How can it possibly be that I have NEVER read this book? I LOVED it! Many people told me that it was in the style of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, so it seem...moreHow can it possibly be that I have NEVER read this book? I LOVED it! Many people told me that it was in the style of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, so it seemed a natural to me. I loved Katharine and Green Darkness many years ago but somehow this passed me by. I am a Hudson Valley girl and I have devoured gothic mysteries for years. I agree with many of the other posts that speak to the writing style and say that Miranda is not as well drawn a character as Jane Eyre and Nicholas is too evil but I pass on that and give much higher marks to Ms Seton in other areas. She presents historical figures (ie Poe) and places them naturally and correctly in her story giving them more than a cameo appearance. The names such as Rensaleaar, Astor, and Schulyler are essential to the tone and understanding the drive of Nicholas. She addresses actual events that shaped the area (steamboat race disasters and the Patroon system) and the visual descriptions of the Catskill Mountain House (sadly, no longer there), the river and the glamour of New York and the desolation of farming hamlets in the same way. These, more than make up for some of the shortfailings in character. I understand these characters and all of their failings and motivations. Well done!(less)
I LOVED THIS BOOK! What a classy lady! She has been a favorite actress of mine as long as I can remember and now I understand why. She gave as good as...moreI LOVED THIS BOOK! What a classy lady! She has been a favorite actress of mine as long as I can remember and now I understand why. She gave as good as she got, kept quiet when she needed to and stood up for herself and others when it was the right thing to do. Loved her john Wayne and old Hollywood stories. The best part is that I finished it, quite accidentally, the day before her birthday and she was the Summer Under The Stars actress for 24 hours! A Must Read for any Classic Movie fan! (less)
This was my first Elmore Leonard and what a fun read! Yes, I have seen the movie so I do come in a bit jaded but it was just such fun, I just loved th...moreThis was my first Elmore Leonard and what a fun read! Yes, I have seen the movie so I do come in a bit jaded but it was just such fun, I just loved this. The Hollywood culture is so cleanly defined. Is it the way things really are? Not being in the business I cannot say, but it sure makes sense based on how messed up most books get going from page to screen!(less)
I have a confession to make - I am a bookaholic. I cannot stop adding titles to my TBR list. It is obscene, here on GoodReads the list is officially...more I have a confession to make - I am a bookaholic. I cannot stop adding titles to my TBR list. It is obscene, here on GoodReads the list is officially at 588 but I also have another list here at home, another in the notebook I carry in my purse, a list in Notes on my cell phone, and even photos on my phone AND camera. I cannot stop!! My decorating mantra is “Less is more” except for books. But on my birthday last month I decided that I would really should behave and finish 3 of my reading goals this year. So, Wednesday night I made ANOTHER list and this would be it for the year. I wrote down all the titles from my 2013 goals and added the few that I knew were being released before the end of the year, and the rereads I had to fit in before I saw the movie, I came up with 55 and felt proud. It was a bit ambitious, I was at 55 for year so far, have a family that does not like to be ignored (although, they know the top of my head far better than my face already) and a job so I thought if I behaved it would be fine. But I have to behave. I was so proud of myself. I opted out of hitting the used bookstores downtown on my day off and I even decided to skip Barnes and Noble when Keith went in to get his newest magazines. Last errand – the library, I thought that I was safe, I am in the middle of a book on my list and I was picking up 3 on my Wednesday list. Keith wanted to browse but I had my 3 books so I sat and started reading the book on top. I heard a noise looked up and then I saw it, taunting me from the top shelf of a display. My Ideal Bookshelf Obviously, it came home. This quirky title is the work of over 100 creative (designers, writers, chefs and artists) souls and a drawing with a WHY write up of their ideal bookshelf. What a fun idea! Most of these books I do not know, they are subject specific, but they also make me realize how unread I am and how valuable all of my lists are. And that soon there will be more than 588 titles on my GoodReads list! By the way, here is my list. I decided to list 8-10 but could not narrow it down that far. 1. