July 2008 archive

Hotel Du Lac – Book Review

Edith Hope, a writer of romantic fiction under a more thrusting name, remained standing at the window, as if an access of good will could pierce the mysterious opacity with which she had been presented, although she had been promised a tonic cheerfulness, a climate devoid of illusions, an utterly commonsensical, not to say pragmatic, …

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Blogging Awards

I am tremendously flattered. I’ve received the Brillante Weblog award AND the Excellent award from several fellow bloggers – it is very gratifying to be recognized by one’s peers. Thanks to: Teddy at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time Rants And Reads at The Novel World (who recognized my blog Lists for the Obsessive …

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The Island of Eternal Love

The visions conjured from the old woman’s tale – the evocation of a Havana filled with music and life – had left her with an odd sensation of dislocation. She felt like one of those saints that can be in two places at the same time. -from The Island of Eternal Love, page 10- And …

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In My Backyard…

**Click on Photos to enlarge …Just one reason I love living here! Please follow and like the blue thistle

Yummy Mummy Manifesto – Giveaway

Ballantine Books sent me a complimentary copy of this luscious book (released May 20, 2008). Since I’m not a mommy (nor a mommy-to-be) I didn’t read the book cover to cover. But I did thumb through its gorgeous pages. This is a big, glossy manual of sorts which explores the art of mothering. What makes …

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The White Mary – Book Review

“Listen,” he says to her sternly, “I will tell you a secret about your demons: they are never stronger than you.” -From The White Mary, page 337- Marika Vecera is an talented journalist who has traveled to the most troubled parts of the world and risked her life to witness war, genocide, torture and famine. …

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Win This Quilt…

Quick…hurry over to the Old Red Barn Co. and enter to win a gorgeous hand-made quilt. Contest ends July 23rd!! Please follow and like the blue thistle

Sunday Salon – July 13, 2008

July 13, 2008 9:30AM Good morning! The heat in Northern California is finally dropping and we are in a “cooling” trend, which means that instead of temperatures nearing 120 degrees, they will be closer to 100 degrees. I hope for the sake of the firefighters that the weather predictions are correct. But, I won’t bore …

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The Poisonwood Bible – Book Review

Believe this: the mistakes are part of the story. I am born of a man who believed he could tell nothing but the truth, while he set down for all time the Poisonwood Bible. -narrated by Adah in The Poisonwood Bible- The Poisonwood Bible is a family saga which begins in 1959 when Nathan Price, …

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Friday Finds – July 11, 2008

It’s Friday – and you know what that means? Another edition of Friday Finds, brought to you by Jenn (note that this is now at Jenn’s NEW blog). I’ve discovered several new to me books through the lit-bloggers. They include: The Speed Queen, by Stuart O’Nan featured at Hieroglyphic Streets. I recently read O’Nan’s latest …

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