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This discussion about biographies has been interesting. I read bios on occasion but not usually Hollywood celebs.
Marilyne, I read The Ragged Edge of Night a few months back and enjoyed the story. It really took you into the life of the German people at that time. I thought that Sold on Monday was good because it involved the story of the careers of the newspaper people and the struggles they had, especially the young woman with a child. Thank goodness that the Women's Lib movement has made some things better for women in the workplace. Daughter Debby loaned
me another book this week. It is The Christmas Sweater by Glen Beck. I wasn't a particular fan of his but this was a good little story for the Christmas season and had some really good messages woven into it.
Marilyne, I had to laugh at myself after I posted last time. I was still upset about losing the first post and just wanted to get that one off so I neglected to include the title of the book. The book is the first of a series titled My Father's World by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella. I don't know whether I'll find the following ones or not but this one is pretty good. The style of writing almost makes me think it is written for young readers though it doesn't mention it. It is easy reading and holds my interest because of the series of events.
Last evening I had a good post ready and lost it. I shut the computer down and went to bed.
I wanted to comment on some of the posts here. CallieOK, I like the sounds of the Lisa Wingate book and will look for it soon. I've enjoyed her writing.
I do recommend The Underground River. I took it back to the library today but it was too early to get inside to look for another book, possibly the Wingate one mentioned here.
Just finished one that I borrowed from Debby's library. It was a Karen Kingsbury book called Between Sundays. A predictable little story though had a good message about the plight of foster children when they reach the age of 18 if they have not been adopted by that time. Also it was good timing as the story was set in San Francisco and mentioned several places that we had just visited recently. Otherwise those places would not have meant much to me. Today I picked up another at a little bookshelf in the local Diner we like to go to. From what I've read already it is a newer publishing of an older story. Actually it is Book 1 of a series but I'll see how the story goes. Again it is a California story about a family who followed the Gold Rush. This is another favorite subject for me. I'm posting this before I lose it again.
I did recommend Sold on Monday. It was a good read with a few side plots to add interest. The Underground River is going well. There is a little tension added just now as the main character gets involved in the Abolitionist movement.
We were lucky to have our trip to S.F. over just as the fires began. I feel so badly for the large number of people who have lost homes, family members and everything in these fires. And to think of the large number of people still missing. I would hope that many have escaped to some place where they aren't able to communicate but that is probably wishful thinking. I spoke to a woman last week who had lived near Paradise, CA and said that her former home is gone as well as those of some friends from there. That kind of brought it close to home.
Well, here we go again.....it's almost like starting over!! The layout looks nice. I wonder what brought this about.
I did go to the library this week and brought home a book titled The Underground River by Martha Conway. https://www.amazon.com/Underground-River-Novel-Martha-Conway/dp/1501160206 It has been an enjoyable read for the first 100 or so pages.
I imagine that everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving. Today I got the apples for pies and will make a batch of crust early this week to avoid the last minute rush. Did everyone but me know that postage is going up again at the end of January? I bought some Christmas stamps this week and the clerk advised me that this increase will be five cents, the largest ever. Last time I missed getting more Forever stamps by just a few days. I won't get stung this time.
Marilyne, No we didn't walk across GG bridge but did drive across a couple of times. It is quite a structure. We did go to Fisherman's Wharf on our first day there. We had been to the Health Club with our granddaughter in the morning and she was working in the afternoon so we had lunch with her at the Ferry Building and then took the Streetcar down to the Wharf. It is very very touristy but we did find the sea lions and a couple of the more noteable spots. My first impression was that it reminded me of the Clifton Hill area in Niagara Falls, Ontario where the souvenir shops stand elbow to elbow along with the carnival atmosphere. We did get to Lombard Street. That was one of our more strenuous walks. We were on one of the open air sight seeing buses that day and decided to get off on the west side of the crooked part of Lombard St and walk to the top and then down the curvy hill. I'm sure the bus driver and tour guide laughed when we got off there. It was several blocks all up steep hills to the top of the street. Then of course it was downhill from there. It was worth the effort and we congratulated ourselves on making the climb and recovering. You are right about the Conservatory of Flowers....beautiful!!! We planned on going to the California Academy of Science in the park one day with our DIL and grandson but she got sick and couldn't go so we passed on that. We did however visit the Japanese Tea Garden one morning and that was peaceful and beautiful. The story of that would be a sad but intersting book. I'm sure it is on the internet.