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. I had to learn to read so I did not have to rely on my mother reading to me this same book every day. She thought that we should have some variety. I loved the rhyme and architecture of Paris (at 4 I had no idea what Paris was, but I loved it just the same) and the girls in uniforms. 2. Heidi by Johanna Spyri. I was part Swiss and could identify with this young heroine. I wanted the mountains and trees and snow and dinner of bread milk and butter. 3. Cucina e Familiglia by Joan Tropiano Tucci. When I am not reading I am cooking. This Big Night Italian cookbook by director and star, Stanley Tucci’s mother could have been written by my own grandmother and a reference when I want to try something new or have a craving for an old familiar. I love the give and take stories between Joan, Stanley and his dad, Stanley and also chef Gianni Scappin. Elder Stanley came from the same village on top of a mountain in Calabria so his family recipes really were the same as mine! 4. Julius Caesar. This specific tile and author is a mystery but still holds an important empty spot on my shelf. I vividly remember being enthralled as this was read to us in school in 6th grade. It was the beginning of me being interested in history and geography. I wanted to know the whys and hows of what I was hearing. I was ready for the Internet, but settled for daily library trips rather than weekly. Thank goodness, I could walk there. 5. Once and Future King by T.H. White. Camelot in a book, perfection! 6. Agony and Ecstasy by Irving Stone. I read in this high school. I had seen the Pieta at the 1964/5 World’s Fair and been horrified by the attack on the statue and this was the beginning of a fascination with art and wanting to understand the creative mind. 7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Obviously the scariest book I every read, how could we live without books and ideas? 8. American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. I also read this early in high school. I had seen the movie Carrie with Lawrence Olivier on TV the night before and did not find Sister Carrie on my daily library visit. No problem, this one was riveting! Such a full and tragic story. Dreiser was a newspaperman and his books are so rich and vivid. He was the first adult, intellectual writer I found on my own. 9. 84 Charing Cross by Helene Hanff. I found this first as the movie with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins and I have to say that I love both equally. I hear their voices when I read and reread this luscious love story. No, it is not a romantic love between two people who never meet, but a soulful love of the written word and books to hold in your hands and fondle and think and talk about. I had to make an homage visit to the spot of the store, just like Ms Hanff, on my only London visit and took a picture of the plaque of where the store stood. 10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. I could not have a shelf and not have at least one of her books but this is my favorite. From the opening lines it drew me in and I was thankful for every time I HAD to read it for a class, I learned more and more on every reading. 11. Enchanted April by Elizabeth van Arnim. Another movie find that is perfection in every sense, I can feel the bitter cold and damp of London (actually, all I felt on my only London trip, granted, it was January, but I felt for the women!) and I wanted the sun and flowers and foods and easy and quiet peace of the lake. Vacation anyone? 12. On Writing by Stephen King. I am not a writer but I wish I that was. King makes me want to read everything, he just knows So Much! I love all of his commentaries, even when I do not agree with his viewpoints. This book tells me why I love all the books I love and the authors I turn to over and over ad how to find other authors who speak to me. 13. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Other than this book is pure fun with the most quotable lines I have ever read, and quoted, do you really have to ask? My shelf may seem sentimental, taking me backwards with nothing new. But without Madeline would I have longed to see Paris? And Heidi, Julius Caesar, The Agony and The Ecstasy, and Enchanted April made me love the years that my husband (totally the wrong man at first glance for me, much like Mr. Darcy for Lizzy Bennett, but oh so right, after careful examination!) and I lived and traveled overseas. I am able to continue to explore and expand the ideas that these fine titles taught me. Dreiser led me to Michener, Rutherford and White to Mary Stewart, J. K. Rowling and even John Steinbeck! Bradbury gave me King, Azimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Lois Lowery and Michael Crichton. So that Ideal Bookshelf holds a lot more than just 13 titles. (less)
