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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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It is the anniversary of my first blog post back in 2006, so Mary's Library is 12 years old. So many years . . . so many books . . . so many new friends. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at MarysLibrary
About this time each year I try to predict the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals. I've had a pretty good track record in the past. I hope I'm right this year about the Newbery because The War I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at MarysLibrary
The Journey of the Magi 'A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.' And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Judith Flanders has written some excellent books about the Victorian house and the Victorian city and so I looked forward eagerly to Christmas: A Biography. Unfortunately, although there is a lot of information about the origins and development of various... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Blogger Elaine of Random Jottings is going on a cruise. Check the link on the left to get there. This will be an exciting adventure. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at MarysLibrary
My favorite New Year's Eve was the one I spent in Paris. In that city cars are not allowed to use their headlights or horns except to warn pedestrians they are in the way (note, they don't slow down.) But... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at MarysLibrary
As you can see, I've been a very good girl this year. The book with nothing on the spine is Emma Lathen's Murder Makes the Wheels Go Round. I already have the first two volumes in Simon Callow's four-volume biography... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at MarysLibrary
A Child of the Snows THERE is heard a hymn when the panes dim And never before or again, When the nights are strong with a darkness long, And the dark is alive with rain. Never we know but in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at MarysLibrary
For more than a decade we have been going to the annual Old English dinner at the Spokane Club. There are six courses, starting with fish and soup and ending with beef Wellington and bread pudding with creme Anglais. Five... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at MarysLibrary
The most gorgeously illustrated: The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney The most charming stories: I Am Bat by Morag Hood Bob Not Bob by Liz Garton Scanlon And the book everybody thinks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at MarysLibrary
It's artificial because the cats get sick drinking the water from the holder of a real tree. It's up on a cabinet and out from the wall so that the cats can't jump to it. It has my favorite ornaments... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at MarysLibrary
This list is two years old but the books are still out there and you still have that great-aunt who has read everything and whom you must find a really special present for. Here are some recommendations. Recommended by Mental... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at MarysLibrary
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
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.