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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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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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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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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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“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
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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
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Mo Said She Was Quirky by James Kelman Other Press (April 23, 2013) 320 pp. Source: NetGalley eBook Helen is divorced, living in London with her six-year old daughter, Sophie, and English-Pakistani boyfriend, Mo. A native of Glasgow, Helen moves... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Since January 1st I've read nineteen books, according to Goodreads. Nineteen! I set my 2013 goal at 100 (I read 50-ish last year) and am currently four books ahead of schedule. I'm never ahead for anything, friends. Anything. If you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Most 'umble thanks to Masters in English for including Bluestalking in their list of esteemed sites recommended for English majors and other rabid readers. I'm in good company with peeps such as: The New York Review of Books, The Millions,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Oh, for more time in the day. Whine! Have been rather a busy bee lately, starting and getting involved in so many books it has to be a criminal offense, or at least an offense. I finished Jim Crace's latest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Bluestalking
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Monsieur Proust's Library by Anka Muhlstein Other Press, 2012 126pp. Genre: Nonfiction/Literary Criticism Library copy. " But even at a very young age reading was for him a very serious business and he was outraged by the fact that it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Bluestalking
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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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce Random House, 2012 308 pp. Source: Library Tara Martin disappeared at age 16, her boyfriend the last person to see her, leading the police - and her family - to believe he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Bluestalking
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The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster, c. 2009; 256 pp. My personal library I couldn't stand Nicholson Baker at first. The novel was The Fermata, a book whose concept - a man who can stop time uses the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Bluestalking
We're so embroiled in the fast pace of modern life, you almost never hear the phrase "turn of the century" applied to the 90s rolling over to the 2000s. Yet here we are, busily typing away on our smart thises... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at Bluestalking
From Melville House: "But especially given his recent, rather sweet comments about the impact of his own early books — I’m thinking of his comments about trying to prep his parents for the furor he expected upon the release of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Bluestalking
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From TimeOut Chicago: Interview with George Saunders on the release of his latest: The Tenth of December "I really like people. I even like people I don’t like. But it’s hard to write a story that genuinely represents something that’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at Bluestalking
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The finalists for the NBCC awards were announced yesterday. I haven't been paying it a lot of attention, shame on me, so it came as a total surprise when the list came out. I'm not supposed to admit that, being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Bluestalking