Mark's Reading Place: Chapter Two
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-An atmospheric photo, of one of the hiking trails, I recently visited. The fog is so cool.
154) Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid by Mark Lee Gardner 4 stars (audio)
155) Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine 4.4 stars
156) In Waves by Aj Dungo 4 stars GN
157) In Hoffa's Shadow by Jack Goldsmith 4 stars (audio)
158) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 4.7 stars (audio)
159) The Alice Network by Kate Quinn 4 stars
160) Later, at the Bar: A Novel in Stories by Rebecca Barry 4 stars
161) The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane 4.3 stars
162) The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom 4.6 stars (audio)
163) American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins 5 stars
164) The Lost Man by Jane Harper 4 stars (audio)
165) Savage Country by Robert Olmstead 4.2 stars
166) Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane 4.6 stars (audio)
1) Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl 4.5 stars
2) Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells 3.8 stars (audio)
3) Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson 4.5 stars (audio)
4) The Last Whalers by Doug Bock Clark 3.6 stars (audio)
5) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo 5 stars
6) Nightwoods by Charles Frazier 4.3 stars (audio) AAC
7) Dopesick by Beth Macy 4.6 stars (audio)
8) The Chaneysville Incident by David Bradley 4.5 stars
^Yep, I was a teenager in the 70s, so I was a classic rock nut and that included being a fan of the Canadian prog-rock group, Rush. They lost their very gifted drummer today, Neil Peart, from brain cancer. He was 67. One of the truly, great rock n' roll drummers. I saw them live, a couple times in the 80s. I have been jammin' out to them, while creating this thread. Of course, I love this cover of "Fly By Night". Circa- 1975
Thread #2 - Happy Weekend.
So sad to hear about Neil. Its pretty much all I'm seeing in my FB news feed. Shows how much of an impact he had on people.
>3 msf59: - Yes, I heard about Neil Peart on tonight's news. I was never a fan of that genre of rock but he is something of a Canadian icon. His particular brain cancer, glioblastoma, is supposedly a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. It is the same cancer that killed Gord Downie, of The Tragically Hip, a couple of years ago and the same cancer a former colleague of mine is fighting right now. Maybe it isn't so rare, or maybe we are just hearing more about it because it is hitting some famous people. Such a horrible disease. :-(
>4 lindapanzo: Yep, you are number 1, Linda! Yah!
>5 mahsdad: Thanks, Jeff. Watching some clips of Neil. Dude was amazing. John Bonham is my favorite but Neil is also very close.
>6 jessibud2: Hi, Shelley. Thanks for chiming in on Neil Peart. I had no idea about this form of brain cancer and I did not realize Downie had the same horrible condition. Sorry, your friend is dealing with it too. Bummer.
>7 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie. Yes, this is my photo.
Happy 2nd thread of the year, Mark! Wow! Great topper photo. You're really getting good at this stuff.
Chiming in on something mentioned in the last thread about ER books. I find myself requesting fewer and fewer ER books. It seems the quality publishers are not utilizing LT as much. I have not requested anything a couple times in recent months. I didn't win anything one month, but it was okay because I only requested one and probably didn't fit the book as well as others. This month I requested one. I doubt I'll win it for the same reason.
I love your atmospheric thread-topper, Mark.
My husband is sitting next to me right now, mourning Neil's passing. I'm not a Rush fan, but it's always sad to lose a talented artist.
>1 msf59: I expect to see a magical creature emerge from the fog any minute.
>9 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda. I am having a tough time getting any good photos of birds, with my particular camera, but I have better luck with landscape shots.
>10 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel.
>11 mahsdad: Yep, I big Bonham fan here, Jeff. I will check out the link. Thanks.
>12 mdoris: Thanks, Mary.
>13 figsfromthistle: >14 quondame: Thanks, Figs & Susan.
>15 thornton37814: Thanks, for chiming in on ER, Lori. I am really surprised that publishers are not taking full advantage of LT's strong influence. Good Reads offers many more quality books, but, of course, a multitude of readers request them.
>16 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura. I am glad you like the topper. That photo came out well. Sorry to hear that your husband is mourning Neil Peart. I feel his pain.
>17 laytonwoman3rd: I thought that, while walking these foggy trails, Linda. Grins...
Happy new thread, Mark. I hope you have some time this weekend for the books.
Happy New Thread, Mark! I couldn't sleep, so I got up to read. I figure I have no plans to go anywhere this weekend, so I can always nap later.
Happy new one, Mark!! I haven't had much luck on the ER books lately. I have only chosen 1 or 2 and then I haven't been picked. Bummer. Here's to a great weekend!
Thanks, Jim, Meg and Barb! Happy Weekend!
>23 alphaorder: Thanks, Nancy. I hope you were able to go back to sleep. Looks like a good weekend, to stay indoors with the books.
>24 Berly: Thanks, Kim. Take the Old Warbler's word for it- You are not missing out anything with the ER and I am sure you have plenty in your own stacks to keep you busy for awhile.
Morning, Mark! Happy new one!
Neil Peart was one of my very favorites. Such an amazing talent. I made the Scaife Men watch youtube videos of several Rush songs last night - I don't think they appreciated the sentiment much...
'Morning, Mark, and happy new thread. I hope there's little or no ice - that's what always gets down here, ice.
