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Edited: Oct 22, 2019, 7:07pm

^ The route in autumn color.

“You know I am not born to tread in the beaten track- the peculiar bent of my nature pushes me on.”

-Mary Wollstonecraft

Edited: Nov 11, 2019, 8:17am




99) Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton 4.5 stars ALA
100) God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright 4.6 stars (audio)
101) Lanny by Max Porter 4.4 stars
102) Recursion by Blake Crouch 3.7 stars (audio)
103) Monument: Poems New and Selected by Natasha Trethewey 4.5 stars (P)
104) The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell 4.3 stars ALA
105) Norco '80:True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery by Peter Houlahan 3.8 stars (audio)
106) The New Order: Stories by Karen E. Bender 4.6 stars ALA
107) Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir by Jeff Tweedy 4.5 stars (audio)
108) The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines 4.2 stars AAC
109) The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) by N. K. Jemisin 4.2 stars (audio)


110) A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder 3.8 stars (audio)
111) Storyteller by Leslie Marmon Silko 4.2 stars AAC
112) Pilgrim's Wilderness: Madness on the Alaska Frontier by Tom Kizzia 4 stars (audio)
113) They Called Us Enemy by George Takei 4.7 stars GN
114) Deep River by Karl Marlantes 4.3 stars
115) Beloved by Toni Morrison 5 stars (audio/print)
116) We Are Still Here: Stories & A Novella by Emily Koon 3.7 stars ER
117) Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang 4.4 stars
118) An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo 4.3 stars (P)
119) Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips 4.2 stars (audio)
120) The Dutch House by Ann Patchett 4.8 stars ALA
121) Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley 4 stars GN


122) Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight 4.7 stars (audio)
123) Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko 4.2 stars AAC
124) Turbulence by David Szalay 4 stars
125) A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne 4.5 stars (audio)
126) Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston 4.6 stars (audio)
127) Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson 4.4 stars ALA
128) The Initiates: A Comic Artist & a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs by Étienne Davodeau 4.5 stars GN
129) An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson 4 stars (audio)
130) Homesick for Another World: Stories by Ottessa Moshfegh 4.2 stars
131) The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 3.8 stars (audio)
132) 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak 4.5 stars
133) The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara 4.2 stars (audio)
134) Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson 4.2 stars E
135) Ghost Wall: A Novel by Sarah Moss 4.3 stars E
136) I Shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill 3.6 stars (audio)
137) Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry 4.6 stars
138) 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari 4.2 stars (audio)


139) Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib 4 stars (audio)
140) Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout 4.2 stars ALA
141) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (James Bond) by Ian Fleming 3.8 stars (audio)
142) The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy 4.3 stars
143) People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry 4.5 stars (audio)

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^Someone, mentioned starting a "Birding" thread. Honestly, I was not up for hosting another thread but I thought it would be cool, if a few of us started a birdfeeder watch and kept it updated on the participant's own thread. I know there are several of my pals over here, that have feeders. I hope I can get you to join. I am only going to log in each species I see, for the year, along with the dates. The only species changes, I expect to find, are during the various seasons. Hopefully, this will inspire me to keep a better watch on my own feeders. As of now, the Feeder report will be in post # 6. Here is what I have so far:

1) Northern Cardinal 1/1/19
2) American Goldfinch 1/1/19
3) Downy Woodpecker 1/1/19
4) Black-Capped Chickadee 1/1/19
5) White-Breasted Nuthatch 1/1/19
6) Mourning Dove 1/1/19
7) Dark-Eyed Junco 1/1/19
8) House Sparrow 1/1/19
9) Pine Siskins 1/4/19 (F)
10) Red-Tailed Hawk
11) House Finch
12) Red-Bellied Woodpecker 3/12
13) American Robin 3/13
14) Starling 3/19
15) Northern Flicker
16) Mallards
17) Brown-Headed Cowbird 4/22
18) Chipping Sparrow 5/1
19) White-Crowned Sparrow 5/2
20) Red-Winged Blackbird 5/5
21) Ruby-Throated Hummingbird 5/5
22) Hermit Thrush 5/7 (F)
23) Gray Catbird 5/16 (F)
24) Baltimore Oriole 5/20 (F)
25) Blue Jay 6/7
26) Hairy Woodpecker

(F)- First time seen at the feeders.

Edited: Oct 22, 2019, 7:20pm

"In 1903, Americans considered automobiles practical for short trips only. Horatio Nelson Jackson believed differently. He bet a man fifty dollars that he could drive an automobile across the country. Nelson paid a man to accompany him on a trip that attempted to go from California into Oregon and the Rocky Mountain states, then across the Midwestern U.S.A. and finally to New York City. Jackson's trip made him a media sensation."

^This is a PBS DVD, not a book but I want to thank Shelley for the nudge on this one. I recently loved Ken Burns' Country Music doc and wanted to try something from his earlier career. Once again, it is a story I had never hear of and it is a dandy. As an added bonus, it is less than 2 hours.

Oct 22, 2019, 7:21pm

Happy new thread!

>1 msf59: That's some route!

Oct 22, 2019, 7:46pm

Happy new one, Mark.

Oct 22, 2019, 7:55pm

Happy new thread, Mark. Horatio's Drive looks interesting.

Oct 22, 2019, 8:12pm

Nothing to See Here. Well, I guess I'll leave then! JK. Let me know what you think of that one. I am intrigued. Happy new one. You are on fire!

Oct 22, 2019, 8:19pm

I tracked down my Levy review. I read "Things I Don't Want to Know: A Living Autobiography". Levy was brought up in South African but they moved to England after her father was released from prison. Part of my review was: This was a very personal story told in both a linear way and through Levy's impressions of what she went through. It was a straight forward narrative as well as chock full of dreamy symbolism.

Oct 22, 2019, 8:33pm

Happy new thread, Mark. Yay for Horatio's Drive. As I mentioned earlier, I have decided to work my way through as many Ken Burns' docs as my library can get for me! Always a pleasure. He is an artistic genius, in my humble opinion. And while it may not be in book form, he is a master storyteller!

Oct 22, 2019, 8:39pm

Well I thought that title was familiar. The Family Fang has been sitting on my Kindle probably since you read it Mark hahaha.

Oct 22, 2019, 9:03pm

Here I am again, Mark. Holy moly! Twice in one day.

Please. I know you are excited to see me here, but please control yourself.


Oct 22, 2019, 9:12pm

Happy nineteen, Mark!

Oct 22, 2019, 9:53pm

Happy new thread, Mark!

Edited: Oct 22, 2019, 10:37pm

>5 quondame: Thanks, Susan. Good to see you.

>6 BLBera: Thanks, Beth.

>7 Familyhistorian: >9 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. Keep Horatio's Drive in mind. I appreciate the Levy info. The memoir sounds good.

>8 Berly: Thanks, Kimmers! I am on #19, my friend. Just sayin'...

Oct 22, 2019, 10:40pm

>10 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. Hooray for Mr. Burns. I think that is a good plan.

>11 brenzi: I would love to hear your take on the Family Fang, Bonnie. It is a quick and entertaining read.

>12 weird_O: Be still, my beating heart! Go Weirdo Bill!

>13 PaulCranswick: >14 katiekrug: Thanks, Paul & Katie!

Oct 23, 2019, 5:29am

Happy new thread, Mark!

Oct 23, 2019, 6:27am

Good morning, Amber! And thanks!

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 6:34am

"Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result, they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs."

^As I mentioned, when I recently read the Longmire, I am not reading much crime series books these days, but another irresistible draw, is the Dr. Siri series. I Shot the Buddha is book #11 and again, like the Longmire books, they are great on audio. My preferred format for these smart and witty gems.

Oct 23, 2019, 6:55am

Happy nineteenth thread, Mark!

>1 msf59: The trees are beautiful in this time of year.

Oct 23, 2019, 6:59am

>20 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! Happy Wednesday! Yes, I love this time of year, but it has been chilly.

Oct 23, 2019, 8:27am

Happy new thread, Mark, and happy Wednesday to you.

Beautiful fall colors in your topper. Nothing so dramatic here, alas. We've been abnormally dry and lots of leaves have jut browned and fallen to the ground. Our maple is showing some spirit, though.

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 8:38am

Happy New Thread, Mark!

The route in Autumn looks great. Beauty, Birds and Beer - add in Books, as I know you will(!), and what more could you possibly need?

>19 msf59: Go Dr. Siri!

It's nippy out there; I'm glad you have the weekend off.

Oct 23, 2019, 10:35am

>22 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. Cool start to the day here but lots of sunshine, at the moment. It should be a good day on the route.

>23 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I need to find a poster with books added to it, although that is a given, right? Yep, Dr. Siri is off to an entertaining start. Are you caught up with the series? I never did start his other series but I never really heard any warbling about it.

Oct 23, 2019, 10:41am

New thread orisons, Mark. It's gorgeous here, I hope it is there...I can't get out in it, worse luck, for the damned knee troubling me.

I got my review of Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears up. Ken Wheaton liked it, so I think I did it justice.

Oct 23, 2019, 11:00am

Loved David Ross as a player but the Cubs hiring him as their manager with no coaching or managerial experience is a big mistake. Hope I’m wrong about this.

That Bell’s beer choice for my dinner last night was quite tasty. Thanks for the tip!!

Beautiful fall colors this year. Love the pic of your route.

Oct 23, 2019, 11:21am

>19 msf59: I have No. 7 up next in the Dr. Siri series (say that 10 times fast). I'm glad you find them still holding up a few more down the line.

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 12:44pm

Happy new thread! As a treat from my meeting at The Explorers Club last week, you might recognize this from The River of Doubt. It's the original...

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 6:29pm

>25 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. Hooray for the nice weather. Boo, to the ailing knee. Hope it is feeling better as the day progressed. Good review of Sweet as Cane.

>26 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. Thanks for chiming in on the David Ross pick. I agree with your thoughts. I just hope it pays off for the Cubbies. I do not want to waste another year. Hey, I am glad you liked the Two-Hearted. Bell's Brewery was right there, at the front of the craft beer movement.

Oct 23, 2019, 6:30pm

>27 laytonwoman3rd: I hope you continue with the Dr. Siri series, Linda. They have been consistently good.

>28 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. Hooray for the Explorers Club, (how, cool!) and The River of Doubt photo, of T.R.

Oct 23, 2019, 6:40pm

-Harry Bliss

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 6:41pm

I listened to the last Longmire book and really enjoyed it. I have not read a single one of the Dr. Siri books, even though I have about 8 of them on my shelves. I have been reading my way through the Donna Leon Guido Brunetti series and the Camilla Lackberg Scandi-crime series, so I am getting my fill of murder mysteries at the moment.

