Sunday, June 30, 2019

June 2019 Reading

An enjoyable bunch of books this month, only a couple I didn't much like. Only online reading was the Ibsen play.

Fiction 
Exposed; Blondel, Jean-Philippe; translated from the French by Anderson, Alison *****
City of Jasmine; Grjasnowa, Olga; translated from the German by Derbyshire, Katy***** (advance review copy through LibraryThing)
77; Saccomanno, Guillermo: translated from the Spanish by Labinger, Andrea G. *****

A Brightness Long Ago; Kay, Guy Gavriel ****
The Porpoise; Haddon, Mark ****

Lifelines; Diehl, Heidi ***(advance review copy through Goodreads)

Southernmost; House, Silas ***
The Spies of Shilling Lane; Ryan, Jennifer ***
The Electric Hotel; Smith, Dominic ***
All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother; Teller, Danielle ***

Mistress of the Ritz; Benjamin, Melanie **

Short Stories
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories; Rubin, Jay, editor*****

Orange World and Other Stories; Russell, Karen *

Play
The Lady from the Sea; Ibsen, Henrik ****  (on Project Gutenberg)


Nonfiction
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler; Olson, Lynne ****
1941: The Year Germany Lost the War; Nagorski, Andrew ****
A Foodie's Guide to Tuscany: Places, Flavours, Itineraries, Must Do for the Epicurian Explorer ; 20 Fabulous Recipes; Lepore, Gabriella **   (Kindle freebie)

Saturday, June 01, 2019

May 2019 Reading

A lot of reading in May, over twenty books and only a couple of duds.

Fiction
Memories of the Future; Hustvedt, Siri *****
The Dragonfly Sea; Owuor, Yvonne Adhiambo ****
The Vexations; Horrocks, Caitlin (Advance Review Copy) ****
The Great Passage; Miura, Shion; (Juliet Winters Carpenter translator) ****
Old Buildings in North Texas; Waldo, Jen ****

West; Davies, Carys ***
Still Waters (Sandhamn, #1); Sten, Viveca; (Marlaine Delargy and Laura A. Wideburg translators) *** 
Disappearing Earth; Phillips, Julia ***
Hunting Game (An Embla Nyström Investigation #1); Tursten, Helene; (Paul Norlén translation) ***

The Hunting Party; Foley, Lucy *** 
The Order of the Day; Vuillard, Éric; (Mark Polizzotti translation) ***

The Jewel Garden; Pemberton, Marilyn **
Biloxi; Miller, Mary *

Short Story Collections
Evening in Paradise: More Stories; Berlin, Lucia ****
That Time I Loved You: Stories; Leung, Carrianne****

Poetry
A Pushcart at the Curb; Dos Passos, John

Middle Grade Children's Book
To Night Owl from Dogfish; Sloan, Holly Goldberg ****

Nonfiction
The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age; Damrosch, Leo *****
Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution; Zia, Helen ***** 
Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink; Cook, Kevin *****

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life; Klinenberg, Eric ***
Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells; Iyer, Pico ***



Gutenberg find
10 Luscious New Cakes subtitle: Made by Spry's amazing new one-bowl method
Spry is a mostly-defunct brand of vegetable shortening that competed with the now-better-known Crisco. Produced by Lever Bros., it was available in the USA from 1936 until sometime in the 1970s. This pamphlet has a note "LEVER Golden Jubilee USA 1895-1945" so it was probably published around 1945.

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1. Gloria Chocolate Layer Cake
2. Golden Jubilee Cake
3. Orange Upside-Down Cake
4. Gala Party Cake
5. Marbled Spice Cake
6. Peerless Coconut White Cake
7. Filigree Devil’s Food Cake
8. Victorian Applesauce Cake
9. Fudge Bar Cake
10. Cherry Dream Cake

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Read in April


No real duds for April and some excellent:

Fiction (in most liked to least liked order):

These two got 5 stars:

Everything Under by Johnson, Dais

Murmur by Eaves, Will

Four stars for these:
Waiting for Bojangles by Bourdeaut, Olivier; translated from the French by Kramer, Regan
Arturo's Island: A Novel by Morante, Elsa; translated from the Italian by Goldstein, Ann
Little Faith by Butler, Nickolas
Virgil Wander by Enger, Leif

Three+ stars for these:
The Winter Soldier by Mason, Daniel
The Shape of the Ruins by Vásquez, Juan Gabriel; translated from the Spanish by McLean, Anne

Three stars for this:
The Betel Nut Tree Mystery (Crown Colony #2)by Yu, Ovidia
 OK, but not a series I want to follow

Nonfiction so diverse that they can't be listed by preference. I am glad I read them:
Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal by Taylor, Yuval   
Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present by Blom, Philipp
Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Reichl, Ruth


And from my online reading:

A gender fight over an Italian dish by Stefania D'Ignoti

Sunday, April 21, 2019

April - First Half

Not in the blogging mood....

Not All Writers Can Afford Rooms of Their Own Interview with George Henson by Asja Bakić

Here are two I read back in October when I was reading The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century by Mark Lamster
Philip Johnson: A Complicated, Reprehensible History
Mark Lamster, author of Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century: The Man in the Glass House, is interviewed by Martin Pedersen

Tomorrow's Small House
MOMA exhibit from 1945

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Online Goodies



The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde, and Other Stories by Mary De Morgan  on Project Gutenberg



Mary de Morgan: Subversion through Fairy Tales by Marilyn Pemberton







The Orchid Album, Vol 1  ; The Orchid Album, Vol 2 by Robert Warner and Benjamin Samuel Williams and Thomas Moore
There are over 40 colored plates in each of these two volumes.
On Project Gutenberg.



U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pomological Watercolor Collection
This is an amazing collection. There are over 7,000 images in this searchable database.