mdoris book challenge for 2015 (part 2)
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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.
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".
>7 mdoris: That dedication is beautiful. Fifty years isn't bad going there...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A charming graphic novel about a young 20 something artist finding her way........
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.