Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

Coffee Talk 1. This week the Supreme Court struck down legislation that makes it a crime to lie about winning military honors {also known as the Stolen Valor Act} on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment {free speech}. Ummm, there is so much wrong with that decision… First of all, how about the fact that it disrespects those who died, were injured or maimed for really winning military honors? Second of all, shouldn’t there be some things that are so sacred that they should be protected? And, yes, I realize that this is a slippery slope but I think our soldiers and vets deserve the utmost respect and honor. Boo and hiss to the Supremes.

2. Ann Curry. shaking my head NBC execs, y’all know y’all some shady characters. How in the world are y’all gonna treat such a classy lady in such a classless way? For 15 years, she supported you all through your good times and your bad times and you give her a 15 minute exit? Seriously? Ann, honey, on to bigger and better, right? Sending you lots of love and prayers.

3. Are you on Pinterest? I am, you can follow me here. Anyway, tell me this is not the most pinworthy thing you’ve seen in a long time! All of these dresses are made out of paper. Paper!!!! Designer Isabelle de Borchgrave came up with the idea after recognizing the versatility of paper and how the crinkles and wrinkles resembled the finest silks and satins. Gorgeous, no?

4. Remember last week when I talked about bus monitor, Karen Klein? Well, she’s supposedly received a ton o’ money from the interwebs to assuage her hurt feelings. Ya know, I think what those kids did was absolutely awful but to get paid for it? I think the kids who did the teasing should have been made to spend their summer cutting her grass, washing windows, painting fences, etc. But getting a little over $64,000? Ridunkulous.

What had you scratching your head this week?


Book Tour: Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett

Passing Love by Jacqueline E. LuckettBOOK DESCRIPTION (FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK)

Nicole~Marie Handy has loved all things French since she was a child. After the death of her best friend, determined to get out of her rut, she goes to Paris, leaving behind a marriage proposal. While there, Nicole chances upon an old photograph of her father ~ lovingly inscribed, in his hand, to a woman Nicole has never heard of. What starts as a vacation quickly becomes an unexpected adventure.

Moving back and forth between the sparkling Paris of today and the jazz~fueled city filled with expatriates in the 1950s, Passing Love is the story of two women dealing with lost love, secrets and betrayal…and how the City of Light may hold all the answers.


Jacqueline E. LuckettAfter leaving the corporate world, Jacqueline took a creative writing class on a dare, from herself, and began writing short stories and poetry and never looked back. Her essay, “Traveling with Ghosts,” was included in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011. She is the author of two novels, Passing Love and Searching for Tina Turner.

Connect with Jacqueline E. Luckett on her blog, Jacqueline Luckett, Facebook and Twitter.


I absolutely adored this book! I’m a big fan of the Jazz Age and post~World War II African American culture, but those two topics are usually only covered within the confines of American society. Taking the concepts of racism, black womanhood, poverty and expectation across the Atlantic and intertwining it with romance, mystery, secrets and lies made for a delightful read.

This novel is part history lesson, part fantasy and a whole lot of “oh no she didn’t”. The sometimes antagonistic mother~daughter relationship is played out in a loving way that makes it relatable to women of all ages no matter what their relationships with their mothers. I also enjoyed the way Luckett handled the exploration of parents as people before they came together and created families.  Did Mom or Dad really love someone before they met each other?

Overall, this is a terrific read and would make for some wonderfully creative book group discussions.



Disclaimer: This book was provided to me courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.



Twelve {What I Wore Wednesday}

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re having a fabulous week so far. I know I am. First of all, I’m being featured at Librarian Dreams by Evelynn Alfred, for her Highly Textured Librarian feature. Second, I’m chillin’ with the family and enjoying some rest and relaxation. And, third, I’ve been doing a little bit of shopping!

Can you believe I have two outfit posts this week? I think this may be a record for me. Lately I’ve barely managed to squeeze out one half way decent picture. I don’t know why but I was feeling pretty lazy for a hot minute, but I think I’m back on track now.

What I Wore Saturday

What I Wore Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I wore this to run some errands and hang out with the hubs. It’s cute, flowy and, believe it or not, pretty cool considering it’s black. I think I was attracted to the top because of the embroidery, isn’t it pretty? Definitely leans towards that boho vibe that I like so much. It wasn’t until I saw the pictures that I realized how sheer the top is, next time a cami will be worn underneath.

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is what I wore to church on Sunday. So cute and comfy. The skirt is long and flowy (gosh, what is with me and that word lately?) and the sweater is thin. I should have taken a picture of the back, it has a slit very similar to the front, except it ties so you can wear it up on the shoulders or do that one shoulder thing a la “Flashdance”. The necklace is a cute little something something I picked up at an antique store in Bollinger Mill.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve worn this week. It beats the tee and capris I’ve been living in…

So what did you wear this week? 

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