Debby and I are back home and it was such a pleasure to speak with Marilyne on the phone. You are right Marilyne about the traffic in S.F. We were happy to ride the buses and trolley and leave the driving to the pros! There is so much to see there. We were very handy to Golden Gate Park and spent parts of a few days there just exploring. The vegetation is so different from our colder climate. We did lots of walking and hill climbing.....I mean serious hills but it was all well worth the effort. One of the things we did was to find the Tiled Steps and climb to the top. They are quite interesting as are the succulent gardens all the way up on both sides. As we came back down from Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, we met a woman walking up carrying a long loaf of french bread under her arm. We stopped to chat and learned that she lives up near the top and walks down and back up a couple times a week. She was friendly and said that sometimes she thinks to call her husband for a ride back up but mostly doesn't do that. We talked about what it would be like to carry your groceries up those hills to your kitchen. Getting back to reality, there are loads of leaves to be cleared from the lawn. They have been slow in coming down but did just that while we were gone. I did a partial job on the back yard today and hope for some dry weather another day to get to the front. It's always good to come back to your own surroundings! Meanwhile I've been slowly working my way through The Orchardist. It's an interesting tale but slow moving for me.
I'm quite certain that I did read Before We Were Yours quite a while ago. Now after reading the summary to refresh my poor memory, I think I'll read it again. These stories about children taken from their parent in hard times are so sad and yet the story that goes along draws you into the book. My MIL told me long ago that the Visiting Nurse who helped their family during those times offered to adopt my SIL who was the only girl in the family. Of course Mom C. wouldn't let one of her children go especially her only daughter. Some of the boys may have given her some second thoughts as they grew into teen years!!! In later years even before I met my husband the nurse lived in my neighborhood. She did have an adopted daughter and the girl had a good life with the family. It is sad that more of those stories didn't have happy endings.
Last evening I started a library book called The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. I started reading kind of late and it seemed a little hard to read but the story is beginning to come into focus. I'll continue.
I'd like to recommend a book that I just finished. Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris. Here is a brief summary:
Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home. From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.
Hope you will enjoy reading it as I did.
FlaJean, Your latest read sounds like a good one. Like you, I've thought of the struggle of families with a child with epilepsy or other chronic problems. They are special people!!
Hello CallieOK, I haven't used Epub but tried Overdrive and found that books that I search always seem to be at libraries where my card is not valid, like in Canada or in another part of the state. I'm not sure what my problem is with that so I have just continued to use HOOPLA as it serves me well. I don't think that there is a lot of difference between the programs just what's available for the user where they are.
Hello all, Life has been moving at a breakneck speed lately. So much to do and so little time!!! I have been reading some but finding that when it is time for reading that my eyes and brain seem to think it's time to sleep. The book I am reading just now is one of a series called The Vatican Chronicles. The book title is The Mystery of Julia Episcopa by John I. Rigoli and Diane Cummings. It has quite a bit of biblical history woven into it. Again it was another referred to me by my brother who is one who enjoys history. I'm about halfway through and it has held my attention pretty well so far. "The plot thickens." Along with reading for pleasure, I've continued to follow up on some of the HOOPLA books on bereavement. Those books I read in bits and pieces. For anyone interested in such, I have a very good one right now called Grief Reflections, A Quiet Book of Comfort by Bobbie Baker. I'm considering buying this book as the chapters are short and it would be a nice book to turn to for short meditations. She has a very nice style.
