RebaRelishesReading again in 2015 - 2nd half
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1. The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs*
2. Thirteen Days in September by Lawrence Wright (audio)****1/2
3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (audio)**
4. A Person of Interest by Susan Choi****
5. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson***** (audio) reread
6. The Warden by Anthony Trollope****1/2 (audio)
7. Dr. Thorne by Anthony Trollope*****(audio)
8. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope*****(audio)
9. Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Stroud ***** (audio)
10. Oil by Upton Sinclair****1/2 (audio)
11. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell**** (audio)
12. The Mating Season by P. G. Wodehouse**** (audio)
13. A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren****
14. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline****1/2
15. Grain Brain by David Perlmutter***
16. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton****(audio)
17. Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo****1/2 (audio)
18. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott**** (audio)
19. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer**** (audio)
20. The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin ***1/2 (audio)
21. The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning*** 1/2 (audio)
22. The American Lady by Petra Durst-Benning ***1/2 (audio)
23. Between Two Worlds by Malcolm Gaskill **** (audio)
24. Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King ***** (audio)
25. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham***** (audio)
26. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin*****(audio)
27. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout****1/2(audio)
28. Nora Webster by Colm Toibin****(audio)
29. The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan*****(audio)
30. My Antonia by Willa Cather**** (audio)
31. The Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert***(audio)
32. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee***(audio)
33. Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto****(audio)
34. One Summer by Bill Bryson****(audio)
35. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough*****(audio)
36. Middlemarch by George Eliot (audio)****
37. The Pearl by John Steinbeck*****(audio)
40. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer ***** (audio)
41. The Paradise of Glass by Petra Dorse-Benning***1/2(audio)
42. What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullen****
43. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen***** (audio) (reread)
44. Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery***(audio)
45. To The Letter by Simon Garfield****
65. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2014)
66. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2015)
Pulitzer Prize Winners read before 2015
1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928) by Thornton Wilder
2. The Magnificent Ambersons (1919) by Booth Tarkington
3. The Stories of John Cheever (1979)
4. The Optimist’s Daughter (1973) by Eudora Welty
5. The Able McLaughlins (1924) by Margaret Wilson
6. His Family (1918 – first award) by Ernest Poole
7. Early Autumn (1927) by Louis Bromfield
8. The Reivers (1963) by William Faulkner
9. A Death in the Family (1958) by James Agee
10.The Good Earth (1932) by Pearl Buck
11.Angle of Repose (1972) by Wallace Stegner
12. A Visit from the Goon Squad (2011) by Jennifer Egan
13. Tinkers (2010) by Paul Harding
14. Olive Kitteridge (2009) by Elizabeth Strout
15. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008) by Junot Diaz
16. The Road (2007) by Cormac McCarthy
17. March (2006) by Geraldine Brooks
18. Gilead (2005) by Marilynne Robinson
19. The Known World (2004) by Edward P. Jones
20. Middlesex (2003) by Jeffrey Eugenides
21. Empire Falls (2002) by Richard Russo
22. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2001) by Michael Chabon
23. Interpreter of Maladies (2000) by Jhumpa Lagiri
24. The Hours (1999) by Michael Cunningham
25. American Pastoral (1998) by Philip Roth
26. Independence Day (1996) by Richard Ford
27. The Stone Diaries (1995) by Carol Shields
28. The Shipping News (1994) by E. Annie Proulx
29. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (1993) by Robert Olen Butler
30. A Thousand Acres (1992) by Jane Smiley
31. Rabbit at Rest (1991) by John Updike
32. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1990) by Oscar Hijuelos
33. Breathing Lessons (1989) by Anne Tyler
34. Beloved (1988) by Toni Morrison
35. A Summons to Memphis (1987) by Peter Taylor
36. Lonesome Dove (1986) by Larry Mcmurtry
37. Foreign Affairs (1985) by Alison Lurie
38. Ironweed (1984) by William Kennedy