I am hungry! I saw that a reader I follow loved this so I had to get it, actually I got 2 copies - one for my daughter). I have recently become obsess...moreI am hungry! I saw that a reader I follow loved this so I had to get it, actually I got 2 copies - one for my daughter). I have recently become obsessed by the Deviled egg appetizer with candied bacon at Coastal Flats (I travel well over an hour here near DC to get to Tysons for this). I found a way to make the bacon and many other tasty things to try. It missed my favorite tailgate recipe - bacon wrap ups, horrid to make or think about but always the first thing gone at any party I have taken them too.(less)
I just saw a poster for this book hanging in my local library and the eyes intrigued me! Then I saw that I had to read a spy book for The Summer readi...moreI just saw a poster for this book hanging in my local library and the eyes intrigued me! Then I saw that I had to read a spy book for The Summer reading Challenge and I remembered this. Come to find out, Hannah Ingram is a local girl that LOVES TO WRITE. This is a first novel by a 12 year old. Her dad promised that if she finished, he would see that it got published. Fits all of my criteria! Local (DC), mystery, a set of characters that have a bond and will feature in a series! The girl has the beginnings of a new Baldacci or Patricia Cornwell! Keep going Hannah!(less)
I had to read this before going to see the movie. I adore cookbooks and read them cover to cover, even the recipes I know I will never try or even sus...moreI had to read this before going to see the movie. I adore cookbooks and read them cover to cover, even the recipes I know I will never try or even suspect that I would like. But the smells and colors hook me and I find myself making lists of recipes to try like my to be read list. If I got truly as ambitious as I would like, there would be something new on the table every day! That is what I enjoyed here, the progression, not the specific meals as much. But there was something on every page that made me lick my lips!(less)
This is the 2nd time that I read this book and I loved it both times. I have read the other reviews and there is so much that I agree with as far as t...moreThis is the 2nd time that I read this book and I loved it both times. I have read the other reviews and there is so much that I agree with as far as the family values, hard work, education and joy of hime and homeland. What i did not agree with were the comments regarding the history or the boys trips through the cities. Yes, the history is not entirely accurate, the exposure that Dodge had at the time precluded that and the book was not intended as a non-fiction history. With guidance it is a jumping off point to learn about the fascinating history of this reclaimed land, the ingenious use of windmills, truly fascinating growth of the tulip craze, coffee and even tobacco. In the 70's I found Holland to be the cleanest place we had ever been to, with flowers to delight everywhere. We loved walking along the canals and seeing the unique architecture that came because of the land.
I so understood the love of blue and Delft because of walking on the beach in The Hauge one cold, windy March night. The skies were the exact color of the dish I had gotten that afternoon, I cannot possibly describe it any better. I loved reading of youth who had an appreciation and an understanding that they were ready to share of the arts of all kinds. I grew up in Dutch settled lands here in the US and Hans made me curious about the country long before I was ready to meet Anne Frank. (less)
I picked this up because my daughter needed it for book club and because I found myself away from home ( and horror of horrors - book less) I started...moreI picked this up because my daughter needed it for book club and because I found myself away from home ( and horror of horrors - book less) I started reading and only stopped for a nap.
A cross between Peyton Place and modern class struggles, I found a very diversified tale that would have excellent references for Susan Cain's Quiet.
