Whisper1 (Linda) Thread #3 for 2017
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Spring arrived! Here are a few Pre-Raphaelite paintings that celebrate the beauty of flowers:
ILLUSTRATED BOOK #17
The Great Migration: Journey to the North
by Eloise Greenfield (Author), Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator)
Both the writer and illustrator had family who traveled north from the Jim Crow south, seeking a better life and new opportunities.
This poetic book is a tribute to those who risked what was known, to travel to the unknown. Roughly six million African-Americans left the Deep South from approximately 1910's to 1970's — about half of black America at that time. The transition from a rural area into one of the fast paced life of industrialized cities, brought new opportunities, but also the insecurity of leaving families and a different life style behind.
Congrats on your shiny new thread, Linda. What a beautiful topper. Thanks so much for sharing it.
Happy new thread, Linda!
The Pre-Raphaelite paintings are so romantic, flowers, beautiful dresses and all those women with very long hair!
Hi Barbara and Kim, Thanks for your kind words, and for visiting here! Happy day to both of you.
Hi Linda, happy new shiny thread my dear and a great thread topper. Hope you are having a lovely day my dear and always nice to see your posts dear lady, sending love and hugs dear friend.
John and Brenda! So great to find messages from both of you! Many thanks!!!!
The Great Migration looks to be very revealing of a time without a lot of literature outside of newspapers, though plenty of music!
If you have not seen Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, that book is an incredible work of art as it honors those same brave people who made that journey.
Thank you for this review.
Happy New Thread, Linda! The Pre-Raphaelites are stunning whether you want to be stunned or not (I do). I look forward to hearing from you here.
I'm a huge fan of Jacob Lawrence!
I have a print of his work 'The Library' hanging in my living room.
> 17 nrmay
The Library is cool and mysterious.
Two of my favorites are -
Mecklenburg County: Vaudell Sleet's Magic Garden
Mecklenburg Autumn: Early Frost
Online, the Hiroshima (John Hershey, author) series is chilling.
Hi Linda. Long time. Maybe we meet in May, hmmm? I do hope you are feeling better and better.
I just looked at Hiroshima and others online. Powerful images.
I think the 2 Mecklenburg pieces are by Romare Bearden, another artist I especially like. He was born here in Charlotte NC. I'm going to an exhibition of his work in Virginia this weekend at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke. "Romare Bearden: Pictures of America" is there through June 18.
(which my computer keeps correcting as "normal")
Ah yes, you are right, Bearden is the creator of those two - from a calendar sent from NYC
by the same friend who sent the Jacob Lawrence book.
Lucky you to have his Art coming so close!
I checked the Taubman Museum online where they show four of his pictures -
sure would love to see THE LAMP in person.
>21 m.belljackson: *Psssst* Use the caret symbol and the number of the message; that way LT will link back to the post you're responding to, and you don't have to worry about the auto-correct changing Nancy's user name, because it will be inserted automatically.
>10 jnwelch: Thanks Joe. I always enjoy your lovely illustrated toppers.
>11 countrylife: Hi Cindy. I have a lovely book of Victorian paintings and the images are incredi ble!
>12 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul/ How lovely to see you here!
>13 foggidawn: Hi Misti...I hope you are well and enjoying your job
>14 scaifea: Hi There Amberr!
>15 m.belljackson: Hello, and thanks for leading me to Jacob Lawrence .
>16 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. Years ago, I stumbled on the Pre-Raphaelites via the music of Lorenna McKennitt. I'm hooked ever since.
>17 nrmay: Hi Nancy. Thanks for visiting and sharing.
>18 m.belljackson: ahhh..more ideas! Thanks, as always
?19 Hi Friend. It is so good to see you here. Yes, I do plan to attend the Bethlehem Library sale. Any chance you can make if to lunch. It would be good to see you and gig again round a table.
>20 nrmay: Thanks again Nancy for leading me to this artist. I envy your art museum tour.
>21 m.belljackson: Marianne, I also envy your museum visit
>22 laytonwoman3rd: HI Linda. Happy Sunday to you.
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
I usually try to find something good about a book, even if, after spending time reading it, I still cannot find a lot to say .Therefore, in saying little about this book, it reinforces that I don't like it.
Usually, I am kind, but in saying that I don't find a lot of redeeming value, this also indicates how I feel.
I like autobiographies and biographies. Before joining Librarything.com, it was my genre of choice. So, in saying that this book seemed to be incredibly self centered and boring, I remain thinking that I cannot recommend this.
ILLUSTRATED BOOK #18
Coming Home from the life of Langston Hughes by Floyd Cooper
When a little child, Langston lived in Kansas with his elderly grandmother who admonished him not to play with other children. In the middle of miles of fields, it reality it was not hard to do. The sheer loneliness was difficult. Abandoned by a mother who wanted to become a successful singer/dancer, and a father who fled the bonds of parenthood and moved to Mexico, this precocious child dug deep into himself and found solace in reading.
Eventually, he was taken in by another family. And, in this experience, he paints wonderful poems of food that is bountiful, of a place to stay that is lovely, and of the ability to find love and accept the sheer power of it all.
Note: The image below is not from the book Coming Home. It is one I found that seemed to rise from the soul of a man who overcame a lot and was, and still remains, a bright shining light to others who struggle.
ILLUSTRATED BOOK #19>
Drummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley with illustrations of Ed Emberley
Luscious colors pop out in reds and oranges and greens and just about every color imaginable. This Caldecott winning book does not have the pull of the message as well as the images that leap and the detail that is incredible.
One lone Drummer named Hoff seems to build a cannon, until the story builds upon the fact that it took many to assist in the final project. This is a simple tale of fact needed for all to remember.
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans wrote and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
The lush, exquisite illustrations of Kadir Nelson with the accompanying background of the journey of Black Americans from Colonial times through the Civil Rights movement and beyond is a must read book for anyone interested in American History and the most important accomplishments of Black Americans.
Never an easy journey, I came away with the reinforcement that we can never repay what needs to be paid.
Hi Linda! Happy new thread.
I hope you're doing well this Sunday and I'm sending positive energy for the coming week!
>28 karenmarie: Hi Karen. Thanks for your kind wishes. They mean a lot!
>Hi Jenny. It is indeed a lovely book. Thanks for stopping by.
Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes by Lynn Sherr
This is a delightful book written by an author who fell in love with giraffes during her first trip to Africa.
Watching the magical flight of a herd of giraffes as they seem to fly through the air, these lofty animals were a joy to behold.
When with facts and history regarding this majestic beast, I could not put the book down.
>31 Whisper1: Hi Linda, I love giraffes! I have some wonderful pictures hanging that Kelly took a few years ago. I hope you are doing well and that we can get together soon!
Hi Linda, hope you are well my dear and having a good week dear friend, sending love and hugs.
Thanks to all for your messages. I know I have been absent for awhile. I am realizing that the recovery from all the surgeries is still happening. These last few months have been challenging, but I am on the right path. I have read so much about opiate addiction that I swear I must be unconsciously skipping doses of dialudid pills. It is near time to have the refill and I have 38 extra pills from the last two months.
There are so many sad, lost souls who get hooked on prescription drugs. I read recently that it isn't the pills that people crave as much as it is the relief from pain that they provide.
I'm doing better, but still have a long way to go regarding healing. And still, there will be one more surgery. I'll know more about that next Friday when I see the surgeon. The last set of surgeries at Thomas Jefferson hospital were in June 2016. It means that after June, I have gone an entire year without a surgery! That's good news. I'll deal with the other surger when It occurs, for now, my spirits are good.
Our little neighborhood girls were here baking cupcakes and cookies this afternoon. My heart just sings when they are here! And our new friend Lena who is eight, fits well into the mix. She knocked on the door last Sunday, book in hand asking if she could read to us. She is a good reader. In three pages there were six big words she struggled with. Will and I taught her the meaning and then gently quizzed her. She seemed to feel very empowered when she knew all six. When she left, we were all smiling.
We also are fostering a great relationship with a little boy who is three who lives two doors down from us. He is adorable, quiet and shy. He is quite a blessing. Born when his parents were 44, he is loved to pieces.
