Mark's Reading Place: Chapter Twenty-Five
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-The Horicon Marsh National Nature Reserve, WI. I had to share my sunset shot again.
Books Read So Far...
78) The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 4 stars (audio)
79) Chemistry: A novel by Weike Wang 4.3 stars
80) The Good Lord Bird by James McBride 4.2 stars (audio) AAC
81) The Trespasser by Tana French 4 stars (partial audio)
82) The Warbler Road by Merrill Gilfillan 3.8 stars
83) The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 3.6 stars
84) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 4,2 stars (audio)
85) See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt 3.8 stars
86) The Color of Water: Memoir by James McBride 4.8 stars (audio) AAC
87) Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo 4.4 stars
88) Staked: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne 4 stars (audio)
89) Birds of America: Stories by Lorrie Moore 4.6 stars
90) The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles 4.2 stars (audio)
91) The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 3.7 stars (audio)
92) Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson 4.4 stars ALA
93) Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith 4 stars (audio) AAC
94) Love That Dog by Sharon Creech 4 stars
95) Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 4.8 stars (audio) Reread*
96) Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams 4.3 stars
97) Olio by Tyehimba Jess 5 stars (poetry)
98) Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken 4.6 stars (audio)
99) Charlotte's Web by E. B. White 4.5 stars (audio)
100) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson 4.2 stars (audio)
101) The Girl of the Lake: Stories by Bill Roorbach 4.2 stars ALA
102) Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 4.3 stars (audio)
103) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov 4.3 stars
104) The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock 4.4 stars (audio)
105) The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich 4.2 stars
106) Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn 4.8 stars (audio)
107) Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman 3.8 stars
108) The Graybar Hotel: Stories by Curtis Dawkins 4.5 stars (audio) AAC
109) Jesus' Son: Stories by Denis Johnson 4.3 stars AAC
110) Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta 3.6 stars (audio)
111) The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein 4 stars ALA
112) Swing Time by Zadie Smith 3.3 stars (audio)
113) The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt 4 stars (audio) AAC
114) Pastoralia by George Saunders 4.2 stars AAC
115) The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne 4.7 stars (audio/print)
116) What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories by Raymond Carver 4.2 stars (audio) AAC
117) In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien 3.7 stars
118) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie 4.5 stars (audio)
119) American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse 4.2 stars (audio)
120) Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 4 stars ALA
Welcome to the AAC IV! It should be another fun year. Some interesting and diverse authors.
January- Octavia Butler Completed Kindred
February- Stewart O' Nan Completed Songs For the Missing, In the Walled City: Stories
March- William Styron Completed The Confessions of Nat Turner
April- Poetry Month Completed Incendiary Art, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, Scriptorium,
No Matter the Wreckage
May- Zora Neale Hurston Completed Dust Tracks on a Road
June- Sherman Alexie Completed The Toughest Indian in the World
July- James McBride Completed The Good Lord Bird, The Color of Water
August- Patricia Highsmith Completed Strangers on a Train
September- Short Story Month Completed The Graybar Hotel: Stories, Jesus' Son: Stories, The Dark Dark: Stories
Pastoralia, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
October- Ann Patchett
November- Russell Banks
December- Ernest Hemingway
The General Discussion Thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/244600#
The Poetry Thread Continued: http://www.librarything.com/topic/254101#6045134
115) The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne 4.7 stars
“It was a difficult time to be Irish, a difficult time to be twenty-one years of age and a difficult time to be a man who was attracted to other men. To be all three simultaneously required a level of subterfuge and guile that felt contrary to my nature.”
“If there is one thing I've learned in more than seven decades of life, it's that the world is a completely fucked-up place. You never know what's around the corner and it's often something unpleasant.”
The opening of this epic Irish novel, begins in a church, with a pregnant sixteen year old girl, being viciously castigated, from the pulpit, by a hellish priest. She is verbally and physically cast out of the village for being an unwed “whore”. How Catherin Goggin flees to Dublin and somehow survives, against all odds is a marvel to read.
The narrative then switches to her son, Cyril Avery, who is immediately adopted, after his birth. This is his story and we revisit him, every seven years. He spends the rest of his life, struggling with his homosexuality, his love and hate relationship with his homeland and a yearning to find a true “home” and his long lost mother.
Yes, there is pain and anguish in this novel and tears will be shed, but there is also plenty of humor sprinkled throughout and I found myself laughing out loud several times. Boyne is a terrific storyteller and he has created a cast of memorable characters, which I think Dickens would have been proud of.
This was my introduction to this author's work and it was a perfect place to start.
**I read this, both in print and on audio but I highly recommend the audio. Excellent narration.
116) What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories by Raymond Carver 4.2 stars
“Drinking’s funny. When I look back on it, all of our important decisions have been figured out when we were drinking. Even when we talked about having to cut back on drinking, we’d be sitting at the kitchen table or out at the picnic table with a six-pack or whiskey.”
“A man can go along obeying all the rules and then it don’t matter a damn anymore.”
“and it ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we're talking about when we talk about love.”
Carver writes spare, slices of American life. Stories of love, booze, pain, infidelity and death. These tales take place, in small towns, trailer parks and on camping trips. There is just enough dry wit, to keep it keep the bleakness at bay.
I first discovered Carver, while reading Short Cuts: Selected Stories, which was a special edition collecting stories from the Robert Altman film Short Cuts. It is a truly amazing film, with a stellar cast and it perfectly captures the spirit and tone of Carver. A couple of the stories found in the film show up in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
I have no idea why it has taken me 20-plus years to revisit Carver, but I am back on board now and will read the rest of his work.
**I read this for the AAC. This is my 5th collection of the month. I am happy with that total, although many have still been left behind.
Happy new thread, Buddy.
Glad you opened with your sunset shot as it is worthy to top any thread.
Thanks, Paul. You are number one, kind sir. Glad you like the sunset topper.
I agree wholeheartedly with Paul - that is a lovely photo! Happy new thread!
We had a serendipitous day of birding today at the lake (Chatfield State Park). It was a beautiful warm day but lousy for boating (very windy). While hanging on the dock, I got to watch an osprey fish (he missed). Then while walking out, a golden eagle (!!) soared along the shoreline in front of us. It was huge! Then, while turning the car around on a dead end road near the shore, in a grove of trees in front of us, there was a great horned owl sitting in a tree. It was all pretty amazing. And earlier, I'd been lamenting that the pelicans have nearly all moved on. I love going there during the week, especially now at the end of the season - it's so quiet and you never know what you'll see.
Happy new thread, Mark. Gorgeous topper. Looking at it, it's hard to believe this earth isn't this calm, everywhere
>8 Copperskye: Thanks, Joanne. An osprey, a golden and a GHO, in the same day? WOWZA! How cool is that. I have only seen osprey and white pelicans. Hopefully, my day will come.
>9 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. I took that photo last Friday evening. It was a gorgeous night and there was plenty of bird activity too, as the day came to an end.
>10 weird_O: I believe that is a King Warbler, Bill.
>11 msf59: It was really extraordinary, Mark! All within about two hours - the owl and eagle within 30 minutes! I've never seen a golden eagle before. I chatted with a ranger about it afterwards and he said it'd been hanging around yesterday and today.
>14 msf59: You can take good pics with a cellphone.
Got home from South Elgin only to find the Cubs and Brewers tied. Not liking how this is going.
Happy new thread, Mark. The Boyne sounds interesting and highly rated too.
>5 msf59: ooooh, looks good.
From the last thread, yes, the Dandy Warhols do continue to make new music. Go see this one off the latest album, it is utter low-fi heaven.
