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Library Bookshelf

Started by Marilyne, March 29, 2016, 03:20:53 pm

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maryc

I finally finished Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig.   I shouldn't have used the word "finally" because it sounds like it was a chore.  Quite the opposite,  I think that I didn't want the story to end.  I really enjoy his writing style. It seems to me that some of his phrases are almost like music or poetry.  The other thing about his stories is how he tells the history.  When he spoke of the Influenza epidemic of 1919 it was so much like the scare of the Corona-virus that we are having just now.....how history repeats itself!!   Even though this is an older book,  I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't already read it.  I'm going to be looking for another of his books called English Creek.  Apparently I should have read that first, but didn't.

I picked up another book at the same time I got that one.  This is one by Stewart O'Nan.....remember him from Emily Alone??   This title is Snow Angels.   I'd forgotten about this author.  One that I read earlier was The Last Night at the Lobster.
Mary C

Tomereader1

Simply loved "Last Night at the Lobster".  That one encouraged me to read some of his other books.

Marilyne

Tome - I have Rules of Civility, on order at my library, and hope to get it soon.  I know it's totally different from, A Gentleman in Moscow, so I'll be expecting a different kind of reading enjoyment.

Mary - Thanks for reminding me of Stewart O'Nan.  I liked Emily Alone, very much, but I especially liked, Last Night At the Lobster. One of those stories that has stayed with me over the years, and I've often recommended it to friends. I went to the library yesterday, to see what they had by O'Nan, and the only one there was, Songs of the Missing.  I can tell it's going to be a sad story, but I checked it out anyway.  We are living in sad times, so maybe it's the right time to read this one.

Jean - I wish I had remembered The Paris Architect, when I went to the library yesterday!   I plan to request it, and will pick it up the next time I go.  If you liked it enough to read it several times, it must be good, so I'll be looking forward to it.  :)

JeanneP

Mary.

Just noticed . You have a new photo showing. You look good.  Hair not as short.
I see a few books that I haven't heard of before .i have been staying away from the library but may go tomorrow. Just can't get use to reading on iPad. 
JeanneP

maryc

Jeanne,Thank you. I thought it was time to update. :)
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I just finished Snow Angels by Stewart O'Nan.  His writing is real life in many cases but be prepared for sad feelings....no happy ever after.  Wonder what his personal life was like? 
   I'm now re-reading For One More Day by Mitch Albom.
Mary C

Marilyne

maryc - Yes, Stewart O'Nan, seems to have a direct line into the feelings and the sadness that's hidden in the hearts of many of us.  I'm reading, Songs For The Missing, right now, and it is so well written, that I can't believe it isn't a better known book?  Generally speaking, I believe that people only want to read, "happily ever after", and shy away from a story that deals with sadness and loss.  O'Nan, really knows how to tell it like it is!  Many people have to learn to cope, and accept whatever is thrown at them in this life.

MarsGal

I have not had time to read much this week, but I am almost finished with a novel called Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard. It is kind of a coming of age thing, but with major family dysfunction and hardship. I will be listening to Michael J. Sullivan's Age of Myth when I get to it. 

JeanneP

March 14, 2020, 01:47:16 pm #2197 Last Edit: March 14, 2020, 01:49:14 pm by JeanneP
I got a EMail from my Library saying they are closing down at this time. To check into my Acct. Sunday late to then know what they will be doing. So that makes all the Schools, University .City building all planning on closing until end of March. No Church service for most churches Sunday. Small one cannot have more than 25 people attending. Good Idea so that if one of them  gets sick they will be able to pin point the person. Some of the larger church have hundreds . Grocery stores really out of stuff now. People are still driving around to get stuff. They dont seem to not have some  paper towel but no Toilet paper. Just told one person. Just  Cut the paper towel roll in half and use. It will be thicker, Softer . May not fit roll but the cheaper shorter ones do.
Snow still coming down hard.           
JeanneP

maryc

JeanneP,  I've been trying to reply and been losing my messages! :tickedoff:
I've wondered about the libraries and if they would stay open.....so many hands-on things there that can't be sanitized.  It makes sense to close for the time being.
    I've been looking for a book for my Kindle since my library books were finished.   I did get one that I'd requested some time ago but haven't started it yet.   "The Goldfinch".  Many of the titles and authors that I look for aren't available from Hoopla or Overdrive.  Sometimes I just settle for what I can get that looks like my style.
Mary C

Tomereader1

Mary, my library system posted a message this A.M. that all libraries will be closed until the end of March.  Wonder what they will do with our on-line reserves?
They said staff will be answering phone, but didn't address that problem.  I have 3 books on request, and they only hold requested items about 7 days before they turn them back.  Thankfully, I have two Kindles, and enough books that I haven't read to start my own library!  Also have the two books for my f2f book clubs already on hand.  I watched this A.M. on CSpan2, the interview with the author of "The Library Book" which is about the big fire in the L. A. Library which destroyed thousands of books.  She was so entertaining. I can't think of her name, but if you look up the title, you'll find her name.  The best, most current information on the COV was the Press Conference on FoxNews which lasted about l 1/2 hours.  It was to be led by Mike Pence, but Trump showed up too.  Then Pence took over, very detailed information.  Present and speaking were Mr. Fauci, who is very forthcoming, other members of the Coronavirus Task Force, and the best of all was the woman from CDC, who was, IMHO, the smartest and most informative of the group, her name was Brix (?) She imparted info that no one else has given us; i.e. just because your test comes back negative one day, doesn't mean that you are clear of the virus the next day. 

maryc

Tomereader,I have a feeling that books that have been requested might just go on hold for the time being...whether they have been transferred or not.  It is nice to have access to the ebooks anyway.  I started my spring housecleaning today. Since I'm home I may as well get that started.😊 My bedroom curtains need to be replaced but I washed and hung them back up again....maybe in the fall!
Mary C