I got so mad reading. Rowling writes like no one else, characters were well developed and all had their own voice and issues to live with. My son came to talk with me while reading and saw an angry face he did not want to approach. He braved on and I told him I was angry reading. There was no one I liked in the book, how sad that was. This is not like not liking the vacuous "Reality" TV stars and wanting to feel the joy when the make fools of themselves. This is anger at the self righteousness that permeates this town. this is the genius of Rowling. Compelled to go one, with a need to know if there is any redemption I am am glad that I finished. While I came away still not liking anyone I felt for both idea of the underlying issues, willing to talk and listen, Genius.(less)
This was the first "grown-up" book I read, back in the late 60's when it was first published. I stole my mother's library copy one night while she was...moreThis was the first "grown-up" book I read, back in the late 60's when it was first published. I stole my mother's library copy one night while she was out and sat under bed covers with a flashlight till I was done and spent years hooked on all the gothics, reading all the same authors she did, Whitney, Stewart, Eden and then on to Heyer. Loved it! Descriptions of Venice and the gardens of Winterwood were the best.(less)
A charming little book that I remember having read to us in elementary school. I love the nature stories and a doll made from apple branches (MacIntos...moreA charming little book that I remember having read to us in elementary school. I love the nature stories and a doll made from apple branches (MacIntosh - my favorite apple) and a hickory nut living in a corncob house. In Germany, I bought my daughter dolls made from apples and plums dressed with faces and hats- very popular. The animals and flowers and views were described so perfectly!(less)
A re-read from my favorite columnist ever, Erma "spoke" to me from the time I was a teenager about the age of her daughter and we bought prom dress th...moreA re-read from my favorite columnist ever, Erma "spoke" to me from the time I was a teenager about the age of her daughter and we bought prom dress the same week. I read her books as a newlywed in the 70's and as a new mom. Remembering what life was like before cell phones, computers, and dvd's was a joy. I miss this warm, kind and funny lady!(less)
A love story for the ages, books, authors, history, London, New York, Helene and Frank. I could not ask for any m...moreThis is the top of my favorites list.
A love story for the ages, books, authors, history, London, New York, Helene and Frank. I could not ask for any more in a book, and it is all true, that's the best part! Helene has a great voice and it is like speaking with a friend or reading a letter that has just come like a gift. Try all of her books!(less)
This was just as much a story of a brilliant actress from the golden years as the story of a woman haunted by the demons that sent her to clinics 3 ti...moreThis was just as much a story of a brilliant actress from the golden years as the story of a woman haunted by the demons that sent her to clinics 3 times over 6 years to wrestles with her "weakness". She speaks honestly of the men in her life - Oleg Cassini, Aly Kahn, even JFK, pre Jackie days. I wish there had been more of the movie stories and stories of her co-stars, but think I guess it would have been the same as so many other books. Her struggles with her first born daughter, Daria, we're agonizing. She came out the other side and that is now how we can remember her!(less)
I loved this book! I saw a special with David Suchet on PBS the other evening on The Orient Express. Europeans still travel so much by train, my furth...moreI loved this book! I saw a special with David Suchet on PBS the other evening on The Orient Express. Europeans still travel so much by train, my furthest has only been from DC to New York, too short, but it kept bringing ideas to my head. Taking a cross country of multi country train trip has been a dream of mine for years, watching 1940's movies always made it sound mysterious and exciting. Mr. McCall-Smith is one of my favorites, so easy to read, I feel like we are just chatting, so this was a perfect choice for me.
This was a very quick read of 4 people who meet on a train and exchange stories of love. Romantic, Mysterious, Tortured and Joyous, all perfect with no judgements by anyone. I ma ready to send it to a friend in England, that I hope to make the cross country trip with, I know she will love it and we will start planning!(less)
I've started going to Atlantic City when I was about 5 from New York with my parents, so I saw the city thru the early 60's and into the late. We woul...moreI've started going to Atlantic City when I was about 5 from New York with my parents, so I saw the city thru the early 60's and into the late. We would pass hotels and clubs and they would tell me who they saw perform, enjoyed the diving horse on the Steel Pier and swam in the ocean. By the time I was a teen they felt it was not a safe place to go anymore, so I messed the building of the casinos but do remember reading all about it. I am still an east Coaster and I finally had a chance to visit the Borgata with friends (they do Vegas 2 or 3 times a year) a year or so ago and while we had a great time, there was a sad lack in AC. So much potential just wasted! Boardwalk Empire tells me why this happened. I love the HBO series and while they have the same name and some of the same characters the book is so much more! (less)