Lovely sunset shot Mark. With the Boyne and the Carver you have had some great reading lately.
Love the topper photo, Mark! Cyril is back in Dublin... I have 100 pages to go. Will likely finish my audio today as well.
Thinking about starting Letters to Memory in paper next.
>15 lindapanzo: I fell asleep just after Baez tied it, in the 9th and it looks like they came back to win! YAH!!!
>16 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! I hope my warbling encourages a few more LT pals to pick up this Irish gem.
>17 LovingLit: I think you would enjoy, Carver. You would those dark shadings and odd quirks. Thanks for the Dandy Warhols link. I will check it out after work tonight.
>18 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. Yes, September has been a good reading month, although nothing can beat my August but I will continue to try.
Happy new thread, Mark! Nice shot of the marsh up top. Enjoy your Friday!
Happy New Thread, and Happy Friday, Mark!
I join the chorus of warblers warbling "lovely photo" up top. That's quite a photo of the golden eagle, too.
We're starting early this a.m., so off I go. Hope you have a good one. Find as much shade as you can!
Sounds like a hot one there today. I hope you are able to stay cool, Mark. Autumn has definitely struck here, damp and cooler but who knows what the day will bring - it is only 6:30 am and our weather predictors don't have a good track rate.
That was a huge Cubbies win. Brewers were one ball away from a walk off walk in the 9th but didn't get it.
Today's game is at 6:30. I'll probably miss most of it though.
Happy new one, Mark! Your photo topper is stunning, and I was delighted to see the return of the birdman.
>5 msf59: Nice review - I'm giving it my thumb and adding that one to the list.
I have Home Fire waiting for me at the library. I hope to start it and finish it before I leave on my trip next Saturday...
Have a good day, Mark!
Happy new thread, Mark, your sunset topper is still beautiful. You can share it as many times as you like :-)
>29 lindapanzo: Great win, Linda. I fell asleep just after Biaz, tied it in the 9th. I checked my texts this morning from my pals and discovered the happy outcome. I will be watching tonight.
>31 Crazymamie: Morning Mamie! Great to see you. Hooray for the Birdman.
And thanks for the thumb, I hope my warbling leads to a few LTers to pick up Carver.
>17 LovingLit: the song I meant to refer you to with that link is called STYGGO....
>32 katiekrug: Happy Friday, Katie! Glad you have Home Fire lined up. It has been a good solid read.
>33 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. Glad you like the sunset topper. It has been a hit. Happy Weekend.
>36 jnwelch: I went to sleep, in the 9th, Joe, when Biaz tied the score. Glad to wake up to a epic win. Let's do it again tonight!
>37 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. I am just plodding along. Grins...
>38 LovingLit: Thanks, Megan. I will check it out a little later.
^It hit 94-95 out there on the route today. WTH? This is late September, right? 1st day of fall? It is supposed to stay in the low 90s right through the weekend. Once again- WTH?
But I am home in the a/c with a cold one, so I am making the best of it.
Enjoy your cold beverage! It is hot here too and we had to turn the A/C back on as I thought the kiddos were melting!
Happy new-ish thread, Mark. Love the thread topper photo!
We're having unseasonably warm weather, too, though not up to the mid-90's level. This after a cold snap early this month that made us wonder if winter was already coming.
Hi Mark! We are supposed to get another hot week next week, but only in the 80s, thank goodness. : )
So, you have liked Home Fire on audio? Maybe that's the version I will get...
Stay cool--have a great weekend!
Glad you are enjoying Home Fire. I loved it! I hear it is hot " back east " as in Ontario . Dreadful! I call it climate change.
Good morning and happy Saturday to you, Mark!
I'm sorry it's been so brutally hot in Chicagoland, especially with you having to be out in it all day.
A/C and a cold one are a good reward.
>44 Berly: Happy Saturday, Kimmers. You have been dealing with the heat all summer. I definitely feel for you. For, the most part, our summer was a comfortable one.
Yes, Home Fire is working well on audio, with a single female narrator.
>45 jnwelch: Yahoo! I fell asleep in the bottom of the 9th. I haven't heard the highlights yet but this is awesome. It would sure be nice if we can win at least one more. Yes, I am greedy.
Morning, Mark! Dang, as I was reading down through your thread, I was hoping to see here at the bottom that you have today off. Double dang. Maybe an audiobook about the arctic would help...?
>50 scaifea: Morning, Amber! Yep, I am working and no arctic tale to keep me company but Home Fire has been very good, so that will have to do. Looking forward to it cooling off later next week.
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
-Naomi Shihab Nye
^I heard this poem read on a book podcast yesterday! I wish we could get our world leaders and everyone else to read and understand these words.
Hope the weather is better for you today! It was 29c here yesterday and that's the forecast for today too :(
I don't want winter yet, but low 20's would be grand!!
Nate was given a bottle of Bailey's Liqueur for me yesterday morning when he got to work and the silly bugger left it in his car for the whole day while he worked 12 hours .... in 29c degree weather .... it's made of cream!!! UGH. He forgot that it would go bad. I was quite sad when he brought it home and I opened it and it was HOT!!
Although now I can guilt him into buying a bottle of the new Forty Creek Liqueur for me!
Congrats on your shiny new thread, Mark. I love the topper. Wishing you a great weekend.
Happy new thread, Mark. Love the photo topper. Lots of good reading here. I hope to get to Home Fire soon.
Stay cool! I feel for you on these warm days, but they won't last much longer.
Have a great weekend.
>46 vancouverdeb: - Yep, I don't even think it was this hot during the summer! We're talking *scorcher* here today and tomorrow! Yuck. I can't wait for real autumn to arrive!!
Good morning, Mark! Do you wear one of those *cold* headbands * when you are working? I think they are gel-filled and if you keep them in the fridge or freezer they are supposed to really feel good on your forehead. I sometimes see runners wearing them
Happy Saturday, Mark. Another hot one.
I got home in time last night to see the last inning or two of another unbelievable finish for the Cubs. That Addison Russell tag at second was a game changer.
Morning, Mark. I hope your book carries you through the heat of the day. The weather here feels seasonal, at least to me it does, damp and cobwebby - one of my least favourite seasons. Oh well, at least it is getting closer to hibernation time.
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
Wonderful! And how true.
Good morning, Mark. Man, we'll just have to hang in there during this hot weather. Hope it goes okay for you today.
>52 msf59: That's a beaut. Thanks for posting it.
I'm sure they'll show highlights of that Russell tag on Sogard. Huge.
Sorry that you needed to be out in this heat, Mark. I will be outside at the Center as we are participating in Doors Open Milwaukee.
Finished Heart's. Enjoyed it for many reasons. We need to have a more in-depth discussion now that we are both done.
Now I am not sure what to read. I might need to wait until after work tomorrow to start something new. Wasn't feeling like digging right into Letters to Memory. Was thinking about the stories you sent me, but they seem a little too similar to what I just finished. I have about 500 books in my house to choose from. Why is it so difficult sometimes?
^Hey, save one of those for me, Fraulein. It has been a hot few days. These pipes are scorched...
Didn't read as much today, since I was listening to the Cubs/Brewers game this afternoon, but I will try to finish up In the Lake of the Woods tomorrow.
>59 Familyhistorian: Happy Saturday, Meg. It was stiflingly HOT today. Ugh! Glad it is over. Looking forward to things cooling off mid-week.
Glad you like the poem. She does a beautiful job with it.
>60 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! I am finally home and relaxing. We are going out to dinner with family tonight. Beer will be on the menu...or, at least it will be in my case.
