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1. American Authors

1. The Thin Man- 4.5 stars
2. Diary of a Mad Diva- 3 stars
3. Cotton Comes to Harlem- 4 stars
4. Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day- 3 stars
5. The Day of the Locust- 4.5 stars
6. Mark Twain in Hawaii- 3.5 stars
7. The Yellow Wallpaper- 4 stars
8. Devil In A Blue Dress- 4 stars
9. The Lost Weekend- 3 stars
10. The Descendants- 4.5 stars


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2. Travel, Food, Music, Art, T.V., Plays

1. Twinkie, Deconstructed- 3 stars
2. Punk Rock Blitzkrieg- 5 stars
3. One-Dish Vegetarian Meals- 4 stars
4. Bill Bryson's African Diary- 4 stars
5. Niagara Falls 4 stars
6. Toast 4.5 stars
7. The Maple Syrup Book 4.5 stars
8. Pufnstuf & Other Stuff 4.5 stars
9. Oliver Reed: Movie Top 10- 3 stars
10. The Merry Wives of Windsor 3.5 stars


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3. Books I Need To Read

1. Unabrow- 4 stars
2. A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain- 4.5 stars
3. The Mushroom Hunters- 4.5 stars
4. Psmith, Journalist- 4 stars

5. Silver Screen Fiend- 4 stars
6. The Skeleton Crew-4.5 stars
7. Locke & Key 4- 4 stars
8. So You've Been Publicly Shamed- 4.5 stars

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5. Mystery & Noir

1. The Man in the Brown Suit 4 stars
2. The Torn Branch 3.5 stars
3. Woman in the Dark 3 stars
4. Tears of the Giraffe- 4 stars
5. Looking For Chet Baker- 4 stars
6. The 39 Steps- 3.5 stars

7. Hide & Seek- 3.5 stars
8. The Tuesday Club Murders- 4 stars
9. The World's Most Popular Classics- Sherlock Holmes- 4.5 stars
10. Witness For The Prosecution & Other Stories- 4 stars


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8. Non-Fiction

1. The Angry Island- 4.5
2. Stacked- 3 stars
3. Sorry! The English and Their Manners 3.5 stars
4. How To Eat Out- 3 stars
5. Bats in Question- 4.5 stars
6. Among the Gently Mad- 4.5 stars
7. Rebel Rebel: Anti-Style- 4 stars
8. At Home With Books- 5 stars

9. Everything is Going to Be Great- 2 stars
10. Infested- 3.5 stars


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9. Autumn/Halloween

1. The Horror Of It All- 4.5 stars

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10. Everything Else

1. Dogs in Cars- 3 stars
2. Novel Living- 3 stars
3. Are You Dissing Me?- 3 stars
4. Kafka's Soup- 3.5 stars
5. The Little Free Library Book- 4.5 stars
6. The Double Dealer- 3.5 stars

7. Steal Her Style- 4.5 stars
8. Interior Desecrations- 4.5 stars
9. Locke & Key: Clockworks- 4 stars
10. Novel Interiors- 3.5 stars


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How fitting is this?

66. Steal Her Style by Sarah Kennedy. Everything Else. Using fashion icons, this book breaks down different styles and shows how a look is put together. So you have Elizabeth Taylor listed as "Hollywood Glamour" and there are pictures of her, styles that she wore, then a listing of what to look for when shopping for clothes in her style. There are the people you'd expect on a list like this- Hepburn, Monroe, Jackie O, Grace Kelly. But there are also women who personified other styles, like Louise Brooks, Wallis Simpson, Joan Jett, Francoise Hardy, and Debbie Harry. 4.5 stars

Jul 8, 2015, 8:30 pm

Happy new thread and what a perfect book to lead this thread with! I must track that one down.

Jul 8, 2015, 9:26 pm

I would like that hat in Category 3 please! Smashing.

Happy new thread!

Jul 8, 2015, 10:20 pm

>13 rabbitprincess: I don't know, there's a lot to be said for the hat in Category 10!

Happy New Thread!

Jul 9, 2015, 2:37 am

Love the title of your new thread!

Jul 9, 2015, 11:50 am

>12 lkernagh: It's fun to see all the different styles and have them broken down into clothes, shoes, jewelry, hair and make-up. The author isn't always right though. She says that Brigette Bardot was the star of "Babydoll", but that was Carol Baker. She calls Joan Jett's signature haircut a mullet when it was a shag, gets Debbie Harry's first band wrong and calls Elizabeth Taylor's beauty "largely indistinguishable from her peers". So, there are issues, but I'd still recommend it.

>13 rabbitprincess: A two foot hat brim would be very nice for keeping the sun out. And I love a scheming Scarlett.

>14 DeltaQueen50: Doesn't it look like it would weigh 50 pounds? You need guts to put that on. And plenty of room from the next seat.

>15 MissWatson: Thanks! Glad to see you here!

Jul 9, 2015, 3:11 pm

Our Chocolate Lab, Greta, had some mammary tumors removed yesterday. We got her back last night, and she's doing better than expected. At least she's eating everything she's offered, so that's good. I hope it helps her to forgive us.

This morning we drove across town to the baking supply store so I could stock up for whatever I'll end up making for the state fair. I usually have a pretty good idea by now, but I only have a vague notion right now. I always enter three things, and it Helps A Lot/ Doesn't Help At All that every time I get an idea, Mike starts expanding on it, making it grander. Anyway, I came away with lots of different extracts, boxes and a tub of pretty shimmering gold sanding sugar.

Jul 9, 2015, 3:45 pm

Take care of Greta, and give her lots of pats.

I'm looking forward with anticipation to the pictures of your entries!

Jul 9, 2015, 9:16 pm

She seems to be taking it as sweetly as she did before. This is the second time she's had mammary tumors removed, and she's such a good patient.
I'll post pics of my entries for sure. The fair doesn't start until mid-October but you have to have your form with the exact things sent in much earlier, so I really need to decide soon.

Jul 10, 2015, 2:23 am

I wish I had Mike's help with entries for our Fall Fair! I've been known to give up right before the fair opens. I hope you post photos of the items, grand or not!

Regards for a speedy recovery to Greta.

Jul 10, 2015, 8:59 am

Stopping by with healthy recovery thoughts for Greta and, like others, looking forward to see what you decide to bake for the fair.

Edited: Jul 10, 2015, 1:01 pm

>20 VivienneR: Thank you.
He gets so into thinking up stuff for me to make that it's hilarious. It's clearly a "if I could eat anything in the world..." situation.

>21 lkernagh: Thank you, and I'm happy that she's back on her feet with the tail wagging. And accepting every bite offered and every back rub, just like normal.
I'm going to push myself to bake one or two things this weekend and narrow things down.
And each year they've been pushing the fair back by a week or so, this this year it starts in the middle of October, so slightly cooler weather.

I pulled my copy of Emma off the shelf to start for the Jane Austen group read, and I was surprised by how much I hated my copy. It's ugly and yellowed.