I am currently listening to Marie Lu's book Wildcard. This one is the sequel to Warcross. It isn't great literature but it is fun to listen to and makes a great book to listen to on the commute.

I am telling you this in case you begin to think that all my reading is highbrow academic literature.

Oct 23, 2019, 6:45pm

>30 msf59: I did not know that. When I asked for a Bell's, I couldn't remember the name of it but said I didn't want a porter but a lighter one. I think the waitress mentioned the full name then and seemed surprised but I said I wanted to try something new.

I think we may be going to Edelweiss, which is on Irving Park Rd in the city, for lunch this Sat. Way way west though. I imagine that they have a lot of beer choices there as well.

Oct 23, 2019, 6:49pm

>31 msf59: *chuckle* best not fall asleep any time soon, dude.

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 7:36pm

Hooray, for Grover's Corners! Okay, it is not a book, but I did watch the PBS version of Our Town, with the amazing Paul Newman as the stage manager. Sadly, I have never read the play, by Thorton Wilder. I will have to get to it. This filmed "play" version is a delight. Nearly perfect in every way, with an excellent cast. I have been a fan of Newman's for 50 years and his later work, easily stands up with his vintage early films. His wife, the great Joanne Woodward produced this gem. I watched this for this month's AAC and I want to thank Linda for making this wonderful recommendation. If you have not seen it, please give it a go. I found my copy at the library. Like- Duh!!

Oct 23, 2019, 7:34pm

>32 benitastrnad: No problem there, Benita. I know you like to balance your heavy NF reading with YA or fantasy, which I think is a fine mix. I hope you give the Dr. siri books ago but I would suggest to find the audio, for your next car trip.

>33 lindapanzo: Well, I am glad you remembered the Bell's part, anyway. I think that was the only Bells on there. I have been to their wonderful brewery in Kalamazoo, MI. I have not been to Edelweiss, but if you need any assistance, you know who to call.

>34 richardderus: Sometimes, I wonder, when I drag Sue on some of these walks, if these things go through her vengeful little mind. Grins...

Oct 23, 2019, 8:48pm

>35 msf59: - My copy of this is waiting for me to pick up tomorrow!

Oct 24, 2019, 8:40am

'Morning, Mark!

First sips of coffee taken, watching the Cardinals enjoying the sunflower seed feeder. I hope you have a great day.

Oct 24, 2019, 9:34am

Damn! LT is messing up my morning ritual. What is up with that? Could maintenance finish up by 5am CT? This would be please the Old Warbler. Thank you.

>38 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Your coffee drinking and Cardinal watching sound perfect. I am getting ready to head out to the route and wrap up my last work day of the week. Yah!

Oct 24, 2019, 11:07am

Happy happy, joy joy! Another gorgeous day. This latter end of fall is my very favorite moment of the year. *smooch*

Oct 24, 2019, 11:50am

I second Mr. Derus' comment just above. It's a beautiful morning.

Edited: Oct 24, 2019, 4:01pm

Our day is a bit overcast but the leaves are stunning colours. Have a good day on the route Mark! Just reading Olive Again and I'm hooked.

Happy new thread!

Edited: Oct 24, 2019, 2:16pm

>19 msf59: Who narrates the Dr. Siri series?* As I'm going to start walking on my treadmill more with the shorter darker days, I will be looking for something in addition to my Walt Longmire series for audio pleasure.

Happy New Thread!!

*What I mean is, I can find that out, but if there is more than one narrator, do you have a favorite?

Oct 24, 2019, 2:18pm

>31 msf59:. LOL! I’m sure Debbi would appreciate this one.

>35 msf59:. Our Town! My sister “starred” in her high school’s production of this. I’m glad it’s still showing up. Paul Newman sounds perfect.

Sweet Thursday, Mark!

Oct 24, 2019, 6:55pm

>40 richardderus: Sweet Thursday, Richard. Glad to hear you are enjoying the glorious fall weather. Cool and cloudy here, in Chicagoland, but nothing to complain about.

>41 weird_O: Glad to hear you are also soaking in the fall weather, Bill. It can be a gorgeous time of year.

>42 mdoris: Thanks, Mary. Good to see you. So glad to hear you are all ready hooked into Olive, Again. My copy is waiting nearby. I should start it, in a week or less.

Oct 24, 2019, 7:02pm

>43 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen. The narrator of the Dr. Siri series, is Clive Chafer and much like George Guidall, in the Longmire books, he OWNS the series. The audio is my preferred format. I hope you give them a try.

>44 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. Since you and Debbi adore theater productions, I hope you can track down this version of Our Town. I am sure you guys would love it.

Edited: Oct 24, 2019, 9:43pm

>43 EBT1002: and >46 msf59:

A few years ago at an ALA conference, I spoke to the people at Listening Library/Books on Tape about narrators and how they select them. I was told that their production company does not like to change narrators for a series, once it has decided on one. Their survey’s show that listeners begin to identify the “voice” they hear with the voice of the character and they don’t respond well to that kind of change.

There have been a few times they have had to make changes and they said it showed in their sales numbers. One of those was a case where a narrator died. The other was when the great reader Jim Dale was in a serious car accident and was unable to read for several years. In both cases they held up production of the sound recording as long as they could but in the end were forced to get another narrator.

The reason I asked them about it was that I was reading the Lauren Willig series Secret History of the Pink Carnation series and the narrator changed. Books 1 and 2 were one narrator and book 3 was a different one. I hated the change and told them so. I was not the only one and the sales reps told me that book 4 would be back to the reader from the earlier books because of the pubic demand. In this case it had been caused by a contractual dispute that eventually got resolved. Sure enough all the subsequent books in that series were done by the original narrator.

Oct 25, 2019, 7:20am

>47 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita. Thanks for the info on audiobooks and narrators. Yep, these narrators can become these characters and it would be difficult to hear anyone else do them. Did you ever try the Dr. Siri series?

Edited: Oct 25, 2019, 8:13am

130) Homesick for Another World: Stories by Ottessa Moshfegh 4.2 stars

“She was probably my age, but she looked like a woman with a hundred years of suffering behind her-no love, no transformations, no joy, just junk food and bad television, ugly, mean-spirited men creaking in and out of stuffy rooms to take advantage of her womb and impassive heft. One of these obese offspring would soon overtake her throne...”

"On a good day, every small thing is enchanting. Everything is a miracle. There is no emptiness. There is no need for forgiveness or escape or medicine. I hear only the wind in the trees, and my devils hatching their sacred plans, fusing all the shattered pieces together into a blanket of ice. I have found that it's under that ice that I can feel I am just another normal person. In the dark and cold, I am at 'peace.”

It will be no surprise, to my fellow book lovers, that I love dark and edgy stories. Well, this collection of stories delivers that in spades. Moshfegh seems to strongly identify with the squalid lives of misfits and outcasts. These troubled and slightly twisted characters are her “peeps”. It also helps she is a good writer, with a sharp, acute mind. Obviously, this is not for all tastes, but if you are willing to get your hands dirty a bit, give this collection a try.

Oct 25, 2019, 8:13am

>49 msf59: Have a great 3-day weekend, Mark, and hooray for a really good read!

Oct 25, 2019, 8:47am

>50 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. While, going over these quotes, I was struck again how dark this author goes. Have you read the collection?

Oct 25, 2019, 8:56am

Happy Friday, Mark - and Happy Weekend!

Homesick for Another World sounds like a strong collection. I just got my hands dirty a bit with Friday Black, but I’ll keep this one in mind. Inspired by you, I just started Don’t Eat Me, the Dr. Siri I’m on. He has a knack for unusual titles, doesn’t he.

Oct 25, 2019, 9:47am

'Morning, Mark! Happy Friday and 3-day weekend. I hope you get lots of good reading in.

Oct 25, 2019, 9:53am

>52 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! I am so glad you liked the Friday Black collection. Homesick might be a bit tough for you, though. Just sayin'...

Hooray for Dr. Siri! I had not even heard of this one.

>53 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. I have a few errands and a dentist appointment but I hope to bookhorn in some reading, along the way.

Oct 25, 2019, 10:31am

>51 msf59: No, I haven't ventured into Ottessa Moshfegh's work beyond a brief "Oh HELL no" journey in My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Really, really hated it.

Oct 25, 2019, 2:27pm

>55 richardderus: With the description and the mixed reviews, of My Year of Rest and Relaxation I am not surprised, you didn't care for it. I also enjoyed her creepy little novel, Eileen, so I will probably give it a try.

Oct 25, 2019, 2:36pm

>49 msf59: Happy Friday Mark! I'm with you in loving the dark edgy story collections. I'm gonna have to put this on the list.

Oct 25, 2019, 6:24pm

Ohhhh I see you're reading Ghost Wall speaking of dark and dirty.

Oct 26, 2019, 10:30am

Ghost Wall is really good. I hope you enjoy it, Mark.

Oct 26, 2019, 10:34am

I wasn't any kind of fan of Ghost Wall, I fear...hope you're enjoying the festivities!

Oct 26, 2019, 12:21pm

>57 mahsdad: Hey. Jeff. If you like dark & edgy, Homesick for Another World should be just your cuppa.

>58 brenzi: >59 Familyhistorian: Hi, Bonnie & Meg. Ghost Wall is off to a very interesting start. Love this premise.

>60 richardderus: Not far into Ghost Wall, RD but I am finding the premise very interesting. We just got home, from the wedding festivities. Feeling a touch ragged, around the edges, but it was a lot of fun. Time, to kick back with the books for awhile...

Oct 26, 2019, 12:24pm

Enjoy the extra day off and the book-reading, buddy.

Oct 26, 2019, 1:44pm

Do what makes you happy, Mark e-Mark. Halloween's closing in, so indulge yourself with something "dark and edgy." That suggested, I think I'm going to read Gaiman's The Graveyard Book next week. Gotta finish Pachinko, to which I've returned after finishing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


Edited: Oct 26, 2019, 6:06pm

>62 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. It has been a perfectly lazy afternoon. Me, the books and a couple of brews. My happy place.

>63 weird_O: I try to do what makes me happy, on a daily basis, Bill. It usually works out. I LOVED, LOVED The Graveyard Book! I hope you feel the same. I do not think I have read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Bad Mark?

Oct 27, 2019, 8:07am

Happy Sunday, Mark!
I finished Fathers and Sons this morning, a good and statisfying read. I have a lot more of Turgenev works at the shelves, so as he kept my interest, I will read more :-)

Oct 27, 2019, 8:12am

Hi, Anita! Hooray for finishing Fathers & Sons. Glad you enjoyed it. I also want to read more of Turgenev's work, especially his short fiction.

Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 9:25am

131) The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 3.8 stars

This one needs no introduction. It is a solid read but I am not convinced that The Handmaid's Tale needed a sequel and I certainly do not think it is Booker Prize worthy. What saved it for me, were the Aunt Lydia sections, narrated on the audio, by the actress Ann Dowd, who played the character on the TV show. Wonderful stuff. Once again, not at all a bad read, just missed 4 stars and fans of Atwood should check it out and see for themselves. It's predecessor, still stands tall and untarnished.

*In regards to the Booker Longlist, I have read 4 other titles, including My Sister, The Serial Killer, which I also think should not have been included. The other 3 are better choices than the Atwood. My favorite being 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, which I will be reviewing shortly. I am also getting ready to start Night Boat to Tangier, which also looks like a perfect fit for me. I can not wait to read Girl, Woman, Other. This one feels, like it deserves the Big Kahuna! Just sayin'...

**Also- if you plan on reading The Testaments, I suggest going with the audiobook, which includes multiple narrators.

Oct 27, 2019, 8:19am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Sunday to you. I hope you enjoy your day of books and football.

Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 9:26am

Morning, Karen. Things are rolling along here- My workout is done, some threads being visited, and mini-reviews are being written. Books will follow shortly.

Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 10:43am

132) 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak 4.5 stars

"What if, after the moment of death, the human mind continues to work for a few more precious minutes? Ten minutes, thirty-eight seconds exactly..."

In the precious moments, after being brutally murdered, Leila's life unfolds, in fragmented bits, conjured up by a sensuous memory of her past. These include, her poor treatment by her own family, leading to her expulsion from home, forcing her to make her way, in the unsteady and dangerous world of brothel life. The memories also include, indelible recounts of five of her closest friends, all of whom, made her existence bearable and toward the end of the novel, they band together to find out what happened to their dear friend.
What a terrific introduction into Shafak's work. A solid writer and a fine storyteller. My favorite of the Booker far. I am glad to see she has several other novels under her belt, so I am also looking forward to reading her previous work.

*A big thank you, to Ellen, for passing her book on to me. It was a definite winner.

Oct 27, 2019, 9:49am

Dear Bird Lover....Happy Sunday Morning! It is cold, grey and rainy here. I like it! I will relax with Sheltie Lilly, read and drink tea. My daughter recently introduced me to Hulu! I am hooked. Most likely, today I'll watch some documentaries.

In the meantime, I have a question for you regarding animals drawn to bird feeders and swing away so that the sunflower seeds fly to the ground. Jumping and holding on to the tree by the feeder, like a superman/woman, they quickly hurry down and eat away.

How do you handle appropriately named ground "hogs?"

Oct 27, 2019, 10:08am

Morning Mark,

Just stopping by to say hi. Hoping we can have a real catch-up in November...

Oct 27, 2019, 10:26am

>70 msf59: Happier still had it won the Booker....

Oct 27, 2019, 10:45am

Happy Sunday, Mark!

I finished the Dr. Siri, and it was another good one. I'm a bit at sixes and sevens, so we'll have to see what's next.

Have a great day, and Go Bears!

Oct 27, 2019, 12:09pm

>71 Whisper1: Hi, Linda. Great to see you. Most folks that have bird feeders, battle with the squirrels. They, honestly, never give up. My main feeder is squirrel-proof, (look at the photo in post #3) but they love harassing the suet feeder. They will avoid pepper-suet cakes, though, so keep that in mind. I hope that helps.

Let me know if you watch any good docs on Hulu!

>72 alphaorder: Hi, Nancy. I miss seeing you around. I know you have been busy. We will catch up.

Oct 27, 2019, 12:12pm

>73 richardderus: Hey, RD. Yep, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds is my favorite of the Booker books, at least to this point.

>74 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. Hooray for another fun Dr. Siri jaunt. I sure hope the Bears can get on track today. It is turning out nicer than I expected. I could have squeezed a bird stroll in.

Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 1:37pm


October is the month that seems

All woven with midsummer dreams;
She brings for us the golden days
That fill the air with smoky haze,
She brings for us the lisping breeze
And wakes the gossips in the trees,
Who whisper near the vacant nest
Forsaken by its feathered guest.
Now half the birds forget to sing,
And half of them have taken wing,
Before their pathway shall be lost
Beneath the gossamer of frost.
Zigzag across the yellow sky,
They rustle here and flutter there,
Until the boughs hang chill and bare,
What joy for us—what happiness
Shall cheer the day the night shall bless?
‘Tis hallowe’en, the very last
Shall keep for us remembrance fast,
When every child shall duck the head
To find the precious pippin red.

-Evalyn Callahan Shaw

^I normally do not read much vintage poetry, (not my jam) and this was published in 1900. Every so often one shines through and I really enjoyed this one.
Love the imagery.

Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 6:46pm

"In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen — Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs — sit at night..."

I had not read or even heard of the Irish writer, Kevin Barry, until he popped up on the Booker Longlist, with Night Boat to Tangier. Then Richard recently read and warbled about it, quite enthusiastically, I might add, and that sealed the deal. I started it today and was immediately impressed by it's dark, lyrical style. These are a couple of very tough guys.

Oct 28, 2019, 8:10am

>78 msf59: Oh goody good good! I'm hoping you'll get the kick out of it that I did.

Happy Monday!

Oct 28, 2019, 8:18am

'Morning, Mark!

I'm glad you liked the Shafak. Sorry about your Bears.

Oct 28, 2019, 9:10am

Finished up The Luminous Dead, one of our ALA finds. Did you get a copy? If not, would you like mine?

Oct 28, 2019, 11:09am

>79 richardderus: Morning, RD and thanks. Looking forward to getting back into Tangier. Once I found the rhythm, I began to really enjoy it.

>80 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Heavy Monday work load but I am hanging in there.

>81 drneutron: Thanks, for the offer, Jim. Let me check out the title and see if it is a good fit for me. I will report back.

Oct 28, 2019, 1:43pm

Hey, buddy.

I liked that vintage poem, too, on Poem-A-Day. Old-fashioned but still good.

I started Broom of the System and I'm liking it a lot. No footnotes!

Oct 28, 2019, 6:12pm

>83 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. I remembered you had mentioned Broom of the System during our last visit and I had completely forgot about it. It is a DFW title, I had not even heard of it. I am so glad to hear you are enjoying it and hooray for no footnotes!!

Oct 28, 2019, 6:23pm

Hi Mark, not liking snow in the forecast for a couple days this week. Not liking it at all.

Went to that Edelweiss place I was telling you about. Way west on Irving Park, not far off of 294. Good food and nice atmosphere.

Oct 28, 2019, 9:33pm

>85 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. Yep, the forecast looks pretty cruddy for the rest of the week. Ugh! Glad to hear you had a good time at Edelweiss. I hope you are enjoying those books.

Edited: Oct 29, 2019, 6:39am

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Hicks 3.5 stars

^If you are looking for a fun little GN, perfect for fall and Halloween, try this charming story about 2 friends working at a pumpkinpatch in rural Nebraska.

Oct 29, 2019, 7:11am

Morning, Mark! Woot for the DFW talk up there - I highly recommend The Broom of the System because I think you'll love it.

I need to get round to Pumpkinheads, too...

Oct 29, 2019, 7:54am

Hi Mark, and happy Tuesday to you. Hang in there with the wet weather.

Oct 29, 2019, 8:45am

>87 msf59: Isn't that an adorable image? Have a good Tuesday, if a moist one.

Oct 29, 2019, 10:36am

Chilly, damp and breezy in Chicagoland and this will be the case, for the rest of the week. I hope my books keep me distracted...

The only birds at the BBS, have been juncos, quickly flitting about in the undergrowth, so I move on quickly.

Oct 29, 2019, 10:40am

>88 scaifea: Hi, Amber. I must have missed your warbling on that particular DFW title. With both of you singing its praises, I better add it to the list.

>89 karenmarie: Morning, Karen and thanks. I am bundled up. I have not added gloves yet, so I will see how that goes.

>90 richardderus: Morning, RD. It is a cute image up there but the GN is far to "lite" for your refined sensibilities. Grins...

Oct 29, 2019, 12:20pm

>87 msf59: Like! Rowell and Faith Hicks also seem to have had a lot of fun working together. I bet we'll see another from them at some point.

Happy Tuesday, buddy. Yeah, Broom of the System is your cuppa, seems to me. I'm a little over a third of the way through. I'm also enjoying a revisit with The Graveyard Book GN; what a great story he tells.

Chilly but dry out. I was hoping we'd have one of those balmy Halloweens for the kids, but it looks right now like it'll be around 40 F. Coats over the costumes aren't as much fun, but all the candy will help. :-)

Oct 29, 2019, 3:13pm

>92 msf59: Heh...I'm not likely to test the hypothesis any time soon. Like, ever.

Oct 29, 2019, 5:07pm

Sorry to hear about your chilly weather, Mark. It’s cooler than usual here as well but as a trade off we have clear skies and sunshine.

Oct 29, 2019, 5:51pm

>93 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! Hooray for Pumpkinheads, DFW & Mr. Gaiman. You have convinced me on the Wallace. Yes, it was a chilly one today. The kids will survive on Halloween. They always do, right?

>94 richardderus: Come on, RD. Where is that renegade spirit?

>95 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg. Good to see you. I was bundled up today. I would definitely take your weather, that is for sure.

Edited: Oct 29, 2019, 6:08pm

"Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future."

I have had 21 Lessons saved on my iPod, for a couple of months now, waiting for the right time to dig in. After finishing Dr. Siri, I thought I would dip in. After a long, somewhat dry introduction, I was not sure I would continue but I am glad I did. He delivers a fresh, interesting approach and offers plenty of food for thought. This was published about a year ago, so it also deals with Trump's America, (lock him up! lock him up!). I have not read Harari before. Any thoughts, on his other books?

Oct 29, 2019, 7:37pm

>81 drneutron:
Luminous Dead was just listed as one of the Best SciFi/Horror/Fantasy novels by Publishers Weekly. It sounds like it would be just the thing for those who like it dark and deadly. Here is the full review from PW.

Starling’s riveting near-future debut depicts an intense psychological battle of wills between two damaged, deeply flawed women who forge an unbreakable connection in the dark. Gyre Price, an amateur caver from an impoverished mining world, is desperate to earn enough money to discover the fate of her mother, who abandoned their family when Gyre was young—and she isn’t above falsifying her qualifications to get the high-paying job she needs. Aware of Gyre’s deception, Em, Gyre’s controlling, manipulative handler, guides her on a harrowing journey into the depths of a rarely explored cave system on some unexplained, ill-fated errand. To survive the darkness and the threats concealed therein, Gyre must confront monsters from her own imagination as well as those from Em’s bloody past, and defeat them both. Both women can be messy, cruel, and selfish, and Starling disregards conventional notions of such women seeking or needing absolution. This claustrophobic, horror-leaning tour de force is highly recommended for fans of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and Andy Weir’s The Martian.

