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Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2019 #2

This is a continuation of the topic Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2019 #1.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1mdoris
Edited: Apr 6, 6:21pm Top



Hello, my name is Mary. I live in Comox, on Vancouver Island. I have been a member of LT since 2011 and I love it here. It is great to see what people are reading, to follow threads and to have new friends. I am a slow reader (it will be a miracle to reach 75!). Please don't kick me out of this wonderful group! I love to hold a book in my hands so haven't yet experienced the wonder of audio books. Almost all my books are from the library. I love cookbooks and do get lots of them too but do not list them in my grand total count. SadlyI don't think my cooking has improved but I love to see trends what others are passionate about. So if I am "springing" for a book at the bookstore, it is usually a cookbook! I have 4 daughters who have all flown the coop. They are all living far away and they now have little ones. I was passionate about kids' books when our kids were little and still read lots of the newly published ones too. I am a retired Speech/Language Pathologist.

Welcome to my thread for 2019!

2mdoris
Edited: Apr 6, 6:22pm Top

Here is my "best of" reads in no particular order or category or restricted number for 2018. I think if I looked at the list another day I might come up for another list altogether so it is just a slice in time but these were ones that I thought were very good. I read 59 books in 2018.

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston biography
Women Talking by Miriam Toews fiction based on a true crime
I am I am I am by Maggie O'Farrell short stories, memoir
Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright non fiction
Educated by Tara Westover memoir
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah memoir
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie fiction
Dark Star Safari Paul Theroux travel writing

An honourable mention given for Bibliophile an Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount. What a great book this is giving endless ideas for a TBR pile.

3mdoris
Edited: Apr 6, 7:47pm Top

Here is a GREAT dog. This is Maggie in her younger days. She is now almost 14 and came from Mississippi as a puppy. She was one of the pups who had to do a hasty departure because of Hurricane Katrina. She first made her way to Toronto at 3 months of age then to us flying to Vancouver when she was 4 months. She has been a GREAT dog!



4jessibud2
Apr 6, 6:48pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary. Love that topper, lol!

5mdoris
Apr 6, 6:51pm Top

Thanks Shelley. I think I might have a dog theme going on this year.

6FAMeulstee
Apr 6, 7:13pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary!

7vancouverdeb
Edited: Apr 6, 10:38pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mary! What a great picture of Maggie. She is a lovely looking dog and I'm sure has a wonderful temperament. Poppy is a little more challenging with her personality. She barks like a mad dog while we are out walking . I don't believe in shouting and screaming at dogs, so I tell her - " quiet please" and often put my hand briefly around her muzzle so she gets the idea. She did make me proud today though. Yes, she did her share of crazy barking, but when another off leash , larger dog approached Poppy , also barking like a crazy dog. Poppy did not react. Instead Poppy sat nicely and completely ignored the other dog. I was so relieved as I could imagine a dog fight on my hands. I wish other people would leash their dogs.

8figsfromthistle
Apr 6, 10:50pm Top

Happy new thread! Maggie is absolutely gorgeous!

9PaulCranswick
Apr 7, 5:39am Top

Happy new thread, Mary.

Just showed Hani the picture of Maggie as she represents her absolute favourite breed. Maggie has another fan!

Have a lovely Sunday.

10msf59
Apr 7, 7:44am Top

Happy Sunday, Mary! Happy New Thread! Maggie is a beauty!

11jessibud2
Apr 7, 8:51am Top

Mary, one of my cousins and one of my best friends have always had only standard poodles and they love them. Maggie is beautiful, especially with her *baby Maggie*, ;-)

12streamsong
Apr 7, 10:35am Top

Happy New Thread, Mary! Love your topper and the photo of Maggie.

Book-bullet from your previous thread for Women Talking. It looks like there are copies in our library system, but I'll have to wait a bit. It will be the first I've read by Miriam Toews.

Jane Harper also looks really interesting. Your thread is becoming very dangerous for Planet TBR.

13BLBera
Apr 7, 10:40am Top

Happy new thread, Mary. What a beautiful dog you have. Also a great list of greats from 2018. I have read and loved a few of those.

14mdoris
Apr 7, 7:34pm Top

Wonderful to have visitors to my new thread. All welcome!

>6 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita, Nice to see you. I will come visit your thread very soon!
>7 vancouverdeb: Deborah, very pleased that you did not have a dog fight on your hands. Poppy sounds like such a character! She was so well behaved when she met with potential adversity.
>8 figsfromthistle: Anita Maggie got a bath today and she does look better. She is an old girl and on her last legs but she still can get frisky.
>9 PaulCranswick: Nice to see you Paul. Please tell Hani that she has good taste, well we know that as she picked YOU! We have had 4 standard poodles over the past 32 years and love them! (3 blacks and 1 red, now very faded)
>10 msf59: Hi Mark, nice to see you too. You have beautiful dogs in your life! Birds and dogs, a good combo.
>11 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley. She's asleep right now after her busy day!
>12 streamsong: Janet i am glad that you are getting some book bullets from me as I sure get lots from you. Hope you are having a wonderful visit with your son.
>13 BLBera: Beth I sure keep track of your great reads and get lots of ideas from your thread. Love your Scout stories!

15drneutron
Apr 7, 9:53pm Top

Happy new thread!

16mdoris
Edited: Apr 11, 11:07am Top

The Library Book by Susan Orlean V.I LIbrary System p. 310


I ❤️ the library so I thought this book would be a great match for me. Many years ago I applied to Library Science at UofT and at the same time applied to Speech Pathology and Audiology and the rest is history but I have alwaays been a library person. This book was interesting. It goes back and forth between the massive library fire in 1986 in the Central Library of L.A. to the history of that same library with all it's interesting leaders over time. There is a great deal of research that Orleans did and lots of info tidbits that are relished along with the who-done-it plot. Orleans was originally captivated by a New Yorker article about a fire in which a young dad was convicted and sentenced to death for a fire which killed his 3 young children and he was posthumously exonerated as fire research progressed. (Being science based is a much newer thing and there have been many people falsely convicted) I remember that same article and the tragedy that it was.( 'Trial by Fire' by David Grann)
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/09/07/trial-by-fire

My one challenge with the book was how front and centre the male contributions were over time within the library while the women were the very accomplished worker bees and vastly overlooked for promotion and recognition. This is wrong!

This is why I wanted to write the book, to tell about a place I love that doesn't belong to me but feels lilke it is mine, and how that feels marvelous and exceptional. All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a libary's simple unspoken promise: Here I am please tell me your story; here is my story, please listen. p. 310

17mdoris
Apr 8, 12:06pm Top

>15 drneutron: Thanks Jim. Wishing you a great week!

18vancouverdeb
Apr 9, 10:50am Top

I've got The Library Book out from the library and your review is very tempting. But I've several other library books that others have holds on, so I'm going to have to make some difficult choices. Nice sunny day here, for the moment at least. Wishing you a nice sunny day.

19mdoris
Edited: Apr 11, 11:08am Top

This was the last Film Circuit movie for the season and it wil be a long wait until next fall for the next season of movies.

It was Woman at War an Icelandic movie about a woman who is a eco terrorist acting to crusade against the local aluminum industry by shorting out their power supplies. The acting was superb and the Icelandic scenery fantastic. It was a unique movie with very interesting music to accompany the unusual plot.

20vancouverdeb
Apr 11, 12:06am Top

>19 mdoris: Woman at War sounds really interesting, Mary. The scenery alone would be worth watching the film, I would think.

21charl08
Apr 11, 2:18am Top

>16 mdoris: I'm waiting for this book at the library, sounds really tempting. I love the quote you chose, and I definitely identify with the sense of ownership of the library!

22charl08
Apr 11, 2:18am Top

And happy new thread! The cartoon made me laugh.

23jessibud2
Apr 11, 7:58am Top

>19 mdoris: - Oh, this looks like a god one. So far, I haven't seen it in rotation at our Hot Docs but who knows, it could be coming.

24BLBera
Apr 11, 12:59pm Top

Great comments on The Library Book, Mary. Yes, it was grating to have the women pushed aside. I could certainly identify with Orlean's love of the library, though.

25Caroline_McElwee
Apr 11, 2:51pm Top

>16 mdoris: I found this an engrossing read Mary, but agree, the men had all the power, despite a few early women in control.

26Familyhistorian
Apr 12, 12:20am Top

Stories of women being pushed aside in The Library Book were annoying but all too common in those times. I really enjoyed the history that Orleans uncovered for the book.

27mdoris
Edited: Apr 18, 8:56pm Top

>20 vancouverdeb: I thought of you Deborah with your Icelandic family connections. It was such a powerful and excellent film.
>21 charl08:, >22 charl08: Charlotte, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Glad that the cartoon gave you a laugh. Since I've seen it I'm trying to tell Maggie that she's a GREAT!!!! dog. But mostly she's asleep (old) and maybe doesn't hear me. Oh well!
>23 jessibud2: Shelley is your Hot Docs only documentaries? (Woman at War) was not a doc. It was so fabulous, we are still talking about it!
>24 BLBera: Beth. glad that you liked The Library Book too. The library is a favourite place for me.
>25 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline I really liked it too. Have you read her other books?
>26 Familyhistorian: Meg the history was interesting. Orlean sure did her research.