So I ran to the library for a better copy, and found that their one copy was in worse shape than mine, with part of the cover torn off. I went to the criticism section, because sometimes they shelve the fiction in there too, and found the Harold Bloom study of Emma to be filled with underlining and notations. Cretins.

Jul 10, 2015, 2:35 pm

>22 mstrust: I recently splurged on this:

It is from the Penguin Classics Deluxe Threads series. Jane is worth it, I think.

Jul 10, 2015, 3:52 pm

Happy new thread!

Cretins is a nice word for fiends who mark up books that don't belong to them! Do they also spray graffiti on walls and key other people's cars?

Edited: Jul 10, 2015, 4:16 pm

>23 sturlington: That's a pretty cover, much better than mine, which looks like a 5th grader drew it. Jane is certainly worth a nice, new copy, which I'll pick up this weekend. Are you doing the group read?

>24 mamzel: Thanks!
I picture them living in absolute squalor, since they clearly can't stand for anything to be clean or in good condition.

Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt has just arrived today so I've dropped everything to start it.

Jul 10, 2015, 4:35 pm

>25 mstrust: I'm so far behind, I'm still reading Mansfield Park! I will probably try to get to Sense and Sensibility as well, as that's the only other Austen I haven't read at least once.

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I have yet to read both Emma and Persuasion, so I'm looking forward to them. Group reads are a great way to force myself to actually read books that Have been on my shelf for years. I'm right around 3500 books in the house and lots of them, I can remember where or when I acquired them, but I'm blanking on how I ended up with this copy of Emma.

Anyone else watching Wayward Pines? I love it and it's down to the last two episodes. Got a new series to get hold of...

Jul 11, 2015, 5:58 am

So, tell me about Wayward Pines. I'm watching the UK version (i.e.. the original) of Being Human, but when that is finished I will be at loose ends, Poldark only airing once a week.

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Wayward Pines is a beautiful little town somewhere. It look like the Pacific Northwest, with the town surrounded by a forest and everyone wearing coats and flannel. CIA Agent Burke and his partner are sent to look for two other agents who were in the area 5 weeks before, and have lost contact since. Burke is in a car accident and wakes up in the Wayward Pines hospital, where he seems to be the only patient. I don't want to give too much away, but it's creepy and unsettling, but for much of it, you don't know why.
I'm also happy that PBS is airing season two of "Silk", the barrister/courtroom drama.

And, guess what else is promising to return soon? Sherlock! Yea!!!

67. Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt. Books I Need To Read. A memoir about Oswalt's start and career in stand-up, wound through with his obsession with seeing (mostly) old movie at the rep theaters in L.A. He discusses great films, like "Sunset Boulevard", a weekend Hammer movie binge, and the horrible film that finally broke him of his several-a-week movie diet. This is a fun book, even if it isn't written as a comedic autobiography, but when he describes hearing actor Lawrence Tierney mumbling behind him during "Citizen Kane", or a long ago acquaintance twisting his arm to help him get a t.v. show, it's funny. I'd wanted to read this one since it came out, so I devoured it in one day. 4 stars

Here's a short clip of Oswalt discussing the book and that awful movie that was the last straw.

I've also been meaning to mention that I've finally seen a whole Anna May Wong movie. She's my glamor girl for my "World Authors" category, peeking through the leaves. The movie was "The Toll of the Sea" from 1922. I'd seen part of another of her movies before, but she was the star of this one. She was a very good actress, the film was shot with a new type of camera that showed red, green and brown colors, so a very early version of techicolor. The story was predictable, about a girl abandoned by her fickle husband.

Jul 12, 2015, 1:48 pm

It's been a while since I posted a gratuitous book pic:

Jul 12, 2015, 1:55 pm

Thanks! I'll add Wayward Pines and Silk to my list of possible series.

Jul 12, 2015, 9:18 pm

I hope you like it, if you do end up watching. I forgot to add that another favorite is "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell" on BBCAmerica. I haven't read the book yet, but it's on the shelf.

Jul 12, 2015, 10:03 pm

I finished my Frankenstein tiki yesterday!

Jul 13, 2015, 5:20 pm

>33 mstrust: Oh, I like this one a lot!

Jul 13, 2015, 10:07 pm

Happy new thread!

>33 mstrust:
I agree with DeltaQueen50 - that one is very cool!

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>34 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy! I'm really happy with how it turned out.

>35 -Eva-: Thanks and thanks! You can barely see it in the pic, but he has bolts carved into the sides of his neck.

It's author Nick Bantock's birthday. I got to interview him once, when The Morning Star was released. He's an amazingly intelligent and interesting guy.

Jul 14, 2015, 8:16 pm

>23 sturlington: I like that old cover!

>22 mstrust: You are right. That is not the most exciting old cover.

Edited: Jul 16, 2015, 12:07 pm

>37 thornton37814: No, it's a downright ugly cover!

68. Hide & Seek by Ian Rankin. Mystery & Crime. In the second book of the Inspector Rebus series, Rebus checks out the death scene of a junkie in an Edinburgh squat. There are aspects that look ritualistic, from the placement of the body, the candles, the drawing on the wall, though it's also clear the deceased had recently shot heroin. Rebus works to figure out if it was suicide or murder, while also finding that his new commander has volunteered him to head a drug prevention team that brings him into contact with the city's elite.
Interesting premise, good mystery, though there are some cheesy parts that are likely from Ranking being a young writer at this point. 3.5 stars

Greta has had two more visits to the vet since her operation a week ago. She's had complications, mainly because she moves around so much, and she turned out to be allergic to the first pain meds, so she's had everything changed. This morning's visit went well and he says she'll be healed up in a few weeks.

Jul 16, 2015, 3:26 pm

Get well, Greta.

I like your Tiki, especially his teeth.

Jul 16, 2015, 5:49 pm

Thanks Alison. Greta will be 11 in October and I want the rest of her life to be carefree and filled with hugs and treats.
And you can't have a Frankenstein without jacked-up teeth!

Jul 17, 2015, 9:24 am

Glad to hear that Greta is on the mend and nice review of the Rankin book. I have a copy of that one lurking on my TBR bookshelves.

Jul 17, 2015, 12:53 pm

Thanks Lori!
I look forward to my next Rebus, but I also need to get back to several other detectives- Poirot, Bony, Dalgliesh, Alleyn, Gently and Morse. So many murders :D

Jul 18, 2015, 1:42 pm

Hunter S. Thompson's birthday!

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I got a lovely and unexpected gift yesterday.
A friend from L.A. that we hadn't seen in about 16 years brought his wife to visit us a few weeks ago. We hit it off, and over a few days I told her that my house was filled with books, and that I like tofu, and Mike relayed the story of me getting seasick on a San Francisco cruise (ha ha). Judy told me that her hobby was working with paper, like making stationary. I didn't know that she makes bookmarks. So this box of origami and beaded bookmarks was a real surprise. They're so pretty! And some of the beaded bookmarks are shaped like Christmas trees. Plus, she sent a handmade card with a hula girl and hibiscus flowers, because of my tikis. She also included two packages of the Japanese tofu burger mix she uses, and a bag of ginger candy for motion sickness. Can you get any nicer than that? No, you can't.

origami bookmark in action!

