MichiganTrumpet's (Marianne) Fanfare for Books in 2016 #3

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Avr 8, 2016, 6:10pm

George Bernard Shaw finds a copy of one of his works in a used bookshop and quickly notices it is signed: "To ___, with esteem, G.B. Shaw." Buying the volume, he subsequently returns it to the original owner with an additional inscription: "With renewed esteem, G.B. Shaw."

Modifié : Avr 8, 2016, 6:23pm

Hello and Welcome!! My name is Marianne, a 50ish lawyer living and working in the Greater Boston area. I moved here over 30 years ago from Ann Arbor, hence the Username. Mine is an eclectic mix of reading, spanning serious to fluff and both fiction and non-fiction. It is always touch and go if I actually make it to the 75 goal. As I write, I've only just started #75 for 2015!

This is my third year in the 75er group. Last year was a complete bust as to active posting, but I did plenty of lurking keeping track of you all. I hope to be more present in the upcoming year!

I ADORE 75er meet ups! The true highlight of the past year has been meeting up with Caroline (Cameling), Suzanne (Chatterbox), Darryl (Kidzdoc), Jim (magiciansnephew) and Judy (ffortsa)! Look me up if you're in the area!

Modifié : Déc 23, 2016, 1:27pm

1. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
2. The Collector by Anne-Laure Thieblemont
3. French Beauty Solution by Mathilde Thomas
4. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
5. The Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman
6. H is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald
7. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
8. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
9. The Photographer's Wife by Suzanne Joinson
10. Prohibition Bakery by Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem
11. The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights With One African American Family by Gail Lumet Buckley
12. The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
13. Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke
14. Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid
15. The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
16. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
17. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
18. Landing by Emma Donoghue
19. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
20. Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson
21. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
22. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
23. Astray by Emma Donoghue
24. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
25. Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhorn
26. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney
27. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
28. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
29. Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari
30. House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure
31. Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick
32. Elizabeth The Queen by Sallie Bedell Smith
33. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
34. Lost For Words by Edward St. Aubyn
35. The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
36. Meeting Tom Brady: One Man's Quest for Truth, Enlightenment and a Simple Game of Catch With the Patriots Quarterback by Richard J. King
37. Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey
38. Remembrance by Meg Cabot
39. The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson
40. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
41. Good Night Mr. Wodehouse by Faith Sullivan
42. What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin
43. When Paris Went Dark by Ronald C. Rosbottom
44. Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma
45. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
46. Little Demon in the City of Light by Steven Levingston
47. The Year of the Runaways by Sunjerv Sahota
48. Brighton: A Novel by Michael Harvey
49. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
50. Only in Naples by Katherine Wilson
51. The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett
52. Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
53. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
54. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
55. Death Comes For the Archbishop by Willa Cather
56. Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
57. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
58. Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
59. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
60. A Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
61. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
62. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
63. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose
64. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
65. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
66. Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton
67. Lies, Damned Lies and History by Jodi Taylor
68. Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow
69. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
70. By Gaslight by Steven Price
71. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
72. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
73. Villa America by Liza Klaussmann
74. Rogue Heroes by Ben MacIntyre
75. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
76. The Travelers by Chris Pavone
77. All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
78. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
79. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Avr 8, 2016, 6:43pm

Real life interfered in a MAJOR way or about two months. After usually only spending a few weeks or two in Florida, one of the partners in my firm decided to take several months there this year. On the plus side, I got his parking pass. On the negative side, a greatly increased case load. Nothing I couldn't handle, but I couldn't squeeze in time for everything. I've been lurking around on your threads and doing my best to avoid the dreaded book bullets! And have they been whizzing past at great frequency!

For everyone who stopped by with a kind word, wave or photograph -- Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Appreciated way way more than you might ever expect.

Anyways, slowly making my way back. Getting a new thread up and started should be a good beginning.

Modifié : Avr 8, 2016, 6:51pm

You might remember that I was attending the Best Picture Showcase at my local cinema -- back-to-back showings of all of the Academy Award nominated Best Picture films over two Saturdays. Wow! What fun! Don't know if any of you saw any/all, but there were some real keepers. Even the ones I didn't like, had some exceptional qualities. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

An Important service tip:

If you love movies -- and especially if you plan on seeing 10-12 hours of them in one day -- Please, PLEASE down load the RunPee app!!!

This App tells you exactly when you can run to the bathroom without missing anything!

For instance it will tell you, When So and So says "XXXXX" you have 6 minutes to go to the bathroom. The screen is dark so it doesn't bother everyone around you. It even tells you a synopsis of what you are missing!

What a lifesaver!

Run get Runpee!

Avr 8, 2016, 7:00pm

I went to see two performances of the Boston Ballet. The first was a story ballet -- Onegin. Right in line with all of the folks about here reading the Russians! Spectacular dancing. So lucky to live in a community with a world class ballet company!

The next was a collection of modern ballets called Kaleidoscope. A very different evening from Onegin, but equally enjoyable. Saw a World premiere and a company premiere!

Avr 8, 2016, 7:15pm

Happy new thread, Marianne, and welcome back!

Avr 8, 2016, 7:17pm

And Downton Abbey!!!

Woot! I loved, loved LOVED the finale!

As many of you might know, WGBH, my local PBS station is the producer of Masterpiece. I have been VERY lucky to meet some of various cast members and other such treats.

This time, I attended an event where e could watch the DA Finale 8 hours BEFORE the rest of the world saw it. As we filed into the theater, they even handed out packets of "Masterpiece" Kleenex for those who might need it.

Afterwards was an Afternoon tea where we could sit and discuss the final episode with 200 of our closest newly made friends and fellow aficionados.

There was also an auction to help raise money for the studio. Lots of great things to bid on in the Silent Auction!

Well .... I just couldn't help myself!

It's all for a good cause, right? Right?

You all are cordially invited to come sip tea out of Lady Mary's tea set any time!!

Avr 8, 2016, 7:18pm

More to come later. For now, I'm off to go pick up Suzanne (Chatterbox)!

Tomorrow we're doing a Beacon Hill Kitchen Walking Tour!

Have I said I adore Meet-Ups?

Avr 8, 2016, 7:20pm

>1 michigantrumpet: Ouch! I quite often get distracted by the dedications in books in second hand shops. The ones that declare undying love ending up there - it never seems a good sign for that relationship.

Hope you will now get some time to relax after dealing with the increased caseload.

Avr 8, 2016, 7:20pm

>7 katiekrug: Hi there Katie!!! My First visitor!!! Woot!

It is so good to be back!!!

Avr 8, 2016, 7:23pm

>10 charl08: Howdy Charlotte! Isn't that fun!!! That G.B. was a real funster! So true about dedications. A cautionary tale ...

Modifié : Avr 8, 2016, 8:20pm

Hi Marianne - I love the tea set -- and as you say, it is for a good cause.

The G.B. Shaw story is also great. And I was just thinking of passing on some autographed books...

Have a great meet up. I hope you have springy weather.

Avr 8, 2016, 10:04pm

Good to see life is letting you come play again...