He has started walking Lilly with me. Bright, he figured out how to work the leash to control how far Lilly can walk away from us. He quietly smiles and looks up at me with a grin that melts my heart. After our walks, he sits on the deck with Will and I, smiling while eating a popsickle. When his father comes to take him home, he strongly says "No, Daddy!" "Not Now!." A few nights ago when he was with his father in his father's truck, I walked past and he reached over and hit the horn so that it loudly beeped. Thinking this was so funny, he laughed and laughed. What a character.
Life is good!!!!!
Black Dahlia & White Rose short stories by Joyce Carol Oates
I seem to have a love/hate relationship with the writings of this author. There are instances when after reading one of her books, I swear never to read another, and then find one I haven't read and bring it home.
This is a set of short stories, each different, but alike it the typical noir of her writing style. The title is taken from the first story of Elizabeth Short, aka The murdered woman known as The Black Dahlia. The unsolved mystery remains to haunt. I'm not sure if Elizabeth was a room mate of Marilyn Monroe, but in this story the two beauties share an apartment while trying to make a mark in Hollywood. One is grossly butchered, the other goes on to ever-lasting fame.
Some of the remaining stories are ok, but not as strong as the first. Overall, unless you are an avid fan of Joyce Carol Oates, I can't recommend this one. But there certainly is something about her style that keeps me coming back for more.
Glad you are getting such joy from the children in your neighborhood -- as they are from you, I'm sure!
Love your attitude, Linda. I know there must be really tough days while your body continues to adjust to all the surgical assaults and reconstructions. A year out from the last surgery, you are still in the healing process. Patience wears thin, though, I imagine. It's good to hear how much fun you have with the neighborhood children, though. A lot of people in your position might find them bothersome, or too much trouble. I'm glad you can enjoy them.
"Life is good!!" These are great words to hear, Linda.
Happy New Thread, my friend. Hope you had a good weekend.
>37 Whisper1: Great post, Linda. I'm sorry you've got to navigate your way through so much pain, but I think you're smart to be concerned about opiate addiction. The adventures with Lena and your fellow Lilly-walker sound delightful. Sounds like you have a great neighborhood.
I'm not a Joyce Carol Oates reader. She has a knack for depressing me, without enough reward for it. Too bad, because she's a talented writer.
>40 Whisper1: I'll have to look for that one -- I have not read it yet.
Hi Linda, the amount of surgery you have had is phenomenal my dear and it is going to take a long time to be back to something like normality my dear. I am with you in being careful about being addicted to opiates as I am on Fentanyl patches and was worried about the patch dosage. I began on 50 mcg but that had no effect and so really started on 75 mcg and when the pain has got so bad that they have little or no effect I have been moved up 25mcg, so I went to 100mcg then 125 mcg and currently am on 150 mcg with the patches changed every three days. I was worried and asked the surgeon last time I saw one and told him what I was on and how often it has to be upped and he told me I was ok for a long time but at a certain dosage it would kill me which was not what I wanted to be told. Recently there have been 8 deaths among drug users who it would appear have mixed Heroin with liquid Fentanyl and the police said Fentanyl is X times stronger than Heroin and that made me sit up but what is in the patches is microscopic.
Hope you have a good week dear friend and that you are relatively pain free as much as you can be, as you said on my thread, people not in constant pain don't understand how bad it gets for us and hopefully they will not have constant pain, sending love and hugs.
>37 Whisper1: Linda--I just love your neighborhood stories--they always cheer me up. It is no surprise to me that you are adored by all the little munchkins and what a wonderful impact you have on them! Turning them all into readers. Great job. : )
I understand your reluctance to rely on the pain killers. I do the same thing: tending to undertake what's prescribed. That's mostly a good thing, unless the pain gets away from you, because it is hard to reign it back in. For now, you are wise to celebrate a year without surgery. Hooray!! Milestones are important. xoxo
Hi Linda, hope you have had a good week my dear and wishing you a really lovely weekend dear friend, sending love and hugs.
I'm glad to hear that things are going reasonably well for you, and you are getting so much enjoyment out of your neighbourhood, despite the pain. I hope things continue on an upward path.
Good to see you so positive and brave as always, Linda.
Have a lovely weekend, dear lady.
Hello, Linda, It has been quite some time but I am not surprised to find that you are still your lovely inspirational self. I am recovering from cellulitis of the legs and while I thought my back pain was pretty bad, my legs felt like somebody unleashed blow torches on them. If anybody has experienced cellulitis on their legs they will understand that. Now I am left with some permanent nerve damage and legs that swell up every day. I am hoping to remedy some of that by doing Yoga and walking but it is slow going. I can weigh in on the pain killers being a constant worry also because they make our quality of life less than what we might hope as they cause one to be sluggish and mess with our insides and our emotions. But I am not sure what I would do without them. It is just important to also keep up our physical health as best we can, eat right, do the best we can. That is why LT is great. It keeps our spirits up knowing all these great people who share our interests and broaden our experiences. No matter how long I am gone, I look forward so much to jumping right back in and chatting with my old friends, catching up, and sharing with people who care. It is, as always, great to read your posts with all the illustrations and I have even found a book I can't wait to read...the one on giraffes...Tall Blondes. I love giraffes! Keep being you Linda! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. My girls gave me a great Mother's Day.
Hello To All! How very much I appreciate your posts. I will respond individually, hopefully this weekend. I'm in a reading slump. I pick up and book, read 40 plus pages, and put it away.
I haven't been posting because alas, I hate that so much of my posts revolve around health issues. But, I miss everyone and decided to jump back in.
>55 Whisper1: I had a brief reading slump recently -- I started several books before settling in to the one I am currently reading. Hope yours goes away just as quickly!
Another Surgery? Can it be...Yes it is true. I haven't been well and, as mentioned above, didn't want to continue writing posts about the continuing saga of neck/spinal issues.
Then, last Friday, a visit to the local surgeon confirmed that another surgery has to happen, and needs to happen in the next few months. I've been in a slump since. I remain positive, but weary of it all. I was aware that another surgery was likely, but now the need seems to have me on a fast track to the operating room. Somehow I hoped and prayed that it would not be necessary
This will be surgery number eight. This will be eight surgeries in six years. I await the decision of the surgeon at Thomas Jefferson hospital regarding if I have to return to Philadelphia, or if the local surgeon can remove some of the hardware. For a long time, it was known that a rod is poking a nerve. Added pain in the last months confirms that the rod is somewhat twisting, and in fact can be seen just below the skin level.
For now, the game plan is to remove adjoining screws which hold the rod in place, and then slowly remove the rod. It is know what has to happen, but I don't know the exact date, or where it will occur.
Searching for positive things to write about, I can tell you that the first poppy in my perennial garden bloomed. The lovely iris flowers are starting to show the beautiful purple color. Sheltie Lilly had a bath with special shampoo and she is beautifully clean and pretty! The Bethlehem Library book sale is held this coming Saturday and I look forward to time with Diane Keenoy, Bill (Weird-o), and his friend Gig.
Life really is good. I'm learning to live in the unknown.
>57 Whisper1: Oh Linda, I am sorry you have to go through surgery again...
I am glad you can enjoy the flowers in your garden and remain positive.
Big hugs and sending lots of positive energy!
Dear Linda--I totally get not wanting to post when you seem to be dealing with health issues all the time. I know--you don't want to be a whiner. But you can't see yourself from my perspective: You are one of the most optimistic, inspiring people I know! Look how you ended you last message, about poppies blooming! It is okay to vent here. Everyone loves you. I hope relief happens sooner than later so it can stop hurting. And then stop trying to catch up to my surgery numbers. LOL. BIG HUGS! : )
>57 Whisper1: Sorry to hear that you are facing another surgery. I hope it helps relieve your pain.
What brave words!
It is more than hard to face another surgery,
yet you will go in with hopes and prayers joined from so many people
that this will be the last one needed.
Today was our day (southern Wisconsin) for the first blooms of purple and white Iris - like your poppy, they raise your spirits and bring a welcome smile.
Dear Linda. Dear Linda.
You do a miraculous job of holding to what is good. I wish that this upcoming surgery were not necessary, but you know better than anybody else that it is. You will get through it, I know, better than anybody might expect. THEN may you have an increasingly pain free life!