JeanneP

Our Libraries will be closed until April 14 they say. What we ordered on line will stay of the shelf.
Town is so quiet. Don't even hear a car of bus. All bars,Restaurants had to close down at 5pm prompt. I think the Fast food places can hand out through the drive up but that will not work . One person working it and traffic would be running into the main roads. Same with the restaurants until the food they have is gone. Call and pick up  at door. All will now bother as cost to much to do that. I suppose the Pizza cars will deliver until run out.
I tried reaching the Drivers place as I need to renew my License and take the road test. Planned on thursday. Thought maybe see if the would extend. Couldn't reach them but on 6pm news they told us that all State offics like that will be closed down and such as Test. New Reg. will add 30 days onto the time due. So I can relax a little.
The now say that the Emergency Dept at the Big hospital got people with the virus in today and so will use Tents on the outside. Now entering hospital. They will give medicine to anyone with it but has to go home. Such as Heart attaches etc will be tested in tent and put through to hospital. Same for baby Delivery. We may loose a few people this way. So sad. They say that the madness is far worse than if a Flooding or Tornado. Fires etc. Way people are reacting. Specially the food problems
Wan't every one to stay in house for a time and this is what should be done. At least we have homes to stay in.
JeanneP

JeanneP

Now my library ,it's a big one, have large drop in boxes outside. They sent out. Emails requesting that we don't use them? To just hold on to books until they  open up again. Saying closing for a month. Nobody can touch them. With all the rain and cold weather having then in there some may mold.
JeanneP

MarsGal

My library has revised its closure from March 29 to April 5.

Right now I am in between books to read. I have started listening to Great Mythologies of the World, one of the Great Courses series.

CallieOK

So excited!  I already have an ebook copy of Hilary Mantel's "The Mirror and the Light" which has just come out this week.  Good thing I'm stuck at home with lots of reading time because I doubt I'd be able to renew.
It started out with a rather gory description of Anne Boleyn's beheading.  Hope the rest won't be similar.

Marilyne

March 28, 2020, 02:36:23 pm #2205 Last Edit: March 28, 2020, 02:39:07 pm by Marilyne
Hello everyone.  :hello:   I hope you're all feeling well, and sheltering in place?  Lots of time for reading, but unfortunately, I've run out of books! :yikes: 

I was busy stocking up on some supplies a couple of weeks go, but forgot about books.  My library is closed until further notice, so I'll have to use my Kindle, whether I want to or not.  Or . . .  my other option is to reread books from my own bookshelf?  I've donated most of my books over the past couple of years, but saved my favorites to read and enjoy once again.  I think that time has arrived. Here are some samples of what I have to choose from here at home. 

The Poisonwood Bible - Kingsolver:  True Grit - Charles Portis:  The Sea Around Us, Rachel Carson:  Hearts, Hilma Wolitzer:  Standing in the Rainbow, and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, both by Fannie Flagg:  We Are All Welcome Here, by Elizabeth Berg:  The Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw:  A Spool of Blue Thread, Tyler:  Last Night At the Lobster, O'Nan:  The Hours, Michael Cunningham:   My Antonia, Willa Cather: 

That's what's saved on the shelf in this room.  There's a shelf in another room that I will look at and list later.  Maybe all of you Kindle and iPad readers, can get some ideas from this partial list?
.

MarsGal

I went nuts and downloaded two SciFi short story anthologies from the Free Library of Philadelphia and downloaded another three Scifi's from Amazon prime reading. Two of them I have read before and want to read again, Way Station (1964 Hugo Award for Best Novel) by Clifford D. Simak and The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Amazingly, the Haldeman book has been "in development" since 1988 to one or another group who want to make it into the movie.

One thing about downloading books to read is that you can't get COVID-19 from doing so. Don't forget to check out https://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/ for free downloads. Lots of classics and other out of copyright books and short stories. 

JeanneP

Now I think The Mirrow and the Light would be my kind of book . Will order from library. the are closed at the moment .say until April 16. Rather not put on my IPad. Got lots of unread books on there
JeanneP

JeanneP

Iris read ,and enjoyed. the bookshop of yesterday's. New writer Amy Meyerson.

Back no to reading . Have 4 books sitting here . That will pas my time as we are staying in the house.
JeanneP

CallieOK

lI've given up on The Mirror and the Light.  Too much "blood and gore" and the writing style is not at all to my liking.
Since I already know about Thomas Cromwell's life, I'm going to skip to the last two sections and wade through how the author ends the story.

"Olive Again" by Elizabeth Strout (sequel to "Olive Kitteridge")and "Resistance Women" by Jennifer Chiaverini have appeared on my Loan list.  I'm sure I'll enjoy both of them a lot more.

MarsGal

Morning all!

Not much going on here in the reading department right now. I am reading the first of a secondary series of novels from the Galaxy's Edge series, plus another short story anthology. Also, I am in a major debate with myself as to whether or not to cancel my Audible account and try the offers for audio narration with purchase of the book. I've spent way to much money on audiobook sales and specials, and have not kept up with the pace. There are now over 80 books in my library. On the one hand moving to the book/narration combo promises to be less expensive than the Audible membership for the most part, on the other, I would miss out on special credits, sales and the free book offerings at the beginning of each month. I would probably lose the ability to return the audio versions I don't like within a year of purchase. George is interested in trying this, but for me, I am not so sure given that I really do like and use the extras on Audible membership. Besides, that, it looks like I can get the same book/audio combo pricing through Audible should I wish to avail myself of it. I have to say that Amazon's explanations of benefits, etc. are not necessarily detailed enough for me.

PatH2

I loathe tricky decisions like that.