Jul 19, 2015, 4:13 pm

Lovely bookmarks! So original!

Jul 19, 2015, 4:52 pm

>44 mstrust:
What a great gift!!

Jul 19, 2015, 10:01 pm

It always so nice when you know that the gifter really put some thought into what would really suit you. Enjoy those beautiful bookmarks!

Edited: Jul 20, 2015, 12:47 pm

>45 lkernagh: >46 -Eva-: Perfect for an avid reader. You can't tell from the pic, but it's double-sided and fits over the corner of the page, keeping the place without created a bump at all.
>47 DeltaQueen50: Everything in the box proved that she was listening to my ramblings! Who knew?

69. Everything Is Going To Be Great by Rachel Shukert. Non-Fiction. An autobiographical account of the author's time traveling Europe, mostly as an extra with a traveling theater company.
I read up to page 170, out of 309, then decided I'd had enough. I don't know how much of this book is actually true, as there are several conversations that sound contrived, and it's hard to believe that someone makes so many horrible decisions, yet is still alive. Shukert seems to think that being stupid and gross is the same as having a personality. She can write, and some of the stuff is amusing, but I couldn't go on after she writes about being sexually assaulted by two acquaintances, whom she gets away from, and not only doesn't call the police, but simply tells her roommate that she's had a rough night. I just can't relate to the way her brain works. 2 stars

Jul 21, 2015, 12:43 pm

>44 mstrust: Aw, I love gifts like that, when there's real thought behind them. I personally wouldn't be able to use the origami bookmarks (they'd be ruined in less than a day, and I'm addicted to Last Line bookmarks - which don't get ruined easily) but they're incredibly pretty. I love origami. And the paper's really lovely too!

And the other gifts, how thoughtful!

Jul 21, 2015, 2:35 pm

I'm careful with these because I don't want them to get ruined after the effort it must have taken to make them. I don't know Last Line bookmarks, but they must be made of steel.
I'll have to pick up some tofu and try out these tofu burger mixes. I know that Mike won't touch it.

Jul 21, 2015, 2:48 pm

>50 mstrust: Last Lines are plastic. They're a bit like huge paperclips but they don't hurt the pages like paperclips do. And they have a "peephole" that you make the exact lines you last read (hence the name).

Edited: Jul 22, 2015, 11:46 am

They sound very useful; I'll keep my eye out for that name. Thanks!

T.v. party tonight!

and, the last episode of Wayward Pines

It's Stephen Vincent Benet's birthday. He's one of my favorite writers, yet I think this is the first time I've seen his photo. It's just lousy that he's largely been forgotten.

Jul 22, 2015, 12:44 pm

>52 mstrust: They are. I love them.

They look like this:

Jul 22, 2015, 3:18 pm

Thanks for the pic; nope I've never seen those before. Very handy to have the exact line to pick up on pointed out.

Jul 22, 2015, 3:31 pm

Yeah, it's very helpful for those of us who aren't very good at remembering exactly where we were.
You might need to put the bookmark over two or three pages depending on the thickness of the pages.

Edited: Jul 23, 2015, 12:29 am

>55 PawsforThought: Thanks!

70. The Skeleton Crew by Deborah Halber. Books I Need To Read. Halber traveled throughout the U.S., visiting people who work on, and sometimes solve, cold cases. She met with detectives, coroners and forensic doctors, and relatives of the missing, but the focus of the book is primarily on amateur sleuths, the people who spend their time on websites devoted to missing and unidentified persons. These are people who spend their free time trying to match unidentified remains, many of them decades old, that have been logged by police, to missing persons reports or descriptions of missing loved ones posted by relatives. These are the really cold cases, ones the police have often given up on ever solving, and the author meets with the factory workers and housewives who have done it.
The author is part of the story, giving a real first person feel of what it takes to investigate one of these cases, and many times is presented with the life story of someone who is missing by someone who loves them. She often describes what she sees ruthlessly, describing one sleuth as "a troll of a woman" and describing how dirty the woman's house is, or saying that one coroner has grasshopper legs, or calling out a sleazy hotel on its false advertising. It all creates a vivid portrait and an excellent read. 4.5 stars

Jul 23, 2015, 5:49 am

>56 mstrust: That sounds like a fun book. The author, however, is never going to be invited into my house! Who knows what she would find.

Jul 23, 2015, 2:57 pm

It's really fascinating- I kept longing to pick it up again when I had to put it down.
I think the author was less than kind to that woman because she didn't like her. She fills the reader in on a pretty vicious feud this woman had online with other websleuths (that's what they're called), and leaves the reader to question the woman's claims of looking for a missing loved one. The author wants the reader to be aware that there is real competition between sleuths, between sleuth websites, and between sleuths and police.

Jul 23, 2015, 2:59 pm

>56 mstrust: The Skeleton Crew sounds really interesting and is being added to my wish list.

Jul 23, 2015, 3:07 pm

I hope you find it and like it as much as I did!

Today is Raymond Chandler's birthday. He's another that I've really liked for years, yet I'd never seen a photo of... and he looks just like I'd expect. Very Chandler-y and seems to be considering shooting someone.

Jul 25, 2015, 3:39 pm

Yesterday was fun- I finally got to meet my long-time LT buddy, markwinston! He and his family were passing through Phoenix and we met at the art museum for a few hours.

Jul 26, 2015, 1:05 pm

I've been going through my recipes trying to figure out what I'll enter for the state fair and I have to have my entry form in within 4 weeks. I've been making maple and pumpkin stuff, and I'm thinking I may even enter some candy for the first time. Part of the delay isn't my fault though- they just got the info and rules up on the website two days ago!

Autumn alert- for those of us who are sick of summer, I hear that Michael's and Joann's Fabric has a bunch of Halloween and Autumn stuff out for sale!

Jul 26, 2015, 2:26 pm

>61 mstrust: Yay, LT meetup! :)

>62 mstrust: Wow, Halloween stuff out already??

Jul 26, 2015, 2:38 pm

Mmmmmm.... maple!

I had a work colleague mention recently that there are only 22 more Saturdays until Christmas.... and she was starting to panic because they usually decorate the exterior of their house as part of the Christmas lights tour. ;-0

..... which means I need to start thinking about any homemade Christmas decorations I may think about making this year for gift giving. Where does the time go!?

Edited: Jul 26, 2015, 2:56 pm

>63 rabbitprincess: Even though I'm happy to finally meet him, I hate seeing pictures of myself so much that I debated whether to put it up! So just look around me.
Yes, Halloween stuff! Proof that there are people like me who desperately want summer to be over. I would knock it right off the calendar if I could.

>64 lkernagh: Mmmmm, maple is right. So good. And, I tried a recipe that called for some Lyle's Golden Syrup, which I happened to have in the pantry even though I'd never tasted it before. Wow, it tastes like toffee!
I know, once we get into October the rest of the year goes by and three months feels like one.

Jul 26, 2015, 2:58 pm

My Dad always has a tin of Lyle's Golden Syrup on hand because that is the only thing he will pour over pancakes.

