Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Sunday, August 28, 2022
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|Photo courtesy of a family friend|
Monday, August 22, 2022
I see a lot of you are already thinking of fall. Meanwhile, I'm over here hanging on to summer with everything I've got in me. Two more weeks of this picture on my Sunday posts. Two more weeks before the unofficial end of summer. I love my slow evenings on the patio after our dinners out there. I love the flowers in full bloom all over my yard. I love being outside in short sleeves and barefooted (of course, my friends know that I'll be barefooted outside until it just becomes far too cold). So you can start mixing in some fall touches at your house. As for me, my shells are staying out a while longer.
Julia Curtis hasn’t forgiven her sister for deserting the family. Just like their mother, Nona walked away from Julia when she needed her most. And Julia doesn’t feel guilty for turning to Nona’s old flame, Marcus, for comfort. He helped Julia build a new life. She has a child, a career, and a determination to move on from old family wounds.
Upon Nona’s return to Natchez, a cautious reunion unfolds, and everything Nona and Julia thought they knew–about themselves, each other, and those they loved–will be tested. Unpacking the truth about why Nona left may finally heal their frayed bond–or tear it apart again, forever.
Sunday, August 14, 2022
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Friday, August 12, 2022
"Our culture glorifies the idea of just sucking is up, moving on, and being tough. This is part of what makes living with loss keeping challenging."
"Joy is a basic right. Don't feel cast aside from your grief; you need to entitle yourself to the joy you deserve. If you are going to live a full life after loss, you have to find your way back to joy."
"I failed to understand that the death of a loved one, of someone you hold dear, should change you. That is their mark on the world. You are their mark on this world."
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Watched: Quite by accident (in other words, there was nothing else of interest on tv and we couldn't be bothered to pull up one of our streaming services) we ended up watching The Last Night In Soho. No idea when we started what we were in for and when we were finished neither of us was quite sure what we thought of it.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Ever heard the term "book-wrapt?" This article from the New York Times, How Many Books Does It Take To Make a Place Feel Like Home tells us it's a term coined by computer systems architect turned author of a book about the architecture and furnishing of domestic book rooms. He uses the term to "describe the exhilarating comfort of a well stocked library. I have quite a lot of books (both books I've read and carefully chosen to keep and those that I haven't picked up yet) but I would hardly call what we have a "well stocked library." After reading this article, I really want to find a way to bring all of my books together in one place. Maybe. Or maybe I'll leave them spread out in seven different rooms in my house so that I can take comfort in books no matter where I am in my house. What about you? Do you have a well stocked library? And have you ever been "book-wrapt?"
|Restauranteur Alice Waters home. Waters estimates she has approximately 1800 books.|
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
- While the Big Library Read was meant to be an ebook read, I listened to this one and would highly recommend Susan Lyons' work. She did a fine job with all of the voices, male and female.
- This book should maybe come with a warning that there are medical procedures which are very detailed. Not necessarily gory; just very detailed. Blake clearly knows what she's talking about, though; it definitely adds credibility to the story.
- Blake shows readers the seamier side of medicine, a side as much about legitimate medicine as hacks. Here we can see that a lot of what we owe current day medicine to came by means that were considered distasteful and illegal even in the 19th century.
- While I don't think it will be any surprise to any reader what develops between Nora and Daniel, Blake doesn't give readers the traditional happily-ever-after ending, which I very much appreciated. Likewise, another early contender for Nora's affections doesn't turn out to be the pat bad guy.
- I'm always happy to read about strong women in history, even if they are made up. Here Nora struggles with finding her place even within the household she lives in but her strength never wavers.
- One quibble I had with the book was, what felt like to me, an overabundance of comparisons in descriptions, often comparisons that I found a bit odd.
- I couldn't help but compare Horace Croft to Henry Higgins and Nora to Eliza Doolittle (from My Fair Lady or Pygmalion). Again we have an eccentric specialist who takes on a lower class young woman and transforms her (although without the eventual coupling of the two).
- This would make a really good book club selection; there is a lot to discuss here.