Books Brought Home March/April 2017
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Quiet Meg by Sherry Lynn Ferguson. Somebody told me Ferguson is considered Georgette Heyer's heir. Thought I'd pass my own judgment and sample what may be her best Regency romance. Maybe my memories of Heyer are overblown, 'cause book seems rather thin in character development compared to my nostalgic memories.
Haven't read in this genre since my misspent youth. Now misspending some old age.
Went to an author event at my local indie bookseller on Tuesday and snagged a signed first edition of The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler.
Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim by Megan Fontanella and the Guggenheim Foundation
>32 mollygrace: I'm reading Katherine Kuh's book, My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the scenes with a Legendary Curator. I know Katherine from her time as the art critic for The Saturday Review. Before that she was modern art curator at the Art Institute of Chicago for many years. An introductory chapter deals with her life as a curator, dealing with the whims of potential donors and the timidity of board members. The following chapters focus on individual artists including Brancusi, Van Gogh's nephew, Mark Rothko, Mark Toby, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Toby, Franz Kline and Fernand Leger, among others.
It's outstanding, full of affection and insight.
Tell me a little about your Guggenheim book.
>35 lansingsexton: I know and respect the name Katherine Kuh. I'm not sure where I first encountered her -- perhaps in The Saturday Review. Thank you for putting me back on her trail -- the book you're reading sounds like something I would enjoy.
Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim is the book that accompanies the current exhibit at New York's Guggenheim. This link includes a wonderful video which tells about the exhibit and the six visionary collectors whose gifts to the museum are being honored. There is also a slide show of exhibition views.
Wrath by T.R. Ragan
This is the 3rd book in the Faith McMann series. In the first book Faith's children get abducted and her husband gets murdered by sex traffickers. Faith is on a mission to get her kids back. In this final book I am hoping that all will turn out well. I was waiting for this book with bated breath, as both book 1 and 2 were fantastic.
I would highly recommend it for murder/mystery thrill seekers.
Accreted to my library, therefore I am NOT responsible for their accumulation:
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
The Practice House by Laura McNeal
The Poland Trilogy by James Conroyd Martin (anthology of 3 novels)
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer
(and others -- GULP!)
After recently hearing the author speak, I bought Test-and-Punish: How the Texas Education Model Gave America Accountability Without Equity. As a teacher, I see way too many people focused on testing, both teachers and students and I wonder just how far the ill effects will go.
There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, & Many Others by William Daniels
A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations by Juliet Nicolson
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
Trespass by Rose Tremain
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
Winter in the Blood by James Welch
>46 JulieLill: I've not read anything by Maggie O'Farrell but keep coming across praise for her writing, so I decided to buy a couple of her books. A friend had recommended The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox so I imagine I'll enjoy it. The friend mentioned that it's a mystery and that a "batty aunt" is involved. I tend to fill that role in our family so I'm hoping that particular character doesn't turn out to be the villain.
A friend sent me My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece because I'd put it on a wish list. Don't you just love friends like that!
Probably am the last person to read The Girl on the Train by Hawkins but am enjoying it.
>66 mollygrace: I've never read any Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine, and I'm looking forward to it. Rendell's plots are always twisted with really mentally unbalanced characters, which makes for interesting reading.
>67 seitherin: Good for you! Now we can compare notes once we've all read it. A Certain Justice is one of my favourites amongst P.D. James' novels.
Went to the mall, came home with an entirely unnecessary new book. I swear, my TBR pile is getting bigger than my already-read pile, and I ordered three books online last night. Sigh. Today's find was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. It looks very intriguing.
>70 ahef1963: The first Barbara Vine book, A Dark-Adapted Eye is another favorite of mine. I already liked Rendell, and wondered why she needed another name or author persona for some of her books, but upon reading that first one I believe I saw right away what she was doing. Though they share many qualities with the Rendells, the Vines have a certain something . . . I'll not say more; in fact, I'm not sure I know how to express it very well, but you'll see. I just know that after that first one, I was quite eager for more of that particular strain of Rendell. I saw why she needed to use another name. I thought of
Barbara as a strange, mysterious Vine growing in a dark corner of the garden -- deadly, no doubt . . . but. oh, so compelling.
Today Summer of Night by Dan Simmons came in the mail. There's going to be a read along in July on Instagram.
A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker
The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan by Patricia Bosworth
>77 ahef1963: Read Everything I Never Told You for a library book club. Would love to know your opinion when you read it.
Picked up two fantasy novels this afternoon:
The Solaris Book of New Fantasy by George Mann to get a feel and taste of new fantasy authors.
The Quarters Novels: Volume II by Tanya Huff because I loved her previous novels.
Today is Independent Bookstore Day and our local store had to send workers home due to the pouring rain. Please support your local bookstores! You can access them also online!
>86 JulieLill: I always wonder who decides on things like 'Independent Bookstore Day.' I don't object, certainly try to support my independents when possible (few though they are), just wondering. Is it a Hallmark day like Grandmothers day and Bosses Day, or did some governmental body actually name it that.
My friend just mailed me The Last Runaway because she knows Tracy Chevalier is one of my favorite authors.
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