Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2019 #3
This is a continuation of the topic Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2019 #2.
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Loki at 10 weeks of age.
Like babies, when puppies are sleeping, they are especially cute!
We have many names for her right now.
-The Black Crocodile because of the tingly teeth
-Ty (short for Tyrant)
Hello, my name is Mary. I live in Comox, on Vancouver Island. I have been a member of LT since 2011 and I love it here. It is great to see what people are reading, to follow threads and to have new friends. I am a slow reader (it will be a miracle to reach 75!). Please don't kick me out of this wonderful group! I love to hold a book in my hands so haven't yet experienced the wonder of audio books. Almost all my books are from the library. I love cookbooks and do get lots of them too but do not list them in my grand total count. SadlyI don't think my cooking has improved but I love to see trends what others are passionate about. So if I am "springing" for a book at the bookstore, it is usually a cookbook! I have 4 daughters who have all flown the coop. They are all living far away and they now have little ones. I was passionate about kids' books when our kids were little and still read lots of the newly published ones too. I am a retired Speech/Language Pathologist.
Happy new thread, Mary. Have fun with Loki and I hope you get back to sleeping through the night soon.
Yes, Loki is adorable Mary.
>2 mdoris: I have that in my pile, and may get to it soon.
Thank you Shelley, Paul, Meg, Jim, Anita and Caroline. Life is busy these days.
Normal People by Sally Rooney V.I. Regional Library p. 273
i zoomed through this book telling the story of young love/friendship in its vulnerability. Rooney, who is Irish, did a good job telling the characters' stories especially how family violence/abuse shapes a person and how love and support shapes a person too.
The novel was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. It was voted as the 2018 Waterstones' Book of the Year, and won 'Best Novel' at the 2018 Costa Book Awards. In 2019, it was longlisted for the Women's Prize for fiction.
New Minimalism Decluttering and Design for Sustainable Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin V.I. Regional Library p. 183
This was a helpful book giving good references and recommendations of websites to help manage our stuff. The main message is to vastly reduce volume. I'm heading for my cupboards and closets and drawers……well maybe I'll pick up another library book instead.
Puppy is sound asleep at my feet.
Happy New Thread, Mary!
Happy New Thread, Mary. Love the puppy topper and I have Normal People on my TBR.
Thanks Janet, Mark and Anita. Here's a new pic after a long walk (for her) today.
Happy new thread, Mary. Loki is adorable.
I also loved Normal People. I will read more by Rooney.
This is an interesting link I found on LIterary Hub.
Here are some intersting statistics.....
Some research from 5 years ago " 23 percent of American adults were “light” readers (finishing one to five titles per year), 10 percent were “moderate” (six to 11 titles), 13 percent were “frequent” (12 to 49 titles), and a dedicated 5 percent were “avid” (50 books and up)." To my calculations that means that 49% read NO BOOKS......yikes!
Sounds like more information can be found in How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul ( a newly published book)
In another book Raising Kids Who Read by Daniel T. Willingham, he explains the learning to read process, all the critical elements.
This has always interested me!
>18 jessibud2:, >19 FAMeulstee:, >20 BLBera: Thanks Shelley, Anita and Beth for your visits and your lovely comments. I have been tied to the kitchen with visitors, and getting wonderful cuddles with baby Emily from Denver now 9 weeks old. I will post pictures soon. Loki is full beans and mischief. It's a good thing she's cute!
Beth I will read more of Rooney too. I decided to read her book after reading her short story "Color and Light" in the March 12, 2019 New Yorker mag.
Anita you are right Loki is a handful and then she has a very redeeming sweet side too.
Now back to The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami a wonderful book about the history of the tough population in the Burin Peninsula southern Newfoundland written by Linden MacIntyre. I must read more of his books! It was titled The Wake because of a devastating tsunami in 1929.
Wild Rose (a film)
Saw the first of the local fall Film Circuit movies and it was fabulous! It's the story of a young woman newly released from prison who has 2 young kids who have been looked after by gramma. Mom sets her goal to be a country singer in Nashville but meanwhile lives in Glasgow. I loved this film! The music is amazing.
Angel from Montgomery/Bonnie Raitt
HI Mary - It looks like I can get Wild Rose through Netflix, so I've added it to my queue. I'm glad you mentioned it.
Baby Emily came to visit? That sounds like pure joy!
HI Janet, I guess Netflix in Canada has different availability because Wild Rose is not available on Netflix here. Drats! I was mentioning it on my morning hike with a friend and he was hoping it was available. This week I'm seeing a Gordon Lightfoot doc and it should be good too!
Yes "pure joy" is a very good description. It was a long trip back yesterday for the young family from Victoria to Denver.
Loki just poked her little head above the screen and wants puppy time RIGHT NOW! And I was hoping to finish my book. Not happening!
