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8 Hours in! Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Update!

We’re 1/4 of the way through the readathon! I slept in and worked 10 to 2 so, aside from reading a little about The Council of Trent and a nursing topic in the course of doing some Saturday reference work for online college students, I did not start my reading until 2.

My First Read

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I’ve started out strong, enjoying the first seven chapters of Chelsea Concerto, a memoir of Chelsea (London) during World War II. It has been fascinating. I will review it when I eventually finish it–likely as my Nonfiction Novella early in November.

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I ran a quick errand and endured a few minutes on audio of What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez, which will most likely end up as a DNF, but you never know. It is the 6 Degrees of Separation starting book for November. I decided to try it. I’m not thrilled. I consoled myself with a Dove Ice Cream Bar. I’ve just managed to lose about 40lbs so this is a pretty big deal to enjoy one of these!

I have a few others going–a novella that might also be a DNF (we’ll see) and a hyped novel by a pair of authors I love, but that is sadly underwhelming me. I will finish it, because I like the pair who wrote it so well. I even enjoy their twitter feeds.

Choices for the next 8 hours

I will take a break to make dinner–chicken, spaghetti squash, and peach crisp (crisp made with oatmeal and frozen peaches). I know, it’s Fall, it should be APPLE crisp, but we don’t have any apples. Tomorrow I may make Pumpkin Bread to go with a version of this (we aren’t vegan so I’ll use whatever milk is in the house–probably powdered!) Easy Lentil Stew With Mashed Potatoes. Mushrooms are pretty pricey, so I’ll see if any are marked down tomorrow. Otherwise, carrots are fine.

Are you reading in this readathon? What else is going on around it for you? Are you cooking? Leave me a comment or a link to your own posts.

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Ready? Set! Read! Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

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The nice graphic is by Nicole @Colefree224

#DeweysFall2021 #DeweysReadathon #Readathon

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I posted my possible reading choices here, but now due to Six Degrees of Separation coming up, I’ve downloaded the audio of  What You Are Going Through by Sigrid Nunez, which is just 6 hours in audio. I gave it a short listen (10%) and it rates an “ok” [very small “o,” very small “k”] so far.

I’ve downloaded all sorts of things for November. Yet, maybe I’ll just read something for the fun of it? After all, there are no “reading police” who come get you if you fail at a challenge!

I’ll have to do my 4 hours of Saturday work, but if I’m lucky it will be dead and maybe, just maybe, I can read? If not I’ll charge ahead after 2 pm.
Everyone ready? 12 hours to go!

Good Luck Readers!

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The Beatles Book Tag! *Original*

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What better to end a week that included the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than a Beatles tribute book tag?  The Orangutan Librarian created this amazing book tag by taking some key songs from their repertoire and doing a mash up with some questions and jammed in some graphics (which anyone is welcome to use). Since I cannot remember life without the Beatles–and we were a Beatles-loving family, this is perfect for me! So thank you, O.L. for creating this tag!

NOTE: I had to delete a few songs–I just didn’t have an answer for some.

And now for some (pretty straightforward) rules…

Rules:

  1. Tag back to the original creator Orang-utan Librarian (me)
  2. Thank whoever tagged you
  3. Tag people and keep it going!

Okay let’s rock ‘n roll!

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Other than the men in my works in progress, lol? Well….I’m limiting myself here to books I’ve read this year so I don’t repeat the same old candidates like Rhett Butler! James, Marquess of Walderhurst sounds pretty dreamy in his way. And he has servants, land, money….sounds like a great retirement gig!

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There are so many! That’s why I write this blog! Again, I’m limiting myself to this year. It’s one book, I promise! Just in the USA and UK covers and titles. I love this author! Her first book, Meet Me at the Museum, is beyond wonderful and this one is so sweet and fun that I’d actually think of re-reading it next summer.

The Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson

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Just about any Judy Leigh book will do! She writes about love at a, ahem, later time in life. I like that. It gives hope to all of us of a certain age that there could be someone who doesn’t just want an unpaid cook and housekeeper or, worse, a nurse with a purse. Heading Over the Hill was so fun and the marriage it depicted was believable.