SCFSue, I'm sorry to hear that you are still "sidelined" from your accident. I've heard many people talk about the limitations of not driving. We have been so fortunate to be so mobile all these years and then to be grounded has to be a huge change. I think that subconsciously I have been preparing myself for that time but I did that also for the death of Al but it is never the same when it really happens, is it?? We are lucky in our community to have a van service provided by our Town for shopping, medical and hair care. This is by appointment and many complain that they often have to wait to be picked up to go back home, but it certainly beats not having transportation at all. I'm glad that your son is able to take you to the places you need to go. When I think about it, it kind of works out doesn't it that by the time we reach this point in life our children are beginning to retire and have just a little more time to help when needed.
Marilyne, I hope you are able to find The Ragged Edge of Night. There is an interesting surprise in the Historical Note and Author's Remarks at the end of the story.
JeanneP, Your description of yourself in your last post sounded very cozy AND WINTERY. We have had quite cool nights and yes the furnace has been running some already. There is a lot to do to get ready for winter. Furnace, gutters and the garden has to be put to bed and outdoor decor and furniture put away. Saturday was a nice day and I did get a lot done outside. Your speaking of getting a new car is a big move. I'm hoping that my 2014 Ford Escape will last until I don't need a car anymore. That was a big purchase but we were able to make the decision together and I wouldn't want to do it again myself. We always bought "Gently used cars", but Al thought he would like one new car in his lifetime and we decided to do it and I'm glad we did. He did enjoy it. Good luck to you on your buying adventure!!
It is interesting to observe the people who really enjoy the horror movies and those that don't. I have one DIL who really likes those and can't seem to get enough. Like someone said here, if I were to watch them, some of those scenes would stay with me way too long and I would be checking behind all the doors and shower curtains constantly. At the other end of the spectrum, I'm not wild about the predictable ending stories either. It seemed like the Hallmark theater got into the boy meets girl pattern of stories and you could tell the ending from the beginning. I do like a story with some substance and a little tension is good but not the Ax murder or supernatural variety, thank you very much!! I'm about finished with the WWII story I've been reading titled The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker.
Today there was an advertisement on my Kindle opening page for a free book once a month for Amazon Prime members. I looked over the offerings and chose this one. I did enjoy All the Light You Cannot See and think this one will be as good though a different author.
The Ragged Edge of NightNovel by Olivia Hawker
4.3/5 Â· GoodreadsFor fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about extraordinary hope, redemption, and one man's search for light during the darkest times of World War II. Germany, 1942. ... Google BooksExpected on: October 2018Author: Olivia HawkerGenres: Historical Fiction, Literary fiction, Adventure fiction
MaryTX Do I recall that you went by the name Redbud earlier? I was drawn to that name because the Redbud tree is a favorite of mine and I have several in my garden. I have been looking around for The Address and so far it is not available through my library system, neither in hardbound book or ebook. It just says unavailable so it may be that it is in big demand just now. Meanwhile I'm starting the sequel to The Library at the Edge of the World. I suppose it is good to read it while the characters and places are fresh in my mind. It has been cooler here since the weekend but it is due to warm up again starting Thursday. The cooler weather was quite refreshing after the heat of the past few weeks. I get more ambition when the temps and humidity drop. There is much to do in the yard and around the house in preparation for winter.I have been curious about the Woodward book too. When it gets to the library I'm sure in will be out for many weeks.
Lots of interesting titles being passed around here. Also the discussion about the use of libraries' digital resources is interesting. I've not been one to bring home an armful of books at a time and when I finish one of the ebooks it is so handy to just go to my list of favorites and download another in just seconds. Our Hoopla app provides books, audio books and movies so that it is a good source of either media I decide I'd like at the moment. Occasionally the movie of a particular book title will show up there and not the book. I would prefer to read the book first but in a pinch I would see the film. Sometimes when I feel too tired to read I can enjoy a movie. I am reading a novel now called The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy. It is set in Ireland in present times. I just learned that there is also a sequel so perhaps I will follow up on that. Easy reading!!
