Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
You know that I have pretty strong feelings about Christian Fiction. I have been delighted by some but worry when people try to box God into a single genre. It can feel forced or caned. How dare one dictate where the sacred can be found. So I googled "The Best Christian Fiction" (because who wouldn't want that?) and a review of "Lost Time" came up. It was the third book in a trilogy so I immediately ordered the first in the series which was appropriately named "First Time, The Legend of Garrison Fitch"
Mr. White has woven a fascinating tale of Garrison Fitch a scientist who grew up geographically in what we know as the United States but it is Soviet ruled. The United States as we know it only lasted for a few years in the 1700s. But then, through a time traveling experiment/accident he winds up back in the 1700s. When he returns it is to a United States that has been altered to what we know as reality today. Should he stay? Should he go back?
All time travel authors need to make decisions about time travel.
1. Do the travelers need some sort of device to travel or is it spontaneous.
2. Can they control the travel
3. Can they alter the future by traveling to the past
White chooses vehicular, quasi controlled travel with obvious alterations, and that's where the fun begins. This is such a great choice for book clubs because there is so much to discuss. I would happily provide a brief discussion guide upon request but don't want to include any spoilers here.
Sam White is a minister, writer and cartoonist living in the Texas panhandle. He is married, has two teenage boys, as well as a cat and a dog, and prompted me to get about my blogging!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
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3/4 c. milk
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
As many of you know, "The Sunne in Splendour" is on my top 10 list of all time favorite books. As much as I love the Bard (and I do truly love Shakespeare) he, out of necessity, wrote with a Lancasterian bent and maligned our poor King Richard III. I have long held this belief and the Sunne in Splendour is a glorious work which happens to bolster my humble opinion so what's not to love about that! Now my fellowChapter Chatters, and fans everywhere, she has done it again! Philippa Gregory has written two novels which she dubs "The cousin's war" which the rest of know as..."The War of the Roses" Here you will discover the mighty Duke of York who did more than march his men up and down and half way up hills! You will meet the Plantagenets, and learn the difference between red and white roses! Ooooh I can't wait to dive in!
Here's the list:
- Very Valentine and Brava Valentine by Adrianna Trigianni
- The Help byKathryn Stockett
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford0
- Silent Snow: Weatherman series book 2 by Steve Thayer
- 1000 White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
- The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
- Welcome to Fred,
- First Time, Legend of Garrison Fitch
- Can of Peas
- (Tons of reference books on Exodus, which no-one wants to hear about !)
- What theDog Saw
- Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Girl who played with fire
- South of Broad
- Singing With the Top Down
Monday, July 12, 2010
"You don't start at the top if you want to find the story. You start in the middle, because it's the people in the middle who do the actual work in the world," writes Gladwell in the preface to WHAT THE DOG SAW. In each piece, he offers a glimpse into the minds of a startling array of fascinating characters. "We want to know what it feels like to be a doctor," he insists, rather than what doctors do every day, because "Curiosity about the interior life of other people's day-to-day work is one of the most fundamental of human impulses." Like no other writer today, Gladwell satisfies this impulse brilliantly, energizing and challenging his readers. http://www.gladwell.com/dog/index.html
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thought you all might enjoy this clip, and part 1 of an interview with Ayn.
Here is Rourke's famous speech at his trial, of course echoing Ayn's beliefs.
Also here is part one of Ayn with Tom Snyder...part two is on you tube if interested
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Really!?!?!? This is so self centered...but totally explains why Howard and Dominique are the heros of this book and totally explains why I cannot see them as such.
He said "no, but I am familiar with Ayn Rand's philosophy"
My response "errr?!" Ok, time to use the World Wide Web!
The Ayn Rand Institute is located at my Alma Mater UC Irvine. Her philosophy is Objectivism.
The following is a short description of Objectivism given by Ayn Rand in 1962.
At a sales conference at Random House, preceding the publication of Atlas Shrugged, one of the book salesmen asked me whether I could present the essence of my philosophy while standing on one foot. I did as follows:
Metaphysics Objective Reality
If you want this translated into simple language, it would read:
2. “You can’t eat your cake and have it, too.”
3. “Man is an end in himself.”
4. “Give me liberty or give me death.”
If you held these concepts with total consistency, as the base of your convictions, you would have a full philosophical system to guide the course of your life. But to hold them with total consistency—to understand, to define, to prove and to apply them—requires volumes of thought. Which is why philosophy cannot be discussed while standing on one foot—nor while standing on two feet on both sides of every fence. This last is the predominant philosophical position today, particularly in the field of politics.
There is more more, click here
Frankly, I find "God is Love" much simpler. But I will give Ayn a bit more of my time.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Let me tell you about the first two:
Adrianna Trigianni is one of my all time favorite authors. I just finished "Very Valentine" and "Brava Valentine." I LOVE when a I come late to a series so they are all there, no waiting for the author to finish the sequel.
Valentine Roncalli works in the family shoe business Angelinni Shoes, in Grennwich. The character is so rich and believable (written in first person) that you feel like it is autobiographical. You learn the details of making fine shoes, you get to live in a brown stone in Greenwich, and travel to Tuscany, Naples and the island of Capri. There is family to fight with and love, and a restraunt owner to socialize with....what more could you want! (AND... we meet an old friend in this book, very nostalgic!)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Her new book "Committed-A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage" would turn Lisa on and Sarah off just from the cover....Why you might ask.... Lisa loves a title and and then a colon (or implied colon) and sub title. Sarah hates a title that is smaller than the author's name. Although if you consider the whole of the artwork in which the title is embedded I think it is bigger :)
This is the story of Ms. Gilbert getting married. If any of you have read it, please use the barely used comment button to reply. Except Nancy of course because "She doesn't BLOG!" Which is actually just reading, but hey I'm done with that argument.
