Not many trips this week--too hot.
Monday - picnic Wickham Park, Manchester/East Hartford. Not a state or city park. It's a private foundation. $5 a car entrance fee. Lovely gardens, nice picnic areas.
Wednesday - picnic (with wading) Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middlefield/Middletown
This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Two of Spades; the story is On the Beautiful Blue Danube by Georgi Tenev; translated from the Bulgarian by Angela Rodel (in Bat City Review, Issue 10, 2014)
The Danube is not anything near beautiful in this story of hazmat disposal.
The Two Most Beautiful Words in Doughnut Language
from my shelves...
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
A pleasant read to fill in between more serious stuff. Actually this covered some serious stuff, but with a light touch. Not too dense.
Advance review copy from publisher.
Fashion Climbing. A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham; Preface by Hilton Als
It's fun to read a memoir by someone who had a passion for his work. This covers Cunningham early life and his struggle to make a living designing hats. Some inside stuff, some gossip, some goofy parties, and what it's like in the salons when designers parade their new lines. Fun to read. I was a bit disappointed that this didn't cover the latter portion of his life when he was a street photographer.
Advance review copy from the publisher.
Bat City Review, Issue 10/2014 (see here for contents)
Literary journal from the University of Texas at Austin. Poetry, Fiction, and Art.
from the library...
In the Land of Eternal Spring by Alan Howard
Young Americans get tangled up in the 1960s political situation in Guatemala.
Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally
Difficult subject matter--child abuse.
Revolution!: Writings from Russia: 1917 by Pete Ayrton (Editor)
Three that I checked out for home improvement ideas:
Dream Porches and Sunrooms: Designing the Perfect Retreat by Michael Snow
Pretty pictures and none of it fits my budget or daily life style. Nice places to visit.
Ultimate Guide: Porches by Steve Cory
A couple of these might actually be something I would want to add to my house.
Ideas for Great Patios & Decks by Sunset Magazines & Books
Maybe, if I still lived in California...