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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.

 

More History Reading Choices January 26, 2017

Filed under: History,Politics,Reading,U. S. History — Janet @ 7:32 pm

 

Very appropriate reading at this point in time in our country.

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Reading Choices January 2, 2017

Filed under: Book stores,Books,Films,Reading — Janet @ 8:40 pm

I’m forever working through my pile of unread books.  The pile of unreads grows faster than the pile of reads.  Makes me think of the Walt Disney  film Fantasia back in the 1940’s.  One of the first films I ever saw – probably in the University Theater in Harvard Square.    The water kept coming despite Mickey Mouse frantically trying to keep ahead of the deluge.

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img_2138  Here’s a book for the New Year 2017.  Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch.  An interesting fictional take on Seattle’s history since the World’s Fair in 1962.   I found this book 2nd hand at Eagle Harbor Books over on Bainbridge Island. It had lurked near the bottom of my unreads pile for about a year.

 

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.

 

Happy Birthday to Larry McMurtry June 4, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Larry McMurtry,Literary Figures,Reading — Janet @ 12:04 am

Today is the 80th birthday of one of my favorite authors – Larry McMurtry

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Iris Murdoch March 30, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,Iris Murdoch,Notable Women,Oxford England,Reading — Janet @ 10:47 pm

Iris_MurdochIris Murdoch, 1919-1999   Philosopher, Writer

I was reminded of Iris today when I came across a long review of her novel The Red and the Green, published in 1965. (The review was by Pauline Hall in The Dublin Review of Books) The novel, The Red and the Green,  had to do with the Easter Rising in 1916, so recently commemorated in Ireland on Easter weekend 2016.

I read several novels by Iris Murdoch back in the late 1960’s.  I did not like them very much – they were just not to my taste and I failed to understand them or appreciate them.

Nevertheless she went on to win the Nobel Prize and many other honors.

I did read her husband John Bailey’s book IRIS, telling of her tragic decline with Alzheimer’s disease.

That book was compelling reading – I could not put it down.  Our ferry from Holyhead Wales to Dublin was delayed for most of the night one Christmas – I had the book IRIS with me – I read it non-stop and didn’t mind the ferry delay at all.

 

 

Interesting Reading February 24, 2016

Filed under: Books,Reading — Janet @ 8:11 pm

001 Recommended for readers who like books about Germany in WorldWar II, the Nazi’s and citizens of Jewish faith.