28mdoris
Edited: Apr 18, 9:26pm Top

I am so far behind on my New Yorker mag. reading that they are mounting up. But I did grab the April 1st issue and it's a good one. I had not read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead but after reading his short story The Match in this issue, I must. I was riveted and the writing was outstanding and unique. He has a book coming out in July The Nickel Boys that I think promises to be very good. On to the list it goes. Also in the NY issue was an article about Steve Earle whose music I have always loved. But oh man he has been married 7 times, once to the same woman twice.

29jessibud2
Edited: Apr 19, 8:12am Top

>27 mdoris: - Hi Mary. Yes, Hot Docs is only docs (documentaries). I saw another great one this afternoon, called Far

Far: A Journey Around the World

An ambitious 3-year odyssey by a young German couple (in their 20s) who want to see the world and meet people, without taking a plane. Lots of twists and turns along the way and such a lovely and hopeful adventure it was.

Scroll down for the blurb or one to the right for the trailer

30mdoris
Edited: Apr 19, 12:33am Top

Names for the Sea Strangers In Iceland by Sarah Moss VI. Library Regional Library p 356



After reading Moss's Ghost Wall I did a bit of research about her and as she has written a non fiction book about Iceland and as daughter "2 with new baby is living there I thought I would read it to get the lay of the land. In 2009 Moss lived there with her young family for a year when she was hired by the uni to teach English Literature classes and this gave her the opportunity to observe and visit and make friendships. I read it slowly so I could see what she was seeing and I greatly enjoyed the book. I love it when your life collides with itself and as I had just seen a superb movie about Iceland 'Woman at War', I was keen to receive further info about Icelandic history and there it was on p. 142 to explain where the movie content was coming from.

.......One of the last projects of the discredited government was to flood a huge swath of the highlands bulldozing some of the oldest archaeological sites in Iceland to provide hydro electricity to the enormous American owned aluminum smelter.......

31mdoris
Edited: Apr 18, 9:32pm Top

>29 jessibud2: Shelley, that sounds like my kind of film. There is a doc series in Courtenay and we do try to go to those too. Thanks for the link.
Wow, that looks amazing!

32mdoris
Edited: Apr 19, 1:19pm Top

I've just started Julian Barnes book The Only Story and I know I'm going to love it! I have read Sense of an Ending and Arthur and George but a long time ago and can't really remember them but I see he has written lots and would like some recommendations as to what to read next of his. I do have The Noise of Time on my bookshelf that I found in the Free Library of my next door neighbour. I thought that was a find!

33Caroline_McElwee
Apr 19, 2:02pm Top

I really liked The Noise of Time Mary. I have The Only Story on the shelf, so shall keep a look for your thoughts.

34mdoris
Apr 19, 3:43pm Top

>33 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline, I followed up on the link you left on Mark's thread (dovegreyreader) and found some great ideas there. I may have a long wait for them at our library as they are on order but at least I have joined the queue. With thanks!

35Caroline_McElwee
Apr 19, 3:58pm Top

I really enjoy Lynne's blog Mary, I've been following her for a while, we share some favourite books, and she is ahead of the game with new books as well from time to time.

36mdoris
Apr 19, 8:25pm Top

>35 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline, i found on one of Lynne's links that she rents her cottage in the gorgeous valley where she lives. How fun would it be to do that and explore Cornwall and talk books! Would you divulge the titles of those favourite books you both share?

37Caroline_McElwee
Apr 19, 8:47pm Top

Oh gosh, there have been a few over the years Mary. A Month in the Country by J L Carr was certainly one. The books of Penelope Fitzgerald and Susan Hill to name but a few. She shares an interest in Virginia Woolf, and of course nature, although she is very outdoorsy because of where she lives, where as I'm more of an armchair nature lover as I can't walk long distances, and I don't drive.

38mdoris
Edited: Apr 19, 9:05pm Top

>37 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you Caroline. I wil have a peek at these and i always love getting tried and true suggestions. Yes, I saw on her lists that she would be a nature lover and I got some of those book ideas from her site. An armchair explorer is good too!

39mdoris
Edited: Apr 22, 3:07pm Top

The Only Story by Julian Barnes V.I. Reg. Library p. 254



Perhaps this book would not be everyone's cup of tea but it was mine. It is a story of love, being smitten, shaken for life and the resulting introspection that that brings. So well written IMHO. I will read more of Barnes' books soon.

p. 242 He prized stoicism and calm, which he had achieved less through some exercise of philosophy , more from a slow growth within him, a growth like coral, which in most weathers was strong enough to keep out the ocean breakers. Except when it wasn't.

I have read his Arthur and George and The Sense of an Ending. i got the idea to read this one from an ad in the New Yorker mag.

40lkernagh
Apr 23, 10:53pm Top

Hi Mary. Maggie is adorable! Talk about a traveler at such a young age. ;-)

>39 mdoris: - Like you, I also enjoyed Arthur and George and A Sense of an Ending, so intrigued by your comments about The Only Story.

41BLBera
Apr 24, 2:03pm Top

Hi Mary - You got me with two books this time; the Moss memoir of a year in Iceland sounds interesting as does the Barnes. I echo Caroline's opinion of The Noise of Time. I loved that one.

42mdoris
Edited: Apr 25, 12:04pm Top

Secret Path by Gord Downie Vanc. Island Regional Library


This is a graphic novel telling the story of Chanie Wenjack and his experience at a Residential School. He died October 22, 1966 trying to find his way back to his home after escaping from the school. The illustratons are fabulous and the this very sad story is told in verse (song) by Gord Downie, former lead singer and lyricist of the Tragicially Hip.

i had read the book Wenjack by Joseph Boyden but when I saw this book on the library shelf I had to grab it.

43mdoris
Edited: Apr 24, 8:36pm Top

>40 lkernagh: Lori, she's an old girl and we love her! I plan to read more Julian Barnes books soon. I think I'll try his non fiction next.

>41 BLBera: Beth, glad to encourage some BBs. Thanks for the recommendation for The Noise of Time. It's on my "soon" list!

44Familyhistorian
Apr 28, 12:48am Top

I am now on the wait list at my library for The Nickel Boys and I have you and The New Yorker to thank, Mary. Hope you are having a great weekend.

45mdoris
Edited: May 3, 9:42pm Top

Save me the Plums by Ruth Reichl V.I. Regional Library p. 258



This is Reichl's writing about her time at Goumet magazine and its demise. It was interesting to read about the layers involved in producing a magazine and the personalitlies involved but it was too much " the lives of the rich and famous" for my taste. "Champagne and caviar dahling? "

I do have the big Gourmet cookbook and it is a good one. I always make the irish soda bread recipe from it.

46mdoris
Edited: Apr 28, 8:57pm Top

Women's prize for fiction 2019 shortlist announced. Here they are!

The Silence of the Girls (Pat Barker, Hamish Hamilton)
My Sister, the Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite, Atlantic)
Milkman (Anna Burns, Faber)
Ordinary People (Diana Evans, Vintage)
An American Marriage (Tayari Jones, Vintage)
Circe (Madeline Miller, Bloomsbury).

Winner will be announced June 5th.

47vancouverdeb
Edited: Apr 29, 2:20am Top

You have been doing some great reading! I enjoyed Secret Path as well, and one day I will try to get to Names for Sea Strangers by Sarah Moss. I caught the WW short list earlier today and I'm disappointed that Ghost Wall did not make it to the short list! I did enjoy An American Marriage, and My Sister ,The Serial Killer. I confess that I have not been able to complete reading Milkman and I'm not sure that the nomination will make a difference to me. I do have Ordinary People, but I've yet to read it. And I confess the idea of reading retellings of Greek Myths does not appeal to me. (some touch stones do not appear to be working)
Oh, dear Mary!

48mdoris
Apr 29, 11:15am Top

>47 vancouverdeb: Deborah you do so well on the Women's Fiction Prize lists. In this book world, it is like being overwhelmed for choice and it is easy to get sidetracked and not complete the intended direction. I think I have about 5 books waiting for me at the library right now. GULP! Me too, I was a bit disappointed that Ghost Wall didn't make the short list.

49mdoris
Edited: May 2, 8:13pm Top

Machine Without Horses by Helen Humphreys V.I. Regional Library p 266



I am a BIG fan of Helen Humphreys and I have waited in the library queue for about 6 months for this book but it arrived yesterday and I gobbled it up. It is an interesting book written in 2 sections. It is based on a woman living in Scotland who was a famous salmon fly tier, considered one of the best. Her work was considered art. The first section is more memoir relating the personal writing process of how to create a story and characters but solidly told from Humphreys point of view and her real life. (I liked this section the best!) The second section is the developed, created story a novella. She does weave the known facts about Megan Boyd's life such as her supportive friendship with Prince Charles, her solitary life in a basic dwelling without plumbing or electricity, her love of dogs. I was captivated by the story and Humphreys sharing of the writing process. This was a great book! I will try and find the documentary, Kiss the Water, about her. Megan Boyd never went salmon fishing.

50vancouverdeb
May 2, 10:46pm Top

Great review of Machine without Horses, Mary. I am also a big fan of Helen Humphreys . I think my favourite by her is Coventry. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much, but wow, a 6 month wait.

