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Streamsong - Booksinging in the long summer days - 3

This is a continuation of the topic Streamsong - Booksinging as spring arrives (2).

This topic was continued by Streamsong - Booksinging as the Nights Grow Shorter.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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An overcast first day of summer on top of Lolo Pass with the camas flowers in bloom.

Camas roots were an important food source for the tribes in the area. The tribal member at the Visitors' Center said the tribes would come together to dig the sweet potato-like roots. They would dig huge pits to smoke dry the roots for winter food. They were often mixed with the almost inedible but nourishing bitterroots and other local plants and berries.

Hi - I'm Janet and I've been a member of LT since 2006.

We have book warblers and book bullets in the group. I've decided to be a book singer this year - singing about the wonderful journeys I'm finding in books.

What do I read? A bit of everything. I enjoy literary fiction, mysteries and the occasional feel good cozy. I'm slowly working my way through 1001 Books to Read Before You Die (actually 1300 + books since I use the combined version spreadsheet). I'm also working my way around the world in a global reading challenge. About half the books I read are non-fiction.

I retired in the fall of 2016 from my career as a technician in an NIH research lab. I'm now enjoying all the things I never had time to do.

I live in the mountains of western Montana about half way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.

New Year's Resolutions:
- More books
- More adventures - especially in the mountains! Hiking, snowshoeing, horses; perhaps a bit more travel this year
-Work on my healthier lifestyle - which will include healthy recipes and more activity in order to Lose Weight (sigh) and Do More (Yay!)

Final thread of 2017:

Edited: Nov 10, 3:59pm Top


- The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde - 2010 - library - audio
- Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich - 2013 - literature seminar - acq'd 2018
- The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler - 1939 - 1001 Books; MysterCat Noir; library
- Welcome to Lagos - Chibundu Onuzo - 2018 - LTER; Global Reading: Nigeria; audiobook - 2018
-One Nation After Trump - E. J. Dionne Jr - 2018 Real Life Book Club - library
- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki - 1970; 75'ers Non-fiction Challenge - Spirituality; acq'd 2008 = 10 ROOT points
- Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
- Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott - 1994; 75'ers NF Challenge: The Arts; ROOT acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points
- A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America- Colin Woodard - Real Life Book Club
- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed - Lit seminar; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point

Completed but Not Reviewed

- Educated - Tara Westover - 2018 - NYT/PBS Now Read This - library
- Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman - 2017 - library
- What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky - Lesley Nneka Arimah - 2017 - August PBS/NYT Now Read This - library
- Earning the Rockies - Robert D. Kaplan - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This - library
- Pigs in Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver - 1993 - September Series and Sequels; Root #23/50 acquired 2015 = 3 ROOT points (79/225).
- Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris - 2018- Outside & Beyond Book Club; library
- The President is Missing - Bill Clinton and James Patterson - 2018 - library
- Farewell Damascus - Ghada Samman - 2018 (?); Literature seminar - acq'd 2018
- Binti - Nnedi Okorafor - 2015 - Global Reading: Nigeria; library
- Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max by Noelle Stevenson - 2016; graphic novel; library
- The Woman Who Smashed Codes - Jason Fagone - 2017- Library Brown Bag Book Club; acq'd 2018
- What the Eyes Don't See - Mona Hanna-Attisha - 2018 LTER; acq'd 2018
- Binti: Home - Nnedi Okorafor - 2017 - library
- November
- The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2016 - audiobook - library

Edited: Nov 10, 4:01pm Top


Books Read First Quarter 2018


1. Reputations - Juan Gabriel Vasquez -2013 - lit seminar; Global Reading: Colombia; TIOLI #5: Read a book that you did not select; acq'd 2017 ROOT #1; 1 ROOT point
2. Wishin and Hopin - Wally Lamb - 2010 - TIOLI #6 Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift ; Reading the States - Connecticut; library
3. The Child Finder - Rene Denfeld - 2017 - TIOLI #9: Read a book that contains more than one beginning; library
4. Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris - 2008 - audio - TIOLI #6: Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift- library
5. Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman - 2009 - audio - TIOLI #1 -1. Read a book having a title which includes an animal with exactly three letters in its name library
6. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur - 2017 - library
7. An American Family: A Memoir - Khizr Khan - 2017 - TIOLI #4. The WIKI Rolling Challenge: read a book with 'w', 'i', 'k', 'i' in the title - library
8. God Stalk - P.C. Hodgell - 1982 - Roni's Group Read; TIOLI #4. The WIKI Rolling Challenge: read a book with 'w', 'i', 'k', 'i' in the title (shared) ROOT #2/50; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (2/225);
9. Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks - 2011 - RLBC; TIOLI #16: Read a book with at least a two-word title, but containing no prepositions; reread; library
10. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - 2015 - Color Challenge: Black; TIOLI #11: Read a book that has been (or is going to be) adapted for film or television; ROOT #3/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (4/225)
11. Sing Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club; January TIOLI #15. Read a book with a title that contains the letter u at least twice (shared); audio; library


12. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugrešić - 1996; lit seminar; 1001 Books; Global Reading Challenge: Croatia; TIOLI ## 11. Read a book with one or more words in the title suggesting a type of loss; purchased 2018
13. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Nicholas Drayson - 2008; Global Reading: Kenya (book #5); TIOLI #13. Read a book tagged "humor"; library
14. Disgraced - Gwen Florio - 2016; MysteryCat: Woman sleuth; Feb TIOLI # 11. Read a book with one or more words in the title suggesting a type of loss; ROOT #4/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (5/225)
15. Oil and Marble - Stephanie Storey - 2017 - RLBC - TIOLI # 3 - Read a book with a word in the title about something you love; purchased 2018
16. Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - Edward Clown Family - 2016; 75'ers's NF challenge - Biography; ColorCat: Brown Cover; Reading the States: South Dakota; TIOLI # ? ROOT #5/50 = acq'd 2017 1 ROOT point (6/225)
17. The Beak of the Finch - Jonathan Weiner - 1995;Global Reading: Ecuador (owns Galapagos Islands); TIOLI #17 Read a book with an animal on the cover; ROOT #6/50; acq'd 2007 = 11 ROOT points (17/225)


18. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack - Tom Gauld - 2013 - TIOLI #5: Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter - library
19. Dog Songs - Mary Oliver - TIOLI #3: Rolling challenge: Read a book with a plural noun in the title, going up in alphabetical order; library
20. That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim - 1966; Lit Seminar; Global Reading - Egypt; TIOLI #13 - Read a classic originally published in a language not your own; purch 2018
21. Wicked - Gregory Maguire - 1995 - TIOLI #1- Read a book in which the last letter of the author's first name plus the last letter of the author's last name spells a word; ROOT #7/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (19/225); audiobook
22. Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum - 2017 - LTER - Global Reading: Congo ; TIOLI# 14. Read a book with water on the cover; ROOT 8/50; Acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point =20/225
23. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan - 1997; 1001 Books to Read Before You Die; tioli #4: Pangram rolling challenge; ROOT #9/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (20/225); audiobook (
24. How Democracies Die - Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt - 2018 - TIOLI #9: Read a book first published in the last 10 years - library
25. Dark of the Moon - P. C. Hodgell - 1985 - Roni's continuing group read; TIOLI # #4: Pangram rolling challenge; acq'd 2018 -
26. Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot -2018 - LTER - TIOLI #11: Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground - audiobook
27. ...and the Earth Did Not Devour Him - Tomas Rivera - 1987 - majleavy's guided read; http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840 - TIOLI #13: Read a classic originally published in a language not your own; library
28. The Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - 2009 - MysteryCat - International Mystery; Global Reading Challenge: Laos; TIOLI #5: Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter; ROOT #10/50 acq'd 2014 = 4 ROOT points = 24/225
29. We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2017 - library
30. The Lentil Underground - Liz Carlisle - 2015 - RLBC; TIOLI #11. Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground in the title; library
31. The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt - 1994; ColorCat Challenge - Green Cover; TIOLI # ; ROOT # 11/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points =29/225 points

Edited: Nov 10, 7:41pm Top



32. Judas - Amos Oz - 2014 - Literature seminar; Global Reading Challenge: Israel book #4 ; TIOLI #12. Read a book in the library of a TIOLI challenger from January, February, or March 2018 - library
33. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - 2017; March PBS Now Read This; Global Reading Challenge: Pakistan Book #4; TIOLI #10: Read a book tagged both family and magic - acq'd 2018
34. Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D. Ulysse - 2018; LTER; Global Reading: Haiti; TIOLI #5. Read a book whose title references a physical action a human can perform- acq'd 2018
35. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan - 2017 - NYT/PBS April Now Read This Book Club; Reading all the states challenge: Michigan; TIOLI#6: Read a book whose LT average rating is more than 4.0; Acq'd 2018
36. Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard - 2018 - TIOLI #7: Read a book with a title that is inclusive; Kindle freebie acq'd 2018
37. Sundown - John Joseph Matthews - 1934 - library
38. On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder - 2017 - TIOLI #1 Read a book with at least three pages starting with the same word - library

May Reads

39. Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel - 2012; ROOT #12/50; Acq'd 2015 = 3 ROOT points (32/225) - listened to audio
40. Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala - 2013 - new brewery bookclub - TIOLI #11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25, 2018 - acq'd 2018
41. Dear Madam President - Jennifer Palmieri - 2018; TIOLI #4. Read a book that has a body part in the author's name; library
42. Reservations - Gwen Florio - 2017 - TIOLI #7: Read a book where part of the author's name begins with G - library
43. Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer - 2017 - TIOLI#11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25 2018; library
44. American Wolf - Nate Blakeslee - 2017- library - audio
45. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris - 2004 - ROOT 13/50 - acqd 2017 =1 point 33/225; audiobook

June Reads


46. So You Want to Talk About Race -Ijeoma Oluo - 2018 - library
47. The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng - 2007 -April ColorCat - Yellow Cover; Global Reading: Malaysia; ROOT #14/60; Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points - 35/225
48. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie - 1934 ; May - MysteryCat: mystery on a mode of transportation; TIOLI - book from a series of more than 5 published books which is not the first in timeline or written order; library
49. When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors - 2018 - library
50. The Feather Thief - Kirk Wallace Johnson - 2018; May Outside & Beyond Book Club; June Nonfiction - Outdoors; June MysteryCat True Crime; aqd 2018
51. Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years… - Anthony Graves - 2018 - LTER; - acq'd 2018
52. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown 1970 - ROOT #15/50; acq'd 2006 = 12 ROOT points 47/225 ; listening to library- audiobook
53. E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen - 2008 - June ColorCat - Purple; June NF Challenge- Outdoors; ROOT #16/50; Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points 49/225
54. Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy - 2015 - Noelle Stevenson - 2015 - graphic novel - library
55. The Hounds of Spring - Lucy Andrews Cummin - 2018 - Acq'd 2018

Edited: Nov 10, 4:05pm Top


JULY : * review posted

*56. The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch - 1989- MysteryCat - True Crime; ROOT #17/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points 54/225
*57. This House of Sky - Ivan Doig - 1978 - TIOLI #9: Rolling Challenge: Red White And Blue; ROOT #18/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points 56/225; listened to audio from library
*58. Still Life - Louise Penney - 2005; MysteryCat: Police Procedural; TIOLI #8: Read a book that appears on the same LT list as a book you've read this year (100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime) - ROOT # 19/50; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point = 57/225
*59. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders - 2017 - audio in the car; library
*60. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl - 2006; ColorCat: Pink - ROOT #20/50 acquired 2008 = 10 ROOT points = 67/225
*61. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles - 2016; Real Life Book Club; Global Reading: Russia (location); library

AUGUST * review posted

*62. Less: A Novel - Andrew Sean Greer - 2017 - NYT/PBS Now Read This bookclub - library
*63. Half Broke Horses - Jeannette Walls - 2009 - ROOT # 21/50; acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points (72/225) ; listening to audio
*64. Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer - 2018 - graphic novel - library
65. Educated - Tara Westover - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Bookclub - library
*66. Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West - James T. Pogue - 2018 - LTER - acq'd 2018 (reviewed)
67. Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman - 2017 - library
68. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky - Lesley Nneka Arimah - 2017 - August PBS/NYT Now Read This; Reading Globally Challenge: Nigeria; August TIOLI #3: Read a book where the author’s last name starts with a vowel - library
*69. Calypso - David Sedaris - 2018 - library - audiobook -
*70. Pachinko - Min Jin Lee - 2017 - NYT/PBS Now Read This; Global Reading: South Korea (also Japan) - TIOLI#6: The Location, Location, Location Rolling Challenge - library
*71. The Women in the Castle: A Novel - Jessica Shattuck - 2017 - RL Bookclub Global Reading: Germany - library
*72. Cold Hearted River - Keith McCafferty - 2017 - Outdoor & Beyond Book Club - library

SEPTEMBER *review posted

*73. Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D. James - 2011 - MysteryCat: Historical mystery; ROOT #22/50; acq'd 2014 = 4 ROOT points (76/225)
*74. The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith - 2009; TIOLI#11: Read a book with a full name (first name and family name) at the first page; September Series & Sequels- audio; library
*75. Lagos Noir - Chris Abani - 2018 - LTER; Global Reading: Nigeria; MysteryCat Hardboiled and Noir; TIOLI #4: Read a book with the name of a railway station in the title (Lagos Terminus) - 2018
*76. The Overstory - Richard Powers - 2018 - library
77. Earning the Rockies - Robert D. Kaplan - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This; tioli #6 Read a book with a definite article in the title, but not at the beginning; library
78. Pigs in Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver - 1993 - September Series and Sequels; Root #23/50 acquired 2015 = 3 ROOT points (79/225).



79. Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris - 2018- Outside & Beyond Book Club; library
80. The President is Missing - Bill Clinton and James Patterson - 2018 - library
81. Farewell Damascus - Ghada Samman - 2018 (?) - Literature seminar, Global Reading: Syria; purchased 2018
82. Binti - Nnedi Okorafor - 2015 - Global Reading: Nigeria; library
83. Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max by Noelle Stevenson - 2016; graphic novel; library
84. The Woman Who Smashed Codes - Jason Fagone - 2017- Library Brown Bag Book Club; acq'd 2018
85. What the Eyes Don't See - Mona Hanna-Attisha - 2018 LTER; acq'd 2018
86. Binti: Home - Nnedi Okorafor - 2017 - library


87. - The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2016 - audiobook - library

Edited: Nov 10, 4:07pm Top

****83 BOOKS COMPLETED IN 2018 ****

Of the books I've read this year:

1 - cataloged into LT 2006
1 - cataloged into LT 2007
1 - cataloged into LT 2008
- cataloged into LT 2009
- cataloged into LT 2010
- cataloged into LT 2011
- cataloged into LT 2012
3 - cataloged into LT 2013
2 - cataloged into LT 2014
2 - cataloged into LT 2015
5 - acquired 2016
9 - acquired 2017
- acquired previously but not cataloged until 2018 (have lots of these!)
16 - acquired 2018
41 - borrowed from library & elsewhere

15 - Audiobook
66 - Print
1 - Kindle App


58 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)

2 - 1001 Books
1 - children's fiction
2 - fairy tales
10 - general fiction
4 - graphic novel
1 - historical fiction
15 - literary fiction
3 - sff
2 - satire/ humor
3 - short stories
12 - thriller/mystery
5 - YA

43 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
4 - Essays
1 - Food/Cooking/Eating
4 - history
14 - Memoir
3 - Native Americans
3 - Outdoors/Nature
11 - politics
3 - science
1 - Travel/adventure
1 - true crime

1 - cartoons
1 - poetry
- plays


41 - Male Authors
41 - Female Authors
2 - Combination of male and female

- 59 - Authors who are new to me
- 24 - Authors read before
- 1 - Rereads:
----Caleb's Crossing - Reread for RLBC

Multiple books read in 2018 by same author:
3 - David Sedaris : Calypso; Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim; Holidays on Ice
2 - Gwen Florio - Disgraced, Reservations
2 - P. C. Hodgell : God Stalk, Dark of the Moon
2 - Marissa Meyer: Wires and Nerve , Gone Rogue
2 - Nnedi Okorafor - Binti and short story in Lagos Noir Collection "Showlogo"
2 - Noelle Stevenson - Lumberjanes Vol 1 and Vol 2

Nationality of Author:
1 - Botswana/UK
3 - Canada
1 - Colombia
1 - Croatia
1 - Egypt
1 - Israeli
1 - Malaysia
2 - Nigeria
1 - Pakistani
1 - South Korea
1 - Sri Lankan
1 - Syria
10 - UK
60 - USA

Birthplace or residence of Author if different from nationality:
1 - Pakistan

Language Book Originally Published in:
2 - Arabic
1 - Croatian
36 - English
1 - Hebrew
3 - Spanish


2 - 1934
1 - 1966
1 - 1970
1 - 1978
1 - 1982
1 - 1985
1 - 1987
2 - 1989
1 - 1993
1 - 1994
1 - 1995
1 - 1996
1 - 1997
1 - 2004
1 - 2005
1 - 2006
2 - 2007
2 - 2008
4 - 2009
1 - 2010
2 - 2011
1 - 2012
4 - 2013
1 - 2014
3 - 2015
3 - 2016
25 - 2017
16 - 2018

Edited: Nov 10, 4:08pm Top

The Global Challenge: Read five books from each of the 193 UN members plus a few additional areas.

Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/188308


visited 17 states (7.55%)
Create your own visited map of The World
CUMULATIVE : 86 countries visited: 18 countries completed with minimum of five books

visited 86 states (38.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Edited: Sep 2, 10:51am Top

My biggest challenge is that I keep hauling books home faster than I can read them and the piles keep growing larger. These numbers include the library books that I have at home.

Of course, it's those pesky library books that make my numbers look so large. Like stepping on a scale at the doctor's office with shoes on, adds 30 pounds to your weight .....

As of 9/01/2018 514 books on physical MT TBR
As of 8/01/2018 518 books on physical MT TBR
As of 4/01/2018 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 3/01/2018 510 books on physical MT TBR
As of 02/01/2018: 503 books on physical MT TBR
As of 01/01/2018: 510 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2017: 481 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2016: 459 books on physical Mt TBR

Reading Our Own Tomes - ROOTS - Challenge

I want to read fifty books acquired before 01/01/2018.

To keep myself in the oldest part of the Planet of Neglected Books, I'm giving myself points for each book I read, with older books getting more points.

Here's how it works:

1. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2006 -- 12 points
2. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2007-- 11 points
3. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2008-- 10 points
4. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2009-- 9 points
5. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2010-- 8 points
6 .ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2011 -- 7 points
7. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2012 -- 6 points
8. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2013 -- 5 points
9. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2014 -- 4 points
10. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2015 -- 3 point
11. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2016 -- 2 point
12. ROOTS not previously entered into LT but which have been around the house pre-2015 (many of these are pre-2006 when I joined LT)--1 point
13. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2017 -- 1 point

Point Goal: The proposed 50 books off my shelves should add up to 225 ROOT points this year.