I've received 33 ER books since the first one I requested in March of 2008. Quite a few stinkers, frankly, but also 11 that I rated 4 - 4.5 stars, so 1/3. What's really irritated me is that I never received 4 of the 37.
>26 scaifea: Morning, Amber and thanks. Glad to hear you are also a Neil Peart fan and like me you were jamming out to some Rush last night. B.A.G.
>27 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. We are hovering just above freezing, so a light mix of rain/snow is falling. Very gusty though. I hope I dodge the worst of today, on my rounds.
Thanks for chiming in on ER. I can't you had 4 that you never received. I may have had one or 2.
Happy New Thread, and Happy Saturday, Mark!
I haven't gotten much reading done in the last couple of days, but you'll be glad to know I'm reading two you liked, Deep Creek, and The Testaments. I just finished the GN adaptation of The Master and Margarita, but I unfortunately can't recommend. It may be that the bizarre original is un-adaptable.
Don't get blown into the trees today, my friend - that wind is fierce!
Re: glioblastoma. This is the cancer that ended the lives of John McCain, Ted Kennedy, and Beau Biden. Also Edward Hermann, Ethel Merman, Robert Moog, baseball's Tug McGraw, Gary Carter, and Darren Daulton.
Aren't you glad I looked this up for you?
Morning, Mark! Happy new one. I LOVE your thread topper - what a great photo!
Happy new thread, Mark!
Such a beautiful topper with the bended tree and the fog, looks magical!
>32 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. Work was a bit tricky today, with the weather, although it could have been a lot worse. Now, we are heading out to visit friends. I am so glad to hear you are enjoying both Deep Creek, and The Testaments. I especially loved the former.
>33 weird_O: Thanks for filling me in on glioblastoma, Bill. What a horrific and deadly form of cancer. I thought it was much rarer than that.
>34 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie. Happy Saturday. Glad you like the topper!
>1 msf59: Beautiful foggy image!
Hi Mark. I'm so glad Girl, Woman, Other was a five-star read for you. I loved the stories, how they interconnected (so subtle), the characters she wrought. Good stuff.
I also enjoyed Cold Mountain way back when and I'll be interested in your final thoughts about Nightwoods. I want it to be a good one for some reason.
Happy new thread, Mark.
Your topper could also be in West Yorkshire - I have walks in my village back home that could easily pass for that one.
Happy new thread, Mark!
>1 msf59: There is definitely a creep factor on that walking path with the fog and the leaning tree. Excellent photo.
>40 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen. Glad you like the foggy topper. I am nearly done with Nightwoods and it has been a very nice surprise. So if you are in the mood for a dark, lean, thriller, give it a shot.
>41 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. Glad my topper evoked some memories of back home.
>42 brodiew2: Thanks, Brodie. Fortunately, walking this trail, did not feel creepy but it make for an atmospheric stroll.
>43 Ameise1: Thanks, Barb. It should be a good Sunday.
>1 msf59: Love your topper, Marc. Where will the path lead us?
Hope you have a nice Sunday.
>45 EllaTim: Hi, Ella. Believe it or not, this trail, which follows a canal, is incredibly long. I saw a 42 mile marker. It also passes, somewhat close to where my daughter lives.
>47 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. I am getting some LT time in, along with a review or two, but I NEED to get to the books, since I have a busy afternoon.
5) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo 5 stars
“...and what with the planet about to go to shit with the United Kingdom soon to be disunited from Europe which itself is hurtling down the reactionary road and making fascism fashionable again and it’s so crazy that the disgusting perma-tanned billionaire has set a new intellectual and moral low by being president of America and basically it all means that the older generation has RUINED EVERYTHING and her generation is doooooomed.”
“to choose such a brutal and dramatic finale Carole knows what drives people to such despair, knows what it’s like to appear normal but to feel herself swaying just one leap away from the amassed crowds on the platforms who carry enough hope in their hearts to stay alive swaying just one leap away from eternal peace.”
I love short fiction and linked stories and this collection, really delivers on both fronts. It follows, twelve different woman, living in England, both in the past and the present. Most are black or mixed race, and the author directs a careful spotlight on each individual, with loving detail. Her writing is a marvel- strong, intelligent and lyrical. It also deals with many of the issues that are plaguing our troubled world.
I adore Margaret Atwood and I enjoyed The Testaments, but Bernadine Evaristo should have been the sole winner of the Booker Prize, in 2019, with this incredible achievement.
Morning, Mark! Nice review. That one is already on The List of things to get to soonish. Did you post that? I will be happy to add my thumb.
>49 msf59: ...Bernardine Evaristo should have been the sole winner of the Booker Prize, in 2019, with this incredible achievement.
Have a lovely relaxing day of good reads and fun.
>50 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie! I did post the mini-review. Thumbs are welcome. Thanks!
>51 alphaorder: Happy Sunday, Nancy. The ABA, is having a big event, at a bar in a nearby suburb. They are revealing the artwork, by a Chicago artist, of the ABA poster of the year. There will be beer, food and music. Sounds cool. Yes, hanging out at home, with the books, sounds mighty nice but I am glad I am doing this. I will report back.
>52 richardderus: Hey, RD. I thought you would have got a kick out of that first quote from Girl, Woman, Other.
Happy Sunday, buddy.