The Wake The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami by Linden MacIntyre V.I. Library System p. 336
This was such a good book, so well written and with a firm personal connection (the author's father was a miner in the community). MacIntyre tells the history of small isolated communities in southern Newfoundland, the Burin peninsula that was rocked by a tsunami in 1929 with loss of life, had to endure a change of employment from fishing to mining and as a poor population was disadvantaged by employers and government. They gravely suffered from health concerns, lung cancers from radiation and silicosis from the mining dust. It is quite a story.
p. 322 "Aubrey Farrell recalls that when he graduated from high school that year twenty-six of the forty-four students in his class were fatherless."
p. 321 As of 2007 The unofficial number of miners who had died from work related accidents and illnesses in the St. Lawrence mines had reached 313 and that total, 191 had died "hard" from cancer of the lung. The total doesn't include the heart attacks resulting from the inefficiencies of lungs damaged by silicosis and bronchitis."
I will read more of this author who has won prizes for his fiction. The Bishop's Man
>22 mdoris: Loki is full beans and mischief. It's a good thing she's cute! It is my theory that puppies, kittens and toddlers were made cute for just that reason!
>26 mdoris: It is amazing the hardships that some communities had to endure especially the miners and fishermen in the maritime provinces.
>27 Familyhistorian: Yes, Meg in our house we refer to that as "protective camouflage", that being cute when they are kind of a challenge. Daughter Claire visited recently and we got such a laugh when she regularly called Emily a "crybaby"! She is 11 weeks old with a good set of lungs.
>29 mdoris: Love these babies, Mary! Nice photos!
It looks like you got me with The Wake The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami. Sounds like my cuppa.
>32 msf59:. Mark, it sure was my cuppa! Hope you like it when you get to it.
I just saw the MacIntyre book at Costco when I was there this morning, picking up a prescription. I didn't get it, though. I am still trying to get through the library books and then, really want to attack the TBR piles on the floor before they attack me!
(which, of course, did not prevent me from purchasing a few books recently at Word on the Street and a university book sale...;-)
Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech you'll never hear by Carl Hiaasen V.I. Regional Library
This book is funny, full of simple but gem advice and best of all it is illustrated by Roz Chast my all time fav. cartoonist. She rocks!
The end is near....don't make things worse!
>34 jessibud2: Shelley not sure where I read about the MacIntyre book but it's a good one. There probably won't be a big library wait if you are tempted. I brought 9 books home today from the library (help!!!) and will have to rearrange my bookshelves as naughty puppy chews on any at her mouth and jump level. Any whose idea was it to get a puppy?
>35 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline we have a marvelous daily farmers market all summer long in our community and this pumpkin patch is a good photo draw from there.
The second in the Film Circuit series was The Farewell.
It's the story of a young Chinese woman raised in the U.S. who makes a trip back to China to visit her ailing gramma. There were lots of interesting famly dynamics and culture contrasts portrayed.
Lucky me going to movies 2 nights in a row!
This was a doc about Gordon Lightfoot. It was well done with great footage, wonderful interviews and superb music. What a Canadian icon he is! So gifted.
If You Could Read My MInd
I'm very late to say so, but lovely family pictures. Your documentary & film watching is inspiring too - I want to see them all! Assume the worst sounds like my kind of humour, I will look out for it.
I agree with everything you said about the Lightfoot film, Mary. I loved it! I am going to see the new doc about Linda Ronstadt next week. It also looks great (from what I see of the previews). Is that one coming your way, too?
>39 mdoris: I get a sense this was less of a success for you Mary. I had it on my radar, but my bro said they left part way through.
>43 Caroline_McElwee: Very perceptive Caroline! It was a a bit too droopy for me with just a single plot line. I ended up being a bit bored and was looking instead at the family dynamics with some interest.
>41 charl08: Thank you Charlotte. Hope you like Assume the Worst when you get to it!
>42 jessibud2: Shelley our doc series is kind of sporadic not part of Film Circuit although there might be some docs with that. FC is weekly now and I love that idea. So I have not seen the Linda Ronstadt doc listed but will keep my eyes peeled and should get out some of her old records. When we moved we didn't pass on any of our old music (thank heavens)! Will have to put some Gordon lIghtfoot on to listen to this weekend. What a guy!
I think I posted it somewhere (maybe on my own thread somewhere) but here is a link to the trailer for the Linda Ronstadt biopic:
The Sound of My Voice
Scroll once to the right for the trailer, and down, for the blurb. It looks good. I think I am going on Tuesday.
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips V.I. Regional Library p. 256
This was an interesting and different kind of book. It's stucture of short stories that in the end made some connected sense was unusual. it's location was unusual, the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. The writing was unsual too, a kind of staccato quality. The many characters all had some struggling in their lives with jobs and/or relationships. Not an easy life in location or in existence. It touched on city vs. rural and white vs. first indigenous tensions and class hierarchy.