Yep, Naomi Shihab Nye is a treasure, isn't she?
>62 banjo123: Happy Saturday, Rhonda and thanks. And hooray for Naomi Shihab Nye. Have you read her?
>63 alphaorder: Hi, Nancy. It has been a hot, uncomfortable few days. Ugh! I hope your staying cool and hydrated at the Doors Open event.
Hooray for finishing Heart's! I hope you can share some thoughts and good luck picking out something else. I never have that problem. Grins...
A lazy day. Ate too much at our fancy tea this afternoon but now it's time to put the Blackhawks game on. The first game I've seen so far. Only 3 more preseason games and then the regular season starts.
It has been hot and miserable down here as well. It has been in the 90's all week and last weekend was above 90. It should be hot this time of year, but not this hot!
I have not read any Boyne. I also have not read Kamilla Shamsie. I do have Burnt Shadows in my library and have had God in Every Stone on my wishlist since 2015. It was nominated for the Walter Scott Prize that year and sounded like a winner. I just don't have the book.
I have been intrigued by her novels for some time but just haven't read any of them. Burnt Shadows is a war novel and has heavy content so I haven't read it because I have to be in the right frame of mind to read materials like that. I will read it sooner rather than later because I think she is an up and comer as an author.
There sure is lots of good stuff coming out of India and Pakistan. These are authors we can't ignore.
>69 lindapanzo: Hope you had a nice quiet evening with the Blackhawks, Linda. And Go Cubs! I would like to take this last game.
>70 benitastrnad: I had not heard of Kamila Shamsie until now, but I am so impressed with Home Fire, I will be looking for her other work. Lots of talent in this woman. Hope you cool off down there soon.
>71 PaulCranswick: I saved a beer for you, Paul and I hope you can get to a Shihab Nye collection.
^I just received a copy of A Plague of Giants, from Penguin Random House. This is a new fantasy series from the author of the beloved Iron Druid series. Looking forward to it.
I also received Solar Bones from the library. It may have fallen off the Booker long list but it has been getting great reviews. Should get to it soon.
The beer is a Stone Vengeful IPA. Not bad.
I would be up anyway, but today is the day I am working (not yesterday). Welcoming hundreds of people to experience the Center for free is not a bad job for a Sunday, though. Will relax when I am done!
Good luck today, Nancy! Give out plenty of hearty welcomes and stay cool. How late does it go?
^Due to popular demand, (and the fact that he is a helluva writer) I will host a Group Read of Rules of Civility for October. I will set up the G.R. thread in about a week or so. I plan on starting the book, (the audio) around mid-month.
So, there is plenty of time to find a copy and join us.
Morning Mark! Is this a day off for you?
I will think about joining for that group read. I have Rules of Civility and would like to get to it sooner than later
Morning, Mark! I have Rules of Civility in the stacks, so I might join you next month. Hoping your Sunday is full of fabulous!
Event runs from 9-5. I'll have plenty of water with me! Last year we had 1100 people come through. Not sure how the heat will affect today's attendance.
>80 msf59: - I would like to think that my warbling kick-started this group read. So, since I just recently finished Rules, I will be a silent observer... Enjoy! ;-)
>83 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie! I sure hope you can join us for Rules of Civility. The more the merrier, they say. There will be no reading restrictions, just at your own happy pace.
>84 alphaorder: Ooh, sounds like a long day, Nancy. Be safe and enjoy. Are they giving you off tomorrow?
>85 jessibud2: Absolutely, Shelley. Most of the credit goes to you, my friend. I just hope you won't be a complete "silent observer". That is no fun.
Great idea to do a GR of Rules of Civility. I'll follow it with interest. Similar high quality to A Gentleman in Moscow, but a very different story.
Just a reminder to take a look at Naomi Shahib Nye's 19 Varieties of Gazelle - I liked it even more than Words Under the Words. I remember Ellen was high on it, too.
Great article today about Eve Ewing in the Trib's A & E section. Hers is the next one I plan to read.
Enjoy your Sunday, buddy. I'm on our back deck, and so far it's pretty nice out. We head over soon to a local church for Debbi to perform a story.
>87 scaifea: Morning, Amber!
>88 jnwelch: Morning, Joe. A Group Read of Rules of Civility should be a lot of fun. Well, it looks like I better request 19 Varieties of Gazelle. I was wondering which one of hers to go with next.
I do not get the Sunday Trib, just Mon-Fri. If you see a link, please share. Not familiar with her.
Quiet day planned here. Me, the books, the Cubs and maybe some football.
I just watched a segment on "Sunday Morning" about Ann Patchett and about independent book stores. Good stuff. She'll be in the AAC spotlight soon, right? I had no idea what Bel Canto is about, but now I know, and it sounds very interesting. It's in the on-deck circle.
^The Leavers is currently available on Kindle for 2 bucks. A steal. I really liked this novel and it has been nominated for the National Book Award, to boot. What are you waiting for?
Happy Sunday, Mark!
I am hoping to join you on the group read next month...
My real life book discussion group has put Rules of Civility on the list for us to vote on. That list consists of about 20 novels and we narrow that to 10. Those titles are the ones that we read for the next year. One of the members suggested it because she had read Gentleman in Moscow and really liked it. For that reason she wanted to read the prior book.
I would like to read this book, but will only be lurking on the group read thread. I am going to be reading Racism, Public Schooling, and the Entrenchment of White Supremacy for the fall College of Education book discussion. That starts in October, so I won't get much else done that month.
Here's the Eve Ewing article in today's Trib, Mark. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-eve-ewing-20170901-story.html Hope you can access it. Her photo was on the front page - very cool.
>96 benitastrnad: Happy Sunday, Benita. I hope you get a chance to read Amor Towles. I would love to hear your take on it. Racism, Public Schooling, and the Entrenchment of White Supremacy sounds like heavy reading. Good luck with that. Are you spending the day at the coffee shop?
>97 jnwelch: Thanks, so much, Joe. I will check out the link shortly.
Go Bears! Go Cubs! Sorry, make that Go Cubs! Go Bears! That's better.
I am at the coffee shop and am getting ready to leave. I have finished my hazelnut cappuccino and am getting ready to buy a couple of books. Barnes & Noble is having an extra 20% off of book purchases if you have a Barnes & Noble card. That means that some books could be as much as 50% off. But that special ends here today. As we say in Kansas - make hay while the sun shines.
Beautiful topper - did you stay in the camper in the photo? (I'm still considering camper options).
Loved the poem in >52 msf59: so much that I have copied and pasted it to a file. Thank you.
I hope your weather breaks soon. That sounds miserable.
I am planning on spending tonight ensconced in front of my TV watching the start of the second half of the Vietnam seris. So far it is excellent. I am learning so much about the policy decisions that got us there and how desperately our leaders tried to get us out. It reminds me so much of current news.
Earlier up-thread you asked if I had seen the documentary film Fog of War. I have not. It was in Tuscaloosa for one night as part of the Art House Movie Series and I missed it. I have wanted to check some of our streaming video databases at work, but without Internet at home that isn't much of an option. I would be reduced to watching it while at a coffee shop and I don't really want to do that. That documentary is one thing that will have to wait for my retirement.
>101 benitastrnad: What did you buy? Inquiring minds...
Sorry, you can't track down Fog of War. It is an amazing doc.
>102 streamsong: Happy Sunday, Janet. Glad you like the topper. I did not camp at Horicon. I do not think there is any camping at the Refuge. I was staying at a motel in town, just a mere 2 miles away. Gorgeous Reserve.
I hope you can track down a collection by this poet. She is a keeper.
I hope this weather breaks too. Ugh!