39. The Color Purple (1983) by Alice Walker
40. Rabbit is Rich (1982) by John Updike
41. A Confederacy of Dunces (1961) by John Kennedy Toole
42.Humboldt’s Gift (1976) by Saul Bellow
43. House Made of Dawn (1969) by N. Scott Momaday
44. To Kill a Mockingbird (1961) by Harper Lee
45. The Old Man and the Sea (1953) by Ernest Hemingway
46. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) by John Steinbeck
47. The Yearling (1939) by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
48. Gone With the Wind (1937) by Margaret Mitchell
49. Arrowsmith (1926) by Sinclair Lewis
50. So Big (1925) by Edna Ferber
51. One of Ours (1923) by Willa Silbert Cather
52. Alice Adams (1922) by Booth Tarkington
53. The Age of Innocence (1921) by Edith Wharton
54. The Orphan Master's Son (2013)
55. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (1947)
56. The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (1966)
57. The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau (1965)
58. Martin Dressler: A Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser (1997)
59. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud(1967)
60. Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (1978)
61. A Bell for Adano by John Hersey (1945)
62. The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand
63. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (1975)
64. The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk (1952)
Book by Nobel Prize Winners read before 2015
1. Ernest Hemingway (1954): A Moveable Feast, The Sun Also Rises, Old Man and the Sea
2. Pearl Buck (1938): The Good Earth
3. W. B. Yeats (1923): A Poet to His Beloved: The Early Love Poems of W. B. Yeats
4. William Faulkner (1949): The Reivers
5. Doris Lessing (2007): The Sweetest Dream
6. Gunter Grass (1999): The Box: Tales from the Dark Room
7. Rudyard Kipling (1907): Captains Courageous
8. Yasunari Kawabata (1968): Snow Country
9. Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1982): Love in the Time of Cholera
10. Mario Vargas Llosa (2010): The Storyteller
11. Sinclair Lewis (1930): Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith
12. John Steinbeck (1962): The Grapes of Wrath
13. Saul Bellow (1976): Humboldt’s Gift, Herzog
14. Toni Morrison (1993): Beloved, The Bluest Eye
15. John M. Coetzee (2003); Disgrace
16. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (1946)
17. Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz (2002)
18. Vipers' Tangle by Francois Mauriac (1952)
19. Red Sorghum by Mo Yan (2012)
20. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot(1948)
21. The First Man by Albert Camus (1957)
22. Cain by Jose Saramago (1998)
23. The Appointment by Herta Muller (2009)
24. Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahrouz (1988)
25. Dear Life by Alice Munro (2013)
26. One Day in the Life of Ivan denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1970)
27. Silent House by Orhan Pamuk (2006)
28. Old Love by Isaac Bashevis Singer (1978)
note: the year in parenthesis is the year the author was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature
- read 100 books, including
- 10 Pulitzer winners
- 10 books written by Nobel winners, and
- more from TBR pile than ones purchased in 2014.
I didn't even get close! I read 60 books, the fewest I've read in at least two years, with only one each for the Pulitzers and Nobels. To add to my list of "didn'ts", Mount TBR grew considerably. Looking forward to the coming 12 months I think I had better be much more circumspect with my goals.
My reading goals for 2015:
- read more than I buy
- read at least 75 books
- enjoy what I read and don't stress over the numbers
Our weather has been typical (from my experience) for western New York in early summer. It rains every couple of days and in-between in sometimes it's humid and very warm while other times it's cool and dry. Soon I imagine the rain will lessen and it will start to dry out a bit. Basically I've found the summer weather here to be pleasant -- nothing like the heat and humidity of a mid-western summer (or, heaven forbid, a southern summer).
Hope you're all enjoying your summers.
The American Lady by Petra Durst-Benning***1/2
This is the second book of a planned trilogy set in late 19th/early 20th century Germany. We are now in 1912 and the family is prospering but a twist of trouble comes to the family and must be dealt with by Wanda, the young adult daughter of Ruth. Another entertaining book to accompany my walks. The third book is due out in the fall and I'm looking forward to listening to it too.
Thanks Mamie. So nice to see you here. I have been busy and keep being motivated by you and Susan to up the number of steps per day...although lately I've been concentrating more on flights of stairs (at least 10 per day).