These are for Shelley! They are pictures from a talented cousin of P's who does amazing rug hooking. Some of her pieces are copies of Maud Lewis the folk artist. She has become quite an authoriiy on Lewis and gives workshops all over.
In one of Maud's there is artistic license! You will notice an airedale terrier doing the chase! This is Pam's dog.
The last one shows the family's Norwegian roots.
Thanks, Mary! Very beautiful work. Did you see the wonderful bio pic film from a couple of years ago, of Maud, called Maudie? It was excellent! A colleague of mine who I used to teach with was a huge Maud Lewis fan and she was also a rug hooker, giving workshops all over the place. Wouldn't it be a small world if she knew P's cousin?
>51 jessibud2: Hi Shelley, Yes, I did see the Maud Lewis film and I found it completely captivating. I bet P's cousin and your former colleague know each other.
>53 Caroline_McElwee: Hi Caroline, I really liked the Maud Lewis movie too. I thought Sally Hawkins did an amazing job of portraying the artist.
What beautiful work in >50 mdoris:.
I had forgotten about the movie Maudie. I put it in my Netflix queue, but haven't watched it. I need to remedy that.
The third movie in the Film Circuit series was A Colony. It is from a first time director from Quebec, Genevieve Dulude-De Celles, (32 years old) and the plot closely follows her own experience of grownng up in small town Quebec and feeling ostracized from her peer group. In the movie she does make friends with a classmate and must get over some prejudices concerning his aboriginal community. Three of us saw this movie and wanted to give it a bit of a pass, not from the theme and story but from the filming. The coming of a age theme is often interesting but such a single minded focus!
>56 mdoris: - Hmm, I haven't heard of this one, Mary. But I saw the Linda Ronstadt doc this afternoon and it's wonderful! If it comes your way, don't miss it. What a voice and what a talent!
Caught up, I think, Mary.
Trying to figure out how many books you've read so far in 2019. I counted 49. Am I right?
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett V.I. Regional Library p. 337
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a brother and sister and their close relationship. My take on this book was that it was about family bonds and forgiveness. I didn't want it to end. This is the 6th Ann Patchett book that i have read,
Here's an interesting interview with A.Patchett about the book.
>61 mdoris: Thanks for the link, Mary. I am a Patchett fan as well.
Baby Emily is growing! What a cutie. I love the photos.
I will search for the documentary on Gordon Lightfoot. I have been a fan for years.
>50 mdoris: Those are very impressive rugs, Mary. Love the photos up thread as well!
Mary, those rugs upthread are truly works of art. I hope nobody is walking on them!
>61 mdoris: Like you, I didn't want The Dutch House to end. I loved the "burning the cake" analogy in the interview with Ann Patchett. I'm glad she took out the best parts and started over. Good for her. I'm also elated that she has many more stories to tell.
Happy Thanksgiving! It always take me by surprise because the leaves aren't even changing color here yet. I'm curious about how you celebrate. Lots of food? And is turkey on the menu?
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell V.I. Regional Library System p. 346
For me all M.Gladwell books are interesting and make the brain do an about face in looking at the ideas he presents. This book is no exception. Many of the stories are quite familiar, as they have been newsworthy and tragic but he puts a different spin on our ability to understand them. He writes about Bernie Madoff, Amanda Knox, Sylvia Plath, Jerry Sandusky and Sandra Bland looking at how we process information when we talk with strangers.
>62 BLBera: Beth hope you like the Gordon Lightfoot doc when you watch it!
>63 Familyhistorian: Thanks Meg. The rugs really are spectacular.
>64 jessibud2:, >65 PaulCranswick: Thanks Shelley and Paul. This month is zooming by in a crazy way. Now Thanksgiving seems like ages ago.
>66 Donna828: Donna no one is walking on the rugs for sure. They are wall hangings or wall art.
Yes, Thanksgiving here is the full meal deal with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, veg and pumpkin pie. It's a delicious groaner! The Denver daughter celebrated the Canadian dates but cooked a big chicken. I'm sure she will celebrate again with the U.S. dates!
All is True
Another Wednesday roles by with a Film Circuit movie viewing of a fabulous film about William Shakespeare's family. Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh were FANTATIC!
>69 mdoris: - Oh, that sounds great! I have not heard of this one! I will have to watch for it.
How is your wee canine friend getting along Mary. She must have grown since our last update?
Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout V.I. Regional Library System p. 287
I loved the the first Olive book and this one did not disappoint. Strout sure "gets" family dynamics and aging. She is such a good writer. Her linked stories some with Olive as the main character and some with Olive as a peripheral character are such an interesting way to develop a character through the eyes of self and through the eyes of others.