I haven't finished The Testaments, but I suspect I'll agree that Girl, Woman, Other should have taken the Booker alone. Such an extraordinarily good book.
Man, we had to battle that wind to get to the theater last night. At one point I had to walk in front of Debbi as a windbreaker to keep her from being blown backwards! I'll bet it was tricky on your route. At least we didn't get a dumpload of snow.
I'm going to watch some of the football playoffs today, and make some progress on those two reads. My GN is that very large sci-fi-er Wandering Star, and I'm having a good time with that. I have to pick out a new poetry book. As I mentioned, Indecency was only so-so for me, although obviously the National Book Award committee liked it more.
>49 msf59: I'm just over two-thirds through Mark, but agree with you it should have been the sole winner. I haven't read The Testaments yet, but those who have suggest it was good, but not great. Evaristo's novel is quite wonderfully structured and peopled. I'll certainly be reading more of her work.
>49 msf59: I'm itching to get to this one Mark. Maybe after my current read. Excellent review! Thumb!
>49 msf59: Nice, Mark. And I'm inclined to agree with you about the Booker Prize.
Horrors, Mark .. is that bird in your thread topper nibbling on the cover of a book?!
I'm definitely a victim of your book bullet following your review of Girl, Woman, Other. It's on my burgeoning wish list... too bad I didn't get to LT until this evening because otherwise I could have tried to find a copy at B&N when I was there this afternoon to pick up a couple of magazines for my mom.
>55 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. I do not want to disrespect The Testaments but I can't imagine any serious reader, selecting that over Girl, Woman, Other or even considering it an equal to the Evaristo collection. I am so glad the wind has diminished and we are lucky we only had a light accumulation. Whew!
>56 Caroline_McElwee: " Evaristo's novel is quite wonderfully structured and peopled." You got that right, Caroline. I am so glad you are enjoying it. Have you ever read her before?
>57 brenzi: Thanks, Bonnie. I think you will love this book! You said you have Girl, Woman, Other lined up on Overdrive, right?
>58 lauralkeet: Happy Sunday, Laura. Thanks again, for putting Girl, Woman, Other into my hands. Otherwise, it may have been awhile, before I got to it.
>59 cameling: Hi, Caro! No horrors to be had, over here, my friend. That bird, is simply warbling to the books, something I have been known to do, now and then. I do not think you can go wrong with Girl, Woman, Other. I hope you can get to it soon.
>54 msf59: I hope that the ABA gathering met or exceeded your expectations, Mark. I was happy not to have anything that I had to do today for a change, well except for a few errands I could do at my own pace.
I too love that foggy picture, Mark. I wish I had taken a video of the god rolling off our backyard lake yesterday. Quite surreal!
>38 msf59: My favorite aunt died from the same type of brain tumor. Diagnosed in March, died in late August. So sad.
>49 msf59: Excellent review, Mark. I plan to read Girl, Woman, Other sometime this year. How’s that for being vague? Frankly, I think having a tie for the Booker Prize was a huge cop out. I know it’s difficult to choose the best book, but it slighted both of the authors in my view.
Hi Mark, I too love your topper picture and since I am getting around much better these days, I am hoping that I can look forward to some short nature walks in the future. We have a lovely bird sanctuary nearby where the trails are wide and level as they are on dikes overlooking the surrounding wetlands. Lots of birds!
>49 msf59: Yay for 5 stars!!! Can't wait to read it and thanks for the offer. : )
>62 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg. I enjoyed the ABA event. I met a couple of the ABA hotshots, who I have listened to, on various birding podcasts, over the years, along with some fellow birders, who I have met while birding. The poster was very cool too. I will share an image of it, if I can track it down.
>63 Donna828: Hi, Donna. Glad you like the foggy topper. I was worried when I left the house that day, that I may not be able to see anything. Fortunately, it lifted enough, where I could hike and bird.
Sorry, to hear your aunt died of the same brain disease. How sad. You will love Girl, Woman, Other when you get to it and, once again, Evaristo should have been the only winner.
>64 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy. Great to see you over here. Glad you like the topper and I hope you can get out for some nature walks. The bird sanctuary sounds ideal. This is on or around an island, correct?
>65 Berly: Hi, Kim. I am glad I found a person to pass the book onto. Keep that love chain going. B.A.G.
"Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched."
^I have had an interest in reading Dopesick since it came out in 2018, but never got around to it, but Rachel saved the day, by including this one, in her Christmas Swap gift box. I started it yesterday and I have a feeling this will be another winner.
I wish I could have spent more time with The Chaneysville Incident yesterday, which I am really enjoying.
I look forward to your thoughts about Dopesick, Mark, as it's one of the 20 nonfiction books from my shelves that I plan to read this year.
Happy Monday, Mark! I am looking forward to receiving the paperback edition of Girl, Woman, Other, on order, in the next few months. Reading your review only doubles down on that. Glad you enjoyed it. Thumbed!
Hey, buddy. Hope you had a good weekend. I enjoyed that playoff football, and I bet Linda P. is happy about Green Bay winning. What a wild one between Kansas City and the Texans.
The Testaments and Deep Creek both continue to be very good. I plan to read more of Deep Creek this morning.
Kind of a gloomy-looking day, but it's that time of year. I hope it goes okay for you.
