Friday, May 17, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up: North on the Wing, Wilderness Essays, and A Place to Belong



Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (World War II in Italy)
Exposed by Jean-Philippe Blonde (Gentle French thriller)




I also finished these children's picture books last week:











The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
Friday's Tunnel by John Verney
The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Wilderness Essays by John Muir








I wrote more blog posts in one week than I ever have before. I focused much of my time this week on writing What Happened to My America? I love to hear your thoughts about everything I post, but I'd especially love to hear your thoughts on this (very long) essay.




What Happened to My America? And How Can We Fix Things? Thoughts about Our Towns, Alienated America, and Love Your Enemies













I celebrated Mother's Day all weekend, remembering my mom who passed away nine years ago; getting my toes done with family; going to church; and enjoying a meal. 



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I Vanna-White-ed with my husband as he shared his mineral collection this week with a local group.








How did your week go?

Did you finish any good books?

Have you run across anything book-ish that you would like to share with us?

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37 comments:

  1. That's a lot of books to read ! I have no time with blogging and husband in hospital, but he will come home in 2 days !

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  2. Some of those minerals are pretty. The purple shards are my favourite. I'm sure your husband collects them for more serious reasons though!

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    1. No, his reasons for collecting them are just like yours---he likes them!

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  3. I'm off to check out your blog posts. My mom died in May, eleven years ago!

    Enjoy your week and your books.

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  4. It sounds like a nice way to spend Mother's Day.
    On books to film, so many times it just doesn't work well on screen, too much is left out. I love Gone With the Wind also, it's a favorite classic both film and novel.
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. Films that arrive on screen to me cold, pre-book, are best.

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  5. Oh what a lovely way to celebrate Mother's Day - getting nails done together:)). And I LOVE your husband's rock collection. I have a few polished stones arranged on my desktop monitor stand that I fondle when I'm writing as they are a comfort to hold. Have a wonderful week, Deb:)

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    1. The nails celebration was very fun. I hope we get to do this again!

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  6. Sounds like a good week for you. Love the toenails! I think people can appreciate a movie better if they read the book. There's just too many times important things are left out. If you haven't read the book, you might not understand some of the motivation in a movie. Although I do agree that Gone With the Wind was a great movie. Hope you have a good week.

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    1. If it's good book or movie-from-good-book, I always like the book better.

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  7. What a great way to spend Mother's Day! I always like to read the book first before seeing the movie and motst of the time like the book more. I love your husband's mineral collection, especially the purple ones, which is my favorit color. Have a great week!

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  8. Beneath a Scarlet Sky is my book club pick for next month. I hope you enjoyed it. Love the picture of your mom. Have a great week!

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    1. I was surprised at how much I loved Scarlet Sky. I hope you do, too.

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  9. Wow! Lot's of books and reading -that's great!

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  10. So many good books here... my mother just started Beneath a Scarlet Sky and I've been thinking about reading something by Richard Powers. Not sure where to start, so will be curious to hear your thoughts on The Gold Bug Variations. Have a good week!

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    1. I've read several books by Richard Powers and I have enjoyed them all. He is a smart writer.

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    2. Do you have any recommendations on where to start with Powers?

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  11. You had an awesome week. I stayed up late reading last night and overslept this morning, so this week is already off to a rushed start :)

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  12. I’m glad you spent a lovely weekend with family. I’m not familiar with the books you are currently reading. I hope you enjoy them.

    Have a great reading week

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  13. I saw A Place to Belong To on Netgalley and I thought about requesting it. I hope you're enjoying it. :)

    Happy readings! ;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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  14. "Gentle Thriller" is an interesting juxtaposition of words.
    I plan to spend some time later this afternoon reading your "America" post. It might influence some of my summer reading.

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  15. The Goldbug Variations looks good.

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    1. I've read it before, but it was long ago, and it was time for a reread.

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  16. I love Cynthia Kadohata -- her books are always so good.

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    1. This one is probably my favorite middle-grade read of the year.

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  17. Mother's Day is always a sad time for me. I lost my dad that day thirteen years ago now and my mom followed him three months later. I love the variety of books you choose to read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  18. Those picture books are so adorable, there is such a choice these days of wonderful ones. I see A Place to Belong was a fave with you, looking thoughtfully at it.

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  19. Please explain the Sunday Salon to me. You know my email address. TY

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  20. p.s. I haven't read any of the books you listed, including Scarlet Sky!!!!! Today is Tuesday. P. read it when Teddy gave us her copy for the LFL. I attended the R.A.T.(Reading All Together) Pack meeting where Teddy presented it, and enjoyed the people immensely. I am attending tonight.

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