Edited: Nov 10, 4:10pm Top

In order to read more ROOTS this year, I'll be participating in these challenges:

75'ers Non-Fiction Challenge

January: Won an award within the last ten years
: The Long Tail
February: Biography: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - The Edward Clown Family
✔March – Far, Far Away: Traveling -- travel narrative - ✔The Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum and Jaguars Ripped my Flesh - Tim Cahill
April – History -- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed
May – Boundaries: Geography, Geopolitics and Maps: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
✔June – The Great Outdoors: E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen
July – The Arts: Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
August – Short and Sweet: Essays and Other Longform Narratives - Bad Feminist - Roxanne Gay
September – Gods, Demons, Spirits, and Supernatural Beliefs
October – First Person Singular --
November – Politics, Economics & Business --
December - 2018 In Review

ColorCat Challenge

January: Black The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - ROOT 2016
February/Brown Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - Edward Clown Family
March/Green: The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt
April/Yellow - The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng
May/Blue - Non-Root: Wires and Nerve: Still hope to read: Braving the Wilderness - Brene Brown
June/Purple - E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen
July/Pink - Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
August/Grey - Plainsong - Kent Haruf
September/Metallic -
October/Orange -
November/Red -
December/White -

MysteryCat Challenge

(skipped - nothing on MT TBR) January: Nordic Mysteries
✔February: Female Cop/Sleuth/Detective
Disgraced - Gwen Florio
✔March: Global Mysteries : Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - Laos
April: Classic and Golden Age Mysteries: The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
✔ May: Mysteries involving Transit - Murder on the Orient Express
✔ June: True Crime The Feather Thief - Kirk Wallace Johnson; The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch
✔ July: Police Procedurals - Still Life - Louise Penney
August: Historical Mysteries Death Comes to Pemberley - P. D. James
September: Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries
October: Espionage
November: Cozy Mysteries
December: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries

Edited: Aug 30, 9:59am Top

More reads:

1001 Books to Read Before You Die Total books read: 163
- Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/163173

Library Brown Bag Book Club/ RLBC
January: Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks - (reread)
February: Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo - Stephanie Storey
March: Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America by Liz Carlisle
April: Voices From Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich - (did not reread)
May: American Nations: a history of the eleven rival regional cultures of North America - Colin Woodard - (reading)
June: Daring to Drive - Manal al-Sharif - did not reread
July: A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
August: The Women in the Castle: A Novel - Jessica Shattuck
September: One Nation After Trump - E.J. Dionne Jr. and Norman Ornstein
October: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies and the Unlikely
Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies - Jason Fagone
November: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical
Right - Jane Mayer


January: Sing Unburied Sing
February: Killers of the Flower Moon - Read in 2017 - did not reread
March: Exit West
April: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan
May: Educated : a memoir - Tara Westover
June: Less: A Novel - Anthony Sean Greer
July: Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
August: What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
September: Earning the Rockies

Outside & Beyond Book Club
February/March - Read in 2017 - did not reread
April/May: The Feather Thief
June: American Wolf - (did not reread)
August: Cold Hearted River
September: Lands of Lost Borders : a Journey on the Silk Road

RL Literature Seminar
***Reading*** - January - Ten Days That Shook the World
February - The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugrešić
March - That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim
April - Judas - Amos Oz

Edited: Nov 10, 4:12pm Top

List of books acquired in 2018:


Books Acquired 2018
Total Acquired: 43
✔ = Read: 13
Reading: 3
Reference/Replacement: 4
TBR: 23

Acquired during this thread:
42. Red Skies of '88 - A. Richard Guth & Stan Cohen
43. Seeker's Mask - P. C. Hodgell

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Edited: Jun 28, 9:38am Top

What in the world happened to message 2? Ah ha it's back - it must have left for a short break.

Jun 28, 3:48pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jun 28, 3:59pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet!

Jun 28, 4:33pm Top

It was fun to meet Karen (Karenmarie) and her friend Karen (not yet on LT, but hopefully Karen can convince her).

Here we are at The Mustard Seed Restaurant in Missoula.

Karen (Karenmarie), Janet (streamsong), and Karen's long time good friend Karen.

We had a good lunch, wonderful conversation and the most amazing huckleberry chocolate to-die-for cake for dessert.

And then of course we went bookshopping, visiting an independent book store called Fact and Fiction (where we all bought books) and a used/and out of print store called The Bird's Nest where Karen's friend found several.

Here's one of the out-of-the-way Montana books I bought (which was actually written by friend Karen's friend - got that?)

Couldn't resist with a title like that!

Edited: Jul 2, 12:51pm Top

>14 drneutron: . >15 ronincats: . Thanks for stopping in to say hi Roni and Jim!

Jun 28, 5:09pm Top

Happy new thread, Janet!
And thanks for sharing the photo of you, Karen and Karen. I hope Karen can convince Karen to join us.

Jun 28, 5:09pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet.

Great meetup photo!

Dimple Knees Sex Scandal - who knew? :-)

Jun 28, 5:26pm Top

Happy new thread Janet! Great meet up photo and wow what a great looking dessert!

Edited: Jul 5, 10:40pm Top

>18 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! Karen's Karen would be a brilliant addition to our group!.

>19 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Thanks for stopping by and the congratulations. What a checkered history Montana has!.

>20 mdoris: Thanks, Mary! The meetup was great fun and the dessert was SPECTACULAR. :) .

Jun 29, 3:32pm Top

Happy new thread!! And a meetup!! And dessert. Dang. Life is good here. : )

Jun 30, 7:10am Top

Happy Saturday, Janet. Happy New Thread! Love the Meet Up photo. It sounds like you had a lovely visit with the Karens.

Have a great weekend and keep cool.

Jun 30, 7:24am Top

Happy new thread Janet!

Nice to see you had a meet up, nice photo!

And I loved your topper, I had Camassia's in my garden, lovely flowers, that blue.

Edited: Jul 12, 1:29pm Top

>22 Berly: Hi Kim - and thanks for stopping by with the good wishes. You are right - life is good here, although I am sorry not to make it to the Portland meet ups. DS will be arriving from SF with a girl - perhaps The Girl - in tow later this week..

>23 msf59: Hi Mark - thanks for stopping in with the good wishes. Keeping cool is easy. We're having another rainy stretch. The temperature is currently 52 F with a high of 70 today. Tomorrow night it's supposed to be in the 40's. I've been eyeing the furnace thermostat longingly..

>24 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella. The meetup was fun. It's only the second time I've met anyone from LT. And Karen and Karen were great! I hope they had as much fun as I did! .

I didn't realize that Camassias had garden varieties. I think I need some for my garden! The wild ones bloom and fade very quickly. How long do the blossoms last for the tame varieties?

Jun 30, 10:08am Top

And as promised, an updated photo of the colt, who is quite a handsome fellow. :)

Edited: Jun 30, 1:20pm Top

So far behind with reviews - this is the last of the May books. I plan to do quite a few quickies over the next few days.

45. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris - 2004
- ROOT 13/50 - acqd 2017 =1 point 33/225;
- audiobook

This is my second David Sedaris book, having listened to Holidays on Ice earlier this year. With the first book, I was a bit put off by some of his self-deprecating and often irreverent humor, but when he hit the mark with me, I was laughing out loud.

I'm so glad I gave him a second try. I really enjoyed this one. It's a great listen in the car and I was happy to see several of my favorites from the previous book included in this one – particularly Six to Eight Black Men which will become a Christmas listening tradition for me.

Edited: Jun 30, 1:14pm Top

How about a hummingbird story?

I had mentioned that the hummingbirds were back on their nest in the eaves right outside my front window again this year.

All the bird sites say that hummingbirds don't reuse nests: as there is quite a bit more material this year, I think perhaps they built on top of last year's nest rather than using the same one.

The sad thing is that a couple weeks ago Mr. Hummingbird disappeared. I watched the missus be on and off the nest; she was off perhaps half the time during which the nest was empty. I did not comment on the development since I did not think it could end well.

But a few days ago, I begin to see the mamma feeding something in the nest. And now, as you can see, there appears to be one baby poking its bill above the rim (about 2 o'clock in the photo).

Last year there were two babies. The web sites say one or two babies is average.

She managed it! Single mama hummingbird hero of the year!

Jun 30, 5:44pm Top

>26 streamsong: Thank you for sharing, Janet, he is beautiful!
Does he have a name yet?

>28 streamsong: Yay, for hard working single mother hummingbird! :-)

Jun 30, 8:24pm Top

I love that Two Karen’s and a Janet picture. It sounds like you had a lovely meetup and we might get a new LT member as well.

I’m glad your array of books in Msg. 2 reappeared. Doesn’t Lucy’s book have a striking cover? It was a good story, too.

So glad the wound has officially healed. Be careful out there, Janet!

Jul 1, 6:57am Top

>25 streamsong: The flowers last maybe two weeks? I'm not sure. But while they last they are beautiful, and very easy, you can just leave them in place over the winter, no need to dig them up. They come back every year, and can be used in a wild looking meadow garden. And apparently they are not edible for mice or voles, always a problem in my garden.

There are several varieties available, have a look here:

Edited: Jul 12, 1:32pm Top

>29 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! I'm really enjoying having this colt. I love doing all the early training. I'm still playing with a name. I'm trying not to get too attached, since I will probably offer him for sale..

I'm glad you liked the hummingbird story. My heart sank when the male disappeared.

>30 Donna828: .Hi Donna! Good to see you. Yay for meetups! I hope more people will come visit Montana.

I agree - Lucy's book cover is gorgeous! I loved reading that the painting is of Lucy and her dogs. And I really enjoyed the story, too.

I've seriously thought about getting one of those portable fall devices that I could use to call in an emergency. (Help I've fallen and I can't get up!) The idea makes me feel really old, but being out here by myself and horses being horses ....

>31 EllaTim: Thank you for the link, Ella. I'll definitely be planting some!

Edited: Jul 2, 12:48pm Top

June Summary

Best of June:

The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng
The Hounds of Spring - Lucy Andrews Cummin

So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Books read: 10
Books off the shelf: 3
Library books: 3
Books Acq'd 2018: 4 (1 LTER)

Nonfiction: 6 (!)
Fiction: 3
Graphic Novel: 1

Total Books acquired in June: 7
Total number of books on physical MT TBR: 516

Global Reading: Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng - Malaysia
1001 - 0

Edited: Aug 3, 9:12am Top

***June Possibilities***

Currently Reading

✔ - Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl - 2006; ColorCat: Pink - ROOT acquired 2008 = 10 ROOT points
✔ - The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch - 1989- June MysteryCat - True Crime; ROOT Acq'd 2013
- Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West - James T. Pogue - 2018 - LTER - acq'd 2018
✔ - This House of Sky - Ivan Doig - 1978 - ROOT acq'd 2016; listening to audio in car
- A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America- Colin Woodard - May Real Life Book Club
- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed - Lit seminar; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point

Challenges and Group Reads
✔ RLBC: A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
75'ers NF Challenge - Art and Artists: Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott - ROOT
✔ MysteryCat (Police Procedurals): Still Life - Louise Penney - ROOT

Lagos Noir - Chris Abani
What the Eyes Don't See - Mona Hanna-Attisha

Less: A Novel - Andrew Sean Greer
Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman

Jul 2, 6:36am Top

If you even think you need one of those "Help I've fallen" devices, it's probably wise to get one before you get old and stubborn. Lol Better safe than sorry!

Edited: Jul 2, 12:50pm Top

>35 The_Hibernator: Old and stubborn, Rachel? Me??? Never!

Honestly I think those fall button devices are missing a bet not marketing to equestrians that handle or ride horses when they are by themselves. Maybe if I contacted a company with a pitch, they would let me have one free for the awesome idea!

I started reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I had wondered why it was one of the oldest fiction titles on MT TBR. Now I remember starting it before and being put off by the overly pseudo-intellectual style. I will press on for a while- but I will abandon it if is too much of a chore. This is it: the time it either gets read or gets donated.

My goal for the year was to read 50 off my shelf. I'm only at 17 so I need to push more books off the mountain if I'm going to achieve the goal.

Jul 3, 12:28am Top

>28 streamsong: Awwww! Hurray for single Mrs Hummingbird! And your colt is a very handsome fellow.

I am doing a horrible job of reading off my shelves (what else is new?). Oh well, at least I am reading!!

Jul 3, 10:20am Top

>37 Berly: Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping by and the complement on the colt.

Yeah, those pesky books on the shelves. How'd they get there, anyway?

It was obvious when the male hummingbird disappeared. Like last year, he was attacking the window near their nest and leaving it spattered with hummingbird droppings. I really couldn't believe it when the baby beak appeared in the nest. Fingers crossed that this tough baby bird fledges successfully.

Edited: Jul 3, 10:30am Top

46. So You Want to Talk About Race -Ijeoma Oluo - 2018 - library

I live in a white bubble in a very red state. Like many Americans, I have always felt that I am not racist, but according to Olua, being part of the dominant, oppressive society without acting to correct it makes one racist.

Olua states that if a black person says it's about race, it's about race. Accepting this supposition, is a major hurdle; by arguing with it, you are minimizing the black person's experience; by agreeing – or at least accepting even if you don't fully understand – you are acknowledging the experience and continuing the conversation.

I loved Olua's analogy that being constantly exposed to racism is like being continually and randomly stung by bees. It may seem like someone is overreacting to one specific incident, but it's cumulative and changes how one regards bees.

Olua has many examples showing what covert and institutional racism looks like in America. Many were eye-opening. Some I am still pondering and am not sure I yet have my mind wrapped around them enough to fully understand. Perhaps that means I still have more growth to work towards.

I feel this is an eye-opening and important book – one that should be widely read and discussed.

Jul 3, 12:25pm Top

>39 streamsong: Great review, Janet. The bee analogy is 100% spot on, at least for me, and especially lately.

Edited: Jul 8, 8:12am Top

>40 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl! Over the past few months, I had requested three books from the library that were getting buzz here on LT: We Were Eight Years in Power, So You Want to Talk About Race and When They Call You a Terrorist. Inevitably, they all came in about the same time and so I definitely had a triple exposure to three very thoughtful books on black experience in a very short time. .

I am so sorry that the 'bees' are bad. I can hardly stand to watch the news anymore.

Edited: Jul 6, 10:53am Top

45.The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng - 2007
-April ColorCat - Yellow Cover
- Global Reading: Malaya/Malaysia
- ROOT #14/50 Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points - 35/225
- Read June 2018

Set in Malaya before the Second World War, Phillip Hutton is the son of a powerful British businessman who is one of the wealthy elite of the island. Phillip is also the only child of his father's second wife, a Chinese lady cast out by her family due to this marriage.

Phillip found himself never quite fitting in: not in his British, white family; not as a half Chinese child growing up in Malaya; and certainly not with his estranged Chinese grandparents whom he had never met.

But then he met a Japanese diplomat, Endo-san, who was renting a home on an island owned by Phillip's family. The diplomat, also very much alone in Malaya, took on Phillip as his martial arts disciple, molding his philosophy as well as his physical body. The two became deeply connected; the sensai revealed that the two had been connected in many lifetimes.

When Japan invaded Malaya, it became obvious that much of what Phillip believed about his beloved teacher was not true.

Where do loyalties lie? How can Phillip best help his family and his country? This is a wonderfully complex novel investigating connections and conflicting loyalties. The world is real enough to touch; the people are wonderfully three dimensional. It's a hard novel to put down. 4.5 stars

Jul 6, 12:33pm Top

>42 streamsong: Nice review of The Gift of Rain, Janet. I loved that book as well. Unfortunately Tan Twan Eng hasn't written anything for quite awhile, as far as I know.

Edited: Jul 7, 11:53am Top

>43 kidzdoc: Thank you, Darryl. The Gift of Rain was living on MT TBR since soon after I read The Garden of Evening Mists. So much gold lurking unloved on my stacks (and piles). .

I would love to see him write more. Does that sound greedy? If he never writes another word, he's made his mark with these two wonderful novels.

Jul 8, 2:53am Top

Good news: According to an interesting article in a Malaysian cultural magazine from last year Tan Twan Eng is still writing.

Notes of a Native Son

Jul 8, 8:08am Top

That's good news, Darryl! Thank you for the wonderful link. I had googled but had not found anything new by him.

"Every single publisher we sent The Gift of Rain to turned it down. The editorial departments would say take it but the sales departments would say, ‘We can’t sell it, we don’t know how to market it.’ One of the editors said it was one of the most boring books she’d ever read."

Jul 8, 8:10am Top

Today is the day DS arrives with a serious girl friend in tow - the first he's brought home. I hope I pass muster! Rumor has it she loves books ....

Edited: Jul 8, 8:19am Top

June reviews marching on:

46. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie - 1934
- May MysteryCat:mystery on a mode of transportation
- TIOLI - book from a series of more than 5 published books which is not the first in timeline or written order;
- library-

This is the classic Christie story about a murder that occurs while the Orient Express train is stuck in a snowbank; a place where it would have been impossible for anyone from the outside to enter the train. Someone on the train must be the murderer – but the passengers have conflicting stories, and the physical evidence leads in circles.

I haven't read many of Agatha Christie's works. I can see how much I've missed out by not doing so. Sometimes there is this little contrary voice in my head that says if works are popular, they can't be good. Wrong, wrong, wrong! - Or at least not always right. I thoroughly enjoyed this classic mystery. 4 stars.

Jul 8, 8:52am Top

>Wishing you all a lovely day!

Jul 8, 11:35pm Top

If she loves books, you are in like Flint, Janet!

Jul 9, 4:24pm Top

Like you and Darryl, Janet, I loved The Gift of Rain and The Garden of Evening Mists. What a writer! I'm glad those two resonated with you, too. It's tantalizing, wondering what he's going to give us next.

Jul 9, 6:07pm Top

Happy Monday, Janet. I hope you are keeping cool there in Montana. And I hope any wildfires stay far south.

I always enjoy hearing about your reads. Such interesting titles. I definitely have So You Want to Talk About Race on the To-Read list and I have wanted to read The Gift of Rain for a few years now. I think I have it saved on my Kindle. I also was impressed with The Garden of Evening Mists.

Jul 11, 11:22am Top

Hi Janet - Great comments on The Gift of Rain. It's been sitting on my shelf for way too long.

Jul 11, 12:28pm Top

>49 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella! The same to you as always!

Right now mornings are perfect here - 60's to 70's. Late afternoons heat up to the 80's or 90's. There is no rain in sight for the next ten days, but no fires in the surrounding mountains, either.

>50 ronincats: I think she does, Roni. She is going for a double masters in Library science and anthropology. We didn't have a lot of time to talk because she is literally deathly allergic to cats - but they stayed at an airbnb in town which is one of the loveliest old Victorian houses I've seen here.