>71 Carmenere: Hi, Lynda. I hope all my LT pals give Girl, Woman, Other a try. It is a collection, for our times.
>72 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. I was sure Rootin' for the Seahawks! The Pack turned them back, once again. Must be pretty frustrating for our PNW pals. I did not get a chance to see much of the Chiefs game, but what an outcome.
I am so glad you are enjoying Deep Creek.
>60 msf59: No, not read her before Mark, but certainly plan to read others.
Splendiferous Monday orisons, Mark. It's gloomy here, too. I wonder what a satellite map of the Lower 48's cloud cover would look like today.
I'm doing my best to stay focused and, unfortunately, our coordinator of outside doc-visits is ill today. Poor thing probably looked at the gloom and though "I can't even" for which none can blame her.
Hi Mark, and happy Monday afternoon to you!
Since my Panthers were out of it and I didn't really have a horse in either race, I picked KC for Mahomes and the Packers because Bill likes the Packers. And, I must admit, uniforms colors were a factor, too. *smile*
edited to add: Let me know when you're ready to start Spying on the South - I'll never keep up with you because you'll be listening and I'll be reading, but at least we can start off together!
Lovely topper. The fog is wonderful. But scary. I soooo need a dog to go with me on my walks after the mountain lion kill in my backyard this summer.
You've put Girl Woman Other firmly onto my tbr horizon. 5 stars from Mark - wowza. I've seen so many good reviews of it here on LT and on 'The Best of' lists.
Hello Mark! I hope your day is going well. Decent snow here. Snow day for the kids.
Sad to see the Seahawks do down. Now I'll be rooting for the Titans. My brother lives in Nasheville.
>75 Caroline_McElwee: I am with you, Caroline. I will be reading more of Evaristo's work.
>76 richardderus: Hey, RD! It was a gloomy and chilly day here, but being mid-January, it could be a lot worse. Some sun tomorrow, which will be nice. I hope you enjoyed your day with the books.
>77 karenmarie: Hi, Karen. I like the Chiefs too and will be rootin' for them and Mahomes. Not a Packers fan (because of my Bears), so I will be cheerin' for the 49ers!
I could start Spying in the South, in about a week or so. If you want to start a bit sooner, that is up to you.
>78 charl08: Hi, Charlotte! Dopesick is off to a terrific start, but it can be tough to read at times. Another travesty, that our country condones and possibly encourages. Sad stuff.
>79 streamsong: Thanks, Janet. Any plans on getting a dog? Have you had them in the past? Any other signs of the mountain lion? Yep, lots of questions. Glad I hit a bulls-eye with Girl, Woman, Other. It is an amazing book.
>80 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie! I am glad the kids have a snow day. Can you take them sledding? I was hoping the Seahawks could have pulled that game out. The Pack is tough. I like both the Titans and the Chiefs, so just hoping for an entertaining game.
Love the photo of the foggy hiking trail, Mark! You've convinced me to add Girl, Woman, Other to the TBR list.
Hi, Mary. Great to see you over here. Glad I got you with Girl, Woman, Other. I can not imagine anyone not loving that one.
The opening image of the foggy trail is spooky. There is a hiking trail near my house. Will and I previously walked on it a lot. There is one area in particular that I get the chills when approaching it. The knarled trees cover the pathway, overhanging and blocking any sun.
You mentioned cold weather in your area. It is unseasonably warm thus far this winter. In fact, the temps were 70 over the weekend.
>72 jnwelch: Joe, I would LOVE to see a rematch of Super Bowl 1, the Packers vs the Chiefs. I was pleased by the outcome of the Packers game, though they didn't play that well but the KC/Houston game was incredible. I thought KC was out of it but what an amazing comeback they mounted.
Mark, did I see you mention someplace that the Harper Lee nonfiction book was a top nonfiction pick for you in 2019? I grabbed a copy as part of my Thingaversary haul.
>68 msf59: I need to read that one. The insurance company that I work for has worked over the years to try and help reduce opioid consumption among its customers. I am so paranoid about it that I stopped taking my painkillers 3 days after I had surgery, lol.
>85 Whisper1: Hi, Linda. Good to see you. I like the sound of your spooky trail. Smiles...And enjoy that balmy weather.
>86 brenzi: Dopesick is narrated by the author and she is doing a fine job. Very good book, so far.
>87 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. I didn't see much of the Chiefs game. I love watching Mahomes at work. Yep, The Furious Hours was one of my top reads of the year. You made a good choice.
>88 alcottacre: Hi, Stasia. Good to see you. I highly recommend Dopesick. An important book, but also scary and disturbing.
^This is the 2020 Bird of the Year poster, from the ABA. It is a cedar waxwing, one of my favorite birds. Fitzpatrick is a well-known artist & actor from Chicago, who happens to be a birder. I chatted with him briefly at the event. His art style is very unique. Not sure how to describe it- nature with a mathematical or geometric bent?
^Not sure what bird this is, but I really like the painting.
>90 msf59: Thanks for sharing Tony Fitzpatrick's work, Mark. I love that Cedar Waxwing! His paintings remind me of Charley Harper, who was from my home town of Cincinnati. His style has a similar geometric bent to it.
'Morning, Mark, happy Tuesday to you!
>81 msf59: I have pulled Spying on the South, and might start it this afternoon. I don't envision getting through it quickly, so it will work with our staggered schedules, I think.