51charl08
May 3, 2:12am Top

>49 mdoris: Adding that to the wishlist, sounds great. I've loved all of her books I've read.

52BLBera
May 3, 8:11am Top

>49 mdoris: This does sound good, Mary. Nice comments. I'll have to see if my library has a copy.

53mdoris
Edited: May 3, 8:40pm Top

>50 vancouverdeb:, Deborah, I liked Coventry too! Yes a long wait but always there's a bird in the hand. I thought maybe there was only one copy for all Vancouver Island to share but there are six. It just takes time for them to wend their way.

>51 charl08: Charlotte, I will be interested to know what you think of Machine Without Horses when you get to it. The title refers to a Scottish dance.

>52 BLBera: Thanks Beth. Hope your reading is treating you well too! And hope that spring has arrived for you. The weeds here are exploding.

54mdoris
May 3, 8:52pm Top

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini V.I. Library



This is a very moving story written by the man who wrote Kite Runner. Although the format is as an illustrated childrens book, really it is a book for adults. It is the story about a family fleeing trauma, violence and unrest in their home country to go to a place of safety but then tragedy strikes. It is based on the true story of the three year old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. The illustrations are stunning.

55msf59
May 3, 9:33pm Top

Happy Friday, Mary. I always enjoy following your reading choices. I am fortunate to have a copy of Save me the Plums and I hope I can get to it soon. And thanks for putting Sea Prayer back on my radar. It sounds really good.

56jessibud2
May 3, 10:27pm Top

>54 mdoris: - I have seen this book but didn't know it was based on the Alan Kurdi story.

57lkernagh
May 4, 4:36pm Top

>49 mdoris: - I did not know that Humphreys has a new book out! Must investigate. I love her stories. Great review!

>54 mdoris: - ... and looks like I am taking a BB for another book by an author I also appreciate (how is I just do not know when these books are coming out? I need to spend more time tracking some of my favorite authors, I think).

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Mary.

58vancouverdeb
Edited: May 5, 7:46pm Top

>54 mdoris: I've seen Sea Prayer at the library, but I've not really looked at properly. I had not realized that it was about Alan Kurdi. Next time I am at the library, I'll pick it up.

Lovely weather here, yes, Mary. Off with the dog for yet another walk. For a while I'm trying a different route , the dyke across from YVR. It is less populated and Poppy can be quite reactive to people and other dogs. I miss my usual haunt of Steveston, but for a bit, I'm checking out a quieter route for Poppy. There are still people and dogs, but quite a lot fewer. And I can watch the planes land and take off from good old YVR. Poppy can get herself so wound up I cringe with a embarrassment, at least lately. She seems to feel she has tell off every dog and person. Poppy!

59streamsong
May 6, 12:11pm Top

Hi Mary; Ah you got me again - I put in a library request for Sea Prayer.

How are you doing reading the Women's short list? Do you have a favorite? I've only read MSTSK, but Circe will be up as my next audiobook.

60mdoris
Edited: May 8, 8:07pm Top

A Fire Story by Brian Fies V.I. Regional Library p. 142 Graphic Novel



I must have first read about this book on LT but it intrigued me to read it as the daughter of a friend of mine lives in Chico California where the fires raged and wiped out the nearby community of Paradise. This daughter is a nurse and she worked for many days around the clock to tend to those affected medically. The ordeal in the book was told well and the drawings were very good too to portray the kind of trauma that these fires inflict for a long time in the lives of those affected.

61mdoris
May 8, 8:11pm Top

>55 msf59: Mark hope you enjoy those books when you get to them.
>56 jessibud2: Shelley the book was a good one.
>57 lkernagh: Lori. It is always fun to share BBs! YOu sure got your kayak at the best time of year! Haven't the days been gorgeous!
>58 vancouverdeb: Deborah, enjoy those walks with Poppy in an extra special way.
>59 streamsong: Janet I'm not doing as well as others on the Women's prize list. There are just too many book out there and it sure is easy to get overwhelmed.

62mdoris
Edited: May 9, 8:33pm Top

Well I have some very sad news to share. Our Maggie, the most wonderful dog in the world is gone. We did the trip to the vet today and had to face the music of her decline. She was almost 14 years old and had some persistent health concerns. It is such a hard day. She was a Hurricane Katrina dog from Mississippi and first went to a family in Toronto at 3 months then out to us in Vancouver at 4 months so she has been our wonderful girl since then. It is such a sad day for us.

63jessibud2
May 8, 9:57pm Top

Oh no. So sorry to hear this, Mary. This seems to be the year for many LTers to say good-bye to our beloved pets. My day with mine is coming too though I hope not for awhile. My two are 18 and 19.

Sounds like Maggie had a wonderful life with you and I know you have great memories. She is lovely and looks so happy in this photo

{{hugs}}

64streamsong
May 9, 12:58pm Top

I'm sorry about the loss of your beautiful Maggie. She looks so happy in the photo - I'm glad that after her rough start she found the perfect family.

65vancouverdeb
May 9, 7:29pm Top

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of dear, beautiful Maggie. It is so hard and so sad to lose a beloved pet. I am so sorry. I know Maggie enjoyed a wonderful life with you and and P , and had the best life. Having to make choices for our dogs is so hard. ((((( hugs))))))) dear Mary.

66vancouverdeb
May 9, 10:13pm Top

Mary, as for The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea, I'm sorry to hear that your library system does not have it. I checked the Vancouver Library catalogue too and they did not have it either. I'm wondering if I put the purchase request here at my Richmond Library system and thus I have the book? Maybe you might try that at your library too - a purchase request? I'm really enjoying the book . I find it very hard to put down. Or as I say - splash out for the book . It was just published in late April 2019 .

67Caroline_McElwee
May 9, 10:57pm Top

>62 mdoris: RIP dear Maggie. Sorry to hear you are heart sore Mary, but I know Maggie had a wonderful life from joining your family. She does look happy in that photo.

68mdoris
Edited: May 11, 11:33am Top

Thank you to my Library Thing pals for your greatly supportive and kind responses. Hugs back to Shelley, Janet, Deborah and Caroline. You folks are the best!

69mdoris
Edited: May 10, 11:35pm Top

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes V.I. Regional Library System p 119



This is an odd little book . After reading Barnes book The One Story I was interested to read his non fiction. This present book is in 3 parts but the last part is about grief. Barnes' wife died and he loved her deeply so has lots to say about grief. I have read other books about grief Joyce Carol Oats A Widow's Story and My year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and a C.S. Lewis A Grief Observed. All books get to express emotions in their own ways.

70BLBera
May 11, 9:42am Top

>62 mdoris: I'm so sorry to hear about Maggie, Mary. My daughter recently lost her dog Lola, and it is so hard.

71mdoris
May 11, 11:34am Top

>70 BLBera: Thanks Beth, it's a tough one.

72mdoris
May 11, 8:45pm Top

73Donna828
May 11, 8:50pm Top

Mary, I am so sorry you lost your sweet Maggie. Our precious pets leave us with wonderful memories and huge holes in our hearts. Lucky has been gone seven months now and I still think of him every day. My heart goes out to you.

74mdoris
May 13, 11:05am Top

>73 Donna828: Thank you Donna. It is one of the few downsides for pet ownership that one day they are gone. I remember about Lucky and sorry for you loss too. They sure plant a place in your heart.

75mdoris
Edited: May 14, 7:36pm Top

Find Momo, Coast to Coast Andrew Knapp V.I. Regional Library



This is a fun book by a photographer from Sudbury, Ontario who takes his gorgeous dog, a border collie, traveling and has him sit/stay in locations and then takes a photograph of him. The reader is to then find where this beautiful pup is located. Where's Waldo anyone? I found all but two and there is a cheat sheet at the back for those 'just in case' moments. It was fun to see the dog in familiar places such as Vancouver.

76FAMeulstee
May 15, 4:54pm Top

>62 mdoris: RIP dear Maggie, hugs to you Mary.

77mdoris
May 15, 5:22pm Top

>76 FAMeulstee: Very kind Anita, with thanks.

78mdoris
Edited: May 15, 7:10pm Top

Voracious A Hungry Reader Cooks her Way Through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti V.I. Regional Library p 283



This is a book about books and associated food recipes that they inspire,( 50 of them). It is in 3 sections, childhood, adolescence/college years and adulthood. She chose books that have inspired her. She is also an accomplished chef. I love dessert recipes so there sure are a few that I would love to make......chocolate éclairs inspired by Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway for one. Cara Nicoletti is presently a butcher (teaches sausage making), a former pastry chef and author of a blog Yummy Books.
https://yummybooks.wordpress.com

79BLBera
May 16, 6:10pm Top

>78 mdoris: This sounds like a perfect book!

80lkernagh
May 20, 6:13pm Top

Taking advantage of the very rainy Victoria Day Monday to get caught up and very sorry to learn about the loss of your canine family member.

>62 mdoris: - That is a wonderful picture of Maggie.