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It is not every day that a book assigned in a graduate course makes a real difference in your own life, but Flourish did–and has. Coming from a negative family who complain all the time this was a big help–even at the late age of 59. It is very readable, too.

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One that left a dark shadow: East of Eden by John Steinbeck. The dark shadow included real-world nightmares. I did not finish this book. It was too much for me psychologically.

I interpret this as it is so bad you’d send it away!

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Opening with on-the-desk-rear-entry-not-truly-consensual-sex is just not a way to win me over. Yuck. Not even bothering to link to it.

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Get the audio version–the author is the voice of this story in every way. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

But GOOD-WEIRD

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It is hard to describe this book. It should have been all the things I dislike, but I loved it!  Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.

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In all seriousness, this book had a far more poignant note to it than I expected and spoke volumes about the nature of loneliness in our society. The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams.

Don’t make me chose between Precious’s Botswana and Three Pines!

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So sweet, so sad (nothing bad happens to the cat). The Travelling Cat Chronicles

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Autumn by Ali Smith shook things up by just being odd.

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This one was just delightful. The Fortnight in September by RC Sherriff.

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This series brightens up my day just thinking of it! A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett

All my old favorites: GWTW, Auntie Mame, The Joyous Season,  …And The Ladies of the Club, All Creatures Great and Small, The King’s General, Rebecca...How to decide between them?

Annnd time for a quick Bonus Question: What’s your favourite Beatles song?

The Long and Winding Road, Penny Lane, Hey Jude are definitely among my favorites. But so is just about every Beatles song.

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Day Two of My Getaway: The Afternoon & Evening. Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL?! …and Lobster?

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you know me! But, my Dad was a huge Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings fan. A fan of all three you ask? Well, the Bears were top, but if their games wasn’t televised we watched the others. I’m glad he got to see them win the Super Bowl–it was so long in coming.

Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, George Halas, and later Walter Payton and Jim McMahon were such a part of Dad’s Sundays. Back in the Super Bowl Season I had a huge crush on McMahon! And, who can forget the movie Brian’s Song about Brian Piccalo and Gale Sayers–the first white and black NFL players to room together. In band my freshman year we played the haunting “Brian’s Song” theme–it honestly makes me teary just to hear it. (Sadly, they remade the movie–it was awful. Stick to the original with Billy Dee Williams and James Caan).

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The Hall of Fame was impressive–very well done. What surprised me was learning that my hometown was once an NFL city. Who know! The Muncie Flyers, also called the Congerville Flyers (for the Congerville Athletic Club). I knew the Detroit Pistons NBA team started out in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, but I had never heard of Muncie ever fielding an NFL team!

I would highly recommend a visit to any NFL fan. There were enough variety in exhibits to keep a casual fan, as well as a fanatic, interested. Best of all you can experience a pep talk to keep you going–a halftime talk from BOTH George Halas and the great Vince Lombardi! Now, who doesn’t need that kind of motivation to drive up to Canton?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame website.

Budd Dairy Food Hall

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Budd Dairy Hall photo is from their website.

We drove home via Columbus to have lobster. Wait…lobster in Columbus, OHIO?? Yep! Cousins Lobster has both a physical location and food trucks in Columbus! And what a fun venue–the Budd Dairy is now a food hall. In an area that appears to be all-out gentrifying, but nicely so, this is a super little place to gather with friends. I especially liked that there was not a high-chair or coloring sheet in sight. Now, don’t flame me–I have kids and lived to tell, but when I go out with friends I want to be among adults. I get tired of having to overhear “Do you need to go potty?” all the time or have to deal with people who change diapers at the table (truth). So while there were a few children in tow, this was a place aimed mostly at adults. You ordered your food, found a table on any floor, ordered alcohol if so inclined (we were not) and had a great time. The building is nicely restored and comfortable. I’d gladly have tried ALL the restaurants!

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The great food offerings at Budd Diary Food Hall

But, back to the lobster.