Love to you!
Linda - so sorry that you have to have undergo more surgery. Here's hoping that this surgery is your last.
Hello dear friend, sorry to read that you require more surgery but it does appear necessary and hopefully that will be the end and you will have an increasingly pain free life my dear. I can understand you not wanting to post when you are in pain and likewise I didn't want to post that once again my back was causing problems but that is something we have to bear and our LT friends are aware of this and understand.
You have been very brave with all the surgery you have undergone and from all I have seen since we became friends is how much of a positive spin you put on things which is the only way to go as I have found over the years. We all love you and love your posts and will always be here for you whenever you need us. Post when you can and pass on all news whether about books or pain, we want to know how you are. Sending much love and hugs and kisses from Karen and I.
P.S. Karen says thank you for the birthday wishes.
I am having the same issue with a reading slump Linda. My remedy for that is to just start reading any books that appeal to me, and just read a chapter or two at a time. I will eventually put it down for good if it means nothing to me, but that way I keep from being bored. I am reading mostly mysteries right now and some horror, also some food writing and lots of cookbooks and craft books. I am trying my hand at crochet and knitting. I am hoping to sell my needle-felting at some craft fairs this summer. I am making as many breeds of dogs as I can with accessories like collars, leashes and rugs, by request I will felt a sweater with the dogs initial on it. I hope to get some pictures on here. Keep on reading...you will find something that interests you...then share it with us!
What a challenge to have to face another surgery, Linda. Will this rod have to be replaced, or does the surgeon think you can do without it once it's removed? I hope you were able to enjoy the book sale over the weekend.
Good Morning to all! May and April became confused, as April wanted to learn what it was to take a break from a month of rain, giving the reigns to May. And, now, May has held up her bargain and produced days of grey, cloudy skies that produced either soft mists, or down pours.
I'll know more about the upcoming surgery in July when both the local and Thomas Jefferson surgeries decide where, who and when. In the meantime, work is heavy this time of year when fiscal year end approaches and also a yearbook, with an editor MIA, needs to get to press.
Thanks to all for your visits. They mean a lot.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
This is a well written story about family dysfunction. On the wall are photos of the Roanoke Girls, each one with a tragic end of either suicide or accidental death. Two young teenaged Roanoke Girls remain. One who has lived in the mansion Roanoke home all her life. Her grandfather and grandmother live with her. The other, flees New York to visit Roanoke after the suicide of her mother.
While other Roanoke family girls have rapidly fled, one remains. When her cousin visits, she finds a kinship. Because of their childhoods, they never know how to form solid relationships. Affection from a man other than their grandfather seems more than awkward and game playing with the emotions of other men is the norm.
As the book progresses the reader wonders if the remaining Roanoke girls will transcend the swirling miasma of their grandfathers unhealthy attention, and will somehow, unlike all the other Roanoke girls who are dead, or mentally burdened, make it through with a healthy, steady life away from the money, a cold, hardened grandmother and the ever beguiling, controlling handsome grandfather.
After a summer visit, the one flees while the other keeps her promise to remain. Called back to Roanoke when word comes from her grandfather that her cousin is missing, it appears only one Roanoke girl now remains to find all the puzzle pieces and hopefully rescue her cousin in the hope that she has not met the fate of the previous "Roanoke Girls."
I highly recommend this one. Four Stars!
Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland
This is indeed a book that the juvenile aged person would relish. Filled with the mystery of an old, dilapidated home, spooky rooms, and sounds that go bump in the night, the pages will turn quickly for the young reader who longs to find what lies beyond the bookcase.
The grandmother of two has died, leaving the house to their mother and father. Traveling from California to Pennsylvania countryside, the children enjoy the mystery of the house with rooms of books and mystery. Their parents, however, see a home that needs a lot of work before it can be sold.
As the children venture behind the bookcases in each of their rooms, another world awaits. The characters in the other world are unique. And, the children must learn who to trust and how to navigate back and forth from the portal that provides danger and excitement.
A book off my shelf, I can now donate it to a lucky child who loves to read about adventure.
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
I will begin by stating that once I started, I couldn't put this book down. I loved it! The setting is WWII with a cast of characters, each who must make very difficult decisions which impact on their lives and those of others.
Different from other books with a WWII setting, this includes a cast of circus characters as they travel through war-torn Germany and France, stopping only where the Nazi regime tells them they can set up tent.
The story begins with a young German girl whose family abandons her when they learn of her pregnancy by a Nazi soldier. Ecking out a living at a train station, the lonely girl had her baby but it was immediately taken from her by the German authorities. Longing for her baby and the truth of what happened to him causes her to make a decision to grab a baby in a train car filled with Jewish babies headed East for extermination.
Fleeing in the frozen cold of Germany, baby cradled under her coat, she awakens to find that she and the baby are rescued by a traveling circus. Noa must find a way to earn her keep in order to survive with the baby.
Astrid is a Jew whose family was killed by the Nazi's. She was married to a German soldier who abandoned her when told by Nazi authorities that all soldiers who have Jewish wives, must put them aside. Heartbroken and stubbornly strong, Astrid hooks up with the traveling circus using her skills on the trapeze 40 feet high above the circus tent. Astird's family lost their circus during the war and she is hired by the lone remaining circus.
Teaching Noa to learn acrobatic feats high in the air, both learn to trust each other lest one fall. The backdrop of the circus holds the reader as we learn the cast of different characters trying to keep the circus alive. Bravely, the owner and ring leader, puts his life and those of the circus, by welcoming Astrid and Noa to the family. All too easily the authorities hear of a circus hiding a Jew, Astrid literally takes her life in her hands each time she performs death defying feats in the air while praying that on the ground there are no Nazi's in the crowd waiting to capture her.
Because Noa's stolen baby is Jewish, they also are at great risk. This is a story of the hardship of the war, the power of the Nazi's as the wipe out towns and lives, scattering bodies throughout, but mainly, it is a story of risk taking and of the ability to find friendship and trust in a world that spins out of control.
Thus far, this is the best book I've read this year! Highly recommended with Five Stars!
Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen
While I haven't read many books in the month of May, 2017, those read were stellar, including this gem. Young Kara lives sequestered in a small apartment with an older woman who rescued her. Abandoned in the streets of China, because of the one-child rule, this little girl, was left to die. With a deformity of her little hand, she is especially deemed a child not fit to pay the price of keeping a girl baby when perhaps another healthy boy could be conceived and raised in China.
We learn that the woman who rescued her is sacrificing greatly. Living near poverty, each day is a struggle. She could join her husband and daughter who live in the United States, but then, what would become of the bright, lovely Kara, like a Red Butterfly because she rapidly rides a red bike when she is left out of the house.
When the woman who rescued her writes to her husband asking for more money to live, Kara's life is in a spin when her surrogate mother's daughter makes the trek to China to see her mother. Finding this child rude and selfish, Kara longs for some sort of stability.
Alas, when discovered, Kara is taken to a home for children where again she must learn how to survive. Fortunately, a very kind social worker shows kindness, and eventually Kara is sent to the United States to live with a loving family who also have adopted other Chinese girls.
The transition is difficult for Kara. Not only learning the language and customs, but also learning to accept the unconditional love of her new parents, while longing for the woman who raised her and now lives in the United States, Kara hides food and money in the hope of taking a bus to find her surrogate mother.
Written in poetic style, this is not only excellently written, but it is heartbreaking and wonderful in redemptive qualities.
Hi Linda, Sorry I haven't been around for awhile, and super sorry to hear that all the nasties haven't been cleared up for you yet. I'm crossing all the crossables that this upcoming surgery will help you return to a ore comfortable situation. In the meantime, I'm also trying to get back up on the reading horse and return to reading threads and keeping up with all the wonderful friends here on LT. Hope you have a peaceful holiday weekend.
Hi Tina. I hope Maine summer is as beautiful as I remember it to be We hope to vacation in Princeton after I retire. Thanks for stopping by. Between the business of work, and a lack of energy, it is difficult to keep up with the threads. I so miss my LT friends!