Two interesting videos below. One is Elizabeth Gilbert speaking about her writing muse...I think it is fascinating, the other a trailer for EPL. Let's go when it gets here!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
You may remember I have been wanting to read a graphic novel but they are all either so foreign to me that I'm not comfortable, or so violent I have no interest. Mostly I am turned off by how literally and literarily dark they are. (My foray into comic books never went past Archie and Jughead) But this looks fascinating. It has a Jasper Fforde air about it. Can't wait to discuss, and I have a surprise for April 8th for all of you!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Her second novel, Falling (1994), in which the pitfalls and allurements of extreme right-wing rhetoric are dealt with extensively, was published in Dutch in 1994. The book received five major awards in Belgium and the Netherlands. It was translated into English by John Nieuwenhuizen in 1997, and was made into an English spoken feature film that came out in the fall of 2001, starring Jill Clayburgh and Alice Krige (YouTube trailer). The book Falling has been translated in English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Polish and Slovenian, and was selected for the honor list of IBBY.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
*The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Oxygen by Carol Cassella
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Perfection by Julie Metz
The Photographer by Didier Lefèvre and Emmanuel Guibert
Rainwater by Sandra Brown
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Testimony by Anita Shreve
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Best of List: New Favorites
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Best of List: New Favorites
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Monday, January 25, 2010
The sequel to Judith Ryan Hendricks' absorbing debut novel, Bread Alone
Having found her calling, Wynter Morrison is blissful about her new career in Seattle as a baker -- cherishing the long days spent making bread and the comforting rhythms of the Queen Street Bakery. Still, she struggles with the legacy of her failed marriage and with her new boyfriend Mac's reluctance to share his mysterious past. When Mac abruptly leaves Seattle, Wyn again feels abandoned and betrayed, at least until intimate letters arrive in which Mac at last reveals his deepest secrets. But the more she learns about her absent lover, the more Wyn discovers about herself -- and when tragedy threatens, she will have to decide if there is a place for Mac in this new life she has made.
The first time I saw my mother was the night she died. The second time was at a party in Santa Fe.
After a childhood spent in an institution and a series of foster homes, Avery James has trained herself not to wonder about the mother who gave her up. But her safe, predictable life changes one night when she stumbles upon the portrait of a woman who is the mirror image of herself.
Slowly but inevitably, Avery is compelled to discover all she can about her mother, Isabel. Avery is drawn into complex relationships with the people who knew her mother. As she weaves together the threads of her mother's artistic heritage and her grandmother's skills as a healer, Avery learns that while discovering Isabel provides a certain resolution in her life, it's discovering herself that brings lasting happiness.
1. The state of Washington is the only state to be named after a United States president.
2. Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant, 1961.
3. Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the union.
4. Washington state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined.
5. Washington state's capitol building was the last state capitol building to be built with a rotunda.
6. Everett is the site of the world's largest building, Boeing's final assembly plant
7. Medina is the home of the United States wealthiest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates.
8. The Northwestern most point in the contiguous U.S. is Cape Flattery on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
9. King county the largest county in Washington was originally named after William R. King, Vice President under Franklin Pierce; it was renamed in 1986, after civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
10. Microsoft Corporation is located in Redmond.
11. Before it became a state, the territory was called Columbia (named after the Columbia River). When it was granted statehood, the name was changed to Washington, supposedly so people wouldn't confuse it with The District of Columbia.
12. The highest point in Washington is Mount Rainier. It was named after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War.
13. The Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge at Evergreen Point is the longest floating bridge in the world. The bridge connects Seattle and Medina across Lake Washington.
14. Washington is the birthplace of both Jimi Hendrix (Seattle) and Bing Crosby (Tacoma).
15. The oldest operating gas station in the United States is in Zillah.
16. Washington's state insect is the Green Darner Dragonfly.
17. The world's first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in an Olympia Dairy Queen.
18. Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle.
19. Spokane was the smallest city in size to host a World's Fair. - 1974
20. The state capital is Olympia, and the largest city is Seattle.
21. Puget Sound's many islands are served by the largest ferry fleet in the United States.
22. The forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world and the only rainforests (such as the Hoh Rain Forest) in the continental United States
23. By the turn of the 20th century, Aberdeen had the distinction of being "the roughest town west of the Mississippi" because of excessive gambling, violence, extreme drug use and prostitution (the city remained off-limits to military personnel into the early 1980s).
24. The region around eastern Puget Sound developed heavy industry during World War I and World War II, and the Boeing company became an established icon in the area.
During the Great Depression, a series of hydroelectric dams were constructed along the Columbia river as part of a project to increase the production of electricity. This culminated in 1941 with the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest dam in the United States.
During World War II, Seattle was the point of departure for many soldiers in the Pacific, a number of which were quartered at Golden Gardens Park.
25. As of 2004, Washington's population included 631,500 foreign-born (10.3% of the state population), and an estimated 100,000 illegal aliens (1.6% of state population).
26. The six largest reported ancestries in Washington are: German (18.7%), English (12%), Irish (11.4%), Norwegian (6.2%), Mexican (5.6%) and Filipino (3.7%).
27. The percentage of non-religious people in Washington is the highest of any state, and church membership is among the lowest of all states.
28. The state of Washington is one of only seven states that does not levy a personal income tax.
29. Washington is home to four of the five longest floating bridges in the world: the Evergreen
30. Popular games Pictionary, Pickle-ball, and Cranium were all invented in Washington.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Sunday, January 17, 2010
*Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
Friday, January 15, 2010
Atonement by Ian McEwan
* Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
* The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
* The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
* Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
* Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
* The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Three Junes by Julia Glass
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom-->