We ate, walked , talked, played a game of somethingorother Red Dragon Inn one night. (I think they let me win). Lovely lady and my son looks very happy and relaxed.

Jul 11, 12:34pm Top

>51 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Did you get a chance to read the article that Darryl provided in >45 kidzdoc: ? Anticipation (humming to self) A wonderful writer indeed.

>52 msf59: Hi Mark! I so get that. So many wonderful books on MT TBR and then all the distractions of the new books and the ones that buddies are talking about.

I'm currently laboring over my review for When They Call you a Terrorist, another important book that I feel I need to spend time getting the review just right.

>52 msf59: >53 BLBera: Beth and Mark The Gift of Rain will not disappoint you. I'm so glad to have finally read it!

Edited: Jul 11, 3:38pm Top

I finished my audio book in the car, Ivan Doig's memoir of growing up, This House of Sky. Lovely, lovely story of a father and a son and a different time, Doig's love of words and his path to becoming a writer.

This was a ROOT I brought home from Mom's library after she passed.

I started my next audio-in-the-car, Lincoln in the Bardo which arrived at the library yesterday.

Three more books arrived at the library along with the above : my copy of A Gentleman in Moscow for the Real Life Book Club at the end of this month; the third Bernie/Jim Chee book by Anne Hillerman called Song of the Lion, and Less: A Novel.

Poor old Mt TBR/ROOT pile is going to be sitting unloved for a while!

Jul 11, 1:20pm Top

>55 streamsong: Thanks for the nudge, Janet. I hadn't read the article about Tan Twan Eng that Darryl linked, but I just did. Really good. His first two were long 'uns, so it'll be interesting to read a short novel from him when he's done.

Edited: Jul 12, 1:06am Top

Janet that happens to me too. The library books put great pressure on and then the books shelved/'owned at home remain unread. But I do have The House of Sky on that shelf and it will call now to me more. With thanks for your good recommendation. I like his books!

Jul 12, 12:47am Top

Hi Janet. You are doing some great reading. I also thought So You Want to Talk About Race was excellent, as well as Lucy's book, The Hounds of Spring. I have When They Call You a Terrorist on the TBR shelves in the TBR boxes that I haven't yet unpacked. And I loved The Gift of Rain when I read it a while back, although I loved Garden of Evening Mists even more.

We're settling into the Palouse nicely although it is sure an adjustment. Some things are better and there are other things I really miss about Seattle. The peace and quiet are sublime.

Jul 13, 2:17am Top

>54 streamsong: Sounds like she might be a winner! I have heard that Lincoln in the Bardo can be confusing on audio--hope it goes well for you. My bookclub, I and my dad (well he has 40 pages left) all enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow and it was a good discussion. I am halfway through Eight Years in Power but got sidetracked.

Edited: Jul 13, 12:09pm Top

>57 jnwelch: Wasn't that a great article, Joe? I'll be looking forward to this next book by Tan Twan Eng.

>58 mdoris: Hi Mary! I'm glad to hear that you enjoy Ivan Doig, too. I really enjoyed this memoir. Lots of strong dignity in his the way his father did what had to be done to have his son with him after his wife's death.

ETA: This time around with the library books, I've suspended all my other holds until I get these four done. We'll see how that works. I'm afraid I may lose my place in the queue for popular requests like Calypso and the NYT book club books.

>59 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! All great books - and I know I got the recommendations here on LT. (Virtual hugs for LT). I did love The Garden of Evening Mists more that The Gift of Rain but both are far above the average.

I'm glad you're settling into the Palouse. When you want to do some mountain exploring, drive south to Lewistown and turn left onto highway 12. You'll be in God's country quite quickly. :) I don't know much about the trails on the west end of the route, but the ex was a wilderness ranger, and I was a wilderness volunteer, out of Elk Summit on the Powell district just a bit west of the Pass. Let me know if you'd like to meet somewhere like Lochsa Lodge (near the Powell Ranger Station). It would be about a two and a half hour drive for both of us.

The opening photos on this thread are from the meadows near Lolo Pass. There is actually quite a nice little museum at the Visitor's center there, trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing as well as hiking.

Edited: Jul 15, 11:28am Top

>60 Berly: Hi Kim! I can see where Lincoln in the Bardo might be a bit confusing on audio. I had errands to do in Missoula yesterday, and I listened to the first two hours in one stretch so to speak, and it became clearer as time went on. It helps that it has a full ensemble cast (including David Sedaris). Wonderful book!

I'm glad to hear that A Gentleman in Moscow is one to look forward to.

Jul 14, 11:43am Top

I've not read A Gentleman in Moscow yet, but I've heard so many great things.

Jul 14, 12:51pm Top

Stopping by to say hello after a long absence. You are doing some great reading and listening. I read Lincoln in the Bardo first but then, at the recommendation of someone on LT, listened to it so it made sense to me. Being able to listen for a long period of time should help, too. Sedaris and Nick Offerman were terrific readers.

And I adored A Gentleman in Moscow! Hope you do, too.

I am also not doing so well with the books on my shelves. I've bought several bags of books in the past month and seem to be more interested in reading them. But, I'm trying...

Edited: Jul 17, 4:02pm Top

>63 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping in. I hope you have the pneumonia on the run. I'm looking forward to A Gentleman in Moscow which I need to start reading this week for next week's book club.

I'll let you know what I think!

>64 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! Nice to see you back. yes, I'm having no trouble following Bardo on audio. Hmm not familiar with Nick Offerman - I'll have to check him out.

I'm still reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics for my ColorCat pink cover challenge. It's just good enough to hang in there and not give up on .. at over 500 pages, it's a big long to grit my teeth and read. I just found out that the death occurred on a camping trip ...

I have started Bird by Bird for the 75'ers non fiction challenge for the arts. Wonderful book! I hereby pledge to write every day.

And I'm also whipping through Still Life by Louise Penney. It's my first venture into
Three Pines. I know it gets a lot of love here.

Jul 17, 4:23pm Top

I went to a really interesting talk last week by a man named John Clayton with Humanities Montana about the 1988 forest fires in Yellowstone.

There were lots of reasons the fire may have occurred - buildup of fuels due to very active fire suppression for decades followed by a 'let it burn' policy in back country.

But what it mostly came down to was weather. It was an abnormally hot, dry season, with high winds and no rainfall creating record setting number of acres burned in the west.

But the thing is that the fires no longer look unusual in hindsight. In the thirty years since then, half the years have had higher average temperatures; more acres have burned almost every year since them.

It became a turning point in not only the public's view of what a National Park should look like, but Clayton says that the Yellowstone fires were a harbinger of the coming climate change - and a cultural icon- an event many of us shared, even though we did not know the import at the time they were happening.

He's written a book called Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon, which I did not buy, but might be interested in reading. (I hate to say it, but I am more interested in the science than the sociology of YNP).

I did buy another book by another author who was ther called Red Skies of '88: The 1988 Forest Fire Season in the Northern Rockies.

Jul 17, 4:29pm Top

And hooray! after wandering around the western US for a month or so,, my copy of Seeker's Mask has finally arrived. It's the next one up for me (#3) in the Kencyrath series.

Jul 20, 9:39am Top

>66 streamsong: It sounds like a fascinating talk, Janet.

Jul 20, 4:51pm Top

>67 streamsong: How about that? The book has done even more wandering than the author does in the story! Enjoy.

Jul 21, 8:50am Top

>68 BLBera: It really was a great talk, Beth! Unfortunately, a timely topic as forest fire smoke is starting to fill the valley. :( Ah, well at least it started several weeks later than last year.

>69 ronincats: According to the tracking, the book spent several weeks in Denver. Was someone reading it? Was it meeting up with some of the fabulous LT'er's who live in that area? Doing a bit of sight seeing?

Jul 21, 9:04am Top

Today, we're scattering Mom's ashes in the same place we scattered Dad's.

My brother is flying in from Tempe this morning and my son is still here before returning to SF.

Unfortunately there is Family Drama happening with my kids. I would love to opt out of the scattering and stay home. I was with Mom during her final hospitalization, during her brief hospice stay; I arranged her funeral, cleaned out her apartment by myself and am (still) taking care of her estate. I have said goodbye in every possible way. I am very happy that her ashes will no longer be in the basement of the mortuary because that hurt my heart - it felt like she was forgotten. But I don't feel that I would be missing my chance to say goodbye. I have done that. I know that if I opt out, I will be the one accused of being overly dramatic.

Why isn't life easier?

Listening to Lincoln in the Bardo this past week feels a bit surreal. Serendipitous timing.

Jul 21, 11:37am Top

I have started Why Buddhism is True and I think there might be some answers or ideas in this book to answer your question and give us help along the way with the family dramas. Fingers crossed and hope all goes well.

Jul 21, 12:07pm Top

>71 streamsong: I am sending love, peace and strength your way today. Sorry for drama that mars this time for you.

Jul 21, 5:57pm Top

>71 streamsong: Sorry for the family drama, Janet, joining you in wishing easier (family-)life...

Edited: Jul 22, 4:47pm Top

Thank you for the good wishes, Mary, Karen and Anita.

It actually went very well with everyone on their best behaviors. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful setting. I don't know if Mom is more at peace for getting this done, but I definitely feel more much better.

Mary, I haven't read that one, but I have read several on Buddhism and several more on MT TBR. I agree that there is a lot of wisdom in this philosophy.

Edited: Jul 22, 4:36pm Top

>72 mdoris: I thought Why Buddhism is True was terrific, Mary. Agreed.

My sympathy re spreading your mother's ashes and the family drama, Janet. I'm glad everyone was on their best behavior and you had a beautiful day for it in a beautiful setting.

Jul 22, 8:55pm Top

I'm glad the day went better than you had anticipated, Janet, that folks settled down and perhaps focused on the thing that was really most important. We still have MIL's ashes in a box and will eventually get around to scattering them, probably in the Salish Sea. But I can totally understand why getting them out of the mortuary basement would be a priority.

P and I went through Lolo Pass on our way to Choteau, Montana, in the summer of 1999. I don't remember much about it other than seeing a female moose and her calf. We will definitely be exploring God's country to the east of us and I would love to meet sometime at Lochsa Lodge!!

I can also recommend Why Buddhism is True.

I look forward to your concluding thoughts about Lincoln in the Bardo. I have it on the shelves and I want to read it for my personal Booker Winner challenge.

Jul 22, 9:44pm Top

Hi, Janet. I am glad the day went smoothly, with minimal family drama and can finally turn the page. I would also recommend Why Buddhism is True.

I hope you are having a delightful time with Lincoln in the Bardo.

Jul 23, 10:03pm Top

So glad that all went so well. Great that everyone was on their best behaviour. It is wonderful when that happens.

Jul 24, 11:29am Top

>76 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I have Why Buddhism is True on the list, thanks to your, Mary's, Ellen's (and I think Mark's?) rec of it. I do hate to acquire another book when I already have 16 books languishing away on MT TBR tagged Buddhism. Sigh. (48 tagged Buddhism in my entire library)

I have Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki on the short list for August, since it would fit both the colorcat challenge (grey) and the 75'ers NF essays challenge. And it's been sitting on MT TBR since 2008.

Joe, Ellen, Mark, Mary and everyone - I was very relieved by the way it all turned out on Saturday.

Because of the cliffs, one can scatter ashes over the edge and know that they will neither disturb anyone else, or be disturbed.

Edited: Jul 24, 11:40am Top

>77 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! Yes, it's very pretty country. Besides hiking, there are developed and undeveloped hot springs, including one infamous clothing optional spring; superb whitewater rafting, a few museums along the route (historical ranger station and Nez Perce trail) and wonderful cross country skiing.

The Elk Summit you referred to on your thread is the Elk Summit my ex was based out of for many years. It also figures prominently in one of the short stories called 'The Ranger, the Cook and the Hole in the Sky' in Norman Maclean's The River Runs Through It. TR,TC&TWITS was made into a Hallmark movie. Lolo Hot Springs appears in the novella The River Runs Through It and in the movie.

I finished listening to Lincoln in the Bardo. I enjoyed it, but didn't think it was as groundbreaking as many people did, perhaps because the play Our Town was popular in the 70's and I saw it several times.

Jul 24, 11:45am Top

>78 msf59: Hi Mark! Lincoln in the Bardo was quite good and I am glad to have listened to it. I highly recommend the audiobook version of this one.

>79 mdoris: Very true, Mary! Big sigh of relief from me, too.

I have started listening to Jeanette Walls' Half Broke Horses, a fictionalized account of her grandmother's life. I have not read her more well known The Glass Castle but the paper version of HBH has been on MT TBR for several years.

I'm also inhaling A Gentleman in Moscow for the RL book club on Thursday.

Edited: Jul 26, 11:27am Top

At the end of every month, I have a mini grumpy that I am still so far behind in reviews. Six more to go to finish the June reviews.

49. When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors - 2018
- library

The author is one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

She vividly recounts her childhood, where black teenagers and men in her neighborhood were routinely questioned and harassed by police. She also describes how her father was in and out of prison, destabilizing the family.

The final straw, however, was when her brother, diagnosed with bipolar disorder but off his medicine, was in a minor traffic accident. Because he yelled at the other driver, a white woman, he was charged with terroristic activity and imprisoned.

She vividly explores the prison system, with its over-representation of black men.

“Prisoners are valuable. They not only work for pennies for the corporate brands our people love so much, but they also provide jobs for mostly poor white people, replacing the jobs lost in rural communities. Poor white people who are chosen to be guards. They run the motels in prison towns where families have to stay when they make 11 hour drives into rural corners of the state. They deliver the microwave food we have to buy from the prison vending machines.” p 44

“There are more people with mental health disorders in prison than in all of the psychiatric hospitals in the United States added up. In 2015, the Washington Post reported that
'American prisons and jails housed an estimated 356,258 people with severe mental illness. . . a figure that is more than 10 times the number of mentally ill patients in state psychiatric hospitals in 2012, the last year for reliable data . . . about 35,000 people.'
” p 61

And finally, she recounts how she herself, was labeled as a terrorist and had police bursting into her quiet home due to her work in organizing Black Lives Matter.

This is an eye-opening, important book; it's another one very valuable for those wanting to get beyond their white bubble and have a better understanding of black life in America today.

Jul 25, 8:23pm Top

I'm glad there was no drama during the scattering of your mom's ashes, Janet. Family can be challenging.

>83 streamsong: Great comments. I agree that This is an eye, opening, important book; it's another one very valuable for those wanting to get beyond their white bubble and have a better understanding of black life in America today.

I'm reading another one right now that is also taking me out of my "white bubble," This Will Be My Undoing.

Jul 26, 9:12am Top

>80 streamsong: I have read Zen Mind, Beginners Mind some time ago, and loved it. Something about the language, but it also makes you feel like opening your eyes a bit more:-; hard to describe.

Jul 26, 11:48am Top

>84 BLBera: Hi Beth! Thanks for stopping in. I'll definitely have to look for This Will be My Undoing.

Super serendipitous moments. I had decided to read We Were Eight Years in Power, When They Call you a Terrorist, So You Want to Talk About Race and Infinite Hope (an LTER book that I need to finish reviewing-sigh) early this year due to comments on various threads.

All of this was well before I found that I may be welcoming a wonderful black person into my family. Since neither of my kids want their lives referred to in any way on this thread, I'll leave it at that - other than to marvel at the way the universe works.

>85 EllaTim: It's good to know that you enjoyed it, Ella. I'll move it up on my list of possibilities for my August reads.

Jul 26, 11:53am Top

I'm another one who loved Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Like Ella, I find it hard to describe, but it's my favorite Zen book.

Really good review of When They Call You a Terrorist, Janet. It's on my tbr.

Edited: Jul 26, 12:02pm Top

Today the RLBC meets to talk about A Gentleman in Moscow. It was a fun book and I love the people in my book club! Should be a good time.

The newest book I've started is Less: A Novel. I'm still trying to read the books on the PBS/NYT book club list, but not necessarily in the month they are discussing them. I've decided to request these books from my library, rather than buy them, which means I can be reading them months late. :) It also means I have to read them as soon as I receive them, since there is a long waiting list in our library system.

I'm also trying to finish Bird by Bird for the 75'ers nonfiction:arts challenge and Chosen Country, an Early Reviewers book. I should be able to finish all before the end of the month.

Jul 26, 11:56am Top

Nice review of When They Call You a Terrorist, Janet. I'll look for a copy of it this weekend.

Jul 26, 11:59am Top

>87 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Nice to see another rec for Zen Mind, Beginner's mind! I have so many treasures lost and unloved on Planet TBR.

Thanks for the complement on the review. It's another important book for me, for sure.

Jul 27, 9:35am Top

>89 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl! I'll be interested to see what you think of it!

The book club discussion yesterday for A Gentleman in Moscow was lively and fun. Although there was a bit of skepticism that about the count being left undisturbed in house arrest for that many years, mostly we all just enjoyed the well developed characters, the story and the humor. And of course, the what-happened-next of the ending.

We had a great discussion, especially, about the variety and depth of the female characters.

One of the members brought in a book she had just started reading called The Girl From the Metropol Hotel, about a true experience of living there in somewhat the same time frame. The author, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, was blurbed on the book cover as one of 'Russia's premier writers'. Her story appears to be one of poverty and want, and searching the nearby streets for scraps of food; eventually she ended up living on the streets altogether.

I'll definitely be reading this one as a follow up.

Jul 28, 11:11am Top

Hi Janet!

I have no valid explanation for not visiting your thread sooner. I apologize. I feel bad you couldn't join us in Ennis/Virginia City on the 4th, but completely understand. We did have a lot of fun in Virginia City although we couldn't find the book sale. Even the Welcome Center didn't know about it, so at least that part of the day was a bust - although goodness knows we all acquired books in Missoula, Karen and I acquired more in Alberton, we visited used book stores in Helena and Bozeman, and as I've mentioned elsewhere I had 4 boxes sent home from the trip overall.

So far I haven't gotten Karen to join LT - even after scanning a bunch of her books into a second account I have and showing her how easy it is. Perhaps one of these days. She's got more books than me, and they're in almost every room in bookcases AND stacked on floors, tables, desks, and etc., and 50 boxes in the air conditioned equipment shed. She's got a few other things on her plate right now. Of course every time she finds another duplicate or a book she was going to show me but couldn't find she says it's a shame there isn't a book cataloging website she'd like..... snarky as always, my friend Karen is. *smile*

So many good books mentioned here! Murder on the Orient Express is very good. I loved reading Lincoln in the Bardo and will be listening to it since it was chosen for our November RL book club discussion. A Gentleman in Moscow was another fabulous book.

I'm glad the scattering of your Mom's ashes went well, Janet. Sorry for family tensions and upsets and hope things are better soon.

