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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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The Dreyfus Affair. I have always thought I knew what it was about. Someone was stealing secrets from the French military and handing them over to the Germans. A note incriminating its author was found in a wastebasket by a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at MarysLibrary
In 1974 Robert Caro published this monumental (1426 pages) biography of Robert Moses, The Power Broker. This is the man who held New York City in his grip for 40 years. Caro has written a history of the city and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at MarysLibrary
This was quoted on the episode of Morse we were watching last night. The Hound of Heaven By Francis Thompson I FLED Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at MarysLibrary
"If you're reading a book, folks, it ain't self-help. It's help." This is George Carlin on self-help and self-actualization. Steve Salerno, in this book about the hoax that is self-help, suggests people should stop fooling themselves and avoid ". .... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at MarysLibrary
I always thought the Limberlost was a mountainside in Colorado until I actually read the book and found it was a swamp in Indiana. And I loved the book and all the butterflies. Did you know that it is a sequel to Freckles, another book with some of the same characters? The swamp was nearly gone when people made an effort to save it and bring some of it back and I believe they have been successful. I, too, have downloaded The Keeper of the Bees.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2019 on Recent reading at Random Jottings
This year's Lenten reading is WHC Frend's The Rise of Christianity. I bought it when it was first published in 1984 and I read it in 1987. I think it's time to read it again. So far I'm being remind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at MarysLibrary
The Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant is a whopper, 1152 pages. The footnotes more than double the amount of text. But there's so much I don't know about Grant and his presidency and this is such an easy way... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at MarysLibrary
I'm having trouble tearing myself away from Nero Wolfe novels. I've read five of them in less than a week. Now I find another blogger is also a Rex Stout fan, the Trollopian Eve Fisher whose blog is Sleuth Sayers.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at MarysLibrary
I've discovered Rex Stout. Rediscovered him. Some years ago we used to watch the TV show with Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin. Santa gave Wilhelm a set of the DVDs from the 2001 TV show and the stories are just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at MarysLibrary
At her blog, Random Jottings, Elaine has declared this book, Bella Figura, by Kamin Mohammadi to be her favorite of all she read in 2018. So how was I to resist? The library had it, I requested it, it came,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at MarysLibrary
Back in January of 2006 I started my blog at the instigation of some friends back in the DC area who said they wanted to be able to keep up with what I had been reading. So I listed some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at MarysLibrary
We all have our favorite detectives. One of mine is Barbara Cleverly's Joe Sandilands, veteran of the Great War and pretty high up in Scotland Yard for his age. The first books are set immediately post-World War I with Joe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at MarysLibrary
In mid-November I ordered some Swedish kardemumma skopor, cardamom cookies, and I've been waiting for them more or less patiently. They didn't arrive until this week, well after our New Year's Eve in Stockholm celebration. I've been eating them for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at MarysLibrary
I recently re-read A Tale of Two Cities, the first time since high school, I think. Not a bad book as it turns out. It is filled with men who "come back from the dead" so to speak. It begins... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at MarysLibrary
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is well known for her Morland Dynasty, a series of historical novels that begins during the Wars of the Roses with The Founding, published in 1980, and finishes up 35 books later in the 1930s with The Phoenix,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at MarysLibrary
Another reading year begins today and another set of New Year's Resolutions begin the countdown to failure. I read that the typical New Year's resolution is broken by 12 January. I usually make it to about June. This is the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at MarysLibrary
Hooray for Little Women. Your rambles (or random jottings if you will) are wonderful. I hope you post on Rioux's book again as there is much in it that I'm taking back to the re-re-re-etc-reading of Little Women with an 11-year-old friend.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Reading about the death of the famed Stan Lee (nee Stanley Martin Lieber) I was inspired to re-read Kavalier & Clay, a novel about the comic book world in New York City in the 20th century. I think it's one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Four men were in the running for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1860. Three of them were certain they would be the candidate. The fourth was Abraham Lincoln. And when it was all over and Lincoln was chosen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at MarysLibrary
I was delighted to find my library has a copy of The Bird in the Tree. I've requested it and look forward to it greatly. I'm a huge fan of The Little White Horse and Green Dolphin Street.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2018 on The Bird in the Tree at Cornflower Books
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The Christie Watson book looks wonderful. I've requested it from the library and I'm looking forward to it.
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G M Malliet wrote a series of three mysteries featuring Detective Chief Inspector St Just. They are: Death of a Cozy Writer (2008) Death and the Lit Chick (2009) Death at the Alma Mater (2010) I don't know why she... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at MarysLibrary
The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser -- in case you thought optimism was dead. -Robert Brault, software developer,writer Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at MarysLibrary
At the end of King Uzziah’s reign in 740 b.c., the prophet Isaiah was tasked with warning the Jews of God’s wrath. But, in Nock’s rephrasing of the Biblical text, God gave this disclaimer: “I suppose perhaps I ought to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at MarysLibrary