Jul 26, 2015, 3:12 pm

How can I have gone all this time without ever tasting it? My mom had a stepmother from New Zealand who loved the stuff, especially in oatmeal, I think.

Jul 26, 2015, 3:37 pm

I have never thought to try it with oatmeal. I always add brown sugar to oatmeal. Must remember the next time I head home.... I will raid Dad's supply for my oatmeal experiment. ;-)

Jul 27, 2015, 2:03 pm

I always add brown sugar to my oatmeal too, but toffee flavored oatmeal sounds pretty great.
So besides baking Autumn stuff, I've been seeing signs in other places. We walked around an indoor swap meet last week and many stalls we're selling Halloween decorations, and I've been seeing Autumn shows on tv, like a Halloween episode of P. Allen Smith and an all pumpkin episode of Martha Stewart Bakes. I know they're reruns, but they're still fun.

And here's a GBP. It's the rare book room at Black Swan Books in Lexington, KY, and it's kinda big, but the smaller version made it hard to see the books. I love the green fireplace.

Jul 27, 2015, 3:58 pm

Another brown sugar in oatmeal addict over here!

>69 mstrust: Love the bookcases in that photo - big and tall (almost all the way to the pretty high ceiling!) as bookcases should be.
And I while I personally have an aversion to tile-clad fireplaces, the surround was very nice! :)

Jul 27, 2015, 5:40 pm

I can totally understand why you love the fireplace. Love that shade of green with the white mantlepane!

Edited: Jul 27, 2015, 6:39 pm

>70 PawsforThought: And sometimes I go crazy and add cinnamon, raisins and nuts to my oatmeal.

>71 lkernagh: From what the pic shows, it looks like a beautiful shop, even with the metal rolling cart. Seems like they trust their customers not to break their nice things.

Found more pics-

Jul 27, 2015, 6:39 pm

>72 mstrust: I always have cinnamon on my oatmeal. It's not oatmeal without cinnamon in my book. No raisins but I add chopped almonds sometimes (luxury breakfast!) - I'm sure hazelnuts would be great too.

Jul 27, 2015, 8:07 pm

I could spend a happy few hours browsing in the Black Swan!

Jul 28, 2015, 11:54 am

>73 PawsforThought: Hazelnuts would be good, or toasted walnuts and cinnamon. I've put fresh blueberries and cinnamon too and it's delicious.

>74 DeltaQueen50: Me too. It looks like someone intentionally designed it to look like the welcoming home of a book lover.

Did you know that it's National Milk Chocolate Day?

Jul 28, 2015, 5:12 pm

That milk chocolate would be a puddle here! We're having a heat wave, and it's humid, too :(

Edited: Jul 29, 2015, 11:45 am

Oops, double post!

Jul 29, 2015, 11:43 am

Here too, as we're averaging 107 this week, and expecting a monsoon today, which doesn't make things cooler but adds a steaminess. But we save chocolate by keeping it in the fridge.

And we've got a repairman here who says our four year old washing machine will cost as much to fix as a new one. This is the third time we've had to have this machine looked at in the past two years, so I guess we're buying a new one.

Jul 29, 2015, 12:23 pm

>69 mstrust: & >72 mstrust: What a beautiful bookstore! It doesn't even look like a store.

>78 mstrust: Appliances are not made to last nowadays. A part for my stove cost so much I would have preferred a new stove for very little extra. I won't have the washer repaired either, for the same reason. And don't even mention kitchen faucets. I've just been through the mill on that topic.

Better load up on chocolate! Melted or cold, you can't go wrong!

Jul 29, 2015, 12:59 pm

It's appalling that a major appliance is so poorly made- not just for the customer, but for the planet. I know someone will snatch it up when we put it at the sidewalk, but with high efficiency that's suppose to save water and electricity, it doesn't count if you need to replace in a quarter of the time as the old ones.
It's a Sears Kenmore HE top loader, and it's a lemon.

Edited: Jul 29, 2015, 9:46 pm

71. The Little Nugget by P.G. Wodehouse. World Authors. The little nugget is the fat, jaded Ford boy, the only child of his wealthy, divorced parents. The parents are constantly having people kidnap the boy from each other, so that he isn't bothered at all when a stranger scoops him up. Wealthy Peter Burns has recently become engaged to a girl in the mother's circle, and to prove his love to her he agrees to be the latest kidnapper. He gets a teaching position as the boy's school and waits for his chance, but finds that he isn't the only one. And worse, the girl who jilted him five years before makes a living by watching the boy.
This is a very early Wodehouse, around 1913, I think. He isn't quite as funny as he would become later, but it's definitely Wodehouse, even with a chapter delving into Burns' broken engagement and introspection into his unhappiness. People "shimmer" out of rooms and there's a character named Glossop. I wouldn't recommend this one for someone wanting to try out Wodehouse, but it's not bad for his fans. 3.5 stars

Edited: Jul 30, 2015, 2:17 pm

It's National Cheesecake Day! Have all you want.

It's nearly August, so of course it's time to be thinking about my Autumn/Halloween reads. I'm almost ready to put up my list of "for sures" and "possibilities" and they are looking like a looong list.

Jul 30, 2015, 2:18 pm

I bought a Sears Kenmore washer because that's what I grew up with and the washer my parents were still using well into my thirties. And it was a lemon. Four major repairs in five years and because I had the extended warranty and had already paid, I had to wait for the repairmen to come, once for six weeks! When it breaks again, it will be replaced. Not a Kenmore. I think they used to be very good. We also bought a new fridge, also Kenmore, and we had to replace it after two years, which is just ridiculous.

Jul 30, 2015, 2:24 pm

Yes, it seems like the brand is coasting on the reliable name it built decades ago. My parents also had a Kenmore washer and dryer that lasted until I was out of the house. So we'll be buying a different brand for sure. Ridiculous. A washing machine should last longer than a throw rug.

Jul 30, 2015, 4:25 pm

>81 mstrust: Ooh, I'm not familiar with that one! Sounds good, I'll remember that for the future. I have about half a dozen Wodehouse books (Jeeves & Wooster only, so far but I'm planning on getting at least eh Psmith and Blandings books too) and they have the same type of cover!

For people discussing washing machines - when it comes to household appliances I've always stuck to German brands (as have my parents and at least one granparent before me) - they're still good quality. Might be a bit pricey sometimes but they last.

Jul 30, 2015, 8:39 pm

I too stuck to Jeeves for many years, never realizing that he created other characters that were nearly as funny. I've enjoyed some Psmith and Blandings very much. I really liked Cocktail Time, with the main character of Uncle Fred.

I don't believe I know of a German washing machine.

Jul 31, 2015, 4:22 am

>86 mstrust: The gold standard in German washing machines is Miele. My friend's family owned theirs for forty years without a single repair. They replaced it to economise on the energy it consumed. The second Miele has been running for fifteen years without trouble. But nowadays all household appliances probably contain too many electronics. Those are the first thing that breaks.