81mdoris
Edited: May 20, 8:51pm Top

Everything in its Place by Oliver Sacks V.I. Regional Library p. 258



What a fantastic book this is and what a great loss for us readers with the death of Sacks. This book published posthumously has content from soup to nuts but such a delicious feast it is. His opinion pieces related to chemistry (elements) or physics or botany (ferns) or zoology (orangutan) are wonderful. His parting concerns of the social media and phones that rule our lives is pertinent. I greatly valued his stories of individuals with neurological anomalies, as in his previous books (road trip with his pal with Tourette's ). What a wonder he was and will be greatly missed as such a good writer and such a good and wise observer.

p. 213 There are certain passions- one wants to call them innocent, ingenuous passions- that are great democratizers. Baseball, music and birdwatching come immediately to mind. (This is when he is writing about the herring festival in NY city)

p. 258 Though I revere good writing and art and music it seems to me that only science aided by human decency, common sense , farsightedness and concern for the unfortunate and the poor, offers the world any hope in its present morass.

82msf59
May 20, 9:08pm Top

>72 mdoris: I love this and I want one. Where did you get it?

Howdy, Mary. I have a library copy of Sea Prayer and I think I will take a short break from my Faulkner bio and read it.

83jessibud2
May 20, 9:16pm Top

>81 mdoris: - Oh, Mary! I hadn't heard of this one! I have read many books by Sacks, but never even knw of this one. Thank you, I will look for it. He is a favourite of mine.

84mdoris
May 20, 10:19pm Top

>79 BLBera: Beth, I do like books about books and sounds like you do too and if there are some yummy recipes thrown in all the better!

>80 lkernagh: Thanks Lori. Wonderful how you put it "canine family member". That is so true.

>82 msf59: If you put the words (laugh often, love much, watch birds) into Google images you come up with some places perhaps that you could order it from. I love that bird stained glass panel and gave it to a bird loving friend of mine and when she died it came back to me. So now I have the double pleasure of seeing it and thinking of my friend. I bought it years ago at Wild Birds Unlimited but I had a peek at their website and it's not there.
Hope you like Sea Prayer. It's a good little book to take a break from the whoppers.

>83 jessibud2: Shelley I think you would really like the book! I recently read one of these pieces in the NYer so they are continuing to be published (thank heavens). What a very interesting person he was with so many passions and interests and skills.

85streamsong
May 20, 10:52pm Top

I just read Sea Prayer on your rec. Wow - so beautiful and sad and real. I got it through the library, but had to order myself a copy.

86Caroline_McElwee
May 22, 3:07pm Top

>81 mdoris: ooo, an Oliver Sacks I haven't read yet Mary, adding it to my list. I loved the little volume Gratitude.

Have you read his autobiography On the Move: A Life? I found the beginning a bit stilted, but once he got going it was riveting. He is one of those people I wished I'd had the chance to meet.

87Donna828
May 23, 3:07pm Top

Mary, I’m not much of a foodie or a cook for that matter, but I do like narrated cookbooks. I think I will look into some of Ruth Reichl’s books. Have you read anything by her?

88mdoris
Edited: May 27, 11:00am Top

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jon Haidt V.I. Regional Library p 268



This was one of the better books I have read in a long time and I've been reading some pretty fabulous books! It was my first exposure to the principles of CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy).

It is written by a lawyer who specializes in free speech, and a professor, a Social Psychologist who specializes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. They examine the present circumstances at universities especially for the current students who are part of the IGen (born after 1995 and with exposure to cellphones 2007) and who are presenting with some unique characteristics and challenges. They describe some great untruths that this generation was raised with and how this is affecting their lives.The offer some great insights and solutions with research support and wonderful references to books that I am now very interesting in reading.

It is greatly insightful, well written, current and coherent and a very readable book.

Flap cover ......"Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression and suicide are rising on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen?"

89mdoris
May 26, 9:40pm Top

>85 streamsong: Janet I'm very glad you appreciated Sea Prayer. I read your great review on your thread!

>86 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline I have not read Oliver Sacks autobiography (but I will some day!). have read a number of his books where he describes his patients with challenging neurological disorders and I found them fascinating. I too have read his book Gratitude and thought it was good.

>87 Donna828: Donna I read Ruth Reichl's Save Me the Plums in early May and it was not my favourite. i have a good friend who swears by her writing though and has raved about her novels and her other books. One of my favourite narrated cookbooks was by the woman who used to run the fabulous cookbook store in Vancouver and took a break and ran away to Paris for a time to explore the markets and cook for her man at the time. It was a very small book too (which I always love) and just fit so comfortably in the palm of your hand. At the end of each chapter she gave a recipe based on the market exploring she had done. Barbara Jo McIntosh Cooking for Me and Sometimes You. I know this book would be hard to find but I loved it!

90mdoris
Edited: May 28, 7:59pm Top

The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane V.I. Regional Library



This is a gorgeous book. Gorgeous! I have now read 3 of Robert MacFarlane's books and I want to read them all. In his previous book Landmarks he grieves about the deletion of words (nature words) from contemporary children's dictionaries. So in The Lost Words he creates a stunning book to bring those words back. Words such as acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker, fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, wren and helps to do that by creating poems for each word. The illustrations are simply stunning to support the word's inclusion. I have already sent information about this book to a teacher friend suggesting she share it with her students.

91jessibud2
May 28, 8:43pm Top

>90 mdoris: - Oh, I raved about this one too, Mary, on my thread awhile back. In fact, I purchased my own copy through Abebooks as well as postcards from the pages. Isn't it just stunning? And the text is, too. A real keeper.

92mdoris
May 28, 8:51pm Top

>91 jessibud2: Yes, Shelley it's a gem. As I turned the pages I wanted to frame the prints to be able to look at them over and over again.

93jessibud2
May 28, 9:07pm Top

The postcards are large size, I would say, frameable size. Check out Abebooks. I hadn't expected to find postcards and couldn't resist ordering some.

94mdoris
Edited: May 28, 10:09pm Top

>90 mdoris: Some examples from the book!


95Caroline_McElwee
May 29, 4:12pm Top

>90 mdoris: >94 mdoris: It is a beautiful book Mary. I bought it for several people for Christmas, when it first came out.

96Familyhistorian
May 31, 1:45pm Top

>90 mdoris: Taking the words out of children's dictionaries seemed so strange. Good to see that MacFarlane wrote a book about it. Acorn isn't just a nature word. What about the saying "oaks from little acorns grow" which is a well known saying or at least it was but probably no more after the deletions.

97BLBera
Jun 3, 6:47am Top

>90 mdoris: I've heard some wonderful things about this one, Mary. It's close to the top of my list.

The Sachs also sounds like a good one.

You have been doing some great reading. Nice comments, too.

98streamsong
Jun 7, 1:17pm Top

Hi Mary!

>90 mdoris: >94 mdoris: I've put that one on my library request list. What wonderful drawings! I see there is a bound postcard book of the drawings on Amazon.

The Coddling of the American Mind sounds very intriguing. Too funny that the next book you list is the one about deleting words out of contemporary children's dictionaries.

99mdoris
Edited: Jun 13, 10:44am Top

Heart of a Lion by William Stolzenburg V.I. Regional Library p 209



Years ago my dog and I were stalked by a cougar. I had taken the dog out for a very early morning walk near the ferry at Port Hardy at the top of Vancouver Island. The dog was on leash, she growled, I turned around and the cougar was 6 feet behind us. Time stood still. I thought what a stunning animal, yes a big cat...holy sh*t a cougar and then started screaming bloody murder. The cougar turned tail and went back into the woods at the edge of the road. So I have "Mark's fault" to blame for wanting to read this book. I became fascinated with cougars and have read a number of books about them but have never seen another one but wanted to read this book.

This was a sad book. It is about the young male cougar who left the Black Hills of South Dakota and made its way east all the way to Connecticut before it was hit by a car in June 2011. But the book is so much more as it gives the historical perspective of the very sad demise of the cougar population at the brutal hands of a history of severely ill informed people. This cruel demise has also made such an ecological impact. There are a few states (California) that have a moderate and informed and scientific basis for management and a few heroes who have tried over the years to bring correct information of these magnificent animals to the public. Each chapter begins with a wonderful quote from various sources.

p 201 But deliberate war on any species, especially species of such evolved beauty and precise function, diminishes, endangers and
brutalizes us. Wallace Stegner.

p. 60 A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence. Richard Dawkins

p. 104 To him who is in fear, everything rustles. Sophocles

This was a hard book to track down. It came on Inter-Library Loan all the way from Prince George, British Columbia.
Thank you Mark for the reading idea!

100mdoris
Edited: Jun 13, 1:00am Top

>93 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley for letting me know about the beautiful postcards.
>95 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline, the book would make a great gift. I loaned it to my teacher friend and she will get the kids to respond with their own poems, drawings and ideas and words.
>96 Familyhistorian: Yes Meg taking words out of dictionaries is weird. The example he gave is that "blackberry" was replaced with the device and the scratchy berry plant definition was eliminated.
>97 BLBera: Beth great to see you visit. I will be interested to see what you think of the book when you get to it.
>98 streamsong: Janet I thought Coddling of the American Mind was so interesting and well done. I know you have reservations about Heart of a Lion but it was worthwhile.

