Mark's Reading Place: Chapter Nineteen
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^ 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.”
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)
^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
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.
"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.
Please. I know you are excited to see me here, but please control yourself.
>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!
"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.
>1 msf59: The trees are beautiful in this time of year.
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.
>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.
I got my review of Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears up. Ken Wheaton liked it, so I think I did it justice.
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.
>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.
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.
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.
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!!
>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...
First sips of coffee taken, watching the Cardinals enjoying the sunflower seed feeder. I hope you have a great day.
>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!
Happy new thread!
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?
>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.
>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.
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.
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.
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.
>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...
>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?
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 :-)
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.
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 longlist...so 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.
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?"
Just stopping by to say hi. Hoping we can have a real catch-up in November...
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!
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.
>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.
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.
"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.
I'm glad you liked the Shafak. Sorry about your Bears.
>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.
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!
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.
The only birds at the BBS, have been juncos, quickly flitting about in the undergrowth, so I move on quickly.
>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...
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. :-)
>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.
"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?
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.
^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.
>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.
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?
...oh, um, I guess less so for someone whose job is trudging around in it...still, it LOOKS cool. Stay unsprained.
>101 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. I would definitely like to try more by this author and Sapiens sounds like a winner.
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.
>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.
^Easily, my least favorite outdoor chore, but I have not gone psycho yet. Now, there is snow on the leaves...Twitching a little.
I think we are in the 2-4 inch zone tomorrow though. I'm supposed to go downtown on my day off.
>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.
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.
>117 msf59: Sounds interesting!
Sending warm and dry thoughts your way.
>122 Caroline_McElwee: Hi, Caroline. The wind is picking up now too but just flurries coming down at the moment. I am bundled up.
>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.
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.
>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.
Glad you had a great reading month. I did too.
“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!
>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.
^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...
>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.
Happy Friday, Mark. I hope you're staying warm.
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.
>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?
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,
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.
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.
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.
>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.
>161 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. I am happy to finally wrap up my long work week. Now, for 2 days off! Yah!!
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....
>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...
>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...
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.
Hooray for Keith's exhibit. I am sure it was a hit and as an added bonus you missed that crappy game.
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!
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?
-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)
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.
^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!!
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...
>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.
>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...
^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...
I need to get to the Botanic Garden before the snows come.
In Oak Park, we lived on Garfield, which is now under The Eisenhower.
Barrie Playground balanced The Library.
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.
>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.
^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.
>191 jnwelch: I think I'll look for that collection. I like (is that the right word) that frame.
^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.
So, looking forward to hearing what you think after the read, Birddude.
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!
>199 karenmarie: Hi, Karen. My Tuesday work day went just fine, but it was a chilly one.
>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.
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!
Sorry about your weather. Been pretty nice here, but for that rain.
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: https://www.schlitzaudubon.org/2019/11/05/early-snowstorms-and-migrating-birds/
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.
Happiest possible cold, blustery Humpday.
>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.
>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.
>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...
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?
>224 msf59: Ooof. Not really my kind of thing, I think, but I'll be interested to see what you think of it.
>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!
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.
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?
>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.
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.
Have a warm and toasty evening after shivering all day!
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
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.
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. "
>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.
I'm reading a DRC of Gaia, Queen of Ants right now...deeply weird. Who knew those Uzbekis were so, um, off-kilter?
>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...
"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.”
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.
Hahaha, I bet you're in the midst of creating thread Chapter Twenty.
>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.
>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.
I will put Olive Kitteridge on my list :-)
This is the stuff I am drinking these days - it is really good.
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.
Hijacking the thread to get the word out....
Its 75'er Christmas Swap Time! : https://www.librarything.com/topic/312848
Take care out there!
ETA: also, >279 weird_O: haha!! love it :)
I finished Hollow Kingdom last night. It lived up to the LT chatter for sure.