I bought Lisa Ko's book The Leavers for $17.00. Regular price was $25.95. And, I got a Bernie Gunther mystery Lady from Zagreb for $4.50. I passed up Aeronauts Windlass because we have it at the library, but for $4.50 I might go back and buy it....
Now I am off to the library to return my Inter-Library loan copy of the Tony Hillerman Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn mystery novel Skeleton Man.
I scored a recorded copy of Skeleton Man for $.99 because the box it came in had a big slice. I took a chance that the CD's weren't damaged and they weren't. The surprise was that the narrator was George Guidall. So far I am enjoying listening.
>99 msf59: I like Ward's books; might be another book to get!! Eagerly awaiting your verdict. : )
Enjoy your cool Man Cave this hot weekend!
How about those Bears?! I saw the last play after the Vikes game.
Lucky you with the early Ward. I think it's coming out soon, and I am number one on the library reserve list.
Afternoon, Lone Ranger! So glad you are enjoying Home Fire. Imagine that, finally a book we both love!
>86 msf59: It was a great day - although HOT, but I don't need to tell you about that. :) I am working on a project from home tomorrow, and then will take Friday off...
Just got home and opened a Good City Motto IPA for the second half of the game. Ugh.
Congrats to the Bears and Cubs. You are having a good day!
Still haven't definitively decided what I am going to read. Might go with Jamie Ford's new novel Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Looked at the short stories you sent me, but might be too similar to the novel we just finished (both authors were compared to John Irving.)
>107 Berly: Hey, Kimmers! Did not get very far into the Ward, due to watching sports and other distractions, but will go full throttle tomorrow.
>108 BLBera: Nice Bears win, Beth. But they made a couple of big mistakes, so they should have scored more points. Sloppy, but a good win.
>109 vancouverdeb: It is nice to see Tonto and the Lone Ranger on the same wavelength, Deb.
^My Chicago Cubs just took 3 out of 4 to the Brewers. Yeah baby! 7 games left in regular season. Still riding high.
Hurray for the Cubs. Hoping the Packers can come back now. Hottest Packers home game ever, I think they said.
I haven't been outside all day. Just sitting inside with the AC and fans.
>114 alphaorder: - I just recently picked up Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet because it was recommended by a local friend whose book tastes are very aligned to my own. I had already borrowed Songs of Willow Frost as an audiobook from the library and abandoned it after 2 or 3 discs. Just never held my interest.
>114 alphaorder: I have Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet in print and on audio. Why I have not read it yet, is completely baffling.
Hooray for Motto!
>115 lindapanzo: "I haven't been outside all day". I haven't either, Linda. Good day for the Cubs, the Bears and the Pack!
>116 jessibud2: Maybe you will give me the nudge I need, on Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Shelley. You never know...
>117 alphaorder: ??
Howdy do, Mark! Look at you, not only a book loving bird watcher but now an awesome photographer too! Great sunset pic, for sure!
A couple more days of sizzling weather for us, I don't particularly mind but I do love the coolness of autumn days so I am more than ready for the temps ahead of us later this week.
Keep hydrated my friend :0)
Good morning, Mark and happy Monday to you! I'm glad there are only a couple of days until you get some respite from the heat.
I loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and recommend it wholeheartedly.
I've read the first two stories in Olive Kitteridge and am intrigued with Olive's character. I am reading some chick lit right now Jack with a Twist to get the taste of the newest Louise Penny out of my mouth, and want to savor the Olive stories. If it's one thing I'm starting to learn, it's that when the writing's good I don't need to rush through to the end.
Too bad about the heat, Mark. I hope you have a good Monday nevertheless!
Hi Mark! I just started Sing, Unburied, Sing this morning on audio so I'm right behind you! And I've moved Home Fire up on my list due to your comments.
I'm another fan of A Gentleman in Moscow - in fact it was my favorite book of 2016 and I'm still raving to people about it. I'm curious about you and the group's thoughts on Rules of Civility. I read it when it first came out and didn't love it (although I know I'm in the minority here).
Sorry to see your Monday isn't spectacular yet! Hopefully you get the same cooler temps that we are due later this week
Here's something to cool you off for now
What's up wid dem Bears? Topping the Steelers! (Maybe I should be asking: what's up with the Steelers?) I've managed to stay clear of televised football so far. But I do know that two of "my" teams—the Nittany Lions and the Eagles—won with end-of-regulation scores.
Reading Longitude right now, and hoping to finish today. Then back to some short stories.
It is still hot and still down South way. Of course that is nothing new down here, but it should be cooling off at night and it isn't. What's up with that?
>127 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry. I survived. One more hot one left. Hope your Monday went smoothly.
>128 vivians: Hi, Vivian. Great to see you. I am 50 pages into Sing, Unburied, Sing. It is off to an impressive start. How is the audio?
Sorry, Rules of Civility didn't float your boat. Looking forward to trying it myself.
>129 ChelleBearss: Ooh, I love the fan, Chelle. I trudged through the day and made the best of it. One more day left and then we get back to normal. Smiles...
>130 weird_O: The Warbs is doing just fine, Bill. Thanks. I would definitely go with "what's up with the Steelers?" The Bears are not a very good team but they did step up to win that one and they could have won it, even by a bigger margin, if it wasn't for a couple of major gaffes.
How is Longitude?
>131 benitastrnad: Sorry, to hear your heat is continuing, Benita. We are in the low 70s on Wednesday and high 60s by the weekend. I am looking forward to it.
>131 benitastrnad: I haven't heard whether we set a record here in Chicagoland for the 6th straight day today (it was supposed to be close) but even so, during this hot streak, it was cooler than you'd think at night. In mid-summer, it might not have gotten down below 80 but at this time of the year, we were down into the mid 60s.
^"The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all."
After finishing the powerful Home Fire, I decided to switch to NF and started American Fire. I am thinking a "pyro-theme" is beginning to emerge, in my reading. Maybe I will finally pick up Young Men and Fire next, which I have wanted to read forever. Kidding of course...
American Fire is off to a very good start. A nice, easy narrative and the pair of arsonists are beginning to take shape. Sort of a Bonnie and Clyde of fire.
>137 msf59: I liked the big start tonight, Mark. Hope they can keep piling them up.
Did you see Addison Russell dive into the stands and knock the nachos out of the Cards' fans hands. Nachos all over the field and nachos all over Russell. Who knew that their portions were so large.
>138 lindapanzo: LOL. I did see the nacho mess. It looks like they replaced the guys nachos too. Aw....
8-1?? Yeah, baby!
>133 msf59: How is Longitude? Tasty. And all gone. Reading me some black humor right now.
Morning, Mark! Still don't have a kitchen...this is getting a bit old...
>140 weird_O: Glad you liked Longitude and black humor should also be a tasty treat for Mr. Bill.
>141 BekkaJo: Hi, Bekka! Great to see you. It might be awhile before I get to it. My wife will probably read it first. She's a fan too.
>142 harrygbutler: Morning, Harry. And thanks. Let's hope this is the last recorded 90, until next June. Fingers crossed.
Mark - I think your comments nudged me to load up American Fire on audio.
Stopped by to remind you that the new James McBride is out today.
Good morning, Mark! I'm glad today's supposed to be the last of the nasty heat for you. I just saw a Tufted Titmouse - they land, grab one sunflower seed and immediately fly off - and keep coming back for more after smashing them one at a time on a branch.
Hi Mark. Take that cool head/neck band today!! And lots of water!
We have today and tomorrow of stinking hot weather to get through (high of 31 or 32C - that's 87, 89F, with humidex factor making it feel like 40C, or 104F). Makes me damn cranky. Can't wait for Thursday when the big temperature drop is expected. Finally.