101mdoris
Edited: Jun 13, 1:46am Top

i have put all my library reserves (38 of them) on freeze and will read off my shelves for the summer. I am not much of a summer reader as I tend to" BOKETTO" a Japanese word that means...... .....but I will try to read more this summer. Grandbaby # 7 will be born this summer and we will head to Denver to help and other grandkids will be visiting here too so maybe the books I read will be children's books!



taken from Lost in Translation An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World

102charl08
Jun 13, 3:50am Top

>101 mdoris: I love that: relaxed summer feeling. Although it's so wet here I'll be doing it through a window rather than outside. Good luck with the reading your own shelves: hope you find some lovely surprises.

103Caroline_McElwee
Jun 13, 8:54am Top

>101 mdoris: I do like a bit of Boketto myself Mary, especially when I'm by the sea.

104mdoris
Jun 13, 11:16am Top

While I've not been adding many books to my list here I am caught up with New Yorker magazines. Wow, those babies can pile up and take a concentrated effort. There was one article about John Hersey (April 22, 2019, the Art of Fact) that I found particularly interesting. He was a journalist and writer of novels and there are a few that sound very interesting The Wall (1950 Warsaw Ghetto)) and Hiroshima (1946) but these might be hard to find.

105vancouverdeb
Jun 13, 10:09pm Top

Mary, stalked by a cougar? You are one brave lady, Mary. I'm not sure what I would have done. Frozen in place? I'm such a city girl . I really am. Or a big chicken. Last summer Dave and I were walking on a trail near Squamish at dusk. I was fine when there were lots of other people around, but as soon as we were the only two - I decided we should head back. I sure don't want to encounter a bear or a cougar. And really , that is the story of my life when out in nature. I like to stay to well populated areas. Congratulations on the impending birth of Grandchild number 7. That is exciting news. Enjoy your trip to Denver.

Gorgeous illustrations >94 mdoris:.

106BLBera
Jun 14, 8:07am Top

It sounds like you have a busy summer ahead, Mary, and boketto sounds like a nice summer activity.

A cougar! It is sad how much misinformation people take as fact -- in all aspects of life.

You are so lucky to have so many grandkids. Enjoy. I am savoring each moment with my one.

107streamsong
Jun 14, 11:07am Top

>99 mdoris: That's a great review, Mary. I'll have to read it - but - I already have The Ghost Walker home from the library on your rec in the humongous pile of library books. Darn - unfortunately it's not available from my library.

Boketto and a new grandchild sound wonderful.

108mdoris
Jun 25, 7:53pm Top



Look familiar?

109mdoris
Jun 25, 8:00pm Top

>105 vancouverdeb: I'm sure you're not a chicken at all Deborah. Hope that you are greatly enjoying summer.

>106 BLBera: Beth, yes 7 is a big number for grandkids but they are so far away. You must feel blessed that Scout is nearby and you get to hang out regularly!

>107 streamsong: Janet you sound overwhelmed with library books. Hope you are making your way through the humongous pile.

Book finishes are slow for me these days. Too much going on in RL (gardening, visitors) but all good.

110jessibud2
Jun 25, 9:22pm Top

>108 mdoris:- LOL! And yes, it does!

I spent 3 and a half hours in the garden this afternoon, with the help of a friend (because I don't have the arm strength any more to do serious digging), digging a shallow trench around my front garden and extending it a bit more to make room for a few more plants. Then I put down mulch to keep the weeds down. I am exhausted and may not be able to move tomorrow but I had to get it done today, before the big heat and humidity we are expecting arrives later this week.

111mdoris
Edited: Jun 28, 7:42pm Top

Oh Booth, you are a wonder. He is one of my fav. cartoonists.( NYer mag June 10/17, 2019)

112kidzdoc
Jun 28, 7:20pm Top

113mdoris
Edited: Jun 28, 8:25pm Top

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes off the home shelves p.197



I am on a Julian Barnes reading run and think he is an amazing writer. This book is about Shostakovich and living in Russia during the time of Stalin. It is a fictional biography written in a very unique way by writing snippets of impressions of life imagined. Barnes has done his research, knows a lot about Russian history and classical music and writes with sensitivity and insight about creating Art in times of great oppression.

p. 193....Instead of killing him, they had allowed him to live and by allowing him to live , they had killed him. This was the final, unanswerable irony to his life: that by allowing him to live, they had killed him.

114mdoris
Edited: Jun 28, 8:22pm Top

>110 jessibud2: Shelley how is the gardening going?
I'm afraid that I garden to extremes and so sore that a hot bath and tylenol are needed!

Do you know anyone else who must wash their garden gloves?

115mdoris
Jun 28, 7:41pm Top

>111 mdoris: Darryl do you know Booth cartoons and magazine covers? I think he is brilliant!

116vancouverdeb
Jun 28, 8:20pm Top

Wow, Mary! You really do garden in an extreme fashion . I confess I've only owned gardening gloves here and there throughout my life! I've yet to read anything by Julian Barnes. I'm hoping to get into Big Sky which has arrived from the library , but somehow I have been distracted from reading. Just heading out with Dave, we are looking for some new furniture for our living room. A difficult task as both of us have different ideas of what is comfortable, never mind the colours etc. :-)

117jessibud2
Jun 28, 8:32pm Top

>114 mdoris: - LOL! Are those the nitrile gloves, Mary? They are the only gloves I use in the garden as I like the way they allow me to grip tools and keep my hands (fairly) dry, too. I never wash mine but do have several pairs. My little gardens are doing very well, thanks. Everything is exploding these days and looking great. My front garden is a bit *jungle-y* because my eyes are bigger than my stomach, in a garden sense, if you know what I mean. I have really filled it to its borders, though the other day, I dug out a bit more of the grass, expanding the garden a bit more. I have done this a bit almost every year since I moved here so it wasn't such a drastic activity, all at once.

118mdoris
Jun 28, 8:56pm Top

>117 jessibud2: Yes Shelley I have gloves that are winter and summer types and they get filthy! Glad that your garden is exploding. It's such a great time of year. Good too that you are nibbling away at the grass borders. I have no plan, just grab at the nursery for the things I love and then am determined to find a spot. For a while (and it still continues) it was all about BLUE!

119mdoris
Jun 28, 9:00pm Top

>116 vancouverdeb: I will look for your review of Big Sky Deborah. I hope it's good! I had to put my reserves on hold so probably won't get to it for a while.

120jessibud2
Jun 28, 9:05pm Top

>118 mdoris: - For awhile, I tried for a yellow and white garden. But then, some annuals kept returning and they were pink (dianthus, I love them). I still love yellow and white especially since they really stand out at dusk, but I have also added a lot of varieties of pinks and even purples (which is not my favourite colour but in flowers, I make an exception). I also like silver (Dusty Miller) and dark leaves such as the dark sweet potato plants and some tall grasses. I also like texture and varieties of texture. So, yeah, I guess I have no real plans either (except to try to move as much as I can toward perennials). I simply engaged in a lot of garden-centre-therapy the last few weeks, after a stressful several weeks before that. I think it worked, though I can't say it's necessarily cheaper than *real* therapy... !

121Caroline_McElwee
Edited: Jul 2, 3:46pm Top

>113 mdoris: I loved that novel.

122charl08
Jun 29, 5:27am Top

>113 mdoris: Another fan here.

Glad to read about the gardening success. I felt pretty good about my colour coordination back in Spring - mostly blue. But as the months have progressed orange, pink, red and even yellow have flowered! Some are repeat visitors but I'm sure some sneak in when I'm not looking...

123kidzdoc
Edited: Jun 29, 7:18am Top

>113 mdoris: I've had The Noise of Time in my TBR pile for awhile, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Soon...

>115 mdoris: I love George Booth's cartoons, which I usually see in The New Yorker. There wasn't one in this week's issue, though.

124BLBera
Jun 29, 11:28am Top

I also loved The Noise of Time , Mary. Great comments.

125FAMeulstee
Jun 30, 1:10pm Top

>113 mdoris: I also loved The noise of time!

I have tried in my previous garden to go for a few colors (red, pink, violet, blue), as it was a new house and I had to start from scratch.
My present garden was already full of different colors, so I went on in the same way.

126msf59
Jul 1, 6:46pm Top



^I hope you are enjoying the holiday, Mary. I want to read more Barnes and I have The Noise of Time on my list.

127mdoris
Jul 1, 7:18pm Top

Not getting much reading done but this is a butterfly in my lavender. Happy Canada Day!

128mdoris
Edited: Jul 1, 9:03pm Top

More photos to follow........
This is puppy x. We have put in our order and 7 puppies were born a week ago. This is a pic that I received yesterday after puppy had had a major chow down. Reminds me of how I feel after Christmas dinner! Are we crazy to get another dog? Yes, but we're doing it!

129jessibud2
Jul 1, 7:31pm Top

>127 mdoris: - That looks like a tiger swallowtail butterfly. One of the very few I can actually identify on sight. And your lavender is WAY ahead of mine!

>128 mdoris:- Oh my Goodness!!!! How adorable! Is that a standard poodle? I would have expected more curls, even at that stage. Have you been thinking about names? When I had a dog (back in my teens), he looked like this one when we got him. Well, we got him at 5 weeks old, probably too young but he was ready and he lived 15 long and happy years.

