mdoris book challenge for 2015 (part 2)

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1mdoris
Editat: nov. 1, 2015, 5:17pm



This is a painting by Robert Bateman. He is an amazing Canadian artist living on Saltspring Island in British Columbia and as it is Nov. 1st I thought I should start my new thread with a wintery scene.

2LovingLit
nov. 1, 2015, 10:07pm

Wow, that is a painting!? It is amazing.
Happy new thread!

3lit_chick
nov. 1, 2015, 10:49pm

Happy new thread, Mary! Love Robert Bateman. I've got a gorgeous print of his, of the snowy owl. Didn't know he lived on Salt Spring.

4scaifea
nov. 2, 2015, 6:46am

Happy new thread, Mary!

5vancouverdeb
nov. 2, 2015, 6:44pm

Ah! Robert Batemen! Lovely thread topper but oh brrr! :) Happy New Thread!

6mdoris
Editat: nov. 8, 2015, 11:11pm

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

7mdoris
Editat: nov. 7, 2015, 10:27pm



This is a wonderful autobiography by Bill Peet (1915-2002). He was an amazing author/illustrator of over 30 kids books including this one. I have always loved his books as they are so engaging, and playful and often deliver a very good message. His titles and wording have entered into our family lexicon ie." the wingdingdilly! " to identify something strangely put together from many crazy parts! This autobiography is so beautifully illustrated and with such refections of the times i.e. the depression, the war, Pearl Harbour. He describes so well the atmosphere of work in the Disney studios, the character of Walt Disney himself and he was very involved in the art behind the animated movies Bambi, Donald Duck, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Cinderella, Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, Sword in the Stone and many short films too. He won the Caldecott honour for this book in 1990. He was married for 50 years to the love of his life Margeret who he dedicated the book to "To the girl I met in art school".

8charl08
nov. 8, 2015, 2:46pm

Lovely topper image. Very frosty feel.

>7 mdoris: That dedication is beautiful. Fifty years isn't bad going there...

9mdoris
Editat: nov. 9, 2015, 3:29pm



Colum McCann is a master story teller and a master of language. He gets inside his people! I have read his 2 previous books and loved them. This one is no exception.

10mdoris
Editat: nov. 10, 2015, 12:31am



I always love reading David Sedaris books. He is funny, clever and sometimes poignant. I love the details that he describes of every day life and his reactions and thoughts. I love how irreverent he is at times. Some of his writing benefits from being read out loud but sometimes it's hard to continue as there's such gut busting laughter!

11lit_chick
nov. 10, 2015, 10:29am

Woot! I'm interested in the Colum McCann, Mary. Loved TransAtlantic, which was my introduction to him. Must look up Thirteen Ways of Looking.

12vancouverdeb
nov. 10, 2015, 3:37pm

Both you and Nancy have read and enjoyed TransAtlantic, so I'm going to have into reading it more seriously!

13charl08
nov. 11, 2015, 11:38am

>9 mdoris: Looking forward to reading this one, glad to know it matches the standard of his previous books. I heard him speak about his attack on the radio. He seemed remarkably sanguine about the whole experience. I'm not sure if I would be as forgiving.

14lit_chick
nov. 11, 2015, 7:58pm

Goodness, I hadn't heard about McCann being attacked in the US, so needed to Google. Good article here.

15mdoris
nov. 11, 2015, 8:02pm

>13 charl08:, yes Charlotte, I read about that attack too but need to know more about it. Very hard when you go to support/help someone and then get beaten yourself. I have not read his very early books but maybe I should!

16mdoris
nov. 11, 2015, 8:06pm

>14 lit_chick:,Hi Nancy, here I'm thinking I'd better read up on the attack and voila! there is your article posted. Thank you, thank you!

17mdoris
nov. 11, 2015, 8:10pm

p.s. Nancy, Did you ever read Let the Great World Spin? That was my introduction to him and I was hooked, especially as I had seen the documentary of Philippe Petit who did the "walk" on the World Trade Centre. Look up images for the Petit walk and you will see what I mean and get a sense of where the book starts.