I love the new picture of the colt - he's just dandy looking!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and even if it's a tad warmer than normal, at least you don't have humidity! That was the worst thing about coming back - the enervating humidity.

Edited: Jul 28, 11:39am Top

Hey Janet! You friended me on FB and then tried to tell me how to win a personal grant. I'm telling you this publically in case they try this on any other LT folk. Sorry! 😐

ETA: I don't think they've hacked you. I think they've made an account with your picture and started friending people that you're friends with. I just changed my account so only friends can see my other friends.

Edited: Jul 28, 1:27pm Top

Hey Rachel - Thanks for the warnings! I changed security settings, reported it to FB, unlogged me from all networks (According to FB I was logged into 6 networks!), changed password, went to two step log in, made my friends list private (hmm I thot it already was - something for everyone to check), messaged my friends who responded to the second friend request. Hope everything is good, now.


ETA - they definitely made a second account with my photo and name, but my birthday is listed on the second account as being in the 80's - it makes me younger than my kids!

Edited: Jul 28, 1:27pm Top

>92 karenmarie: Hey Karen - no problem! You've been busy!

I was sorry not to make it to Virginia City, either. I had a small problem mare/vet which made the longish day trip impossible. All worked out, though not productively. I shoulda gone to Virginia City instead. Bottom line: mare being returned to my friend in Canada. :(

Perhaps I should have suggested you make the loop through Bannack and north and come through Hamilton on your way home, although that would probably have made it an overnight trip for you.

Tell Karen she only needs to have an account so she can access the best book talk around. I don't think she even needs to enter a single book to have a free account and I'd love to be in touch with her book-wise. Does she do Good Reads? (Do you?) I only use it to add what I'm currently reading and keep up with a few friends who don't have LT account. Does she do FB?

Jul 29, 10:36am Top

Sorry about having to return the mare to your friend in Canada.

If there's a next time visit, we'll definitely make plans to come your way.

I like your approach - talking about books and not having to worry about entering books to her catalog. I'll have to mention it to her. Neither of us is on Good Reads, and LT takes up more than enough of my time so I don't anticipate joining any time in the future. Karen is not on FB and has no plans on changing that - even I rarely get on, almost never post. I call myself a liker and lurker (and occasional replier).

Jul 29, 1:20pm Top

Jul 31, 10:05am Top

Hi Janet: Sorry about the FB woes.

>97 streamsong: Yes!

I'm happy you had a great discussion about The Gentleman in Moscow;I will definitely look for The Girl from the Metropol Hotel. I think I may have read something by Petrushevskaya...

Aug 2, 12:53pm Top

>96 karenmarie: Hi Karen!

Yeah, turns out the mare has a physical problem that will make breeding her problematic, but not impossible. However, it could be passed to her offspring, so I just don't want to deal with it.

Now I get to go mare shopping. :) Oh terrible, terrible.

>98 BLBera: Hi Beth - I think the FB stuff is all sorted out. And other than being a bit annoying to my friends, no consequences. I do like FB.

It always embarrasses me when someone is touted as 'a premier writer from xxx' and I haven't even heard of them. My reading life was much more limited before LT. I'll also be looking for something by Petrushevskaya besides The Girl From the Metropol Hotel.

Edited: Sep 2, 10:48am Top

I have an embarrassment of books showing up from my library holds again this week: Sedaris's new Calypso on audiobook, Educated by Tara Westover, Wires and Nerve: Vol 2, and Pachinko.

I've put several others on 'hold suspended' so they won't come showering down at the same time.

****August Possibilities****

As of 8/01/2018, there are 518 books on physical MT TBR.

These numbers include the library books that I have at home.

Of course, it's those pesky library books that make my numbers look so large. Like stepping on a scale at the doctor's office with shoes on, adds 30 pounds to your weight .....

Continuing from July

Less: A novel - Andrew Sean Greer
Half Broke Horses - - Jeannette Walls - audio - ROOT
Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott - ROOT
Chosen Country - James T. Pogue - LTER

75er NF challenge - essays
Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki - ROOT

ColorCat - Gray
Plainsong - Kent Haruf - ROOT
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - ROOT
Narcolepsy: A Funny Disorder That's No Laughing Matter - Marguerite J. Utley - ROOT
Chief Joseph's Own Story - Chief Joseph - ROOT
The Wild Inside - Christine Carbo

MysteryCat - historical mystery
Death Comes to Pemberley - P. D. James - ROOT

The Women in the Castle - Jessica Shattuck

Library books
Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman
Educated - Tara Westover
Calypso - David Sedaris - audio book
Wires and Nerve: Vol 2 - Marissa Meyer
Pachinko -

Lagos Noir - Chris Abani
What the Eyes Don't See - Mona Hanna-Attisha
Welcome to Lagos - (audiobook) Chibundu Onuzo
Invisible by Stephen L. Carter - not yet received

Edited: Aug 3, 9:14am Top

Only 6 finished in July ( although I have four almost done)

56. The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch - 1989- MysteryCat - True Crime; ROOT #17/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points 54/225
57. This House of Sky - Ivan Doig - 1978 - TIOLI ##9: Rolling Challenge: Red White And Blue; ROOT #18/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points 56/225; listened to audio from library
58. Still Life - Louise Penney - 2005; MysteryCat: Police Procedural; TIOLI #8: Read a book that appears on the same LT list as a book you've read this year ( 100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime) - ROOT # 19/50; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point = 57/225
59. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders - 2017 - audio in the car; library
60. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl - 2006; ColorCat: Pink - ROOT #20/50 acquired 2008 = 10 ROOT points = 67/225
61. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles - 2016 - Real Life Book Club - library

3 ROOTS/3 library
4 Fiction/ 2 Nonfiction
3 female authors/3 male

Aug 2, 1:29pm Top

And another review of a book from June:

50. The Feather Thief - Kirk Wallace Johnson - 2018
- May Outside & Beyond Book Club
- June 75'ers Nonfiction Challenge- Outdoors;
- June MysteryCat True Crime
- aqd 2018

This is a bizarre true crime account. The perpetrator, Edwin Rist, was an exceptionally bright child and a gifted flautist. But when introduced to the Victorian art of Salmon fly tying, Edwin became obsessed.

Modern day trout fly tying has little to do with the Victorian art. Modern fly tiers reproduce common bugs and flies and match them to insect hatches on specific creeks using common materials. A successful fly is one that catches fish. It's a hobby my father loved, and he taught me as a child to tie trout flies.

The Victorians, however, were fond of gaudy excess. They began tying flies for salmon fishing made of bright exotic feathers. These became exquisite works of art.

The art of tying the Victorian flies is practiced today, but unfortunately many of the feathers used are from birds that are rare or even extinct.

Thus there is a thriving black market for the rarest of the feathers required. So when Rist became short of money, wanting to buy a a nice quality flute and the rare feathers for his hobby where he enjoyed a measure of fame, he formed the plan to steal rare specimens from the British Museum of Natural History.

In 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, he carried out his plan, stealing hundreds of rare bird skins, many collected up to 150 years earlier.

I loved the way this book began; the background info including the story of Alfred Russell Wallace who independently came up with the theory of evolution after studying the birds of Malaya; the Victorian feather trade; the explanation of tying the arcane salmon flies and the heist from the British Museum of Natural History.

I thought the ending weaker - perhaps because there wasn't really closure in the case; perhaps because I had the feeling that this would have made a fascinating magazine article, but had a lot of filler to expand it into a book.

Edited: Aug 3, 8:48am Top

and another June review ..... sigh

51. Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years… - Anthony Graves - 2018
- TIOLI#7: Read a book where the author's last name is also a noun
- acq'd 2018

From the publisher: ”In the summer of 1992, a grandmother, a teenage girl, and four children under the age of ten were beaten and stabbed to death in Somerville, Texas. The perpetrator set the house on fire to cover his tracks, deepening the heinousness of the crime and rocking the tiny community to its core. Authorities were eager to make an arrest. Five days later, Anthony Graves was in custody.

Graves, then twenty-six years old and without an attorney, was certain that his innocence was obvious. He did not know the victims, he had no knowledge about the crime, and he had an airtight alibi with witnesses. There was also no physical evidence linking him to the scene. Yet Graves was indicted, convicted of capital murder, sentenced to death, and, over the course of twelve years on death row, given two execution dates. He was not freed for eighteen years, two months, four days.

Through years of suffering the whims of rogue prosecutors, vote-hungry district attorneys, and Texas State Rangers who played by their own rules, Graves was frequently exposed to the dire realities of being poor and black in the criminal justice system. He witnessed fellow inmates who became his friends and confidants be taken away, one by one, to their deaths. And he missed out on seeing his three young sons mature into men. Graves's only solace was his infinite hope that the state would not execute him for a crime he did not commit. “

When I sat down to read this book, I was mesmerized and inhaled it in within a day – I can't remember when I last did this with a book. Graves' well written account of resilience and courage in the face of trumped up evidence that landed him on death row for most of his adult life was inspiring and fascinating. He endured the worst conditions the US has to offer and yet never gave up either his hope or his dignity.

Recommended for it's view of how our criminal justice system can go astray, especially for the black and poor.

I received a copy of this through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

Aug 2, 1:54pm Top

>100 streamsong: Ah, Murphy's Law of Library Holds strikes again. *nods sympathetically*

Edited: Aug 3, 8:55am Top

>104 norabelle414: Isn't that the truth! And they come in batches of similar books, too! I live in a very small town whose library is linked to 30 or so other western Montana libraries.

In late May/early June a number of 'social justice' books requested over several months' time, all showed up at once.

I decided to follow the PBS/NYT Now Read This! book club - but after the first few titles, I decided I would do so when the titles were available from the library, and not purchase copies.

Now, Less: A Novel (which I finished yesterday!), Educated and Pachinko have all arrived - the May, June and July selections for the club.

The forest fire smoke is getting bad here. I just need to hibernate in the hot late afternoons and early evenings and READ!

And get caught up on reviews (ha!) and visit threads.

Aug 3, 4:57pm Top

>99 streamsong: Sorry it didn't work out with the mare, Janet.
What kind of mare are you looking for?

Aug 4, 1:02pm Top

>106 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita - Thanks for stopping in!

I'm looking for a mare that I can ride that will also cross well with my stallion. That means I look for specific body types, bloodlines, and temperament. There are also bloodlines I avoid unless they've been genetically tested and shown not to carry certain inherited conditions.

Aug 5, 8:42am Top

Hi Janet!

>105 streamsong: Karen sent me a pic of the smoke from Yellowstone and California. Indoors for as much of the day as you can manage is a good idea.

Aug 5, 10:02am Top

Happy Sunday, Janet. Good reviews of When They Call You a Terrorist & The Feather Thief. Thumbs on both. 5 stars sounds perfect for the former.

If you are in the mood for an outdoor adventure book, check out The Man Who climbs Trees. A unique look at nature, from the treetops. I loved it.

Edited: Aug 6, 12:42pm Top

>108 karenmarie: Hi Karen! We had a bit of wind so right now the Bitterroot Valley is only mildly smoky. Mornings are quite beautiful and we're not getting the heat until the afternoons.

But the afternoons, - oh yes, I'm reading inside (and getting caught up on other stuff). And hopefully reviews!

I'm thinking of finally getting the camper I bought this spring out to a nearby lake for the Perseid Meteor Shower on Saturday and Sunday night. :)

>109 msf59: Nice to see you, Mark! Thanks for the thumbs! The Man Who Climbs Trees sounds good. I will definitely put it on the list.

Enjoy your trip to Colorado!

Edited: Aug 6, 12:40pm Top

Whipped right through Gone Rogue the second of Marissa Meyer graphic novel extension of the Lunar Chronicle series. Fun summer reading.

I also finished listening to Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls's 'fictionalized biography' of her unique grandmother. I haven't read Glass Castle, but since her mother was introduced in HBH, I'll look for it. And for those that have read Glass Castle I predict HBH will be of interest.

In a bit of synchronicity, the next one due back at the library is Tara Westover's Educated. I can see the similarities of Walls and Westover's experiences even though I'm guessing that the physical settings are quite different.

I hope that Educated will help give me the push to finish reading my LTER book Chosen Country, about 'The Patriot' takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. It's interesting, but lacks some focus, making it a bit chaotic to read. In fact 'chaotic' is a good word to describe both the takeover and the author himself. :)

Aug 8, 9:53pm Top

Hi Janet: I recently read Glass Castles and Educated, and there were similarities. I did like both of them. Westover grew up in Idaho, so she is closer to your neck of the woods.

Edited: Aug 9, 11:26am Top

>112 BLBera: Hi Beth- I finished Educated last night. Wow- What a story.

Yes, Montana and Idaho share some of the same 'independent spirits'. Unfortunately, the off-the-grid survivalist types aren't that unusual around here.

The total disregard for the medical establishment coupled with the total disregard of his kids' safety, is I think more unusual.

I have seen families with both types of homeschooling; curricula that are superior as well as those that are so poor, the kids have very little education. For Westover to have never heard of the Holocaust is mind blowing indeed.

Interesting that the extreme fundamentalist Mormonism is central both to Educated and to the LTER book I'm reading now about the Malheur Wildlife Refuge take over, Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West.

Aug 9, 11:27am Top

I've started the current PBS/NYT bookclub selection, What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky. So far they are an excellent set of short stories. It's fun to have details discussed story by story on the FB site.

Aug 9, 2:25pm Top

Sorry the smoke is getting bad out there. I wish I could keep up with the PBS bookclub books, they all look so good. I've just got so much going on that I have only finished one of them!

Edited: Aug 11, 1:36pm Top

>115 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel - It's nice to see you making the rounds. I hope that means that you are feeling better!

I'm not exactly keeping up with the PBS bookclub books. I read them as they are available from my library, which is usually a couple months late. It's still interesting to go back and read the conversations on FB, even though the discussions are over. It's amazing to me that I was able to snag a copy of the current month's short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.

Have you seen the movie Three Identical Strangers? I think you would really enjoy it. The basic story is that a set of triplets that had been separated at birth found each other and were amazingly alike physically. But it turns out that there were actually many sets of twins split up by this adoption agency as part of an experiment ... and many, many of the mothers had mental illness, although the adoptive parents were not told. The outcome of the triplets. who all had mental health problems bad enough to require some hospitalization as teens, seems to have depended on close parental bonds and nurturing (or the lack thereof). Unfortunately, the case files are all locked until 2066, and this is only anecdotal for one set.

Aug 11, 2:20pm Top

I loved What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Janet. I'll have to check the PBS site discussion.

Aug 11, 3:32pm Top

>117 BLBera: Hi Beth - Yes, it's a wonderful collection, isn't it!

I really liked the FB poster's comment that Ernest Hemingway said that, like an iceberg, two thirds of a short story is below the surface.

Aug 11, 3:51pm Top

52. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown – 1970
- TIOLI #16: Read a book which would have been a shared read in this year;
- ROOT# 15 /50; acquired 2006 = 12 ROOT points 47/225
- listened to library- audiobook
4.5 stars

This is one of those book that is iconic to the American Indian Movement and a necessary read for anyone who wants to understand Native history and the roots of today's Indian political situations.

Although I was familiar the histories of the western tribes where I live, there were many tribes whose stories I didn't know. Lies, broken treaties, bad faith action for political reasons, starvation – all to get them onto reservations, where to paraphrase Sherman Alexie is where Indians go to die.

Same song
Different verse
Little bit loader
Little bit worse

Aug 11, 4:02pm Top

53. E Che Kar: An Unforgettable Hike through Glacier National Park in 1937 and the History of the Park (illustrated) – Hank Pederson – 2003
- June Color Cat Challenge: Purple Cover
– ROOT #16/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (49/225)

I picked this up in a Glacier Park Gift shop a few years ago. I had enjoyed Mary Roberts Rinehart's account of traveling through Glacier Park in 1915, and thought this would be an interesting look at Park tourism a few years later.

This is the story of Mary B Totten, a friend of the author's who along with 15 other people answered a commercial vacation ad for a 'hiking unit' through Glacier National Park; the trip was sponsored by the Detroit News. Ms Totten took numerous photos of her trip which consisted of 120 miles in twelve days starting near Macdonald Lake and finishing at Many Glaciers. At the time of Tottens journey, there were lodges and camps set up every 10 miles or so for hikers doing this route. Some of the journal entries are from fellow hiker Elmer C. Adams. There are also postcards from the era reproduced in the book.

Unfortunately, the flowery prose of the author made this almost unreadable. For instance ”As momentum picked up for national park status for the Glacier bracket of Lewis and Clark Forest Preserve, and with the combined efforts of many citizens from all walks of life and lobbying influence by the owners of the Great Northern Railroad, their toil, political astuteness and good judgment were rewarded when Glacier National Park was established by the Congress on May 11, 1910, fifty years to the day after my Danish ancestors boarded a sailing ship bound for America to participate in an explorative venture for opportunity and religious freedom in the territory of Utah. “ p11

And so on.

I am going to keep it in my Glacier Park library, because I do like the photos and the descriptions of camps and lodges no longer found in Glacier.

Edited: Aug 11, 4:30pm Top

54. Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy - Noelle Stevenson - 2015
- TIOLI #10: Read a book where the author's name has the same vowel in first and last name;
- graphic novel
– library
4 stars

This is a fun graphic novel that I've been hearing about since it was published.

From the back of the book: At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqui Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady types, things are not what they seem.”

Five Lumberjane Scout campers sneak away from their counselor for a night time adventure. There is more in the dark than they expect, and it begins a variety of adventures with magical and supernatural challenges. Even their meeting with the camp of too-good-to- believe boy campers nearby takes a sinister turn.

The camp director seems unsurprised and calmly unperturbed as long as the girls keep their motto: Friendship to the max!

Fun, quick read of five kick butt girls, and of course, to be continued in the next volume. Hooray!

Aug 12, 1:46pm Top

Hi Janet!

I hope you're having a good weekend so far.

>119 streamsong: I read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee in the 70s and should probably re-read it. I'll cry all over again.

Aug 13, 12:19pm Top

>122 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I remember Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee being discussed in one of my high school classes in the 70's.

But I did not read it.

It's a sad and disturbing read.

Aug 13, 12:22pm Top

Did anyone else enjoy the meteor shower last night? We had a beautifully clear night. I only saw half a dozen shooting stars, but the sky was so gorgeous. The smoke had cleared yesterday and not a cloud in sight (no rain for six weeks now) and the Milky Way so close you could touch it ....

Aug 13, 1:27pm Top

>116 streamsong: I have not seen that movie, Janet, though it sounds quite interesting. I'll keep a lookout.

>124 streamsong: Awww, I missed it. Was busy driving home from Wisconsin Dells.

Aug 13, 3:40pm Top

>124 streamsong: I was going to watch it this weekend but the smoke here is pretty thick. I think we are getting a lot drawn down from Canada.

