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Hi Brenda

I hope you are having lots of time with beautiful Oliver! I see you recently added books by or about Flannery O'Connor.

You might be interested in this one:

It is a great book.

Love to you
Hi Brenda

How is your lovely grandson? What a fun time the holidays will be.

I appreciate you text, your lovely card, and your outreach. This is the third multiple neck fusion. This one more invasive because a piece of my hip was used.

Pain level yesterday was a steady ten. Today should be better.

I imagine you are excited about the Joplin meet up. How I wish I could be there. Please give my regards to everyone.


Thanks for the update on Ollie, Brenda. It's good to know that all is well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Joplin meet up works out for you!
Chris is game for a visit. They're camping this weekend and the weekend of the 27th. Maybe the 20th or 21st?
Dear sweet friend, I had already wrapped the Sendak book In the Night Kitchen to send to you when you replied you could get this in the library.

Since it is still wrapped and ready to go, may I send it to you?


PS: How is Bailey?
I might be able to do Tues or Wed instead. I'll need to check the calendar. How is everyone else looking for those days?
Just realized that I can't do 7/19 after all - we're actually going to St Louis that day for a business function.
Yes, as far as I know now, July 19 will work for me. Too bad about Donna, though. Is there an alternative date?
Hello Dear One

I note you added In the Lake of the Woods. I very much enjoy the writings of Tim O'Brien. I read In the Lake of the Woods awhile back. It is dark, but good.

How is your daughter?
A meet up in Columbia in July sounds like a great idea!

I forgot to ask if you heard from Rob. He is such a lovely person!

I'm still having great fun learning about Maurice Sendak and reading his books. Now, I want to go back to the museum and study the illustrations more in depth.

Perhaps there will be a Philadelphia meet up next year.

We had such great fun! Thanks again for all the planning!
Hi There!

I am getting very excited about the Phila. meet up. I want to program my gps with directions from the airport to where we are staying at Rittenhouse square. Can you please tell me the name of the place?

Looking forward,
That is a drag! Chris can't come either--she had already scheduled a scrapbook weekend with her sister-in-law. But Joplin's only a couple of weeks away!

I'll miss you Saturday, but see you in a few!

Brenda, thanks for adding us to the wiki. I'm looking forward to reading Crusoe's Daughter (at last)!
Brenda, I have class on 6/13 till 8:30 pm, but after that, I'm totally in! You had me at "big Johnson Cty Library used book sale!"

Keep me posted--I've been a horrible LibraryThing participant lately. Just too many other things I want to be doing (like reading)!

Thanks for thinking of me!

Love, Terri
I have your name down for this with a big question mark, Brenda. No pressure.
Infinite Jest support group.
Brenda, nothing is lost on LT. I found my lengthy "tutorial" on Erdrich under conversations. I'm on the iPad and didn't know if I could copy it for you. It looks like it went through okay. I'll understand if you're not as taken with Erdrich as I am. It was only after I read most of her books that I began to understand her little world. :-)
>159: Hi Brenda, I woke up this morning knowing that I would be missing a great book sale at the Metcalf Mall.

Louise Erdrich isn't for everyone. She writes like Faulkner with intertwined stories amongst her novels. I suggest reading them chronologically according to the stories rather than the publication dates. This is the best list I've come up with:

1. Tracks (1988) - 3.5*
2. Four Souls (2004) - 4*
3. Love Medicine (1984) - her first published novel - 4*
4. The Beet Queen (1986) - 3.5*
5. The Bingo Palace (1994) - 4*
6. Tales of Burning Love (1997) - 4*

The others can be read as stand-alone books for the most part. I'll list them in the order of my preferences:
The Plague of Doves - 4.5*
The Painted Drum - 4.5*
Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse - parallels the time period of Tracks - 4*
The Master Butcher's Singing Club - 4*

If you like short stories, I can recommend The Red Convertible (her first published story). The other selections are mostly excerpts from her books with a few new ones thrown in for good measure.

I didn't care much for her latest book, Shadow Tag, set in contemporary times.
Likewise, The Antelope Wife fell short for me.

I hope this answers your question! Maybe TMI? You might start with a stand-alone book to see if her style grabs you.
Yup! You just have to post the closest number to the top 100 in between those years for the wiki. :) So if between those 11 years, the highest the popularity was 675, then that's the number you would use. Hope that makes sense!
Hey Brenda!
When you pull up the site, there is a box on the bottom right hand side. Once you enter the name there and click on Go, the results automatically show from 2010 to 2000 and then you just have to make sure that the name doesn't appear as the top 100 in any of those years. If that doesn't work, let me know?
And here I am.
Thanks Brenda! He is turning 1 at the end of August and I keep thinking where has all the time gone?? But he is a good a baby as one can ask for and so I've been able to still get in a lot of reading time. Looks like we share a lot of books so hopefully I can catch you around the 75 threads. :)
I'll let you know, Brenda. :-D
Whew. If you don't remember her (the dog) much, then it's unlikely that there is some terrible scene of her being tortured. Thanks!
Hey Brenda. I'm reading [I'd Know You Anywhere] for my Edgar challenge and just have to ask for one spoiler: they just got Reba the dog. does the dog get hurt? I can handle some of the creepiness but I don't know if I can handle the dog getting hurt......
Thanks for the iPad help, Brenda. I was hoping someone would come to my rescue.

So how is your summer going. I think it has been hotter in Lawrence than in Springfield, although I'm a mess with any temperature over 90 degrees.

[wow, look at all this cool stuff!]

Yes, Friday was my birthday. Today is my husband's. Mother's Day falls in between. We do a lot of celebrating in May!
I enjoyed finally having a chance to meet you - and Roni, too. Thanks for finding such a nice place for us. I hope there will be more chances to get together - in Joplin, or at the JOCO book sale, or anyplace.

I just noticed that you're reading Baking Cakes in Kigali. I loved that book! I'll be watching for your comments about it.

Brenda, I had such a good time today. So glad we met in person. I look forward to seeing you again (maybe in Joplin?) and comparing reading notes. Thanks for pointing out some good books to me. I'm especially looking forward to reading The Children's Blizzard.

Hi Brenda.

I would add my Welcome to the 75ers. These are nice people, probably the nicest group on the Internet that I've found. You don't have to worry about the state of your computer skills, either. You're in good company if you don't know how to add images or links or whatever. The focus is books and reading and having a good time with like-minded people. Just have fun. Looking forward to getting to know you in 2011.
Hi Brenda! Welcome to the 75ers :)
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