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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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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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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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The Great Dark Wings of a Hurricane: Helen R. Hull’s Last September

Dear Reader: From the shores of the big lake…. Our Copper Country weather today is seasonal – 40 F, damp, and foggy. My sour cherry tree considers the odds Buds are bulging, songbirds singing, sparrows trying to build a nest in the side of my house where one of the insulation plugs fell out – …

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8 Months, 14 Days or 258 Days, 3 Hours, 18 Minutes, 38 Seconds

Dear Reader: It has been 8 months, 14 days since I started this blog on July 17, 2011.  Seems like a good time to take stock! Reading Spot Central When I started, my goal was to a) limit myself to buying no more than 20 books in a year, b) read my own books at …

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Lutherans, Reindeer Steaks, and March Snow Showers Bring….: The Blood Spilt by Åsa Larsson

Dear Reader: It is March 30th and looks like this: I’m supposed to be in Mexico City where it is sunny and 77 F and my research team colleagues are enjoying themselves: Source: Great Lakes EPA Office (Used with Permission) But Ruby, my 14 year old retriever/collie mix, had a stroke Tuesday night so I …

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Leopold’s Apples, Cross Country Skis and Krumkake: The Leopard by Jo Nesbø

Dear Reader: Colder today – more seasonal, although early May can be like this: frosty nights and sunny days.  We had a long nearly two hour hike with friends Shelle and Jo and their dogs Darcie and Mundy. Zoe’s doing so well – she had a great time playing hard with everybody and when I …

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Do They Feel Lucky? Sex, Chips, and Barrels: Stewart O’Nan’s The Odds

Dear Reader: It’s so nice to have dog friends – other good friends who love dogs, not dogs I love, but those are excellent too. Last night Christy treated me to a lovely dinner and lots of dog talk. This morning Mark and I took Louie, Sophie, Gus, and Zoe out for 1.5 hours of …

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