Good luck out there
If you haven't read Longitude yet, you'll love it. It's the one that got me started on the most excellent Dava Sobel. I need to get a hold of her new one.
I finished the pretty good Poldark novel - it's the 9th of 12, so I'll go the distance. I'm a good ways through Why Buddhism is True, and impressed with his patient building of his conclusions. Turns out he taught (still does?) a course on Buddhism and Modern Psychology at Princeton. I'm amazed to see it sticking on the NYTimes bestseller list - the only Buddhism books I remember doing that involved the Dalai Lama.
The Eve Ewing poetry book is really good, too. Very different, with some of her own art work and handwritten, different direction conclusions to some of the poems.
Sending cool thoughts to you today, buddy. Out of this heat and back to normal come tomorrow.
Hi - so far the audio for Sing, Unburied, Sing is going well. I wish I could speed it up as I usually do when listening on my phone, but these are CDs from the library which I'm listening to on my commute. Glad you're enjoying it so far!
>149 jnwelch: I just finished the last Poldark novel (Bella Poldark)yesterday morning and am so very sorry the series has ended for me! It's one of the few I've read that has been consistently engaging all the way through. I've really enjoyed the mix of politics, history, plot and characters, not to mention evocative descriptions of Cornwall. It even prompted a visit to Cornwall this summer, to which I dragged my entire family! I'm looking forward to season 3 of the BBC production but I think the novels are far better.
>149 jnwelch: Morning, Joe. Yep, pretty steamy out here. One more day of this nonsense.
Thanks for the book update. I have not read Sobel, although I have always wanted to. Glad the Ewing is going well. Hope I can get my hands on that one.
>150 vivians: Hi, Vivian! I am approaching 120 pages in Sing, Unburied, Sing. She can get quite gritty, can't she? Glad the audio is working.
>152 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie. I am doing okay. Thanks. It looks like this is the end of our record-breaking heat. Yahoo! Back to normal temps tomorrow. It is going to feel so good.
>158 harrygbutler: Morning, Harry! And thanks! It will feel great out there. Sure, makes my job a bit easier.
Amused by the pyro-theme developing in your reading. Surely a contender for unlikely theme of the year?
Hope the cooler temps continue for you. It's lovely and breezy here today, and autumnal leaves make for a nice colour range too. No complaints!
Good morning, Mark, and happy cool Wednesday to you. We're supposed to get to 90F today, so I won't be hanging out in the hammock.
Enjoy your normal fall temperatures! We still have one more day of semi hot and the are due some normal cooler temps starting tomorrow
>160 charl08: Hi, Charlotte. Sadly my pyro-themed books are coming to a close, as I am finishing up the excellent American Fire. Maybe I can locate something for October.
Hooray for fall color. We are getting a nice taste of it here too.
>161 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Good luck with your last day of heat. Nice and comfy, here. No complaints.
Hi Mark, hope you're enjoying the cooler temps as much as I am. Feels refreshing.
Our Cubs had better clinch soon. Last night drove me crazy. Both the Cubs and the Brewers games looked out of reach and then both the Cubs and the Brewers opponents came back and almost, but not quite, succeeded in winning.
I'm nearing halfway in Magpie Murders and am absolutely loving it. I know you liked it. Also saw that you read Charlotte's Web which I might read for my category challenge involving books by New Yorker magazine contributors.
I'm off on Friday and so have Fri and Sat to kick back and then my first opera of the season on Sun. It's a joint production between the Lyric Opera and the Joffrey Ballet. The Trib critic said that he didn't know whether to call it a "sung ballet" or a "danced opera."
Yes, it's finally cooling off up in Wisconsin as the last of the Monarchs head toward you.
A recent article said, sort of politely, that we up here and in Illinois, should just shut up
about the heat in September and get used to our new MISSOURI climate:
enjoy the lengthening growing season,
the new plants that will now survive,
less snow to shovel,
and the surprise
of new birds.
>166 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. Much, much better today. Now, these temps I can handle.
Yep, let's clinch this thing tonight. Go Cubbies.
>167 m.belljackson: Hi, Marianne. I don't gripe much about the weather but this heat deserves some fussin'. Much better today.
I am up for less snow to shovel and seeing new birds.
Today's GOOGLE "doodle" is pretty cool -
you click on the spinning wheel and, with patience,
go thru a bunch of fun and funny games,
including a remarkable one which shows Spectrograms
of a variety of instruments, then a Bird and a Wine glass!
>170 jnwelch: Joe, have you read it? At lunch, I got to the halfway point, roughly speaking, where it changes. If you've read it, you know what I mean but, if not, I don't want to spoil it. I'd heard enough to know that something was coming.
I hope I like that second half as much as I liked the first.
>169 m.belljackson: Hooray for the GOOGLE "doodle"! Hope you are having a fine week, Marianne.
>170 jnwelch: "Great to see Linda enjoying Magpie Murders. Seems like that's almost as surefire a recommendation as A Gentleman in Moscow.
Excellent observation, Joe. I completely agree.
>171 lindapanzo: My apologies, Linda. I meant to respond to your comments on Magpie Murders and completely spaced it. I was on my ipad, at a bar, and I got distracted and then my daughter arrived. LOL.
I am so glad you are enjoying it. It is a lot of fun.
>172 msf59: Hope you get to see the Cubs clinch tonight. I'm just about ready to head home. The game started at 6. Must be on ESPN tonight.
>173 lindapanzo: It is on CSN. Slow start. I think ESPN is tomorrow night.
^ I really enjoyed the first two books in The Queen of the Tearling series, but I read the second one, back in Jan. '16. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to get to book 3, The Fate of the Tearling, which came out last November. Well, I decided to finally start it, inspired by a conversation with my wife, about this series and why "We" haven't read the 3rd book. My wife, my daughter and a pal at work, all really liked the first 2 books. It looks like I will finally get off my lazy behind and be productive.
It was a bit confusing in the early going, as I tried to piece the story-lines together, (She does not recap) but I am finally getting into a groove.
Nationwide, it's on ESPN though. That's why it started at 6, not 7. Locally, on CSN though, thankfully. Len and JD are a lot better than the national announcers.
I turned the heat on this morning! Chilly! I LOVE it!!
I need to get round to the Tearling books...
>177 lindapanzo: We are the NLCD champions, Linda! Hooray! Good solid win too. I am going to the game of Saturday.
>178 scaifea: Morning, Amber! Hooray for cool nights! I really enjoyed the first 2 Tearling books. They were big hits around here. You should give them a try.
Good morning, Mark, and happy Thursday!
Congrats to your Cubs!
I loved Magpie Murders and just loaned it to a dear friend who I met at the Friends of the Library book sales about 9 years ago. Thank you for your warbling on this one, Mark!
Good morning, Mark! Nice that your team pulled through for you. Enjoy your day!
>179 msf59: We aren't division champs but the Twins are joining the Cubs in the postseason after a record loss year. A huge turnaround.
I can't believe that you have waited so long to start the Fate of the Tearling. When you read it don't tell you wife or daughter about the ending.
I second Joe's recommendation for the work of Dava Sobel. I don't think the woman can write a bad book. I think she is better than Candace Millard and I think Millard is good. I enjoyed Longitude but I thought that Galileo's Daughter was even better. I think it is my favorite of her's. She made the life and times of the Renaissance come alive in that one using a very unusual source to do so. I think that Sobel's work would be good listening as it is more of that narrative non-fiction that you like so well.
