth stretching, opportunistic Polish-Jewish survivor of the WWII Holocaust, Displaced Person, Alicia Darr, meets JFK in Hyannis Port during the summer of 1950. Alicia works as at the local movie theater and also fills in as a house maid and server at the Kennedy household—a boisterous, rambunctious, ill-mannered, disrespectful, cold-hearted, manipulating, misogynistic bunch of ruffians. That’s on a good day! Alicia Darr, born Barbara Kopczysnka, speaks several languages and is well-versed in world politics and able to hold her own in conversation with the movers and shakers of the day. Alicia becomes involved with Jack Kennedy (as he was known) on his climb to congress, then the presidency. Alicia and Jack are engaged to be married, but Joseph Kennedy, Jack’s father, wants Jack to end the relationship since it is unseemly that a president of the United States should have a Jewish Displaced Person as a wife. After possibly being paid off, Alicia walks out of Jack’s life with her heart broken. Jack continues to have affairs with other women and soon marries Jacqueline Bouvier. Alicia lives among the rich, famous, and celebrated in New York, Hollywood, London, Paris, Rome, marries a few times, and intermittently sneaks off for trysts with JFK. One of these intimacies results in a secret pregnancy and birth of a beautiful little girl who is raised in Rome by Alicia’s dear friend. Many conflicting rumors fill the gossip columns. Was Alicia Darr Purdom Corning Clark actually a conniving hooker, or a misunderstood, misinterpreted beautiful woman who just made some very poor choices? In the end, Alicia dies alone as a recluse and leaves a sizable estate to her daughter, Serena Palmisano, who only knew her as a dear friend of her “mother” Novella Palmisano.(The real Alicia Corning Clark died in 2016) The author tells us this decision to give up her child was the result of death threats made against Alicia and her child. Alicia feared for their safety, put her daughter in a perceived safe place, kept her mouth shut, and went on with her life.

This book challenges many of the facts we have come to accept about the Kennedy family. For example, while JFK presented himself as a strong man who encouraged vigor or vigah as he pronounced it, he actually “relied on exercise, hot baths, heating pads, massages, back braces, and crutches to combat his physical pain. He also wore corrective shoes, slept with his head elevated, and had sex with the woman on top. Toward the end of his life, he and his wife (Jackie) had had frequent methamphetamine injections.” (This is not part of the story but presented as factual information)

As part of the story, Alicia Darr’s friend tells her the following: Bobby Kennedy killed Marilyn Monroe as Peter Lawford looked on; Frank Sinatra’s son was kidnapped at the behest of the Kennedy’s; socialite Mary Meyer was killed in broad daylight after she planned to write a tell-all book about her affair with JFK; gossip columnists Cholly Knickerbocker’s and Dorothy Killgallen’s reputations were destroyed in retaliation for published pieces of gossip. Also, Cholly Knickerbocker’s wife committed suicide (or may have been forced) by swallowing thirty pills as a result of depression after being socially ostracized by Jackie Kennedy at her husband’s request.

You can see this is not a happy story. The Kennedy’s are negatively portrayed with family quirks spotlighted—sexually inappropriate father, cold as ice mother, wild, inappropriate kids, gangster methods of achieving fame, fortune, and reaching goals. How much is true? Good question. It makes for fascinating reading.

Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

 

My Books Are Now Available for Borrowing from Manhasset Library, NY!

Great news! Printed copies of my books are now available for borrowing from Manhasset Library, LI, New York. 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset. 516-627-2300.

Printed copies of my books are also available for inter-library loan at Queens Library, Nassau County Library, and Suffolk County Library in New York.

The digital copies are available in Queens Public Library and may be available in other library systems throughout the country. If your library cannot provide access to these books, please ask them to purchase in digital or paperback formats to add to their collection.

My Book Titles

Middle Grade…(8-12 year olds )

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion

12 – Adult…

Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

In New York, this is where you can find my printed books:

The physical copies are available from the Queens Library system at Central Library, Jamaica; Bay Terrace Library in Bayside; Whitestone Library in Whitestone. Or, you can borrow through inter-library loan if you’re a Queens County library patron.

Also, the physical copies are also located in the East Hampton Library and Port Washington Library. Suffolk and Nassau County library patrons can borrow through inter-library loan online.

Happy reading! If you do decide to borrow my books from the library, please remember to write a review on the library website.

Thanks,

Elaine

Please let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

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Please Join Me! April 29 Authors Fair-Port Washington Library, LI, NY

Please join me!
Sunday, April 29, 2018  

2:00-4:30pm

Port Washington Public Library  
1 Library Drive  Port Washington, NY
Lapham Meeting Room
516-883-4400

        Meet local self-published authors and learn about their latest works. Books will be available for purchase.

My Book Titles

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Questions? Visit elainedonadio.com or email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

 

 

Please Join Me! Local Authors Fair, Port Washington NY Public Library

Please join me!
Sunday, April 29, 2018  

2:00-4:30pm

Port Washington Public Library  
1 Library Drive  Port Washington, NY
Lapham Meeting Room
516-883-4400

        Meet local self-published authors and learn about their latest works. Books will be available for purchase.