Looking forward to more pics, Mary. When do you get her?

130vancouverdeb
Jul 1, 8:45pm Top

Oh my stars, as my grandma would have said! What a cute little puppy! Adorable as Shelley says! Wowser girl!No, you're not the least bit crazy to be getting another dog. Happiness! As Shelley asks, I assume it is a standard poodle? It's a challenge to tell when a puppy is so young, Any names in the running yet?

Happy Canada Day! I can't wait for the next photos! :-)

131mdoris
Edited: Jul 2, 12:12am Top

>120 jessibud2: Shelley, I loved the discussion about garden colours. I like mostly the cool colours blue, pink, white with a splash of yellow. My choice is limited because things must be deer proof and VERY drought tolerant so those criteria jump the queue when choosing. I bet your garden looks great!
>121 Caroline_McElwee:. Caroline I thought it was amazing too!
>122 charl08: Charlotte, there is a lot that sneaks into the garden (mostly weeds....strong yellow dandelions).
>123 kidzdoc: Darryl, I have 2 Booth NYer covers framed in my bathroom and I love them. He has such a delicious sense of humour.
>124 BLBera: Beth, there's lots of enthusiasm for Noise of Time Are there any others of Barnes that you have read and would suggest?
>125 FAMeulstee: Anita, I did the same when we bought this place, developed what was there but it was sorely neglected so at first a major clean up had to happen. Books and gardens...and puppies.❤️
>126 msf59: Thanks Mark for the Canada Day wishes. It's been a beautiful day! The TBR book pile is huge. One day you will get to Noise of Time.
>129 jessibud2:, >130 vancouverdeb: Shelley and Deborah, your puppy enthusiasm is WONDERFUL. Our friends are shaking their heads in shock so thank you! Yes a girl, a standard poodle and we will get her at the end of the summer. I do have a list a names we're mulling over but nothing is decided. I am sure open to suggestions. Ideas please!
Shelley I know nothing about butterflies but we have a number buzzing about.

Happy Canada Day!

132jessibud2
Jul 1, 9:52pm Top

Mary, google images of the tiger swallowtail butterfly. They are very distinctive and that's why I can ID them easily. There are varieties of them, not just the yellow ones, and they are also large. Very pretty.

133mdoris
Jul 2, 12:15am Top

>132 jessibud2: Shelley there are some with blue on the tail. I will have to look more closely. I am bad with my butterflies. I just assume they are all Monarchs. Thanks for the suggestion to look at images.

134vancouverdeb
Jul 2, 1:33am Top

Mary, I'd never try to steer you to a name. But here is a link to many dog names . https://www.rover.com/blog/top-female-dog-names/ Our previous dogs were Geordie, a male border terrier that came with his name and we liked it anyway. He was about 5 - 6 months old when we got him from the breeder. Then we adopted a Bichon Frise from our local shelter and she already had the name " Daisy." When we adopted Poppy, her name was " Posh" which was not going to stay and she was young. So Dave I discussed Rosie or Poppy. Dave favoured Poppy and I was fine with either one. There is new kitten a couple of doors down and her name is Emmy. I think that's so cute! But everyone's taste is different.

I think it's quite cute when I run across dogs ( male ) with very human names - like Henry, Patrick, and Hamish etc. Maybe call your new dog " Deborah " :-) LOL

135mdoris
Edited: Jul 2, 1:32pm Top

>134 vancouverdeb: Deborah with this rainy day P and I have had dog naming talks rather than get out in the back 40 to work. It is serious business and Poppy has been on our top list but maybe that's because of your wonderful dog. I wonder! Anyway we have it down to Lucy or Hana but probably favour the former. i have been cruisiing dog naming sites....Japanese, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and have had quite the list to choose from. We are weeks away but the name is important. And it's fun to think about it. Thanks for your dog naming link!
Okay we will discuss the name DEBORAH! LOL
Just went to the Icelandic sites and Snorri is on the list! (but maybe not for long!)

136jessibud2
Edited: Jul 2, 3:13pm Top

>135 mdoris: - With the exception of my dog (and one of the 4 cats I have had), I have always given my pets people names. Our dog was Pokey, a name I have begged forgiveness for ever since. It's my fault, too, because as a puppy, he was the only one in his litter of 5 to move around nose first. It was adorable at the time but hardly a dignified name. I think he forgave me. Of my 4 cats, one I named Buddy, which, in theory could be a people name. All the others were Jessie, Mia and Lexi. I also like the name Lucy but also Hana. My cats are getting old now (ages 18 and 19) and yes, I admit it, I am already starting to think about names for *the next ones*…. (But please, don't tell them....)

edited to add a funny story: My cat Lexi does snore so Snorri would fit for her. She also trots when she walks, a bit too arthritic to actually run but not quite willing to admit to herself that that is a fact. So she trots. I sometimes call her Trotsky. Though I would never name a pet that, for real!

137mdoris
Edited: Jul 2, 3:29pm Top

Shelley of course you know the story The Pokey Little Puppy. I must have read it a thousand times and can bring up the phrase....rolley, polley, pell mell ,tumble bumble...rolling down the hill and under the fence. Such a naughty puppy!

So I can see where you got the name for your dog. Great cat names too. We briefly had a lovely kitten named Loki (mischief) but his time with us was brief as family members had big allergies. I searched high and low for a home for them but no one would take them so had to re-home the cat. Sad story! Enjoy your wonderful cats and I promise I won't say a word that you are contemplating names for "the next ones".



Love the additional funny story!

138Caroline_McElwee
Jul 2, 3:47pm Top

>128 mdoris: sweeeeet.

139jessibud2
Jul 2, 4:14pm Top

>137 mdoris: - Oh yes, Poky Little Puppy was well known in our house. It might have been what finally got my mum to agree to a dog at all. She had always been afraid of dogs but my father, my brother and I finally wore her down with this 5-week old roly poly ball of cuteness. He never did get very big so that helped, too, I am sure. And, for someone who never liked dogs, she certainly got used to him. hH slept mostly on her bed between my parents for the next 15 years!

140vancouverdeb
Jul 2, 7:45pm Top

>135 mdoris: So, you are leaning towards Lucy which is a lovely name ! As for Snorri, I like it, but I think that is male name in Icelandic . Snorra is the female version of Snorri, I`m pretty sure. My sister and my niece both have Icelandic Sheepdogs and they named them Skufti and Skuli, both of which are Icelandic names. Skufti should be properly spelled Skapti, but no one would know how to pronounce it.

141vancouverdeb
Jul 2, 7:49pm Top

Shelley, for some reason my sideways v sign is not working, but Pokey is a fun old fashioned name for a dog! Very cute! Back when I was young, my grandparents each had a dog, Lady and Trixie. So of there time!

The first two dogs my family got were named by my younger brothers, and they were two Cairn Terriers that my brothers name Rascal and Benjy. Now that I think about it, it might have been that the breeder had already named the dogs and our family just kept them. Those are so products of their time. Cute names, but not so much what one would think of now.

142FAMeulstee
Jul 3, 5:59am Top

>128 mdoris: Adorable!

With my own dogs, and the pupppies born here, I mostly went for Greek/Roman/German mythical names.

143BLBera
Jul 4, 10:02am Top

>127 mdoris: Lovely

>128 mdoris: Too cute. Scout also has a new puppy named Jane Goodall. She did name it.

I haven't read a lot of Barnes, Mary, but I also liked A Sense of Ending. The Noise of Time is my favorite, though.

144streamsong
Jul 5, 1:01pm Top

Oooh, puppy! Very very cute!

And I love the names you're contemplating.

I've started The Ghost Walker and am enjoying it very much. Thanks for the rec!

145mdoris
Edited: Jul 6, 12:03pm Top

Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson off the home shelves p. 316



This was a VERY difficult book to read but it was also encouraging that there are HEROES in this world like Bryan Stevenson. I first read an article about him in the NYer mag.years ago-( The Legacy of Lynching, On Death Row -Aug, 22, 2016) and immediately bought this book but it has languished on my shelves. The book has been well read and well reviewed on LT but let me just say it was a real eye opener about extreme racial challenges and injustices. Stevenson is a lawyer who started the non profit organizaton (EJI Equal Justice Initiative) to look at injustices and do something about them. He has looked at these injustices through the eyes of being an African American.

-wrongfully convicted individuals on death row
-capital punishment
-children tried as adults, children with life long prison sentences for non homicide offenses and homicide offenses living in adult prisons
-illegal prosecution offenses that have led to wrongful convictions
-prison conditons/management for men and women
-prison history/policy in the U.S.
..........and more

It is his and his organization's unrelenting pressure that has made significant changes but so many more changes need to happen. Most of the focus of the book is on Alabama.

Stevenson has a TED talks presentation.
https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice?lan...

There is a recent documentary about him "True Justice" (HBO).

He created the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, testaments to the history of slavery, racial inequality and lynching. http://museumandmemorial.eji.org

There will be a film in the future about him, a. film adaptation of his bestseller. “True Mercy,” will open next year with Stevenson played by Michael B. Jordan.

This guy is a hero!

