Monthly Archives: February, 2012

30 Years of Heaven: Fishing in Utopia

Dear Reader: During my recent trip to Malmo and Alnarp, Sweden, I picked up #189) Andrew Brown’s Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future that Disappeared.   I’ve been enjoying reading about the place I’m visiting, so I thought that this book would give me insights into Sweden. Land of many Bicycles One of the first …

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50 Ways to Gain Some Class: The Great Mr. Knight by Dorothy Whipple

Dear Reader: Another week, another Whipple….  #177 The Great Mr. Knight. I’m also reading Nicola Humble’s wonderful, amazing 182) The Feminine Middlebrow Novel, 1920s to 1950s: Class, Domesticity, and Bohemianism (hard copy, library) at the same time as my other books.  What an excellent accompaniment to The Great Mr. Knight! Humble is showing how “inter-war” …

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Sweet Gilbert

Dear Reader: Last week my sweetheart of a “beaglet” Gilbert died.  This is his story. Gilbert was 15 when he died.  He was nearly deaf, mostly blind, fairly leaky, and had spinal arthritis.  About seven weeks ago we learned he had a brain tumor.  After prednisone treatment his tumor shrank a bit and he was …

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Vodka and Library Cats: Lost and Found in Russia AND Dewey Readmore Books

Dear Reader: I am in Sweden and, for the first time, blogging on my ipad. This will be a short post. Library cats I received #186 Dewey: the Small-town Library Cat by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter via kindle from my library yesterday and read it in less than a day. Vicki was the library …

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Never Let Me Go: Landfall by Helen R. Hull

Dear Reader: Continuing with our Helen R. Hull revival, I found it challenging to figure out exactly what Helen wrote. There is a Helen S. Hull and a Helen Hull Jacobs, both of whom also published books. Helen R. (Rose) Hull’s books often list her simply as “Helen Hull” making it even harder to figure …

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Whoops – here’s a title: Sex, Literature, and the Volga (George Eliot, Edith Wharton, bell hooks, Helen R. Hull, Nicola Humble, Susan Richards)

Dear Reader: Book Journey is hosting It’s Monday, What are You Reading? So, seemed like a good chance to tell you what I’m in the middle of…  I have seven books going – violating my own “2 books at a time” informal rule…  Three are from the library for limited times, one’s for a readalong, …

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Blood and Ice: Mayling Soong Chiang by Helen Hull

Dear Reader: I scored a couple Helen Hull (1888-1971) books from Popek’s Used Books (Michael published Forgotten Bookmarks discussed in an earlier post).  One is #157 Landfall and the other #156 Mayling Soong Chiang. According to the Feminist Press which reissued her early novels: Quest and The Islanders, Hull wrote 17 novels and 65 short …

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Bullies, Priories, Poles, and Following: Whipple, Pilch, and Klute

Dear Reader: Follow me Friday Alison Can Read and Parajunkee are sponsoring Feature and Follow Friday which is featuring Omnom Books.  This is another meme that links up book bloggers and gets them following each other.  They also ask us to answer the following question:  Q: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they …

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Empire State Cakes and Chatterboxes: Booking Through Thursday

Dear Reader: I’ve been looking for a chance to post about the books I inherited from my grandparents.  And then Booking Through Thursday posted this question: “Have you ever read a random book left in a waiting room or on a park bench, etc., and did you like it?” as this week’s meme.  And I …

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Library Loot! and WWW Wednesdays

Dear Reader: Claire at The Captive Reader is sponsoring Library Loot wherein we share what we have checked out from the library.  Great idea for a meme!  And Should be Reading is hosting WWW Wednesdays focused on what have just read (discussed here), currently reading (below), and soon to be reading (also below). So, I …

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