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Gotham by Mike  Wallace
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Jun 30, 2011

Read from June 05 to 30, 2011

I keep lolling over the illustrations in this book. They are making me pine for the architectural gumbo of Dutch tidiness, English restraint, and Victorian pomposity that is my childhood neighbourhood. I don’t mind living in Indiana but oh – to step into something old again. There are no illustrations of Fraunces Tavern in this book, but there are plenty of references to it. How I’d love to be there right now. Building began in 1719 by the De Lancey’s; in 1783, Governor Clinton hosted a banquet there for Washington; by 1785, a few congressmen leased rooms there while deciding where to locate the seat of government; and in 1987, I celebrated my birthday there, enjoying good company and a particularly scrummy bread pudding. Though curiously, there is no mention of this latest event in the book.

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message 1: by Ali (new)

Ali stop it - you're making me drool

message 2: by Susan (new) - added it

Susan Oh geez, sorry about that. Would it help if I brought in some homemade, old fashioned bread pudding? Rice pudding? Both would have to be sans sultanas, because I just don’t DO sultanas. They don’t make either here as they do back home, do they?

message 3: by Ali (new)

Ali oh gosh - some bread pudding sounds perfect!

message 4: by Susan (new) - added it

Susan ‘Kay Ali! If I get my writing done early and can go marketing tonight -- you’ll have it tomorrow. If not, you'll have it next week. I will use my Grandma Graham’s recipe. It has the power to bend time and space-- it’s that good.

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