This was an awesome read about the making of Theodore Roosevelt. He and his family came alive as did New York City. There was so much here to enjoy. TThis was an awesome read about the making of Theodore Roosevelt. He and his family came alive as did New York City. There was so much here to enjoy. The names that were part of his life - Henry Cabot Lodge, Owen Wister, Edith Wharton, Henry Ward Beecher, Samuel Gompers - so amazing to a
I did not want this book to end, I was so looking forward to reading more about TR as the Police Commissioner of NYC, Mayor, Governor, the Panama Canal, so much to look forward to, and I am so lucky that the Ken Burns series on PBS starts in the next few weeks! It is already set on my DVR!...more
First, I have not seen the movie, but I do plan to at some point. I heard of the book in a review before I heard of the movie and was interested fromFirst, I have not seen the movie, but I do plan to at some point. I heard of the book in a review before I heard of the movie and was interested from the beginning.
A very sad tale, moving but not uplifting or joyful at all. I wanted more of Philomena's story. Even though she kept her secret, I wanted to know how she made it through the days and years....more
I loved this book telling of the "saving the cultures" of the world. This is a very unknown story of a small group of soldiers and civilians who wantI loved this book telling of the "saving the cultures" of the world. This is a very unknown story of a small group of soldiers and civilians who want to save and protect the culture and history of all of the European cities caught up in WWII.
Hitler raids the continent for art treasures to be focused in a dream city that he and Albert Speer, chief architect are designing for Hitler's birthplace in Linz, Austria. Treasures will be coming from everywhere, museums, town squares, banks, and private collections. No place and one is safe from the raiding. Whole museums are emptied and the contents stored in thousands of sites, from barns, to bunkers to mines. Some under the auspices of bomb protection and some just from the raiding of Jewish homes.
Brave men, with no funding, no backup, no supplies and few orders alone, with a task unimaginable. I will think of them every time that I open an art book or step foot in a museum.
If you enjoyed this I recommend Madonnas of Leningrad!...more
I read these short essays, articles and stories one at a time to savor, I am sorry that there were only 23. But what a 23! It has made me want to spenI read these short essays, articles and stories one at a time to savor, I am sorry that there were only 23. But what a 23! It has made me want to spend just 5 minutes writing each day as Julie Myerson was advised, I do not have a novel on me, but small observations abound. The few I have shared with seem to enjoy them. Someday my physical self will no longer walk or drive to my new England Run or the comfort of downtown Headquarters in Fredericksburg, but will my words find a home?...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 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. ...more
I had put this aside until I had a quiet uninterrupted time to enjoy this book. I have been waiting a year, it never came and I decided that I could nI had put this aside until I had a quiet uninterrupted time to enjoy this book. I have been waiting a year, it never came and I decided that I could not wait anymore. I am so glad I finally gave in, and went to my "quiet place" to smile as I validated myself. I am a happy introvert. I make no apologies for wanting to "bond" with my very comfortable furniture in my home with rooms with plenty of cozy nooks, good lighting and at least one book on every surface. I never did get the open concept craze, now I know why. I enjoy going out with my family but we prefer quiet places so we can talk. Just last weekend my husband and I bemoaned that we do not enjoy our favorite restaurant any more. It has been our mid week date night hang out for years. A recent decor update has turned a cozy trattoria into an open wine bar and lounge and while the place is beautiful, food still awesome and owners thrilled with the booming business, it is so loud, with all of the hard modern surfaces, and a new and younger loud crowd we now have our date night at home.
What a book for parents! Business owners and politicians. Let's not forget TV pundits. Being the loudest and most forceful does not make wisdom. Financial crisis explained, maybe a bit simplistic but it all makes so much sense.
The story of reporter Nellie Bly and her trip around the world to see if she could beat Philias Fogg, of Jules Verne's Around The World in 80 days. WhThe story of reporter Nellie Bly and her trip around the world to see if she could beat Philias Fogg, of Jules Verne's Around The World in 80 days. What she did not know, is that she was competing in a race with Elizabeth Bisland, who started the same day but heading west rather than east. Fascinating tale....more
I am a reader of cookbooks! I also live in Virginia, love studying history and have lived in Europe and am a foodie, so this was a great book to read.I am a reader of cookbooks! I also live in Virginia, love studying history and have lived in Europe and am a foodie, so this was a great book to read. I have known of the Hemings for years, though Sally has been the primary focus of my readings. It was interesting to see them from a totally different pint of view. Jefferson was a complicated and somewhat conflicted man, this seriously comes through here in his dealings with James.
I enjoyed reading of the wine experiments, and the imported pasta machine, rice subterfuge and gardens the most. The stories of the parties and guests were truly interesting but I would have enjoyed more of James's apprenticeship more....more
I just finished this a few minutes ago, and I am still too emotional to write about it.
I have spent a wonderful evening in my cozy chair, a fire toI just finished this a few minutes ago, and I am still too emotional to write about it.
I have spent a wonderful evening in my cozy chair, a fire to warm me, surrounded by the four most important people in my life. We all are readers passing titles, well thumbed copies, and ideas, back and forth. There is nothing I like better than having my son put a book he has just finished in my hands and just smile.
Well done, Will. Thank You and I know your mother would be proud....more
This is a book to read and savor (or is it salivate?). I tried copying recipes into my computer from the library copy but decided that I just have toThis is a book to read and savor (or is it salivate?). I tried copying recipes into my computer from the library copy but decided that I just have to buy the book. I want all the stories and I would be typing the whole book, even the things I don't eat!...more
I just love to read cookbooks and I found this one wonderful. it was like having Julia sit at my kitchen counter and just chat. I watched and learnedI just love to read cookbooks and I found this one wonderful. it was like having Julia sit at my kitchen counter and just chat. I watched and learned so much from her growing up, she made cooking fun and not a chore. She tells why things do the way they do. I have been hard boiling eggs for 40 years and last night I did them a totally new way, and the difference was amazing! Bon Appetit!...more
It is Monday afternoon and I am sitting at home with Hurricane Sandy creating mayhem all around. I decided to serve dinner at lunch time in case we loIt is Monday afternoon and I am sitting at home with Hurricane Sandy creating mayhem all around. I decided to serve dinner at lunch time in case we lost power and then decided that I better prepare some soup just in case we get hungry later on. I thought I would need comfort food, I fear wind and it is too light outside to hide the pines swaying in my yard! Onion Soup would do it for me! Out came my food stained copy Mastering the Art of French Cooking, falling open to page 43 automatically (the sugar packet that is my bookmark stained as well!). Soup made (divine smells, I hope that we do not loose power herein the woods before I need to add the bread and cheese!), it was back to my comfy chair and the last few chapters of Dearie. What a marvelous story! I have known of Julia all my life, watched many of all the various shows on PBS, and wished that I was a staff member on Good Morning America for her repartee with Charlie Gibson (my personal favorite ever TV host), read all the books, read the Julie/julia blog and seen the movie, took the pilgrimage to the Smithsonian, made so many of the recipes and yet now I finally feel that the real Julia story is told. Her last request for a meal - Onion Soup! Bon Appetit...more
Wonderful book! The names and stories will keep you going from page 1 right through to the end, but do not try to finish in 1 sitting, it will be quitWonderful book! The names and stories will keep you going from page 1 right through to the end, but do not try to finish in 1 sitting, it will be quite the dis-service, I need out historical library as well as the internet to keep me going with MORE from every chapter, on every figure. It is not that the book is confusing, it is not, I just wanted "the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would quote every night....more