>90 msf59: I love both of those. I need to take more time with the ABA poster - there's so much on it! But it's time to get ready for book sorting, one of my favorite events of every week.
>91 lauralkeet: Hi, Laura. I am a big Charley Harper fan too. I think Fitzpatrick adds more complexity to his artwork, making it a it more demanding. Cool style, though.
>92 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. I am glad to hear you might start Spying on the South. I might start it later next week.
The ABA poster is pretty busy. It will take some time to absorb it all. Hooray for the book sorting!
>90 msf59: Oh, I love that Bird of the Year poster! You've turned me into a cedar waxwing fan, Mark, thanks to our Montrose Harbor outing.
>87 lindapanzo: Congrats, Linda.! That 49er team has looked really good, so Aaron R. and the Packers have their work cut out for them. It would be fun to have a reprise of the first Super Bowl matchup. What a fun game to watch - that Chiefs v. Texans game. We have Houston fans in the family now via our DIL, and they were texting the whole game - enjoying the early ups a lot more than the late downs! That Mahones is fun to watch.
Have a good one today, Mark. Debbi says snow is supposed to come this weekend, but our luck continues for a little while.
Tony Fitzpatrick's art is very visually dense, isn't it. Like a simnel cake, fruits and nuts and marzipan and spices, all wanting your attention yet all working together to make a delicious whole.
>90 msf59: Love the second painting. The first is nice, but the second really says something to me.
>90 msf59: - That style (nature with graphic/geometric bent) is reminiscent of the style of the late Charley Harper, isn't it? Nice posters!
I agree with many of you that Girl Woman Other should have been the sole winner of the Booker Prize. That is because I am not that much of a fan of Handmaid's Tale or Testaments. I really like Margret Atwood and think that she should have won the Nobel Prize, and should win it next year, but I don't think that either of the aforementioned books are her best work. Even when Handmaid's Tale came out, it was not the first dystopian novel in that genre, so it wasn't that groundbreaking. I think that both are important works and both provoke thought and reaction and therefore are certainly worthy of discussion and commentary, but I think that Handmaid's Tale and Testaments are having a moment due to the political state of the world and not because of their literary quality.
I have read four of Atwood's books and think that she is definitely an important author and I think that she will be considered more and more important as time goes on. It is a mark of distinction that she has produced works that the public considers prescient and noteworthy. That is remarkable and certainly something that puts Atwood in the same ranks as Charlotte Bronte and Willa Cather, who were also groundbreaking female authors.
Like you, I am reading an older book right now. I am reading Black in Selma: The Uncommon Life of J. L. Chestnut, Jr. by J. L. Chestnut and Julia Cass. It was published in 1990. It is good reading and has lots of Alabama history in it. I should probably have read it years ago.
>94 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. I hope I can drag you out this spring, to look for more cedar waxwings. You know I will definitely be visiting Montrose. It wasn't a bad day and the sunshine helped in the afternoon.
>95 richardderus: Beautifully said, Richard. I haven't dug deep into Fitzpatrick's work, but that description is sure fitting.
>96 The_Hibernator: Hi, Rachel. I am glad you like the warbler, singing to the books! That is an old favorite of mine.
>97 jessibud2: Hi, Shelley. Glad you like the bird posters. Check out, Laura's comments in post #91. She also made the comparison with Charley Harper. Good eyes!
>98 benitastrnad: >99 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita. The Handmaid's Tale is one we have to disagree on. I think it is a masterful novel. The Testaments is good but not great. Atwood has written excellent books but this was Evaristo's year.
Not familiar with Black in Selma. Sounds like a good one.
Good morning, Mark! Happy Wednesday to you, although it looks like a wet and cold one.
I got a bit of a bonus from my part-time job last summer and figured what better way to spend some of it than on a copy of that ABA poster? I just placed my order and am really excited about it. There's a great framing shop in town that I'll use once I get it... thanks again for sharing it.
>104 richardderus: It may not be exactly, realistic, RD, but it sure puts a smile on your face.
>105 alcottacre: Hi, Stasia. Good to see you. I think you may be onto something, with Fitzpatrick and Japanese prints. There are definite similarities. And hooray for the owls. I did kick off the year with a Barred Owl, so I have made a good start.
>106 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Congrats on the ABA poster! How very cool. You will have to share a photo of it, once you have it framed.
Morning, Mark! I should see if Abby will post a photo of her Christmas gifts to us this year - she wrapped them in plain brown paper and then drew scenes from Harry Potter on them. Birdy's was a barn owl, and it was GORGEOUS.
Not much to report from my end; still working on the same books, although I think I'll probably finish Deep Creek today. What an interesting life she's led.
We're off to a Bulls game tonight, against the Wizards. Will the Bulls finally win a game we're at? I hope so. Tough year so far.
Have a good one, buddy. There were rumors of freezing rain coming, but thank goodness that seems to have disappeared.
Stopping by to say hello and happy birding! We may have caught a glimpse of a brown-headed nuthatch at our feeder. We get lots of white-breasted nuthatches but only saw the browns ones this past fall. They are small and dash in for a seed and then dash out. We are just on the northern edge of their year-round grounds.
Meanwhile, the cardinals have come and gone for their morning snacks along with a flutter of finches.