Oct 30, 2019, 6:28am

>98 benitastrnad: Well, thanks, Benita. You convinced me on Luminous Dead. Nice warbling.

Edited: Oct 30, 2019, 6:34am

^Waking up to snow this morning. Big ol' flakes too. Could end up with a couple of inches. It is still October! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

NMP. It is still to dark out there, for my cell.

Oct 30, 2019, 8:32am

Hi Mark! Happy Wednesday and boo flunk to the snow.

>97 msf59: I read Harari’s Sapiens and gave it 4.5 stars but am completely bogged down in his Homo Deus, having started it in May of last year on my Kindle. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century sounds more like my cuppa.

Oct 30, 2019, 8:57am

>100 msf59: We've got cold pouring rain where we are, Mark. I'm not ready for snow either!

Happy Tuesday - we'll ignore the weather and have a good time despite it, right?

I'll look forward to hearing what you think of 21 Lessons for the 21st. Thanks for the tip on Night Boat to Tangier. Intriguing title.

As I mentioned over on my thread, the new Jack Reacher arrived, Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel, so I'm immersed in that and Broom of the System. RL is getting in the way of reading, but I'll dive back in later today.

Hope today goes okay for you. I think you said, but which one's on audio?

Oct 30, 2019, 10:11am

>100 msf59: SNOW!! COOL!!!!

...oh, um, I guess less so for someone whose job is trudging around in it...still, it LOOKS cool. Stay unsprained.

Oct 30, 2019, 10:37am

Obviously, the BBS was a washout today. I did pull up over there, but did not get out of my vehicle. It was a sloppy, slushy mess. Did not see or any bird activity anyway. Those poor migrants...

>101 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. I would definitely like to try more by this author and Sapiens sounds like a winner.

Oct 30, 2019, 10:42am

>102 jnwelch: Morning, Joe. Still a light rain falling, making everything sloppy and messy, here in Westchester. This sure came out of nowhere, right?

Since, I prefer NF on audio, whenever I can, my audio is 21 Lessons. This would be a perfect one to dip in and out of. Lots to mull over and plenty to be anxious about, to boot.

>103 richardderus: Hey, RD. I know there are plenty of snow lovers out there and maybe, once I retire, I may lean more in that direction, but for now, it makes my work day tougher.

Oct 30, 2019, 10:48am

Hi Mark, very unusual for you to get snow and not us. I think we’re just close enough to the lake for it to be just a cold rain.

Oct 30, 2019, 12:10pm

>97 msf59: I read 21 Lessons for the 21st Century last year and then read his Sapiens this year. I think if you enjoyed 21 Lessons for the 21st Century you would enjoy Sapiens. Sapiens is more history focused then forward focused (though at the end he starts to discuss cybernetics and genetic modification. I would recommend it to you.

Oct 30, 2019, 5:40pm

>100 msf59: The snow looks lovely, Mark, if you can stay inside. I hope the snow doesn't trouble your work much.

Oct 30, 2019, 5:43pm

>106 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. What a cruddy day in Chicagoland! Yuck! It was worse in the early part of the day but it never got much better. Tomorrow looks bad too.

>107 Oberon: Hi, Erik. Great to see you, bud. Thanks for chiming in on Harari. I am now into the 2nd half of 21 Lessons and I am really enjoying it. He is so very smart and articulate and makes complex subjects easy to digest. Sapiens is now on securely on the list.

Oct 30, 2019, 5:45pm

>108 FAMeulstee: Hi, Anita. It was a tough work day and I took a fall early on, slipping on snow and mud. A bit sore but I finished the route. Tomorrow is supposed to be bad too! Ugh! Thanks for asking.

Edited: Oct 30, 2019, 6:15pm

-Harry Bliss

^Easily, my least favorite outdoor chore, but I have not gone psycho yet. Now, there is snow on the leaves...Twitching a little.

Oct 30, 2019, 6:32pm

>100 msf59:. Omg why do people make so much fun of our winters here in Buffalo. Nothing like that in any forecast I've seen Mark. It was in the high 50s today with lows in the 40 s overnight.

Oct 30, 2019, 6:47pm

>112 brenzi: Great point, Bonnie, but I would not trade winters with Buffalo. This was a strange fluke, but a very unpleasant one. More ugliness tomorrow...sighs.

Oct 30, 2019, 7:05pm

>113 msf59: We were teasing my sister in the western suburbs today that she got snow before we did this year. The first time that's ever happened. Usually, we get a ton of snow and she just gets rain.

I think we are in the 2-4 inch zone tomorrow though. I'm supposed to go downtown on my day off.

Oct 30, 2019, 7:05pm

Take care Mark and hope no more slipping/falling is in the cards for you.

Oct 30, 2019, 7:15pm

>114 lindapanzo: I agree, Linda. you usually catch the worst of it, living much further north. Good luck with that 2-4 tomorrow. Ugh! I am not sure what we are expecting, down here, but it is supposed to be a tough one.

>115 mdoris: Thanks, Mary. I do not fall down very often, but this one caught me by surprise, I think it was more slick mud than snow.

Edited: Oct 30, 2019, 7:25pm

134) Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson 4.2 stars

Lillian is in her late twenties and is stuck in a very aimless and unsatisfying life. She lives with an unpleasant, diffident mother, works at a job she hates and has no social life. One day, she is contacted by her best friend from high school, Madison, a fabulously rich socialite, who has married an up and coming senator. They had a falling out but had stayed in touch, over the years. Madison has a job offer for Lillian: to care for her husband's 10 year old twins, from his previous marriage. Sounds like an easy gig, right? Well, it turns out these twins, have issues-they can burst into flames when angry or upset. Okay, I hope my fellow readers are not fleeing the room, and grabbing any other book, they can get their hands on. I agree the premise sounds pretty fantastic, but damn it, it works and I ended up loving it, on several different levels. Wilson is a sharp observer, with a dry with and a fondness for outcasts. He has also created characters, that will stick with you for awhile, especially Lillian. I hope you give this one a chance.

Oct 31, 2019, 12:52am

Uggh! Sorry about the weather, and your fall.

Oct 31, 2019, 5:37am

Morning, Mark! I'm sorry about the early snow - I hope it disappears soon!

Oct 31, 2019, 6:27am

Hi Marc, the snow made a pretty picture, but I hope your day is free of it now!

>117 msf59: Sounds interesting!

Edited: Oct 31, 2019, 6:29am

>118 banjo123: >119 scaifea: Thanks, Rhonda & Amber! Looks like more cold, wind and snow today. Happy Halloween, right?

Edited: Oct 31, 2019, 7:55am

>100 msf59: wow brrrrr. Keep wrapped up Mark.

Oct 31, 2019, 8:26am

Stay safe out there, Mark! Slipping and falling is how I dislocated my shoulder earlier this year. Not fun.

Sending warm and dry thoughts your way.

Oct 31, 2019, 10:28am

'Morning, Mark! I'm sorry to hear that you fell yesterday - I hope you're feeling okay today. Sorry too about another snow day today.

Edited: Oct 31, 2019, 10:33am

>120 EllaTim: Hi, Ella. Good to see you. Not much snow on the ground right now, but it is supposed to lightly snow all day. Fingers crossed, there is little accumulation.

>122 Caroline_McElwee: Hi, Caroline. The wind is picking up now too but just flurries coming down at the moment. I am bundled up.

Oct 31, 2019, 10:37am

>123 katiekrug: Hi, Katie. I dislocated my shoulder, on the route, about 20 years ago. Unfortunately, it required surgery. I take very few chances these days, but it is difficult to avoid slips and falls, at all times. You haven't had any issues with your shoulder since, right?

>124 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. I am a bit sore, but nothing I haven't worked through before. At least the snow and slush are gone...for now.

Oct 31, 2019, 10:40am

Oct 31, 2019, 10:47am

>126 msf59: - No, no problems with my shoulder now, but it took 8 weeks of 2-3/week PT sessions to get it back. Luckily, I didn't have to have surgery!

Oct 31, 2019, 10:58am

>127 weird_O: I love it, you Weirdo!!

>128 katiekrug: Well, that is good. I know once you dislocate your shoulder, it can dislocate easier the next time. That is why, I have had surgery on both shoulders. Not fun, at all.

Oct 31, 2019, 11:29am

>117 msf59: *ow*ow*ow* book-bulleted, blast it

Oct 31, 2019, 11:41am

Happy Halloween Mark!

Oct 31, 2019, 12:09pm

Sweet, snowy Thursday, Mark. I'm sure you're out in it right now. We stayed in reading - that Jack Reacher is hard to put down. I'm sorry that it's not a series you follow; so well done!

That Kevin Wilson book sounds interesting.

I didn't know you had surgery on both shoulders; that's supposed to be tough.

Last day of October - hope it goes okay for you.

Oct 31, 2019, 1:08pm

No snow down here, but a cold rain. Two days of it. It is clearing today but the wind is coming up and it is going to freeze tonight. The folks here think it is too early for that. It isn't. It has been a strange month. The first two weeks of October we were at the 100 degree mark and set records for high's on four consecutive days. It was so hot that people didn't go to the football games, since by SEC decree they were played in the afternoon. We are going to end up the month with it probably freezing tonight. A frost would be nice as I am getting tired of my plants growing like crazy, but I have to feel sorry for the poor things. With the temperature so high early on, the only way my plants could tell that maybe it wasn't July was that the days were so short.

Oct 31, 2019, 1:09pm

I had a good reading month in October. I knocked out 9 different titles. Two of those were outstanding books. Good Rain by Timothy Egan and Shanghai Faithful by Jennifer Lin. Both will be on my Best of the Year list.

Oct 31, 2019, 4:49pm

>130 richardderus: Hey, RD. Kevin Wilson is not for every taste. Have you read him?

>131 The_Hibernator: Back at you, Rachel. Good to see you.

>132 jnwelch: Hey, Joe. I stopped at my usual Thursday watering hole and I am enjoying a tasty IPA. Glad you are enjoying the Reacher. Not surprised, at all.

My first shoulder surgery was in the mid-80s, while still in the Army. Repeated dislocations. Ragged scar but it never bothered me again.

Oct 31, 2019, 4:53pm

>133 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita. Glad things are cooling off for you. I am sure this makes you happy. We had snow again, which is just crazy. Definitely feels like a winter day.

Glad you had a great reading month. I did too.

Oct 31, 2019, 6:03pm

>135 msf59:. “It never bothered me again.” Excellent!

“A tasty IPA”. Also excellent!

Man, we usually have a horde of trick-or-treaters starting an hour ago. So far, one trio of girls and that’s it. We’re going to be mighty generous with the candy!

Oct 31, 2019, 6:28pm

Glad you don't seem to have any lasting effects from the fall, Mark. That first slippery day is awkward---you get more sure-footed as the season progresses, I imagine.