Jul 31, 2015, 2:58 pm

Sounds exceptional. It would be great to have something that doesn't break down every 16 months. Kenmore used to be a dependable brand.
I don't know what we'll end up with. Mike has been working so many hours this week that we haven't had a chance to look.

As threatened, here are some of the books on my Ridiculously Early Autumn Reading List. This is a partial list, as I don't feel like hauling a second stack from two floors up at the moment. If a book has a "D" next to the title, it means I'm definitely going to read it. All others are possibilities, and feel free to try and sway me to make it definite.

The Monk
The Great Ghost Rescue- D
Full Dark, No Stars
In A Glass Darkly
Backyard Giants- D
The Curse of the Blue Figurine- D
The Letter, The Witch and the Ring
The Horror in the Museum
Hollow City- D
Great Ghost Stories (Watermill Classics)

Jul 31, 2015, 3:07 pm

And oh! It's J.K. Rowling's birthday!

Jul 31, 2015, 3:20 pm

>89 mstrust: I believe J. K. Rowling is the featured star on Who Do You Think You Are? this Sunday night on TLC. (9 pm Eastern)

Jul 31, 2015, 9:18 pm

Interesting- I've watched the Martin Shaw episode!

Here is what I think is the remainder of my Autumn reading list:

Jane Slayre
A Grim Almanac of Cambridgeshire- D
The Devil in the White City
Dreadfully Ever After
Smoke and Mirrors- D
The Night Circus
Ray Villafane's Pumpkins- D
Pumpkins -D
A New England Autumn- D

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LT friend markwinston and his family came to Phoenix again this weekend, and Mike and I met them at the Heard Museum. It had been about 10 years since Mike and I had been there, so it was nice to see it again, and that they had expanded their collection to include some of the native Hawaiians, Alaskans and Africas. And they still have the world's largest kachina/katsina collection.

Something to look forward to; a new book of mostly previously unpublished fiction and essays from Shirley Jackson.

Aug 2, 2015, 2:37 pm

Yey for LT meetup and double-yey for double-meetup! :) I love Kachinas - putting Heard Museum on the bucket-list, for sure!!

Aug 2, 2015, 3:21 pm

And I hope you do make it out here to see it.
There's a museum in L.A. that Mike and I went to many times when we lived there. I think it was called The Museum of the West, so it may be the current Autry Museum. Anyway, lots of cool Native American displays that I remember leaning heavily on the Alaskan tribes.

And I agree, yea for LT meet-ups! It's great to finally meet someone I've been talking to for several years.

Edited: Aug 2, 2015, 3:42 pm

I was probably the Southwest Museum of the American Indian (in Pasadena), which is indeed part of the Autry National Center. Great place!

Edited: Aug 3, 2015, 12:05 pm

>95 -Eva-: That seems likely. I know they changed the name, but it sounds like it.

72. The Tuesday Club Murders, aka The Thirteen Problems, by Agatha Christie. Mystery & Crime. Gathered at his aunt Jane Marple's cottage, novelist Raymond West and a group of his friends challenge each other to relay creepy stories of unsolved murders. The catch is that the true outcome must be known by the storyteller, so that the listeners know if they've been clever enough to "solve" the crime. They allow elderly Aunt Jane to play too, and she's so good at the game that she's invited to dinner by Sir Henry Clithering and plays detective for a new group. A fun, fast collection of murder mysteries. 4 stars

It's P.D. James' birthday.

Aug 4, 2015, 11:33 am

Autumn alert- out shopping last night and spotted a small selection of Halloween clothes for toddlers. Also, Pepperidge Farms had pumpkin spice Milanos and pumpkin cheesecake cookies for sale. I don't know if these are year round but they seem Autumn specific.
It's suppose to be 112 degrees today. : /

Aug 4, 2015, 12:08 pm

Oooohhh.... Pumpkin spice anything sounds good but Milanos.... must investigate!

Aug 4, 2015, 2:37 pm

Let me know what you think- I'm sure I'll try them at some point during the season. I just happened to have pulled one of my freezer-hoarded bags of M&M Pumpkin Spice out the day before. So good.

Aug 4, 2015, 3:47 pm

I'm running out of Jane Marple books to read but luckily I haven't read Thirteen Problems yet, so hooray for a new-to-me Miss Marple !

Aug 4, 2015, 5:50 pm

I saw Thanksgiving/Halloween things at Michaels this weekend while shopping for earring-making supplies. Not ready to think about that yet.

Edited: Aug 4, 2015, 6:31 pm

>100 DeltaQueen50: I've been going through the Christie catalog for four or five years now, trying to read them in order of publication, but with so many, I find myself having to jump over books here and there because I don't own them all. Then I acquire more and end up backtracking. Anyway, Ms. Christie sure did plant some surprises in between her usual English country manor plots. I love the wealthy family of monsters/locked room stories, but when she went somewhere unusual, she became all giddy and you get lots of action. The only thing I don't like is that she inevitably has a smart-mouthed "modern" girl character who I'd like to lock in a closet.

>101 rabbitprincess: My dear, I've never heard of such a thing. I suggest you pull down all the blinds, and read M.R. James, or maybe Stephen King while listening to King Diamond and eating a regular sized candy bar that has been cut into miniscule pieces that make you feel cheated.

Edited: Aug 6, 2015, 9:56 am

Last night I attended the first meeting of "The Transfixed Correspondence of Phoenix", a new Sherlock Holmes club. We met in an English pub in downtown Phoenix, about a dozen people having dinner, lager and discussing what the future meetings would be about. It was fun, I met people who have been involved in Sherlockiana for decades, and had a vegetarian Cornish pasty. Our first assignment is to read "The Musgrave Ritual" for next month's meeting.

And it's Andy Warhol's birthday.

Aug 6, 2015, 8:31 pm

>86 mstrust: Good to hear I have more Wodehouse goodness in my future.

As stated in >87 MissWatson:, Miele is gold! Also, Bosch and Rowenta make excellent household appliances (I don't know if Rowenta makes washing machines but Bosch does, and I've never heard any complaint about them). AEG was good too, but I don't know how their quality is now that they're owned by Elecrolux (but Elecrolux is Swedish company and we're generally pretty good at those products, too - our Electrolux washing machine has been working very well since we got it 6-7 years ago).

Edited: Aug 7, 2015, 11:16 am

Who knew there would be LTers who are so well-versed in German washing machines! I've never heard of any of these names, so I have to assume they aren't available in America, but if I ever move to Europe, I'll be set. Thanks!

73. The World's Most Popular Classics- Sherlock Holmes Detective Stories by Aurthur Conan Doyle. Mysteries. A collection of Holmes stories, including A Study in Scarlet, which is phenomenal, A Scandal in Bohemia and The Sign of the Four. This book is published by Books, Inc., has no publication date, and is bound in red cloth. I have several other titles that look exactly like it. Anyway, fun, intelligent Holmes stories. 4.5 stars

Aug 8, 2015, 11:57 am

Autumn Alert- I was in a lot of stores yesterday. Not all had started Autumn, but here's the ones who had: Hallmark had just a few acorn shaped candles and said they had there Halloween stuff in the back but had to wait to put it out. Big Lots had two small aisles of Halloween stuff, and still stocking. Michael's had lots and lots of Halloween/Autumn decorations.