Hi Amy, it is a nice entrance and one of my favorite places at Chautauqua (who woudda thought lol)
Indeed, Donna, It wasn't great but we did get a tip-off in advance. At least it's installed and working fine now
Hi Roni, thanks for stopping by
You're right, Lucy, it's a very dangerous place. I stop by almost every day (it's just across the square from us)
>26 Storeetllr: As I was starting to get the table set up I remembered we have two leaves to the table (furniture came with the place when we bought it) so we got those out and all 8 of us were able to fit around the table. We are having a great time and, yes, we're busy. I've learned over the years not to try to go to everything that sounds interesting, however, and try to pace myself so it isn't bad. For example, last night there was a classical guitarist but I was tired so just stayed home instead. Saving myself for the opening concert by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra tonight though. Can't miss that!
Between Two Worlds by Malcolm Gaskill **** (audio)
Thank you Susan for pointing me towards this most interesting history of early America. I learned a great deal about 17th century America, which I suppose wasn't hard since that century was covered in about two paragraphs in the history texts of my school days. Very interesting, very well written. Makes me curious to know more.
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King *****
Along with many (most?) Americans I have always tended to think of Florida as being "south of the South" and assumed that the horrible Jim Crow practices were largely confined to the "real" South. This amazing book put all such ideas to rest. It focuses on an alleged rape of a 17-year-old white married woman in Lake County, Florida by four black men in 1949 and follows the sickening mistreatment of the men and miscarriage of justice in the case through the 1950's. The Lake County Sheriff, who beats prisoners, personally shot and killed one of the "Groveland Boys" and seriously wounded another, manufactures evidence, is involved in an explosion which killed a civil rights leader and his wife...just to name some of his practices...continues to be reelected every three years until 1972 when he is under indictment for some of his illegal activities and, thus, unable to campaign as usual. It's a stomach-turning, heart-wrenching, riveting story which is very worth reading.
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (audio) *****
Kitty is a beautiful child who grows into a beautiful woman. Her social-ambitious mother is sure she will make a "brilliant match" and tells her so often. Mother is equally sure that her 7-year-younger, plain sister will not and makes that equally clear. The years pass after Kitty comes out and she refuses many suiters until finally, when she is 25, her younger sister comes out and within the first "season" is engaged to a successful young man with a title. The prospect that her younger sister will marry first (and well) drives Kitty to agree to marry a bacteriologist who works for the Foreign Service in Hong Kong. He is a doctor but has no title and no fortune. He is smitten with Kitty; she finds him boring. The story that follows is engaging and the writing beautiful.
Have a wonderful time!
Thank you, Darryl
After a very wet week, we've now had two beautiful days in a row. Our dear friends who were in the condo next door left this morning which will mean a much quieter next two weeks for us. I spent the day painting the bathroom and running errands and then we went to see The Water Diviner this evening. Good movie but also quite a tear jerker!!
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin***** (audio)
A young Irish woman, Eilis Lacey, is encouraged to move to America by her sister because her future at home doesn't seem bright. She is helped by a priest who has emigrated to New York. He finds her a job as a shop-girl and a room in a boarding house run by an Irish woman. In order to help her deal with home-sickness he helps her to enroll in program leading to a certificate in bookkeeping. Over time she deals with a shifting sense of "home" and where she fits in this lovely book.
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout****1/2
We meet the Burgess family, Jack who is 4 years older than the twins, Bob and Sue, when they are adults. Sue, an optometrist, has been the single-mother of Zack since her husband left her to move to Sweden seven years before. Bob, an Legal Aid lawyer, is divorced from Pam, but is still in love with her and still sees her (she thinks of him as a brother). Jack is a highly successful lawyer married to the wealthy and "perfect" Helen. They have three grown children. Sue still lives in their home town of Shirley Falls, Maine while the brothers have moved to New York City. The siblings' relationship is difficult, stemming from a difficult childhood, which provides one major theme of the book. A parallel theme is a look at the difficulties encountered by locals and new comers when a group of Samalis moves to Shirley Falls. By the end of the book I felt a lot of sympathy for all of the (very human) characters. A lovely book that I would highly recommend.
