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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Some of Favorite Books Read in February
- We Run the Tides; Vendela Vida (4/5) Setting: San Francisco, CA
- Good Morning Zoom, Lindsay Rechler - 3/5
- Will the Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Caitlin Doughty (NF) (4/5)
- Migrations; Charlotte McConaghy - (5/5) Setting: Ireland, Australia, Greenland
- Champ and Major: First Dogs, Joy McCullough - (5/5)
- The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett; Annie Lyons (4/5) Setting: UK
- The Murder at the Vicarage; Agatha Christie - (3/5) Setting: England
- Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence; B. Cooper - (NF) 4/5
- Ella's Night Lights, Lucy Fleming - 4.5/5
- No Buddy Like a Book; Alan Wolf - 5/5
- See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog; David LaRochelle - 4.5/5
- Nature of Fragile Things; Susan Meissner - 4.5/5 Setting: CA
- A Girl Returned; Donatella DiPetrantonio - 5/5 Setting: Italy
- Before She Disappeared, Lisa Gardner - 4/5 Setting Mattapan, MA
- The Stationery Shop, Marjan Kamali - 4.5/5 Setting: Tehran and Massachusetts
- A Month in the Country; J.L.Carr - 5/5 Setting: Oxgodby England
- The Housekeeper; Natalie Barelli - February
- Hanger Management: Manage Your Hunger and Improve Your Mood, Mind & Relationships; Susan Albers - February
Friday, February 26, 2021
TITLE/AUTHOR: A Month in the Country, J.L. Carr
PUBLISHER: NYRB Classics
YEAR PUBLISHED: 1980 / 2000 NYRB
GENRE: Fiction Classics
FORMAT: print PP/LENGTH: 135 pp
SOURCE: my shelves
SETTING(s): Oxgodby England
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A quiet yet deeply moving story about the calming effects of a peaceful environment and power of art to heal ones suffering.
"The marvelous thing was coming into this haven of calm water and, for a season, not having to worry my head with anything but uncovering their wall-painting for them. And, afterwards, perhaps I could make a new start, forget what the war and the rows with Vinny had done to me and begin where I'd left off. This is what I need, I thought -- a new start and, afterwards, maybe I won't be a casualty anymore."
"If I'd stayed there, would I always have been happy? No. I suppose not. People move away, grow older, die and the bright belief that there will be another marvelous thing around each corner fades. It is now or never, we must snatch at happiness as it flies."
Thursday, February 25, 2021
TITLE/AUTHOR: The Stationery Shop, Marjan Kamali
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster Audio
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2019
FORMAT: audio download PP/LENGTH: 9 hours and 13 min.
SETTING(s): Tehran and US (MA)
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A story of young love, cultural divides and the road not taken.
MEMORABLE QUOTES: "She could spend an entire afternoon just looking at fountain pens and ink bottles or flipping through books that spoke of poetry and love and loss."
"You might think that the world is complicated and full of lost souls, that people who've touched your life and disappeared will never be found, but in the end all of that can change."
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
TITLE/AUTHOR: Before She Disappeared; Lisa Gardner
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021
GENRE: Fiction Thriller
FORMAT: eGalley PP/LENGTH: 395 pp.
SETTING(s): Mattapan, MA
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: One woman on a mission to find the missing people others have forgotten about.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews. Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book they are reading or that they plan to read soon.The Stationery Shop, Marjan Kamali
Simon and Schuster Audio - 2019
"I made an appointment to see him."
She said it as if she were seeing the dentist or a therapist or the pushy refrigerator salesman who had promised her and Walter a lifetime guarantee of cold milk and crisp vegetables and unspoiled cheese if only they would buy this brand-new model.
Walter dried the dishes, his gaze on the kitchen towel and its print of a yellow chick holding an umbrella. . He didn't argue. Walter Archer's penchant for logic, his ability to let reason trump all, was a testament to Roya's own good judgment. For hadn't she married a man who was reasonable and, my goodness, unbelievably understanding? Hadn't she, in the end not married that boy, the one she had met so many decades ago in a small stationery shop in Tehran, but lassoed her life instead to this Massachusetts-born pillar of stability? This Walter. Who ate a hard-boiled egg for breakfast almost every single day, who said as he dried the dishes, "If you want to see him, the you should. You've been a bit of a wreck, I'm afraid."
What do you think, read more or pass? I came across this one while searching library audio downloads. So far so good and a nice narration as well.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
TITLE/AUTHOR: The Girl Returned, Donatella DiPietrantonio
PUBLISHER: Europa Editions
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2019
FORMAT: print PP/LENGTH: 170 pp.
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A coming of age story about a girl caught between two families.
MEMORABLE QUOTES: "One had given me up with her milk still on my tongue, the other had given me back at the age of thirteen. I was a child of separations, false or unspoken kinships, distances. I no longer knew who I came from. In my heart I don't even know now."