I watch almost no t.v. so have never seen a show called Shark Tank, but Cousins Lobster was introduced to America on that show apparently. I found it, how else? In the book!

Since I first tasted lobster on my Great-Uncle’s lap when I was about 5, I’ve loved it. Boiled or broiled with tons of butter! But, I’ve never had a lobster roll so that’s what I wanted to try. There are two types: Maine and Connecticut. we went with Maine–supposedly it has mayo, but I could not detect even a hint in mine. No matter, it was lobster and it was delicious! Best of all for Midwesterners, tater tots came with! I will drive back any day! Read their book–it was fun. I did not review it because I had to return it before I finished. Do read their book: Cousins Lobster: How One Food Truck Became a Multimillion Dollar Business. You can read more about Cousins Lobster in Columbus, including the menu and food truck locations, on their website.

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Day Two of My Weekend Getaway and Some Book Recommendations

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It takes a while longer at about 4 pm on a Friday, which is when we took this route from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland down to our “base camp” for The First Ladies Historical Site, the Ida Saxton McKinnley home, and the William McKinnley monument and library (which also includes the Stark County Historical Society’s excellent small museum).

 

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Now, if you tell people you are “getting away” to Canton they’d likely think you were really “off”–as in crazy. But, honestly, the sights we went to see were well worth it. Thursday gets the big draw, but for today, we’re touring the “wives” location as it were. That might give you a hint about Thursday’s venue! 

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The First Ladies of the United States (FLOTUS) are really interesting bunch! Remember, Harry Truman said “Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.” Those “proud” wives are the interesting ones, let me tell, you. This was what drew me to Canton, but over all it was the biggest disappointment of the trip. Mind you, we somehow missed part of it. I think that was due to the next tour of the Saxton-McKinley house starting right after we arrived. Judging by the website though, we did not miss very much. We have both read about the First Ladies–some personal favorites of each of us we have read about in great detail.

The newer gowns look like they are the “real thing.” If so, Barbara Bush had a way better figure than we ever gave her credit for! And, Michelle Obama’s gown proves how much t.v. adds to a persons supposed weight. The gowns on display, if they were the real ones, included those two, Jackie, Mamie, Melania, Rosalynn and Nancy–all of whom would have been magnificent in those incredible frocks. Simply gorgeous gowns, regardless of their husband’s party affiliation.

This is a National Park that deserves our donations to make it worthy of the ladies who have endured the teas, put up with no family life, and often made serious, lasting contributions to our nation. Here is the website. Please consider donating.

Here are a few of my favorite First Lady biographies. The first one I wrongly stated in a previous post was out-of-print. It is not, but it is not available for Kindle. It is widely available used and has not been updated.

First Ladies: The Saga of the Presidents’ Wives and Their Power, 1789-1961 (Vol. 1) and (Vol. 2) 1961-1990, by Carl Sferrazza Anthony is a 2 volume, very readable, collective biography that ends in 1989 when Nancy Reagan was still First Lady. It is a very interesting read.

In the drizzle of a that first truly “Autumnal” morning of the year, we walked up the street to the Ida Saxton McKinley house.

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Saxton (McKinley) Home, Canton, Ohio. Photo credit U.S. Park Services

Take a virtual tour HERE of the Saxton home.

I’d be lying if I said I was “fascinated” by William McKinley. To him we owe much of hidden Colonial Empire–such as the Philippines. From middle school history class I recall that McKinley was deeply troubled by acquiring the Islands and so prayed to God (Presidents were still allowed to be caught praying in 1974–and certainly back in the 1890s) who then said “Keep Them” and McKinley did. No word on whether God was really God or just the voice of McKinley’s party.

That said, poor Ida McKinley led a less than charmed life. She suffered the death of both her children before they reached age 6. While that was certainly not unusual back then, it still hurt. She also developed seizures and other bad health that led to an “ify” diagnosis of epilepsy and a mandate that she stay out of the excitement of life (a similar prescription was leveled on little Prince John, son of King George V and Queen Mary who left the family to live at Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate, better known today as Prince Philip’s bolt=hole).