I just noticed yesterday that they made a movie of Brooklyn and it was apparently very well received at Sundance. It will be released sometime this fall. We'll have to see if it's as good!
Thank you Rhonda. I've liked everything I've read by Strout but especially The Burgess Boys in part because she takes on two issues here, one of which is complicated and important (immigration from very different cultures), and does it very well.
Hi Mary. I haven't tried it yet. Maybe when I get through here.
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin**** (audio)
Nora is the recently widowed mother of four in a rural Irish town. Her husband was a well-respected teacher and she an intelligent and traditional Irish wife and mother. Her children include a daughter in college, a daughter at boarding school, a son in his early teens and a son in elementary school. The book is a gentle description of her life in the first three years of widowhood. It's a bit slow, but that adds to the melancholy of the story. I enjoyed the book especially because, as with Brooklyn (which I preferred), listening to a story about Ireland read by a woman with a soft Irish accent is really putting me in the mood for our up-coming visit to Ireland. I lived there from 1981 to 1983 and haven't been back since, now I can hardly wait.
Hi Lucy. I've never read Woolf so can't really compare but I did really enjoy The Painted Veil. (Sorry about damage to your WL...I certainly know how that goes).
This very thorough book about the causes of World War I is as beautifully written as MacMillans other books. She introduces the main players on the world scene, discussing their personalities and experience, and gives a thorough review of the European political scene in the first decade and a half of the 20th century. She also takes the reader through the various crises that took place in that time. It's a thorough and very readable history which also has relevance to other eras, including the present, as she reviews the missed opportunities to resolve issues peacefully.
ETA Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is a Kindle special today for $1.99. I put it on my wishlist when you gave it a favorable review!
Can I assume that "agree land" is supposed to be Greenland? Or is there a place where people get along with each other very well?
Hi Katie. Thanks. Having reread my post I realize you probably have no idea where we're going lol
Lol Daryll .. I just saw that when I logged on. We were I the same little town in Greenland in 2002 and the people were really nice so perhaps "Agree Land" is appropriate too. I won't be posting any photos until we're on land. Using the wifi at Tim Horton's now and it reminds me of old .Commodore 64 days!
Lucy, I read House of Mirth years ago. Don't remember character names now.
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond. The story of TV chef Dee Drummon's meeting her husband through the first year of their marriage. She was a city girl who had been living in L.A. For 7 years when she went back to stay with family in Oklahoma as a break on the way to a new life in Chicago. She meets a hunk of a rancher and the rest is history.
Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. A sequel to Little Women.
Senses and your Abilities by Edgar Hardy. A description of how our senses work and how we can sharpen them through exercises.
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Ethan is a 58 year-old disabled man with a reclusive life when the narrator comes to town and gets to know him and his sad story.
The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis. Ellis contends that the adoption of the U. S. constitution in the 1780's actually was a second revolution. The first was about freedom and the second about becoming a nation. He credits Hamilton, Jay, Madison and Washington with winning this second revolution and describes how it all came to pass. Fascinating, very well-written book.
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith. The most recent in the Number 1 Women's Detective Agency series. Charming and took me back to Botswana.
Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski. An organization expert is hired to help a one-famous, now border, clean out her house. At the same time she is dealing with her own drug addicted son. I found the approach to some difficult topics in this book to be original and interesting.
Hi Susan. Yes, we're frequent ears of McD's for wifi when we travel. It's been hard to stay connected in the small, remote places we've been but should be better now. See you soon!
I have finally managed to finish another audio book, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. This saga traces the lives of main character, Alma Whittacre, and her father beginning with him being sent to sea as a boy as a punishment for theft, through their lives a successful botanists and pharmaceutical manufacturers to her adventures in Polynesia and Europe late in life. The story takes place from the late 18th to late 19th century. It 's quite an undertaking and its focus on a strong woman main character appeals to me but I only gave it *** because I found it to be a bit too much and because I didn't like the unnecessarily graphic sexual descriptions. If you want a really big story and aren't put off by some limited graphic sex you may well enjoy this one.