Marsgal, The Weight of Ink certainly sounds like some "heavy reading". About a year ago I thought that I would take one serious book for a winter read. Maybe something like that but the winter last year kind of turned my life upside down and here is another fall and winter coming and I have done nothing more in the reading than just for entertainment. I really don't ever think of a book as just pleasure because there is always something in a story that teaches me something I hadn't known before. Anyway I might just tackle that title if it comes my way via library or Kindle. Thanks for the good review. Has anyone read the last book by Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed? A little sidenote here....while I had a long layover on my way home from Charlotte I had breakfast with two interesting and delightful ladies. One was a student on her way back from her home in Italy to college in Alabama. The other was an expat who lives in Holland and was coming to Western New York to visit her daughter. Of course we talked of reading. The student (Pre Med) admitted that she has very little time for reading for pleasure...understandable. The other woman and I shared some favorite authors and she told us about a book by an Italian author that sounded good. It was titled Best Friends by Elana Ferrante. That was such an interesting little time spent with other travelers.
I've had a hard cough and cold for going on two weeks now and haven't been doing much of anything but maintenance around the house and yard. Going to the Dr. this afternoon. Maybe she will have a magic potion for me.....think so???
I'm back!!! I've been in Charlotte, NC since the 19th of July and came home last Saturday. As usual I could read the posts on my Kindle but couldn't respond. We had a celebration of life for Al on July 14 and all of the family was to be here. Our son in NC went into the hospital on July 10 with Acute Heart Failure and was there for 9 days. As soon as I had finished up here with the memorial I went down there planning to stay for 3 weeks. My return flight was scheduled for August 9. On the 8th our son (Nate) started having episodes of passing out. He went back into the hospital for a couple days for observation. Long story short, the Dr. finally took a couple of his medicines away and since then his blood pressure seems to be holding pretty steady. It's been a roller coaster summer. Meanwhile I had a couple books on my Kindle and managed to finish those. One of them was a Joyce Carol Oates book called The Falls. I hadn't much liked her writing in We Were the Mulvaneys but decided to give this a try since it was set here in Niagara Falls. It was a pretty good story but as before it seemed to me that she passed a few good stopping places along the way and then the ending was sort of abrubt. The other book was especially good. It was called The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts. This story is about the unusual friendship between a black woman and an Amish woman. I really enjoyed that one. The Charlotte Library system uses the Hoople program and I was able to help our son get the Hoopla on his TV so that they can borrow movies. I had watched one called Roommates with Peter Falk and he tried to get it from their library but it was in big demand. He was able to get it the next day. It is a good generational story. In my searching around I found that other libraries around the country use a similar program but with a different name. I like it very much because I can get books, audio books and movies right from home and there is never an overdue as when the time is up....IT'S UP!! and your item disappears from you device.
Tomereader, I noticed that you too have been reading some about coping with grief. Have you read anything by Alan D. Wolfelt, I happened onto some of his writing and liked his way. Another title that was good was Resilient Grieving, by Lucy Hone. I hope you are doing well. Sorry to be so lengthy here.
FlaJean, I'm happy to hear that your cataract surgery is behind you and that you are able to be back reading again. I had both eyes done late last year and that's that, I hope!!
Marilyne, You are right about the love letters. Actually Al and I were never apart for any length of time but I do have one letter he wrote me shortly after we met. At the time we met he already had a reservation for a weeks vacation at a popular beach resort in Canada so he did go. It was very early in our courtship but he wrote this one letter. Strange as it seems that 70 years ago he had the feeling that we were going to spend our life together. Needless to say I have that letter tucked away with other treasures. I should make a time capsule!!
Nice to see your face here today FlaJean. Seems like I've been missing you. Your Ladies Detective story sounds good. I need a little change of subject.
