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Mary Ronan Drew
Spokane, WA, USA
I can read and knit simultaneously
Interests: knitting, gardening, wagner, reading, walking
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Just ordered this from The Book Depository (not yet published in the US.)
There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood – Touch of manner, hint of mood; And my heart is like a rhyme, With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time. The scarlet of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at MarysLibrary
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Two much-anticipated books arrived today. Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews: Volume Two: Belonging, 1492-1900, is the second of two volumes, the first of which was published in 2013. A long wait for the rest of the story -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at MarysLibrary
There is a kind of love called maintenance Which stores the WD40 and knows when to use it; Which checks the insurance, and doesn't forget The milkman; which remembers to plant bulbs; Which answers letters, which knows the way The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at MarysLibrary
'Obedience in this world depends as frequently on the weakness of him who is governed as on the strength of him that governs.' - Anthony Trollope, Rachel Ray Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at MarysLibrary
An honor indeed! I've just pre-ordered my copy and I'm looking forward to reading that dedication (also the rest of the book.)
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I've requested The Horseman from the library. These look wonderful.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2017 on Just arrived ... at Cornflower Books
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You will have to fight me for the Bateman picture!
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2017 on Things to make and do at Cornflower
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These yarn colors are luscious! I particularly like Berry Stains.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2017 on Colours of the season at Cornflower
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One of the blogs I read regularly is Anecdotal Evidence, written by Patrick Kurp in Houston. Here's a quote from a recent post: Philip Larkin "in his defense of Barbara Pym and her novels: “I like to read about people... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at MarysLibrary
Like you and Claire, Lynn, I thought I was through reading the Booker contestants, but this list is particularly worthy, I think. Colson Whitehead is extraordinary and I'm surprised he didn't make the shortlist. May I put in a plug for Lincoln in the Bardo? One of the finest books I've read in a while.
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This new look at Machiavelli by Erica Benner, Be Like the Fox, concludes that he has been misunderstood for the last 500 years. He was an honest man, seeking truth, and loving democracy. This is a tough sell. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at MarysLibrary
What a clever set up! I'm looking forward to it.
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Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe by John Julius Norwich has just come home from the library. I wish this book had been around 40 years ago. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at MarysLibrary
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Jack Profumo. Christine Keeler. Harold Macmillan. Mandy Rice-Davies. Stephen Ward. They are all here in Richard Davenport-Hines' story of the affair in 1963 that brought down Macmillan and the Conservative Party. Engrossing story brilliantly written. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at MarysLibrary
I've requested this from the library. It looks fascinating.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2017 on Looks interesting at Cornflower Books
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This is just the ticket today when our temperature here in Spokane is predicted to be 101 degrees (38 Celcius.)
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One of the folks in my online Trollope group has written a mystery, Fifty-Third and Dorchester by Marvin Waschke. Think Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Think Chandler and Hammett. The story opens with a good-looking dame in the shamus' office.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at MarysLibrary
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Over the years I've often been asked "How many times you have read that book? In the case of Sense and Sensibility I have to report "too many to count." And yet every time I read it there's something new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at MarysLibrary
I was enchanted by The Watchman and I expect no less from this. The cover alone makes it worthwhile, no?
With so many reasons not to read the Paul Auster book, nonetheless I've requested a copy from the library. Erika, did you mean Maurice Druon? In searching for Paul I found the former and have requested The Iron King from the library. Alas, Zoe Oldenbourg appears to be out of print and not available for the Kindle, at least in the US. So, two enticing books added to my TBR pile.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2017 on Now I really am... at dovegreyreader scribbles
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Jeremy Thorpe was once the center of a scandalous murder for hire trial in England. At one time the head of the Liberal party and an apparently well-liked MP, Thorpe was tried for trying to hire somebody to kill off... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at MarysLibrary
“I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.” U S Grant, 1864, during the battle of Spotsylvania. Also me, 2017, in my messy library. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at MarysLibrary
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Current educational codes, tracking liberal-left, are perpetuating illusions about sex and gender. The basic leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at MarysLibrary
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I just finished reading this book. The author is the grandson of one-time American communist leader Earl Browder. Bill Browder, on the other hand , became an ardent capitalist and made a fortune investing in post-Soviet Russia. But when his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at MarysLibrary