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Books: Recent Books I Liked

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Books:  April 27, 2018

Recent Books I Liked

I’m currently reading William Kent Kreuger’s mystery series (Cork Corcoran) mostly set in the “Boundary Waters” area up on the Canadian border.  Kreuger, from the beginning of this series, has won numerous writing awards for this series.  AND, for at least one stand-alone novel.  I like the strong emphasis on the powerful, spiritual connection that is possible between humans and nature, how wrong the human condition can go for some people, and what is truly important in life.

I have fallen into a pattern of reading. EVERYTHING by an author I like for some years now.  Among these are the series by Elizabeth Ogilvie (Maine coastal people), Laurie R. King (Mary Russel/Sherlock Holmes), and now Kreuger.

I do the same thing, apparently, with the downloads I get from the Maine Library system.  There is something magical about having a book read to you while you work with your hands.  My tastes are eclectic, for sure, and include multiple books by Louise Penny, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Lee Child, Paul Doiron, Karen White, Lisa Gardner, and Sandra Brown.  Those authors with series really need to be read in order.

Recent books I really enjoyed from the Maine download system follow:

A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS by R. J. Ellory.  This author is British, but captures the speech and thought of rural Georgia for decades, starting back after WWI, as the main character grows up to identify and confront a long-time serial killer.  My mother’s family is from rural Georgia, and I did a lot of growing up in her home town, Reynolds, Georgia.  The prose and deep understanding of the human condition in this novel captivated me.  I look forward to reading more of Ellory’s work, which I will have to do as this is the only Ellory novel on the Maine system at the moment.

THE SISTERS by Nancy Jensen.  This novel, I think, is a first novel.  It spans decades.  At times it is slow, but, again, I really liked the development of the characters.  A misunderstanding at the beginning of the novel sends characters along life tracks that develop down through several generations.  I like long novels like this one, so enjoyed it.  Sometimes we don’t really know how our life decisions will work out as they play out over many, many years.

MEET ME AT THE CUPCAKE CAFE, Jenny Colgin, is light as a feather and very predictable.  BUT, she includes MANY descriptions of baking goodies along with real cupcake recipes that make your mouth water.  Will get the hard copy of this one and will give to someone in my family who still bakes.

I am currently listening to THE FOLDED EARTH by the wonderful Anuradha Roy.  I love her work.  The NY Times said this novel is “quietly mesmerizing,” which I think is true.  I am enjoying the beautiful prose and the quiet understanding of the complexity of the human condition that is slowly emerging.  We are, truly, a strange and, at times, wonderful, species.

 

 

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April 27, 2018 at 10:56 am

Books: Recent Books Read to Me

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Books:  February 28, 2018

Recent Books Read to Me

When I sew, I listen to downloaded books from the Maine State Library online system.

Three recent books I listened to are worth sharing.

First, APE HOUSE by Sara Gruen, author of the popular WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.  I was astonished at the human language acquistion of these apes.

via Book Review – Ape House – By Sara Gruen – The New York Times

 

A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME is a first novel that was unexpectedly interesting–probably because it explores when good people fall under the sway of a terrible “strong” man who uses religion to manipulate them.  I’ve long said that belief systems are among the most powerful things on the face of this earth.

Wiley Cash’s “A Land More Kind Than Home” – The Washington Post

 

DEEP DOWN TRUE falls into a lighter vein, but I enjoyed its desire to grapple with some difficult issues.  How does a “nice” person manage when faced with difficult life choices?  Maybe it depends on the depth of the person’s niceness.  Or maybe the person learns to recognize when “nice” isn’t going to work.  And maybe the person learns why her “niceness” formed in the first place.

Deep Down True: A Novel: Juliette Fay: 9780143118510: Amazon.com: Books

 

 

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March 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Poems: Walking Haiku 19 and 20

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Poems:  February 7, 2018

Walking Haiku 19 and 20

It’s often warm in Maine this winter.  And it’s often really cold.  We have yo-yo weather these days.

As I write, we are expecting a major snow storm, but here on the coast the snow may turn to rain later today.

No No Penny and I had a lovely walk on Monday, the first in some time.

 

19.

February 5, 2018

Hard rain all night long
In February, in Maine
Global warming comes

20.

February 5, 2018

February thaw
Sunshine brims from blue sky and
Sparks fire on the lake

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February 7, 2018 at 10:51 am

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Poems: Haiku 13

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Poems:  December 2, 2017

Haiku 13

 

13.

December 1, 2017

Colors coat the lake
Sky blue, cloud silver, fir green
The sun comes and goes

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December 2, 2017 at 10:35 am

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Poems: Haiku 12

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November 30, 2017

Haiku 12

12

November 27, 2017

The air smells of snow
Ice crusts the river shallows
Solstice time draws near

 

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November 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm

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Poems: Haiku 11 and Learning Herringbone Pattern

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Poem:  November 27, 2017

Haiku 11 and Learning Herringbone Pattern

11.

November 26, 2017

White birches in the
Winter woods seem like ice spikes
Piercing the sky bowl.

 

Here’s my first attempt at making Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone pattern—from her new book MODERN QUILT MAGIC.  It uses 2 by 8-inch strips.  This SAMPLE  has been trimmed to make a pillow.  For right now I’m just putting this sample into the Parts Department box.  Lord knows I do NOT need any more pillows in my house!!!

And I learned what I need to know.

I do think that I will use this pattern to make a Cotton+Steel low volume lap quilt—a project I have longed to make for some months now.

 

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November 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Poems: Haiku 10

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November 27, 2017

Haiku 10

Haiku 10

November 16, 2017

Beneath white snow sky

Cold-frame planted with seeds

Promise of green spring

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November 28, 2017 at 12:22 pm

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