“I WAS ON A SMALL ISLAND ONCE, IN THE MIDDLE OF a great big lake, mountains all over the place, and as I watched the floating dock the wind kicked up, the waves rose from nowhere, and I imagined myself lying there and the dock suddenly breaking loose, carried away by the storm. I wondered if I could lie still and enjoy the sensation of rocking, after all I wouldn’t be dead yet, I wouldn’t be drowning, just carried off somewhere that wasn’t part of my plan. The very thought of it gave me the shivers. Still, how great to be enjoying the ride, however uncertain the outcome. I’d like that. It’s what we’re all doing anyway, we just don’t know it.”
A Three Dog Life
“The painting showed she did not yet know that lives end abruptly, that much of living is repetition and separation, that buttons forever need re-sewing no matter how ferociously one works the thread, that nice things almost happen.”
Girl in Hyacinth Blue
“What I used to fear was growing old—not the aches and pains part or the what-have-I-done-with-my-life part or the threat of illness, none of that. I just couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without the option of looking good. I had a piece of good luck. I married Rich in my late forties and thus was eased into middle age while living with a man who approved of the way I looked. When after three years of marriage I lamented the fact that I had put on a good deal of weight, he said, “Don’t worry. I love it all. You can get as fat as you want.” Then, upon reflection, he added sweetly, “As long as you can still get up from your chair.”
A Three Dog Life
“I find things hidden in books: dried flowers, locks of hair, tickets, labels, receipt, invoices, photographs, postcards, all manner of cards. I find letters, unpublished works by the ordinary, the anguished, the illiterate. Clumsily written or eloquent, they are love letters, everyday letters, secret letters and mundane letters talking about fruit and babies and tennis matches, from people signing themselves as Majorie or Jean....I can't bring myself to dispose of these snippets and snapshots of lives that once meant (or still do mean) so much.”
Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase
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We are an international group who share an interest in reading all genres of books. We focus on four main areas: 1. Monthly Group Themed Read. Each moWe are an international group who share an interest in reading all genres of books. We focus on four main areas:
1. Monthly Group Themed Read. Each month our members select a small set of related books to read and discuss as a group. See our bookshelves to see our past reads.
2. Challenges. We have monthly challenges based on various themes. We also have a year-long challenge.
3. Bi-monthly TBR Topplers. Now that we've given you all sorts of recommendations, we support your efforts to read the books that you've shelved. Every other month join us in a 'read-a-thon' from your groaning shelves.
4. Buddy Reads. Do you want to read a book and discuss it with others? Our Buddy Read section is open for this purpose.
We're a relaxed, non pressure group of folks who just want to have fun, and to read some great books in the process....more
Why Writers Write About Maine - Tuesday, July 9th
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Why is Maine a place writer’s love writing about? Join us on Tuesday, July 9th for a chat with these four writers who talk about why Maine was or is aWhy is Maine a place writer’s love writing about? Join us on Tuesday, July 9th for a chat with these four writers who talk about why Maine was or is a primary element of their novels:
J. Courtney Sullivan, author of
Anita Shreve, author of
The Weight of Water
Mary Simses's debut,
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe.
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J. Courtney Sullivan,
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