Aug 13, 10:30pm Top

>120 streamsong: Flowery prose indeed, Janet.

Aug 14, 12:27am Top

>124 streamsong: Janet, you made the night sky sound so beautiful! We have smoke too, quite thick reducing visibility.

Edited: Aug 14, 10:34am Top

>125 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel - I think that movie is right up your alley!

Well, one thing about missing the Perseid meteor shower is that it will be back next year!

>126 Oberon: I'm sorry about the smoke, Erik. Last year was so incredibly nasty smoke wise that it's wonderful to only have light smoke so far this year. I hate that nasty closed in feeling along with the burning eyes and lungs.

The bad news is that there is a fire in Glacier Park along Lake MacDonald. Going to the Sun Road is closed from the Lake to the Pass. Several historic structures have burned.

Edited: Aug 14, 10:32am Top

>127 BLBera: Flowery, indeed, Beth. I read it for the June color cat challenge (purple cover) and when I posted that bit on the thread, Robertgreaves posted "So, the prose was as purple as the cover, eh?" Best comment ever!

>128 mdoris: Hi Mary! Yuck on the smoke. Nasty stuff, indeed for so many reasons.

It was a beautiful night here. Soft and warm and with no moon in the sky, the stars were really special.

Aug 15, 10:11pm Top

Janet, I have been wanting to read Wounded Knee for some time but just can’t get up my courage. I’m still recovering from watching “Dances With Wolves” many years ago.

It’s been rainy here so I missed the meteor shower. We get too much city light here to see many stars even on the clear nights. I enjoyed the array of stars over our CO cabin a few times while we were in the mountains. I’m glad there weren’t forest fires in the area. It’s been a tough year out west.

Aug 16, 1:11am Top

>97 streamsong: Love that one!! Also Eight Years in Power.

Sorry about the FB thing. : (

Educated is near the top of my TBR pile...

Sorry you are getting some smoke--it is awful here in Portland!

Phew! I am all caught up here...for at least 39 seconds. LOL

Aug 16, 2:41pm Top

>131 Donna828: Hi Donna - Boy, do I understand about being reluctant to read Wounded Knee.I think if I had been reading a print copy as opposed to listening to an audiobook, I might have given up, too. Audiobooks work well for me on tough subjects. They don't give me time to cogitate, reread unbelievable paragraphs and wallow. They just move on.

Still no fires in this area, but the smoke is much thicker, today.

>132 Berly: Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping by - yup, it's a great meme - if only my bank account was as full as my TBR pile! I've been enjoying the chapter-ly comments on Eight Years in Power. It's almost like a reread.

I hope you enjoy Educated when you get to it. I thought it was interesting, but not shocking, since I have certainly run up against many of those beliefs - although not the extreme abuse, thank goodness.

I've enjoyed all the PBS/NYT bookclub books. I'm just finishing What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky and also reading Pachinko.

Aug 16, 5:25pm Top

>129 streamsong: I didn't realize there was a fire in Glacier. We had planned to go to Glacier (right around now) before we scrubbed it for my impromptu Hawaii trip.

Aug 17, 8:46am Top

>134 Oberon: Hi Erik - You've confirmed what I've suspected - that with so many fires in the US, the fires in Glacier Park are invisible on national news.

Much of Glacier is open - but the Going to the Sun Highway is so iconic, that I'm sure visitors are disappointed. I'm betting that the smoke is limiting views in parts of the Park, too.

After the last few years of wildfires, I'm beginning to suspect that it might be best to avoid western mountain vacays in August ..... maybe even mid July in bad years.

Edited: Aug 18, 2:53pm Top

55. The Hounds of Spring - Lucy Andrews Cummin - 2018
- Acq'd 2018

After a dispute with her (misogynistic) PhD advisor, Poppy has dropped out of her literature PhD program. She has temporarily begun a dog walking service while she decides the next step in her life.

This novel takes place over the course of a day where Poppy's plans include walking her clients' dogs and then accompanying her cherished boyfriend to receive some very stressful lab results.

But Poppy's day is full of unexpected side trips as her clients, friends and family need her in unexpected ways. And Poppy is able to listen with her heart to both dogs and people and not only hear what they need, but act on it.

I'd love to be a friend (and have a friend!) like Poppy.

I just read line this in another of my current reads, Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott : “My friend Carpenter says we no longer need Chicken Little to tell us the sky is falling., because it already has. The issue now is how to take care of one another. “ p 108

It sums up this book perfectly for me!

It's always fun to read a book by someone you know - even if you've never met the person in real life. Well done, sibyx! I'll be looking for more of your work!

Edited: Aug 19, 11:46am Top

Another local book from Planet TBR:

56. The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch - 1989
- MysteryCat - True Crime
- TIOLI July #4: Read a book where the author's first and last names have the same number of letters;
- ROOT #17/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points 54/225

In 1863 a well known merchant and local politician, Lloyd Magruder, was crossing the divide between Idaho and the Bitterroot valley of Montana with a string of mules and a good amount of gold, when he and four others were murdered and the gold stolen.

The book gives highly detailed background about Magruder's life, the murder expedition, and the tracking down of the murderers. It is well researched, often having academic type reference footnotes multiple times on every page. In fact, it reads suspiciously like a dissertation in book form.

If you're interested in the history of the wilderness between Montana and Idaho, or the gold rushes in Montana and California, you'll find this book of interest. Otherwise, you may find the writing style a bit of a slog as it does not resemble the popular narrative non-fiction of today.

Personally, I'm glad to know the history. I first heard this story when I was acting as a wilderness volunteer in Idaho's Selway wilderness, not far from where the murders occurred.

We were sitting around a campfire after a long day of hiking, and told that neither the murderers nor the gold was ever found, and that of course, the murdered men's ghosts still walked. Supposedly, people still search for the hidden gold.

The book belies this legend.

Someday I hope to make the trek along the Magruder corrider: a rough, barely navigable road dividing the two wildernesses of the Selway-Bitterroot and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. This book has encouraged me in my desire to make this journey.

Aug 19, 7:38am Top

Hi Janet!

Having recently been in Montana and Virginia City, one of the gold rush towns, The Magruder Murders seems right up my alley.

I've been to Sutter's Mill, where gold was first discovered in CA in 1848, too. And I live in the state with the first gold rush occurred: (this from history.com): California did not have the first gold rush in American history. That honor actually belongs to North Carolina. Fifty years before gold was discovered at Sutter’s mill, the first gold rush in American history got underway after a 17-pound gold nugget was found in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Eventually, more than 30,000 people in the Tar Heel state were mining for gold, and for more than 30 years all gold coins issued by the U.S. Mint were produced using North Carolina gold.

Aug 19, 1:14pm Top

>136 streamsong:, >137 streamsong: Nice reviews, Janet. I hope all is well with you.

Aug 19, 1:23pm Top

>138 karenmarie: Wow, Karen you might be one of only a few people I know online that would enjoy this book! Magruder had businesses in Virginia City, so there is a close connection with your trip. Also, Magruder was involved in California politics, before moving to Montana.

You'll have to find out whether your friend Karen has read this one.

I had no idea that North Carolina was the site of the first American gold rush.

Edited: Aug 20, 8:38am Top

>139 BLBera: Hi Beth - good to see you - thanks for stopping in!

I've actually been fighting with a disc in my back the last few weeks. It's been a problem for many years, but my chiropractor feels it was irritated by my strange gait over the months while my leg wound was healing.

It manifests as nasty hip pain that comes and goes - Chiro thinks intermittent pressure on a nerve. It makes sitting at my computer very uncomfortable and so I am getting farther and farther behind keeping up with my friends, and writing reviews. I've just started working on reviews for books I read in July.

My current plan is to work on the 'next review' (This House of Sky), the next LTER review (Chosen Country), and then a review for a book I've just finished (Calypso). Three short bursts of writing reviews each day, which will hopefully help me get caught up.

This week I am not doing any heavy work outside, either, in a hope that rest will help it. I've also bought a super-wazoo wazoo cushion for my computer chair, which hopefully will allow me to sit more comfortably. I think I need to start some back muscle strengthening routines to help along.

Aug 19, 9:08pm Top

Happy Sunday, Janet. Sorry, to hear about the continuing fires out west. This has been bad.

We had a great time in the Rockies. We are talking, once again, about getting out to Glacier. Hopefully next summer, so I will be picking your brain. I wish it was close enough to drive, but 1600 miles, is a haul.

Glad you loved Wounded Knee. It is a heart-breaker. And I am sorry to hear about your back issues. Hope that improves for you.

Aug 20, 4:15am Top

>Hi Janet, Wounded Knee is on my TBR pile. You're right that audio can be a real help, when reading a difficult book.

Wishing you good luck with the back issues. I have similar problems, walking distances, sitting. For me stretching helps, and I have had some good massages recently that helped my back get rid of some sticky painful knots in the deep muscles. Hope you find some relief as well!

Edited: Aug 20, 7:45pm Top

>142 msf59: Hooray on your Rockies trip! I'm glad you enjoyed the mountains. I hope you make it to Glacier.

My advice about Glacier would be to plan your trip in a very narrow window from late June when the Going-to-the-Sun road is open to mid July which is when fires and smoke start on a bad year.

Yup, Wounded Knee is one of those tough, but necessary books.

>143 EllaTim: Ella It's interesting that you feel the same way that tough books are sometimes best gotten through with audio!

My back is better this week. Hopefully, the rest is doing it some good and it is healing. I would hate to think that the only way to have it feel better is to give up physical activity. :(

I do need to start a stretching and strengthening program. My son recommends Yoga. Perhaps I should dig out my copy of Yoga XXL: A Journey to Health For Larger Bodies which I liked because many of the movements not traditionally done on the floor were were converted to being done lying down giving maximum support.

Aug 20, 2:16pm Top

Hi Janet!

I've written to Karen about the Magruder book.

I'm sorry about your back and hope the cushion and perhaps an exercise program will help, too.

Aug 21, 1:27pm Top

>145 karenmarie: Thanks for stopping by and the good wishes, Karen

. I'll be interested to see if Karen has read the Magruder book. A friend of mine said she had tried to read it, and found it so boring, she donated it to the FOL sale. Since this was an FOL book, I strongly suspect it's the very book she donated.

My back is definitely feeling better. I drove to Missoula yesterday for an appointment and it feels good today, which usually doesn't happen after several hours of driving.

Aug 21, 1:43pm Top

>146 streamsong: Glad to hear the back is behaving today...hope that continues!

LOL about the FOL Magruder book and your friend donating it.

Aug 21, 1:50pm Top

>141 streamsong: Ouch! Sorry to hear about your disc/back problem, Janet. I hope it's on the mend. A good sign when driving doesn't bother it, right?

Aug 21, 8:45pm Top

Hi, Janet! I'm back home after several weeks in the Midwest visiting family and just starting to catch up on the threads. Sorry your back is bothering you and bummer about the fires and smoke. I'm glad you enjoyed Lucy's book--I liked it too. And it seems that window between the end of winter and the beginning of fire season is getting smaller and smaller.

Aug 22, 9:27am Top

>146 streamsong: Karen hasn't heard of either the robbery/murder or the book - strange since she has so much Montana history. Frankly, I love knowing about something she doesn't since it's such a rare occurrence!

I'm glad to hear your back's better.

Aug 22, 11:09am Top

Stopping by to say hello after a few weeks away from LT. I hadn't heard about the Glacier fire either. Hope you are safe.

My husband and I followed the Lewis and Clark trail in 1998 and we headed over the Lemhi pass between Montana and Idaho. Quite a harrowing drive but amazing views. Unfortunately, we weren't able to stop at the top as there was a memorial service but the ride was worth it!

Aug 24, 2:15pm Top

>147 Berly: Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping in. My back is continuing to do better. :)

Yes, it was a funny coincidence about the Magruder book. Even funnier because of the long path it took. My friend had donated it several years before I bought it. It had been added to the library's collection where it received the requisite stickers and marks ... and then was deaccessioned ... I bought it and then it remained unread for several years. So it actually took years to get from her to me.

>148 BLBera: Hi Beth! Yes being able to drive without the back kicking up is definitely a good sign!

>149 ronincats: Hi Roni! It's good to see you here. Yes, Lucy's book was very good. I am in awe of the fact that she is writing - and such good stuff, too!

We're definitely smoked in here now. Very nasty, indeed. We had about 1/3 of an inch of rain on Monday night breaking our last year's record and setting a new record of 47 days without rain.

Edited: Aug 24, 2:27pm Top

>150 karenmarie: Ha, Karen ! It's amazing how much mileage that obscure Magruder book is getting. Many years ago, I worked in a bookstore that did OP book searchers - pre internet days of course. We had several avid Montana collectors, so I tend to pick up anything obscure-ish looking (out of print small press).

>151 witchyrichy: Hi Karen - good to see you back, too!

There are so many fires this year, the Glacier Park fire is not getting much press. I think the current count is 13 houses burned (these are private homes ringing Lake McDonald and built before GP became a national park) and quite a few more outbuildings.

They are working very hard to keep the fire away from the Going to the Sun Road. Fire upslope would destabilize the ground above the road and cause problems in the way of landslides for years to come.

I bet the Lemhi Pass trip was amazing. That's another one I would like to do.

I need to up my driving skills to do a few of these!

Edited: Aug 28, 1:28pm Top

Exciting news! My son and the lovely young lady he brought to visit this month have announced their engagement. The wedding will be a few years off since both want to finish grad school before marriage.

This picture is of both their rings.

Aug 24, 5:44pm Top

>154 streamsong: Congratulations!

Aug 24, 11:05pm Top

Such happy news about your son and his sweetie! Those are gorgeous rings, very unique.

Just started The House of Sky. it has been on our shelf for a very long time. I am loving it! I am reading it slowly as it has so many images that I want to fully " see". It describes such gorgeous but intense country.

Aug 25, 6:45am Top

Happy Saturday, Janet! And congrats to your son, on his engagement. How exciting.

How is the reading going? And how are those fires? Any improvement?

I just finished Of Wolves and Men. Have you read Barry Lopez? If not, I think he would be a good fit for you.

Edited: Aug 25, 1:08pm Top

>155 FAMeulstee: >156 mdoris: >157 msf59: Thanks for the good wishes for my son and his fiancé. Exciting times ahead, I'm sure! I also love the rings. I can't wait to see them in person - perhaps at Christmas?

>156 mdoris: Mary, I'm so glad you're loving This House of Sky. Ivan Doig was a favorite of my parents, which means I often resisted reading him. :) I've now read 10 or 12 of his books, and will continue to fill in the gaps.

Edited: Aug 25, 4:33pm Top

>157 msf59: Hi Mark - way too much reading going on and not enough reviews. :) I've read more books in August than I have done in quite a few months - probably due to resting my back, hundred degree temps and some very bad smoke days.

I've just finished book #71 The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck for the RLBC this month.

And I've started one for the FB Outside and Beyond Book Club: Cold Hearted River by Keith McCafferty. This is the sixth in the Sean Stranahan mystery series. I decided to go ahead and read this one, although I do have the first two sitting unread on Planet TBR. This one seemed fun because it revolves around a trunk lost by Ernest Hemingway.

I haven't read anything by Barry Lopez, although I do have Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter on Planet TBR. This one seemed so much different than his outdoor books, that I had to check to make sure it was the same Barry Lopez.

Aug 25, 1:10pm Top

xxxxxxxxx Since I'm mixing up the reviews a bit, here is the next one from LTER

66. Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West - James T. Pogue - 2018
- acq'd 2018

Wikipedia entry: “From January 2 to February 11, 2016, the (Oregon Malheur Wildlife) refuge's headquarters was seized by armed protesters related to the 2014 Bundy standoff. For most of the occupation, law enforcement allowed the occupiers to come and go at will. At the conclusion, most of the leaders were arrested, and one was killed while traveling away from the refuge when the group he was leading attempting to evade a police road block. The remaining occupiers either departed or surrendered peacefully.”

“It was around this time I began to notice how much of what seems to be deep American authenticity is really just pageantry.”
p 46

Writer, drifter and free spirit James Pogue embedded in the 2016 takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in order to explore the demands, backstory and personalities driving the rebellion.

The leaders of the takeover believe that the federal government does not have the authority under the Constitution to own federal lands or to police them with various federal agencies, such as the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Such rights, they believe belong to the states which should govern them for economic interests of state inhabitants.

Some of this comes from a far right wing reading/misreading of the Constitution. Interestingly enough, it also comes from fundamentalist Mormon writings, that state that the US Constitution is a God-given and sacred document. And finally, it comes from what many see as government overstepping its authority in taking away generations-old rights to graze stock or run small mines on federal lands – often due to new environmental regulations.

“Those people are the range cops and forest rangers of the BLM and Forest Service, and they're dealing with communities where some large percentage of people don't want them there, don't agree with the rules they're enforcing, where people have gotten progressively poorer over the last few decades, and have lots of guns. I always try to tell angry westerners that they could not possibly imagine how much harder they'd have it dealing with the police in most any black neighborhood in this country. I tell them that the resources they'd love to maintain the same access they'd always had to are now increasingly desired by others, and that there's going to have to be some give on their part. But this is a hard argument to make, because the sympathetic figures of angry ranchers have been manipulated very successfully by a network of oligarchical billionaires and major companies – because they're resource conglomerates with an interest in breaking down drilling and mining restrictions; or because they can use the image of beset ranchers facing off against the big bad feds to try to color all environmental regulation and any attempt to address the issue of climate change as tyrannous federal overreach.” p 33

The author inserts himself with weed and booze,learning to love four wheeling over desert landscape and guns, also while in the midst of grief and loss of a family member.

There are some interesting points in this book. I did learn from it – however the results are a somewhat chaotic picture. That's the word I would generally use to describe this book: the uprising itself was chaotic and only loosely bound; While the author sometimes has a glorious turn of phrase, his actions and writing also sometimes deserve the same chaotic adjective.

Edited: Aug 26, 8:29pm Top

>158 streamsong: You hit the nail on the head! P's parents gave us a copy many years ago but unfortnately there is no date on the note inside to the Doig book. Many years ago we gave them a trip to Cathedral Lakes, a stunning hiking lodge in the high alpine near Keremos B.C. The note says that this book was recommended by fellow hikers at the lodge. I guess like you I resisted. Funny , I guess I am now the age when they received the get away gift! Several years ago I read English Creek and loved it but unlike you I am just starting on his books. I'll continue!

Just looked up the website and Cathedral Lakes Lodge has been evacuated for the second time this summer due to fire threat.

Aug 26, 4:19pm Top

Hi Janet - Congrats on the upcoming wedding. The rings are beautiful.

Aug 26, 6:54pm Top

>154 streamsong: Congratulations, Janet. Those are lovely rings.