146vancouverdeb
Jul 5, 5:51pm Top

>145 mdoris: That would be a difficult book to read, indeed. Very dark, I would think, though a big eye opener. Back in my universtiy years I recall writing a few essays on capital punishment and how it is not actually a deterrent and is so inhumane. Prison condtions in Canada are bad enough, but the USA is even worse. As I recall, prisons are sort of industry in the USA. I wish followed a more rehabilitative method, such as they have in Norway. Perhaps later on I will watch your TED talk that you have linked.

I am soon off to walk the dog. Not such a great day out today.

147mdoris
Edited: Jul 6, 1:33am Top

>146 vancouverdeb: Deborah, yes a very heart felt book. Years ago I did read Ultimate Punishment by Scott Turow (non fiction) and it too was a very good and interesting book. As a lawyer he says he has had held all the views about capital punishment and sat on both sides of the debate but no longer. He is against it. I agree. As you say it is so inhumane and the justice system makes too many errors and has too many biases.

Puppies are now 10 days old and sleep in one big heap.

No news yet for Denver grandbaby. Due date is tomorrow!

148mdoris
Edited: Jul 6, 1:34am Top

>136 jessibud2:,>138 Caroline_McElwee:, >139 jessibud2:, >140 vancouverdeb:, >142 FAMeulstee: >143 BLBera:, >144 streamsong: Thanks everyone for your positive responses for us getting a new puppy. Love all the naming stories!

149Caroline_McElwee
Jul 6, 3:41am Top

>145 mdoris: I agree that is an excellent book Mary. I have Anthony Rae Hinton's The Sun Does Shine near the top of my book mountain.

150charl08
Jul 6, 5:55am Top

>145 mdoris: Ooh, a new puppy. Please share lots of photos. I am endlessly entertained by tv programmes with puppy related titles - about training them but with the side benefit of lots of cuteness.

Fascinating to hear about the Just Mercy film in production - I wonder if they will be able to do the book justice. The truth is so compelling, I hope they don't feel the need to make it more 'dramatic'.

151streamsong
Jul 6, 10:09am Top

Wow! A new grandbaby, too??!!!! Sweetness for sure!

152vancouverdeb
Jul 6, 6:18pm Top

Oh, such exciting new about the grand-baby soon to arrive -if not today. I watched your TED talk last night and it is really shocking. I can't imagine how hard it must be to be a criminal lawyer - and the statistics that the fellow cites are shocking. And very sad.

153mdoris
Jul 6, 8:03pm Top

>152 vancouverdeb: Thanks for the feedback about watching Bryan Stevenson's TED talk. I will be interested in seeing the movie when it comes out and sadly, I don't have HBO to watch the documentary.

I'll keep you posted about baby news.

154mdoris
Jul 6, 8:05pm Top

>149 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline, I'll be reading your thread for the review of the Hinton book when that happens. I do know what you are saying though about the "book mountain". This is a dangerous place to hang out!

155mdoris
Jul 6, 8:08pm Top

>150 charl08: Charlotte I'm looking forward to the movie "True Mercy" too but hope they can do it with sensitivity but get the big message across.

Yes I'll be posting puppy pictures (twist my arm!)

156mdoris
Jul 6, 8:10pm Top

>151 streamsong: Janet today is the due date but nothing appears to be happening. I'm very excited and we'll be heading to Denver as soon as there is news.

157mdoris
Edited: Jul 6, 9:08pm Top



Heap of puppies. Can you count 7? They are 10 days old.

158msf59
Jul 6, 9:56pm Top

Great review of Just Mercy, Mary. If you post it, I will Thumb it. It was a 5 star read for me.

Hooray for the new puppies. How cute. What is the breed?

159mdoris
Jul 6, 10:16pm Top

>158 msf59: Thanks Mark, I just posted it.

The puppies are standard poodles but I have always said "sub standard" as I have done the clipping/grooming over the years. We have had standards for 32 years because of some family allergies and also because we LOVE them! She will be our fifth one.

160msf59
Jul 6, 10:24pm Top

Thumb!! Hooray for the standard poodle puppies!

161mdoris
Jul 7, 12:44am Top

Thanks Mark for the thumb.

162vancouverdeb
Jul 7, 12:55am Top

Darling little puppies, Mary! Are you able to see them in real life, or just via pictures? Oh, no , I'm sure your poodles are not at all sub - standard , even if you do the clipping and grooming. I always favour a so called puppy cut on most dogs. Poppy is the first dog we have had to take to the groomer. She has that sort of straight Maltese hair, with a bit of a poodle wave - very difficult to groom. With our bichon friese, we did our own grooming and also our border terrier. Geordie the border terrier just needed hand stripping, but over the years that was very time consuming and he was not thrilled with it, so we resorted to giving him a buzz with a shaver . All done by Dave.

Thumbed your review too.

I can't wait to hear about the new grand-baby!

163Familyhistorian
Jul 7, 12:55am Top

The puppies are so cute. Good luck with the naming. We always had fun naming ours and they tended to grow into their names.

164BLBera
Jul 7, 10:27am Top

What cute puppies!

I need to get to Just Mercy - it sounds like one I would love.

165kidzdoc
Jul 9, 6:20am Top

Great review of and comments about Just Mercy, Mary. I'll add it to my wish list.

Congratulations on your new puppies!

166mdoris
Jul 9, 8:15pm Top

>162 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah, yes hoping to see the puppies in real life but not putting any pressure on (yet!). Thanks for the thumb on my review. No baby news as yet.

>163 Familyhistorian: HI Meg, thanks for the puppy encouragement. Yes, the naming is fun and no firm decisions have been made. Might have to see the brown of her eyes to see what suits. Open to suggestions though.........

>164 BLBera: Hi Beth, I think you will be amazed with Just Mercy when you get to it.

>165 kidzdoc: Hi Darryl, thanks for the positive comments on my review. I am posting very few of them these days but always love to see what others have thought of a book.

167mdoris
Jul 9, 8:25pm Top

The Lost Man by Jane Harper off the home shelves p. 337


This is her third mystery published and takes place in the desperately hot and isolated Australian outback. It is about the vile results in a family affected by generations of violence and abuse. I did gallop through it but it might have been my least favourite of her three books.
I could feel the heat while reading it which was nice as we are having quite the cool July so far in our neck of the woods.

168mdoris
Edited: Jul 10, 12:58pm Top

A look at wonderful libraries around the world.
https://bookriot.com/2019/07/10/best-libraries-in-the-world/

My favouirte one, Hogsback Library South Africa. It is only open 2 days a week for an hour each day. It is considered the world's smallest library.

169charl08
Edited: Jul 10, 2:49pm Top

>168 mdoris: Sent it to my mum in the hope she might fit it in on their next trip ...

170BLBera
Jul 11, 9:32am Top

>168 mdoris: Love it - it seems like a tour of the libraries would be a great trip.

171mdoris
Jul 11, 4:38pm Top

>169 charl08:, >170 BLBera: Yes for me Charlotte and Beth the ideal trip would be tours of amazing libraries and outdoor swimming pools.

172Donna828
Jul 11, 9:20pm Top

I’m excited about both the new puppy and the new baby! You must be on pins and needles, Mary. Where do I sign up for the library tour? Molly and I have had fun on our visits to some of the local libraries.

173vancouverdeb
Jul 13, 9:02pm Top

Well, that baby must be on his/ her way very soon, Mary! And the new puppy! Exciting times. Poppy has had a couple of stressful days. Off to the vet for vaccinations on Thursday and to the groomers on Friday. She loathes both places, so I think she is very pleased to find that today holds no horrors.

174Familyhistorian
Jul 13, 11:39pm Top

>167 mdoris: I felt pretty much the same way about The Lost Man, Mary. I'm waiting for another one in the series. Hope it comes soon.

175mdoris
Edited: Jul 16, 12:06pm Top

I have read many/most of Jamie Oliver's cookbooks and followed his passions about food and nutrition.What an amazing guy he is! Now he is has done a documentary about the EVILS of sugar and it is to be watched by everyone. Although the focus is GB it certainly applies to North American needs and disasters (obesity, diabetes, dental challenges for children). This is a CRiSIS. Sugar is hidden in huge quantaties in prepared foods.Michael Pollan had it figured out with his food rules. Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

https://gem.cbc.ca/media/media/documentary-specials/episode-42/38e815a-0111c6e53...

176mdoris
Jul 16, 8:55pm Top

New Denver grandbaby born July 13th. I think she's a beauty. Emily Edith.

177mdoris
Jul 16, 8:59pm Top

>172 Donna828: Donna yes, for sure pins and needles. We are heading there on Friday to visit. Can hardly wait!
>173 vancouverdeb: Love to get the Poppy updates Deborah.
>174 Familyhistorian: Meg sounds like we had similar reactions to the book. i'm waiting too for the next one.

178msf59
Jul 16, 9:00pm Top

Congrats on the new grandbaby, Mary! Emily is beautiful.

I have a copy of The Lost Man. I will to bookhorn it in, in the coming weeks.

179jessibud2
Jul 16, 9:00pm Top

You held out for 3 days before announcing her?! But yes, she is adorable. So perfect! Congrats to all.

180vancouverdeb
Jul 16, 11:24pm Top

Ohhh! Emily Edith is a beauty, Mary! What a wonderful new granddaughter to celebrate!