By Harper Lee ***
Although it hasn't received good reviews I wanted to read this prequel/sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird anyway out of dogged curiosity. I liked the first half (or so) of the book quite a bit because I thought the flash backs provided a good coming-of-age story and an interesting picture of Southern U.S. Life in the mid-twentieth century. For me, however, it fell apart in the second half. Lee was trying to show different perspectives on the civil rights issue of the 1960's but I felt it was done rather ham-handedly. It was interesting to see the seeds of Mockingbird in this earlier book but the world should be grateful for the editor who made her redo this earlier effort.
A friend recommended this very thorough history of Amsterdam and its liberalism so my husband and I decided to put it onto our summer listening list. Turns out that's a bit of an undertaking and we just finished the last hour of it this evening. Russell Sorto is an American who has made his home in Amsterdam for many years so is personally quite familiar with the city. In addition he seems to have thoroughly researched his subject. The book is interesting and taught me things about Dutch history that I didn't know even though I lived there for 7 years and earned a graduate degree at a major Dutch university.
There are a couple of issues with the book however. At one point Shorto says that it has been pointed out that he writes as though Amsterdam is representative of the entire country while it is not and I found that to be true on both counts. In addition, in his discussion of the Second World War he suggests that Amsterdam suffered much more under the occupation than did the rest of the country, which I believe to be completely inaccurate. These criticisms aside, it's a very interesting book not only from a historical perspective but also for the issues it raises about the experience of Dutch liberalism in recent years.
Hi Roni...no, friend is "John" and he seems to be rallying. Do you know a Diedra who is ill? We'll be glad to be home even if it's hot. If worse comes to worse we do have a/c even though we rarely use it.
Since I have decent WiFi here and am reunited with my computer, I'm going to try to post some photos you all may find interesting from our trip.
First, here we are in the main square of Qaqortoq, Greenland. This was our second visit to this little town of about 2000 which is located just north-west on the southern tip of Greenland.
Our stop after Qaqortoq was Reykjavik, Iceland. We went on another ship's excursion here in order to see a bit of the country side. We were able to visit with some Icelandic horses and had a marvelous crayfish lunch at a fishing village before returning to Reykjavik where we walked around the old center of the city for a while. We were supposed to visit Djupivogur on the east coast of Iceland next but the North Atlantic was too stormy to allow it (it stayed stormy all the way to Norway, in fact).
First stop in Norway was at Geiranger which is at the head of a breathtaking fjord. The town itself is small and almost completely devoted to tourism. Not only do many cruise ships call here there is also a large campground and several hotels of various sizes. We were greeted by this charming fellow as we stepped out of the ship's tender.
A wedding had just finished up at an Alesund church
The Dutch are a VERY bicycle loving nation. This is bicycle parking at Amsterdam Central Station - including the bike parking garage at the back
I had a wonderful meal of mussels (which I adore)
While on Jersey we rented a Smart car and drove around the island. The roads are VERY small and they have an extensive bus service which led to some nervous moments for me as driver but I managed not to even put a scratch on the car.
We saw lots of lovely Jersey cows and had cream tea at a vineyard.
The center of the capital is a busy pedestrian area where we had fun checking out the shops...and eating, of course.
There's a cute little "downtown"
And this is the parliament building
I love some of the modern architecture
Our hotel was only a block or so from the Tower. Our first evening there the light was really wonderful just before sunset.
The Monday of our stay was very wet and that was the day we had a reservation to ride the London Eye. Turned out we could still see quite far and the rain ensured a much emptier carriage than usual so we could easily move around inside. We also saw two great shows. First was Warhorse which was a nice story but was memorable for the mechanical horses which were wonderful. Our last night we saw The Importance of Being Earnest with David Suchet in the role of Lady Bracknell. The entire production was wonderful with subtle comedy nuances that left the audience roaring with laughter.
Would love to visit Chataqua some day too.