>1 michigantrumpet: Better not to mess with Shaw, eh? My collection contains a fair number of books inscribed to someone else, not always by the author. It does make one wonder...

Avr 9, 2016, 1:10am

Happy New thread, Marianne! Enjoy your meet - up tomorrow and walk in Beacon Hill Kitchen Walking Tour . We have a " Beacon Hill" over in Victoria B.C - at first I thought you were my neck of the woods:-)

Avr 9, 2016, 1:58am

You sound like you have been busy. Happy new thread and welcome back.

Avr 9, 2016, 5:57am

Happy new thread, Marianne.

You have Lady Mary's teaset?? Where's the fainting couch when you need it? Wow...

Avr 9, 2016, 7:04am

Happy Saturday, Marianne! Happy New Thread! The Meet-Up is getting closer...grins.

How was Astray? I have the one on shelf. How about Flight of Dreams? I liked her last book.

Avr 9, 2016, 8:29am

Happy new thread, Marianne! I *love* the G.B. Shaw tidbit up top - ha!

Avr 9, 2016, 9:52am

Happy New Thread, Marianne and happy weekend.

Avr 9, 2016, 10:01am

Happy new thread, Marianne! The topper made me laugh.

Avr 9, 2016, 11:12am

Glad you're back!!

I like to attend the ballet though I don't go as often as I do to the opera or the symphony. I'm also glad that we have top-notch companies here in Chicago, too.

We had such a mild winter and an early spring and now winter has been trying to make a comeback. I'm getting tired of it.

Avr 9, 2016, 1:13pm

Nice to see you back among the 75ers again, Marianne.

Avr 9, 2016, 1:58pm

>1 michigantrumpet: Ha!

Great to have you back posting, Marianne. Happy New Thread!

Love that you grabbed Lady Mary's tea set. And for a good cause, too. :-)

Avr 9, 2016, 7:36pm

Happy New Thread, Marianne!

Avr 10, 2016, 9:53am

Shaw story is great, and oh my goodness Lady Mary's tea set! How cool!

Avr 10, 2016, 1:01pm

Great to see you back Marianne. Happy new thread.

Some of GBS's exchanges with Churchill were priceless too.

Avr 11, 2016, 8:33pm

>5 michigantrumpet: Which of the Best Picture nominees did you like the best? So far I've only seen Room, The Big Short, and The Martian, and I have Mad Max: Fury Road here to watch this weekend. I've liked all three that I've seen, with The Big Short being my favourite so far. I love movies that have a good mix of comedy and drama, and I think Christian Bale is an amazing actor.

Avr 12, 2016, 1:59am

Happy New Thread!!

Avr 12, 2016, 5:52pm

Hi, Marianne! My turn to catch up, reading through the snow and Springstein and partners in Florida and meetups on Beacon Hill. Lady Mary's tea set - very nice!

I suspect spring has finally sprung here in New York - I'm thinking of daring to pack up the cashmere and wool. Maybe the weather gods have been placated enough. My sister Roberta was here for the last few days, from San Antonio, where she has acclimated to a quite different climate.

Jim and I can't wait until July. Looks like everyone's on board.

Avr 13, 2016, 10:07am


Now I have another reason to come to Boston to visit. I love tea and to drink it from that tea set ... what a memory.

Real life has interfered with my life as well. Work load gets heavier and heavier and the relationship with my new supervisor is dicey. I checked and I can retire anytime this fall, so I think I will do so. In the meantime I am looking for another job. I am thinking that any place within the confines of the Louisiana Purchase sounds good.

Avr 13, 2016, 3:23pm

>8 michigantrumpet: That is a pretty cool purchase for a die hard fan.

Avr 16, 2016, 1:17am

Happy new thread Marianne and love the Lady Mary's tea set acquisition!

Avr 24, 2016, 3:15pm

Trust that your weekend is going swimmingly, Marianne. xx

Avr 25, 2016, 4:55pm

Lady Mary's Tea Set! Completely awesome.

Avr 25, 2016, 6:39pm

Six more days, Marianne. Just sayin'...

Avr 27, 2016, 8:34pm

Count me as another person envious of your Lady Mary tea set- that's excellent! And besides that, it's a very pretty set.

Avr 30, 2016, 1:14am

You are going to have a blast meeting Mark and Caroline.

Avr 30, 2016, 9:35am

Yes, I have meet-up envy.

Mai 1, 2016, 4:56pm

Hooray for Meet Ups! Here we are, in front of Harvard's Widener Library. Hello Mark and Sue! Welcome to Boston!

l>R Caroline, Me, my husband John, Suzanne, Mark, Edd (Caroline's husband) and Sue, (Mark's wife.)

Mai 1, 2016, 4:57pm

>40 michigantrumpet: How great! Hello to all of you. Wish we were there!

Mai 1, 2016, 6:16pm

Thanks for the picture.

Mai 1, 2016, 6:54pm

>40 michigantrumpet: Great meetup photo!

Mai 1, 2016, 7:33pm

That's a wonderful photo, thanks for posting it!

Mai 1, 2016, 10:52pm

Lady Mary's Tea Set AND a fabulous meetup! Life is good!

Mai 2, 2016, 5:04am

Wonderful meet-up photo.

Mai 2, 2016, 7:36am

Oh, yay for meet-ups!

Mai 2, 2016, 9:59am

>40 michigantrumpet: What a great meet up! This group is simply incredible!!!

Mai 2, 2016, 10:24am

Love the meet-up photo! Thanks for sharing, Marianne!

Mai 2, 2016, 10:56am

>40 michigantrumpet: Wonderful photo! And now Malia Obama is going to Harvard---all the best people end up there one way or another, I guess!

Mai 2, 2016, 11:17am

This looks wonderful! So glad that you guys are giving Mark the GRAND Tour. I am sure that he will want to come back to Boston because it really is a city full of wonderful things to see and do. I am glad that the whole crew was there yesterday. I toured the Freedom Trail in the snow and had a great time doing it, so even in drizzle Mark and Sue should have fun and be amazed at what they see.

Mai 3, 2016, 11:51pm

Great meet up photo - it looks like it is kind of cool there.

Mai 4, 2016, 12:57pm

Love the meet up, photo. I've met Mark and Sue many times but maybe someday, will get to meet you, too.

Mai 4, 2016, 1:37pm

>53 lindapanzo: I will be in Chicago next week for BookExpo, Linda. Are you planning to go?

Mai 4, 2016, 2:32pm

>54 Chatterbox: No, unfortunately, I won't be there. Enjoy!!

I hope that spring manages to hang on for awhile. This almost winter one day followed by almost summer the next is getting old.

Mai 7, 2016, 12:26am

>40 michigantrumpet: Great meet-up photo, Marianne and outside a pretty great library.

Mai 14, 2016, 6:49am

Happy weekend, Marianne.

Mai 14, 2016, 1:54pm

Another pickup from the Midwinter ALA convention -- Autographed by the author who was either quite bored or incredibly forthright in discussing some ... um ... female issues.

14. Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid
3.5 Stars

Val McDermid rachets up the suspense in this, the ninth book of the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series. Former DCI Carol Jordan is slowly acclimating herself to civilian life by renovating a barn and attending sleepy dinner parties at remote country houses. A drink driving arrest on the way home from a dreary such supper threatens Jordan's equilibrium and possible liberty. She calls upon her friend, forsenic psychologist Tony Hill, to bail her out. Hill sees the rescue in far more expansive terms. To keep Jordan's mind occupied while awaiting arraignment, Hill sets her the task of looking into some recent deaths. Strong feminist women, subject to internet bullying, have fallen apart and commit suicide. Horrific to contemplate, could these deaths be something even more sinister? A can't-be-refused offer to rejoin the police forces soon follows. Other familiar faces join in to form a team and the case (and the book) are off and running.

I've not read the previous eight in this series, so don't know how this one compares. I had relatively little trouble reading this one as a stand alone tale. The first couple of chapters went slowly until I learned the various characters. (Regular readers won't have that disadvantage.) After that the pages just turned themselves. I loved the characters -- especially computer guru Stacey Chen. The relationship between Hill and Jordan was very engaging.

Mai 14, 2016, 2:13pm

The McDermid sounds good, Marianne. I haven't read any of hers, either.

Mai 14, 2016, 2:19pm

>59 BLBera: Hi Beth! Always never know about hopping into the middle of a series. But hey, I got to meet her and she seems quite interesting. Now another series on my list...

Hope all's well there in Minnesotaland.

Modifié : Mai 14, 2016, 2:29pm

Another grab from the ALA Midwinter Conference. Few duds in the group!

15. The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
4 stars

Human trafficking and exploitation are at the forefront as a bachelor party goes horribly murderously wrong. Richard Chapman thinks he is clever in hosting his neer-do-well brother's party at his suburban home. A few drinks, some strippers brought in by the best man -- if it's at the house, they can't get into much trouble, right? The beautiful strippers are in actuality young women trafficked to the US from Eastern Europe. Within hours, two hulking handlers are bleeding out on the floor and the women are on the run. As the police and media attention mounts, Richard may lose everything in his charmed life: beautiful wife and daughter, stylish home, reputation and well-paying job in the City. The story changes perspectives between Richard, his wife and daughter, the groom-to-be and other men that night, and -- most evocatively and affectingly, Alexandra, who is running for her life.

Bohjalian never shies away from the tough topic and human trafficking and sexual exploitation is a difficult one. If you are squeamish, this may not be the book for you. Some passages and chapters were emotionally challenging to read. Bohjalian handles it all sensitively and with a focus on portraying its tragic and far-reaching consequences.

Mai 14, 2016, 2:28pm

16. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
3 stars

Readers, like me, may have been intrigued by the premise of a Book Apothecary whose owner can prescribe the right tome to brighten a middle-ager's cynicism with the world, or cure the homesick, or ease heartbreak. For over twenty years, our intrepid bookseller, Monsieur Perdu, has sealed off himself, his emotions and half of his apartment, over the loss of his beloved Manon, who abandoned him with a "Dear Jean" letter as yet still unread. In this numb state, he is nevertheless sensitive to the emotional travails of all visitors to his book barge and can recommend books for every complaint. A beautiful and kindly divorcee encourages him to read Manon's letter, which sends him on a careening barge ride through France.

I was drawn, hoping for a celebration of readers, bookish pursuits and the power of words to heal and enliven. To some extent I was disappointed. The book certainly started that way. The ending becomes far more with a deep meditation on loss, grief and redemption. Far less satisfying is an endless, and seemingly pointless barge trip. I'm still befuddled by scenes of a Tango Hall and a dying doe. Ultimately, I was reminded of Voltaire's Candide, who after his travels and troubles, discovers that what he truly needed and sought was in his own garden all the time.

Mai 14, 2016, 2:38pm

17. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
3 stars

I so wanted to love this book chronicling the Great Migration through the lens of Hattie and her many offspring. Hattie, her mother and sisters fled Georgia for the North in 1925. Landing in Philadelphia, Hattie faces the oncoming turmoil of multiple decades (ending in 1980) with varying degrees of dignity, resignation and anger. The author seems quite taken with the BIG IDEA tackling racism, sexism, infidelity, pedophilia, homosexuality, schizophrenia and poverty in successive chapters. Any of these topics would be sufficient fodder for a splendid book. Each topic gets a nod before we fly off onto the next one. Mathis is a promising and evocative writer who handles dialogue particularly well. Her introductory chapter is by far the best -- Hattie's deep love for her infant twin children is palpable. I was quite affected by her desperation over their worsening health. I look forward to reading her next effort -- if she hasn't used up all her ideas in this debut effort.

Mai 14, 2016, 3:07pm

Sorry your last two books haven't quite hit the spot - hope that your next one is more successful. I think I liked The Twelve Tribes of Hattie more than you seemed to - but was a bit mystified why it got quite so much praise. It was good, but I didn't think it was *that* good...

Mai 14, 2016, 3:17pm

>64 charl08: Howdy Charlotte! I understand Suzanne has a lovely gift for you from Book Expo! Can't wait to hear what you think! *sigh* I sure wish I'd gone.

I didn't dislike either Paris Bookshop or Twelve Tribes of Hattie at all. Both are authors of great promise and I found much to love. The premise of Bookshop and the literary discussions were enough to keep me going and I loved the deeper discussions towards the end about grief, forgiveness and redemption. The episodic short-story-collection nature of Tribes allowed me to move on quickly to the stories that resonated most, but made me wish for more development in others. Neither, though, were hit out the ballpark for me.

Mai 14, 2016, 3:19pm

18. Landing by Emma Donaghue
4 stars

A charming romance starting with a 'Meet Cute' aboard a transatlantic Canada-to Ireland flight. Museum curator and flight attendant go from the first rush of delight and discovery to the agonies of a long distance romance. I adored Donaghue's characterization of Jude and Sile. We alternate from one to the other, sharing in visits, telephone calls and emails. Anyo9ne who has live through a LDR will recognize the meaning (and misunderstanding) which can go into a simple email or telephone call, and the anticipation of long awaited reunions. I was rooting for the two women from the start.

Emma Donaghue is perhaps most familiar for "Room", which was turned into an Academy Award nominated Best Picture film. I was a huge fan of that book, in particular her ability to bring to life a tilted world through the eyes of a five year old boy. Like that book, "Landing" lives as much in the minds of the protagonists as in any action-paced plotting. I'm a big fan and look forward to more from this author.

Mai 14, 2016, 3:45pm

19. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
5 Stars

Could easily be one of my top reads for the year! I loved the premise and literary device of Ursula's many lives, putting to lie the oft-quoted meme of 'In Life There Are No Do-Overs.' At first Ursula doesn't even survive infancy, only to come back to die on a childhood trip to the beach, or from exposure to disease, or the Blitz, or ...