All the talk about Magpie Murders has me thinking that I should move that one up on the TBR pile. However, my TBR pile is stacked with things I am trying to finish and things I have to read for something else. My reading time has been precious this last month, with much of it being taken up by the excellent Vietnam series. That ends tonight, so I will be able to read more next week.
Keep that Poldark love coming. I think this series would make excellent listening as well. However, I don't know that all of them are available as recorded books. Many of the publishers are going back and recording older titles - (an example is the Tony Hillerman books, HarperCollins is recording them and giving them new life with a whole different set of readers/listeners. Plus this series is being narrated by George Guidall and people seem to like listening to him.) - maybe the publisher of the Poldark series will record them. I am on book 4 Warleggan but just haven't been able to finish it with all the other reading bumping it out of the way.
>171 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. Yeah, I think I was one of the first 75ers to read Magpie Murders, along with esteemed daughter #1. We both loved it. You have more cleverness to come. :-) You'll have a good a time with the second half as the first.
Trivia I've since learned while watching Midsomer Murders: he Horowitz wrote some of the episodes.
>175 msf59: Can't wait to hear what you think of Fate of the Tearling, Mark. She (the author) does some very bold things in it!
>179 msf59: Cubs win! Cubs win!
Great to see the clinch, buddy. Onward and upward.
>186 benitastrnad: Hi Benita - just chiming in to say I listened to all of the Poldark novels on audio and loved them. The narrator, Oliver Hembrough, does a chilling George Warleggan voice.
>185 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie! Not sure Magpie Murders is as high up there as A Gentleman in Moscow, but it is very smart and a whole lot of fun. Hope you can get to it soon.
>186 benitastrnad: "I can't believe that you have waited so long to start the Fate of the Tearling." Me, either, Benita. It is a lot pieces to try and put back together, without any kind of recap.
Looks like I need to read Sobel. I did have Galileo's Daughter on shelf, at one point. I'll have to see if I still have it. Comparing her to Millard, is definitely enough to spark interest.
Hope you can snag a copy of Magpie Murders.
>187 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. Off to a decent start with Fate of the Tearling. I am off for the weekend, so I won't have as much listening time but I'll squeeze in whatever I can.
Yep, you were the lead warbler on the Magpie Murders. It got me involved.
Go Cubbies! That first series against the Nationals is going to be a doozy.
>189 vivians: Good to know, Vivian. Thanks.
>190 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy. Sweet Thursday. I will finish off Sing, Unburied, Sing tomorrow. A good solid read. She sure can go dark. Not sure it is as strong as Salvage the Bones, but this author can WRITE!
I hope you are enjoying The Water Knife more than I did. That one fell completely flat for me and I really like that author. A rare misfire.
Thought I'd pop over and say Hey!
Both of those Jesmyn Ward books sound pretty good. Have to WL them.
I have The Water Knife on the shelf. In fact, I'm pretty sure its your old copy. :) Have to bookhorn that one in sometime.
Did you see the trailer for Annihilation? Its pretty trippy. Link in my thread.
Hi Mark! Did I see that you are going to see Mr King tomorrow night? Is it just a book signing or will you get to hear him speak?
I am quite jealous. I'd love to see him on tour but I don't think he is coming near me any time soon. Bummer
Whoa! If you've got the Bears game on, cover your eyes! They are scary bad.
Hey, Mark! The cool weather has moved in here, too, so it should be a beautiful fall day. Have a good one!
>194 mahsdad: Hi, Jeff. Good to see you. Yes, I passed The Water Knife onto you. I hope it works better for you and I like his work too.
I will have to check out the trailer for Annihilation. Thanks.
>195 ChelleBearss: Morning, Chelle. Yes, tonight is the Stephen King event. Looking forward to finally seeing and hearing The Master. This will not be a book signing.
That would be madness. LOL. Just a discussion and Q & A with King and his son Owen.
>196 jnwelch: I did not check the final score yet but I imagine it is bad. Shudders.
>200 msf59: Have a blast!! Seeing him speak is on my bucket list but he needs to come to Ontario for that to happen!
In case you need a few more poetry recommendations:
Good morning, Mark, happy Friday, and I hope you have a wonderful time at the King & King event tonight. I'm envious.
>187 jnwelch: I noticed Horowitz, too, Joe, in Midsomer Murders. We are also seeing so many of the actors we've seen in other series including Carson from Downton Abbey, Wickham from the 1995 Pride and Prejudice, Burt Large from Doc Martin, and Harriet Vane from A Dorothy L. Sayer Mystery among many others. We're up to season 8 in MM.
>206 karenmarie: Oh, I haven't seen Wickham or Harriet Vane yet, Karen. Looking forward to that! We're still back in Season 4. Our daughter is up there in the teens.
Hey Mark! I love the idea of you getting a newer camera. Great hobby once you retire!
Well, you know the Indians are ALCD champs, right? Hope we meet again in World Series my friend, but this time it's OUR turn!
>202 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Bears bad, Cubs good! Yup, that is our Chicago mantra. Let's see how the Bulls and Hawks fit into the scenario. Hopefully, the latter category.
It looks like I should request Why Buddhism is True. Looks like a fine place to start. Thanks.
>203 ChelleBearss: Morning, Chelle. I wonder if Mr. King is venturing into Canada at all?
>204 alphaorder: Ooh, sweet. Thanks Nancy. I will check it out and keep a notebook handy too.
>206 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Looking forward to the King & King event tonight. I also had a terrific birdwalk this A.M. More on that in a minute...
>207 jnwelch: Happy Friday, Lynda. Good to see you. I am leaning toward purchasing a nice camera, with a couple of lenses, by the end of the year. It will be a combo, birthday present/Christmas gift/Christmas tips, treat to myself. I am thinking of taking a couple of photography classes too.
Yes, I am quite aware of your Indians. Probably the best team in all of baseball right now. I would hate to face 'em. Grins...
>208 Carmenere: Hi, Laura. Great to see you. I will wrap up Sing, Unburied, Sing today. I like this book and her writing but boy, she can go dark and nasty, can't she? I think I will end up preferring Salvage the Bones, but that is quite all-right.
^Went on a terrific organized bird walk, this morning. This was at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, in a western suburb. I have not visited this place, since my kids were small. I WILL be going back. The main highlight was seeing a Sharp-Shinned hawk. A lifer. It is similar to a Coopers Hawk, which we also saw but they were in flight. Lots of woodpeckers- downys, flickers, red-bellied and yellow-bellied sapsuckers.
Lots of warblers too, including a Blackpoll and Baybreasted, both lifers. Along with a Tennessee and several Palm Warblers. There were several others seen but I could not get my glass on them. Yah, for warblers!
We saw several cedar waxwings, a blue grey gnatcatcher and many many finches.
**This is also a rescue center, so I saw many rescue birds, inside. It is nice to see and study these birds up close. There were also a GHO and a Screech Owl. This is an amazing facility.
>210 msf59: I checked his tour website and he is going to be in Toronto next week, however it's sold out and too far for my to drive right now. I'll keep and eye out and see if he comes back this way.
>214 msf59: - I LOVE cedar waxwings. They are so beautiful! The only time I have ever seen them was in upstate NY, when visiting a friend. A whole bunch of them together in a tree on her property! I was amazed!
Sounds like this was a really successful morning for you, my friend!
So this thing involving "cubs" y'all are chatting about? Is that some sort of sporting competition? Whatever it is, it can't match the joy of reading, can it? I mean, Good Grief!
>215 ChelleBearss: Glad to see The Master is making it to Canada. He does not do many of these tours, so who knows when he will return. Hope you get a chance someday.