>108 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie! I hope Abby will share some of her Christmas artwork, with us. The Barn Owl for Birdy sounds absolutely perfect. Such a cool and mysterious owl.
>109 jnwelch: Morning, Joe. If today's weather stays like this, until I am off the clock, I will have no problem with that. It sounds like you will have had a good experience with Deep Creek. Yah!
Have a good time at the Bulls game. It has been a frustrating season for this team.
>110 witchyrichy: Hi, Karen. During my travels out east, last summer and fall, the brown-headed nuthatches were one of my target birds, but I did not see any. We have white & red breasted here, although I never see the latter at my feeders, only on my walks. Thanks for the report.
>111 The_Hibernator: Morning, Rachel. It looks like I dodged the freezing rain for the day, so this is a big plus.
>90 msf59: I love this poster, Mark, and I see that the ABA has some in stock. Tempting!
Glad to hear you dodged the freezing rain.
>114 charl08: Hi, Charlotte. Glad I caught your interest with the ABA poster. It was a bit expensive for my taste, but the proceeds were going toward the ABA, which is a good cause, so I may reconsider.
>115 richardderus: Hey, RD. They were predicting freezing rain, the early part of the day, which would have been a drag, but it never transpired, so it was just a chilly, gloomy day. Nothing to whine about.
On audio, I just finished Dopesick, which was both gut-wrenching and completely excellent. Another eye-opener. I know, I am preachin' to the choir here- but we live in a sad, sad world.
Hey, Mark. The Last Waltz dvd arrived at the library and I picked it up this afternoon. I should get to it in the next couple of days. :-)
>117 jessibud2: Very nice, Shelley. I can't wait to hear what you think about it, although I can not imagine you not loving it. One of the top concert films, IMHO.
"Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world."
I love me some Kingsolver, but I never did get around to a pair of her later titles- The Lacuna & Flight Behavior. The former, mostly received lukewarm reviews, so that is my reasoning there, but Flight just missed my radar. I decided to make it my next audio and despite it being over seven years old, it's subject matter is as timely as ever. Any thoughts on Flight?
I loved Flight Behavior - one of my favorite Kingsolvers. I loved the characters and thought she did an excellent job with the setting.
>121 quondame: Thanks, for chiming in on Flight Behavior, Susan. Hopefully, it is more satisfying for me, in regards to subject matter.
>122 thornton37814: See, you never know, Lori. The opposite of what I have seen. That is what makes reading interesting, right?
>123 BLBera: Okay, I am back pumped about Flight Behavior, Beth. LOL. I got the very same response from another LTer, which sparked me to pick this up.
Brrrrrr...True winter temps are back. High teens, with a frigid breeze. Lots of sunshine, but little warmth. I did not do the BBS stroll this morning, staying inside the vehicle, instead. It did not appear, there were any birds hanging out, anyway.
BTW- Flight Behavior is off to a terrific start, with Kingsolver narrating.
I will be heading off to the winter ALA conference in Philadelphia on Friday, January 24, 2020 and wondered if there was any interest in an LT meetup at the conference. LT is offering the free passes once again. I will get the information for that as soon as I can. I can find us a place to meet if there is interest. Post here or post to my LT page.
>132 ChelleBearss: Hi, Chelle! Great to see another Kingsolver fan. I am truly hooked on Flight Behavior. So good news all around!
>133 Coffee.Cat: Putting smiles on friend's faces is what we are all about, Abby. Glad I delivered.
>134 benitastrnad: Sadly, I can not make the Philly ALA this time around, Benita, but I sure hope others can. I am truly bummed.
>134 benitastrnad: Benita, I live in Philly but we're leaving on a winter vacation 1/24 so I will miss ALA. Hope it's a great event for you!
>138 figsfromthistle: Flight Behavior is off to a good start, Figs. Glad to hear you are also a fan.
>139 lauralkeet: I hope to get out to Philly one of these days. I have never visited your fair city, I only had a stop-over at the airport, during my military days.
>140 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Love kicking off a long weekend.
4) The Last Whalers by Doug Bock Clark 3.6 stars
On a remote island, in Indonesia, live a tribe of hunter-gatherers, called the Lamalerans. They are the last of the subsistence whalers, still hunting with wood harpoons and handmade boats.
The author spent several years, with these fascinating people. He focuses on a pair of young men and their families, as the men master the challenging art of whaling. Despite some dry passages, it is a fine adventure story, looking at a dying culture, dealing with a rapidly transforming world.
Nice mini-review of The Last Whalers, Mark. Wood harpoons - back to the olden days.
I'm focusing more now on The Testaments, and it's scary good, isn't it. Debbi loved it. My poetry book is Riceland, by a poet whose work I liked in the journal that published mine. Very good so far.
You're 4 day weekend has started, right? Enjoy!
6) Nightwoods by Charles Frazier 4.3 stars
It is the 1950s, in rural North Carolina. A young woman, named Luce lives a quiet life in an old lodge, she inherited. This solitude changes, when she also inherits her murdered sister's two children. They are troubled kids, somewhat “creepy” kids and to make things even more challenging for Luce, their estranged father is trying to track them down, with evil intent.
