madrano's Comments (member since Jan 13, 2009)

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May 13, 2017 12:37PM

10252 It seems they are hit or miss. I ran into my first one in the '70s, while living in Phoenix. Until then my library was books i had retained from school. Talk about an explosion! It was as though I HAD to buy every book i'd ever heard mentioned.

Since then i have only seen one other successful exchange. It's a pity, as it's great for readers on a budget or those who like to find somewhat obscure paperbacks.
May 13, 2017 12:32PM

10252 I hadn't heard of the Colby Symposium. Interesting idea.
May 13, 2017 12:31PM

10252 Julie, nf is probably my favorite genre too. Lately, atypical of me, i've been reading one novel after another. I credit traveling.
Movies ~~ 2017 (609 new)
May 12, 2017 07:01AM

10252 I was wondering about Jackie, particularly plot. I suppose the idea is to let viewers in on events and how they unfolded.
May 12, 2017 06:58AM

10252 Fun review, PattyMacD. She certainly is opinionated! I like the stories you shared and agree with you about romance today. Possibly she isn't observing what we are.

I tried to "like" your review but kept getting an error response. This, however, is better than trying to read Barbara's review. All I could get was the GR page for the book itself.

I don't know why i'm having so many issues with GR this trip. Perhaps it's my machine, although other apps are fine. For every post you see from me I must write, copy, paste, close up the thread, return, then paste my reply. Fortunately today i have the time (sadly because i have a stomach issue). I tried reloading another GR app but it is ghastly--I have to scroll through every post to get the latest. And i never found the way to link to titles & authors.

In the app i'm using now, the book/author link is hit or miss. This is the first time i've had issues with the reviews, though. I want to continue here, so please bear with me.
Obituaries (362 new)
May 12, 2017 06:39AM

10252 I remember him and liked him quite a bit. The article i read about him included high praise from a couple of his recent directors. Sorry to see him gone.

R.I.P. Parks
May 12, 2017 06:37AM


Your post reminded me that i first ran into his name in Mobile, Alabama. That was just enough info to zero in on him. Again today my book/author link doesn't work, so that is all i can offer. I got the poetry book from Project Gutenberg and returned it fairly quickly. The Wiki article is more encouraging about his publishing, i noticed, than i gave him credit.
May 12, 2017 06:27AM

10252 Yes. Dan just told me that he entered what he thought was a coffee/tea shop, discovering it was a book exchange. For two used books, you could get one of the used books in stock. He had only one to exchange, so he got a used book for €2. Pretty good deal, as he swaps books as we travel. This is the third book he's traded to get. It lightens our load.
May 11, 2017 02:12PM

10252 As always, Shomeret, your review was good. It is impressive people can pull their thought together to clearly express positive and negative opinions. Reading them gives me a feel for the books, too.

Dem, I read Lost City, too, and liked it very much. I felt the author performed an admirable task. Interesting thought about the audio. The only audio I've listened to recently, i began reading in hardback, so knew there were photos. Frustrating for you, i imagine.

Jon, your review on the Steinbeck was good. I was torn for the reason you mentioned. Still i felt he wrote well about the situation, etc.

Rita, i can only imagine your panic. It must seem like such a shock to realize this can happen. Alias, good story on the topic.
May 11, 2017 01:47PM

10252 Julie wrote: "Today is Independent Bookstore Day and despite pouring rains I manage to get there and spend close to $100. So don't forget to shop your independent bookstores besides shopping at Amazon. Let's sha..."

We are in Ireland now and are astounded at the number of independent bookstores here. Tonight we are in Kinsale, a small harbor town where there are FIVE bookstores! Three sell new books, as well as some old ones, while the other two are used books. Quality used, in one case. I'm glad we don't have space in our luggage for books or we'd be dragging a dozen or so across the continent!

Btw, we asked and they said here the mail order business had a large impact initially but no longer do. Indeed, we had to explain what we meant before the owners could reply. To be fair, though, this small town is a touristy one, so those sort of book buyers probably wouldn't buy online anyway.
May 11, 2017 01:38PM

10252 Samanta, i have not read Phaedra by Racine but thought of it when i read the Renault. In my teens i read a bio of Sarah Bernhardt and remember reading about her performances of this play. Still haven't read it, though.

Alias, Doll House, 2I sounds intriguing, although i like how Ibsen ended it.

I read a positive review of Madame President and it was available, so i tried it. The writing is not traditional, nor "out there". She notes in her acknowledgements that editors & friends asked her to make it less non-trad but i liked the feel once i got into it.

Jill, it's a pity Birth of a Nation was so creative and awarded, as it means we still know about it today. The only reason i read the book was because it was in my great-grandfather's library of books we inherited. As he usually read westerns, this title surprised me. I have reason to believe my grandmother actually owned the book, although her bookmark was still in the first chaper. Knowing the woman she became, i suspect she read it because it was a movie.

I am having trouble posting titles and authors, they just don't connect some days. Sorry for that lapse. I was trying to recall the name of a priest whose poetry was well regarded in the South during the Civil War. Without GR's links, I'm lost? I tried reading some random poems and they were not only bad but racist. A priest, for pity's sake! How i like to think we are beyond that.
May 11, 2017 01:09PM

10252 Julie, you are on some kind of roll with quality nf. I've taken notes & hope to read some. We saw Madame Walker's theater when in Indianapolis last fall. I believe her daughter built it to honor her mother.
Obituaries (362 new)
May 11, 2017 12:58PM

10252 It's always a mixed blessing to read this thread. I've missed reading about some of these deaths, so am glad to catch up. R.I.P. To Wilson, whose work with the Dallas area PBS station was outstanding. I had no idea those two actors were his sons.
May 11, 2017 08:49AM

10252 Francis, i've heard that there are tremendous insight within the Lincoln book. Good to see you rate it highly, too.
May 11, 2017 08:47AM

10252 Combining avocado and chocolate--sounds divine. And there should be zero guilt, right? Yum!
Welcome ! (1244 new)
May 11, 2017 08:43AM

10252 Welcome to the group, Rita. I can imagine that an audio of McCall Smith's books would enhance the experience. Some books seem to call for audio.
May 11, 2017 08:40AM

10252 Great lineups! It'll be fun to catch up on these when we return.
May 11, 2017 08:39AM

10252 Brenna, what an excellent cast for Virginia Woolf. Staunton just gets better and better. Color me envious.

Alias, the cast for the Miller play sounds strong, too. I'd like to see Ruffalo on stage. Interesting actor.

I keep hoping we'll be in town for something good but most ads we've seen are for times we will be elsewhere. Bummer.
May 11, 2017 08:14AM

10252 That's unfortunate, Samanta. It sounds as though it would be a good history of those days. Clearly you found plenty of value, nonetheless.
May 11, 2017 08:11AM

10252 Jill, congrats on your continued success with your DL list. Impressive.

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