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Reader, I Married Him:  Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre edited by Tracy Chevalier (2016).  Short stories by authors like Esther Freud, Tessa Hadley, Joanna Briscoe, and Lionel Shriver.  Not nearly as dazzling as Charlotte Bronte's original Jane Eyre, the stories are still varied in tone and style.

The One by Kiera Cass (2015).  Highly recommended by Maya, who read this book in one afternoon.  Third book in the Selection series.  Love story and fantasy wrapped together with a strong, young heroine named America.

You Already Know:  Twelve Erotic Stories by Charlotte Stein (2016).  Stories previously published in various collections.  My favorite is the first story, though there's likely something for every romance reader in this collection.  Stein remains one of my all-time favorite authors.

The Shining Mountain by Peter Boardman (1979).  Boardman's account of his 1976 climb of India's Changabang with Joe Tasker.  Winner of the 1979 John Llewelyn Rhys Prize.  Particularly bittersweet reading since the duo disappeared while climbing on Mt. Everest eight years after their success on Changabang.



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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?