Aug 8, 2015, 6:06 pm

Michael's having autumn stuff on display doesn't surprise my but not sure about Hallmark.... Hallmark is one of those "need it today" kind of stores for me and doesn't fit the DIY craft aspect of Michael's. Personally, I am still in summer mood and baking citrus sugar cookies. ;-)

Aug 8, 2015, 6:44 pm

I was mailing a package at the Hallmark, so just needed to be there, but it surprised me that they didn't have their stuff out yet because the one I go to is usually my first Autumn sighting. I did get a tiny coffin at Michael's. If a coffin can be called cute, this one is.
Oh Lori- only someone who lives in those nice breezy climates can say they're in a summer mood. I'm here trying not to burst into flames. : D

I practiced a cake for the fair this morning and know what adjustments I'll make. I'll list what I'm entering in a week or two.
And we looked at washing machines at Loew's, so we'll probably buy in the next day or two. Yea!

Edited: Aug 9, 2015, 11:15 am

Good-looking people read.

Aug 9, 2015, 1:37 pm

Sounds like something to celebrate every day! ;)

We're watching an episode of Poirot and John Castle is in it! He plays Lord Edgware in the episode "Lord Edgware Dies".

Edited: Aug 9, 2015, 3:16 pm

Oh, he's so snotty and angry in that one, and then you find out he was a bit pervy! Ya, John Castle!

I've just watched the 5 minute trailer for "Fear The Walking Dead", so I'm looking forward to that starting in a few weeks. I don't know if it's going to be just a place holder until TWD starts again on October.

Aug 11, 2015, 11:10 am

I've been in a reading slump for the last few days, which is unusual for me. I might go a couple of hours or even a day without being interested in anything, but this is a long stretch for me. I've abandoned two books in three days- Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, which, surprise, is all about being a father. Also, Fly Me To the Morgue by Robert J. Randisi. I looked forward to starting this series about the Rat Pack and murder, but while the personalities seem plausible, the writing isn't that good. I'm spending my times re-reading Interior Desecrations.

Autumn Alert-

This exists and I'm going to find it. Also coming for Fall: Jif Whips in maple brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice, Hostess gingerbread spice mini-donuts and pumpkin pie Twinkies. Mmmmm, so much sugar....

Edited: Aug 13, 2015, 12:14 pm

74. Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible 70's by James Lileks. Everything Else. A re-read to get me out of my slump. A book of the ugliest living spaces ever made, along with Lileks spot-on commentary. Oh how I wish he'd come out with another like Gastroanomalies! 4.5 stars

Alfred Hitchcock's birthday. Here he is being pleasantly strangled by Vincent Price.

Edited: Aug 14, 2015, 10:49 am

75. The Lonely Girl by Edna O'Brien. Flavor of the Month. Also known as The Girl with Green Eyes, this is the second of The Country Girls trilogy. Young Kate and her best friend Baba have fled the Irish countryside and moved to Dublin to find adventure and men. Awkward, easily led Kate has once again found an inappropriate love interest: older, married Eugene, whom she pursues until he decides he likes her. Word of her romance gets back to her father, who arrives in Dublin, kidnaps her off the street and keeps her at home with the help of half the village. Her father's behavior only makes Kate more determined that Eugene is right for her.
It's hard not to like Kate, even as she hounds Eugene, behaves childishly and allows her friend Baba to treat her horribly. This book of the trilogy was made into a good movie. This particular cover has nothing at all to do with the story.4 stars

Aug 14, 2015, 2:09 pm

I need to mention that we bought a Whirlpool a few days ago. So far, so good! Thanks for everyone's input!

Edited: Aug 15, 2015, 2:42 pm

76. Locke & Key 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Books I Need To Read. The Locke children are still looking for the various keys hidden in their family mansion while fighting off the enemies that appear nearly every weekend. Little Bode plays with the key that turns him into a sparrow, Kinsey finds an old friend of their father's and Ty's friendships unravel. 4 stars

Aug 15, 2015, 3:20 pm

Here are some really cute Halloween chocolates from Williams-Sonoma. The price is pretty out there, but they look great.

Aug 15, 2015, 9:41 pm

>113 mstrust: - That room is just plain ugly. It gives me a headache just looking at the picture.
>114 mstrust: - Intriguing but not sure, so on the 'maybe at some point' list it goes.

Congrats on the new machine (can't remember if it was a washer or dryer). ;-)

Edited: Aug 16, 2015, 11:35 am

There's a stack of books on the table, so I think the designer was implying that someone would try to read in that room. I think it would take just a few minutes before one's retinas would explode.
O'Brien is a very good writer and I want to finish the trilogy and read one of her stand-alones. It's hard to believe that this book, which is so gentle towards coming of age by today's standards, caused such a ruckus on publication in 1962, I think.
It's a washer. As long as it works, I'm happy.

Time for another GBP. I've been to City Lights in San Francisco several times. Satisfyingly cramped with creaky old floorboards and a dark basement.

Aug 16, 2015, 4:19 pm

I wish you luck with your washer. We recently bought a new one after ours started blowing the fuses in the house. oops. We bought one that was a reasonable make, and on a reasonable deal. However I don't remember reading in the literature that it sings to you. Plays a cheery little jingle on a vaguely ascending scale when you turn it on, plays a longer, more complex, jingle when it stops a cycle. I'd love to know what focus group decided that was an essential selling point...

The decor in that image is really really awful. I grew up with a lounge decorated in a similar palate, but large stylised daisies everywhere. Walls, curtains, a brown checked suite and a swirly carpet. Is it any wonder I live in a house decorated in 50 shades of magnolia?

Edited: Aug 17, 2015, 12:09 pm

My mom's washer plays a tune too, which she didn't expect. At first we all laughed, then it annoyed her, and now she shuts the door to the laundry room. It's strange that they would bother.
Ha! That sounds pretty traumatic! I grew up in an ugly house too, though it wasn't my parent's fault. They bought it from an "artist". The outside was Pepto-Bismal pink with black trim (that was the first thing to go) and had big squares of white rocks with organ pipe cactus in the center leading to the front door. So, weird already. The kitchen was painted a very shiny bright orange and had black and white checkerboard floors, the living room had extra-thick olive shag carpeting and the bathroom was papered in deep red velvety paper that Mom called"Bordello". My parents were a young couple so they had to change one awful thing at a time. I think that shag carpet held out until I was in junior high.

77. Infested by Brooke Borel. Non-Fiction.Not long before the infamous infestation of New York City in 2010, the author found that her own NYC apartment was infested with bed bugs. Not only did it get her researching how to fix her own situation, she became pretty obsessed with the bugs. How did they suddenly appear, who was bringing them, how did they survive and how do you get rid of them. And obsessed is the right word here: the author went to London, Prague, to bat caves and to a bed bug industry convention in Las Vegas, all to study the various theories of experts.
It's weird that I read this as I hate bugs. I don't like thinking about them and I sure don't like looking at pictures of them. But I saw the spread of bed bugs as easily translatable to the spread of transmittable diseases, and it's interesting to go step by step to find how things like the deregulation of American airlines is a link in the chain. 3.5 stars

And that's my Non-Fiction Category completed!