My Book Titles

The Science Project
The Ocean’s Way
Who Do Voodoo?
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion
Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Questions? Visit elainedonadio.com or email me at author@elainedonadio.com.

I wish you all a life inspired by the wonder of the world around us. May you find and live your truth, in harmony with people, nature and the environment. May you be a force for good and a source of love and comfort. May the world be a better place for you having lived and loved here.

All rights reserved 2018

 

 

 

 

Literacy Scores Down? I Can Help

Welcome to my blog!

Literacy scores down? I can help. ElaineDonadio.com is an invaluable resource.

Need ideas for using my middle grade books? Please click here to visit my website/blog for lesson ideas and study guides. Tie-ins with science, social studies, and literacy.

*Whole class reading activity, much like a text book. I’m still a proponent of the balanced literacy and whole language movements where students imitate the activities of the characters in the books. The science presentations can act as a springboard to an actual student activity.

*Small group discussion. Each book can be presented to the rest of the class as a play, Readers Theater, science fact presentation according to chapter contents, individual reports, a multimedia presentation, chart presentations, etc.

*Independent reading and/ or book reports.

*Supplemental classroom reading can serve as material for class discussion, report or presentation.

*Multiple intelligences can be addressed by allowing presentations of the book plots or actual science or social study facts through the visual or performing arts. How bout a dance of the dolphins? Or a play about how creatures interact in their environments? A song telling the life cycle of an insect? A watercolor representation of the underside of a horseshoe crab? Creating a costume to demonstrate how creatures can be camouflaged in their worlds? A news flash detailing the dangers of fracking on the environment? A puppet show detailing the swamp biome?

*Instead of traditional text –books, use my books. Perhaps, the students can write letters to one another or to friends and family telling what they’ve learned. Create a class newspaper account of a day in the life.

*Brainstorm a combination of modalities to be presented at a school assembly.

*Utilize the formula poems found in The Ocean’s Way and The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion as a model and have the students present facts in this same format.

*Conduct an author study to compare and contrast my books with one another or with books by other authors.

* Create a diorama or model to show relationships, life cycles, or habitats.

*Design a travel brochure for the places the book characters visit.

*Vote for a class president using the book characters as candidates.

 

Book Titles The Science Project, The Ocean’s Way, Who Do Voodoo?,
The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion, 
Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

All titles are available for preview and purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. Available in digital and paperback formats.

Questions? Call 718-746-0758 or click here to email.

All rights reserved April, 2018.

Study Guide 4: Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Pages 46-59.

Please remember to look for creatures hidden among the leaves.

You can preview and purchase Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

These questions are based on pages 46-59.

1.Owl Butterflies

Draw a picture of the owl butterfly with its wings opened. Label the body parts. How did it get its name? How does it see? Hear? Smell? Taste? Feel? Life span?

Why does it fly primarily at dusk and dawn? What other adaptations aid in its survival? What does it eat? Explain the stages of metamorphosis. Why are they considered jungle pests when in the caterpillar stage? What role might parasitic wasps play in the attempt to control destructive caterpillar activity?  What behaviors might the host exhibit to protect itself from parasitic invasion? What are its natural enemies? Diagram the owl butterfly’s position on the food chain. How might a decrease in the numbers of owl butterflies affect other creatures in the rainforest?

Explain how they reproduce. Define lekking, genic capture, hotshot hypothesis, hotspot model, black hole model, and genetic diversity. Demonstrate how the theory of natural selection is at play here.

2. Indigenous People of the Peruvian Rainforest

What language(s) are spoken? What is the ethnicity of the majority of inhabitants? From which area of the world did they most likely emigrate? What is the typical diet? In what ways does the rainforest provide for its inhabitants? Define shifting cultivation and sustainable existence. In what ways does depending on an environment with limited usable land mass impact a people? Why is malnutrition so prevalent? Why do people congregate in specific regions? How does competition for natural resources affect interdependence? What characteristics are unique to the indigenous people of the rainforest? How might tourism and outside economic development both negatively and positively affect the status quo? In what way are the indigenous people trying to protect their territory and culture?

3. Children of the Peruvian Rainforest

How are children educated? What factors interfere with their education? In what ways does this limit their choices for the future? Show how technology and social media be used to provide a more equitable educational opportunity. What resistance might you expect to the introduction of this idea?

How is rabies contracted in the rainforest? Who are the most likely victims? Why? What other diseases are transmitted by vampire bats? Why do you think a victim who is bitten is in danger of contracting more than one disease? What are some preventive measures that should be taken by tourists and indigenous people to protect themselves from vampire bats?  Why aren’t these practices widespread?

In what ways do cultural opposition and remote location adversely affect the children?