This one caught me by surprise. I had not read Frazier since Cold Mountain, was all the rage, and did not expect him to still be this damn good. Lean, atmospheric and suspenseful. A thrilling combination. Fans of Wiley Cash, will love it, as we impatiently wait for another book from him. It was also fantastic on audio too, with Will Patton narrating.
**Thanks to Linda and the AAC, for giving me the opportunity to read this gem.
>134 benitastrnad: I'm game for a meet-up in Philly. I'm not all that excited by the prospect of a convention-center scale book show, but a meet-up is quite the inducement. Let me know more.
Mark, I'm sounding the warbling bell about 1917! I saw the film last night and it is without a doubt a masterpiece. I highly recommend seeing it in the theater.
I hope you have a wonderful long weekend and get some reading done!
>146 katiekrug: Welcome back, Katie! I am glad to see you picked Nightwoods. I hope you end up liking it as much as I did. I am also sure, I will be suggesting, that you move Flight Behavior up, in the stacks. It is that good.
>147 weird_O: I would suggest that you leave Benita a PM, Bill, so she sees the message.
>148 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie. Happy Friday. Glad to hear that you really enjoyed 1917. That one is definitely on my radar and could easily be a Best Picture winner, next month.
FOUR DAYS!! W00t!
Spend them well, if not wisely, as you journey northwards (!) for meetups and brews.
Hi Mark, the snow is starting to pile up. Sounds like this week's snowstorm forecast might be more accurate than last week's.
Time to read and watch some sports.
>152 richardderus: It sure was, Richard. Looking forward to moving onto the next read(s).
>153 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. I went out to dinner with Bree and her fiance and the roads were pretty bad on the way home. Light traffic, so it wasn't terrible, as long as I took it slow. We are driving up to Milwaukee tomorrow, so fingers crossed it will be okay.
>154 brenzi: I did not realize you hated Cold Mountain, Bonnie. I do not remember, a lot of people disliking that one. I think you will like Nightwoods, though.
>155 drneutron: Mission accomplished, Jim. Grins...
>156 msf59: Safe travels, Mark. I think it's supposed to stop by lunchtime. Should stay fairly warm to they can probably clean it up before the frigid air arrives tomorrow night.
We cancelled our lunch plans in SE Wisconsin for tomorrow. Hoping it's not snowy next weekend since we rescheduled for then.
>142 msf59: Adding that one to the BlackHole! Thanks for the recommendation, Mark.
Have a wonderful weekend!
>157 lindapanzo: We are staying over night in Milwaukee, with two other couples and doing a brewery hop. We are meeting Nancy for lunch, so I am squeezing in a Meet Up too. Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates. We should be back, early afternoon, on Sunday.
>158 alcottacre: Hi, Stasia. Glad I got you with a BB. I thought you might be also interested in Nightwoods, unless you all ready have read it. Good stuff.
Hi Mark, you got me with your mention of Wiley Cash so Nightwoods is going on my list. And I'm sorry it's taken me so long to answer but, yes, the bird sanctuary near me is on Westham Island which sits in the mouth of one of the tributaries of the Fraser River.
Mark - Looks like we got a bit of snow out there. Hopefully, it doesn't change our plans for today. Please be safe and keep me posted on your progress. Don't forget to bring your brewery book! Looking forward to seeing you!
>160 DeltaQueen50: Happy Saturday, Judy. Glad I got you with Nightwoods. It is definitely your cuppa. I think Deb mentioned the bird sanctuary in the past. Sounds like an amazing place.
>161 alphaorder: Morning, Nancy. I don't think we got more than 2 or 3 inches, so it should be fine. How much did you end up with? Thanks for the reminder on the Craft Pass book. I have it nearby. Glad we are able to do lunch.
"A luminous, intensely moving tale that begins with a secret lovers' assignation in the spring of 1924, then unfolds to reveal the whole of a remarkable life."
^I have wanted to read Mothering Sunday since it came out (I am beginning to sound like a broken record with these backlist titles) and I have had it saved on my Kindle, for at least 2 years. Since, a couple of people have been reading this one for the BAC, I thought it would be a perfect time to jump in. I wouldn't mind doing a Jeanette Winterson too. We will see. This will be my first Swift.
On my last forest preserve trip, while looking for an elusive owl, I was tromping through a dense patch of woods and stumbled on this beautiful buck. He was standing, quite regally about 25 feet away. I didn't want to piss him off, so I eased away after, snapping a few photos. There were three does nearby. His harem?
^These are the does. Another one was lying down.
‘Morning, Mark, happy day off to you. Safe travels, have fun brewery hopping and meeting up with Nancy.
>144 msf59: You got me January 10th with your preliminary warbling and have confirmed it with your 4.3 rating.
>154 brenzi: I really loved Cold Mountain, Bonnie, until
>165 msf59: I’ve already taken a BB on this one, too, Mark, from SandDune.
>167 msf59: Excellent photos, Mark!
Well yay. No new BBs. *smile*
I’ve got another college, conclave, radiance, or Vatican of Cardinals – looks like 10 this morning, some LBBs, and the Red-Bellied Woodpecker. They, the Cardinals, keep going to the sunflower feeder, which needs filling. Off I go!
>164 msf59: I haven't read Cash yet. Which would you recommend first?
We are in the middle of a wet and heavy snow storm today. Supposed to get 15cm and then turn to rain later. Yuck!
