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Frances
DC Metro
Print junkie. Educator.
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Yay! I am hoping that I can do a better job of predicting some of the longlist titles this year so that my reading mountain is quite so steep. Summer freedom. Right around the corner.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2016 on summer reading (for nuts) at Nonsuch Book
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The calls to plan summer reading began to appear in my Twitter feed this past week - informal group reads, magazines and websites offering lists of suggestions from amongst new releases, and the ubiquitous BuzzFeed article promising to match you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
I read Sweet Danger not too long ago - my first Allingham title - and am now hooked. Have not read this one yet and am now excited to do so. Thanks for the push in its direction!
You are welcome! It was fun to do. Always at a little bit of a loss when I have a random weekday off and everyone is at work or school. I tend to waste time on those days. Extravagantly. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2016 on #1938club book covers at Nonsuch Book
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I was a little surprised by the Pettigrew cover also. It took a little digging to uncover too. I am really taken with that cover of The Sword in the Stone. One of those I dream about stumbling upon on one of my book shop hunts.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2016 on #1938club book covers at Nonsuch Book
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Today is a holiday (of sorts) here in the DC area so I had some time this morning to get caught up on the posts and links I saved during the week. And found that Simon and Karen's 1938 Club... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Oh please be more than half-inclined! :)
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It was a consuming read! Such a rare experience. I am eager to read more Mann now. Digging through some essays and diaries, I am also fascinated by the ways in which he was writing his own life in many ways - writing through his shifting political views and more than conflicted sexual identity especially. And it really like reading Proust to me in that feeling of time lost in the exquisite details of the story.
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The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann is incredibly challenging to write about unless perhaps you have the time and inclination to fill the same 700+ page count that this jewel of a novel occupies. Richard, who read this with me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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A long, long time ago, people enjoyed listening to the work of comedians on vinyl. My grandparents especially enjoyed Peter Sellers. My parents were great fans of George Carlin and Richard Pryor. And no adult in my family ever thought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Thanks, Audrey! Even random book picks are somehow more interesting than random sports picks which often have to do with location of team and uniform colors. But I am a bit biased. :)
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Nine match-ups so far in the annual Tournament of Books. I have picked three correctly. So my original brackets were such a mess of scratch outs and mystified expletives that I printed out a new sheet, armed myself with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Me too! I was where you are last year but managed to get through them all this year. Cannot decide if that is the best way or not. When you have read them all you feel more committed to your preferences and the goofiness of the fun wanes a little.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2016 on the rooster is laughing at me at Nonsuch Book
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Our feelings on Book of Aron are very similar. And I am glad to see that it did not upset today. I will have to go look at the comments in a few minutes. Unfortunately, work does not really allow the time to participate in that fun during the day as it happens so I settle for reading them each night.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2016 on the rooster is laughing at me at Nonsuch Book
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Loving the Mann! But your Booker International efforts make me wish I was reading a few of them as well. Maybe... I will have to check that date for the shortlist. Possibly just wait until then?
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2016 on the rooster is laughing at me at Nonsuch Book
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You are so amazingly kind to me! I can only imagine how great you are with your kiddos every day!
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2016 on the rooster is laughing at me at Nonsuch Book
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I wasn't very happy about Oreo falling either. And doubt we will see it again in the tournament. Fates and Furies as a zombie? You seem to be playing this as a whole game but I am just taking it book by book. Because you are a better planner? :) Just didn't think A Little Life deserved the win. The writing....
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0 for 4 last week, friends. That's right. Four match-ups in the opening week of the annual Tournament of Books, and I picked the wrong book for each of them. Which makes me a winner of sorts. Only seriously miffed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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I would like to know more of the history of the book.
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You have until Wednesday on the Groff so I bet you will make it. As far as the Irving goes, it is not among his best but I still prefer it to the Tyler. And Oreo was a really fun read, wasn't it?
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It's time. Tomorrow morning, Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner will kick off the Tournament of Books over at The Morning News. Waking up the rooster. The start of the silliness. Bring on the blood sport. However you choose to approach... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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Thomas of Hogglestock and I got an early start this Saturday morning at a community book sale. He had seen signs around the neighborhood, it benefits a good cause, and we are almost always ready to take a chance on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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Bellezza, Richard and I are reading The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann together this March, and starting a conversation about the book the last week of the month. Anyone else care to join in? Tiny little thing. Just a little... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
Oh, and tell me your favorite James novel?
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2016 on miscellaneous maisie at Nonsuch Book
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Always a pleasure to read with you, Audrey! Maybe I can even persuade you to read a little 20th century Henry with me later in the year? :) I made a special small pile of The Wings of the Dove, The Golden Bowl and The Ambassadors. Maybe in winter?
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2016 on miscellaneous maisie at Nonsuch Book
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