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Lisa Guidarini
Chicago
Interests: Reading, writing, reviewing books, photography.
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Happy birthday! Any my "thing" was a little pillow my grandmother sent me. I forgot it at her house once (six hours away) and all my wailing resulted in her having to quickly pop it in the mail. It was so well loved she sewed a new pillowcase for it, which I wasn't entirely happy about...
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2013 on Happy Birthday to... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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So beautiful! I love, love, love lavender and that cake... Yes, please!
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What a clever idea to continue the Holmes tradition via his landlady! I'm going to search these out...
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Just when you think it's safe to feel fairly confident about what you've read, along comes another one. This list is from BookRiot (an intense bookish site if ever there was one) and is in answer to the question "What... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Loves, I am in the process of moving Bluestalking to Wordpress. I'm tired of dealing with the difficulties of Typepad. It can be such a butt pain sometimes. New posts may be found there as I work assiduously - behind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Bluestalking
I need to get my hands on a copy of this novel. Read the description and tell me you don't find it compelling. A sister abandons her husband in order to help her morbidly obese brother because she's afraid his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Bluestalking
When a newborn child is placed into its mother's arms the joy is indescribable; finally, after all those months of anticipation and trepidation the child lies cradled in her arms. Beneath that portrait of perfection lie all the raging hormones... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Bluestalking
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The Millionaire Dropout: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love, Change Your Life by Vince Stanzione Business/self-help isn't my usual genre but Mr. Stanzione approached me with the possibility of my reviewing his book and, after reading it, I give... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Probably doesn't need saying that I've gotten far less read this year than I'd hoped. What with all the life events transpiring, the unemployment, the job searching and what-not my reading life has all but ground to a halt. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Bluestalking
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The Girl Who Put Out the Fire by D.K. Janotta It’s the early 21st century and the dot com bubble has yet to burst. Businesses are making money hand over fist, raking in indecent amounts of money. Leo Foxe, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Bluestalking
I think I'm excited by this, despite the mixed reviews, though the last thing in the world I'd ever want to see would be the butchery of one of Faulkner's novels. It would be treasonous, positively treasonous. I'm not sure... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce ”As for playing with time, Richie, not even in your wildest dreams have you been where I’ve been. And believe me, if you go there, if you have your eyes burned open,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg. Ballantine. (2003) I owe a debt of gratitude to Elizabeth Berg for twice making public appearances at my request, her kindness doing much to raise my professional reputation. She’s more than a big star on... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura Translated from the Japanese by: Mark Ealey Harcourt Brace & Co., (1982), 180 pp. This haunting short novel is set in a tiny fishing village on the coast of Medieval Japan, in a village continually on... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Bluestalking
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From Yeast by Thomas H. Huxley "The quantity of this dirty-looking stuff, that we call the scum and the lees, goes on increasing until it reaches a certain amount, and then it stops; and by the time it stops, you... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Getting a job interview isn’t the same as having the actual job, of course, but it’s certainly a good first step. An essential first step. Especially when it’s an interview for my first choice library, one of the three or... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Our newest proud possession: an espresso/cappuccino maker touched by God himself Ever since my husband and son returned from their spring break trip to Italy, all I've been hearing is ITALYITALYITALYISSOGREATISSOGREATISSOGREAT! Hence, the appearance of a DeLonghi espresso maker (to... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Bluestalking
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It's all flying by and that's probably for the best. The sooner these "good old days" are done the better. Alas and alack, but I am a tired soul. An old and tired soul... But I am reading the most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Today is my birthday. It's also the day Virginia Woolf put rocks in her pockets and went wading in the River Ouse. Apropos. I'm pretty sure I say that same thing every year. Unlike me, it just never gets old.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Bluestalking
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“Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime.” - Andrew Marvell Once upon a time I read classics, the whole classics and nothing but the classics - something that's probably fairly common amongst people with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Bluestalking
When I say I shouldn't be let out of the house, I mean it. Or, I shouldn't be allowed near a computer with internet connectivity, more like. All I do is wreak havoc, when given half a chance. And when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Living with Shakespeare: Essays by Writers, Actors and Directors Ed. by Susannah Carson, Foreword by Harold Bloom Vintage (April 2013) This arrived on my desk at work today and I'm absolutely beside myself with joy. I hadn't heard of it;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Bestselling eBooks 2012 - via Publishers Weekly Philip Roth at 80 - via NPR Most Anticipated Books, Spring 2013 - via Publishers Weekly Jimmy Fallon's Books to Not Read - via NBC Books Aren't Dead Yet - via Salon Can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Okay, I realize I was gone a while and the Interwebs stop for no woman but did I really fall to Blog #5 from... from... what I was before, which wasn't 5? Do I need to cry blood to keep... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Sad. I've been avoiding my blog because I'm embarrassed for saying I'm throwing in the towel, embarrassed to say I changed my mind overnight, then embarrassed to have been away so long, not knowing what I want to say in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2013 at Bluestalking