Many of us ponder the "What ifs": What if I'd been a little later to buy that lottery ticket? What if I'd gone through that light just four cars earlier? In 'Life After Life', Atkinson deftly examines how a varying decision or action leads to very different results for our heroine. Her plotting is imaginative and the prose arresting and beautiful. To me, the characterizations of Ursula, her family, friends, and lovers were the true highpoint. I hated to say good-bye to any of them.

Mai 14, 2016, 3:48pm

20. Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson
2 Stars

I've been excited by the concept of the Hogarth Shakespeare Collection in which respected authors reimagine the Bard's works in modern retelling. The editors of the series have been quite imaginative in their assignments, including Judaic-navelgazer Howard Jacobson for The Merchant of Venice. Wealthy Strulovich, bereft of wife and friends, and rattling about a large home with a rebellious daughter, befriends devout and shabby Shylock after a chance encounter in a cemetery. E-mail snooping, offended honor over said daughter's dalliance with a Gentile and forced circumcision are all the order of the day.

Mr. Jacobson and I did not part as friends after my reading of his Booker Prize winning "The Finkler Question". I reconsidered when the interesting concept and hearty review of a respected friend led me to "Shylock is My Name." Alas, my same reservations remain. No question -- the man can write an exquisite sentence. However, his characters -- especially the women -- are thinly portrayed cardboard. This was particularly galling as I so appreciate the Portia and Beatrice of the purportedly unenlightened 400 year old original. As with Finkler, we are treated to Strulovich and Shylock's MANY lengthy philosophical discussions over modern Judaism and Jewish identity. (Strulovich must be desperately lonely to sustain a friendship with such a tedious man.) If this is your sort of thing, I heartily recommend the book. I've no doubt Jacobson would find I'm not the reader for him. Conversely I'll be perfectly comfortable saying he's not the writer for me.

Mai 14, 2016, 4:44pm

I enjoyed your comments, Marianne. I must pick up Bohjalian and Donoghue one of these days; I own a couple by both writers.

The George and the Mathis I can wait on.

I, too, LOVED Life After Life. My book group is going to read it this summer, so I'll get to read it again; I'll be interested to see how it is on the second read. I suspect it will only improve.

My reaction to Shylock Is My Name was similar to yours. I thought this was more a philosophical treatise on the place of Jews in modern society than it was a novel. And, really, I can only handle discussions of circumcision in limited amounts. I think, like you, that Jacobson is not for me. I will pass on The Finkler Question.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, filled with some great reading.

Mai 14, 2016, 5:29pm

Happy Sunday, Marianne! I love this flurry of book reviews. Impressive.

I have Guest Room saved on audio. Did you know Bohjalian was one of the first authors at Booktopia. Very engaging guy.

The mixed LT response to Little Paris Bookshop has prevented me from giving it a shot.

Mai 14, 2016, 5:32pm

We had similar feelings about Twelve Tribes. Glad to hear the Donoghue book was good. She has a new one coming out this fall.

Love the Atkinson and the follow-up is excellent too. Maybe even better.

Mai 15, 2016, 7:42pm

>5 michigantrumpet: I know there is a lot on your thread of high literary and cultural merit, but this one gets me. LOL!

>63 michigantrumpet: this one was one that some book clubbers read, and I didn't like the sound of their reviews of it, even though they all loved it

Mai 21, 2016, 9:50am

>68 michigantrumpet: Yep that is pretty much how I feel about him too.

Have a great weekend, Marianne.

Mai 21, 2016, 10:40am

Good to see you back on our thread! I am on my way back to Alabama and will soon be planning my summer ALA trip. I will have to get a notice posted to Caroline to see if she is still serious about travel to Orlando to particpate!

Mai 22, 2016, 12:20am

I loved Life After Life, too! One of my top reads last year. Love the meet-up pictures from way back when. Thanks for posting and Happy Sunday. :)

Mai 22, 2016, 1:45am

I had a very "meh" response to The Little Paris Bookshop, too. Still haven't managed to get past Ursula's first few deaths yet in that tome, and am NOT ready for a book about the perils of the LDR as yet. I do expect to read the Jacobson, having been one of the rare fans of The Finkler Question. That said, I did not enjoy Vinegar Girl, and am now a bit wary of the idea of the Hogarth Shakespeare project. Hmmm.

If you liked that Val McDermid -- read more!!! She has written some truly excellent thrillers, including some standalone books.

Mai 23, 2016, 5:04pm

>68 michigantrumpet:. "I've no doubt Jacobson would find I'm not the reader for him. " Well put. Very well put indeed.

Mai 30, 2016, 7:54pm

Just stopping by to say hello! I've been out of touch and it's so fun to see all the books you've been reading along with your reviews.

Juin 2, 2016, 12:59am

Stopping by to get caught up and to make note of your reading since my last visit. Life After Life was quite an interesting read for me. I struggled a bit at the end but otherwise found it to be a brilliant endeavor by Atkinson.

Juin 12, 2016, 1:30pm

It is ALA time again. As soon as I get the information from Tim and Abby I will be posting it here. If you are looking for free or low cost books and other book associated stuff this is the place to go.

Juin 16, 2016, 5:40pm

It is time for the summer American Library Association Conference. It is going to be held in Orlando, FL from June 24 - 27, 2016. Once again the LibraryThing gods are giving people free passes to the exhibits. Here is the link.


Just go there and fill out the registration form and print your free pass. The free pass will allow you to collect free, or low cost, books from the publishers. Please take advantage of this offer. It is well worth the time and effort to go to the convention center and get free books. We (Caro, Marianne, Susanne, and husbands) all had a great time in Boston at the ALA Mid-Winter conference, and tons of books were collected.

Modifié : Juin 18, 2016, 5:43am

>81 benitastrnad: Thanks so much for the Heads up about the ALA in Florida. Wish I could make it, but scheduling isn't working out.

We had such a great time there. Especially meeting you, Benita! I hope people take advantage of this and go. I've been working my way through the book haul from there. Just finished The Never-Open Desert Diner and loved it!

Hope all's well!

Juin 21, 2016, 4:52am

Juin 22, 2016, 11:01pm

Hmmm...just picked up A Little Paris Bookshop. Hope I like it better than you did! Loved Life After Life. ; )

Juin 24, 2016, 9:34am

>69 BLBera: I appreciate your thoughts on Jacobson, Beth. The circumcision talk left me cold, as well. Jacobson can write a beautiful sentence, I just don't care for how he portrays women and faith. thanks for stopping by!

>70 msf59: >71 msf59: I love that Bohjalian is a big supporter of Booktopia. I'm a big fan of his. Not all of his books work for me, but when he's hitting on all cylinders -- watch out!

The Little Paris Bookshop didn't turn out to be the book i thought it would be. I had anticipated more about books, reading, etc. The beginning and end were high points. I got bogged down a bit in the middle.

I've read three by Emma Donaghue now. All completely different and all very engaging. I'm hoping to get to Frog Music later this summer. My library has it on audiobook.

>72 LovingLit: Howdy Megan! How's your crowd down under? I was surprised that more people weren't as excited about Runpee! What a great App!

Modifié : Juin 24, 2016, 9:39am

>73 PaulCranswick: I'm so glad I'm not the only one, Paul! Thanks for stopping in!

