Sunday, September 16, 2018

September (second week) 2018 Reads

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Seven of Spades; the selection is The Wife Killer (in Singer Collected Stories I)

from the library...

White Houses by Amy Bloom

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

The Age of Eisenhower : America and the World in the 1950s by William I. Hitchcock

from my shelves...  

The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin

Sunday, September 09, 2018

September (first week) 2018 Reads

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Four of Clubs; the selection is Elizabeth Strout: ‘If I ever return to a small town, I want you to kill me’ 

from my shelves...

Her Mother's Mother's Mother and Her Daughters by Maria José Silveira; translated from the Portuguese by Eric M.B. Becker

Rochester Knockings: A Novel of the Fox Sisters by Hubert Haddad; translated from the French by Jennifer Grotz

The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments by Ann Quin; Jennifer Hodgson (Editor)

from the library...

Circe by Madeline Miller (Kindle edition)

Saturday, September 01, 2018

August (fifth week) 2018 Reads

I had planned to be away from home most of the week, but the place had no air conditioning.  Monday night was quite pleasant, Tuesday night was miserable so we gave up and came home on Wednesday morning. It was too hot to do anything but read so I made a dent in the owned-but-unread stack.

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Seven of Hearts; the selection is The Provincials by Daniel Alarcón (in The best American short stories, 2013, Kindle ed.)

The Illegal Ramen Vendors of Postwar Tokyo: Black markets and American wheat imports popularized ramen. By Hunter Lu
Two of my favorite topics - Postwar Japan and Food.

from my shelves...

When Adam Opens His Eyes by Jung-Il Jang; translated from the Korean by Sun-Ae Hwang and Horace Jeffery Hodges
 Coming of age...

Lost Cities Found Objects, linked stories by

inspired by the life of sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti

five missing Art Nouveau glass bowls created by renowned French artist Émile Gallé. Fictional account of what might have happened the the bowls.

The Baklava Club (Yashim the Eunuch #5) by Jason Goodwin 
 A pleasant mystery--not nearly as much fun as Allemen (above)--but OK.  I haven't read the others in the series, I might pick one up at the library when I want a not too demanding diversion.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

August (fourth week) 2018 Reads

Sunday drive - Explored Scoville Reservoir and Hancock Lake in Wolcott, CT. Lunch (omelets  at El Cafesito Diner, 1804 Meriden Road (Rt 844), Wolcott.
Ice cream - actually fresh peach sundae free with purchase at Rodgers Orchards, 2876 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike (Rt 322), Southington.
Another day (I forget which day) - picnic from home at Devil's Hopyard State Park East Haddam

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Ten of Diamonds; the selection is The She-Wolf (in  Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki)

from the library...

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
Sure hope I can get something else by her.

from my shelves...
Two fine novels of Dagestan:
The Mountain and the Wall by Alisa Ganieva; translated from the Russian by Carol Apollonio Bride and Groom by Alisa Ganieva: translated from the Russian by Carol Apollonio

Saturday, August 18, 2018

August (third week) 1018 Reads

Sunday day trip - an afternoon drive to and around Cogamond Lakes.
Ice cream at Moolicious Farm, 258 Feeding Hills Rd. (Route 57), Southwick MA.

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Two of Hearts; the selection is
Testimony of Malik, Israeli agent, prisoner #287690 by Randa Jarrar (in Watchlist : 32 Stories by Persons of Interest)


Fact and Fox: enter the world of Dubravka Ugrešić’s new novel, a visceral study in elusiveness

Georgi Gospodinov: enter the world of the Bulgarian writer taking on empathy, sorrow and stereotypes

from the library...

In The Shade Of Spring Leaves: The Life Of Higuchi Ichiyo, With Nine Of Her Best Stories
by Ichiyō Higuchi: Introductory biography and translation of stories by Robert Lyons Danly

from my shelves...
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien; Introduction by William H. Gass