Oct 31, 2019, 6:49pm

>135 msf59: I read his story "Grand Stand-In" which was about a service that supplied better grandparents on demand, in case yours were just nasty, or dead, or something like that. It was deadpan, chilling, and really very funny indeed.

Edited: Oct 31, 2019, 7:00pm

>137 jnwelch: I have had a few rounds of trick or treaters, Joe, but it seems to be tapering off now. The snow and wind stopped, so that is a plus. Sorry, your visitors are at an all-time low. Maybe, it will pick up a bit. Fingers crossed.

>138 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks, Linda. No after effects, other that some minor soreness. I made sure I made a report of the fall, just in case, it bothers me down the road.

>139 richardderus: That Wilson story sounds familiar, RD. I wonder if it was in the collection I had read. I think he is a talented writer.

Edited: Oct 31, 2019, 7:31pm

^Much like my adoration of Ann Patchett, I have very similar feelings about Elizabeth Strout. Her books really speak to me. I know not everyone loves Olive Kitteridge, (effusive waves to RD!) but this book blew me away and along with Plainsong, these books began to define, the type of literature I am drawn to. Her last, story collection, Anything is Possible, that linked up with her short novel, Lucy Barton was fantastic and I was so glad to hear that Strout was revisiting Olive, 20 years later, with Olive, Again. I started it today and read the first 2 stories, which feature Olive and I am happy to report, that this is shaping up to be another winner. More warbling to follow...

Edited: Oct 31, 2019, 7:48pm

Oct 31, 2019, 8:33pm

I gave Anything Is Possible 5 stars Mark. I've read all of her books and liked them all....a lot. I'm number one on the Overdrive list for Olive Again but I'm tied up with a current backlog of books but I'll get to this one in time. I'll bet you're going to love it.

Oct 31, 2019, 8:51pm

>141 msf59: Oh, good, Mark likes Olive, Again! I've got the ebook from the library and I'm itching to get to it. I loved Olive Kitteredge and I'm pretty sure I'll love this one, too!

Karen O.

Nov 1, 2019, 5:36am

Morning, Mark! Your cold weather reached us yesterday and man, that wind! Stay warm out there, friend. Do you still have snow on the ground?

Nov 1, 2019, 6:32am

>143 brenzi: I am with you, Bonnie. I also gave Anything Is Possible 5 stars. Strout is at the top of her game, IMHO.

>144 klobrien2: Hooray, for another Olive fan! I am glad you have a copy of Olive, Again waiting nearby, Karen. I am sure you will love it.

>145 scaifea: Morning, Amber. It got worse as the day went on yesterday but at least the snow stopped late afternoon. And yes, we have a couple inches on the ground. Ugh.

Nov 1, 2019, 6:51am

>141 msf59: I just picked up Olive, Again from the library myself, Mark. I have several library books on hand at the moment will probably read this one last. I want to savor it.

Nov 1, 2019, 6:56am

>147 lauralkeet: More, Olive love! Hooray, Laura! I can completely understand the "savoring" part! Did you see the HBO mini-series? If not, it was also excellent.

Nov 1, 2019, 7:41am

Hi Mark! Happy Friday to you.

I loved Olive Kitteridge and am happy to hear that Olive, Again is shaping up to be another winner. Onto my wish list it goes.

Nov 1, 2019, 8:52am

>142 msf59: Love that costume.

Happy Friday, Mark. I hope you're staying warm.

Nov 1, 2019, 10:39am

>149 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Let's keep the Olive love flowing. Chilly out here but we at least have sunshine, which feels good.

>150 BLBera: Morning, Beth. Yep, I am bundled up. I am also glad the snow is blowing sideways into my face and the sunshine feels nice.

Nov 1, 2019, 11:21am

>148 msf59: yes I did see the series, Mark. Frances McDormand was superb as Olive, wasn't she?

Nov 1, 2019, 1:39pm

Happy Friday, Mark.

It's supposed to go up into the 40s today. We've got leaves and melting snow falling all over the place around here. Very pretty with the leaves, actually.

A GN I think you'd like: Maggy Garrisson. She's a London private eye, kinda sorta, and a great character. By a French author! Go figure. It may be a lend-you, as I suspect the library won't have it. I'm about 3/4 of the way through.

Hope the day isn't too bad, and a good IPA greets you when you're done.

Nov 1, 2019, 5:44pm

>152 lauralkeet: Yes, Frances McDormand was excellent in Olive Kitteridge, as well, as the rest of the cast. It would sure be cool if they could revisit, it on HBO, with Olive, Again. Fingers crossed.

>153 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. It was a much better day today, despite the chill and much of the snow has melted. Yah! Maggy Garrisson sounds like my cuppa. Save me that one, will you?

Edited: Nov 2, 2019, 7:01am

The Suck

Sometimes together, most often alone,

we'd slip the catch on the rusted chain,

follow the cart track through the bottoms;

the river held our stories, it was where

we'd go to talk or cry or be quiet

in the company of the current,

whether it flowed fast after a flood,

rolled in circling eddies or drifted

smooth and slow past stands of alder

and silver-green willow. We could look

as far as the next bend or out to the island,

Learn more

speckled with yellow iris, bordered with sedge.

We could dream of leaving, making lives

of our own, ask the river to bless us, let us go.

-Jane Clarke

Clarke is an Irish poet and this is from her collection, "The River". I want to thank Ellen for passing this collection on to me.

Nov 2, 2019, 8:48am

‘Morning, Mark and happy last-day-of-your-work-week.

I didn’t know there was a miniseries of Olive Kitteridge! Exciting. We don’t get HBO because we aren’t willing to pay for it, but I just put a hold on the DVD of Olive Kitteridge. I have to take a check to the library this morning so can pick it up and watch it early next week.

Nov 2, 2019, 10:35am

A freight train rumbled through my BBS, this morning, nearly the whole time I was there, tamping down any bird activity. Sighs...I did see a lovely northern flicker, just as I was leaving.

>156 karenmarie: Happy Saturday, Karen. The mini-series is excellent, as is Frances McDormand, who plays Olive. I am so glad you put a hold on it.

Nov 2, 2019, 10:51am

>157 msf59: Boo for ill-timed trains, yay for flickers (is that the proper plural? or are they northerns, like birds of paradise aren't paradises?), and W00t for it being Friday at last!

Nov 2, 2019, 10:58am

Morning, Richard. I think flickers is the proper plural term. Good looking woodpeckers. It is getting cloudier here and breezier, but at least it will stay dry.

Nov 2, 2019, 3:42pm

Mark, I'm also hoping that there will be another HBO adaptation of the new Olive book. The sequel didn't quite measure up to Olive Kitteridge imo but I really did like it. I think I'm a tougher grader than most people on LT. I rarely give a 5-star rating but I have a plethora of 4-star books. That's where the decimal point system comes in handy.

Nov 2, 2019, 4:14pm

>155 msf59: Nice one.

Happy Saturday, Mark. We got some errands done, and now I'm watching some college football and reading further in Broom of the System. I hope the day's going decently.

Nov 2, 2019, 6:22pm

>160 Donna828: Hi, Donna. I will probably end up agreeing with you, on Olive, Again, but I am finding it a very enjoyable novel and it is great to spend so much time with the Olive character. And hooray for the decimal point system! I have gladly followed it, ever since. B.A.G.

>161 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. I am happy to finally wrap up my long work week. Now, for 2 days off! Yah!!

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Nov 2, 2019, 6:31pm

Enjoy your weekend, Mark, and your well deserved beer!

Nov 3, 2019, 12:00am

>141 msf59: I agree with you about Kent Haruf. I like both Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Strout but they fall in the 3.5-star territory for me most of the time. That is good. It's solid. It means I am SO glad I read them.

I'm so glad you are enjoying Jane Clarke's poetry collection. I thought about three quarters of them were really terrific. That is pretty good for a collection of poetry!

>163 msf59: I felt exactly that way after seeing Harriet today. It was magnificent but it was intense....

Nov 3, 2019, 6:52am

>164 FAMeulstee: Hi, Anita. I definitely enjoyed my beer last night and there will most likely be more at hand, later today. Grins...

>165 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen. Good to see you. Thanks for chiming in on Patchett & Strout. I know our ratings styles are differently expressed, (or warbling techniques, if you will) but as long as we get our point across, that is all that matters. I did enjoy the Clarke collection. Thanks.

Harriet? I will have to stop over...

Nov 3, 2019, 8:20am

Good morning, Mark! Happy Sunday, happy weekend.

Nov 3, 2019, 2:45pm

Hi, Karen. Happy Sunday to you too. Just kicking back and watching the Bears get trampled. Might just turn down the volume and read...

Nov 3, 2019, 2:53pm

>168 msf59: Sounds like a good plan. I am reading. Not sure I if I will watch the Packers or stick with the book.

Nov 3, 2019, 4:51pm

It looks like you are enjoying your Sunday, Mark. Hopefully the snow will disappear before you have to walk the route again.

Nov 3, 2019, 5:23pm

>169 alphaorder: Hi, Nancy. An awful football day but a great bird day, (more to follow), a good beer day and lots of reading to come. It sounds like you are really enjoying your book.

>170 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg. I am having a very good Sunday. Thanks. The snow has been gone, for a couple of days, but it will remain chilly, with below normal temps, for the next week. Sighs...

Nov 3, 2019, 5:41pm

>163 msf59: LOL!

Our pal Keith had an exhibit of selected Trump cartoons at the Oak Park Library this afternoon - very cool and well-attended. I texted him afterwards to thank him for making me miss the Bears game. :-)

I'm glad it's been a great bird day and a good beer day. It warmed up enough in our area to get the outdoor chairs in for the winter and do some cleanup. Chilly for the next week? Bah, humbug.

My reading is pretty low-key today, after the challenge of The Broom of the System. An Agatha Christie re-read and a Liaden sci-fi-er. Then I'll need to think about what's next.

Nov 3, 2019, 10:49pm

>172 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. I had a low-key afternoon, after the abysmal Bears game. Books and a movie.

Hooray for Keith's exhibit. I am sure it was a hit and as an added bonus you missed that crappy game.

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I’m moving slowly through Olive, Again. I love it but not finding the reading time for some reason. Hopefully that will change very soon!

Looks like the miserable weather we had moved your way. The sun’s been out the last couple of days meaning the few inches of snow we got is melting, but man, those three days of highs in the teens and 20s and grey snowy skies was a real shock to the system!

Nov 4, 2019, 7:20am

>174 Copperskye: Hi, Joanne. Great to see you. I saw that you were reading Olive, Again. I am so glad you are also enjoying it. It may be a notch below the original but still very enjoyable, plus we are getting plenty of Olive. I should finish it today.

Yep, the weather has hit many of us hard. Last week was awful. We dip into the 30s toward the end of the week. WTH?