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
There's a lot to like about this book. Primarily, the author is excellent at portraying character development. A man who shares time and financial resources with two families is portrayed from the perspective of the bigamist, the two wives, one of whom, while there is a piece of paper signed by a judge, is not legally married. Their daughter Dana is almost the same age as the daughter who knows nothing of her father's other family.
Dana's tale is heartbreaking. Knowing that more time and financial resources are given to his legal family, she lives her life trying not to feel second best. Her mother is manipulative and in is the least able to like in the host of characters.
When, as teens, the two daughters meet and develop a short-lived friendship, it is only a matter of time until all discover the secrets.
I will search for more written by this author. She took a complex subject, drew a sensitive portrait of each impacted in the family while not painting it as a soap opera.
Before The Fall by Noah Hawley
When a lone man and a small boy are the only survivors of a crash of a private plane, the man must swim the freezing cold ocean with the frightened boy on his back.
By random chance, the man was invited to join the members en route from Mass. to New York. Well written, the author keeps the reader guessing who was responsible for the crash. Not many members, some of whom were exceedingly rich. Chapter after chapter is filled with descriptions of each of the passengers and what they have lost.
The ending is unexpected, and a bit of a let down.
Overall, I recommend this one.
Linda just stopping by to say hi and wish you well.
You could post your shopping list or your laundry list and there would be people on LT who would just be glad to see it and have a post from you.
>77 Whisper1: Hope you are doing well. Or at least hanging in there. : )
The End Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis
A good story that somehow became choppy long about mid-way. There was a great deal of frustration with disjointed sentences leading to no where.
Two girls who have been together since babyhood, one healthy, one born with a congenital heart condition. Now, in teen aged years, the reality that Kim's days are numbered is hitting Emma strongly. So close are they that there were not a lot of others in their lives. Emma is a nerdy, sensitive child. After Kim died, she slips into depression and is obsessed with trying to hear from her beloved friend.
Good things about this book: The story line is good
Things that kept me from giving a high mark: Disjointed, rambling text that didn't allow the reader to feel the emotions of the girls.
Hi Linda, just touching base with you dear friend, hope you are feeling well and are having a good week my dear, sending love and hugs.
Hi John, I wish the same for you. I hope your weekend is filled with wonderful books:
a Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
While her Newbery award-winning book One for the Murphy's was excellent, this one fell flat for me.
A young girl struggles with a learning disability. She is excellent with making a thought into a wonderful image, but she cannot read. As a result, she learns many coping mechanisms, some of which get her into trouble.
Landing in the principal's office more than she would like, she is embarrassed to tell others that words simply mean nothing to her.
Finally, a very gifted teacher pays attention to the fact that she is bright, but is dyslexic. Eventually, she learns ways in which to compensate and use all senses to learn to read.
It is a hopeless situation. Each and every time I vow to read books from my own shelf, leaving books in the library and not bringing them home, it just never works.
It was such a sunny, lovely, breezy day with scudding clouds amid the blue, blue sky! I took a break from working with students and designing yearbook pages. The Bethlehem Library is just across the bridge, and I visited there.
I brought home a large bag of books regarding the Civil Rights movement. Just when I think I've exhausted reading of this historic movement, one book leads to another to another to another. And, in the end, here is what jumped off the shelf right into a large canvas bag:
The book of Freedom Song Young Voices and the Struggle for Civil Rights contains a cd of incredible music sung by the Chicago Children's Choir. One of my favorites is the song Birmingham Sunday by Joan Baez.
Hi, Linda. So sorry you need another surgery!
You've done some interesting reading. Great reviews!
>78 magicians_nephew: Exactly!
I'm happy to see that Civil Rights is keeping you busy. I'll look forward to what you have to say about that haul!
Happy Sunday, Linda. I'm sorry to hear that you'll have another surgery. I keep my fingers crossed that that one will do the trick.
Thanks so much for visiting my thread. I'm currently not often on LT. RL was/is busy.
Thinking of you and sending gentle hugs over the pond.
>86 EBT1002: Yes, Before The Fall is a good book, except for the ending.
>87 tymfos: Hi Terri. It was such a lovely, sunny day yesterday with a small breeze to keep the weather not too hot, and just right. I knew that another surgery might be needed, but now that it is confirmed, I admit to wanting to postpone it. I'm just too tired from all the others. Please tell me how your son is doing. Are you and he taking courses together?
>88 LizzieD: Peggy, I think you might like Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner. He does a wonderful job at portraying the atmosphere and tension building up to the incident, leaving four girls dead, and another blinded in one eye.
In addition, I did not know that two young men who did not have a connection with the church, Johnny Brown Robinson, who was near the church. Seven hours after the bombing he was shot in the back by police. Virgil Ware was riding his bike with his brother. Enroute to an Uncle who had another bike for them, He was shot, hands on the handlebars, this Eagle Scout was shot by young ruffians.
This made the toll six young teens dead, and one whose eye had to be removed from the glass blown so forcefully that the heavy stained glass windows were shattered.
>89 Ameise1: Hi Barbara. One of the things I very much like about this group is that we can post frequently, or infrequently dependent upon real life situations. Happy day to you as well!
Bless his heart, Will took me to the local library in Easton. I frequent there often, but have never attended their book sales..until yesterday.
In talking to the volunteers, they mentioned that I might want to join "The Friends of The Library." This group works with the staff and director behind the scenes. Throughout the year, they get together once a month and sort the new books that are given to the library for the sale.
This might be a great thing to do, if I don't have to lift the books, but can merely sort them. I'm working on a plan of what to do when I retire, and this just might fit that need.
I spent $25, left from the money Will gave me for Christmas to spend on books.
BOOKS ACQUIRED AT THE EASTON LIBRARY BOOK SALE
1) The Russian Concubine by Kate Frnival --hardcover, brand new condition
2) The Woodsman's Daughter --brand new condition
3) The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor -- hardcover, brand new condition
4) The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry --hardcover, brand new condition
5) In One Person by John Irving -- hardcover, brand new condition
6) The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown -- hardcover, brand new condition
7) Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza -- hardcover, gently used
8) I Saw Esau by Iona & Peter Opie illustrations by Maurice Sendak -- paperback brand new
9) Sweetbitter by Reginald Gibbons -- paperback in excellent, slightly used condition
10) The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich -- paperback, brand new condition
11) The Healer by Greg Hollingshead -- hardcover, slightly used condition
12) The Winter's Child Mary K. Whittington -- hardcover, Children's Illustrated, used condition
13) The Beatles, Illustrated Lyrics edited by Alan Aldridge --large paperback, used condition
14) The Queen & Di by Ingrid Steward --paperback, brand new condition
15) A Complete History of the Mafia by Jo Durden Smith --hardcover, slightly used
16) Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson --paperback, used condition
17) Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Giina Kolata--paperback new
18) An Enchantment of Birds by Richard Cannings hardcover, brand new
19) Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian paperback, slightly used
20) Divining Women by Kaye Gibbons paperback, brand new
21) The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst hard cover, new
22) Bliss River by Thea Devine hardcover, good condition
23) Rembrandt by D.M. Field hardcover, slightly used
24) The Private Patient by P. D. James paperback, brand new
25) The Photograph by Penelope Lively paperback, brand new
26) Where the Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin paperback, good condition
27) Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
28) Deadtime Stories The Witching Game by Annette and Gina Cascone harcover, new, YA
29) In the Heart of the Sea; The Tragedy of the Essex Whaleship by Nathaniel Philbrick New
30) One Hundred Saints Bullfinch Press Book Large hardcover, used
31) American Folk Art by Jean Lipman and Alice Winchester large coffee table book, used
32) The Unseen Van Gogh by Richard Muhlberger large coffee table book, like new
So sorry to hear you need another surgery Linda. I hope this one does ease the pain you are experiencing from the rod.
>85 Whisper1: 'It is a hopeless situation. Each and every time I vow to read books from my own shelf, leaving books in the library and not bringing them home, it just never works.'
Nope, if you're having surgery there's a special book acquisition dispensation - there are no limits on acquiring books!
>93 souloftherose: Thanks for the assurance that books are indeed unlimited.
Oh, hooray for booksales! I've also thought about joining our local Friends of the Library. At least one of the desk is always manned by volunteers as well as sorting donated books.
