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Recent Reads

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (2014).  Despite having quite a few of his own life challenges, college student Joe becomes fascinated by the life story of a convicted killer sent to die in a nursing home that he interviews for a course.  With a little help from a neighbor and his autistic brother, can Joe discover what really happened when a girl was raped and murdered decades ago?  Suspenseful story and sympathetic main characters.

Savage by Kat Austen (2016).  Exactly my kind of escapist, romantic reading.  After her boat sinks, Jane is pulled from the ocean by her very own "Tarzen," a man marooned alone on an island long enough that he has forgotten how to speak.  Sweet characters and execution.

The Narcissist You Know by Joseph Burgo (2015).  Although we're all narcissistic to a certain extent, part and parcel of survival, 1 in 20 people is an extreme narcissist.  Burgo provides vignettes and tips for interactions involving narcissists.  Should probably be required reading for Hillary Clinton right now.


Joanna said…
The first book I want to read. I like mysteries.
PS. Tomorrow I will send you a letter.
You'll have to let me know what you think if you do read the book, Joanna.

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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?