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-Snow Bunting (NMP)

I wasn't on LT much yesterday but I did get out early, (before 630) and go on a guided bird walk. This was also on the Chicago lakefront but far south, a place called Rainbow Beach Park. My first time here. Waterfowl and other migrants were the target, since these birds use this corridor for their travels south.
There were plenty of ducks- buffleheads, redheads and mallards, but the first highlight, was a flock of snow buntings, around 20, that flew in and briefly flew down to the beach. I did see them for a few seconds, on the ground before they took off again. This was a lifer for me and they are beauties. We moved to a different location, and we spotted a flock of American Pipets, about 8, on several occasions. They also flew down but were hidden in the undergrowth. Another lifer. The last highlight was a female northern harrier, hunting above the grass line. Always a joy to see these beautiful marsh hawks. A productive 3 hours.

-American Pipet (NMP)

Nov 4, 2019, 7:34am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Monday to you!

Congrats on two lifers.

Nov 4, 2019, 7:47am

That snow bunting is beautiful!

Nov 4, 2019, 7:58am

>176 msf59: Lovely!

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>177 karenmarie: Morning, Karen and thanks. Looking forward to my day.

>178 jessibud2: Hi, Shelley. I hope to get a better look at a snow bunting one of these days. I agree, they are fine looking birds.

>179 alphaorder: And you were the first notified. Yah! Grins!

Nov 4, 2019, 8:40am

Happy Day Off, Mark! One of the best pre-Tuesdays ever for that reason alone.

Sounds like a wonderful guided bird walk. I know nada about marsh hawks (harriers), and I'm a hawk fan. Must do some research . . .

All three of our winter sports teams are kablooey this year. The Bull and Hawks are off to rough starts, and what a disappointing year from the Bears. Sports Illustrated predicted at the start of the year that the Bears would be in last place in the NFC North at 7-9, and we all scoffed. Now I'm wondering whether the Bears will make it to 7 wins!

Enjoy the day, buddy.

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^That is a female northern harrier. Isn't she gorgeous? The males are gray, believe it or not.

Morning, Joe. I just stopped by your homestead. I am eating some breakfast and then heading to the Arb. Looks to be a nice fall day. I agree with you, on our local sports teams, but, at least for the Bulls and Hawks, there is plenty of time to turn it around. The Bears? OMG!!

Nov 4, 2019, 10:14am

>172 jnwelch:

Does Keith have any plans to release a book? The Elijah Cummings drawing alone would be worth the price.

The Oak Park Library - ah, I grew up there...

Nov 4, 2019, 10:20am

>176 msf59: Those teeny little not-seagulls are quite spiffy!

>182 msf59: Beautiful, magnificent birds. I saw Pale Male once...the Fifth Avenue hawk who caused all the ruckus twenty years ago. (!!!)

Happy reads, Birddude.

Nov 4, 2019, 12:49pm

Happy Monday, Mark. Much nicer today that our recent cold and snowy weather.

>181 jnwelch: What a crazy football day yesterday. New England loses. The Dolphins win their first game of the season. Not sure who was worse, your Bears or my Packers. Ugh. Weird.

Blackhawks have a much better roster this year but they seem to be tuning out that young coach. Once in awhile, they play well but, very often, they don't. Oddly enough, they seem to play well against better teams and not as well against weak teams.

I put Comcast Sports Net Chicago on last night in the hopes of seeing Blackhawks pre-game but it was Bulls post-game. I don't pay that much attention to the Bulls but it sounds like they are not doing well at all.

Nov 4, 2019, 12:57pm

>183 m.belljackson: Keith Taylor is a very talented artist and a heck of a guy! Maybe, Joe can find you a copy. Ooh, Oak Park, where I spent much of my formative years.

>184 richardderus: Hey, Richard. Yep, I love those snow buntings, and hooray for seeing the male northern harrier- The Gray Ghost!

>185 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. It is a beautiful day and I am off too. Just spent a couple hours at the Arboretum. I didn't even watch any other football yesterday, after that Bears fiasco. Not even sure if I will watch next week. Sighs...

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^Looking forward to spending all my Mondays, walking in the woods. Just spent 2 hours at the Arboretum. This is a cellphone photo. Not much in the bird department but the peace and quiet was glorious. Clocked in just over 3 miles. Now, for the books...

Nov 4, 2019, 1:06pm

>187 msf59: Beautiful. A great way to spend a few hours, no smallest doubt.

Nov 4, 2019, 1:41pm

Is the Arboretum the place that has all those trolls? As we journeyed down to Indy a couple of weeks ago, my sister pointed out the trolls and it seems to me it was there or near there.

I need to get to the Botanic Garden before the snows come.

Nov 4, 2019, 2:22pm

>186 msf59:

In Oak Park, we lived on Garfield, which is now under The Eisenhower.

Barrie Playground balanced The Library.

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>183 m.belljackson: Keith does have a self-published book, Marianne, called "Mostly Trump and Other Disasters". He's a funny and clever guy, isn't he? I hope some publisher picks up on him. I'm sure we could get you a copy if you wanted one.

I loved that one of his about Elijah Cummings in heaven.

Debbi and I bought a framed copy of this one on Sunday:

That Oak Park library is impressive.

Nov 4, 2019, 3:40pm

>188 richardderus: It was a fine stroll, Richard and now I am huddled down with the books.

>189 lindapanzo: Yep, the Arboretum is the home of the Trolls. They decided to keep them around for another year or so. They have been very popular.

>190 m.belljackson: I had friends that lived near Barry Park and we used to sled there, as kids. We lived near East Ave, closer to Rehm Park, off the Eisenhower. That may not have been there, during your childhood years.

>191 jnwelch: I LOVE it! I have my copy of "Mostly Trump and Other Disasters". Thanks to, Keith.

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>191 jnwelch: - Wow. So right on. I would buy a copy of his book if he ever publishes it!

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^This is from the other day- Your House Will Pay is a library loan, (it sounds really good). The other 3, The Yellow Bird Sings, Why, Why, Why? a story collection, by a Spanish author and the new one by Jo Walton, Or What You Will, (it comes out early next year) are advanced publisher copies.

Anyone, hear anything else about these promising titles? I have been meaning to read something else by Walton, for a couple of years now.

Nov 4, 2019, 11:25pm

Hi Mark! That snow bunting is gorgeous!!!!

>191 jnwelch: I think I'll look for that collection. I like (is that the right word) that frame.

Nov 5, 2019, 6:25am

>195 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen. I agree on the lovely snow bunting. I hope I get some better looks, in the future. I read and enjoyed that comic collection, by our pal, Keith.

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^I have had a good year, so far, reading off the Booker Longlist and I am continuing with The Man Who Saw Everything. This will be my introduction to Levy. I have heard it is a challenging read. I will find that out for myself today. Anyone have thoughts on Levy?

^On audio, I am switching things around and I will listen to On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I have only read one other book by Fleming and I have wanted to get to this one forever.

Nov 5, 2019, 12:30pm

I have consistently confused Deborah Levy (whose work I haven't read) with Andrea Levy (whose work I didn't like). Much like my consistent and apparently unfixable conflation of T.E. Lawrence and T.S. Eliot, which would've appalled them both.

So, looking forward to hearing what you think after the read, Birddude.

Nov 5, 2019, 1:48pm

Hi Mark! I hope your Tuesday is going well. I was busy book sorting and having lunch with the book sort team this morning/early afternoon, a pleasant way for a bibliophile to spend a few hours.

Nov 5, 2019, 2:24pm

>197 msf59: I need to get back to Deborah Levy, I read most of her early to middle work, and some of her recent essays. I look forward to your thoughts Mark.

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>198 richardderus: I can only blame pure carelessness in my confusion of Katherine Arden with the pseudonym Katherine Addison, that, and a wish for more like The Goblin Emperor.

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>193 jessibud2:, >195 EBT1002: You can buy Keith Taylor's cartoon collections (I think there are four now, the most recent being Mostly Trump and Other Disasters Volume 2) at You'll see "Bookstore" at the right of the top banner. You'll need to start a login account (at least I did) with email address, username and password - simple. Search the bookstore for Keith Taylor or Mostly Trump.

Like Mark, I have the most recent collection and love it. Facebook friend Keith and you'll get his cartoons on FB every day - usually multiples.

At his exhibit, Debbi asked him if he was working on any cartoons that day. He looked off into space and said,"I'm sure I am." Ha!

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>198 richardderus: Hey. RD. Actually, I liked Andrea Levy or at least I really enjoyed Small Island. I was not as crazy about The Long Song. Andrea Levy passed away early this year. She was only in her early 60s. All that said, The Man Who Saw Everything, by Deborah Levy, is off to a strong start. Not finding it particularly challenging in the early going.

>199 karenmarie: Hi, Karen. My Tuesday work day went just fine, but it was a chilly one.

Nov 5, 2019, 5:47pm

>200 Caroline_McElwee: Hi, Caroline. The Man Who Saw Everything is off to a good start. What is a favorite of her early work, for you?

>201 quondame: Hi, Susan. I do not think I have read either Katherine...

>202 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. Thanks, for supplying the info for Keith. I am sure he would find plenty of fans here. I love seeing his daily FB output.

Nov 5, 2019, 6:19pm

>203 msf59:
You confused me with the death. Just to clarify - Andrea Levy died in February this year. Deborah Levy is alive and well.

Nov 5, 2019, 6:52pm

>205 benitastrnad: I thought it was clear, Benita but I clarified it, in my comments.

Edited: Nov 5, 2019, 6:55pm

137) Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry 4.6 stars

"Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond sit on a bench just a few yards west of the hatch. They are in their low fifties. The years are rolling out like tide now. There is old weather on their faces, on the hard lines of their jaws, on their chaotic mouths.”

“He wanted to leave the place again but was rooted to it now. Fucking Ireland. Its smiling fiends. Its speaking rocks. Its haunted fields. Its sea memory. Its wildness and strife. Its haunt of melancholy. “

“The sunsets were biblical. If they were having a civil day, they'd drive out the road in the evening towards the end of the peninsula and watch the sky fill up with blood of heaven and say goodbye to the day...”

A pair of aging Irishman sit in a waiting room, at a ferry terminal in Spain. They are waiting for one of their estranged daughters to appear. She is supposed to arrive, on a ship, from Tangier. These men are longtime friends and partners in crime. They spend the span of this novel conversing and looking back at their very rocky and dangerous past. The prose is gorgeous. Lyrical, yet steely. Witty and razor-sharp. My introduction to Barry and what an amazing place to start.

**This was another Booker Longlist gem!

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>202 jnwelch: >204 msf59:

Mark and Joe -sure wish Keith Taylor could post every day on LT.