Ida was a busy FLOTUS in one way–she cranked out pair after pair of crocheted slippers to give to charities with a letter. The charity then raised money by auctioning off these very humble items at great profit. Good job, Ida! Her fan collection was very impressive–a few were on display at the home.

What was more amazing to me was the resurrection of the home from urban-blighted mini-mart, flop house, coffee shop and more to such an impressively restored home. The wallpapers were exquisite. In a story worthy of Antiques Roadshow (though I think it was a different show the item ended up on), in the restoration process, one of the ladies spearheading the effort found a light fixture at a Florida flea market that matched the light fixture in a photograph. Since the McKinley’s either thought of history or were garden-variety, Middle Western pack-rats, a purchase receipt was located that had the exact serial number for the light fixture. You guessed it, it matched the flea market find! That’s the kind of restoration this is. Beautiful.

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I can’t say I have a favorite McKinley book, but the poor man was assassinated and we’ve largely forgotten him because his Vice President was the ever-larger-than-life Teddy Roosevelt. Here is a link to his White House biographical sketch.What I know of Ida comes from the First Ladies book above. In writing this post, I discovered that author had written a stand-alone biography of, who else? Ida Saxton McKinley–she whose health improved when she left the White House and moved home to Canton. Go figure.

McKinley Memorial

Next we drove a few miles down the road to see where the McKinley’s are buried. The McKinley Monument is in McKinley Park. Popes and Kings have been buried far less grandly (consider poor George VI, whose coffin resided in a back hallway of the Royal Mausoleum until the burial of Princess Margaret’s ashes!). Forget the old joke about when is buried in Grant’s tomb–just look at this monument! I should have taken the photo as we drove up–it is even more impressive from that view.

McKinley Library and Stark County Historical Society Museum

The tern for this little museum is “hidden gem.” This was a fascinating local museum! It was the unexpected treat of our trip. When I posted about it on Facebook, another friend said she and her husband had found it to be that as well. Most counties have somewhere for school field trips on local history, but this is beyond that. There were a few unique items not found in much bigger, supposedly world-class museums.

Here is one curiosity I truly marveled at–a “transitional piano”–a combination of harpsichord and piano. That is not a harp atop a piano. That is a unenclosed piano atop a harpsichord! Impressive!

The McKinley side of things was somewhat lacking–a cheesy automated “doll” type vignette for school children–the one disappointment in the place. In spite of that, there were these beautiful gowns and a lovely glove box all of which belonged to Ida.

Other displays included a history of telephones, an twirling amusement park ride, local history exhibits, and an impressive full-room model railroad setup of local places. There is a special prehistoric exhibit, too, and a planetarium. These were aimed at families and neither of us had interest in visiting them. Here is the museum website. I must add that I would give a huge donation to forever silence the “laughing lady” exhibit. Obnoxious. I’m sure though that school groups love it.

Tomorrow we visit “the big draw” –the place that puts Canton on the map!

Here’s a hint: Monday Night ________!

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Top Ten Tuesday: November! The Busiest Reading Month of the Year!

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This weeks topic is “Online Resources for Book Lovers (what websites, podcasts, apps, etc. do you use that make your reading life better?).” I had nothing. So, I’m going rouge and telling you about all the great up-coming November reading challenges!

Nonfiction November

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I look forward to this most years. Nonfiction that reads like a novel is a favorite of mine.  Here’s the schedule with links to the various host blogs. I have several books in mind for this and, whenever I can, they are dual purpose–meeting the needs of more than one challenge, when that is allowed.

Week 1: (November 1-5) – Your Year in Nonfiction with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction

Week 2: (November 8-12) – Book Pairing with Katie at Doing Dewey:

Week 3: (November 15-19) – Be The Expert/ Ask the Expert/ Become the Expert with Veronica at The Thousand Book Project:

Week 5: (November 29-December 3) — New to My TBR with Jaymi at The OC Bookgirl

German Literature Month XI

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Here are the plans for German Literature Month XI

German Lit Month on Lizzy’s and Caroline’s blogs

All timescales, genres and destinations are valid choices provided the work was originally written in German.

