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Margaret Drabble May 4, 2018

Filed under: Authors,Book Collections,Book covers,Books,Margaret Drabble — Janet @ 3:19 pm

I am currently reading books written by an author from the past – that is author Margaret Drabble.  She was particularly popular in the ’80’s but is still writing today.  My current book is The Radiant Way, written in 1987.  My copy is a discard from the library in La Connor, purchased in the Library Thrift Shop in La Connor.  This Thrift Shop is a great place for finding books you wished you had read but somehow passed you by.  Or maybe you read it so long ago you have forgotten all about it.  The prices are right and you are supporting a good cause.

IMG_1567     a-very-young-margaret-drabble  a very young Margaret Drabble

Looking back at previous blog posts, I find I wrote about her and her writing in 2010.  A post titled Reading Margaret Drabble.  Most interesting.

 

 

 

 

The Voyages Of Captain Cook March 22, 2018

Filed under: Authors,Books — Janet @ 9:54 pm

IMG_5447  a hasty picture but this is the book – fascinating reading if you are interested in this sort of thing.  I’ve been fascinated from an early age. Now I’m going to go back and review some of the other books I’ve read – exploration, the South Pacific, Whaling, Armstrong Sperry – just a few names and topics that spring to mind.

 

Latest Reading December 12, 2017

Filed under: Authors,Birthdays,Books,Cats,Janet's Books,Lakota Indians,Reading — Janet @ 4:19 pm

IMG_4893  a book by Alexandra Fuller – Quiet Until the Thaw.  This is about the Lakota Indians of the Dakotas.  Whether writing about Africa or the western part of the United States, she is one of my favorite authors.

 

The Plantagenets And My Genealogy May 11, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Authors,Books,Genealogy,Reading — Janet @ 5:01 pm

IMG_3135  I am enjoying reading this book about English history.  On first encountering it one would think that it would be a pretty tough read, but no, somehow the author has made it flow.  Maybe it’s because I am eager to find some of my ancestors.  The author, Dan Jones, covers the years 1120-1399.  I’ve been able to trace a few of my ancestors back that far.

 

American Experience January 25, 2017

American Experience is a regular program on PBS – last night the life and work of Rachel Carson was featured.  Her seminal work Silent Spring was published in 1962.

rachelcarson1  Rachel Carson, 1907-1964

What an inspiring and brave woman.

 

 

Reading Choice December 11, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,Henry James,Novels,Travel — Janet @ 8:51 pm

travels-with-henry-james                  img_1942               Travels With Henry James – a surprising choice for me, not being a fan of Henry James.  Nevertheless this collection of various essays written over a period of time proved to be sufficiently interesting (and readable).  I’m not being very kind to Henry James am I.  Let’s say I’m glad to have read it but I’m not rushing out to try one of his famous novels again.

henry_james_portrait

 

Good Reading November 1, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Book covers,Books,Native Indian Tribes,Reading — Janet @ 4:36 pm

empire-summer-moon     This is one of the books I read while I was in Glastonbury Connecticut last week.  A lucky find on my son’s bookshelf.  It made for grim but gripping reading.  And it was sad too.  We whites were the immigrants pushing aside the Native Indian peoples.