I hope your young neighbors are continuing to visit and entertain - they sound like such good kids.
>92 Whisper1: Wow, what an incredible haul! And, so many "like new" ones, too! Sorry, I missed this sale but I was having a good time at Perennial Fest at my second home, Donaldson's Nursery with my daughter, Kelly. I probably brought home almost as many plants as you did books! Now, if it would only stop raining, I'm afraid they may just be decorating my driveway in their pots forever with this yucky weather! Once that sun comes out, I will be running and digging really fast to get them all in! Looking forward to trying the next Easton Library Book Sale! Who knew it would have been so good...
Wow, that's some book haul, Linda. Can you tell what The Unseen Van Gogh is about? I'm intrigued by that title.
>91 Whisper1: I hope you do join and that it works for you. It sounds like a great way to contribute and to be around other book-loving people. And maybe you'll get first dibs on some of the sale items. :-)
Even though it is not a surprise, I'm sorry you are facing another surgery, whenever it occurs. They do take it out of you, energy-wise. Please keep taking good care of yourself!
Your book haul is wonderful! The Story of Lucy Gault was my first-ever Trevor and I loved it. I have both In One Person and The Photograph and want to read them both.
Linda, what a great book haul! And I definitely think you would enjoy being on the Friends of the Library committee; you should look into that some more. Wishing you lots of strength and energy as you start another week at school and your yearbook endeavors. Hugs.
14) The Queed & Di by Ingrid Steward --paperback, brand new condition
Can't decide if its really interesting book or a great typo :-)
Love ya Linda!
I am so sorry you have to go through another surgery! Given my irregular appearances here I'm already wishing you all the best, you're in my prayers.
I so love the flower illustrations in your thread topper. Have you noticed that this year's fashion is also super-flowery? I hope it stays for another season before we invariably move on to something cold-neon-black-80s or so.
Your library sale haul is incredible!
I just finished The Lie Tree and saw it is on your tbr list in your catalog. I thought it quite good, more a Victorian mystery than a fantasy, really, although there is one fantastical object. Other than that, I hope your semester has wrapped up in good form and that you are in the less busy summer session at work. ((((Linda))))
Wow, The Force was really with you at that book sale and hope it continues through your surgery!
One thing you can be grateful for is that you are not working at Mills College in Oakland, California,
where they just voted to eliminate their entire Philosophy Department.
Hi, Linda. Just adding my wishes for a restful, recreational weekend for you!
Wishing one of my favourite 75ers a restful, pain-free and enjoyable Sunday evening.
Hoping you are doing well, Linda! I also hope you are getting some reading done. Hugs to my pal.
Hello To All! Many thanks for your continued outreach. We went to the New Jersey shore for a few days. Our 14 year old granddaughter and her friend were with us. I forgot the sound of two giggly girls. It really was music to my ears.
>94 Whisper1: Hi Heather, many thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your encouragement to obtain more books. Truly, it is getting to the I don't know where to put them stage. I imagine that many can relate to that conundrum.
>95 streamsong: I just love your LT name. Stream song sounds so peaceful and evokes many memories of childhood stomping around creeks and streams, overturning rocks while looking for orange salamanders with bright florescent spots. Periodically (not often) overturning a rock meant finding a large black snake. ugh..
>96 Dianekeenoy: Yes, the love of plants and the love of books seem to go hand in hand. This is yet, one more thing we have in common.
>97 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. So good to see you here. I brought home a lot of Civil Rights books, but alas, took them back to the library because I think I've finally learned what I need to know. So much of this is sad, yet overwhelmingly, I continue to be in awe of the courage it took to stand up for oneself despite the odds.
>98 jnwelch: Hi Joe, I bought the books, found a place for them, but confess I didn't get the chance to delve into them as yet. I definitely will let you know about the Van Gogh book, and will send it to you when I am finished.
>99 EBT1002: Hello to you Ellen. I filled out the application and sent a check. I look forward to becoming a part of a book-loving group. Perhaps it will counter the sadness of facing another surgery.
>100 Berly: Hi Friend! The yearbook is almost finished. Thankfully, the editor who was MIA most of the academic year, stayed for two weeks after graduation and completed the book. I really have nothing to hold over the head of members who volunteer with no financial remuneration, nor do they receive academic credit. Happy pain-free week to you!
>101 Ameise1: Thanks for letting me know that you read some of my recent book haul acquisitions. You pointed me in the direction of which to read first.
>102 magicians_nephew: Dear Friend Jim...I sit here laughing at your comment. Yes, indeed that was a snaffo of a typo. I changed it to the correct title of The Queen and Di Thanks for the humor sent my way. Love you back!
>103 Deern: Hi Natalie. Yes, I've noticed that flower printed dresses are in vogue. It reminds me of the 60's and 70's when flowered bell-bottom pants were the rage. I hope all is well with you.
>104 ronincats: Roni, Did you like The Lie Tree? Should I move it up toward the top of my reading?
> 105 Thanks for stopping by! I hope all is well with you!
>106 Berly: Thanks, I really can use the Zen this morning. Taking a few days away from the office means piles of work that await. I need to delve into that pile soon. Thank you dear one for your outreach. You are loved!
>107 m.belljackson: Yes, Liberal Arts departments are taking a big hit. As the price of tuition goes skyward, parents, and students want to be sure that their degree can net them a high paying job...at least some where that the salary can help pay the high cost of their student loans. I fear the days of English, History, Philosophy and Psychology degrees are in a downward spiral.
>108 johnsimpson: Hi John. Thanks for your kind wishes. I hope your week is a good one. Thanks for stopping by.
>109 LizzieD: Thank you my friend.
>110 PaulCranswick: Paul, I hope your move is going smoothly. I think of you and your family often.
>111 msf59: Thanks Mark. I'm smiling. I miss my LT pals. I'm simply going through a rough patch, but will spring back soon.
The Black Dahlia Files by Donald Wolfe
This was interesting, but also rambling. The author makes a solid case that Elizabeth Short was involved with the mafia. And, it was this connection that brought about her horrid demise wherein her body was found severed in many pieces, left in a lot, near a sidewalk where it could easily be found. Bloodless, severed with her mouth slit from each side of the lips to the ear, this was indeed a very brutal crime.
Mid way the author got off track, leading me to feel that he should have made his case and wrapped up pages earlier.
Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia was a sad soul who found herself attached to the wrong crowd. A magnet for the seedy, sleezy Los Angeles crowd.
Birmingham Sunday by Larry Brimner
September 15, 1963 was a turning point for Civil Rights. At the 16th Street Baptist Church, Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley were in the church basement. Primping their hair and smiling in the mirrors, the girls wanted to look nice because they were to be a part of the children's service that morning.
As a car outside the church drove away, a bomb, approximately 19-25 sticks of dynamite placed under the stairwell, near the bathrooms, exploded thereby ending the lives of four innocent little girls, harming 23 others, and maiming another whose swollen bandaged face showed that one of her eyes would never again have sight. Two young boys were also killed that day, one shot by a policeman who claimed he thought the boy had "something in his hands."
The walls of the church were 30 inches thick. Known as a meeting place for Civil Rights activists, this particular church was targeted as a statement by a sub group of the KKK. It took years to finally find justice. But, in the meantime, this brutal act by cowards, became a turning point, and on that day children who died, did not perish in vain.
Finally, Birmingham, Alabama, also known as "Bombingham" led people who were normally complacent, to stand up for all that was wrong in the hope that all that was good could shine through.
This is a well-written, documented book that also outlines the racist events leading up to the September event. The children's broken bodies were a testimony to all that was wrong with Jim Crow. This act was so horrid that it could not be overlooked.
Linda--Wow. I see you have been doing some light reading...not! Glad you had fun on your getaway and that your volunteer yearbook person has helped out recently. Wishing you victory over the piles!
>113 Whisper1: I fear the days of English, History, Philosophy and Psychology degrees are in a downward spiral Well, my son has definitely decided to do History (or History & Politics, or History & Philosophy) as opposed to something scientific ...
Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
I wanted to like this book, but alas, I didn't. There were characters that were well defined, but the writing style was way to rambling, switching back and forth, back and forth until my head was spinning. Too often, I had to go back and re-read to try to find the thread.