>74 benitastrnad: >80 benitastrnad: >81 benitastrnad: We were just talking about the January ALA and how much fun we had meeting you. Was so tempted by the Florida ALA, but Summer got booked up so fast!

You'll have to tell us all about it. Especially interested to learn if you've met up with any more LTers. Have a great time.

Everyone else, if you haven't gone, it's a blast. Plus FREE books! And LibraryThing gives you a free pass! What more could you want?

>75 Berly: Thanks, Kim! I truly liked Life After Life a lot. I adore LT Meet-Ups! I have a few more pictures I'll have to post sometime soon!

Modifié : Juin 24, 2016, 10:45am

>76 Chatterbox: Thanks for your always insightful commentary, Suz! I had such high hopes for The Little Paris Bookshop. *Sigh* It wasn't a bad book at all. Some parts I quite enjoyed. Just didn't rise to expectations. Oh No! about Vinegar Girl! Got that one through the ER program and so am honor bound to read and review. Hoping I like it more than you -- and tons more than the Jacobson.

>77 laytonwoman3rd: Oh Linda! Thanks so much for your kind comments, m'dear. I suspect I'm not his 'target' audience. Which is fine. We understand this and will just give a polite nod in each other's direction before moving on if we ever cross paths again.

>78 witchyrichy: I'm not one to cast stones, Karen. Love that you stopped by. Come by any time!

Juin 24, 2016, 10:46am

>79 lkernagh: Thanks Lori! Another Life After Life fan! Have you read Atkinson's God in Ruins? Just finished that one and liked it as well. Need to post a review sometime soon.

>83 DianaNL: Lovely Diana. Am enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine, but a little sad the days are already getting shorter.

>84 Berly: Eagerly awaiting your thoughts on that one!

Juin 24, 2016, 10:50am

I'll be interested in your comments on Vinegar Girl; I felt like Tyler had a good time with it, an amusing, light-hearted book. Good for summer beach reading.

Juin 24, 2016, 12:59pm

>89 BLBera: Thanks Beth! I'm leaving to New Hampshire for a four day weekend. Maybe I'll bring that one along. Thanks for the input. Finishing Good Night Mr. Wodehouse (loving it so far!!). And just started on Why We Came to the City, one of the ones from the (in)famous January ALA book haul.

Modifié : Juin 24, 2016, 1:34pm

21. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
4 stars

A stunning tale of YEONG-HYE, a young Korean wife and sister, who quietly one day disavows meat and empties her refrigerator of any trace of it. This small independent spark is seen as an affront to her husband, family and Korean society. YEONG-HYE is largely voiceless. Her story is told through the perceptions and renditions of three narrators in a triptych of tales. The first is her middle management, unremarkable husband, who has chosen her as his wife largely because he deems her even more unremarkable than he. He is puzzled by her refusal to eat flesh and threatened by her unwillingness to explain why. His portion of the book culminates with a frightful scene at a family gathering in which YEONG-HYE is confronted for her intransigence. The second section concerns her filmmaker brother-in law whose heyday may have already passed him by. He fixates on a birthmark on YEONG-HYE’s back and how her painted nude body might figure into an “art” (read: lightly pornographic) film. The final third of the book is told from the perspective of YEONG-HYE’s sister who struggles to care for the now institutionalized vegetarian.

This book is the winner of the Man Booker International Award. Kang’s writing is spare and direct but packs a lot of punch. There has been a lot written as to the influence of how Korean cultural sensitivities towards food (and meat) differ from Western sensibilities. I know little about that and am somewhat suspicious when I read other’s position on this. To me the book is far more about how we treat the “other”, those who are different. YEONG-HYE’s small act of personal defiance comes at great cost as she is set upon by her husband, family and then society. Even under the guise of caring – lovingly, romantically, or medically – YEONG-HYE is instead subjected to increasingly brutal and violent acts of violation. At its most intense points, the book also shows YEONG-HYE’s withdrawal from the world in surprisingly lyrical fashion. Not for the squeamish, but those who stick with the book will be rewarded with an affecting tale of honesty and emotion.

Juin 24, 2016, 4:36pm

>91 michigantrumpet: excellent review, Marianne

Juin 24, 2016, 6:49pm

Wonderful comments on The Vegetarian, Marianne. Onto the list it goes.

Juin 24, 2016, 10:45pm

Great comments on The Vegetarian -and I have Good Night Mr. Wodehouse in my TBR pile. You are encouraging me to move it forward. I have Vinegar Girl out from the library - I hope I'll like it.

Juin 29, 2016, 1:46am

>91 michigantrumpet: I didn't pick up that one at Powell's today but I will snag a copy soon. Great review; it looks like a worthwhile read.

Juin 29, 2016, 3:08pm

I don't think that anybody took LT up on the offer of free passes to the ALA conference. If they did, they didn't contact me. I mailed 6 boxes of books back home. One box for my cousin who is starting out as a school teacher this year and the other 5 went to me. I am not sure what all I got, because I didn't go to many of the exhibits, as I was busy this time. However, I did go to some publisher sponsored events and picked up books there. One of them was a mystery authors panel and I got to be introduced to 5 new authors. Some of them were really good speakers and I hope to enjoy their books.

Juin 30, 2016, 8:28am

>92 ffortsa: Thanks a bunch Judy! Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks! Looking forward to hearing all about retirement!

>93 BLBera: Most kind, Beth. It's not an easy read given some difficult situations. It is one that has stuck with me for a good while.

>94 vancouverdeb: Thanks, Deborah. Just finished Good Night Mr. Wodehouse and quite enjoyed it. Haven't had much chance to get to Vinegar Girl as yet. Life keeps intruding.

>95 EBT1002: So jealous over your access to Powell's, Ellen. We have great bookstores here, but ... Powell's!!

Juin 30, 2016, 8:32am

>96 benitastrnad: Thanks for checking in, Benita. I had been thinking about all the ALA folks over the weekend and hoping you had a good show. I had such a lovely time when it was here in Boston and especially enjoyed meeting you.

SIX boxes? That's way more than Boston, I think! Nicely done! And you got to meet five authors! Fantastic. Not surprised they are good speakers. One of the late night talk show hosts (wish I could remember who) said that he loves having authors on his show because they are (not surprisingly) such good storytellers.

Juil 1, 2016, 3:38pm

Sadly, the ALA conference overlaps a national conference I have to attend. This year, however, it was in Denver so I got to do my book buying at The Tattered Cover Bookstore, a favorite Indie spot.

But, I am a bit jealous about ALA, too.

Home for the next two months and ready to dig into reading. Sorry about The Little Paris Bookshop. It's on the shelf but maybe I'll wait until later.

Juil 1, 2016, 6:40pm

>99 witchyrichy: hey there, Karen. Tattered Cover Bookstore is quite ample consolation for missing ALA! Two months for reading sounds heavenly - enjoy!