Caroline will be focusing on books set during the run-up to WWII, the war itself and its aftermath, including historical fiction set during that period.

Lizzy will be hosting the weekly schedule below:

Week 1 November 1-7 From or set in Austria

Week 2 November 8-14 From or set in Germany

Week 3 November 15-21 From or set in Switzerland featuring Dürrenmatt Day on 18.11.2021 to commemorate his centenary

Week 4 November 22-28 Elsewhere

Week 5 November 29-30 Here, There, Anywhere

In addition, there are a couple of readalongs.

11.11.2021 Inventory of Losses – Judith Schalansky (hosted by Lizzy)

26.11.2021 The Passenger – Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (A Literature and War readalong hosted by Caroline).

I’m not  yet sure I’m up to all of that, but had picked out three German novels in translation that I might try.

Go, Went, Gone

All for Nothing

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Novellas in November

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For the second year in a row, Rebecca of Bookish Beck and Cathy of 746 Books are co-hosting Novellas in November as a month-long challenge with four weekly prompts.

New this year: each week they will take it in turns to host a “buddy read” of a featured book they hope you will join in reading. They’re announcing the challenge early to give you plenty of time to get your stack ready. (They suggest 150–200 pages as the upper limit for a novella, and post-1980 as a definition of “contemporary.”)

I’ve already read Helen Keller and Ethan Frome, but I might give one of the other Buddy Reads a try!

Here are two I’m thinking of:

 

Australian Literature Month aka “Aus Reading Month”

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Bronasbooks has all the Aussie details.

I’m thinking of either of these–which I learned were novella or almost-novella length:

 

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The latest Classics Club spin reading period is mostly during November, too! I’ll be reading….The Face of War by Martha Gellhorn.

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Karen’s Books and Chocolate has details.

This one is TOO ambitious for me this year, but I still want the word to get out about it.

Does anyone know of a Christmas book reading challenge? Not one for children’s books though. Leave me a comment or a link if you do, please! Also, leave me a comment of a link if you are participating in any of the challenges I listed here!

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A Weekend Getaway and Books to Go With…

My best friend since the days of the Glory of Old I.U. and the 10th floor of [presidential hopeful and native son Wendell] Willkie Quad and I went on a little history-geek adventure  this weekend.

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Gerac’s Restuarnat in Cleveland (Shaker Heights, I think)

On the map of Ohio, I live between Cincinnati and Portsmouth–down on the Ohio River. My bff since college and I went off on a history trip this past Friday. We started in Cleveland. Yes, Cleveland, Ohio. No longer “the mistake on the Lake [Erie].” We had Geraci’s pizza for lunch–it was profiled on Food TV a few years ago and deserved the nod. It was really GOOD! Here’s their website.

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From there we went to a focal point for our Baby Boom generation (though, being born in ’60 and ’62 respectively, we are a little bit Boomer and a little bit whatever came next. We were not Howdy Doody and Sky King Boomers, but Flipper and The Jetsons Boomers.) Still, THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME is a must for all Boomers–whether you are a Fats Domino Boomer or a Bon Jovi Boomer. Not an Osmond anywhere–my big brother will be thrilled to know this. He wouldn’t let me like the Osmonds. Hence my Beatles obeisance. Now, let me tell you, I am a museum freak but this one is GREAT.

Having just endured the death of Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts (did you know he bought and wore some of King Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor’s bespoke Savile Row suits? Read more here) we were both ready to pay some homage. While, we were both shocked by how SMALL Elvis was–among other things (Elvis’ last performance was in “out” city–Indianapolis and the now demolished Market Square Arena) this is a world-class museum. There is something for everyone here. It was the Beatles and Stones for me, with a little Elton John, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, The Supremes, Billy Joel,  The Boss, Tina Turner, and others thrown in.

Admittedly, The Garage, was not for either of us, but we both had a great time seeing the exhibits and remembering our favorite songs and artists. Here’s the website for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Here are my book recommendations for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Later this week, I’ll tell you about a few other stops on our trip.