>109 arubabookwoman:. No, we didn't get to Mont St. Michelle. We were only in St Malo for an afternoon and evening. We spent a week in Penzance a few years ago and have been to Man and the Shetlands and Orkneys. Love them all. A highlight of Man was the home for retired trolley horses. Did you go there? Would love to have you visit Chautauqua sometime!
>110 sibylline:. Thanks Lucy. I'll see if I can work that out when I get. Home. Apple changed iPhoto a lot just before we left. I had a brief "lesson" then but have now forgotten it all. We have an Apple Store a mile from our place in San Diego so I'm planning on paying them a visit when we get back. Meanwhile we're making pretty good progress organon get thing here in Sarasota. :)
One Summer by Bill Bryson
In this book Bryson takes us through the major events in the United States during summer of 1927, which is the summer Lindberg made his famous flight. He reviews crimes, politics, sports, etc. to provide an interesting look at what the U. S. was like that year. Coupled with Bryson's amusing writing, it's a great read.
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough*****
I bought the physical book even though we listened to a library audio copy on the way home. I love McCullough and have every other book he has written so wanted to complete the "set".
Since family lore has it that they are distant relations (I have never been able to find the link though) and since they're interesting people, I have read other biographies about the Wright Brothers. Nevertheless, I learned a number of new things in this wonderfully written book by David McCullough. The author read the audio version himself and, although it's more like listening to your grandpa read to you than listening to a voice actor, it added a great deal to the experience. In addition to carefully tracking the development of manned flight in Europe and the U. S., the book shows the personalities and family life of the brothers. The paper version has a lot of interesting photos as well.
It did occur to me that we should have listened to The Wright Brothers before we listened to One Summer.
>122 porch_reader: Thanks, Amy. It was a good trip but it's also good to be home. I agree, no one writes biography (or history) like McCullough. I'm pretty sure you'd really enjoy The Wright Brothers
I must investigate David McCullough. I'm glad you enjoyed the Bill Bryson - I did too.
Great reading, too. I enjoyed Brooklyn on audio a few years ago, and I agree with you about audiobooks and those lovely Irish accents. I enjoyed your comments on The Painted Veil -- it's been on my list for awhile.
Good morning Anne. Thank you. Meeting Susan was a highlight of the trip. In fact, having meet-ups as we travel has added a lovely dimension to many of our trips in recent years -- including the evening spent with you, Joann and Mary in Denver a couple of years ago.
Middlemarch by George Eliot (audio) ****
Hooray, I managed to listen to this 880 page tome on audio before the end of the borrowing period when it would have disappeared from by phone!! I did enjoy this classic, set in the English countryside in the early 1800's but it was very long. It's a complicated story with many characters providing a view of country life. Young women marry, young men struggle to find their feet, older men have economic crises, etc. There is good reason for this to be a classic. It's beautifully written and a darned good read.
I agree completely Lucy. I liked it a lot on several layers -- interesting characters, good description of the area and the era, beautiful period language, little tastes of the future. I really enjoyed it but it IS really long and at the end I was afraid I wouldn't finish before it automatically went back to the library. Just made it :)
I had the audio of The Wright Brothers checked out of the library a few weeks ago but didn't get to it. I'll have to get it again and give it a try.
Meanwhile do give The Wright Brothers a try. It's shorter than most of McCullough's books so is "do-able" within the loan period for an audio book.
>141 banjo123: Hi Rhonda. It's right up my alley too.
>142 charl08: It's huge but a really good read. Here's my encouragement to get started on it :)
I loved all your photos and am sorry you had to cut your trip short. Did you get everything worked out well in Florida?
We (and the realtors we selected while there who managed the project after we left -- bless them) got everything repaired and fixed up in time to meet our target date of Oct. 1 for listing. It's been shown 1 or 2 times each day since but no offers yet. So, to answer your question, we got our part done now we just need a buyer.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer ***** (audio)
This delightful memoir is inspirational and provides a wonderfully hopeful look at the future of Africa. The experience was enhanced by the delightful accent of Chike Johnson who narrated A thoroughly enjoyable "read".
How are you holding out in the heat?
I hope that your streak of things breaking is over! A microwave/convection does sound handy!