Juil 1, 2016, 10:08pm

I think I had only 4 boxes at Boston. It was much easier to mail them from the Post Office that was close to the Sheraton Downtown. That Post Office is so convenient that I forget how hard it is to get to some of them in other cities.

Juil 2, 2016, 11:33am

>101 benitastrnad: And I bet no one was lending you their hand cart, Benita! :-D

Juil 2, 2016, 11:38am

Happy Holiday Weekend, Marianne! I also liked The Vegetarian, just not as much as you did.

We will be attending another Meet Up tomorrow night but on the other coast. Looking forward to it.

Hope all is well with you, my friend.

Juil 3, 2016, 11:24am

Only the cab driver. I was so impressed by him that I gave him a hundred dollar bill and told him to keep the twenty as a tip. He was as good as the cab driver in Las Vegas.

Juil 4, 2016, 1:50pm

Juil 4, 2016, 8:25pm

Mom reported to me that the 6 boxes of book arrived in Munden on Saturday. That is remarkable. It only took 5 days to deliver boxes mailed on the cheapest rate possible - media mail. I am impressed with the U.S. Post Office. Very fast work.

Juil 18, 2016, 12:04am

>106 benitastrnad: Six boxes!! Book envy here. But I do have Powell's 15 minutes away. So there is that. ; P

Oh, hi Marianne!! Love your review of The Vegetarian.

Juil 20, 2016, 4:06pm

>103 msf59: You're doing the Meet Up Squad proud, my friend! I would have loved to have been at that event and meet all the lovely people on the West Coast!

>104 benitastrnad: and >106 benitastrnad: A great cabbie can make all the difference at times like that!! I'm duly impressed with how quickly the books got there, Benita, Now if they can only be read in an equally speedy time period!!

>105 PaulCranswick: How lovely, Paul! Thank you for remembering our own particular holiday. I suppose this means I should look up your national holidays, too! Is there any one which is similarly to our July 4th?

>107 Berly: Thanks for The Vegetarian plaudits, Kim. Ooohh! Powell's!! *drool*

Modifié : Juil 20, 2016, 5:34pm

Time for catching up on some Meet Up news!

Cameling (Caroline) and her husband Edd joined John and I at the local PBS station for a preview of a documentary called "The Boys of '36". It is based upon Daniel James Brown's bestselling The Boys in the Boat about the '36 Olympic rowing team. There was a showing of the entire documentary -- FANTASTIC with incredible film footage. This was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Daniel James Brown himself. The evening was topped off by getting signed copies by the author.

We highly recommend the documentary, which is going to be shown on August 6th just in time for the Summer Olympics. And of course, we also recommend you support your local PBS station.

We felt lucky to have such a splendid evening, rendered even more special by the presence of our good LT friends!

Modifié : Juil 20, 2016, 5:34pm

The two couples:

Caroline with Daniel James Brown:

Me with Daniel James Brown:

Juil 20, 2016, 4:35pm

Hi, Marianne! Love all the photos. I also loved The Boys in the Boat. Looking forward to the doc.

So nice to see you getting together with Caro. I wish we were closer. Sad face...

Modifié : Juil 20, 2016, 5:35pm

But, wait!!! There's more!!

This past weekend, a group of LTers met in the Berkshires for a weekend of fun and merriment! Joining me and and John were Caroline (Cameling) and her husband, Edd, Judy (ffortsa) and Jim (magiciansnephew) and their good friends, Rich and Kate. It was a lively crew and the laughs and good conversation never ended!

We met at Edith Wharton's estate, The Mount, for lunch on the terrace, followed by an expertly narrated tour of the home. I'd called ahead to find out which docent's tour would be most suitable for this literary crowd and dear Cecily was more than up to the task. Lively, incredibly learned and very informative. I think we may have another LTer on our hands after we explained from whence we came.

After the requisite stop at the bookstore(!!!) we took a stroll through the gardens, before heading on to Williamstown.

If you are ever anywhere close to Lenox, Massachusetts, a stop at this home of one of America's leading authors is a true MUST SEE! (And ask for Cecily!)

That evening found us at the Mezze Bistro for a delicious meal, drink and more conversation!

Clockwise around table from lower left:Caroline, Judy, Kate, John, Edd, Jim, Rich and me.

Later, a few of us retreated to a local bar called Hops and Vines -- where the incomparable, Marisa Tomei sat with her chums a few feet away. More on her later ...

Juil 20, 2016, 4:53pm

Your meetup sounds like great fun, Marianne! And what a great idea for an LT-riffic activity.

Juil 20, 2016, 5:03pm

Saturday was JAM-PACKED!

That morning found us at the glorious Clark Art Museum -- a perfect little jewel box nestled next to Mount Greylock.

We took in the special exhibit "Nudes from the Prado", took in some of the permanent collection (including Judy's doppelganger), and lounged next to the reflecting pool before a quick lunch at the cafe.

Juil 20, 2016, 5:09pm

Saturday afternoon was a matinee of a world premier work called "The Chinese Room":

Obie Award-winner James Macdonald directs this sci-fi comedy thriller by Irish playwright Michael West. A visionary in the field of artificial intelligence, Frank (Brían F. O’Byrne) has built a humandroid to preserve his wife Lily’s (Laila Robins) memory — because she is losing hers. But when he is ousted from the company he founded, he must race to save his life’s work. As Frank scrambles to protect his property, his legacy and the technology he invented, the play examines how far we will go to preserve what we love.

We loved the acting. In addition to Byrne and Robbins, Carson Elrod and Sue Jean Kim were excellent.

Juil 20, 2016, 5:18pm

After a quick dinner, it was back to the theater again, this time for an incredible staging of The Rose Tattoo.

Obie Award-winner Trip Cullman directs Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in this new production of Pulitzer Prize-winner Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating comedy, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1951. After retreating in grief, widow Serafina (Tomei) revives and rejoins the world when the hot-blooded trucker Alvaro (Christopher Abbott) arrives at her doorstep. Passion, gossip, music and mystery fill the air in this steamy Gulf Coast town, where possibility and promise ignite.

Besides some perplexing staging with a huge flock of pink plastic flamingos, we were blown away this play and Tomei in particular. WOW!

Modifié : Juil 20, 2016, 5:36pm

We managed this photo to memorialize the occasion:

L>R John, Marianne, Jim, Judy, Rich, Kate, Caroline, Edd

We ended the night at the Cabaret. Certainly full of great (albeit loud) music, hosted by James Naughton and Becky Ann Baker. Production numbers by the apprenctice group were interspersed with great songs from some of the stars in the area. Several of us were blown away by a very energetic cover of Chocolate Jesus by Lo Lampert.

No pictures alas, but I was able to download another version of the same song by her on YouTube.

Juil 20, 2016, 5:45pm

The next morning, saw us happy and exhausted -- and yet still talkative over breakfast. After drooling over the homemade croissants (yum!), we said our sad good-byes.

Edd, John, Caro and I strolled through some little shops in Williamstown's tiny downtown.

Caro and I had *just* enough energy to catch the exhibits at the Williams College Art Museum, including conning our way into the Director's offices to see some lovely Maurice Prendergast works.