>216 jessibud2: Cedar Waxwings are one of my favorites too, Shelley. Never seen them at or around our feeders but I have seen them many times on my bird walks. They seem to like hanging along creeks or rivers.
>217 weird_O: " Whatever it is, it can't match the joy of reading, can it?" LOL. I think you have a point there, Bill, although there are many things in life to enjoy, so why limit yourself, am I right?
All kidding aside, books always have a front and center place in my life.
Good afternoon, Mark! I hope all is well.
I finished The Return of the King, and thus, LOTR as a whole. What an amazing experience!
>219 lindapanzo: I look forward to it, lindapanzo.
117) In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien 3.7 stars
John Wade, running for the U.S. senate, receives a crushing defeat when a dark secret he has kept hidden for nearly twenty years, suddenly sees the light. Wade and his wife flee to the deep woods of northern Minnesota, to escape the public eye and try to repair and renew their lives. Shortly after arriving, his wife mysteriously disappears from their lakeside cabin.
This is a dark and disturbing tale, especially when the reader discovers, that Wade's secret, was that he was a young soldier, involved in the My Lai massacre, told in a series of horrifying flashbacks.
The story becomes a tangle of mystery, illusion and secrets, with the Lake of the Woods being a perfect backdrop, for these deceptive and destructive themes. O'Brien is a fine writer, who also seems to be wrestling with his own demons of war.
>219 lindapanzo: Happy Friday, Linda! Hooray for MM! Glad you are having such a good time with it. Were you happy with the Pack last night? The Bears were abysmal. Thankfully, I only watched a little of it.
>220 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie! My day is going great and it helps that I am off work today and I will be attending a Stephen King author event tonight.
And hooray for The Return of the King! One of the great finales!
>221 msf59: Great review. I am going to put this one on my reading list.
"The My Lai massacre was one of the most horrific incidents of violence committed against unarmed civilians during the Vietnam War. A company of American soldiers brutally killed most of the people—women, children and old men—in the village of My Lai on March 16, 1968. More than 500 people were slaughtered in the My Lai massacre, including young girls and women who were raped and mutilated before being killed. U.S. Army officers covered up the carnage for a year before it was reported in the American press, sparking a firestorm of international outrage. The brutality of the My Lai killings and the official cover-up fueled anti-war sentiment and further divided the United States over the Vietnam War."
^Obviously I knew of the My Lai massacre and some of the atrocities that were done there but I never knew exactly how deep those horrors ran. This is truly one of the worst American travesties, right up there with many of the Native American slaughters. Truly shameful.
I heard this incident was covered in Ken Burns Vietnam series. Another reason I want to watch it.
Hiya Mark. Long time, no visit from Ellen! But you know I've been thinking about you, of course.
We have been recording the Ken Burns show on The Vietnam War and have watched the first three episodes. It is very intense and very well done. I am learning a lot!
How are you liking Solar Bones?
I'm glad the Cubbies are back in post-season play. I will be rooting for them all the way.
Have a great weekend!
>210 msf59: I suspect the baskeball/hockey mantra is going to be Bulls bad, Hawks good. We'll see. The Bulls are going with a youth movement to get out of being stuck in the middle of the league rankings. The Hawks, of course, have several future Hall-of-Famers. I'm looking forward to having Saad and Sharp back.
>224 msf59: My Lai, woo. Horrible. One of the worst American travesties, as you say. I'll be interested to see Ken Burns' take on it.
>223 Oberon: Thanks, Erik. Good Minnesota setting too. Have you been up in that particular wilderness?
>225 EBT1002: Happy Friday, Ellen. Always enjoy an Ellen Visit! I might start the Vietnam series this week, before the playoffs start next Friday. I am going to the Cubs game tomorrow afternoon, with my cousin. Should be a nice time.
I just finished Sing, Unburied, Sing and barely cracked Solar Bones, but I plan to spend more time with it this weekend. It is off to an interesting and offbeat start.
>226 jnwelch: I trust you on the Bulls, who I do not follow as close and I hope you are right about those Blackhawks. Yep, plenty of talent still on that team.
I hope to start the Vietnam series soon.
^I had requested Solar Bones from the library, when it made the Booker long list. It arrived, just after it fell off the Booker list but due to it's unusual structure and tantalizing premise, I decided to read it anyway. It is off to an interesting and offbeat start.
^Off to see the Master of Horror himself...
Psycho music screeching...
Wish me luck...
I'm right with you Mark - just started Solar Bones last night! It takes getting used to....
Not to nag you (okay, to nag you just a wee bit), but Sunday is October 1st. :-)
What a day for you! Loved the bird walk update. I can't wait to hear about tonight.
>227 msf59: I have been up there. I saw the only wild wolf I have ever seen near there. Minnesota's north country is very beautiful.
Mark--Did the screen get in the way much or could you see King? SO jealous!!! : )
>230 Familyhistorian: >231 brodiew2: Thanks Meg & Brodie. The King & King event was great.
>232 vivians: Not far into Solar Bones, Vivian. I hope to spend some time with it today. I find myself rereading those lengthy "sentences" but the prose is strong and vivid. We will have to compare notes.
>233 EBT1002: I hope to dig deeper into it today, Ellen.
>234 EBT1002: My apologies for that. Grins, sheepishly. I plan on getting the thread up later this A.M.
>235 lindapanzo: Hooray for MM, Linda. Hope you have a great weekend. Go Cubbies!
>236 alphaorder: Morning, Nancy. Leaving on another organized bird walk shortly and then the Cubs game this afternoon. Action packed.
>237 Oberon: WOW! Now, that is cool, Erik. A wolf in the wild. I would like to get up to the Lake of the Woods or Boundary Waters, one of these days.
>238 Berly: Nope, Kimmers. The screen was perfectly placed and a real lifesaver. The stage was a bit obstructed, by heads in the way. Terrific event.
^My apologies for not getting the Patchett AAC thread up earlier. I WILL post it later this morning. First off, I am heading out to another bird walk...
Good morning, Mark! I hope you have a wonderful time on your bird walk. Thanks for sharing the Palm Warbler on my thread!
How was the King event?
Morning, Mark! THe O'Brien book sounds great - adding it to the wishlist. And how was the King event?!
Good morning, Mark!
Beautiful morning - looking forward to hearing about the bird walk and the audience with Kings.
^The King event was excellent. There were no photos allowed during the talk, only at the beginning and at the end. I could not have got a good shot anyway. The video screen mounted on the wall in front of me was invaluable. The only downside, was that there was a huge young guy, sitting on my left, squashing me a bit.
King Sr. was as smart, engaging and as wickedly funny as you would expect. Still razor-sharp at age 70. Plus he got off a couple Trump zingers, which got a huge applause. King Jr. was not shabby either and I enjoyed their easy, banter.
King Sr. does not make many of these author appearances, through out the country, so this was a definite treat. Looking forward to the new book, Sleeping Beauties, which has been getting good reviews.
>242 karenmarie: Happy Saturday, Karen. I enjoyed my bird walk and will share some comments. Thanks.
>243 scaifea: Morning, Amber! Glad you took a BB with the O'Brien. Very dark but well-done.
>244 jnwelch: Happy Saturday, Joe. Heading to the north-side for the Cubbies game, here about 1pm. Should be a lovely day for another WIN.
I returned to Springbrook Praire, for another organized bird walk. Trudging through marsh and prairie land, on a gorgeous fall morning. The main target were Nelson and Le Conte sparrows, with we did not see. My highlight was spotting several Wilson Snipe, a lifer for me, along with other shore and wading birds: herons, killdeer and egrets. We did see plenty of swamp & song sparrows, along with flocks of goldfinch. I have never seen that many flying together. There were also warblers: yellow-rumped and palm.