Aug 17, 2015, 9:52 pm

<120 & >121 mstrust: - Not sure I would react well to a washer that plays a tune for me. ;-)

Congrats on completing your Non-Fiction category!

Aug 18, 2015, 12:06 pm

Thanks, Lori!

It's Bad Poetry Day!

Edited: Aug 19, 2015, 1:08 pm

78. The Horror Of It All by Adam Rockoff. Autumn/Halloween. A fun yet knowledgeable look at horror movies that focuses mostly on the slashers of the 80's. Rockoff is a life-long fan of horror who has written the screenplays for a couple himself, so he has a lot of insider knowledge and connections with people who make their living in the horror genre. He is especially a fan of the low-budget only-four-people-have-ever-heard-of-it type of movie, the vast majority of which, based on his descriptions, I would never watch. He covers all different types of scary movies from about the last 40 years, including the ones that are still putting out sequel after sequel right now. But he doesn't stick just to discussing movies. He talks about spending second grade with a mean teacher, his parents' video store, the PMRC hearings of the 80's, Al Gore's business dealings and the reception to his college class film. Rockoff is a self-deprecating guy who often makes fun of his own writing, yet is a strident feminist who, throughout the book, points out gender inequality. With all these surprises, I really liked this one. 4.5 stars

I've been meaning to mention that the new season of "The Great British Bake-Off" has started. My PBS station isn't playing it (yet?) so I've been watching it on YouTube.

Aug 19, 2015, 1:52 pm

>103 mstrust: Excellent! What pub are you meeting at? Once upon a time I spent not a small amount of time at The George and Dragon.

And long may your new washer do its thing! I'll admit to buying German appliances on moving to Munich, but I have no idea which brands they are. My two criteria were cheap and a two year warranty, as that is as long as we initially were going to stay. It made no sense to buy anything nicer when we'll just be getting rid of them in a few years, although the Dyson vacuums and blade-less fans are marvelous.

And when we first moved into our SC house, the kitchen was painted dark red, with white sponge painting over the top. The previous owner explained that once they saw how dreadful it looked all dark red, she put the white sponge pattern over top to mitigate the effect. It was the first room I painted.

And while I am strongly of the opinion that no season/holiday should be celebrated ahead of its time, I was disappointed to not be able to pick up any Brach's Mellowcreme Pumpkins while we were in the US last week. My daughter did get a can of Chek brand (the Bi-Lo store brand for soda) soda in Funnel Cake flavor. It tasted entirely of maple and it made me think of you.

Edited: Aug 19, 2015, 5:10 pm

Yep, it's the George and Dragon! It's perfect, both for the location and the ambiance. Just wish they'd crank up the A/C. Our next meeting is in two weeks.

Well it makes sense to buy a basic appliance when you know you'll be leaving it behind that soon. So, it sounds like you plan on staying in Germany longer?

That kitchen sounds pretty ugly. Sponging was a trend I'm glad is over.
In our own house, the first thing Mike and I changed was to pull down this ugly mill scene that was etched on a series of ten big mirrored squares and stuck on the end of the hallway, so that you couldn't help but stare at it as you climbed to the third floor. It looked like it had come from 1971.

Funnel Cake soda!!! That sounds so amazing! I'm not familiar with that store or soda brand, but now that I know it exists, I'll look for it. And thank you for thinking of me when you come across maple- I'll take it!
If you can't get hold of mellowcreme pumpkins, let me know and I'll send them to you.

Aug 23, 2015, 11:09 am

We got back last night from a quick run up to Vegas to see Motorhead at The House of Blues. It was a great show, of course, with three bands. Lemmy has changed his style a bit, which has never happened, and we got a bunch of merch after the show, then went to breakfast. Because we were there just 24 hours we didn't get to do a whole lot, but we got to see Mom, go to Mike's favorite Mexican place, go to a little, used bookstore, and see some wildlife. As we drove into Boulder City, there was a big horn sheep trotting on the grassy canal bank, which meant that he'd gotten himself down the mountain, through the two or three rows of housing and across the highway. We called Fish & Game to report it.

Autumn Alert- The Autumn magazines are starting to trickle in. I found several in Vegas at the grocery store, which even had a small area of Halloween candy. I have yet to find the pumpkin spice mini-wheats, but I did find their maple brown sugar flavor. And Mom isn't a drinker but she does love going to collect all the gifts the casinos give to their locals, so now I have a bottle Crown Royal Maple Whiskey. I'm not a whiskey drinker myself, but I'll choke down a shot just to see how mapley it is. Comes in a brown soft pouch rather than the regular purple one.

And it's National Valentino Day, to honor Hollywood's first leading man. He really was handsome.

Edited: Aug 25, 2015, 11:38 am

Two birthdays today-

Irish author Brian Moore

and Tim Burton

Aug 25, 2015, 5:00 pm

Our local grocery store is already selling Halloween candy! I thought of you ;)

Aug 25, 2015, 5:58 pm

Ha! I've built myself a reputation for being the maple obsessed Halloween girl, and I don't mind at all.
Of course I've begun recon work on my Autumn/ Halloween thread, which should start around mid-September and feature as much seasonal stuff as I can pack in.
Btw, I have never heard anything about Halloween in Canada, so I'll need to be filled in.

Aug 25, 2015, 6:09 pm

To me, Halloween in Canada is designing a costume that will fit over a snowsuit, just in case the weather decides to resemble Christmas!

Edited: Aug 25, 2015, 7:28 pm

Oh, I never though of it snowing on Halloween!
Growing up in Southern California, my mom nearly always made us put a jacket on over our costumes even though it was 65-70 degrees.

79. Witness For The Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie. Mysteries. The majority of these stories have a supernatural bent, which is unusual for Christie, but shows her skill at creating tension in just a short amount of time. "The Fourth Man" is a tale of three orphans, two of whom are at the mercy of their more attractive and cruel friend, and is particularly good. The title story is a good, twisted crime story. 4 stars

And that's my Mystery & Crime category completed!

Aug 26, 2015, 11:56 am

Aug 26, 2015, 2:54 pm

>131 rabbitprincess: I grew up in Edmonton and the last weekend of October was always the first really cold week, so we planned optimistically and then wore our down coats over our costumes.

Aug 27, 2015, 1:53 pm

How great to actually have a chilly Halloween. It just seems appropriate.
And Autumn Alert- There heeere....

