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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...
My dear Lynne! My daughter will be studying in Wales a year from now (Swansea). I'll have to pass along to her the fact winter loses its grip so much earlier in Britain. Here we still have snow. No flowers popping up 'til late March/early April at the earliest. And we can't plant anything 'til mid-MAY... Sigh. But she won't be that far from you next year, will she? The lucky thing! Lisa :-)
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Large container of pate (can't do accent mark!) coming your way, Magnus my friend, if you pick me.
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I must read this book! Creepy old houses are definitely my sort of thing. Lisa
I found it! I did! I posted about today's book haul on my blog and In a Dry Season was one of them! I'm pleased and have two books to finish ahead of it - including the JK Rowling The Casual Vacancy - then I'll start it. Yay!
I'm about 200 pp in and I think it's well-written so far. It won't be the best book I've read this year but it's far from the worst. I'm trying to think whose style it reminds me of but can't quite decide. It's very British and serious. The characters are well-drawn - though so many it's hard keeping track of who's who. The plot's okay, not quite as tight as it could be but she has 300 pages left to draw it in. Pretty good, methinks.
Mmm, yum! I'm just now starting to look for such engrossing thrillers - came across Karin Fossum's name, have you read her? I love Ian Rankin, for one, and preferred settings are villages in Britain. This one, featuring a lost village is exactly my sort of book! Will hit the used bookshops to look for this and also the Vintage Penguins I've fallen in lust with. Thanks for the lovely review!
Yesssssssss!!!! Congratulations!!
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2012 on We Are The Chosen Ones at Causerie
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Alrighty. It's official. The shortlist: Tan Twan Eng - The Garden Of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books) Deborah Levy - Swimming Home (And Other Stories/Faber & Faber) Hilary Mantel - Bring Up The Bodies (Fourth Estate) Alison Moore - The Lighthouse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at Bluestalking
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September, 2009 It's September: the days are becoming noticibly shorter, the temperatures beginning to drop a little - after a miserable summer of drought and record heat - the leaves barely beginning to change color already. All those long evenings... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at Bluestalking
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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens. Twelve. September 4, 2012. [Review copy from publisher.] Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Bluestalking
I say it's a gentle rant because earlier I drafted a partial post that's an uncharacteristically harsh, Christopher-Hitchens-would-be-proud, screed in which I railed against the publishing industry, libraries, the average reader and a bunch of other things I won't go... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Bluestalking
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Either Typepad has gotten tremendously ill and is regurgitating bad facts or my stats have gone through the roof, thanks to a posting about himself, Sebastian Barry (!). It's an older post, about On Canaan's Side, and the hits on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Bluestalking
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An opinion piece, in lieu of a Sunday Salon installment today: I was pondering the other day - yes, it happens - on book blogs, specifically why people read them and why people write them, what purpose they serve, that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Bluestalking
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Source: ffffound.com via Lissie on Pinterest Oh, don't be silly. I don't mean YOU, Dear Readers. I mean the rest of the world, the rude people who ignore the fact I'm clearly absorbed in something which precludes simultaneously engaging in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Bluestalking
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In the midst of it all, we're getting my daughter and oldest child ready to leave for college. We're down to less than a week now, shockingly enough, and the child is so high on life it's almost insulting. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at Bluestalking
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Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (May 1, 2012) Blog Name: Bookshelf: The home of interesting bookshelves, bookcases and things that look like them since 2007 Blog Writer: Alex Johnson, author of Bookshelf Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at Bluestalking
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See my 2012 Man Booker Predictions as They Evolve. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at Bluestalking
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. Random House. July 2012. [Library copy.] Honestly, I meant it - at the time - when I said I didn't intend to follow the Bookers this year, at least... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at Bluestalking
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Dedicated Bluestalking readers (I adore both of you!!) will be all too familiar with my feelings of worship respect for Irish author Sebastian Barry, as well as the ongoing saga that has consisted of: my reading of his works (including... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Bluestalking
The Longlist - 2012 [Note: the first list I published was incomplete. I like this one much, much better.] The Yips by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate) A state-of-the-nation comedy based in the pre-Twitter world of 2006. The Teleportation Accident by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at Bluestalking
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Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, 1912 “Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.” Death in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at Bluestalking
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No, I'm not writing about '50 Shades...' or anything sordid implied by my crazy-racy post title. No strippers, no wild, drunken parties, no sexytime. Sorry to disappoint. Picture, instead, the romance of eating dinner over the sink to minimize dirty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at Bluestalking