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Recent Reads

The Lost City of Z:  A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (2010).  Narrative nonfiction (counts as not something I regularly read for my reading self-challenge) about Percy Harrison Fawcett's disappearance, along with his son and the son's best friend, in the Amazon in 1925 and David Grann's attempt to discover what happened to them through research and his own visit to the Amazon.  Part mystery, part adventure story, and very well-told by journalist Grann.

The Call of the Ice:  Climbing 8000-Meter Peaks in Winter by Simone Moro (2014).  Italian climber Simone Moro shares vignettes about his alpine-style (quick, with as little supplies as possible) winter climbs.  Without taking anything away from Moro's accomplishments or his flair for writing, I decided I prefer reading climbing books about the longer, siege-style assaults on mountains.

Women Loving Prisoners by Sylvia Redmond (2015).  Three unrelated women, three related prisoners.  Fairly graphic sexual content, but way more realistic about the men and their goals and the women and their weaknesses than romantic.

PS. . . You're Mine by Alexa Riley (2016).  Sweet romance develops through letters between a high school teacher and a deployed Marine on his last tour before retirement.  Quick, fun read.


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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

The May selection for my work book club is Jon McGregor's If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002). The novel follows various individuals in one neighborhood on a particular day, an ordinary day that ends with a terrible tragedy.

Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?