The setting is New York, NY at the turn of the century. This is not the New York of fashion, museums, stores with glitz, and jaw dropping architecture. This is lower East side gritty, urine in the street, begging to find food, hard scramble, knock down drag out of the gutter, only to be shoved back down again New York.
A baby is found by a young man who cleans toilets. The baby, is covered with excrement.
The man who found the baby takes us through the back alleys of opium and prostitution.
A woman is institutionalized and wants to find her baby. Her surroundings are tattered, dirty and filled with women guards who tie hands and feet and spit at faces.
A carney whose mother owned the operation seeks to find what happened to her twin sister. Aware of a fire that destroyed the Church of Marvels, she knows her mother died in the ashes. Endlessly roaming with memories of the Coney Island seashore, she strives to find the other half of her soul.
All three eventually come together, but it takes a long, long time to get to the conclusion.
One little star for a debut book written by an author who might try describing a tad of sunshine now and again.
I'm back after a month in California. Mom's mail is forwarded, her safe deposit box permanently closed, and the house on the market. Back to retirement!
Drawing a line in the sand, and just moving forward seems wisest, otherwise I'd never get caught up!
However, I read above that you need another surgery and my heart goes out to you. I hope that it solves the nerve pain problem.
>114 Whisper1: If you're still interested in the Black Dahlia, you might want to consider reading The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy. I gave it four stars. Everything I've read by him has been excellent, both fiction and non-fiction.
>19 weird_O: Hi Karen! I understand the stress of helping a loved one. I was the primary care giver for my beloved grandmother. She took care of me when I was little, and I took care of her when she was old. When she passed it was the most profound grief I ever felt...like a kick in the stomach. I don't regret a single minute of helping her. I wish I could have done more for her.
Thanks for your kind words regarding another surgery. I'm not ready to rush into this. I'll know more in July regarding when and where.
Thanks for your recommendation regarding the James Ellroy book. The book I just finished really focused on what a sad, sad person Elizabeth Short was. I liked that it focused more on her life than on the gruesomeness of her death.
Happy Tuesday to you!
If I Could Tell You by Elizabeth Wilhide
Usually I do not read romance novels, but this one pulled me in. The setting is WWII. Before the war came to England, Julia Compton was secure in her love of her son, and her life with a handsome man who met all financial needs. The life style was good, friends were of the country club set, and Julia thought she was quite satisfied.
Then, a dashing film maker and his crew came to town, and her life is turned upside down. Operating from the heart instead of her head, she longs for Dougie with a passion she never previously felt.
When her husband discovers her indiscretion, she is tossed out. Moving with Dougie, who is also married, to live in London while his wife took their three daughters to live in Canada while the war raged one, all too soon Julia longs for her son and bit by bit sees the flawed man she is with.
Julia learns that she wasn't wise in her decision. This period novel focuses on the penniless condition of Julia, and the different lifestyles and values of she and Dougie. Dougie refuses to help with the financial cost of her divorce and, because she has no means of her own, she is straddled between two lives.
There are shades of Anna Karenina in this book wherein the women leaves a comfortable lifestyle only to suffer severe consequences for her choice. Shunned by society, she drifts alone without a safety net or ship to cling to.
Good writing amid the backdrop of war, excellent character development, and a story that keeps the reader drawn into the pages, make this a book I recommend.
you should have a look at Kevin Baker's wonderful Dreamland about the same New York city scene where the only escape is a day in the magic world of Coney Island
>121 Whisper1: Nice review. I definitely have a sense of the book after reading your thoughts. Hope you are faring well during the school year wrap-up. Happy Thursday!!!
If I Could Tell You sounds like a sad story, Linda. But I love your review.
I've been away from LT for a while and have really missed you. I'm glad to finally be back now that my workload isn't so hectic anymore and certain projects I had been working on have finally been completed. Yaaay! I might even *gasp* manage to take a few days off this summer.
I'm sorry to hear you may be facing another surgery for your pain. :-( I really hope if you do have to undergo another one, that this will be the very last you need.
So sorry to hear about another surgery in your future. I hope this one does the trick, and that the future Linda will finally be pain-free.
You got me with another BB for The Orphan's Tale. That got me to wondering how many BBs you've shot me with. My notes are probably incomplete, but I've marked 57 books in my "from where" field as "boLT Whisper1" (because of LT Whisper1). So far, I've read twelve of those, my favorite of which was The Book Thief. You've never steered me wrong, so keep those BBs whizzing!
Hi Linda! Just a quick hello and best wishes for a Happy Friday and excellent weekend.
Hi Linda, finally catching up with your thread. Sorry to hear about your health woes. Keep your chin up. Your sunny attitude helps you and all around you.
>90 Whisper1: Please tell me how your son is doing. Are you and he taking courses together?
Son is taking the summer off to do volunteer work and help out around the house, then back to community college in the fall for more of his computer programming major. His last semester was pretty rough -- he's lowering his course load for the next one. Me, I'm working on my library science Masters through a mostly online program, a course at a time, while now working full time. It keeps me alert!
>92 Whisper1: What a book haul!
I wish you a lovely weekend.
Dear Linda, I am sure that your positive attitude to life and that the love and joy you regularly bestow upon all of us is properly rewarded by the banishment of pain. xx
Take care dear lady. xx
>112 Whisper1: Re: streamsong. One corner of my acreage has a place where a major irrigation ditch crosses a creek. There is an old dam there - now the ditch water crosses under the creek so the dam isn't used. But there is about a ten foot drop of the creek water over the dam and it's easily heard from my house. In the spring, it gets a little too noisy (scary noisy) but it's a lovely, blessing sound.
I'm glad you continue to enjoy your reading. I always enjoy your reviews! No book bullets this time - that is good because your thread is often dangerous to me as my teetering piles grow taller and taller.
Reading With Patrick: A Teacher, A student, and Life-changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo
By far the best early review book I've received and read to date. I liked this book so much that is is difficult to put into words the beauty of it! Michelle is inspired to enroll in the Teach for America project. She lands in the Southern Delta in Helena Arkansas. Helena is a sleepy town with little outlet, majority of the people are black, and there are very few jobs.
Her parents came to America from Asia. Before arriving in Helena, she read Malcolm x, many books of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. On fire to impart her knowledge to a classroom of students who landed in a STAR program composed of those who are on the verge of flunking.
She takes a special interest in all her students as she learns of their backgrounds and the many things stacked against them, including families with drug addictions, sisters who have more than one child at an early age, incredible poverty, and because most are black they have an extreme low self concept and and inability to use punctuation, to understand, and to write their thoughts and feelings. Feeling there is no way out of their situation, sadly this equates to the belief that there is nothing they can do to rise about it all.
She takes particular interest in Patrick who is quiet, does not engage with fights of others, and seems to have a desire to learn. When the Star program ends after two years, she attends law school at Harvard. Graduating, she has a lucrative offer, but learning that Patrick has been jailed for murder propels her to return to the Delta to learn more , and to perhaps apply her legal knowledge to assist him.
She learns that, as many, Patrick's case is shoved to the bottom, and he doesn't even know if a lawyer is assigned to him. Sadly, while protecting his sister who he deems as "a little slow,", he overreacts when a boy either high or drunk argues with him. Patrick doesn't remember much, other than the boyfriend is dead as a result of multiple stab wounds as a result of a fight on his porch.
Michelle takes much of her time and effort in visiting Patrick and teaching him poetry, YA books such as The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and many other books she feels will help him. While he is depressed and knows he must pay for what he did, Michele is the ray of light that propels him forward.
This is a book about racism, poverty, the abject discrepancy of how blacks are treated opposed to whites, not only in the educational system, but in the legal system as well. It is a story of trying to beat the odds. Mainly, it is a story about a person who cares from the bottom of her heart. She listens, she cares, and together the stories and poems Patrick reads open up a new sense of awareness in both of them.
For seven months, before his hearing in court, they read the stories of Malxom X, Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin. It is poetry that unlocks his soul, and Michelle's challenging methods of teaching push him to a place where he tries desperately to apply the stories to his life.