18msf59
nov. 11, 2015, 10:26pm

Happy New Thread, Mary! Love the snowy topper!

Glad you enjoyed the latest McCann collection. I have that saved on audio. I also LOVED Let the Great World Spin.

I hope all is well.

19charl08
nov. 12, 2015, 8:29am

I liked Let the Great World Spin bur loved Transatlantic and enjoyed an earlier book Songdogs. He's on my list as an author to keep exploring.

20lit_chick
nov. 12, 2015, 12:00pm

Mary, sounds like Let the Great World Spin is another that MUST hit my list!

21vancouverdeb
Editat: nov. 12, 2015, 7:05pm

Mary, I have to tell you that the gaining of human conscious that the Fifteen Dogs leads to makes for quite a serious book. I think your reading group would enjoy and find a lot to talk about. Though the dogs can " talk to each other" , they can't talk to humans for the most part. It is more that the dogs take on human consciousness and thus communicate with each other in ways that are " dog like" and also human like. It's quite a dark and brutal story , and more of fable or that sort of thing. It has been a long time since I read Animal Farm ,or Lord of the Flies, but in someways I would liken Fifteen Dogs to those two books.

22mdoris
Editat: nov. 13, 2015, 11:30am



I grabbed this when I saw it at the library as I have read previous years' editions and liked those ones, I am really enjoying this year's book of essays too. It is "soup to nuts" in it's content or theme range but all written by pretty amazing writers (Malcolm Gladwell, Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Zadie Smith) to name a few and many names I don't recognize and I'm enjoying those too. Every year has a different chosen editor so the editor's choices are reflected in what is included and there are honorable mentions, as there are just so many amazing essays written in any given year.

23mdoris
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 2:46am



I wasn't a big fan of this book but I kept thinking that I should be as it has had lots and lots of glowing reviews and ratings. It's the story of 2 sisters during WW2 in France who join the resistance and demonstrate great courage and resilence in the face of horrible odds. There are very few stories about such bravery and dedication of women during the war so that's another reason why I should have been very impressed. So why wasn't I? It felt like a bodice ripper to me, and I noticed some historical errors so wondered how well researched it was and was written in a sort of he said..../she said.... kind of style. It is a very good story, telling the tremendous hardhsip that existed in France and how citizens turned on fellow citizens during the German occupation. These are stories that need to be told but I just wasn't sure this was the right author to tell it.

24mdoris
Editat: des. 2, 2015, 1:56pm



A charming graphic novel about a young 20 something artist finding her way........

25mdoris
Editat: des. 2, 2015, 2:03pm



I saw this one at the library on the new book shelf and grabbed it. It is another graphic novel by Lucy Knisley about a cruise ship "holiday" with her very aging grandparents that was fraught with stress and concern for them as they are crumbling before her eyes and she is there as a caring support for them. It was in ways a tough read. The subplot is the quotes from her grandfather's WW2 diaries as a fighter pilot. The drawings are wonderful and Knisley is very good at capturing the mood and feelings of the experiences that she writes/draws about. It is personal and "real" as many graphic novels seem to be.

26LovingLit
des. 6, 2015, 3:00am

>25 mdoris: that is how I start so many of my reviews! Lol, a good cover is like a magnet.

27lit_chick
des. 6, 2015, 9:15pm

Excellent reviews, Mary. I've got The Nightingale on audiobook and will listen to it eventually. The graphics novels look very interesting, too.

28lit_chick
des. 23, 2015, 1:08pm

Merry Christmas, Mary! Hope it's full of love and books!

29mdoris
Editat: des. 29, 2015, 8:48pm



What a very interesting book. Schultz is a very well read and intelligent writer and she takes on a subject that takes us from "soup to nuts" in thought and understanding (philosophy and psychology) and does so from wide research to personal anecdotes.