181mdoris
Jul 17, 12:53am Top

Thanks Mark, Shelley and Deborah, what a lucky gramma I am!

182Caroline_McElwee
Jul 17, 5:40am Top

>176 mdoris: Welcome to the beautiful new grand-baby, Mary.

183mdoris
Jul 18, 2:47am Top

>182 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you Caroline. We head to Denver on Friday to meet the new family member.

184charl08
Jul 19, 5:42pm Top

Congratulations on the new family member - that's such a cute little hat :-)

185Donna828
Jul 21, 5:37pm Top

Awww, what a cutie. You are in Grandma Heaven I’m sure. Nothing better than baby cuddles.

186BLBera
Jul 22, 8:47am Top

>176 mdoris: Congrats, Mary. Love the name. Have fun with the baby.

187mdoris
Edited: Jul 23, 4:31pm Top

Greetings from Denver where it is HOT with thunder and lightening and some flooding. While I thought I had cancelled my holds at the library a few scooted through. I am reading between baby cuddles.

The Wife A Novel by Meg Wolitzer V.I. Library System p. 219



This is a bird's eye view of the writerly life and of a long term marriage with deception making the partners and their family diminished. The plot profiles the challenges of a female writer in a male dominated field.

188vancouverdeb
Jul 23, 1:22am Top

Ohhh lovely, Mary! Baby cuddles. Enjoy wee Emily! I am sure that you are.

189mdoris
Edited: Jul 23, 4:47pm Top

Fun today in the Tattered Cover book store in downtown Denver. Had to find a book for P as he has zoomed through my library books and found him the new Robert MacFarlane book Underland: a deep time journey and for moi a few Laura Pritchett books that people have raved about on LT and that my library system does not have. Also had to buy some early reading chapter books for grandson #1 (now 6) who just finished K and is reading at about a late grade 2 level. He asked me if I had brought any books from Canada!!! (as I am his book gramma!). Also had to buy The Story about Ferdinand about the gentle bull for grandson #2 (now 2). So for sure I'm having fun! And of course squeezing lots of cuddles in with baby now a week old who is growing before our eyes!

190Donna828
Jul 25, 9:08pm Top

Mary, I hope you love the Laura Pritchett books. She is among my favorite Colorado authors. Peter Heller is my Number One. I’ve also loved everything by the late Kent Haruf. Do you know when you’re going back to see Miss Emily Edith? As you know, babies change way too quickly.

191bell7
Jul 26, 8:29am Top

Awww, what a precious grandbaby! Hope you're getting lots of baby cuddles.

192mdoris
Jul 26, 3:43pm Top

Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon V.I. Library System p. 256


Another one squeezed by the hold on reserves at the library but I'm happy about that as I always like Donna Leon's mysteries.

I love being a fly on the wall in Venice (way too crowded with tourists though).
i love the way she writes about yummy Italian food.
I love how she writes about the intimacy of family life.
I love the mild twists that she gives to view human character good and bad.
One of my favorite characters is Signorina Elettra Zorzi the brilliant secretary.
I have watched all or most of the Commissario Brunetti DVDs so happily "watch" the plot as it unfolds in the story.
This one did not disappoint.

193Caroline_McElwee
Jul 26, 5:56pm Top

It's years since I read a Donna Leon.

Grandma and grandbaby photo?

194mdoris
Edited: Jul 26, 8:09pm Top

>193 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks Caroline....here goes. This is Emily Edith a week old.

195mdoris
Jul 26, 7:38pm Top

Thank you visitors. I'll respond soon. With travel and some computer troubles it has been hard to keep up!

196msf59
Edited: Jul 26, 8:38pm Top

>194 mdoris: Love the photos. Go Baby Emily.

Nice book haul up there. I also like Pritchett. I loved The Blue Hour and I have Stars Go Blue on my Kindle.

197jessibud2
Jul 26, 8:56pm Top

>194 mdoris: - Lovely pics, Mary!

198vancouverdeb
Jul 27, 4:54pm Top

Such wonderful pix of you and P and Emily Edith! Dave and I had a lot of fun yesterday playing tea party with 16 month old Melissa! :-) She sure loved her new tea set. Grandma and Grandpa sure drank a lot of imaginary tea and calorie free treats by Fisher Price. Enjoy your travel time and I hope your computer is soon doing better.

199Caroline_McElwee
Jul 27, 6:01pm Top

>194 mdoris: Lovely to see you all Mary. What a sweet little package, and proud grandparents.

200Familyhistorian
Jul 27, 8:56pm Top

Great pictures of Emily Edith! I am sure you were so happy to finally get your cuddles in.

201BLBera
Jul 28, 1:34pm Top

Great pics, Mary. You are so lucky to have some reading grandsons as well. Your book buying adventure sounds like a lot of fun. I really enjoyed The Wife. After I read it, I watched the film, which I thought was very good as well. I was really glad I read the book first though.

202mdoris
Jul 28, 4:17pm Top

Sorry for my delay. Life has been busy.

>184 charl08: Charlotte, thanks for the congratulaltions. She is a cutie pie.
>185 Donna828: Donna you are completely right. Baby cuddles are the best!
>186 BLBera: Thanks Beth. I love the name too! I bet they will call her Em.
>188 vancouverdeb: Thanks Deborah. It was hard to leave and say goodbye but they plan to visit B.C. in September.
>190 Donna828: Donna I will have to read Peter Heller now with your great recommendation.
>191 bell7: Oh another Mary, nice to see you visit! Thanks for the good wishes.
>196 msf59: Good to get the Pritchett recommendation Mark.
>197 jessibud2: Thank you Shelley. She is so tiny!
>198 vancouverdeb: Deborah your tea party sounded like so much fun. I wonder if I can have as much fun drinking imaginary wine!
>199 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline, thank you! Wish Denver wasn't so far away!
>200 Familyhistorian: Thanks Meg. Good to get back to some B.C. weather though. Wow, Denver was HOT!
>201 BLBera: Beth I hope to watch the film of The Wife soon too. I thought the book was very well done and glad I read it first.

203streamsong
Edited: Jul 29, 3:06pm Top

Lovely lovely photos of Emily Edith (as well as grandma and grandpa). Welcome to the world, little one!

Drat - the Jamie Oliver video link isn't available outside of Canada. I just watched a DVD called Hungry for Change. I know I'm badly addicted to both sweets and carbs and am working on a lifestyle makeover to shed pounds and make life easier for my knee.

Like Beth, I enjoyed both the book and the movie of The Wife.

Looks like I need to keep an eye out for books by Laura Pritchett.

204mdoris
Aug 1, 11:12pm Top

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson V.I. Library System p. 352



This book was the most recent romp through the world of Jackson Brodie. There were many characters and mates and complexity of plot but all was tied neatly at the end. Atkinson loves to play with language and music titles and plays with puns and double entendres so there is fun to be had in this world of very shady characters.

205Familyhistorian
Aug 3, 9:56pm Top

>204 mdoris: This one has been making the rounds on LT lately. I'm still on number 3 in the Jackson Brodie series so I have this to look forward to.

I hope you are having a good long weekend, Mary.

206mdoris
Aug 4, 2:08am Top

>205 Familyhistorian: Meg you are wise to read the Brodie stories in order. I didn't and have read 3 out of the 5 but read the others so long ago that I don't remember about him and his various relationships. I think this most recent one can be read as a stand alone one though. We have our daughter #3 visiting from Denver right now (escaping the heat) with her 2 little cutie pie boys 6 and 2. We are so lucky with the B.C. weather for lots of fun in the sun water time. Not much reading being done at all!

207mdoris
Edited: Aug 5, 3:36pm Top

>203 streamsong: Janet thank you for the good wishes for Emily. She is doing well!

Sorry to hear that the Jamie Oliver sugar video was not available for you. Sugar is apparently more addictive than cocaine and is a hard one to beat. I guess we should have no more than 7 tsp. per day but on the video he shows a small jar of sauce for a stir fry having 22 tsp. that would easily be added to a dinner portion. Yikes. It is the lurking additive sugar that we have to be on the lookout for.

Glad that you liked the book and movie for The Wife. I will have to watch the movie now!

Not much reading getting done here.

208PaulCranswick
Aug 5, 1:13pm Top

>204 mdoris: I am impressed Mary by how many of my peers have read this book this year in the group. Atkinson is from Yorkshire like myself so I always like to see her being praised!
I still have one more of the Jackson Brodie series to go before I get to that one.

209Caroline_McElwee
Aug 8, 6:46pm Top

Well the grandbaby has arrived Mary, but when does the new doggie cross the threshold?

210Familyhistorian
Aug 17, 5:23pm Top

>207 mdoris: I entered a pasta supper that I had eaten on the food/exercise counter I use and was shocked when the pasta sauce landed so high on sugar. It didn’t taste that sweet.

211FAMeulstee
Yesterday, 6:29pm Top

>207 mdoris: Sugar is very addictive, it took me two years. At first I allowed myself some sugar on special occasions, but then I longed for sugar for a week after. So then I tossed it completely for nearly two years. Now I am back to allowed on special occasions, without having trouble afterwards. But it was hard to go completely sugar free, reading labels I found sugar in many products where I didn't expect it.

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