After writing this, I still don't think I can express the power of this book. Mainly, those of us who read book after book, can relate to the power of words well written. Some of us who have had less than perfect childhoods, can try to understand the ways in which our past impacts our future, and that by leaving behind the damaging memories, one can, if they are motivated, try to live with a new paradigm and move forward. And, sometimes one distinct person can make a difference.
That difference however, can only go so far. And, as Michelle learns after Patrick's trial, plea bargain and eventual release from jail, she cannot save the world, or one person.
Five stars for this book that brought smiles, tears and that reminded me once again why I love to read.
>122 magicians_nephew: Thanks for your recommendation. I will be sure to look for this one!
>123 Berly: Hi Kim. Thinking of you and sending all good wishes for a pain free summer!
>124 cyderry: HI Cheli...How nice to hear from you.
>125 weird_O: HI Bill. Great to see a message from you! Looking forward to the Bethlehem sale!
>126 cameling: Hi Caro. You were missed. It is wonderful to hear from you. I'm sorry that work is so demanding. I know that you give your all to everything you do. Thanks for your kind words.
>127 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelie Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your outreach.
>128 Berly: Right back at you Dear Friend!
>129 countrylife: Hi Cindy. I'm honored that you trust my judgement in books I've read.
>130 karenmarie: HI Karen. I hope you are having a good weekend. I hate to have Sunday roll around. It reminds me that Monday is soon to follow. I look forward to retiring in 2018.
>131 Familyhistorian: Meg, I really like the photo of you on your home page.
>132 LizzieD: Hi Dear Peggy. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
>133 tymfos: Terri, lowering his course load sounds like a good idea. Computer Science major is very exhausting. Does he like working with computers? And, congratulations to you for pursuing a masters degree in Library Science. Hang in there. A course at a time and before you know it, that piece of paper will be in your hands.
> 134 HI Lynda. Hugs!
>135 PaulCranswick: Paul, every time I get a message from you, or visit your thread, I smile. Thank you for the very special person you are!
>136 streamsong: Yes, I imagine that a ten foot drop of water can indeed sound scary at times. The power of nature is very real.
This is a placeholder for books I have read, but have not listed or reviewed yet:
BOOK #38 The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
Set in WWII when Hitler's days were waning, Emma married her love, and shortly after, he left her to work with a group of resistance fighters who tried to undermine Hitler's accomplishments.
Changing her name while living with a very poised, wealthy woman who also is Jewish and works with resistance fighters, both women walk a dangerous path in trying to hide their identities while attempting to assist the resisters.
Emma acquires a job as a secretary to one of Hitler's higher assistants. Both the Kommandant, and 19 year of Emma fall in love with each other. The writing is superb and keeps the reader on edge.
BOOK #39 A re-read because Christopher Paul Curtis is one of the best authors!
The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Diane Keenoy and I went to the Allentown Library book sale yesterday. What a delight to find that after we choose our books and went to pay, the price was $5.00 for all the books you can fit into a bag!
Needless to say, we made out like bandits!
Many of the books I acquired were brand new!
Diane kept recommending, and I kept putting them in the bag!
Here is a list of my acquisitions:
1. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 the first in the Taylor Branch Civil Rights trilogy. I have the other two, but didn't own the first one. I count this as my find of the day.
2. Michelangelo by Gilles Neret This has stunning images of beautiful, vivid colors
3. Saints and Angels by Kingfisher}}
4. West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan While his wife Zelda is institutionalized, he drowns in booze and sorrow while trying to return to his role of one of the best American authors.! Recommended by Diane
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia
6. Rembrandt's Shadow bt Janet Lee Berg
7) Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs
8) The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty Highly recommended by Diane
9) Jacob's Oath by Martin Flecher We both purchased this one because it looks good!
10. The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist
11. Bess of Hardwick:The First Lady of Chatsworth bu Mary Lovell Long on my TBR pile, it was wonderful to find a brand -new copy.
12. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende recommended by Diane, and long on my tbr list
13. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
14. The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry Brand new to add to my stack of Anne Perry books
15. The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman Brand new and interesting cover and description
16. Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough Like new. The cover pulled me in
17. When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton
18. Between Two Worlds How The English Became Americans by Malcolm Gaskill Brand new
19. Defending Jacob by William Landay recommended by Diane
20. Laura by Laura Watson Many, including Mark, recommend Larry Watson
21. LaRose by Louise Erdrick recommended by Diane
22. Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen Also recommended by Diane
23. Big, Little Lies by Laura Moriarty
I can only hope that next time we attend a book sale, I can be as generous in recommendations as Diane was yesterday. We really had, great fun together.
Hope Diane did as well as you! That's a wonderful haul, which I know you'll enjoy!
And just so you'll know, I just ordered the Mary Lovell Bess of Hardwick book. Stasia and I (well, Stasia probably finished) are about to finish her Jane Digby bio, and I need another Lovell!
Excellent haul, Linda!
I'm so happy to hear that you plan on retiring next year. It's even better than I anticipated, even with some of the kerfuffle I've had in the last year and a half. Nothing beats No Alarm Clock and the decadence of not remembering exactly what day it is and not particularly caring!
>141 Whisper1: Another $5-a-bag book sale. And you didn't tell me it was coming up!!!! In my old neighborhood. Bah. I'm so out of touch. But I'm happy that you got some enticing tomes.
Hi Linda, what a book haul you and Diane had by the looks of it, I take it from that that you are having a really good weekend dear friend. Hope you are ok and not in much pain and we send love and hugs to you dear lady.
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
Previous books read by this author were sad. This one is no different. Very well researched and written, I react more to the story than the writing.
Yes, F. Scout Fitzgerald was a legendary figure and writer. One cannot help but feel sorry for his wife, Zelda, who struggled for years with mental illness. This book highlights the golden age of Hollywood and many pages drop names such as Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford, Tullula Bankhead and others.
Called to Hollywood to write scripts for movies, the author seems to be an outsider. Hanging around the edges of the rich, he is different in that he no longer has endless stocks of money, no longer has his funny, devil may care wife on his arm, and his love of booze has rendered him a helpless alcoholic. No matter who he promises to get off the bottle, his words literally run flat in this the ending years of his life.
I reeact strongly to a man who had it all, basically used others, including destroying property and having a penchant for not paying bills. Perhaps this was a hedonistic age, but I can't condone it, even in the context of this historic time period.
Alone, he battles his love of alcohol, his worries of how to pay tuition for his spoiled daughter, and the huge bills that are piling up as a result of Zelda's institutionalization.
Now, he lives on the fringe, wears shabby, outdated clothes, and begins an affair with a Hollywood gossip columnist. Yet another hedonistic trait of claiming to love and care about Zelda, while blatantly imbedded with another women.
Blah, I can't relate to this book. Two stars renders this a generous hand out.
>137 Whisper1: Oh Lordy....your excellent review got me. I'm slowly recovering from my book funk and this one has me ready to dive back into the pool. I'm off to find it.
Oh my! I have not visited here in ages! Hope you're having a wonderful summer and all is well with you and yours! Have you decided to make that move to Ohio? Maybe not quite ready?
Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick
Recommended by Diane Keenoy, this is a wonderful, soft, lovely tale. Benedict Stone and his wife live in an obscure village named Moon Sun England. After years of marriage, he likes things just the way they are. His wife, on the other hand, longs for difference and adventure. The owner of a shop that displays Benedict's hand-made jewelry seems to be in a down-ward spiral. Things seem out of control for Benedict when his brother's only child shows up at his doorstep.
His wife left him, he hasn't spoken with his brother in many years, and now he is forced to relate to this wayward teen aged child.
There is nothing dramatic. Just like a wonderful spot of tea, this is a soft story, both humorous and poignant.
Hi Linda, Hope all is well with you. I have Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty also, just acquired in the discarded books at my library. It has good reviews so I am curious to see what all the talk is about. Apparently, even Stephen King liked it. I like what Stephen King has done lately myself and I am working my way through his recent trilogy. Enjoying it!
The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the murder of 1.5 Million Jews by Father Patrick Desbois
Haunted by the fact that his grandfather was a French prisoner held at the Rawa-Ruska forced labor camp was the impetus for Father Desbois to learn more and chronicle the stories of those who witnessed the barbaric shootings that occurred day and night throughout small Ukrainian towns during WWII.