>168 alphaorder: I am not surprised, Nancy. There were supposed to be higher totals, farther north. It sounds like the roads are clear though and that is the main thing.
>170 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Congrats on avoiding any new BBs. Looking forward to our trip today and seeing my pal Nancy. We are starting early, so I will really have to pace myself, on the beer consumption.
Ooh, a Vatican of Cardinals! Nice. My feeders are pretty busy too. Mostly juncos and finches. I haven't seen a red-bellied woodpecker, yet this year, at my suet feeder.
>173 msf59: Awesome, I'll add that one to the list! My library wishlist is getting out of control lately!
That buck is majestic, Mark. Great photos of him and his lady friends.
>174 ChelleBearss: I understand the feeling, Chelle. Grins...
>175 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura. The right place at the right time.
>176 alphaorder: bummer, Nancy. Not doing anything here, at the moment. Glad we made it for 1, to give a little extra time.
>177 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline. I do not think I ever saw a buck this big and beautiful, in the wild.
>167 msf59: Man, I love the buck and doe photos, Mark. How cool that you got that close!
I'll look forward to hearing your comments on Mothering Sunday. I read his Waterland, and liked it, but not enough to read more. You might change my mind.
Debbi started reading Deep Creek as soon as I finished, and it's fun to have her read to me parts that are grabbing her.
I had a great time with the ginormous sci-fi GN Wandering Star, but I hesitate to recommend it to you. I don't know whether you enjoy science fiction enough to get the kick out of it that I did. Earth and a gang of Galactic Academy students fighting back against an inexorable alien race bent on destruction or subjugation.
Have a safe trip to and from Milwaukee, and a great time while there. I envy you the meetup with Nancy.
>82 msf59: No recent signs of the mountain lion, but I have seen them on my property twice in the time I have lived here.
There was however, a deer that came through at dusk a week ago with a broken or hamstrung back leg. My friend **Forbade** me to go out looking for it after dark. By morning it was gone, or I would have had the game warden or neighbor dispatch it.
Yes, I usually have a dog. I had to put down my sweet old golden a bit over a year ago. It always takes me a year or so to have room in my heart for a new dog. There are some awfully cute golden doodle pups on FB that I am thinking hard about.
I put my name on the library hold list for Girl, Woman, Other but there is exactly one copy among the 37 small town libraries so it may be a while.
BB with Nightwoods but is it really wise for me to read it living out here in the woods by myself?
Hi, Mark. Stay safe out there. It's been snowing for several hours and I think we are on the cusp. Might continue as snow, might turn to sleet and then rain. That transition line is toying with us. I'd prefer it stay snow.
I'm going to finish Masters of Death by Richard Rhodes, about the SS-Einsatzgruppen units that massacred Jews and others in Eastern Europe in 1941 and led to the development of the extermination factories like Auschwitz. Grim. But one of those Nazi killers caught me with a BB when I read Jim's (drneutron) notice of the book a year or two ago.
Toss up to follow.
Enjoy your weekend meet ups, Mark, and safe travels. Ugh to snow, ours is now starting to melt and it is raining - kind of a sloppy mess.
>90 msf59: Love the bird of the year poster!
Heard you had some nasty winter weather - glad you've got a long weekend!
I've been listening more than reading last week. Finished the audio of Educated. Very good. My next audio (probably starting on Monday) will be the second Dr. Siri book by Colin Cotterill.
Not much reading today either. We went to see Knives Out (we're usually late to see movies) then ran some errands. Tomorrow's plan is to stay home and watch the football games which means I'll be both reading and watching. Current print book is Our House.
Lucky Mark with another meetup in the works. I think you should take a tour of the U.S. when you retire this fall. If you do, follow the old Route 66 to Springfield, MO. We have two new independent bookstores in our little city now so it would be a Mark-worthy destination.
Beautiful picture of the buck up there^^. I'm glad it wasn't a moose or an elk because I got so confused on Joe's thread. Now I know why Norwegians don't think so highly of our Swedish cousins. Apparently they can't tell the difference between a moose and an elk.
Mark, that photo of the buck is amazing! So regal and beautiful. I'm glad you got to see that. And I like the does, as well, of course.
I'm a huge Kingsolver fan and I thought Flight Behavior was heartbreaking and wonderful. I read it several years ago and while I don't remember the whole story, I have these amazing images in my mind of the scenery and the butterflies.....
I liked Mothering Sunday a lot when I read it a few years ago. A short outstanding work.
Right now I'm reading Grand Union by Zadie Smith. Not every story is working for me but several of them are 5-star material. I don't know how I'll rate the entire collection giving the (for me) unevenness.
I hope you're having a great weekend!
‘Morning, Mark! I hope your visit is going well.
>187 Donna828: Now there’s an idea! A US tour. We’re not off Route 66, but we do have an independent used book store about 8 miles from me and a full-fledged indie about 16 miles away. We’ve also got a local brewery, a local vineyard, and a local alpaca farm. *blink* Yup, an alpaca farm about 3 miles from us.
Greetings from frigid Milwaukee. Only 10F, at the moment. Had a nice visit with Nancy yesterday afternoon. She joined us at 2 breweries and fit right in with our group of friends. Always good to see and chat with her. Sadly, we did not get a photo. Will have to settle for fond memories. We are heading back in a couple of hours.
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