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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Weird vs. Normal
See, the weird thing is I've been so engrossed this spring in playing tennis and working on the third draft of my novel – due to be published this month. So, folks, please watch this space! – that I kinda have forgotten about keeping up with my reading, reviews, and this Literary Blog. Not that this is weird, but it's not like me to be so lax. Then again...

I am discovering that as I grow older, nothing really surprises me anymore. What I once thought was/were weird or odd or different, is/are just another facet(s) of normalcy. In fact, each of us is different, of course, in one way or another...in some degree or another. But, yet, despite each of our own unique "weird"ness(es), we are all the same. Each of us is just in a different a place on the spectrum of "normal".

If this makes sense to you, which I hope it does, than have I got a book for you!

It's The Museum of Extraordinary Things , the twenty-fourth novel by Alice Hoffman, whose prolific productiveness at such a seemingly young age is weird – in a normal, nice way – in itself. Although there are other authors just as prolific “out there”, I find this a bit abnormal, especially since it’s taking me over three years just to get my first one finally written and published.

Anyway, I read Hoffman’s very intriguing and gripping historical novel set in New York City in the early 1900s – one of my most favorite places and times to read about – last month and have just gotten around to reviewing it.

Actually, my review posted on www.authorexposure.com this past Friday and, as you can see, it has taken me nearly four days to alert you. Sorry ‘bout that. Apologies all around.

Weird, huh? Well, for me, it is. But...then again...like Hofman's amazing and unforgettable characters, I am doing what is normal for me. And that, in a sense, in a oddly normal way, can be extraordinarily weird in itself.
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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,