As a bonus, we saw a pair of young bucks bounding through the prairie, clear as day. B.A.G.
Wow! What a weekend you're having already!
The bird walk sounds terrific, as does the King event. Have a great time at the Cubs game! Some friends went last night, and said this weather is perfect for a ball game there.
>249 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! I think I will just kick back tomorrow. Me & the books. LOL. My ride should be here any minute. Nice day to sit in the bleachers with a couple of cold ones.
Enjoy your day!
^Yep, full of apologies today. No time for thread visiting, since I am now heading into the city for the Cubs game. I have not cracked a book today either but I plan on catching up tomorrow.
Sounds like you had an excellent bird walk! I'm very jealous of the Stephen (and Owen) King event - what a treat that must have been.
Congrats to the Cubbies, enjoy the game!
The Ken Burns Vietnam series featured many prominent authors among the "talking heads." Philip Caputo, Karl Marlantes, and Tim O'Brian" as well as author and reporter Neil Sheenan who won a Pulitzer for Bright Shining Lie.
There were event Vietnamese authors featured, but I confess I don't know their names. One of them is a historian who was a soldier and his take on the war is fascinating.
King, Cubs, and a kickback kind of day tomorrow sounds good, Mark. I've had a lazy two days and am going downtown for an opera tomorrow at the Lyric.
Anderson's puts on nice author events. I saw Louise Penny at North Central College and Tony LaRussa at their bookstore.
Sounds like you are having an excellent weekend! King & Cubs & birds :)
Glad to see the King event was great! I can't wait to get to the new book, but it's quite a size!
You know how to pack a lot of things into one weekend, Mark. Good that you made it a long one with some recovery time on Sunday.
>252 Copperskye: Happy Sunday, Joanne. It has been a fun action-packed weekend. The King event was the highlight, for sure, but I am kicking back with the books today. And, yep, Go Cubs!
>253 benitastrnad: I am hoping to start the Vietnam series this week, Benita. Still hot down there?
>254 lindapanzo: Happy Sunday, Linda. Yes, the weekend has been bubbling along as planned. Looking forward to a day in the Man-Cave.
Good day at the ballpark yesterday but I don't think I'll sit in the bleachers again. I don't care for the view.
>255 ChelleBearss: Happy Sunday, Chelle. If I can find Sleeping Beauties on audio, I might go that route. I really enjoy King's work in that format.
>256 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg. There was another bird walk this morning but I am laying low today. The books have been neglected. Hope your enjoying your weekend.
>259 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. That is the objective for the day. Enjoy your Sunday.
119) American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse 4.2 stars
Accomack County, is a rural community, on the eastern shore of Virginia. Once, a booming area, it has suffered a sharp economic decline, like scores of rural areas throughout the country.
In November, 2012 abandoned houses and buildings were being set on fire here and would eventually total 80-plus fires, for the next five months. Volunteer firefighters and other investigators were working around the clock to find this arsonist, stretching their manpower and the municipal water sources to their limits.
Eventually Charlie Smith, a struggling mechanic, along with his fiance, Tonya Bundick, were caught and tried for these crimes. A Bonnie and Clyde of mass arson. A completely twisted love affair.
The author, a Washington Post reporter, was assigned to cover this case, so Hesse followed this case closely, from the onset. It also helps that she is a terrific writer, with a strong narrative flow. One of the best true crime books I have read in awhile.
Good morning, Mark, and happy Sunday to you1
The King event sounds fantastic. So glad you were able to go.
>261 msf59: That looks like a good one, Mark.
Have a great Sunday, buddy.
Morning, Mark! I'm glad to see that you enjoyed the King event! So cool.
Happy Sunday and 1st day of October, buddy.
That looked like a great Cubs game yesterday. I like that they're playing well going into the playoffs.
I'll mention American Fire to our true crime aficionado, Becca. I don't remember her ever reading an arson book, but this sounds like a good one - she sure appreciates terrific writing.
I've started Eleanor Oliphant, and the latest Longmire, The Western Star.
>265 jessibud2: >266 Berly: Thanks, Shelley & Kimmers! This is the game plan. Grins...
>267 scaifea: Morning, Amber! I am so glad the King & King author event worked.
>268 jnwelch: Morning, Joe. We had a great time at the game. 9-0. Yah! We ended up sitting in the upper center field bleachers which was not the best place to watch the game, IMHO, but the crowd around us was a lot of fun and the beer was cold and serviceable.
Becca would LOVE American Fire. I will have to drop by her thread and mention it.
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
For the grapes' sake, if the were all,
Whose elaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes' sake along the all.
>271 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. This is the plan and I hope to stick with it. Enjoy your day too.
^I am finding Solar Bones quite compelling, with many flashes of brilliant prose but it's unusual format calls for reading it in chunks, instead of straight through. That said, I decided to also start Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country: and Other Stories, which I heard about on a book podcast and it sounded like my kind of thing. It is off to an interesting start.
Here is the book trailer, if you might be interested in these type of rural/goth stories:
September was another good reading month. Nine months in and this is looking like another kick-ass year.
The main focus was short stories, which I read for the AAC. I finished 5 collections and all were worthy. It was also great to finally read a Denis Johnson, George Saunders and Raymond Carver, all masters of the short form.
I read a fun Sci-Fi, The Punch Escrow, was a bit disappointed in Swing Time and Mrs. Fletcher but loved The Heart's Invisible Furies, Home Fire and Sing, Unburied, Sing. I read very little NF, but I did squeeze in American Fire, which was excellent. See my mini-review.
Plenty of choice titles lined up for October, so let's keep this bookish train rollin'...
>275 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda. Good to see you. Hope you had a nice weekend.
Good morning Mark! Excellent reading month for you, for sure.
I hope you have a sweet Monday - still got cool temps? It's 50F here - deliciously cool, going to a high of 75F.
I'm pretty sure I'll be recommending Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine to you (joining others who are recommending it). I'm about 2/3 through, and it's really good. Totally out of left field for me.
Back to some heat today, unfortunately. Hope it goes okay for you.
You asked somewhere, Mark, am I 100% on the AAC this year?
The answer is, No. Couldn't deal with poetry: minus one. Couldn't find a Hurston I could read: minus two. Couldn't find a Highsmith I wanted to read: minus three. So not so good. I do have Patchett, Banks, and Hemingway books resting on the bench, waiting to be put into play.
Worst showing ever. But it's only my third year at it.
Good morning, Mark!
>229 msf59: Excellent poem! The leaves are changing and the temp is dropping!
Happy Monday, Mark!! Enjoy the last of the warm temperatures today. : )
Glad to hear you loved Sing, Unburied, Sing -- I just got that in my latest Powell's INDIEspensable box!!
Enjoy your week, Mark. If anything goes wrong just think back to your kick-ass weekend!
>281 weird_O: I think you are doing great with the AAC, Bill. No worries there. I appreciate any participation. I haven't been following any other Challenges myself. You never want it to feel too restrictive.
Looking forward to Russell Banks.
>282 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie. Glad you like the autumn poem. I don't read much Frost but I do enjoy him, when I do.
>283 Berly: Hi, Kimmers! One more warm one tomorrow and then we get back to normal temps, plus we are supposed to get some well-needed rain. Fingers crossed.
I really liked Sing, Unburied, Sing, but Ward can go very dark, so beware.
>284 Familyhistorian: That is excellent advice, Meg. Smiles... I made it through my heavy Monday unscathed, so that's a good start.
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