Monday, January 25, 2010

Bread Alone Plus More

Below are run downs on more of Judith Ryan Hendricks' works, a link to her Web site and some fun facts about the state of Washington. Enjoy!See you next week at Book Club

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 Last 5 years! Favorite Reads- III

2006Best of List: New Favorites (According to book clubs contributing to
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

* The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

March by Geraldine Brooks

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

*Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Last 5 years! Favorite Reads II

2005 Best of List: New Favorites

(According to Book Groups contributing information to Reading Group!)

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Leap of Faith by Queen Noor

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

*The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

*Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

*The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

*The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Last 5 years! Favorite Reads- I

2004 Best of List: New Favorites (According to Book Groups contributing information to Reading Group!)
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-->

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cokie Roberts, née Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs

So....Ladies of Liberty? What did you all think? I find it fascinating and hard to pick up, all at the same time!

Thank you Cindy for finishing the book, researching the author and generally hand feeding us some fascinating information.

I am amazed at how little has changed in politics since then, and fascinated by how closely the system continued to resemble European hierarchy!