(For those who may be wavering about avoiding FB,
go watch comedian Hasan Minhaj on his final "Patriot Act" post for 2018.)

Nov 5, 2019, 8:23pm

>207 msf59: oh boy, now I can't wait for my number to come up fo this one Mark. Sounds really good.

Nov 5, 2019, 9:18pm

Hi Mark. Weather, I think, (lots of rain Thursday night) cut us off-line, then Verizon left us there for four days. Just had the internet restored this morning. Waaaayy behind here, but I did get some reading done. Finished two books, started two books. Closing in on 100.

Sorry about your weather. Been pretty nice here, but for that rain.

Nov 6, 2019, 6:27am

>208 m.belljackson: I will have to track down Hasan Minhaj's video. Sounds good.

>209 brenzi: I am sure you will love it, Bonnie.

>210 weird_O: Hi, Bill. Boo to lousy weather and getting booted off-line, but hooray for extra reading and having #100 in sight!

Nov 6, 2019, 7:40am

Mark -

I am taking off Friday to have the day to myself. I have errands in the morning, but maybe I will spend the afternoon with Olive, thanks to you.

I thought you might appreciate this latest blog post from the Center about late fall migrants and early snow:

Nov 6, 2019, 7:42am

Good morning, Mark! I know I'm far behind when I click on "jump to first unread" and it goes nowhere. That said, I'm just hopping in here and hope I didn't miss anything important. Hope you and yours are doing well in Chicagoland and the books are keeping you safe and sound.

Nov 6, 2019, 7:57am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Wednesday to you! Your weather looks nasty, stay safe and warm.

Nov 6, 2019, 8:51am

Good morning, Mark!

All is well on my end. >207 msf59: Good quotes from and comments on Night Boat to Tangier. I'm about halfway through, and continuing to enjoy their chin-wagging. I expect to be reading some more of it this morning.

Gloomy and chilly out right now, but at least there's no snow. We did get ready for winter for the most part, but I hope it holds off for a good while.

Nov 6, 2019, 10:34am

>207 msf59: W00t! You ended up liking it a lot, and that makes me happy. I was more than mildly appalled that this book wasn't on the shortlist. *grumble*

Happiest possible cold, blustery Humpday.

Nov 6, 2019, 10:40am

>212 alphaorder: Hooray for the upcoming long weekend, Nancy and spending a chunk of it, with cranky old Olive. Thanks for the migration link. I will check it out later.

>213 Carmenere: Hi, Lynda. Great to see you. You have been missed. Other than the crappy turn in the weather, all is good with me. Thanks for asking.

Nov 6, 2019, 10:44am

>214 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. So far, the rain has held off, so hopefully I will stay mostly dry.

>215 jnwelch: Morning, Joe. I am so glad you are enjoying the Irish chin-waggers. I know this was a bit out of your comfort range, so I am glad you took a chance.

>216 richardderus: You definitely had something to do with me, bumping Night Boat to Tangier, higher up on the pile and I thank you for that. Easily, one of the best off the list, that I have read so far.

Nov 6, 2019, 11:08am

Ha ha. The consequence of being off-line for several days is that you spend at least a day just catching up. No reading by me yesterday.

Nov 6, 2019, 4:47pm

>218 msf59: I'm not even sure what my comfort range is, but I agree that Night Boat to Tangier isn't one I would've picked up without your nudge. Entering the final laps now with it . . .

Nov 6, 2019, 5:30pm

>219 weird_O: I agree, catching up with LT can be a chore, after being away, but I always try to bookhorn in some reading, whenever possible. I am sure you are making a dent today.

>220 jnwelch: Maybe, comfort range was the wrong phrase to use, Joe, but I am sure glad you are enjoying it, especially since I supplied the nudge. Of course, it is still plenty dark & edgy, so you know what my attraction was. Grins...

Nov 6, 2019, 8:48pm

Hi Mark, I gave up trying to totally catch up here but I read enough to see that you are enjoying your Booker reads. Most of my time these days is divided between reading and watching way too much TV but I am trying to hobble around more and to sit at the computer a little longer each day.

Nov 7, 2019, 6:22am

>222 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy. Always good to see you. I hope your recovery is going well and I am sure you are not neglecting the books.

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People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up is "An incisive and compelling account of the case of Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde, and 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave."

^I have had this one on my radar for a number of years and when it came up in an Audible deal, I snagged it. I love true crime and this one, despite the gruesome premise sounds like a winner. As a bonus, it is read by Simon Vance, the excellent British narrator. I will start the audio today. Anyone read this one?

Nov 7, 2019, 6:59am

Morning, Mark!

>224 msf59: Ooof. Not really my kind of thing, I think, but I'll be interested to see what you think of it.

Nov 7, 2019, 8:13am

'Morning, Mark! Happy Thursday to you.

>224 msf59: I love true crime, too. It sound fascinating. Huh - when I went to add it to my wishlist and to Bookmooch's wishlist, I had already put it there - almost 3 years ago!

Nov 7, 2019, 8:44am

>204 msf59: Her first book Beautiful Mutants Mark. It was years ago, so not sure it would stand up to a reread.

Nov 7, 2019, 9:45am

Sweet Thursday, Mark!

I'll look forward to your thoughts on People Who Eat Darkness. Our true crime book-loving daughter is always looking for recommendations.

I'm in the Dilly part of Night Boat to Tangier, and so far she's quite intriguing. When the book started, I thought Moss and Charlie had been hired by someone else to track her down! I just finished the scene where she recognized them, but they weren't sure it was her and said nothing.

Have you read the poetry of Toi Derricotte? She's part of that stellar group at the U of Pittsburgh, along with Terrance Hayes and Angie Cruz (who I've yet to read). I'm enjoying Derricotte's new and selected poems.

My GN is The Nobody by the esteemed Jeff Lemire. Did you read that one?

Nov 7, 2019, 10:39am

>225 scaifea: Morning, Amber. People Who Eat Darkness, will not be all tastes or the faint of heart. You probably made the right decision.

>226 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. I do not recall any LT activity on People Who Eat. It begins very well, though. Very dark and creepy.

>227 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks for chiming in on Levy, Caroline. I really like her writing and will read more of her work.

Nov 7, 2019, 10:43am

>228 jnwelch: Morning, Joe. If I remember correctly, Becca may have recommended People Who Eat Darkness. You will have to ask her.

I sure hope you continue to enjoy Tangier. Bittersweet ending...I think I read the Lemire. It sounds familiar. I have not read that particular poet. Keep me informed.

Nov 7, 2019, 12:23pm

>224 msf59: Oh dear. Oh my goodness no indeed thank you please.

Have a warm and toasty evening after shivering all day!

Nov 7, 2019, 1:40pm

>224 msf59: I'm a true crime lover too, Mark. That sounds like a good one. I will have to have a look for it but off to a meeting right now. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Nov 7, 2019, 5:13pm

>231 richardderus: It sure is a dark one, RD, but very well-written and meticulously researched. Of course, not everyone's cup of tea.

>232 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg. Well, then I highly recommend People Who Eat Darkness. It is definitely dark and unsettling and very well done.

Nov 7, 2019, 5:34pm

Hi there, Mark. Just finished reading the new autobiography of Hawks great, current Hawks announcer and cancer survivor, Eddie Olczyk. Read more like an oral history but enjoyable nonetheless. I've seen him handicapping the Kentucky Derby but I had no idea how much horse racing broadcasting he's doing now.

Nov 7, 2019, 8:17pm

Mark--Just swooping in to say Hello!! I will try and keep up with the next thread you start. : )

Nov 8, 2019, 6:26am

>234 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. Good to see you. Glad you enjoyed the Hawks announcer book. I am listening to a true crime audiobook, People Who Eat Darkness and it has been excellent.

>235 Berly: Hey, Kimmers! I am going to hold you to that pledge, my friend. Grins...

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She is a wood warbler

into madness. She
from milky shell earthen brown blotches
not Rorschach not robin but warbler.

Open-mouthed swallow of hard-
chipped notes, calls smothered
her smoke-gray chamber of throat.

Dis/appearing between branches
muted yellow-green
tail feathers and body dainty clawed toes
white lines half-circle her eyes
sense but can’t see
at the center of night movements
misreads the body
responds on its own.

-Heather Cahoon

About this Poem:

“This poem describes the body's response to trauma, which is one of many related themes explored in more detail in my forthcoming collection of poems Horsefly Dress, named for the only daughter of Coyote, an important figure in my tribe’s oral traditions. "

Nov 8, 2019, 7:46am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Friday to you.

Nov 8, 2019, 8:52am

Happy Friday, Mark.

Interesting warbler poem.

I finished Night Boat to Tangier, and 'twas well done. Now I've started Dominicana by Angie Cruz.

It was pretty nippy when I walked out this morning! Hope it goes okay for you.

Nov 8, 2019, 9:38am

It was 16-18F, on the way to work this morning. Not much warmer than that now. It is November 8th. WTH?

>238 karenmarie: Morning, Karen and thanks.

>239 jnwelch: Morning, Joe. The warbler poem is a tough one but I like the dark imagery. Not familiar with the Cruz. I will watch for your thoughts.

Nov 8, 2019, 10:09am

Running errands and then spending the afternoon with Olive. Started last night and I know I will be hooked!

Nov 8, 2019, 10:40am

Ooh, the BBS was hopping on this frigid morning. Juncos, cardinals, robins and housefinch, all flitting about, along with a particularly lovely flock of cedar waxwings, which are rare visitors to this locale. Sweet.

>241 alphaorder: Hooray for the long weekend, Nancy. Are you off Monday, as well? And hooray for spending the afternoon with O.K. Sounds wonderful.

Nov 8, 2019, 11:31am

Happy Friday, Mark.

Nov 8, 2019, 12:19pm

Happy Friday, Mark! I've just popped over here to thank you profusely for all your warbling about The Women of the Copper Country. What a great book! I couldn't put it down.

Nov 8, 2019, 2:44pm

>240 msf59: The forecasted low for Saturday night in my neck of the woods is -20C (-4F). Plus we've got a heavy snowfall warning for tonight through to tomorrow. I'll swap you. ;)

Nov 8, 2019, 4:55pm

It *might* struggle up to 40° here tomorrow. Might. And the, let's call it breeze, is not making the heater's job any easier! Canada pooped on us early. This is late-December weather!

I'm reading a DRC of Gaia, Queen of Ants right now...deeply weird. Who knew those Uzbekis were so, um, off-kilter?

Nov 8, 2019, 5:09pm

>246 richardderus: - Sure, blame Canada...;-)

Nov 8, 2019, 5:17pm

>243 Ameise1: Hi, Barb! Great to see you, stranger!

>244 lauralkeet: Hi, Laura. I am so glad you loved The Women of the Copper Country and I am happy that my warbling paid off. Now, you can see why MDR is one of my favorites. She is so consistent.

