On 12/6/12, I posted the following at my GR book group: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nina wrote: "Speaking of reading older books; I amAdded 12/6/12
On 12/6/12, I posted the following at my GR book group: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nina wrote: "Speaking of reading older books; I am re-reading, "Death Comes to the Archbishop," for the third or fourth time. I have lost count but it's been a while now since I've once again delved into one of my all time favorite books. Joy, have you read it?"
Wiki says: "Death Comes for the Archbishop is a 1927 novel by Willa Cather. It concerns the attempts of a Catholic bishop and a priest to establish a diocese in New Mexico Territory. The novel was included on Time's 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 and Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, and was chosen by the Western Writers of America to be the 7th-best "Western Novel" of the 20th century. =============================== BELOW IS FROM IndieBound:
Description: Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.
“A truly remarkable book . . . Soaked through and through with atmosphere . . . From the riches of her imagination and sympathy Miss Cather has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification.”—NEW YORK TIMES
“The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us.”—Rebecca West“
[Cather’s] descriptions of the Indian mesa towns on the rock are as beautiful, as unjudging, as lucid, as her descriptions of the Bishop’s cathedral. It is an art of ‘making,’ of clear depiction—of separate objects, whose whole effect works slowly and mysteriously in the reader, and cannot be summed up . . . Cather’s composed acceptance of mystery is a major, and rare, artistic achievement.” -from the Introduction by A. S. Byatt
_Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra_ by InkSpotter Publishing (Published 10/20/11) Added 10/31/11.
From GR description: "...an anthology celebrati_Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra_ by InkSpotter Publishing (Published 10/20/11) Added 10/31/11.
From GR description: "...an anthology celebrating the most female of body parts, the breasts. From light-hearted memories of the first buds of puberty to heart wrenching accounts of breast cancer, these stories and poems run the gamut of experiences and emotions."
_The White Queen_ (Series: "The Cousins' War #1) by Philippa Gregory (Published 2009) (Characters: Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV of England) Added 10/_The White Queen_ (Series: "The Cousins' War #1) by Philippa Gregory (Published 2009) (Characters: Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV of England) Added 10/26/11.
GR description: "Philippa Gregory presents the first of a new series set amid the deadly feuds of England known as the Wars of the Roses. ...dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors..."
_Selected Shorts: Whodunit?_ (Audio CD's) [A collection of short detective stories read aloud] Added 9/27/11. I found this album of audio CDs at the libr_Selected Shorts: Whodunit?_ (Audio CD's) [A collection of short detective stories read aloud] Added 9/27/11. I found this album of audio CDs at the library.
I thought I'd try listening to some of the short stories on these discs. The jacket says: "Symphony Space presents a collection of eleven mind-boggling, detective mysteries." It also says that they're "spellbinding". We'll see if I can follow the plot lines. Usually I have trouble with complex mysteries, but how complex can a short story be?
The GR description says: =============================================== "...these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs nationwide [on PBS radio]. ... [The CD's include] favorite tales read aloud by an assortment of distinguished actors. A dashing lineup of elegant crime tales and gritty hard-boiled detective stories, alternately menacing and cozy, with exotic locales and murder in the mix. ... Among the stories are: -Ed McBain's "Improvisation" read by Isaiah Sheffer -Louise Erdrich's "Gleason" read by Robert Sean Leonard -Nadine Gordiner's "Country Lovers" performed by Hattie Winston -The Dashiell Hammett classic "The Creeping Siamese" performed by John Shea -Shirley Jackson's "The Summer People" performed by René Murat Auberjonois -C. S. Montanye's "A Shock for the Countess" read by Fionnula Flanagan ===============================================...more
THE SIBLING EFFECT - Brothers, Sisters, and the Bonds That Define Us by Jeffrey Kluger (first published March 2009)
9/23/11 - I discoveredTHE SIBLING EFFECT - Brothers, Sisters, and the Bonds That Define Us by Jeffrey Kluger (first published March 2009)
9/23/11 - I discovered this book today among the NY Times book update reviews for 9/23/11. The title of the book review is: "What Our Siblings Do to Us". Below is a link to the review: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/boo...
A footnote at the review says: "A version of this review appeared in print on September 25, 2011, on page BR18 of the Sunday Book Review with the headline: 'Mom Always Liked You Best'."...more
_The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love_ by Kristin Kimball (Published October 12th 2010 by Scribner) Added 5/12/11. Our local public library has ju_The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love_ by Kristin Kimball (Published October 12th 2010 by Scribner) Added 5/12/11. Our local public library has just announced a "Community-Wide Reading Experience" featuring this book. The purpose of the event is to connect people through reading. The event will run from May 19, 2011 to October 6, 2011. The event is being run in conjunction with the library's Folklife Center program called “Foodways: Documenting the Local".
A member review by Megan says: ========================================================= "This was a fun read. It is about a 30ish woman who was a journalist in New York. She went out on an assignment about organic farming, meets a farmer and soon is living with said farmer. This book is the story of how they set up their farm, the work and their lives. I now want a couple of draft horses and some chickens." FROM: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ========================================================= The farm is in upstate New York, near Lake Champlain. It's called "Essex Farm".
Below is an excerpt from the GR review: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ "The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season—complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.
"Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the "whole diet"—beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables—produced by the farm. The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors, and the fertility comes from compost. Kimball’s vivid descriptions of landscape, food, cooking—and marriage—are irresistible." FROM: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/78... ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Added 5/11/11. I mistakenly wrote a review under this book, _Birds of a Feather_, when it should have been under Winspear's _Pardonable Lies_. So I'veAdded 5/11/11. I mistakenly wrote a review under this book, _Birds of a Feather_, when it should have been under Winspear's _Pardonable Lies_. So I've corrected the error (by copying and pasting my review under the correct book) and I look forward to reading this book when it's available to me....more
_The Girl Who Chased the Moon_ (2010) by Sarah Addison Allen Added 4/23/11 - to read This sounds like an interesting light read. GR reviewers call it fa_The Girl Who Chased the Moon_ (2010) by Sarah Addison Allen Added 4/23/11 - to read This sounds like an interesting light read. GR reviewers call it fantasy....more
_The Secret Scripture_ (2006) by Sebastian Barry (This review has private notes.)
From GR member Philip's review: "A powerful, haunting story of Rosann_The Secret Scripture_ (2006) by Sebastian Barry (This review has private notes.)
From GR member Philip's review: "A powerful, haunting story of Rosanne McNulty, a 100-year old woman long assigned to an insane asylum in County Sligo, Ireland, and the middle-aged psychiatrist who slowly comes to see and know her as more than a silent strange crone. Told in the form of journal entries by Rosanne and Dr. Grene, moving in their own directions but finally inching together to meet by the end of the book. I noted many passages written with a simple but potent beauty..."
From the GR description: "Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is an epic story of love, betrayal, and unavoidable tragedy, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic Church had on individual lives for much of the twentieth century.'...more