This is not for the feint of heart. At times, I simply had to put this book down to take a break from the violence and to wrestle with the fact that so many live with the fact that they witnesses, and at the risk of being slaughtered, they too had to participate unwillingly as mass large holes were dug, Nazi trucks drove through the forests, one by one by one by one shot Jews, watched them fall in the pit, and then lined up more and more and more.
Uncovering the truth behind the 1.5 deaths, Father Desbois researched and chronicled the stories of those still living who either hid and saw what happened, or were forced to participate. Many of those interviewed had never spoken of what they witnessed as children. He and his kind team felt compelled to bring to light the stories of the mass graves throughout the Ukraine.
>152 Whisper1: I have read recently about the many who were killed in Ukraine, Linda.
In Life and fate Vasaly Grossman writes a bit about Jews who are forced to work with the Germans on the massacres...
My library has a copy of The Holocaust by Bullets, I will read it when I feel up to it.
I hope all is well with you and yours.
Hi Linda, hope you are having a good start to the weekend dear friend, sending love and hugs.
Hi Linda! Man, you have been cranking out the books and reviews since last I visited! Good job. : )
A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold
This is a delightful, quick read about a boy who is autistic. His name is Bixty Alexander Tam, aka, Bat. When his veterinarian mother brought home a baby skunk whose mother was killed, Bat immediately took a liking to the bat baby. He carried him in a sling wrapped round his neck and enclosed within is the baby skunk.
Warning him not to get too attached to the baby bat, Bat cannot help but take the responsibility of taking care of the baby animal seriously.
High marks both for the way in which autisum is portrayed, and the sheer wonderment of a boy and his unusual pet.
Crisis of Character by Gary J. Byrne
Written by a secret service man who witnessed first hand the behavior of both Bill and Hillary Clinton. She, who was not kind to many, he who had multiple trysts in the oval office, not only with Monica Lewinsky.
I will keep my personal view of the Clintons to myself. I'll simply say that unfortunately the author had to testify, while fearing he would lose his job. Under oath, Clinton perjured himself and lied about not having any sexual contacts with "that girl." The author witnessed a lot, some of which he didn't talk about, a lot of which he did.
Bill Clinton is not the first, now will be he the last president who abuses power.
This book is rather disturbing.
However harsh and well-deserved the accusations of lack of character against both Clinton and John Kennedy,
however bad we feel for what their wives endured both privately and publicly,
at least these Presidents did not kill off the environment and our people the way the current 'unprintable' is doing.
All three make President Obama look like a Prince.
>161 m.belljackson: Hi and thanks for visiting. I wonder if people who hold high positions should also be held accountable in a higher level. I've read books regarding JFK and his continual, blatant philandering. Who can say that any one of us has not made some mistakes that haunt. When the egregious acts impact on so many others, I think it is harder to forgive...and forget.
Train I Ride by Paul Mosier"
Following an intense read of Crisis of Character with a wonderful YA book provides a break from trying to process what happened, and what is happening in our country.
I believe Train I Ride will be in the list of one of the top ten books of 2017. This is a story of a young girl, damaged by a life lived harshly because of the mistakes of her mother, grandmother and others along the way. As she tried to stop her mother's drug addiction, sadly, it was too much for her to handle. She landed in a down and out place with her elderly grandmother who did not particularly want her, when her grandmother died, she eventually was given to a distant relative she had never met. As she travels on a train from California to Chicago to meet the relative, she has no money in her pocket for food, she somehow comes up with some ingenious ways to get fed.
This is a story of a journey and the people met along the way. As the stories of others merge with the story of her life, she learns that others too are scared and simply trying to make the best of life given the hand dealt.
This is a book of hope. I laughed and cried. Mainly, I grew to have tremendous respect for this spunky, wonderful child/young lady who took a train and found some wonderful souls, who like her, were simply trying to get by one destination at a time.
One might think that people in high places would know that any of their actions that could be made public would be welcomed by their enemies to bring them down.
And so they would be more careful. As you wrote - we may well wish we had been!
I remember reading that Jackie Kennedy wanted a divorce but was talked out of it by her father-in-law.
Then there is that lingering fear that Jack and Bobby had a connection with the death of Marilyn Monroe because she was pregnant with a baby by one of them.
That took away faith, trust, love for the Kennedy legacy...
I will weigh in briefly here on the personal vs public lives of politicians by saying that I'd much rather have a person of high political integrity in office whose morals may be loose than a self-righteous zealot who is incompetent or pushes extreme agendas.
It has always made me cringe to see a wife 'stand by her man' after that man has been discovered in a sexual scandal.
And, what happens when the zealots turn on each other?!?
Bannon's online assessment of Paul Ryan offers the first Republican words that have made me laugh since Lincoln.
>165 karenmarie: Agreed, Karen! I'm sorry we have to choose, but I think of myself as a decent human being, and I wouldn't want a job in politics.
I'm off to google Bannon on Ryan.
Hi, dear Linda! Hope you're having a good summer!
Thanks to all for these intelligent comments. I too am going to google Bannon on Ryan. Personally, I liked Jimmy Carter as a man of integrity. However, his political record left much to be desired. Interest rates for the purchase of a house or car neared 17%...
I agree with you Peggy, I would not want a job in politics. Years ago there was a movie starring Alan Alda The Seduction of Joe Tynan.
As I remember the movie, the plot focused on a small town politician who got into politics to do good and make positive change, all too soon he found that if anything was to be accomplished, along the way he had to pay debt to those who helped him. I believe the moral of the story was that you cannot be in politics and remain ethical.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
This excellently written book is well deserving of a four-star rating. The setting is a coastal, small town California town. The church is the hub of the town.
When one of the mothers commits suicide, she left behind Nadia, a bereaved 17 year old daughter, and a husband who is forever changed. Finding solace in the arms of a football hero, Nadia becomes pregnant, seeking an abortion, the football hero's parents, who are also the minister and his wife, pay the $600 for the surgery. Their choice that their son's reputation is more important than a life, will eventually find their shining lives tarnished. Years later, the congregation discovers that their minister is not as pious as he appears.
The author takes us on a journey to walk with Nadia through her life and how the decision to abort a child haunts her, leaving her to wonder how her life would have been different if she kept the child.
Finding a wonderful friend in Audrey, who also struggles with her mother's choices, Neither Nadia or Audrey can share what haunts them, leaving another choice that has long-lasting repercussions.
More is a multi-layer story, superbly well crafted that explores the many ways in which mothers define who we are, leaving the characters of the book to explore how they are similar or different than their mothers.
Complicated and riveting, this is one of the best books I've read thus far in 2017.
That is an informative review and makes me want to give the book a look.
Hi Linda, hope everything is ok with you and hope you are having a good weekend dear friend, sending love and hugs.
Hello Mary Beth, Barbara, John and Terry! I'm heading out of a bad patch and feeling better the last few days. Thanks for your visits! It seems like awhile since I've been active in our group.
I so appreciate your stopping by! It means a lot to me.
The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
Switching chapters from from 1952 every other chapter to going back and forth to 2016. The Barbizon hotel is indeed a real structure in New York City, NY. Currently, it is a high end apartment building where the properties are priced from the mid 1 million - ever higher apartments.
In 1952 it was primarily a hotel comprised of many small rooms which housed young women who were either in acting, modeling, or a women's technical business school called the Katherine Gibbs school.
Changing characters and stories from the 1952's where a young woman attends the secretarial school and feels out of place with the high-class modeling girls, and then the current time frame wherein a 35 year old woman was convinced by her lover to leave her cozy apartment and move with him into the Barbizon. When her lover decides to go back to his wife, she has no where to live. The young girl portrayed from the 1950's, also looses her place to live when she is fails the boring curriculum of the Gibbs school.
While I enjoyed learning about the hotel, this is not a book I can recommend. The plot wherein the current girl tries to find information about the women who lived in the hotel in the 1950's, seemed weak. The switching of chapters is not a style of reading I enjoy.
Overall, it kept me interested enough to finish, but it was disappointing throughout.
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