Paradise of Glass by Petra Durst-Benning ***1/2
This is the third, and final, episode in a series about a small village in the Thuringian mountains in German. Set in the last decade of the 19th century and first decade of the 20th, the story revolves around the three daughters of a glass blower and their descendants. The principal character in this book is Wanda, the daughter of the middle sister who emigrated to America. Wanda has come back to Germany to get to know her family better and tries to help the villagers buy the foundry when it's owner decides to sell and retire. When the purchase runs into trouble things look bleak for the village and Wanda feels guilty. I listened to the book while doing embroidery and enjoyed it a lot. A perfect, light read.
It's been such beautiful weather the past week and we had some errands to run that took us in the general direction of Coronado yesterday so we crossed the bridge, had a lovely walk along the Bay and then ate lunch at our favorite BBQ restaurant. A thoroughly lovely outing :)
And is it too early for my monthly reminder about The Dubliners?
Truly, Mamie, I think the stars must be criss-crossed or something! We also friends with serious health issues going on, issues with a house we own in Florida, weird weather in California and a bunch of appliances on strike. None of it as serious as what you're facing but...gosh I wish things would straighten out.
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullen ****
A fun book for Austen lovers, this book analyses her books based on twenty questions such as "how much does age matter?", "why is the weather important?", 'what do characters say when the heroine is not there?", etc. It's a fun look at the novels themselves and at the time frame in which they are set.
Just saw this on a friend's Facebook page. Could make a person wish it was their birthday.
Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery (audio) ***
I'm not sure why I bought this book but it probably had something to do with the fact that the main character is a city planner and I've never encountered a book before where that was the case. Charity Jones is the new city planner in a small town (although it can't be that small since it has a university campus, a hospital and is trying to attract a second one) and is trying hard to prove herself. She learns right away that one of her main assignments is to attract businesses that employ a lot of men in an attempt to correct the fact that there are many more women in the town than men. There are romances, family history, and a couple of surprises along the way which keep the story lightly entertaining. It was more of a romance than I usually read but it was fun and perfect to listen to while I haunt the sidewalks in search of my 10,000 steps.
Not a cinch at all getting to 10,000, is it? I was doing fine, but hunting season really cramps my style. I can get to 8 or so no problem. More than once I've gone tramping around the driveway for ten minutes just to finish up! The spousal unit thinks I'm daft. But he knew that already.
>200 sibylline: Don't have the earrings yet but hope/plan to by the middle of December at the latest.
My biggest problem with getting the 10,000 is the time commitment but I did just short of 12,000 yesterday -- hooray!! Don't think I'll get anywhere close today though. Hubby has a Fitbit too and we can both be found walking circles in the living room or walking the long hall in our condo project from time to time. It's 130 steps from here to the far elevator, so 260 for a roundtrip or 1000 for 4 round trips. Whatever works, right?
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Breakfast this morning was wonderful and so was the rest of it that I had for lunch. We started with an order of the world's best beignets, then I had a plate with amazing roasted tiny potatoes, sautéed spinach, mushrooms, poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce on them and a popover. Really, really delicious.
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!
We're in San Francisco in a condo we rented celebrating Christmas and, on the 26th, my hubby's birthday. His daughters and their partners are here with us (well, one fella arrives on the 26th...). Here's our little tree which I decorated with real cookies, candy canes and chocolate angels. I'm really pleased with how it turned out :)
Susan -- Thank you. How nice you have the same birthday as Imre. We'll be thinking about you and sending birthday wishes your way. Hope you have fun things planned for the day.
To The Letter by Simon Garfield ****
This lovely book was given to me by Susan when we met in London. I have been enjoying it in small doses since then and finally managed to finish it just in time to count it for 2015. The book is a wide ranging discussion of many things to do with letter writing from excerpts of guides to proper letter writing in the Victorian age, to letters written by famous people (especially those known for their letter writing) and right up to a discussion of what email is going to letter writing. In addition, copies of a letters between an English soldier in WWII and a girl back home are included every few chapters providing a bit of drama. It's a fun read for those of us who love the written word. Thanks Susan!!