4. Impact of  Cultural & Societal Systems

How and why do places change over time? How have cultural, technologic, and societal systems impacted the environment of the rainforest? How does lack of technology decrease diffusion of culture and limit exposure to outside culture?

How might indigenous people offer insightful suggestions for utilizing the resources of the rainforest while protecting its integrity?

Will the 21st Century be remembered as a time when the integrity of the Earth was destroyed or preserved? Support your answer.

5. Memoir

A memoir is a compelling first person story which focuses on a moment in time, rather than an overview of the author’s life. It’s a snapshot of an impactful event. The elements of memoir: truth, theme, voice, point of view, and musing or reflection. Your turn! You write a memoir! First, make a list of camera-worthy moments in time. Now, choose your topic and theme, tell your truthful memory, and add your feelings, insights and epiphanies. Yes, it’s that easy.

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a  serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book and your own research. Seek and you shall find!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com

See you next time!

All rights reserved 2017, 2018.

 

Study Guide 3: Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Pages 38-45

Please remember to look for creatures hidden among the leaves.

You can preview and purchase Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

These questions are based on pages 38-45.

 

1.Mosquito Borne Rainforest Illnesses

Yellow Fever

How and where is yellow fever transmitted? Symptoms? Treatment? Curable? Contagious? Morbidity and mortality rates? Which rainforest mammals are also bitten by mosquitoes? How can humans protect themselves? What other illnesses in developing countries are caused by this same mosquito?

What strategies are utilized to control the mosquito population? Define sylvatic cycle and urban cycle. What are their consequences on the human population?

In what way do infected monkeys transmit the illness to humans?

 Malaria

How and where is malaria transmitted? Symptoms? Treatment? Curable? Contagious? Morbidity and mortality rates? Precautionary measures? Which rainforest creatures are also affected?

How is malaria spreading in the United States? Why have the incidences and severity sharply  increased worldwide? Define endemic. What is airport malaria?

What changes would you recommend to launch a more successful campaign against this illness?

 

2. Insect Repellent

Define insect repellent. When should it be used? Who should use it? Which ingredients in insect repellents give the most effective protection? Give brand names of those judged as most effective.

How much time before your trip should you see a health care professional for prescriptions, shots and information? What are the rules for using insect repellent most effectively? What should you do if you have an allergic reaction?

Which behaviors reduce dangers associated with mosquitoes of the rainforest?

 

3. General Mosquito Borne Illnesses

Name additional mosquito borne illnesses. How do mosquitoes transmit illnesses? What invention of the 1880s provided an immeasurable safety device against mosquitoes to people in their homes? What protective steps and behaviors have been proven effective in combating mosquitoes in the home environment?

Make a poster listing steps to take for reducing the mosquito infestation and unwanted exposure at home. Title: Protect Yourself!

 

4. Medicinal Plants of the Peruvian Rainforest

Dragon’s Blood or Sangre de Grado is a widely used medicinal plant of the Peruvian rainforest used in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States although it has not been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration.. How did it get its name? What are its medicinal and industrial uses?

What other medicinal treatments and cures come from the rainforest? Explain the importance of the rainforest in providing healing and restorative treatments in Western Medicine.

Shaman

Define shaman. Support the importance of the shaman to indigenous people? Explain the crucial roles shaman play in helping scientists discover the potential of plants. Where do shaman store their knowledge?

How have multinational practices threatened individual and cultural survival? What can we as individuals do to help preserve traditional knowledge, indigenous cultures and tropical ecosystems?

 

5. Become An Eco-Tourist

Get ready to become a world traveler! Plan a trip to the rainforest of Peru. Of course, you can pretend or you can actually go. It’s up to you!

* Locate Peru on a map. Bordering ocean and countries? Major sites and cities?
*Google Plan A Trip To the Peruvian Rainforest

 *Choose the length of your stay, which sites to visit
*Understand climate conditions
*Identify travel and sleeping accommodations-jungle lodges, backpacking tours, riverboat excursions, small hotels
*Determine amenities, if any
*Inquire about airline schedules, fares, luggage rules, ground transportation *Research tours, excursions, activities such as tree climbing and sport fishing *Decide on a budget and appropriate luggage such as different size suitcases, duffel bag, backpack, day trip bag
*Apply for a passport
*Check which health providers can provide malaria and yellow fever protection as well as altitude sickness aids if visiting higher elevations
*Purchase personal safety items such as flashlights; appropriate clothing for trekking such (boots, hiking shoes, sun hat,  sunglasses) ; personal protection (insect repellent, sunscreen); toiletries such as toilet paper and wipes, hand gel
*Understand payment options (cash, debit card, VISA, Master Card, NOT American Express
*Include Spanish Translation Dictionary
*Arrange for a cell phone service provider
*Obtain electrical adapters for charging electronic equipment
*Ascertain if your personal items are eco-friendly

 

State a rule for human survival in the rainforest of Peru.

 

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book and your own research. Seek and you shall find!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com

Next: Sojourn Into The Night—A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest Study Guide 4. See you on March 24, 2018!

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