Before driving back we managed a latelunch/early dinner at a Mexican eatery (Coyote Flaco)-- complete with a pitcher of margaritas! Thank heavens Edd was doing the driving.

Can't wait until we see everyone again!! (The Boston Book Festival is in mid-October. Just sayin' ...)

Did I mention I love Meet Ups?

Juil 20, 2016, 5:46pm

>111 msf59: and >113 rosalita: The only thing which would have improved on the weekend would have been to have our dear friends, Mark and Julia, there!!

Juil 20, 2016, 6:05pm

Good work on all the pictures, Marianne! I keep thinking of Laila Robbins, in the play and at the cabaret afterwards. What a treat.

Juil 20, 2016, 6:23pm

Wow! More Meet-Up delight! Well, it looks like we will have to come back and visit The Mount. Looks amazing.

And hooray for the Clark Art Museum & The Rose Tattoo. A perfect getaway.

Juil 20, 2016, 7:19pm

Oh, the "Boiks" are a wonderful place for an LT meet-up. I was at one several years ago. The Mount is so wonderful, and I imagine they have done a lot more restoration to it since we were there. I must re-visit the website and see. Am quite green over your theater adventures...Marisa Tomei must be a treat to see performing live.

Juil 20, 2016, 7:42pm

>120 ffortsa: Wasn't Ms. Robbins spectacular? And that soaring a capella voice ... shivers.

>121 msf59: Yes, please come back for another visit! Any time, Mark! The Mount, the Clark, Williamstown -- all within easy driving distance of your favorite VT bookstore!

>122 laytonwoman3rd: "Boiks" -- love that Linda! The Mount continues to improve. I'm heading back the end of the month for a "Back Stairs" tour. Should be fun!

Juil 20, 2016, 8:48pm

>122 laytonwoman3rd: well Linda got here first. I was at the same meet up. The Mount was indeed wonderful. We stayed at a B&B nearby and had a great time.

Juil 20, 2016, 8:55pm

>122 laytonwoman3rd: >124 lauralkeet: Linda and Laura -- Please, Please call me when you do your next one!!! May I come along? Please?

Juil 21, 2016, 5:52am

Oh yes of course! This particular meet up was very early in LT time (2009 I think? Linda?) it wasn't my first time meeting Linda and some of the others in our group, but LT meet ups were definitely not as common, and there was still a bit of wariness about the idea of meeting F2F with someone you met on the internet. Fortunately times have changed, and the wonder of LT meet ups continues. We are a lucky group!

Juil 21, 2016, 7:03am

My gosh, you've been busy! And the meet-up sounds wonderful!

Juil 21, 2016, 10:21am

>126 lauralkeet: I still have friends who are very wary about the "internets". Fortunately, book people tend to be pretty civilized. We are a lovely group! Would love to join you if you do arrange another outing to The Mount!

>127 scaifea:. It has been a whirlwind Summer, Amber! The meet-up was fantastic. And we learned that our very own Magiciansnephew had been an intern at the Williamstown Theater Festival at one time. Heard all sorts of interesting stories.

Juil 21, 2016, 10:28am

>126 lauralkeet:. Yes, it was May of 2009. I know you've been to a couple in your vicinity since then, but that was my last LT meet-up, and Something Must Be Done!

Juil 21, 2016, 11:30am

Quite the update! Glad to see things are going so well!

Juil 21, 2016, 11:54am

>129 laytonwoman3rd: I agree, 7 years is long enough to wait. Something Must Be Done!

>130 Oberon: Hello there Erik! Thanks! We certainly had fun. Sadly, all the activity has been eating into my quiet/reading time... Hoe all's well with you.

Juil 21, 2016, 12:49pm

It looks like you all had a really great time! Yea for LT meet-ups!

Juil 21, 2016, 2:27pm

I love meetups!

Juil 21, 2016, 3:24pm

Sounds like a great trip. The theatre visit has me a bit green here. Must get out and do that more.

Juil 21, 2016, 6:26pm

This sounds like a great meet-up! Might have to think about the Boston Book Festival, except it comes right during Tenure Time, so maybe that will have to wait until retirement.

Juil 22, 2016, 12:51am

What great meet up photos! I really do believe that the 75 challenge group is very special.

Juil 22, 2016, 11:48am

Thanks for sharing your photos and weekend. It sounds wonderful.

Juil 22, 2016, 12:34pm

>115 michigantrumpet: I love the theater. I just don't get to it very often. I recognize O'Byrne from a recent stint on a favorite show called The Last Ship. He factored heavily as the main villain for Season 2.

>116 michigantrumpet: I would love to see Marisa Tomei in this place. It looks like a different role than she usually plays.

Juil 22, 2016, 11:32pm

I am currently planning a meet-up with Karen and Ellen out in the Seattle area. I hope that we will soon have neat meet-up photos to post just like yours.

I am going out to visit my cousins and we were going to spend my short vacation picking and preserving blackberries. However, the cool summer has caused the blackberries to not cooperate. They are not ready and most likely will not be ripe when I am out there, so we will do something else for the four days I am there.

I got my broken window replaced today. It took over two months to do so and I got lucky that there wasn't a major series of heavy thunderstorms during that time. Instead, I have had to contend with a major heat wave. It has been so hot down here that the adhesive on the tape would liquify and cause the plastic covering the window to slide off. Every day for the last two weeks I have had to spend time putting the plastic back up and taping it. I went through three big rolls of duct tape. Thankfully that is over. Now all I have to do is clean up the pieces of glass.

Juil 22, 2016, 11:53pm

Thanks for the photos Marianne. From a relatively selfish point of view it is nice to see Caro again as I miss her here.

In answer to your earlier question way up at >108 michigantrumpet:. Not really unless you counted St. George's Day but that would apply just to England. This is 23 April and celebrates the Patron Saint of England but it is not even a holiday in England. I suppose the Brexit referendum day (23 June) has been ridiculously terms British Independence Day by the Brexiteers, but I don't see it catching on.

And of course there is my birthday................

Have a great weekend. xx

Juil 24, 2016, 6:02pm

Just stopping by to say hello! Back from a vacation with family and one of my oldest friends, an old English teaching buddy. I've been trying to get her on Library Thing as we have such wonderful conversations about books and she would love you all!

Juil 25, 2016, 4:47pm

>132 mstrust: Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. We had a blast at our Madcap Meet Up Weekend. The conversation and laughs were neverending! Hope to get to your thread soon to wave hello back.

>133 drneutron: Hello, Jim! Me, too!

>134 charl08: Howdy Charlotte. For those of us in the Western 'burbs, a trip to the Berkshires is even easier and less stress filled than driving to either the Cape or NH. It might not be quite as easy from your neck of the woods. It is well worth the trip, though!

Juil 25, 2016, 4:50pm

>135 benitastrnad: and >139 benitastrnad: Oh, yes -- do try to plan on a Boston Book Festival sometime, Benita! We completely understand work constraints, but do remember you have friends hereabouts!