Edited: Aug 30, 2015, 12:17 pm

80. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. Books I Need To Read. Ronson looks at the very modern way the world shames and punishes people it deems guilty, often by attacking them anonymously on social media. He takes specific cases, such as that of plagiarist author Jonah Lehrer or Tweeter Justine Sacco, who wrote a badly worded joke and as a result, lost her job, received death threats and has been labeled a racist by the internet. Ronson meets with the people concerned, some of whom are still so damaged that they rarely leave home, and even speaks to the exact person who began the shaming of particular people. He also meets with a secret internet company that repairs reputations through search engines, attends a week-end seminar to learn how to get rid of shame (which begins with the attendees admitting to horrifying behavior and devolves to Ronson being screamed at and cussed out by the instructor and multiple students), witnesses the filming of "public disgrace" porn, and meets with people who came out of public scandals strangely unscathed.
I put this one on my WL after seeing Ronson appear on "The Daily Show" to discuss the book. 4.5 stars

Edited: Aug 30, 2015, 9:00 pm

>136 mstrust: - Yours is the second review to nudge me towards the Ronson book. We live in very interesting times, that is for sure. I am not a fan of public shaming, only because it means that the current systems in place do not suffice to meet the public demand and it puts us that hair-breadth closer to a form of untested public judgement. Makes me wonder when we start seeing the re-emergence of public flogging/stoning, which brings me to one of my favorite - and rather moral reminding - jokes:
"Jesus was with his disciples walking through Jerusalem when they came upon a crowd that was going to stone a woman to death for adultery. He jumped in front of the woman and said, "Let the one without sin cast the first stone." Suddenly, from out of the crowd, a rock flew toward the woman's head. It struck her square in the temple, killing her instantly. Jesus said, "Mother, I was trying to make a point!"

Aug 30, 2015, 8:51 pm

Ha! Thanks for that!
Yes, the problem with the Twitter shamings, as an example, is that the person may simply be a bad writer who missed getting their meaning across, or it was too open to interpretation. Ronson shows that it really only needs to be taken wrong by one person, who then passes it along, wrongly, to thousands and it creates a life of it's own. And everyone wants to give an opinion because it's just so easy. I only follow certain comedians on Twitter, so I was unaware that ganging up on a victim is a regular occurrence there.
It's a really interesting book, and the category I put it in- Books I Need To Read- is for the recommendations or books I've seen discussed on t.v., and it's turned out to have my consistently highest ratings.

Aug 31, 2015, 3:01 am

It's the difference between punching up or punching down, I think. It can be a good thing to focus public attention on a corporation that is doing something that is technically legal, but unethical. It's a bad thing to focus on shaming an ordinary person for being an idiot, momentarily.

And one's awareness of these types of actions really does depend on one's own twitter feed. Ronson's book was a good reminder to me to make sure anything I tweet isn't offensive or liable to misinterpretation. And to not comment on tweets I disagree with.

Aug 31, 2015, 12:11 pm

Ronson uses the term "punching up" in reference to the perception that Justine Sacco was from a privileged background, even though she wasn't. The book reminded me of how glad I am that I grew up without Twitter and Facebook and people constantly pointing phones to film strangers. Having said that, I love "World's Dumbest".

Mike actually took yesterday off, and we had a fun day of shopping. We went to the tool supply and bought me a couple of wood clamps and a wood file (jealous?) to finish my current carving, had Hawaiian BBQ, and went on an Autumn hunt. I'd heard through the pumpkin vine that Home Goods had their stuff out, so I ended up with a boxed set of 12 Autumn scented candles, a set of skeleton cookie cutters, a jar of Ohio pumpkin spice butter, a set of velvety pumpkins, and a life-sized ceramic bust of a head marked with the phrenology points. I think that's a once-in-a-lifetime find.
And Starbuck's starts the pumpkin spice lattes on Sept. 8, though it seems there is some way that members can get one early, I guess. I'm looking forward to one when it's below 100 degrees.

Edited: Sep 1, 2015, 10:41 am

81. The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conrad. History & Bios. Lionel Logue's grandson wrote this book about his grandparent's lives in their native Australia, Lionel's career in teaching elocution, their move to England, and that stuttering pupil, the Duke of York, who would bring the family into royal circles.
The movie wasn't based on this book, as I'd assumed. It was the other way round, with the movie being a big hit, and that got the author finally looking into his family artifacts. It seems so strange that he grew up with photos of a king on his mantle piece but wasn't intrigued at all.
The writing is on the dry side, but includes a good view of the life of King George VI. 3 stars

September is National Honey Month.

Edited: Sep 3, 2015, 11:38 am

82. Locke & Key: Clockworks by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Everything Else. The older Locke children use a newly-found time traveling key to go back to Colonial times and see the circumstances that led to the forging of an important lock, then travel forward to see their deceased father and his friends as teenagers. Turns out Dad was a lot more involved in the secrets of the Locke home than anyone would have guessed. 4 stars

Last night was our second Sherlock Holmes meeting at the pub. Due to various commitments, only about half the turn out as last month, but we still had a good time discussing "The Musgrave Ritual" and drinking pints.

Edited: Sep 4, 2015, 10:58 am

Eureka Books on Northern California is owned by The Drunken Botanist author Amy Stewart. Isn't it pretty?

Edited: Sep 4, 2015, 11:17 am

And on the other side of the country was Partners & Crime Bookstore in NYC. I've been here! It was cool- and now closed. Just found out.

Sep 4, 2015, 2:11 pm

>142 mstrust: You have a Sherlock Holmes book club? How wonderful! I'd love to have something like that. Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, any of the classic mysteries would be great.

Sep 4, 2015, 2:23 pm

>142 mstrust: I am just starting the Locke& Key series and was very happy to see you are rating one of the later books with 4 stars.

Sep 4, 2015, 4:46 pm

>145 PawsforThought: Yes! The official name is "The Transfixed Correspondence of Phoenix", and it was organized by an LT member named Lauren. An Agatha club would be a lot of fun too, and it's weird that I've never heard of one before.

>146 DeltaQueen50: I began the Locke & Key series last year. I haven't read a whole lot of graphic novels, but Joe Hill writes them, so it is a really good story. I read his Heart-Shaped Box a few years ago and it was so good.
The movie version of his Horns, with Daniel Radcliffe, was okay. Not great, but I'd still like to read the book.

Sep 5, 2015, 11:17 am

>144 mstrust: - Always sad to see a bookstore closed. ;-(

Edited: Sep 5, 2015, 2:04 pm

And one that was really special. I don't get how such a cool place could have closed. You had to walk down into the store, and when I was there, they were effective at creating a Victorian/Sherlocky look. Plus, I'd never before seen a table of manuscripts for sale.

It's about a 40 minute drive for me, but Scottsdale has a mystery bookstore called "The Poisoned Pen" that has atmosphere too.

Sep 5, 2015, 2:12 pm

Here's my lament to Partners & Crime's demise.
Ok, I've actually been wanted to work this video in for a while. If you've never seen it before, hold out til 35 seconds in, when it suddenly becomes the most awesome thing ever.

Sep 5, 2015, 3:37 pm

>150 mstrust: I agree with what someone else commented - "My Guinness!! What did I just watch??"

Sep 5, 2015, 4:52 pm

Ha! It's like seeing a unicorn, in that you can't believe it exists.

Sep 6, 2015, 1:11 am

My Autumn/ Halloween thread is up, so come join me!
This topic was continued by mstrust #5- Pumpkins, Candy & Maniacs.