January 2009 archive

The Road Home – Book Review

He tugged out the photograph, tugged with trembling hands, and set it down on the bar top. And he looked at it and saw that it had faded. All the once-bright colors were vanishing, leaving only a trace of themselves, tinged with green, with the bluish green of the sky…when evening was coming…the sky behind …

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Weekly Geeks: 2009-01

Weekly Geeks is back! For the first installment of 2009, the wonderful Terri from Reading Writing and Retirement wrote the post. She writes: In the spirit of the amazing community building that Dewey was so good at, tell us about your favorite blogs, the ones you have bookmarked or subscribe to in your Google Reader, …

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Mailbox Monday – January 12, 2009

It’s that time again when book bloggers share their book acquisitions. Here is what arrived at my house this week: The Brightest Moon of the Century, by Christopher Meeks came to me as an Advance Reading Copy directly from the author. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I’ve read both of …

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The Sunday Salon – January 11, 2009

January 11, 2009 9:30 AM Good morning to all my loyal readers. This has been an emotional week for me with my dog Caribou falling  ill on Monday. Fortunately, she has responded well to the medication we started on Wednesday and I am breathing a bit easier today. Many thanks to all of you who …

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An Update and Thank You…

Caribou, Kip and I thank you for the numerous comments, emails, good thoughts and prayers over the last few days. You have no idea how much it has meant to us. Caribou has responded very well to the pain medication and there is a twinkle back in her eyes (and she is telling Argus who …

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Forgive my Absence For A Few Days…

…I am feeling sad. My dog, Caribou, is quite ill right now. She is almost 11 years old (February 15 is her birthday), and has been my constant companion since I brought her home in 1998 at 7 weeks old. Caribou is struggling with pain right now, and although the medications we started yesterday seem …

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Unread Authors Challenge – Part II

August 1, 2008 – January 31, 2009 UPDATE: JANUARY 6, 2009 – CHALLENGE COMPLETED! Many thanks to Ariel for hosting this fun challenge. I ended up reading a total of 9 books from 6 different authors. By far, my favorite authors from this challenge are Per Petterson, Kate Grenville, Rose Tremain, and Daphne du Maurier…all …

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Out Stealing Horses – Book Review

We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and one of the first days of July. Three years earlier the Germans had left, but I can’t remember that we talked …

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Chunkster Challenge 2009

When you Sign up Through November 15, 2009 The Chunkster Challenge is back – and I am definitely playing! Dana is hosting this fabulous challenge at its own dedicated blog. Here are the rules: A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) Don’t complain folks, I read all thousands of pages of …

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Mailbox Monday – January 5, 2009

Happy Monday Morning! What arrived in YOUR mailbox this week? Mine was not as busy as other weeks, but I’m not complaining. Matthew Boyd from the Penguin Group sent me a Uncorrected Proof of this book The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister.  The back cover reads: ‘A gorgously written first novel about the …

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