Bubble your older authors reminds me of an old, old book that my late aunt gave to me years ago. She was a collector and buyer of old books that took her fancy and as she got older she dispursed her collection as she did this one to me. It is yellow with age but I did read it and pulled it from my book shelf trying to think of someone in my family that MIGHT take an interest in the old story. This book is Eben Holden by Irving Bacheller. On a blank front page this is this dear inscription: To the best woman I know, my wife. C.H.W. December 25, 1900 I simply say that she is good and loves me with pure womanhood....when that is said, why, what remains? Jonquain Miller. This is written in ink in an old, old cursive style. Following is a link to the story.
I did enjoy The Wake Up. I can't recall a book of Catherine Ryan Hyde that I haven't liked. As I mentioned earlier I just finished The Seven Rule of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard. That is a different little book but good thoughts in it. Referring back to The Wake Up, I have one now on my Kindle from Hoopla. It is titled Among the Lesser Gods by Margo Catts. She is an entirely new author name for me but her writing is good and I'm about two thirds through the book and have enjoyed the story. Someone here mentioned Elizabeth Strout the other day so I stopped in at the library and picked up one of hers that I hadn't read. It is titled Anything is Possible. I didn't think I would finish Olive Kitteredge when I started it but I did and liked her writing style.
Tomereader, One thing that has helped me quite a bit is reading. I can't concentrate on TV much though I did watch a movie on Amazon Prime the other evening. (Wish You Well) I've read a few things by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and recently I had a book from Hoopla called Resilient Grieving by Lucy Hone. She has many good thoughts that are just a little different. She is from New Zealand. Take care.
Good afternoon/evening all. Lots of good suggestions here today. I don't believe I've read anything by Kristin Hannah though have noticed them at the library. I'll give her a try. Also Elizabeth Goudge sounds like she might be good for a new author. I just finished one that I got through HOOPLA. It is a different story about a young woman who is autistic and has been raised by her mother to believe that she isn't able to do much of anything. The title is The Seven Rules of Elivra Carr by Frances Maynard.
Thinking of you 'Tomereader'. Nice to see you here a few days ago.
For those of you who enjoy "people stories", I highly recommend The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is a good family story that gives lots of food for thought.
Hi Redbud (MaryTX) Good to see you over here. I believe we were both in a gardening forum back a few years. Is that correct? Nat (Nature) from Toronto was the leader of that group. He passed away and that forum just sort of dropped for a time.
I have another of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books going now. The title is The Wake Up. It is good but a little different kind of story. It was a Book Bub $1.99 offering.
It has been sooooooo quiet here on the Library bookshelf!! I finally finished High Plains Tango by Robert J. Waller. It really wasn't that long of a book but I kept getting sidetracked with other reading. This turned out to be a good story with a few current issues mixed in. Marilyne, you mention a book by Lisa Wingate a while back called Before We Were Yours. It seems like I read this some time ago or else Debby read it and we talked about it. I wonder if you did read it? I started another last evening that I got through Book Bub. This one is Washed Away by Geoff Williams. I don't think I'll finish this. It is like a documentary of a huge flood across many central states in 1913 and has just too many statistics for me. I'm in the market for a new title. Ideas??
Lucky you! Out here on the "Western NY Frontier" we have to depend on radio or Internet to make those kind of discoveries. Youtube is great for this. I listen to a Canadian radio station from Toronto that has pretty good smooth jazz. It is better on the car radio than in the house and the sound system in the car is really a lot better as well.
Rammel, Thanks for naming the Sax player. I couldn't say it at the time. He is good! I just sort of stumbled upon Beegie. I hadn't heard of her before but Al always had Easy Listening on TV and when I heard her piano, I started to pay attention to the name of the artist. Another one I found there is Andre Gagnon. His rendition of Twilight Time is especially nice.
Ferocious, That duet by Nat Cole and daughter is so beautiful. When it first came out it was hard to believe how it was done so well. As some one said here it does bring tears. So many memories with these lovely oldies. I have a few artists on my Pandora that do great renditions of many of the '40s melodies that we loved. Beegie Adair is one of them. She plays piano and has a good saxaphone player as well.