>70 jessibud2: Shelley hope you enjoy the film if/when you watch it!
>71 charl08: I sure could have used closed captions on the film. There was such great dialogue and I'm sure I missed lots.
>72 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline, the wee canine friend is growing in leaps and bounds and we are having fun with her. We have had lots of visitors lately so our focus on puppy training has been a bit distracted. We are going to puppy classes and there is a LOT to learn for her and for us. Yikes! I'll try to post a picture of her soon.
Three year old grandson has been visiting so we have been reading our favourite old Halloween books. They are so good!
.......and many more.....
>76 msf59: Mark hope you enjoy Olive Again as much as I did!
>77 BLBera: Beth, I will keep my eyes peeled for Room on the Broom. I love kids' seasonal books. I have quite the collection that greatly impressed the 3 year old grandson. I had forgotten how many times, one after another, over and over again that a book NEEDS to be read! So nice!
Wednesday is Film Circuit night and tonight's film was Before You Know It, a quirky "comedy" hmmmm (too many sad bits for me to agree) that takes place in New York city about 2 adult sisters, a dad and a teenaged grand daughter living together in the theatre world. It felt like a Woody Allen film. The sets and acting were wonderful but the plot was thin.
A Better Man by Louise Penny V.I. Regional Library p. 433
This is the 10th Penny book that I have read. I did not read her early Gamache books and started reading at the 1/3 way mark. I have mostly enjoyed her books and was interested in the previous two as they dealt with the horrendous drug challenges of a big city. This current read was a disappointment for me however. I found it sloppy and choppy and long for the plot that was told. I think she wrote it in a hurry. I think I will be cautious about reading another Penny book. There are just too many good books out there!
Another Wednesday for Film Circuit has rolled by and the film last night was One Day in the LIfe of Noah Piugattuk.
This film tells the story of Inuk people on Baffin Island leading their traditonal life being forced into settlements by the Canadian government. It is a story told in a slow telling and in a stunning environment.
(from the film description)....... "Piugattuk — a real-life Inuk elder who lived 1900–96 and who saw firsthand the erosion of his people’s language and lifestyle — imbues the film with an incredible vitality and urgency."
>26 mdoris: This is an interesting interview by Shelagh Rogers with Linden MacIntyre about his recently published book The Wake The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami
I posted that link on Meg's last thread, Mary. I own a few of MacIntyre's books, though not that one, but haven't read any yet. I used to watch him on The Fifth Estate. Have you read anything by him?
>83 jessibud2: Shelley, I just saw it today in an email from CBC books. Maybe in the east you get it before it heads over the mountains in the west! No, I haven't read anything else by him but now I want to.
I actually heard it on the radio when it aired last week and then went to the site to get the link to post. I am a bit behind in my CBC books emails.
>86 FAMeulstee: HI Anita, Thanks for the visit and asking about our new puppy. Loki is GREAT!!! but the last month has been a bit rocky as we have had non stop visitors (family) with babies and young kids so the mixture of kids/puppy/baby has been for sure a challenge. She is our 5th dog so we should know what we are doing but maybe we don't. She is a bit of hand full and we are about to finish our last of 6 puppy classes that have been hugely worthwhile. She is full of energy and mischief and quite strong minded......"I will do what you want if it's what I WANT!" but she is very young still (4 months) and growing like a weed. We love her but still miss our Maggie who was so easy and eager to please. Hmmmm! I will post pictures this weekend.
p.s. As you can imagine not much reading is being done. I will be kicked out of the 75ers soon I fear!
>87 mdoris: Thank you for the Loki update, Mary.
Some puppies can be very strongwilled, maybe lure her more into thinking she wants what you want?
I was surprised to see you finished some books ;-)
Sorry that these pics are sideways. I tried to import them in a few different ways and they all headed in the wrong direction. Not sure how to fix this as the originals are the proper orientation.
Happy Friday, Mary. Hooray for Loki. Sideways or not. And yes, I did love Olive, Again. I just posted my glowing mini-review.
She's a beauty, Mary. She's just going through the terrible twos a bit early. Or maybe not, in dog years!
>89 mdoris: it's an easy fix Mary, just make a tiny edit on each picture, and when you upload again it will be the right way round.
Boy she has certainly grown. It might be some years before she is as mellow as Maggie though.
Caroline, no such luck. I tried as you suggested and they are still sideways. Oh boy.......
>40 mdoris: >47 jessibud2: I got to see The Sound of My Voice, the Linda Ronstadt documentary. It was so good! I was a fan of Trio and the Aston Neville album back in the day and forgot about all her early hits.
The Gordon Lightfoot doc is back next week for a few showings; I’ll definitely try to get to it.
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