I'm sitting here watching it rain outside, thank goodness. P was just laughing because it's raining but we can see Moscow Mountain in the distance for the first time in at least a couple of weeks. I hope these cooler temps and increased humidity douses some of the fires we have in our region.

It's great that you're doing so much reading these days. I feel like my new job has taken a bite out of my reading but I hope that will not be the case for more than a few weeks or months.

Aug 28, 1:23pm Top

>161 mdoris: Hi Mary! It's the sad truth. Sometimes we have a recommendation for a book that just doesn't hit us at the right time. Sometimes, it's a bit of resistance. Hope you continue to enjoy Doig!

I hope Crystal Lake Lodge continues to be safe.

Montana got a bit of August snow this week in the high country. It's not enough to put out fires, but will slow them down.

Aug 28, 1:29pm Top

>162 BLBera: >163 EBT1002: Hi Beth and Ellen!

I just learned that my son's ring is a custom ring with the outline of Trapper Peak - the highest peak that rings the valley here. Very special lady. :)

Aug 28, 1:32pm Top

>163 EBT1002: Cooler temps and a bit of rain here, too, Ellen so the smoke is clearing. Yay! Hope it's doing the same on your side of the mountain.

As important as reading is, other things take precedence sometimes. I'm glad you're enjoying your new job!

Aug 28, 5:44pm Top

>165 streamsong: I did wonder why there was that "break" in the ring, Janet. Very neat!

Aug 29, 10:49am Top

>167 FAMeulstee: Too funny, Anita because I had wondered about the line on the bottom ring, too. Did it break apart? Did it mean something? Nice to have the mystery solved in a rather romantic way!

Edited: Aug 30, 10:20am Top

As I promised, skipping around with reviews to a more recent one (finished in August, anyway!)

69. CalypsoDavid Sedaris - 2018
- library – audiobook

One of my favorites:

”What do you say when someone cuts you off in traffic?' I asked a woman whose book I was signing in Copenhagen.
'We're not big on cursing,' she told me, so the worst we're liable to come out with – and it's pretty common – is 'Why don't you run around in my ass?' ….
I'd asked the same question in Amsterdam, and learned that in the Netherlands, you're more apt to bring a disease into it. Like if someone drives in a crazy way, it's normal to call them a typhoid sufferer, a Dutch woman told me. Or a cancer whore.
'I'd never thought of stitching those two words together ….
(When David asked whether someone would say, diabetes whore) 'She looked at me as if I were missing out on something so fundamental, it was a wonder I could dress myself in the morning. “Diabetes whore,” she replied, “No! It has to be terminal.”
“AIDS whore?”
“No! Oh, those poor people.” '
p 240/241

Sedaris's humor is a bit hit or miss with me. Sometimes, I laugh out loud, but sometimes it makes me so uncomfortable or sad that I can't see the humor of admittedly absurd situations.

This describes the sadness I felt about his father growing older, becoming less independent, living in his house which is becoming more and more crowded with useless objects and 'just forgetting to die.”

I know that many people see only the sheer absurdist humor in Sedaris's work. I'll continue to pick up his books – they work exceptionally well in the car as audiobooks with Sedaris reading his own work. But, at this time, he won't cross into my 'favorite authors' list', although some of the individual stories are definitely favorites.

4 stars, anyway

Edited: Aug 30, 10:22am Top

70. Pachinko - Min Jin Lee - 2017
- NYT/PBS Now Read This
- Global Reading: South Korea (also Japan)
- TIOLI#6: The Location, Location, Location Rolling Challenge
- library

“No one knows I'm Korean. Not one person.”
“I won't tell anyone. I understand. I'll do whatever.”
“My wife doesn't know. Her mother would never tolerate it. My own children don't know, and I will not tell them. My boss would fire me. He doesn't employ foreigners. Umma, no one can know--”
“Is it so terrible to be Korean?”
“It is terrible to be me.”
p 384.

This is a novel of generations and of immigration.

It follows the fortunes of a poor family in Korea, starting in the 1930's when the Japanese occupied the Korean peninsula and other parts of Asia.

The family patriarch is the poorest of the poor, cursed with a club foot and a cleft lip and palate. But as a hard worker in a time of starvation, he is eventually offered a wife, and together they open their tiny house to boarders sleeping in shifts, many to a room.

Then their daughter falls for a handsome well-to-do stranger in the town and becomes pregnant. The stranger, it turns out, has a wife and children in Japan and Sunja refuses to become his permanent mistress. Instead she is offered marriage by a priest from North Korea. He is suffering from tuberculosis and on his way to help with his brother's church in Japan.

And so the family begins its toehold in Japan. But the Japanese have no use for Koreans; they are considered very low quality people; employers won't have them, they are forced into Koreans slum areas, and schools are beyond their reach.

Even after generations of living in Japan, there is no hope of legally becoming a Japanese citizen and the taboos against Koreans are as strong as ever. Some find secret blackmarket ways.

Others work in or rise to owning the pachinko parlors – a type of pinball-like gambling. There some are able to accumulate great wealth; sometimes by means of Korean organized crime.

Although this is a novel of Koreans in Japan, I was struck that many of the same immigration issues haunt the US today. White immigrants assimilate into the US culture. Non-white immigrants may never leave their labels behind.

Aug 31, 2:24am Top

Nice review of Pachinko, Janet. Your last paragraph is spot on, both for natives and immigrants, especially in this country. My brown skin will always be my second most defining feature after my gender, for better or, often times, worse, regardless of what I wear, how I carry myself, or what I accomplish.

Aug 31, 5:47am Top

>170 streamsong: Good review, Janet, added to mount TBR.

Sep 1, 1:27pm Top

>171 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl. Your experiences are very sobering. Thanks for sharing them.

>172 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. It was an aspect of Japanese culture of which I was completely ignorant. And yet, it struck so close to home, too.

I've really enjoyed the PBS/NYT Read This Now book club, even when I don't receive the selection from the library in time to take part. Pachinko was one of their picks.

The September selection is Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World by Robert D. Kaplan. Looks like the library will have a copy for me soon.

Sep 1, 8:54pm Top

>165 streamsong: I love those rings, Janet. I could see the skyline on your son's ring right away.

Sep 2, 10:25am Top

>174 ronincats: Roni, the rings are beautiful, aren't they? I think it's cool that your artist's eye saw the mountain skyline right away.

Edited: Sep 2, 11:10am Top


Edited: Sep 9, 12:23pm Top

BOOKS READ IN AUGUST * review posted

Roots: 1
Library: 10

Nonfiction: 1
Fiction: 9
Graphic Novel: 1

62. Less: A Novel - Andrew Sean Greer - 2017 - NYT/PBS Now Read This bookclub - library
63. Half Broke Horses - Jeannette Walls - 2009 - ROOT # 21/50; acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points (72/225) ; listening to audio
64. Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer - 2018 - graphic novel - library
65. Educated - Tara Westover - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Bookclub - library
*66. Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West - James T. Pogue - 2018 - LTER - acq'd 2018 -
67. Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman - 2017 - library
68. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky - Lesley Nneka Arimah - 2017 - August PBS/NYT Now Read This; Reading Globally Challenge: Nigeria; August TIOLI #3: Read a book where the author’s last name starts with a vowel - library
*69. Calypso - David Sedaris - 2018 - library - audiobook -
*70. Pachinko - Min Jin Lee - 2017 - NYT/PBS Now Read This; Global Reading: South Korea (also Japan) - TIOLI#6: The Location, Location, Location Rolling Challenge - library
*71. The Women in the Castle: A Novel - Jessica Shattuck - 2017 - RL Bookclub Global Reading: Germany - library
72. Cold Hearted River - Keith McCafferty - 2017 - Outdoor & Beyond Book Club - library

Edited: Sep 25, 11:43am Top

As of September 1st, 514 books on the physical TBR pile - down (!!!!) slightly from the August 1st figure of 518



Death Comes to Pemberley - PD James - August Mysterycat: Historical fiction - ROOT
The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith - audio - library
Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott - July NF challenge - the arts - ROOT
Lagos Noir - Chris Abani - LTER; Mysterycat: Noir
Bad Feminist - Roxanne Gay

✔ Now Read This/ PBS/NYT bookclub: Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World by Robert D. Kaplan (requested)

75'ers NF Challenge: Gods, Demons, Spirits, and Supernatural Beliefs :
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - ROOT

MysteryCat: Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries
Lagos Noir
The Big Sleep - Library 1001
Montana Noir (ROOT)

RLBC September: One Nation After Trump - E.J. Dionne Jr. and Norman Ornstein

ColorCat September/Metallic - War of the Copper Kings?

Library Books
Listening The Gene: An Intimate History (audio)
The Overstory

Outside and Beyond BookClub Lands of lost borders : a journey on the Silk Road (requested)

Lagos Noir
What the Eyes Don't See - Mona Hanna-Attisha
Welcome to Lagos - (audiobook) Chibundu Onuzo
Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster - Stephen L. Carter

September Series and Sequels:
Miracle at Speedy Motors - holdover from August
Lumberjanes vol 2 library
Seeker's Mask
Pigs in Heaven - ROOT
The Wild Inside
Love Songs From a Shallow Grave - ROOT

Sep 2, 11:42am Top

Hi Janet!

Congrats on your son’s engagement. I love the rings.

>164 streamsong: Montana friend Karen has always told me that there’s snow somewhere in Montana every month of the year. When I was there in June and July we didn’t GET snow but there was snow on the mountains near Belgrade/Bozeman.

>169 streamsong: I’m glad you liked it. I agree, it was much darker and sad, but I still crack up over the beach cottage renamed Sea Section.

Your potential September reading looks intriguing. I’m much more casual about what I pick up or don’t, but may create a genres list in order to remind myself that I do have other books on my shelves besides mysteries. However, I have found that if I plan to read something (except for RL book club), it somehow or another becomes homework and I start twitching. *smile*

Happy Labor Day weekend to you.

Sep 2, 3:27pm Top

>179 karenmarie: Hi Karen - good to see you. Yup, snow can happen in Montana every month. Now it signals the end of forest fires, so it's nice when it comes. I can't say I'm looking forward to winter, though.

I'm pretty casual about my reading, too. I always have twice as many 'possibilities' as I will get read, and sometimes I veer off altogether. Listing books I might want to read for the various challenges keeps me a bit focused, although I don't feel any stress about not getting them done.

The hardest challenge for me this year is the 75'ers nonfiction challenge. I've only finished one or two of the books I planned to read.

Edited: Sep 2, 3:35pm Top

Mixing it up with an older (read in July) review.

58. Still LifeLouise Penney - 2005
- MysteryCat: Police Procedural
- TIOLI #8: Read a book that appears on the same LT list as a book you've read this year ( 100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime)
- ROOT # 19/50; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point = 57/225

The elderly Miss Jean Neal was so reticent about her paintings that no one had ever seen one. In fact people weren't let into her house beyond her kitchen lest anyone catch a glimpse. But now she has had a painting with a controversial style accepted into the local juried art show.

Unfortunately, she was killed by a hunting arrow when out on her daily walk.

I know this series is a favorite of many. I've popped my cherry and read the first one. And so I have been introduced to the small Canadian town of Three Pines, Inspector Armand Gamache, and a rich variety of other characters. It will be interesting to see which characters reoccur – because I do plan on going on with the series. I'm intrigued by the relationships and the people, but not yet obsessed. I know it often takes a series author several books to reach their stride.

Sep 2, 7:54pm Top

Great comments on Pachinko, Janet. I hope to get to it this year. What a great month of reading you had in August!

Sep 2, 9:21pm Top

>170 streamsong: I have that one in a TBR list so it's good to know it's a great read.

Edited: Sep 3, 1:40pm Top

>182 BLBera: - Hi Beth! You're right - I did a lot of great reading in both July and August. I love all the suggestions I get from my LT buddies. I very, very rarely read an LT suggestion or warble that I don't enjoy.

Several baddies in August kept me inside and so I did more reading than usual. We only had about a week of bad smoke, but it was enough to kick off a sinus infection (still fighting) and the subsequent coughing set off my back.

It looks clear and beautiful outside now though and I am determined to enjoy these gorgeous fall days. Winter is coming. :)

>183 thornton37814: Hi Lori - Good to see you. I must get over to your thread to see how you and the four paws have been getting on!

I hope you both enjoy Pachinko! It's been a while since I've read a generational family saga.

Sep 4, 11:09am Top

>165 streamsong: Very exciting news and I love the rings! Glad you like her. : )

I see you are almost to 75! And a very nice mix of books, too. Hope you get over the sinus infection soon. I had a rough time with the smoke this summer, too.

Edited: Sep 4, 12:28pm Top

>185 Berly: Hi Kim - Thanks for stopping in!

Yup, smoke is nasty, nasty, nasty. And now for a political statement. We cannot log our way out of the forest fire situation no matter what Ryan Zinke, the great yellow horror, and the far right say.

Logging will help in some areas, and expediting the process of approving logging proposals will help. Right now, each proposed logging contract gets tied up in court for years; some have even burned before being approved. One of the houses lost two years ago in the Roaring Lion fire here in the valley was a homeowner who had the thinning contract on public land surrounding his home tied up for years.

Not to mention that this area with millions of acres of wilderness cannot be logged. It's not just the law; it's simply too rugged and remote

But I'm afraid the baby will be thrown out with the bathwater - environmental concerns still must be addressed. I just don't see compromise coming. Like every other issue, it's one extreme or the other. And those that study the issue and deal with forest science are ignored.

End rant.

Edited: Sep 6, 2:10pm Top

>185 Berly:; Thanks, Kim, for noticing I'm closing in on 75.

I do try to read a variety of books, but it's funny how certain topics tend to converge all at once.

For instance, I read What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah with the PBS bookclub. And I'm currently reading LTER Lagos Noir, with Welcome to Lagos on the LTER pile as soon as my current audio book is done.

And then there are the mysteries that seem to have been my summer reading ...

Sep 6, 1:55pm Top

Happy 12th Thingaversary, Janet!

Edited: Sep 6, 2:02pm Top

Skipping back to another July review (sigh) - only a few 'July's' left to go (yay!)

59. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders - 2017
- audio in the car
- library

In the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln's son Willie dies of a fever. Lincoln is almost overwhelmed as he struggles with his personal grief as well as his national grief over the countless deaths of those over whom he is commander in chief.

We see this from the perspective of the ghosts that inhabit the graveyard where young Willy lies and where Abraham Lincoln visits by night. The ghosts all have their stories, which they carry with them into death and affect their physical manifestations.

I thought this was a moving portrait of Lincoln's grief and an interesting look at the Bardo, which according toa dictionary.com definition is ' a Tibetan Buddhism word for a state of existence between death and rebirth, varying in length according to a person's conduct in life and manner of, or age at, death'.

However, having several times seen the play Our Town which follows a newly deceased young wife and the other inhabitants of a grave yard, I didn't think this was quite as innovative as others have commented.

I listened to the audiobook and absolutely loved the ensemble cast with 166 readers including David Sedaris, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarndon and so many more. Apparently the publisher has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for 'The Largest Cast for an Audiobook'.

4.5 stars.

Sep 6, 2:01pm Top

>188 FAMeulstee: Wow, Anita, I hadn't even noticed that! Thank you for the good wishes and for pointing it out. 12 years - amazing

Edited: Sep 7, 5:43pm Top

and a more recent review:

71. The Women in the CastleJessica Shattuck – 2017
- RL Bookclub
- Global Reading: Germany
- library
3.8 stars

“As a gardener, she knows that if you turn over a rock, you will find worms and potato bugs. Sometimes even a snake. And as a German, she knows that if you start poking through a shoebox of photographs, you'll find Nazi uniforms and swastikas and children with their arms raised in >Heil Hitler salutes.” p 384

This is the story of three German women and their children coming together after the fall of the Third Reich to survive and put their destroyed lives back together. The three are widows of men executed (hung on meat hooks, according to the author), after the failed Hitler assassination attempt in July 1944. The wives were imprisoned; the children sent to special orphanages dedicated to the reeducation of traitor's children.

Marianne von Lingenfels had made a promise to her husband that she would try to find and care for other wives if the assassination went wrong. Once released from prison, she began her search and found the widow of her childhood friend's - a peasant girl who had married into the nobility. She was also able to find a widow of a man she didn't know. She brought them and their children to live in her husband's family castle in Bavaria.

Their lives are not easy; they are haunted by ghosts and secrets of their pasts, and marked by what they have endured. More secrets accumulate as they survive in the post war days.

Well written and interesting, with what was for me, a unique view of post war Germany.

Read for the Real Life Bookclub, but I missed the discussion. :(

Sep 7, 6:54pm Top

Happy Friday, Janet. I am envious on your ability to keep up with book reviews. I consistently fall behind. I appreciate the variety of books you read, as well. I enjoyed your thoughts on Calypso. I loved this collection. I kind of like the squirmy stuff.

I have been on the fence with Pachinko. Some of my book pals love it, some are lukewarm, but I think you may have nudged me into finally trying it. I have it saved on audio.

And hooray for Lincoln in the Bardo! I am so glad you loved it.

Sep 8, 7:34am Top

>192 msf59: Hi Mark! Ha! No, I am about 10 reviews behind. I am just skipping around a bit so it looks like I am more caught up than I am .....

I'll be interested to see if you try Pachinko. I was going to say you can always ditch it if it doesn't work for you, but I'm not sure you ever abandon books (?)

I usually read em to the bitter end once I start.

Sep 8, 9:00am Top

Did anyone catch the Plaid Shirt Guy brouhaha at the recent Trump rally in Billings? A high schooler placed directly behind Trump wasn't buying the kool aid.


The emperor has no clothes.

Sep 8, 4:35pm Top

Hi Janet, you are closing in on that 75 milestone. I loved your Pachinko review and hope to get to it soon. I don't buy many new books but picked that one up at The Tattered Cover when I was there last winter. It's about time I read it! I'll be reading Lincoln in the Bardo for my book group soon. I'm not sure I could keep that many readers straight in my head so I'll go for the print editon. It's a remarkable group of readers, though. Maybe I'll get both versions. I am doing that (alternating reading and listening) right now with Vanity Fair. It's such a long book. I hope I can finish it this month.

Congratulations to your son and his new fiancé. Both the rings are lovely, but your son's ring is stunning and oh so thoughtful. Is it a new trend to have two engagement rings? It makes sense to me.

Sep 9, 10:59am Top

>195 Donna828: Hi Donna! It's good to see you! Pachinko and Lincoln in the Bardo are both great books. I'll be interested to see what you think. Surprisingly, LITB is not hard to listen to: the primaries like David Sedaris have very distinct voices and it doesn't matter if you keep the chorus of non-primaries separate.

I like your idea of alternately reading and listening. I read Vanity Fair many, many, many years ago. I don't remember many of the details of Becky Sharpe ...