Nov 8, 2019, 5:21pm

>245 MickyFine: No, thanks, Micky. I am good. LOL. Good to see you stop by, stranger.

>246 richardderus: Hey, RD. Thanks for the weather update. We have a milder day tomorrow, closer to 50 and then very frigid for the next several days. Ugh! Boo, to poopy Canada! Ooh, Gaia, Queen of Ants sounds like a fun one.

>247 jessibud2: Boo, to Canada!! Grins...

Nov 8, 2019, 5:23pm

>247 jessibud2: Unto whom else might I assess blame, as Canada possess the second-largest swathe of the Arctic after Siberia? And it won't be long before we'll see populations of a half-billion in Nunavut and Yukon, so....

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>250 richardderus: - I say blame 45. Everything bad is his fault anyhow, right? ;-)

Nov 8, 2019, 5:26pm

>251 jessibud2: That is a fantastic idea, Shelley. High-Five!!

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"Beth Piatote's luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world."

^I picked up The Beadworkers: Stories at ALA. Short fiction, by a Native American, (she is Nez Perce) gets my attention, every time. I started it today and based on this quote, I tagged, early on- this is going to be another gem:

“I would give up all these things to see what our ancestors saw, to dream their vivid dreams, to come over a mountain with my mothers and sisters and suddenly see, in the wide open, an enormous blue meadow of blooming camas, an endless, unbroken field of periwinkle, lake, and lapis that today you could barely imagine, a land breathing and rolling with blue, a land so beautiful that you would wonder how to find your voice, find your offering, draw out a song on your breath and press the strength your body to the earth, into the earth, into the deep wild blue.”

Nov 8, 2019, 6:28pm

140) Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout 4.2 stars

“But little Henry, Olive's grandson who was ten, had memorized all the presidents of the United States. 'Good for you!' Olive told him, but she was extremely bored as he recited them, and when he got to the current president, Olive made a noise of disgust, and the boy said, seriously, 'I know'.”

Olive Kitteridge was published in 2008, (it won the Pulitzer too, which I am perfectly fine with) and now we have Olive's return, a decade later, in Olive, Again. She is still, outrageously cranky, but also ruthlessly honest, with a deep empathetic soul, and she remains one of my favorite literary creations. This is another series of linked stories, set in, Crosby, Maine and Olive shows up, front and center, in many of them, which is also completely fine with me. This collection takes Olive into her 80s and, despite her crotchety ways, she continues to be an inspiration.

Nov 8, 2019, 6:37pm

Good to see you enjoyed Olive, Again Mark. I'll get to it soonish. I love linked stories.

Nov 8, 2019, 8:09pm

>254 msf59: Looks like I'm following you around book land, Mark. I just started reading Olive, Again last night. So good.

Nov 8, 2019, 8:58pm

>242 msf59: Wonderful to get the bird reports about your BBS. Nice that you get to see some rarely seen ones too.
So pleased that you enjoyed Olive Again. I appreciated how you explained that Olive " remains one of my favorite literary creations". Me too!

Nov 8, 2019, 10:21pm

>255 brenzi: I am sure you will love it, Bonnie.

>256 lauralkeet: I love being in the orbit of one of my best book pals, Laura. I hope you keep enjoying Olive.

>257 mdoris: Hi, Mary. I enjoy sharing my BBS sightings, even though, I know it is not everyone's "thing".

And hooray for more Olive love!

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Happy Saturday, Mark! Hope you have the weekend off and are enjoying your books.
Hahaha, I bet you're in the midst of creating thread Chapter Twenty.

Nov 9, 2019, 8:52am

‘Morning, Mark, and happy Saturday to you! It got down to 23F here, pretty low for this time of year. Brrr.

>242 msf59: Glad the BBS provided entertainment yesterday. I’ve got several Cardinals hogging the feeders right now.

>254 msf59: My copy of Olive, Again should arrive tomorrow by 9 p.m. I finished watching the 2014 Olive Kitteridge yesterday, and Frances McDormand is absolutely brilliant as Olive.

Nov 9, 2019, 9:21am

>260 karenmarie: - I have the Olive Kitteridge dvd ready to pop into dvd player tonight! I have about a week and half left on the 2 week loan so I should be able to finish it without renewing.

Nov 9, 2019, 9:49am

My daughter and I finally watched DANCING WITH BIRDS - full of wonders!

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The BBS was quieter this morning but I did see and hear a murder of crows. Not sure what constitutes a murder, but there were at least 4 or 5.

>259 Carmenere: Morning, Lynda. I am working today but off the next 3, with the holiday on Monday. And, yep the books are treating me just fine.

>260 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Keep warm. Glad you enjoyed the O.K. Mini series. McDormand may not have physically looked like the literary character but she sure nailed it, in every other aspect.

Nov 9, 2019, 10:38am

>261 jessibud2: Looking forward to your thoughts on O.K., Shelley. It is soooooo good.

>262 m.belljackson: Good to know, Marianne. I have it saved on my Netflix, watchlist. Sweet.

Nov 9, 2019, 11:23am

Happy for the murder, Mark, and as I understand the collective-nouning process, more than two of the target group gets the collective noun.

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>260 karenmarie: Frances McDormand is absolutely brilliant as Olive.
So much so, that I can "hear" her as I'm reading Olive, Again (in print) !

Nov 9, 2019, 1:16pm

Happy Saturday, Mark. We’re off this afternoon to your buddy Keith’s 70th(!) birthday party at his daughter’s Read/Write Library. After that we’re off to the Bulls-Rockets game.

Dominicana is off to a good start. I’ll keep you posted. The Librarian is starting off well, too.

Nov 9, 2019, 5:38pm

>265 richardderus: Thanks for the clarification, RD! I saw a genuine murder! Yah!

>266 lauralkeet: Lets hope McDormand reprises the role on the sequel. B.A.G.

>267 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. Sounds like you are having a great day. Enjoy Keith's party and Go Bulls!!

Nov 9, 2019, 5:40pm


Looking forward to the next 3 days off. Yah!!

Nov 9, 2019, 5:52pm

Happy long weekend, Mark.

I will put Olive Kitteridge on my list :-)

Nov 9, 2019, 7:42pm

Three days! Yay!

Nov 9, 2019, 7:50pm

>269 msf59: Three days off sounds like heaven, Mark. I'll join you for one of those beers.

This is the stuff I am drinking these days - it is really good.

Nov 9, 2019, 8:51pm

Oooo, my favorite Weiss bier

Nov 9, 2019, 10:21pm

>270 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. I hope you get to Olive Kitteridge. It is amazing.

>271 richardderus: B.A.G.

>272 PaulCranswick: Hey, Paul. Yep, looking forward to the next 3 days off. That is a great Weiss beer. One of my favorites. Good choice.

>273 mahsdad: I am with you, Jeff. Cheers!

Nov 9, 2019, 11:24pm

Hi Mark! enjoy your days off, you deserve them. I loved Olive so am looking forward to Olive Again .

Nov 10, 2019, 7:30am

>275 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda. Looking forward to the days off. I am sure you will have a good time with Olive, Again. I have been on a nice book roll lately.

Nov 10, 2019, 7:51am

‘Morning, Mark! Happy Sunday to you.

>261 jessibud2: Yay Shelley!

>263 msf59: According to S.T. in Hollow Kingdom, his murder is himself and Dennis the bloodhound. *smile*
I read OK two years ago, don’t remember how Olive is described in the book.

Nov 10, 2019, 8:00am

>277 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. And hooray for Shit Turd & Dennis! Olive is described in the books, as dark-haired, tall and big-boned, but McDormand sure nails the attitude.

Nov 10, 2019, 12:12pm

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Nice to see discussion of S.T. and Dennis, Mark.

Happy Sunday, and the first of three days off!

Keith had a happy 70th, with his grandson Shep and Shep's parents present, among a whole lot of others. The Bulls got creamed by a very good Rockets team (they may end up in the NBA Finals); I hope the young Bulls learned from it. We still had a fun time, of course.

We plan to take it easy today, and I hope to get some reading in. That Maggy Garrisson GN is really good; I've set it aside for you for the next time we get together.

Nov 10, 2019, 1:14pm

>279 weird_O: Love it, Bill!

>280 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. I am so glad that everyone had a fine time at Keith's party and it is great that his son came in too. Boo, to the Bulls loss.

I just turned on the Bears game. I hope they can find a way to win today. Sighs...

Nov 10, 2019, 1:52pm

>247 jessibud2: >249 msf59: >250 richardderus: We blame Alaska for our cold weather. So poopy US?

Nov 10, 2019, 2:20pm

>282 Familyhistorian: As long is we have the Orange Gasbag in charge, we are definitely the poopy US!

Nov 10, 2019, 3:56pm

>279 weird_O: Thank you! I take that as a compliment.

Nov 10, 2019, 5:37pm

Hey Buddy,

Hijacking the thread to get the word out....

Its 75'er Christmas Swap Time! :

Nov 10, 2019, 8:52pm

Hi Mark! Hope you had a great weekend.

Edited: Nov 11, 2019, 4:38am

Boo hoo, I miss all your book recs. But, I have to say, I am doing ok for books at the moment, I seem to be acquiring must-reads at a rate of knots! And if my bedside TBR pile is anything to go by, I am in danger of being smothered in my sleep by books! (I guess there's worse ways to go)

Take care out there!

ETA: also, >279 weird_O: haha!! love it :)

Nov 11, 2019, 7:14am

>284 laytonwoman3rd: Amen, Linda.

>285 mahsdad: You know, I will be in, Jeff.

>286 The_Hibernator: Hi, Rachel. It was a good weekend. Thanks. And now I am enjoying 2 more days off. Yah!

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>287 LovingLit: Hi, Megan. Great to see you, my friend. I miss seeing you around. I am glad to hear the books are treating you well. This is always important, in our bookish world.

Nov 11, 2019, 7:27am

'Morning, Mark! Happy day-off Monday to you. Glad to see that your Bears won. My Panthers lost.

I finished Hollow Kingdom last night. It lived up to the LT chatter for sure.

Nov 11, 2019, 7:35am

Morning, Karen. I was just over at your place. I am so glad you enjoyed Hollow Kingdom. It was such a fun surprise. Yep, we are glad to see our Bears finally win, after a dreadful first half. Sorry, about your Panthers. Bummer.

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Nov 11, 2019, 7:35am

Morning, Mark! Enjoy your day off!!

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>292 msf59: - Hi Mark. Happy Veteran's Day (Remembrance Day, up here)

Nov 11, 2019, 8:13am

>293 scaifea: Good morning, Amber! And thanks.

>294 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. I hope we all take some time, today, to remember and honor, those who have served and those who have fallen.
This topic was continued by Mark's Reading Place: Chapter Twenty.