Saturday, July 30, 2016

Review: The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown



When Madeleine's marriage hits a rough patch, she takes inspiration from her grandmother Margie's diary to spend a daring summer in Paris. Madeleine had always thought her grandmother was the model wife and mother – all elegance and reserve. But Margie's diary showed another side: a free spirit who bolted to Jazz Age Paris for the adventure and romance of living in café society.

Inspired by Margie, Madeleine flees her own broken marriage for a summer in Paris. Looking for healing, she reconnects with her grandmother and her own creative self. The book alternates between Madeleine's and Margie's stories. Madeleine's story is set in 1999, which makes it modern without the distraction of current events and technology, allowing Brown to focus on bigger, timeless themes.

The Light of Paris brims with the requirements of a satisfying story – conflict, family secrets, difficult family relationships, new loves, more conflict, romance, courage, self-discovery, and a gratifying ending. And, of course, Paris. Paris, Paris, Paris. Jazz Age Paris and Paris in the more recent past.

Eleanor Brown’s prose glows and sparkles like a glass of champagne and her book is a toast to independence, self-discovery, and the never-ending allure of Paris.

NOTES

Eleanor Brown wrote the bestselling novel, The Weird Sisters. She drew on the true story of her own grandmother's romantic trip to Paris in the 1920s in writing The Light of Paris.

I just added The Light of Paris to my French Connections list.

OTHER REVIEWS

If you would like your review of The Light of Paris listed here, please leave a comment with a link and I will list it.

BookPage by Karen Ann Cullotta
Kirkus Reviews
Minneapolis Star Tribune by Laurie Hertzel




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book Beginning: A Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING



It is an unlikely name for the most remote point in the contiguous forty-eight states: the Thorofare.

-- A Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare: A Journey Through the Remotest Place by Michael J. Yochim.

In 2014, Yochim and two friends spent a week exploring the Thorofare, a remote region in Yellowstone National Park, and that expedition became the backbone of his book. He also draws on the first-person accounts of the rangers who patrol the area, historical documents, and his earlier personal experiences working in Yellowstone and Yosemite.

A Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare is a great book for inspiring summer adventures or celebrating 100 years of our National Parks.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Sensing Light by Mark A. Jacobson



"I stuck myself . . ."
She had begun calmly but now lost control.
"With a bloody needle,' she sobbed, "from a GRID patient."  

Sensing Light by Mark A. Jacobson. This debut novel is by a doctor who worked himself at San Francisco General Hospital in the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, before the disease even had it's now-familiar name.

Sensing Light is the story of three doctors working in San Francisco at the beginning of the AIDS crisis, trying to figure out why gay men were getting sick and dying. Jacobson effectively mixes medical history with a powerful story of the personal and professional lives of the people living through the confusing early days of a new era.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at Books and a Beat, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mailox Monday: a New Biogragraphy of Evelyn Waugh



Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

One new book came into my house last week that looks great:



Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited by Philip Eade. 50 years after Waugh's death, this new biography draws on previously unseen primary sources for a fresh look at one of the 20th Century's most fascinating authors.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Beginning: Sensing Light by Mark A. Jacobson



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING




MY BOOK BEGINNING



Kevin Bartholomew was writing medication orders in the residents' room, a den of tattered couches and rickety folding chairs cluttered with the detritus of take-out food delivered from local ethnic restaurants. 

Sensing Light by Mark A. Jacobson. This is the story of three doctors working in San Francisco at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. The author drew on his own experience as an intern in 1981 at San Francisco General Hospital, shortly after the CDC first reported a mysterious disease killing gay men.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

List: Erica Jong's Top 100 20th Century Novels by Women



In response to the publication of the Modern Library’s list of Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century, Erica Jong wrote an article for The Nation in which she discussed the relatively few number of books written by women that made it to the Modern Library’s list.

She also included a list of the Top 100 20th Century Novels by Women, compiled from votes cast by those “250 or so distinguished women writers and critics” and “about thirty male novelists, critics and poets” who Jong solicited directly and participants in “the rather lively writers’ forum” on Jong’s website. The results, while not scientific, would provide for some good reading. The list is in order of the number of votes received.

Those I have read are in red. Those on my TBR shelf are in blue. As always, if anyone has undertaken to read all the books on this list, I am happy to post a link to your progress reports. Just leave a comment with the link address.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Burger's Daughter by Nadine Gordimer

The Dollmaker by Harriette Simpson Arnow

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

My Ántonia by Willa Cather

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (reviewed here)

Fanny by Erica Jong

Obasan by Joy Kogawa

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Her First American by Lore Segal

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Memento Mori by Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (reviewed here)

Anya by Susan Fromberg Shaeffer

Trust by Cynthia Ozick

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beattie

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion

Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion (reviewed here)

The Group by Mary McCarthy

The Company She Keeps by Mary McCarthy

The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (reviewed here)

Mr. Fortune's Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter

Progress of Stories by Laura Riding

Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Booker winner)

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Ghost Road by Pat Barker

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (reviewed here)

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (reviewed here)

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
 
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

 
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

Things Invisible to See by Nancy Willard (reviewed here)

Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson


Disturbances in the Field by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Civil Wars by Rosellen Brown

Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr

The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford

Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein

The Children of Men by P.D. James

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi

The Life and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon

Collected Stories by Katherine Mansfield

Life in the Iron Mills by Rebecca Harding Davis

The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O'Brien

Realms of Gold by Margaret Drabble

The Waterfall by Margaret Drabble

The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell

The Women's Room by Marilyn French

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch

Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai

The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer


NOTE

Updated on January 21, 2017.

