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Charlotte Self
I like to read.
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It is now -- bit of a glitch at the outset, sorry for that.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2018 on New Blog Location at Booklog for Charlotte
Thanks to Jennifer and Abby, today I have a new blog platform. They worked with Nathan on the design and now that I have done some tinkering, the time has come for the transition. I am grateful to my daughters,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
The subtitle of this book is Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, and what a fascinating story this is. It is set in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a 70-mile long peninsula with the Chesapeake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
It was Tony's review that sent me to this book, and thank you for that, Tony. It is set in London and begins in 1945 when Nathaniel, the narrator and his sister were teenagers and their parents left them "in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
I'm sure you're right that Jill Ker Conway made her life in the US, though she did sell a lot of books describing the bush in Australia to Americans. But Germaine Greer! I too think of her as transformative. Reading about her in Wikipedia I realize that it was from Germaine Greer's ideas that I came to believe that feminism in the 60s and 70s would serve us better to encourage men to be more like us than that we become like men.
This 1989 autobiography tells the story of a truly rare person, a brilliant academic born in Australia who came to the US to study when she was 25. She was the first woman to be president of Smith College. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
There is much to admire about this book, but at half way through, I gave it up. I want to read Michelle de Kretser's two recent novels, but this was available at the library, so I gave it a try.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
Another book in the Maisie Dobbs series; this is my third and again I appreciated the accompaniment as I worked on routine tasks. This one, like Birds of a Feather is set around 1930 and though the economic hardships are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
Oh yes, it is pretty wonderful. It has so much I appreciated and valued.
Kim Scott won his first Miles Franklin Award in 2000 and was the first indigenous writer to win that prize. I listened to his winner of the 2011 Miles Franklin as an audiobook, then bought it for my kindle. And... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
The second in the series of Maisie Dobbs books was at least as satisfying as the first. I was surprised how much I enjoyed revisiting the exceptional Maisie, but it was a lovely companion to kitchen work, walking, and weeding.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
Aminatta Forna's mother was Scottish and her father was from Sierra Leone. When she was young, her father worked in Sierra Leone as a physician. He was imprisoned and declared an Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience and later was hanged in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. Tony's review. American Fire by Monica Hess. About an arsonist on the Eastern Shore. Audiobook. The Road to Coorain by Jill Ker Conway. Audiobook. There There by Tommy Orange. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
This is my fourth Kate Atkinson book (Life After Life, A God in Ruins, and Case Histories) and I have loved each one. This one and Case Histories feature Jackson Brodie, a former policeman who became a private investigator. The... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
He is a wonderful writer and this is a good one. I was undone by reading about the con that we are experiencing every day.
It would be fun to re-read the Nile books or Cooper's Creek.
And it's so easily confused with Yalta.
Because of a planned visit to Malta next year, I googled "books set in Malta" and began with this one. It is remarkably good at putting you in the place and I feel I have walked the hill of Valetta,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
Laura recommended this series to me and this first one made a great audiobook to listen to while cooking, walking, and gardening. First published in 2003, it is set around the time of the First World War in Britain and... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
Early in his career the 2014 Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan ghost-wrote a book about Australia's greatest con man John Friedrich and this book is a fictional retelling of that experience. The narrator Kif is a long-time drinking buddy/friend of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
An appealing audiobook on several counts, News of the World interestingly inhabits a different time. It is set in Texas shortly after the Civil War when a reader with a good suit could make his way by traveling to small... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
This unconventional ramble through the life of the author of two popular history books that I dearly loved (The White Nile and The Blue Nile) was a pleasant walk indeed. It was a few months before our trip to Australia... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
This 1961 novel tells the story of Rufus Scott, a talented drummer in Harlem, overcome by the societal forces he faces, and the stories of his friends in the aftermath of his death. He is introduced to us on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
I bought this book on the occasion of hearing Paul Auster speak about it at the 92 Street Y, an event we attended because our wonderful kids gave us tickets to it for Christmas. It was over a year before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte
Published in 1981, Muriel Spark's book was set in 1950; the narrator is a successful author looking back on writing her first book, Warrender Chase. I have thoroughly enjoyed Muriel Spark's books in the past, A Far Cry from Kensington... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Booklog for Charlotte