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Classics Club Spin #28 Result is….Number 12!!!! Faces of War!

I’m sooooooooooooo excited! One of the new-to-this-spin titles added to my classics list WON!! Woot! Go, Martha!!Martha Gellhorn’s (sometime Mrs. Ernest Hemingway) collection of war-reporting columns/stories/essays, The Face of War, is the winner. I found an e-book copy at my library, so I’m all set!

My List

  1. Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd
  2. Finishing School by Muriel Spark
  3. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  4. A Far Country by Neville Shute
  5. Mornings in Mexico by DH Lawrence
  6. Portrait of a Marriage by Vita Sackville West
  7. Burmese Days by George Orwell
  8. Son at the Front by Edith Wharton
  9. Loving Spirit by Daphne DuMaurier
  10. Mariana by Monica Dickens
  11. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  12. The Face of War by Martha Gelhorn THE WINNER!!!
  13. The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell
  14.  We Fed Them Cactus by Fabiola Cabeza de Baca
  15. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
  17. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
  18. Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter
  19. Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  20. The Way Things Are by E.M. Delafield

“The Face of War is a classic of frontline journalism by “the premier war correspondent of the twentieth century” (Ward Just, The New York Times Magazine).

Whether in Java, Finland, the Middle East, or Vietnam, she used the same vigorous approach. “I wrote very fast, as I had to,” she says, “afraid that I would forget the exact sound, smell, words, gestures, which were special to this moment and this place.” As Merle Rubin noted in his review of this volume for The Christian ScienceMonitor, “Martha Gellhorn’s courageous, independent-minded reportage breaks through geopolitical abstractions and ideological propaganda to take the reader straight to the scene of the event.” (Amazon).

Tune in

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Classics Club Spin #28 List

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On Sunday 17th, October, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by the 12th December, 2021. That’s an eight week reading window for this spin. You may like to stack your list with books that you know are do-able for you within that time frame.

New to Classics Club and its fun spins? Read all about it here on the Classics Club blog.

My List

  1. Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd
  2. Finishing School by Muriel Spark
  3. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  4. A Far Country by Neville Shute
  5. Mornings in Mexico by DH Lawrence
  6. Portrait of a Marriage by Vita Sackville West
  7. Burmese Days by George Orwell
  8. Son at the Front by Edith Wharton
  9. Loving Spirit by Daphne DuMaurier
  10. Mariana by Monica Dickens
  11. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  12. The Face of War by Martha Gelhorn
  13. The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell
  14.  We Fed Them Cactus by Fabiola Cabeza de Baca
  15. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
  17. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
  18. Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter
  19. Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  20. The Way Things Are by E.M. Delafield

Tune in on Sunday to find out which number is drawn!

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1976 Club: The Plantagenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy–DNF

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It Wasn’t Just Me

First, thank you for giving me my reading life back to Lizzy of Lizzy’s Literary Life blog. I was, per habit, going to wait and read her thoughts on this book AFTER I finished it. But, I’ve been reading this turkey for about a month and still hadn’t passed page 100! Plus, my eye  had been drawn to “…affair…age 11…” [something like that] in her post. So I went back and read it. A true “a-ha!!” moment. It wasn’t just me! It wasn’t the struggle I’ve been having with print reading since the COVID lockdown. It was a terrible book! Or, to be charitable a popular book of its day that did not age well.

What I DID like in the book

So, I was expecting The Lion in Winter with Katherine Hepburn. Instead I got just about every historical fiction pet peeve in one book. In the book, I did agree with her preference for overtly-manly men. And, I did like that she had what we today call “leadership skills” (back then–“bossy”). That’s about all

Too Late Now

It’s too late now to try to find another 1976 book. It turns out, after it came from the library, that I had already read Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by an idol of mine–Doris Kearns Goodwin. It is not recorded in any of my reading logs, but I have not logged throughout my life. Still, after one chapter it was obvious. I couldn’t come up with anything else.

Looking forward to the next Year Club read

I’ll just hope for a better experience with the next year’s book. Thanks again, to Simon at Stuck in a Book for hosting the Club reads.

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