Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Shells, Hearts, Boarding, and Someone’s Typing Up my Thoughts: Elizabeth George’s Believing the Lie; Eudora Welty’s The Ponder Heart; Saul Bellow’s Dangling Man; Muriel Spark’s The Comforters

Dear Reader: This will be a catch-up post of a grab bag of this week’s books. 502)  Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George, 2012 (hard copy, library) I’ve read every book George has every written.  She’s one of just a few living writers (also Alice Munro, Sue Miller) about whom I can say this. Inspector …

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Jazz and Dogs and Rain: Billy Collins’ Poetry

Dear Reader: I finished several Billy Collins books in the last few days. 481) Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins (1998, hard copy) 483) Sailing around in the Room by Billy Collins (2002, hard copy) 484) Nine Horses by Billy Collins (2002, hard copy) Because I don’t tend to see differences between his books of poems, I’ll …

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limejuice lemon and hungrydog holler

Dear Reader: Cooler, with gloomy grey skies. My dog trainer’s in town for a free session at the shelter. Hope she gets lots of eager customers. 490) poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, 1995 (hard copy) I bought and read this book years ago. Susan is a poetry professor, poet, and …

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Trees, Gemeinschaft, and Bildungsromans: Billy Collins’ The Art of Drowning; Richard Bessel’s Life in the Third Reich; and Helen R. Hull’s Quest

Dear Reader: Super-windy, bright sunny April day and we went for a long hike over hill and dale this morning with Jo and Mundy.  Great time had by all. 480) The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins, 1995 (hard copy) These meditative poems by Collins are like well-balanced meals – vegetables (references to Hamlet and …

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Roommates and Raw Diets: Easily Amused by Karen McQuestion and Michael Schaffer’s One Nation Under Dog

Dear Reader: Ahhhh, a few days of warmer, sunny weather!  Lots of folks out hiking with dogs tonight and last night – Gus and Zoe made new friends and got to see some old ones. 498) Easily Amused by Karen McQuestion, 2010 (kindle) Last year Amazon put Karen’s kindle books A Scattered Life and Easily …

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Seals and Solitude: Joan Anderson’s A Year by the Sea

Dear Reader: Don’t you just love meditative books about soul searching?  I do.  I can never get enough of them. Especially these days when I’m fantasizing about camping, wondering if April is too early to go, and salivating over that instant tent with the screen room attached. There’s nothing better than quiet time, reflecting and …

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Tarpon, Angels, and Snowballs: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening; Billy Collins’ Questions about Angels; and Miller Williams’ Listen

Dear Reader: Lots of wind, some snow flakes today and yesterday and plenty of “candid sunlight.” That’s April for you. 256) The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 1899 (hard copy) Edna Pontellier is married to Alphonse (“Leonce”) with two young boys. A lovely young woman, she summers on Grand Isle, an island in Southern Louisiana (and …

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Adultery and Goshawks: Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris and Heather Allen’s Leaving a Shadow

Dear Reader: Remember how I asked you about spring light – whether it was an illusion or if it did seem different…  THANK YOU Billy Collins! It is a kind of spring morning–candid sunlight elucidating the air, a flower-ruffling breeze– Billy Collins, A History of Weather From Questions about Angels (1999) Candid sunlight – perfect!  …

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All My Lovin’: My All Time Top Ten Favorite Independent Bookstores

Dear Reader: What is it about a sunny, cold spring day?  The light always seems brightly bleak.  Is the light really different or is it just the lack of leaves?  The light in Easter photos always seems so specific. My Top Ten Independent Bookstores I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while.  I’ve …

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Ashes, Magic Mushrooms, and Haggadahs: Gulf Music by Robert Pinsky, Night by Elie Wiesel, and Prime Green by Robert Stone

Dear Reader: Sunny and cool today – Copper Country Easters and Halloweens seem always to be frosty, so I expect it will stay awhile. 476) Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone Robert Stone is a novelist of some repute, he has published, among others, A Hall of Mirrors, Children of the Light, and …

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