My son told me two rings are 'the way it's done now'. I hadn't heard of it before, but think it's lovely. And I agree the rings are beautiful. Can't wait to see them in person.

Edited: Sep 9, 11:06am Top

OK, since I'm so far behind on reviews, I'll just have to write it out loud plain and simple. :)

I finished book #75 Lagos Noir, an LTER book. I've read a few of the noir series from Akashic books. I thought this one was by far the best. Not as slimy/creepy as the last one I read by far - but still that note of darkness in each of these well written stories.

I've now started The Overstory, on the advice of Ellen and others. Hated the ending of the first chapter! More noir-ish than my noir book, but driving on since several of my favorite recommenders here have given it their thumbs up.

Edited: Sep 9, 11:35am Top

And another of the old reviews; the next to the last from July:

60. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl – 2006
- July ColorCat: Pink
- ROOT #20/50 acquired 2008 = 10 ROOT points = 67/225

Blue Van Meer has lived a charmed life. She is brilliant and lives with her father who is an esteemed and financially well off professor, charming and beloved by almost every woman who meets him.

Blue and her father move often as he says he wants to takes positions wherever he thinks his beloved Blue will learn more.

This is the story of Blue's senior year in yet another new-to-her high school. She is taken under the wing of Hannah Schneider, a rather eccentric teacher who mentors a group of select students. Although Blue doesn't really fit in, she is proud to be a member of this elite clique.

I thought it started out very similarly to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, except you know from the first page there has been a suicide or perhaps murder.

It's not exactly a mystery, as there really aren't enough clues in the first three quarters of this longish novel. (Well at least I didn't see them.) And instead of someone solving the death, it all gets explained in one of the last chapters.

I also didn't see (either) of the end twists coming.

I'd definitely be interested in reading another of Ms. Pessl's works.

3.7 stars.

Sep 10, 7:31am Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Janet!

Edited: Sep 10, 9:40am Top

>199 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita!

Today I am on my way to Missoula to get a passport. Hooray!

When I was divorced 12 years ago, I legally took back my maiden name, but then didn't act on it. So I have been a mishmash of maiden (legal) and married name (which everyone knows me by after 30 years of marriage). But to get a passport, everything needs to be legal :)

So certified birth certificate, certified divorce papers to get social security number changed.
-And then with the changed ss, I could get my new driver's license (strangest picture ever - I may post it! I have one eye closed. I look like a pirate!);
-And then with driver's license changed I can get my passport. But oh no - they only do 3 passports a day here in small town Montana, so off to Missoula I go for my passport appointment.

I'll have to work on changing my name on all of my accounts as the week goes on.

And where am I going after all this work? Around the world? Europe?

No - Canada to pick up a new horse ( and deliver back the one loaned to me by friend)

Sep 10, 4:33pm Top

>200 streamsong: Even if you aren't going to Europe now, Janet, you CAN go anywhere now as you have your passport ;-)

The palomino in the picture is the horse you are going to get?

Sep 10, 6:31pm Top

>201 FAMeulstee: Anita, yes, she's a palomino quarter horse in foal to a nice Appaloosa stallion. I'm debating picking up one more mare to breed to my stallion.

I would love to come to Europe, Anita. I've never been.

All the passport stuff and documentation has now been turned in. So ....

Sep 11, 12:02am Top

>Oh my, what a hassle!! Hopefully it didn't cost you the $400 plus I was reading about for another LTer to renew their passport!

Sep 11, 12:37am Top

Congrats on moving forward on the passport! And all the name changes that went before to make it possible. Phew! Beautiful horse. : )

Sep 11, 7:36am Top

Hi Janet!

Congratulations on your twelfth Thingaversary! How did you find LT?

>189 streamsong: I loved Lincoln in the Bardo when I read it last year and am going to listen to it for my RL book club discussion in November. I’m glad you like it. I’ve never read or seen Our Town and am now intrigued.

>194 streamsong: I have seen an interview with Plaid Shirt Guy and read about it – what a hoot. Indeed, the emperor has no clothes. I am thrilled that he was wearing a Democratic Socialists of America pin (not that I'm a socialist) and it escaped drumpf's gestapo.

>198 streamsong: Another good book that I thought quite good, too. I have another book by her, Night Film, on my shelves. Maybe it’s time to pull it down…

>200 streamsong: It’s good that you’re getting your legal name change implemented to all your documents. A hassle, for sure, but it will make things much easier in the future for you.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Sep 11, 3:47pm Top

>203 ronincats: Hi Roni! Yeah, it was a hassle, but hopefully it's all done. I think the passport clerk felt it was a little odd that all my documents (ss, driver's license, certified copies of birth certificate and divorce papers) had been issued in the last two weeks .... but he was happy that I still had my voided driver's license with my other name on it and dated from 2012.

It cost about $200 for an expedited passport.

>204 Berly: Hi Kim - I'm glad to have it all done, although I now need to start changing the name on all my accounts.

I also now need to start on the horses' paperwork to get them across the Canadian border. There has been an outbreak of a fatal disease called Equine Infectious Anemia in Colorado and Wyoming in the last few weeks. Let's hope Canada doesn't shut the border to US horses. It won't be any problem getting the new mare down here, even if Canada shuts the border going the other way.


Sep 11, 4:09pm Top

>205 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Yeah 12 year Thingaversary - unreal. I found LT through Book Mooch, which I no longer use.

Our Town is missing the Buddhist karma/afterlife elements, but George Saunders doesn't explicitly point out the Buddhist elements (other than having Bardo in the title). I think you'll enjoy the audio - and you can dazzle your book club by looking up the Bardo references. :)

Plaid Shirt Guy was a hoot. Yay for this Montana high school student, although I have heard he has taken some abuse from right wingers for disrespecting the prez. I also loved the fact that the Secret Service had to google the rose to find out it's a Democratic Socialists of America sign. I have no idea what the kid's beliefs actually are.

Oh hooray, I wasn't sure anyone was reading Pessl anymore. That one was on MT TBR ten years for me. I'll be interested to see what you think if you read Night Film.

Stay safe, Karen! That hurricane heading toward you has me spooked!

Sep 11, 4:45pm Top


Sep 12, 12:35pm Top

And a more recent review:

72. Cold Hearted River - Keith McCafferty - 2017
– August Outdoor & Beyond Book Club
– library

This is the sixth book in the Sean Stranahan mystery series. Stranahan is a private investigator and fly fisherman in Montana. Author Keith McCafferty is the survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream magazine.

The mystery is based on a true, but little known incident. Ernest Hemingway loved Montana and Idaho; he also loved fly fishing. On one of his trips to Montana, his steamer trunk of expensive, custom fly fishing gear disappeared en route, never to be found again. Hemingway's son has stated that an unpublished short story may also be in the trunk.

Suddenly, it seems that the trunk has been found, as bits of custom vintage fishing equipment, some marked 'EH' begin to turn up in Sean's area. And bodies begin to accumulate.

It starts out with a grisly tale of having to survive a freak spring storm inside a horse carcass a la Luke Skywalker on the Ice Planet. Unfortunately, while the author may be a survival specialist, I don't think he's a horseman, as the horse details are a bit off.

I was also annoyed that Stranahan had women throwing themselves at his feet, or, rather, his bed. Perhaps the author believes he is writing strong, independent women with non-traditional careers, but since none of the women actually talk to another woman in the book, it fails the Bechdel test.

I loved the outdoor details and I was not aware of the Hemingway lost trunk. All in all a decent enough mystery, which perhaps I would have appreciated more if I had read the previous titles, and not jumped in mid-series.

Edited: Sep 16, 2:23pm Top

Skipping backwards again, the last of the July reviews:

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles - 2016
- Real Life Book Club
- Global Reading Challenge: Russia (location)
- library

“ 'Tis a funny thing', reflected the Count as he stood ready to abandon his suite. From the earliest age, we must learn to say good-bye to friends and family. We see our parents and siblings off at the station; we visit cousins, attend schools, join the regiment; we marry, or travel abroad. It is part of the human experience that we are constantly gripping a good fellow by the shoulders and wishing him well, taking comfort from the notion that we will hear word of him soon enough.

“But experience is less likely to teach us how to bid our dearest possessions adieu. And if it were to? We wouldn't welcome the education. For eventually, we come to hold our dearest possessions more closely that we hold our friends. We carry them from Place to place, often at considerable expense and inconvenience; we dust and polish their surfaces and reprimand children for playing too roughly in their vicinity-- all the while, allowing memories to invest them with greater and greater importance.”

In 1922 Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to perpetual house arrest in a small attic room at the Metropol hotel for being an 'unrepentant aristrocrat'. He is forced to give up his well appointed suite in the hotel, furnished with beloved antiques handed down his family through generations. He also is forced to give up his glittering multinational lifestyle, almost all of his possessions and most of his friendships.

But he not only makes the best of his situation, he thrives, as he focuses his attention on the people living within the hotel and the events that transpire there, managing to maintain his unique outlook.

Is the story realistic? This was the major quibble that my book club debated. I constantly expected him to be sent to some sort of prison or labor camp.

But, realistic or not, the count is a wonderful, well rounded character and the ending is one you will ponder.

Sep 15, 8:20am Top

And my most recent read, since I've vowed to keep on top of the LTER reviews:

75. Lagos Noir - Chris Abani - 2018
- Global Reading: Nigeria
- September MysteryCat Hardboiled and Noir
- TIOLI #4: Read a book with the name of a railway station in the title (Lagos Terminus)
- acq'd 2018

“Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and its former capital. It is the largest megacity on the African continent, with a population approximating 21 million and is the 4th largest economy in Africa.”
“Underneath the government-sponsored billboard that says, Keep Lagos Clean, a city of trash, like the work of a crazy artist, grows exponentially.”
“Lagos never sleeps. Ever. It stays awake long after New York has faded in a long drawn-out yawn.”
“Each story totally captures the essence of noir, the unsettled darkness that continues to lurk in the city’s streets, alleys and waterways.”

An excellent collection of stories by Nigerian authors. I feel I gained both a fine introduction to the city, the larger region of Africa, and also enjoyed that part of humanity shared by all continents.

I've read a few of the others in Akashic Books' Noir series. This is my favorite so far; not as slimy/creepy as the last one I read - but still that note of darkness in each of these well written stories.

This would make a great jumping off point if you haven't read any of this series, as well as being of interest to those who want to read about the area, or enjoy more Nigerian authors.

Sep 15, 11:02am Top

Hi Janet - Wow! Lots of reading here since I last visited!
>186 streamsong: Amen - Policy makers need to listen to experts once in a while.
>194 streamsong: I love it! A picture IS worth a thousand words in this case.
>200 streamsong: Beautiful horse - I'm sure all the name change stuff will be worth it.
Lagos Noir sounds really good. Who were some of the authors included? Nigeria has some great ones.

Sep 15, 7:18pm Top

>212 streamsong: Congratulations on reaching 75, Janet!

Sep 15, 7:27pm Top


Sep 15, 10:53pm Top

Woo hoo! You've hit the magic 75 book mark!

Edited: Sep 16, 12:39pm Top

>213 BLBera: Hi Beth - Thanks for stopping in! I'm trying to get caught up on reviews - working my way through older ones, keeping more current with recently read books, and posting LTER books as soon as I finish reading them.

>213 BLBera: >186 streamsong: It's disheartening how little policy makers are paying attention to science. :( How the science should define policy is a matter for political debate. But to deny science bends my brain.

I'm currently reading Overstory, which Ellen had given 5 stars. It's an amazing story about trees. Are they sentient? Can they communicate not just with each other but with our species?

I don't believe I have read any of the Nigerian writers featured in Lagos Noir. The ones featured on the front of the book are A. Igoni Barrett, Nnedi Okorafor, E. C. Osondu, Chika Unigwe, Leye Adenle and Jude Dibia.

Some wonderful person has added all the authors to the book page for Lagos Noir. Are you familiar with any of them?

Sep 16, 12:39pm Top

Thanks for the congrats Anita, Jim and Roni! I should make it to my goal of 104 books for the year - perhaps even more.

Edited: Sep 16, 1:55pm Top

Another earlier review for a book read in August:

62. Less: A Novel - Andrew Sean Greer - 2017
- NYT/PBS Now Read This bookclub
- library

Forty nine year old author Arthur Less is facing a midlife crises.

He feels he will never progress beyond being a midlist author of only moderate talent. His original lover, a famous poet of a particularly popular school of poets called the Russian Circle, has become old and frail.

His second lover, Freddy, has left him and is planning to get married. He even sent Arthur a wedding invitation, which Arthur is determined not to attend.

And so to avoid the wedding, Less puts together a trip around the world of middling non-enticing events of the sort he has never accepted previously: a conference in Mexico where he is to speak about being a hanger-on in the group where his famous lover revolved; an awards banquet in France; teaching a short course in Germany; heading to Morrocco with a starlet he has never met and her entourage while she and he both turn 50; and finally a sojourn in India to rewrite his newest book, which his publisher has rejected.

This book is written with humor and pathos; cringe-worthy moments and moments where Arthur seems to triumph in spite of it all. I recognize my own aging angst in Arthur.

This book was written with a lot of sensitivity; it's not a farce although I laughed out loud; it's also not overly sentimental.

But can Arthur Less recognize that he is more than meets the eye?

Sep 16, 10:19pm Top

Congrats on hitting #75, Janet! And hooray for the Count! Big Thumb! I also enjoyed Less too.

Edited: Sep 17, 6:50am Top

Hi Janet, Congratulations on reaching 75!

>217 streamsong: I don't think I have read any of the authors you list here. But I recognise one name: Nnedi Okarofor, I have Binti on my TBR list, several people here have been praising it.

Sep 18, 1:05pm Top

>220 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks for the congrats and thank you for the thumb. Always fun to get one!

>221 EllaTim: Thank you! I have Binti on my 'rec by LT'ers' list but I hadn't put the name together.

I have one more Nigerian book on the TBR pile - the LTER audio of Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo.

I've been working on updating my global reading thread. I've been neglecting it a bit.

Sep 18, 7:40pm Top

Updated photo of the kid at 4 months:

The cottonwood trees in the background are beginning to turn.

Sep 18, 8:36pm Top

Thanks for posting the picture of your beautiful young horse. He's gorgeous! .

Sep 19, 9:14am Top

Hi Janet!

>210 streamsong: Intriguing series – I’m suddenly much more interested in Montana fiction! I wonder why? *smile* I remember reading that it was a suitcase in Europe somewhere for Hemingway’s lost papers. Either way, mayhem would ensue if someone were to find it now.

>211 streamsong: I’m glad you liked it. The ending is intriguing.

>218 streamsong: Congratulations on reaching 75! My goal is almost the same as yours - 105 this year - and I’m a tad bit behind you, what with out-of-state visits and hurricanes. But I’ve just started Lethal White, the 4th Cormoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) Have you read the series yet?

>219 streamsong: I recognize my own aging angst in Arthur. Hmm. I didn’t, but loved the book any way. It took a while for me to really get into it, but once I did, it was a stunning read.

>223 streamsong: Isn’t he gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Edited: Sep 19, 4:21pm Top

More going backwards with reviews, but at least I read this in September!

73. Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D. James - 2011
- MysteryCat: Historical mystery
- ROOT #22/50; acq'd 2014 = 4 ROOT points (76/225)

”It was generally agreed by the female residents of Meryton that Mr and Mrs Bennett of Longbourn had been fortunate in the disposal in marriage of four of their five daughters.” p 1

This murder mystery is a sequel taking place several years after Pride and Prejudice ends.

The day before a great ball at Pemberley an univited guest showed up – Lydia Bennet Wickham, who not only did not have an invitation to the ball, neither she nor her husband were received by the Darcy's. She arrived in a coach tearing along the drive like the hounds of hell were after it.

Lydia told a story of her husband George Wickham and another man rushing off into the woods and hearing shots fired.

There is a murder, and the never-do-well George Wickham is the chief suspect.

The story wasn't bad, but it could have been so much better. There was a lot of telling, instead of showing. The visual of the pages was gray due to the very long paragraphs – sometimes more than a page long. I missed Jane Austen's light and sparkling wit, although it did have its funny moments and the characters felt authentic.

The mystery was good enough – I didn't have it figured out. But that is what well known mystery author P. D. James was best at.

Recommended for fans of Pride and Prejudice who would enjoy a bit more, or fans of P. D. James.

3.5 stars

Sep 19, 4:23pm Top

"de-lurking" to say: What a beautiful appy!!

Sep 21, 11:11am Top

>226 streamsong: I liked the Netflix version of this, but probably won't read it.

Edited: Sep 21, 11:57am Top

>224 mdoris: Thanks, Mary! I'm really happy with this colt. Since it's been over ten years since I've had one, I'm having a lot of fun.

>225 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Good to see you and thanks for all your comments. I haven't read any by Robert Galbraith although I do have one on Planet TBR that I picked up at a book sale some time ago - The Casual Vacancy. I loved the Harry Potter books and have been reluctant to 'dilute' them so to speak by reading others by her.

"I recognize my own aging angst in Arthur." Sometimes I have the feeling that I should have done more, pushed more, gambled more and that I need to find something spectacular to do now that I'm retired.

Thanks for complements on the colt!

Sep 21, 12:08pm Top

>227 DFED: Thanks - you should delurk, pull up a chair and chat a spell.

>228 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel. I know how busy you are and I appreciate your visit.

I hadn't realized there was a video of Death Comes to Pemberley. Whoops! I guess I did - I added the whole season of it to my Netflix queue back in 2016. Because of limited internet, I use Netflix for DVD's - and my queue is almost 500 long ... coincidentally very close to the number of books I have on Planet TBR. Movies hide there easily, just as things get hidden in my book piles. :)

The long winter evenings are coming so hoping to make inroads on both!

Sep 21, 12:17pm Top

I just finished The Overstory and it was gorgeous. I want to start it all over again. Trees, nature, ecoterrorism, computer alternate worlds and absolutely wonderful writing. I can see why it made the Booker shortlist.

I'm finishing up Earning the Rockies, the PBS/NYT bookclub pick for this month. Robert Kaplan travels coast to coast, commenting on the people and towns. Seems a bit surface-y; it's a very short book and my least favorite of the bookclub picks so far.

I've also started One Nation After Trump, the RL bookclub pick for next week. I can hardly stand to read it right now.

And I'm picking away at the essays in Bird by Bird and Bad Feminist.

But I decided I needed some fiction to sweep me away, so I've also started Pigs in Heaven for the series and sequel month. Thanks, Mark, for sending this to me a while back.

Sep 21, 3:34pm Top

>223 streamsong: He is a handsome, Janet, still leggy at this age :-)

Sep 23, 10:36am Top

Hi Janet - another rave about The Overstory! I must try to get to it soon. Probably, though, it will be when I have a break.

Sep 24, 12:19pm Top

Good job on the name change stuff. Your colt is handsome!! And more congrats on getting caught up with reviews. Dang, another person who loved Overstory. Sigh. I probably should get it.

