Light Remains: Three Stories by A.C. Fuller (2017). Contains three diverse short stories by Fuller: Celebrity-Prayers.net, Can You Hear Me Now?, and The Last Days on Earth of Zelta Jones, Starwoman. Quick, light read with unique stories and interesting characters. The Mother's Necklace: Life and Death on Ama Dablam, the World's Most Beautiful Mountain by Matthew Horan (2018). Horan's account of training and then climbing Ama Dablam, which translates as "the mother's necklace," a 6850-meter mountain. His account includes a lot of insight into the desire to climb and compassion for other climbers.
Neighborly: A Novel by Ellie Monago (2018). Sort of strange story about Kat, who, along with her husband and baby daughter, moves into the smallest home on a dream block. Of course, the block isn't actually the slightest bit dreamy, and problems start as soon as their welcome party. Part Peyton Place, part "you can't escape your past," done …
Cards and Letters to Karen in Denmark, Barbara in South Carolina, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Tami in Oregon, AJ in New York, Laura in Iowa, Karen in Wisconsin, Barbara in Washington, and Michele in New Mexico.
Letters to Penny in Canada, Joanna in Poland, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Michele in New Mexico, Wanda in Canada, Iris in Oregon, Kelly in Maryland, Marianne in Sweden, Tracy in Texas, Penny in Canada, and Amanda in New Mexico.
Cards to Sawyer in Iowa, Mom in Nebraska, Claudia in California, Sue in North Carolina, Shon in Nebraska, Becky in Oregon, Joanna in Poland, Tracy in Texas, Garrett in New Mexico, Jenn in Texas, Terri in California, Shirley in Nebraska, Liz in Iowa, Amanda in New Mexico, Iris in Oregon, Tami in Oregon, and Keli in Nebraska.
Postcards to Hans in Sweden, Joel in Arizona, Sarah in Wisconsin, Trysha in Alabama, Sue in North Carolina, Melyssa in Colorado, William in New Mexico, Liz in Iowa, Millie in Alaska, and Jenn in Texas.
Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman (2001). At the start of the book, Ethan and Jorie Ford have a too-perfect marriage and too-perfect family that includes their preteen son, to the point that Ethan is even a local carpenter and firefighter hero who seems to have saved almost half the town, one way or another. What happens after 12-year-old Kat calls into one of those most-wanted TV shows to report the man she knows as Ethan, her next-door neighbor who also happens to be the father of her best friend, as the perpetrator of the rape and murder of a teenage girl fifteen years earlier? Told in alternating viewpoints, the novel follows the impact on various characters, not just "Ethan," Jorie, and Kat, but also Jorie's best friend, Kat's older sister, and Jorie and Ethan's son. Likely intentional, the one character I found never fully revealed was Ethan. If you like Hoffman's descriptive style and grasp for drama and emotional extremes, this book is for you.
Maya's in Washington, D.C., and New York City March 9-14 with a group of 96 eighth-graders and 15 adults.
Maya, turquoise shirt on the end, and friends at the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial. The Washington Monument is in the background.
The White House, currently home to the Trump family.
Maya, who is in the red shirt, and a Friend last night. Washington Monument in the background again.
The Capitol Building.
Birthday card from Becky in Oregon. I have some great memories involving twist cones--yum.
Valentine's Day postcard from Melyssa in Colorado. The blonde Chihuahua reminds me of Snow.
Birthday card from Amanda, my niece in New Mexico.
Valentine's Day card from my mom.
Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter (2018). Captivating read on a Norwegian immigrant who murdered several people, many of them men she lured to her farm with the promise of marriage, between 1902 and 1908, when she allegedly died in a house fire, along with three of her children. As with many interesting murder mysteries, questions remain. Where did she get most of the children she raised? Did Belle actually die in 1908? If not, what happened to her, and are there more victims? The Last Hours on Everest by Graham Hoyland (2013). Really the story of Hoyland's experiences with climbing Everest, along with his theory on what may have happened during George Mallory and Sandy Irvine's 1924 attempt on Mt. Everest. Unless a camera is recovered with resulting photographs showing how high Mallory and/or Irvine reached before disappearing, no one can ever say whether they made the summit or not. I'm evenly split on wanting t…
Birthday card from Becky in Oregon.
Valentine's Day postcard from Jenn in Texas.
Birthday card from my sister in New Mexico.
Valentine's Day postcard from Melyssa in Colorado.
Birthday card from Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.
Cards and Letters to Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Michele in New Mexico, Patricia in California, and Wanda in Canada.
Letters to Barbara in South Carolina, Shon in Nebraska, Liz in Virginia, and Michele in New Mexico.
Cards to Penny in Canada, Sharon in Nebraska, Sue in North Carolina, Liz in Iowa, Joanna in Poland, Mom in Nebraska, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Barbara in South Carolina, Liz in Virginia, Patricia in California, Shirley in Nebraska, Becky in Oregon, Jenn in Texas, Sue in North Carolina, Terri in California, Mom in Nebraska, Bobbie in Texas, and William in New Mexico.
Postcards to Sarah in Wisconsin, Millie in Alaska, Jenn in Texas, Claudia in California, Sue in North Carolina, Alexandra in Georgia, Hans in Sweden, Trysha in Alabama, and Joel in Arizona.