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More re-reads:

Savage Summit:  The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 by Jennifer Jordan (2005).  Wanda Rutkiewicz.  Alison Hargreaves.  Chantal Mauduit.  Julie Tullis.  Liliane Barrard.  Deeply different women who entered the male-dominated world of the 8,000-meter mountaineers and died while pursuing their passion.  Jordan does a nice job of discussing their lives in and outside of climbing.

The Lover by Marguerite Duras (1984).  I return to this book every few years for the dream-like quality of Duras’ writing in this semi-autobiographical story of a young French girl in 1930s Indochina (later Vietnam) in an affair with a Chinese millionaire’s son.  I think my harsh judgment of her mother, particularly her tolerant support of the affair between her fifteen-year-old daughter and a twenty-seven-year-old man, only increases each time I read the book.  The story was made into a movie in 1992.

Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

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Cheerful card and letter from Penny.

Incoming Mail--Olivia in Northern Ireland

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Lovely Little Spotted Kiwi stamp and postcard from Olivia's trip to New Zealand.

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

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Lovely card and letter from Becky.

Incoming Mail--Melyssa in Colorado

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Great Denver postcards from Melyssa.

Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico

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Another postcard from my sister's trip to Ireland.

Outgoing Mail--August 1-15, 2018

Letters to Steph in Minnesota, Penny in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Brandy in Virginia, Amanda in New Mexico, Wanda in Canada, Garrett in New Mexico, Jenn in Texas, Kym in Colorado, Millie in Alaska, Lisa in Washington, Barbara in South Carolina, and Melynda in Texas.

Postcards to SJ in Iowa, Joel in Arizona, Becky in Oregon, William in New Mexico, Jenn in Texas, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Amanda in New Mexico, Sue in North Carolina, Hans in Spain, Mom in Nebraska, Laura in Iowa, Steph in Minnesota, Millie in Alaska, Sarah in Wisconsin, Liz in Iowa, Fish in Taiwan, Michele in New Mexico, Andrew in Iowa, Shon in Nebraska, Melynda in Texas, Lisa in Washington, Terri in California, Billy in Wisconsin, Melyssa in Colorado, Fish in Taiwan, Keli in Nebraska, Olivia in Northern Ireland, Ada in Oregon, and Iris in Oregon.