Edited: Sep 24, 2:29pm Top

>232 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita. I'm enjoying him a lot, even though I always hope for a filly to continue on the line.

>233 BLBera: Hi Beth The Overstory *is* rather long. But it's the first book in a long time that I wanted to read through again when I had finished it. I did go back and skim a few parts.

>234 Berly: Thanks for stopping in, Kim. Well, I'm not quite caught up on reviews, yet, although I'm definitely getting closer. I drew a line halfway through the reviews to be done and am alternating new and old reviews.

Edited: Sep 24, 3:32pm Top

And here's another August review:

63. Half Broke HorsesJeannette Walls2009
- ROOT # 21/50; acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points (72/225)
- listened to audio

This is a fictionalized biography of Jeanette Walls' grandmother, Lily Casey Smith.

Lily's father was disabled. He fancied himself as a horse trader and since, he could no longer do it himself, he had Lily breaking colts when she was six years old as a way of supporting his family.

But Lily longed to go to school. When finally allowed a chance to attend, she enjoyed a Catholic boarding high school but her rough pioneer ways made her an unusual student who didn't fit in. When the money earmarked for her education was lost by her father in a get rich scheme, her teachers weren't sorry to see her go. Her father assumed she'd come back to the ranch, as he needed her to continue breaking horses for the family support.

But Lily had had enough and at sixteen years old set out to take a teaching job at a time when war made certified teachers scarce. Deprived of a way to get there, she rode her horse five hundred miles by herself.

Her career, her marriage, her ranch experiences, her realized ambition to pilot the thrilling, new-fangled airplanes, all illustrate an original, gun-toting, tough lady by-passing the conventions of the day.

We also see a bit of Jeanette 's mother, Rose Mary Walls', rather chaotic childhood and young adulthood. She is the subject of Jeanette Walls' memoir The Glass Castle, which I haven't yet read.

Edited: Sep 24, 4:45pm Top

And hooray! Another September review. Since I often alternate heavier and lighter reads, doing it this way can put several of the same type together. But I'm tickled to be almost caught up to my current reads.

74. The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith - 2009
- TIOLI#11: Read a book with a full name (first name and family name) at the first page
- September Series & Sequels
- audio;
- library

I've read quite a few of The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency series over the years, but I need to go back and fill in the ones like this, that I missed. The series is set in Botswana, at a detective agency run by our two heroines, Precious Ramotse and her assistant, Grace Makutsi.

This particular volume includes the story of a rather mixed up adoption, as well as the continuing story of Precious and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's adopted daughter Motholeli.

As always these are gentle uplifting stories with the emphasis on relationships between individuals and the community and cozy puzzles that often have happy if unexpected endings. For me they make a nice, uplifting break from more graphic murder mysteries and well as troubling literary fiction and non-fiction.

I love the narrator, Lisette Lecat. Her voice and accent set a perfect tone.

Edited: Sep 27, 10:16am Top

Hi Janet - Half Broke Horses does sound interesting. I did read The Glass Castle and would like to know more about the grandma. I wonder why she fictionalized it?

Sep 27, 1:36pm Top

Hi, Janet.

So much good reading! Congrats on finishing 75!

Interesting point about Our Town, which I've also seen, and Lincoln in the Bardo. I wonder whether he (Saunders) had that in mind at all. I'm glad you liked the book; me, too.

Our daughter is a huge Marisha Pessl fan, and we've discussed Special Topics multiple times. For me, there was too much "look at me and what a clever writer I am" - I've described it as "over-written". Our daughter disagrees. I did like her Night Film a lot more, so Special Topics may just have been a new writer's excitement with her first book. She certainly is talented. She's capable of something really outstanding.

Edited: Sep 27, 8:15pm Top

>237 streamsong: I love the Mma Ramotswe books and when I see one about to be published I put it on reserve at the libarary.c It is like a shot in the arm of goodness. I once heard him speak years ago at our loal library as he had sisters living in the our former community. He was wonderfully funny and articulate and speaks the way he writes. He is quite a marvel!

Congrats on reaching 75 so early!

Sep 27, 10:18pm Top

Just wanted to comment that, although I haven't read Lincoln at the Bardo yet, my high school put on Our Town as the senior play my sophomore year, and I helped run lights so was there for every rehearsal and performance. I was amazed that, with almost every iteration, I got more out of the depth of meaning in the words of the play. Still impressed the hell out of me.

How is the process of getting your (or NOT your) horse across the border going?

Sep 28, 10:02am Top

>238 BLBera: Hi Beth! Jeanette Walls said about Half Broke Horses that she wanted to make the book more active with conversations and thoughts, that while although they aren't true, are true to her grandmother's life. So that nudges it into fictionalized.

Someday I'll read The Glass Castle.

>239 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I need to make it over to your thread and read about your wonderful trip.

Thanks for the thoughts about Marissa Pessl and Calamity Physics. I enjoyed hearing your daughter's thoughts as well as yours. I'll definitely add Night Film to my list of 'rec by Lt'ers'. Maybe I need a "Joe's fault" tag.

Edited: Sep 28, 10:22am Top

>240 mdoris: Hi Mary I'm glad you like the Mma Ramotswe books too. "It is like a shot in the arm of goodness." Perfect description! Sometimes that's exactly what I need.

Have you read Jan Karon's Mitford series? Another shot in the arm of goodness!

Thanks for the congrats on 75!

>241 ronincats: Hi Roni! My high school did a production of Our Town also back in the 70's. Wonderful play! I just added the 2003 PBS production of it with Paul Newman as the stage manager to my Netflix queue.

Oh dear on the horses across the border. Unfortunately, northern Alberta is off the beaten track for commercial horse haulers. I am screwing up my courage to do the trip by myself as none of my friends are free to keep me company.

I am still contacting haulers, but am also working on getting my truck and trailer ready. I think I would make it a 4 day journey.

Edited: Sep 28, 10:47am Top

Another August review. Joe and Mark's fault for adding graphic novels to my 'to be read' list' and probably Roni's fault for the Lunar Chroncles. :)

64. Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone RogueMarissa Meyer – 2018 – graphic novel
– library

This is the second installment of the Wires and Nerve graphic novel series, a continuation of the Lunar Chronicles.

The focus is on Iko, the almost-human android. With the main army defeated, the remnant of the Lunar wolfmen are wreaking havoc and even have lured Wolf, Scarlet's beloved and member of the good guys, to rejoin them.

Iko is also exploring the differences between android and human, which seem less and less as the series continues and Iko evolves.

Fun summer reading. I enjoyed it more than the first in the series.

Edited: Sep 28, 10:46am Top

And this one was definitely 'Ellen's fault'

76.The OverstoryRichard Powers – 2018

“She takes his shaking hand in the dark. It feels good, like a root must feel, when it finds, after centuries, another root to pleach to underground. There are a hundred thousand species of love, separately invented, each more ingenious than the last, and every one of them keeps making things.” p 144.

“He's missed the complimentary continental breakfast by four hours. But the clerk sells him an orange, a chocolate bar, and a cup of coffee, three priceless tree treasure that get him to the public library.” p 187

“People aren't the apex species they think they are. Other creatures – bigger, smaller, slower, faster, older, younger, more powerful – call the shots, make the air and eat sunlight. Without them nothing. “ p 285

Everyone agrees that trees are alive; by wonderful chemical processes, they take in the carbon in the air and make it available to other creatures. They give us their gifts. Science has shown they communicate with each other, sending out warnings, helping their seedlings and slowly moving across landscapes.

Eons ago small fast moving beings invaded the trees' landscapes – hardly of notice to the trees. But now, these beings are destroying the trees and stupidly, callously, themselves with them. Can the trees speak to warn us?

The first section of the book was a bit confusing as it acquainted us with the backstories of the double handful of humans protagonists. They seemed like unconnected short stories, and I was not sure what I was reading and where it was going.

As the story continued, it became woven together beautifully. I fell under the spell of the trees and the author's evocative writing.

Trees, nature, ecoterrorism, and a strong dose of online games world building. It's the first book for a long time that as soon as I was done, I wanted to start reading it all over again.

Sep 28, 11:49am Top

Booksale at our library this week.

For some reason, there weren't any paperback fiction books???? Lot of hardback fiction, which I didn't buy.

But I came away with goodies anyway, including this audio boxed set of the Lord of the Rings, fully dramatized edition.

Other audios:
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

DVD: Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Folio Book of Comic Short Stories - yes, I bought it because it was a Folio edition in a slip case and pretty.
The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees
Plants of the Rocky Mountains - Lone Pine Field Guide
Montana Scenic Drives -
Hunger - Roxane Gay
The Essential Rumi
Old Jules - Mari Sandoz
Maneaters of Kumaon - Jim Corbett one of the x's favorite books. Have to wonder if this came from his estate.
The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker - Tim Gallagher

and a duplicate copy of The Thirtymile Fire by John N. Maclean who is Norman Maclean's son. This one is up for grabs.

All for $16 plus the $3 first night entrance fee - $19 You pile up your books on their sides and they charge you $1 per inch for the pile. I have not seen them raise this price for all the years I have been going to their sale.

Sep 28, 7:08pm Top

Happy Friday, Janet. Always such cool bookish things happening over here. It looks like I better request The Overstory. Several of my dear LT pals have loved this book, so I need to join the crowd. Maybe, I can bookhorn it in, in October.

I think I liked Half Broke Horses just a smidge more than you. Try to find time to read The Glass Castle. I want to read Bird By Bird. I find birds somewhat interesting...grins.

And hooray for the Mark's Fault Tag. Very proud of that one.

Sep 29, 11:07pm Top

Have a lovely weekend, Janet.

Sep 30, 8:47pm Top

Hi Janet. Welcome to the Overstory Lovers Group! I have two more books by Richard Powers lined up to read as soon as I get caught up with my library wish list. They just keep rolling in…and I am a Happy Camper!

Sep 30, 9:16pm Top

>245 streamsong: Yes! Isn't The Overstory great?

At the beginning, They seemed like unconnected short stories, and I was not sure what I was reading and where it was going. That's exactly what happened with me. I thought, well, the writing's really good, so I'll just keep going. And then it turned into the beautiful book of interwoven stories that you describe.

Oct 1, 5:21am Top

>245 streamsong: Hi Janet! Love your review, it's nice to know what to expect a bit. The structure you describe might have put me off at first.

I'm doing a mini tree books series read;-) Planning one, I mean. I just finished the first (dutch, no translation), and liked it a lot. So I thought to follow it with The Overstory and The Hidden Life of Trees.

>246 streamsong: Good book haul there, and have fun with Monty Python and his coconuts!

Oct 1, 9:21pm Top

Great review of The Overstory, Janet. Hmm...I may have to read it this month instead of waiting until November.

Oct 2, 5:34pm Top

>245 streamsong: Great review, Janet!
And I just saw that the library has a copy of the Dutch translation! It might take a while before I can get it, but I sure want to read it :-)

Oct 3, 11:21am Top

Hi Janet! I hope this finds you well and happy. Karen has been bragging on cool weather since we're still sweltering, although our mornings are starting to be cool with almost no humidity.

>229 streamsong: I personally had a hard time with The Casual Vacancy, abandoned the paper book but liked it well enough as an audiobook. It's contemporary fiction, not fantasy, not a mystery. JK's first use of cuss words shocked me after HP. The Cormoran Strike books are mysteries. They're well done and her writing is every bit as good as in the Harry Potter series, just reaching a different audience through a different genre. Be warned, though - they are gritty mysteries with adult themes and grisly bits.

>246 streamsong: Excellent haul. I'm especially intrigued with The Grail Bird. I have had fantasies of seeing one in the wild.

Oct 3, 11:21am Top

>247 msf59: Hi Mark! I always enjoy your comments. I'll definitely read The Glass Castle at some point in time. Somehow I read several childhood memoirs within a short time and got a bit memoir-ed out.

Since this is 75'ers non-fiction memoir month, I could read it this month, but I already have several in mind: Lands of Lost Borders - the September choice of the Outside & Beyond ook club about bicycling along the silk road, and The Girl at the Metropol Hotel.

Bird by Bird is not actually about birds, but about writing and life. I'm absolutely loving it, but the only birds appear in the explanation of the title.

Oct 3, 11:26am Top

>248 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! It's lovely to see you on the threads again. I know I have also been very neglectful this summer, but I will make a point of visiting your thread, soom.

>249 Donna828: Hi Donna - Thanks for stopping in and chiming in about The Overstory. I'll definitely be interested to see what you have to say about the other Richard Powers books. I am also (happily) drowning in library books right now - a couple are overdue.

Oct 4, 11:29am Top

Glad you enjoyed The Overstory so much. I sort of wish I had taken your advice and started out on it instead of The Mars Room, which was good, but not what I really wanted at that moment. I will listen to The Overstory sometime soon, I think.

Oct 6, 10:41am Top

Hi Janet - I've heard only good about The Overstory. I will probably save it for a break in school because I want to give it undivided attention and to be able to savor it.

Oct 8, 5:00pm Top

>250 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Yes I loved The Overstory. Do you remember the unexpected bad incident at the end of the first chapter. It was enough to make me put the book down for several days. Very glad I picked it back up - but it should come with a warning for that first chapter.

>251 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Yes! I love Monty Python and his coconuts! Somehow whenever I have a copy of the Holy Grail DVD, it gains hooves and gallops right out of here.

Mark (I think? maybe someone else???) had recommended another tree book. I think it is The Wild Trees which also sounds very interesting to me.

>252 kidzdoc: Hi Darryl - I think you'll like The Overstory, although I think that perhaps you'd rather see a wonderful museum than a forest. I'll be interested to read what you think.

>253 FAMeulstee: Anita, I think you'll like it too!

Oct 8, 5:10pm Top

>254 karenmarie: Karen, Perhaps I should start with Cormoran Stike books, then.

I feel rather smug about my small town haul, although it pales next to your FOL sale and your wondrous piles that you found!

>257 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel - Thanks for stopping in. I know precisely what you mean about a book not quite hitting the proper moment.

I have two going right now that are taking me *forever* to read, The Lands of Lost Borders about bicycling on the silk road and One Nation After Trump which, since he is making me angrier and angrier this week (did you see the bit about BLM employees on National Wildlife Refuges no longer having enforcement powers?) I may never get done.

>258 BLBera: Hi Beth - Sounds like a good plan!

Oct 8, 5:17pm Top

Last week was a nasty week for me. I lost my cousin, Marilyn who had been battling cancer for a while. She's the first one in this generation of cousins on my Mom's side.

And I also had my wonderful old dog, Ginny, put down. It sounds really disrespectful to say in the same breath as the death of a human cousin, but for me absolutely miserable.

Still working on a paperwork for my expedition to the Great White North to drop off one horse and pick up another. Hopefully I will be going next week and will avoid all the white. I'll be doing it solo which is also stressful, but logically I know I can manage it.

Oct 8, 5:34pm Top

Hi, Janet! I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin and your beloved dog, Ginny. Double whammy! Sending healing vibes.

I am picking up The Overstory from the library this week and should get to it soon.

Oct 8, 5:55pm Top

>261 streamsong: So sorry, Janet, two losses so close together is hard. (((hugs)))
It doesn't sound disrespectful to me, my dogs were nearer to me than most of my cousins...

Edited: Oct 8, 7:44pm Top

So sorry for your losses Janet. Our Maggie is starting to slurp down water at a great rate which I know is a bad sign for kidneys. I know I will be lost without her.

'Great white north' is still green (mostly) but there is snow on the local mountain tops. Good luck with your horse trades!

Oct 8, 10:10pm Top

Anita said what I was thinking, Janet. I'm sure you were much closer to Ginny than your cousin. And a fur person is not only a member of the family but a dependent--it's like losing a child. ((((Janet))))

Oct 10, 3:53pm Top

My condolences, too, Janet, regarding your cousin and your dog Ginny. I'm sure it's a tough time for you.

Roni's got it. Our daughter took a long time to get over the loss of her furry dog friend, and just realized she's feeling depressed because it's the one year anniversary of his passing.

Oct 11, 9:26am Top

(((Janet))) Sounds like you had a wretched week.

Oct 12, 8:17am Top

I'm sorry that you lost your cousin and canine companion, Janet.

Oct 12, 8:11pm Top

So sorry for your recent losses, Janet. We have a 15-year-old Lab who will probably be joining Ginny at the Rainbow Bridge before long. He is getting frailer by the day it seems. It’s so hard to say goodbye.

Oct 14, 9:55am Top

I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin and your wonderful old dog, Janet. Losses are losses, and especially coming so close together had to make both worse.

Good luck with your hopefully-whiteless horse exchange trip. Karen just sent me a picture of the first snowfall in the Gallatin valley, complete with deer looking for crabapples. She and I are playing pic poker - and hers was a raise on my pic of two downed trees, one from Florence and one from Michael. She definitely won that hand. I've started a new hand with a picture of our kitty Inara staring at a ground hog under the bird feeders. It's bigger than she is!

Oct 14, 11:52am Top

Thanks for the condolences and cyber-hugs Mark, Anita, Mary, Roni, Joe, Rachel, Darryl, Donna and Karen!

This week I came down with a really nasty head and chest infection. When I get stressed enough, I get sick .... It's like my body says OK, enough! you need to sleep for a few days. My chest has cleared up and has lost its wheezes and rattles and I'm feeling today like I'm going to live. I won't be taking off on my trip for a few days yet, partly because I missed an appointment to have a new back up camera put on the truck.

>270 karenmarie: Karen we have a skiff of snow out there this morning, too. Love the sound of your photos.

Oct 23, 10:56pm Top

Janet, I'm glad you are feeling better. Sounds like it was really nasty. We had a Santa Ana this week, with temps in the low 80s and humidity in the teens. Fortunately, it has cooled and hydrated a bit now.

Oct 24, 7:01am Top

Sorry, to hear you are not feeling well. I hope you can bounce back quickly, Janet. Sending healing vibes.

Oct 30, 12:03pm Top

Thanks for the good wishes. Things boomeranged and I ended up with a really nasty sick. Starting to feel better - will hopefully get a new thread going today.

Oct 30, 3:45pm Top

My sympathy, too, Janet. There are some nasty bugs going around right now. I'm glad you're starting to feel better.

Nov 3, 5:27pm Top

Sorry you've been sick, Janet, and am glad to hear that you're feeling better.

Nov 7, 7:45pm Top

Hi Janet - Sorry for your loss. I hope you feel better soon.

Nov 7, 8:35pm Top

>231 streamsong: Drat, I am had Overstory in m hands when I went to the library yesterday. I didn't bring it home. But, when I read and return some of those in the large pile I have, I'll be sure to grab this one.

Nov 7, 11:04pm Top

((((Janet)))) Sending you sickness whammies and get well vibes.

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