Thrilled the window is FINALLY fixed. How worrisome. What a relief to have it taken care of. I love blackberry preserves. What a shame the weather may not be cooperating. Although the latest heatwave may help?

Huszzah for seeing Karen and Ellen! Would love a F2F with those two!

Juil 25, 2016, 4:54pm

>137 BLBera: I took me a while to load up all the pictures, Beth, but I think it was well worth the effort. It certainly was an action packed weekend!

>138 brodiew2: Brodie! Welcome to my humble abode! I like anyone who shows some O'Byrne and Tomei love -- But someone who posts Williams Powell/Myrna Loy pics on their thread it my can of 75er!!! Please come back anytime!

>140 PaulCranswick: Paul -- We're card-carrying members of the Caro fan club, too. I don't think we need a specific day to celebrate the special person you are -- no need to wait for a Holiday!

>141 witchyrichy: Hello back, Karen! Sounds like a lovely vacation, preaching the gospel that is LibraryThing!

Juil 26, 2016, 11:42am

What a great idea for a meetup, Marianne, and it sounds like you all had a great time. I'd love to see Marisa Tomei on stage some time.

Thanks for the Jo Lampert link - I enjoyed that.

Juil 26, 2016, 2:12pm

Hello there Joe! Blatantly stepping in to respond for the others, we had a BLAST! Marisa Tomei was incredible. Lovely to see her at the local brewpub afterwards. What a tiny woman she is!

I love that Jo Lampert clip. She was even MORE energetic at the Cabaret. Wow!

Modifié : Juil 26, 2016, 2:15pm

22. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
4 stars

I once went to a Conference in which the presenter asked for anyone who did NOT come from a dysfunctional family to raise their hand. No one did. Even assuming that into each family a little rain must fall, in The House We Grew Up In, the Bird family suffers torrents of family issues. Sexual antics, death, grief, mental illness, neglect, desertion, infidelity and hoarding all make appearances. Flitting between Easter 1981 and the near present, this tale draw us into the world that exists behind a relatively lovely and calm façade.

This was a pick by my book club, garnering several raves. Most interesting was which character each club member felt most drawn to – the perfectionist older daughter, the mother with a need to clutch onto her memories as much as her belongings, the long-suffering husband who breaks out in a spectacular way, the contrarian son out to shock his family, the shy younger daughter looking to find her voice. My response was rather more muted. I liked the book enough, but it just didn’t send me over the top. For those fearful of the potentially dark overtones, the dysfunction does have its lighthearted moments.

Juil 30, 2016, 12:25am

M--What a great meet-up! You can organize one for me anytime. I love all the different activities you guys pulled off. So much fun!

Juil 30, 2016, 1:25pm

Have a wonderful weekend, Marianne.

Juil 30, 2016, 7:28pm

>147 michigantrumpet: wonderful review, Marianne. It goes straight to my library list. Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Août 25, 2016, 3:11pm

Glad you had an excellent meet-up.

Sep 18, 2016, 9:39am

Another ROUSING Meet Up with Jim (Magicians Nephew), Judy (Ffortsa), Caroline (Cameling) and her husband, Edd, and our gracious hosts, Rich and Kate Sands. I love our LibraryThing friends!

Next up - the Boston Book Festival, October 15th. Who's in?

Sep 18, 2016, 10:10pm

Wonderful picture of, what I am sure was an equally great meet-up.

I won't be in Boston for the book festival because I will be going to the Kentuck Art Festival here in Tuscaloosa. I have invited my niece to spend the weekend with me so that we can go to this event together. I hope to attend the Southern Festival of the Book with her as well.

Good to see both you and Caro looking well.

Sep 19, 2016, 9:01pm

Love the Meet-Up photo, Marianne. We do love our LT friends. I wish I could make the Boston Book Festival. Maybe next year?

Sep 20, 2016, 2:08am

Great meet up photo, Marianne! I miss you guys.

Sep 26, 2016, 11:07am

Yay! Another meet-up photo. Wish I could make the Boston Book Festival. I love books and I miss Boston!! Have fun.

Oct 8, 2016, 12:51pm

Stopping by to say happy weekend!

Oct 8, 2016, 9:25pm

Lovely meetup photos, Marianne!

Oct 8, 2016, 10:15pm

Meetup central! Marvellous :)

>62 michigantrumpet: this book has been popping up since I got given it for my birthday recently. I thought I had never heard of it, but then I realise I have seen it here on LT, only with different covers. I wan that sold on the idea of the plot when my friend outlined it to me, but I may have to read it seeing as it was a present.

Oct 10, 2016, 12:26pm

Hi Marianne. I love all your meet-ups. I was absent several weeks on LT.
I wish you a lovely start into the new week.

Oct 28, 2016, 8:22pm

Just stopping by to say hello! I browsed the thread and am feeling a bit gloomy about the loss of Downton Abbey. It was my excuse to make a trip to Pennsylvania each January to watch the premiere with old friends.

Nov 24, 2016, 12:14pm

I am thankful for your presence in the group Marianne.

Nov 24, 2016, 7:32pm

Nov 24, 2016, 8:01pm

Nov 24, 2016, 9:53pm

Hope you're having a lovely Thanksgiving, Marianne.

Nov 26, 2016, 7:51pm

A belated Happy Thanksgiving!

Déc 24, 2016, 12:44am

Wouldn't it be nice if 2017 was a year of peace and goodwill.
A year where people set aside their religious and racial differences.
A year where intolerance is given short shrift.
A year where hatred is replaced by, at the very least, respect.
A year where those in need are not looked upon as a burden but as a blessing.
A year where the commonality of man and woman rises up against those who would seek to subvert and divide.
A year without bombs, or shootings, or beheadings, or rape, or abuse, or spite.


Festive Greetings and a few wishes from Malaysia!

Déc 24, 2016, 4:03pm

Peace on Earth and Happy Holidays!

Déc 24, 2016, 10:46pm

Merry Christmas from the Koons household to yours!

Déc 25, 2016, 12:29am

This is the Christmas tree at the end of the Pacific Beach Pier here in San Diego, a Christmas tradition.

To all my friends here at Library Thing, I want you to know how much I value you and how much I wish you a very happy holiday, whatever one you celebrate, and the very best of New Years!

Déc 25, 2016, 6:55am

Merry Christmas, Marianne.

Déc 27, 2016, 1:44pm

Missing you. Happy Holidays!!

Déc 31, 2016, 7:20am

Looking forward to your continued company in 2017.
Happy New Year, Marianne

Déc 31, 2016, 12:21pm

Déc 31, 2016, 4:06pm

I wish you from my heart health, happiness, satisfaction and much exciting read in 2017. May all your wishes come true.

from my hometown Zürich, Switzerland

Déc 31, 2016, 11:18pm

Happy New Year, Marianne, and my best to John as well.

Modifié : Jan 4, 2017, 9:17pm

Thanks to all of you -- especially Mark, Kim, Karen, Roni, Megan, Barbara, Paul, Linda and Judy for keeping the thread warm while I slew dragons in 2016. Hoping for more energy, time, peace for 2017.

Please come join me over at my new 20107 thread!