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Lemon-Berry Flan, Lime Tea Cake, and Homemade Chorizo

Dear Reader: Boy, are we enjoying summer!  My red, black, yellow, and purple raspberries have been producing like crazy…so much so, that I’ve begged friends and their kids to come over and pick and have had others over for berries, cake, and ice cream in the garden.  We’ve had lots of dog parties with friends, …

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Wow! Murder, Technology, and Ray Bradbury’s Prescience

Dear Reader: Lovely, breezy summer’s day up here in the Keweenaw.  What’s it like in your neck of the woods?  Hope you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend full of books. The Murderer (1953) by Ray Bradbury I’ve been working my way through the short stories in 520) Twice 22 by Ray Bradbury, 1959 …

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Summer in a Bottle: Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine


Dear Reader: For those of us up here in the northern hemisphere, summer has just begun, although many of us having been having unusually summery days since March.  This is a great time to talk about Dandelion Wine. “I don’t want to die!” Douglas screamed without a sound. “You’ll have to anyway, said the voice, …

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Bookmarks Magazine: For Everybody Who Hasn’t Read Everything

Dear Reader: Hope you are all enjoying the season – summer, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter, for you southerners.  Hey, if the winter rains get to be too much, come on up for a visit! We’re in a drought up here in the upper Midwestern USA. Bookmarks Magazine I’ve been meaning …

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Milk Bottles and Mango Trees

Dear Reader: 507) Affairs at Thrush Green by Miss Read, 1983 (hard copy, library) Miss Read, the pseudonym for Dorra Jessie Saint (nee Shafe), died at at nearly 99 (!) this year in April.  Her New York Times obituary is here. She was the author of scores of books about English post-World War II village …

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BDSM and Money, Monkeys and Doves, Feminism in the Islands, and Dying Too Young

Dear Reader: Another trip to Mexico and another catch-up post… 510) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James (kindle) #45 Hmmmm. Should I lead with this? OK. The book a lot of people are talking about. Including this VERY hilarious Saturday Night Live “Mothers Day ad.” (Warning: NSFW …

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Nazis, Adultery, Curries, Curates, and Regency

Dear Reader: A couple mysteries, two biographies, and a novel. 127) Until thy Wrath is Past by Asa Larsson (kindle) #15 Bettan and Simon are young people in love with adventure and each other.  And then they mysteriously die on a dive to see a crashed airplane in a remote lake.  We are led through …

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Madness, Death, and Poetry: Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Hennezel’s The Art of Growing Old, Kumin’s Always Beginning

Dear Reader: Back after a break to wrap up an enormous project (done! yes!) and go camping for awhile. So, here’s what I’ve been up to in the meanwhile. 169) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (hard copy) I read this for the Feminist Classics Challenge (it is coupled with Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea this …

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Gold and Judgement: John Ruskin’s King of Golden River and Julia Serano’s Whipping Girl

Dear Reader: Some of you may have noticed that I trumpeted reading “one book a month” in April in my last post. I could fix my error on my website, but not on your emailed posts… Argh. Probably everyone figured out I mean “one book a day” in April. 503) King of Golden River by …

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Bees, Seasons, Lanyards, Ruby Bridges, and Tubs of Acquiescence: Plath, Blochs, Collins, Sarton, and Pinsky

Dear Reader: As April comes to a close, I’ll let you in on a secret.  I set out to read a book a day in April and succeeded.  Granted, I made a pile of slim volumes and mostly read those – it helped that in the United States it has been National Poetry Month.  But, …

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