Melanie Murray - book author
Melanie Murray is the author of books: Miss Bubbles Steals the Show, Good Times, Bad Boys, For Your Tomorrow: The Way of an Unlikely Soldier, Should Auld Acquaintance: Discovering the Woman Behind Robert Burns, College of Charleston, Scenes From A Holiday, College of Charleston 2012
Then, overnight, Matt jumps from wannabe rock star to the nation's Next Big Thing.
All thanks to his hit single...about his horrible ex. The most hated woman in rock since Yoko, Echo can't get a job or a date. Was she really as unsupportive as the song suggests?
If she's going to have any career--any life--at all, she's going to have to rebuild her rep, one lyric at a time....
What compels a young, affluent Canadian to put on a uniform and risk his life for the controversial mission in Afghanistan? And how does his family cope with his loss when he is killed there? Jeff Francis was a thirty-year-old doctoral candidate and student of Buddhism when he decided that joining the armed forces was the best way to make a difference in the world. In elegant, spare prose that captures both the hardness of war and the nuances of a grieving family, Melanie Murray - Captain Francis's aunt - uses the lens of his life and death to give Canada's war in Afghanistan the perceptive, literary treatment its soldiers, families and citizens deserve.
In Should Auld Acquaintance, Jean Armour comes to life and asserts her place as more than a footnote in poetic history. Without Armour, an educated young beauty and talented singer, as his partner and muse, Burns may never have achieved his prolific collection of songs. Murray traces the footsteps of Armour and Burns through the village of Mauchline, where they met and married, to their failed farm in Ellisland and their final home in Dumfries, attempting to discover the woman who inspired the timeless poetry that brought the lyrical Scottish dialect to the English world. More than a housewife in the shadow of her talented husband, Armour is portrayed as a resilient and passionate woman who must overcome the abandonment of her family, the loss of her children, and the instability of her philandering husband. It's impossible to ignore her significance as a figure in the literary realm and to not be swept up in the complex and intricate history woven from the poems, letters and stories of Robbie Burns and his "Bonie Jean."
The Barnes & Noble Review
No matter which holidays you celebrate -- Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's, or all three -- this contemporary anthology has a little holiday romance for everyone.
In Laurie Graff's "The Eight Dates of Hanukkah," singles events planner Nicki Heller suffers a blow to the head and sinks into an unconscious hell -- eight days of Hanukkah, where she gets the world's worst date each night. In Caren Lissner's "Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution," the appealing Carrie, an agoraphobic genius, decides to fashion a new life for herself -- if only she can leave her apartment. In Melanie Murray's "Emma Townsend Saves Christmas," Emma, country bumpkin-turned-New Yorker, would do anything to avoid another day in flannels and work boots; yet here she is back in Vermont for a hometown holiday. In each case, the success formulas these women think are surefire turn out to be the impediment to their holiday dreams. Ginger Curwen