OTHERS READING THESE BOOKS

If you would like to be listed here, please leave a comment with your links to any progress reports or reviews and I will add them here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Grandma Says: Wake Up, World!



I have this masculine consciousness in my body, the men have the women's consciousness, and it needs to balance. The creator said He made us just like Him, so the Creator is man/woman, Grandfather/Grandmother.
-- Grandma Says: Wake Up, World! by Taowhywee, Agnes Baker Pilgrim, published by Blackstone Publishing.

Agnes Baker Pilgrim is a Native American spiritual elder who is the oldest living member of the Takelma Tribe of Oregon. This is a collection of "Grandma Aggie's "wisdom, wit, advice, and stories" told in her own voice.

The audiobook is part of Blackstone Audio's The Legacy Of The First Nation, Voices of a Generation Series. The book is also available in paperback and a Kindle edition.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at Books and a Beat, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mailbox Monday: Britannia Edition



Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

I've been on a Brexit inspired book buying spree and have a mountain of used books to show for it. With the exception of the P.D. James mystery from this century, all the books were published in the middle of the last, mostly in the 1950s and '60s.

Starting with the most recently published and working backwards:



The Lighthouse
by P.D. James, her 13th Adam Dalgliesh mystery (2005)



Henry and Cato by Iris Murdoch (1976)



The Moon's a Balloon and Bring on the Empty Horses, two volumes of his autobiography reprinted together (1972; 1975)



The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens, which won the Booker Prize (1969)



The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch (1968)



The Italian Girl by Iris Murdoch (1964)



The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch (1963)



The Old Men at the Zoo by Andgus Wilson, which is on Anthony Burgess's list of his favorite 99 novels (1961)



The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay (1956)



Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson (1956)



Such Darling Dodos, short stories by Angus Wilson (1950)



England, Their England by A.G. Macdonell (1933)



Lady into Fox by David Garnett, which won the James Tait Black Prize (1922)



Saturday, July 16, 2016

Favorite Author: Ellis Peters



Ellis Peters is the pen name of British author Edith Mary Pargeter (1913 – 1995), who is best known for her two mystery series, although she also wrote historical fiction and nonfiction and translated Czech classics.

I'm reading her mystery series featuring police Inspector George Felse. Her medieval-detective series, The Cadfael Chronicles, featuring a Benedictine monk detective, is more popular and was adapted for tv starring Derek Jacobi as Brother Cadfael. I'll get to it one of these days.

Those I have read are in red; those on my TBR shelf are in blue.

Inspector George Felse Series
  1. Fallen into the Pit (1951)
  2. Death and the Joyful Woman (1961; Edgar Award Winner)
  3. Flight of a Witch (1964)
  4. A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (1965)
  5. The Piper on the Mountain (1966)
  6. Black is the Colour of My True Love's Heart (1967)
  7. The Grass-Widow's Tale (1968)
  8. The House of Green Turf (1969)
  9. Morning Raga (1969)
  10. The Knocker on Death's Door (1970)
  11. Death to the Landlords (1972)
  12. City of Gold and Shadows (1973)
  13. Rainbow's End (1978)
Brother Cadfael Series
  1. A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977)
  2. One Corpse Too Many (1979)
  3. Monk's Hood (1980)
  4. St. Peter's Fair (1981)
  5. The Leper of St. Giles (1981)
  6. The Virgin in the Ice (1982)
  7. The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983)
  8. The Devil's Novice (1983)
  9. Dead Man's Ransom (1984)
  10. The Pilgrim of Hate (1984)
  11. An Excellent Mystery (1985)
  12. The Raven in the Foregate (1986)
  13. The Rose Rent (1986)
  14. The Hermit of Eyton Forest (1987)
  15. The Confession of Brother Haluin (1988)
  16. A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael (1988; three novellas)
  17. The Heretic's Apprentice (1989)
  18. The Potter's Field (1989)
  19. The Summer of the Danes (1991)
  20. The Holy Thief (1992)
  21. Brother Cadfael's Penance (1994)

NOTES

If you have any posts about Ellis Peter's books, please leave a comment with a link and  I will list it here.

Favorite Author: Ellis Peters



Ellis Peters is the pen name of British author Edith Mary Pargeter (1913 – 1995), who is best known for her two mystery series, although she also wrote historical fiction and nonfiction and translated Czech classics.

I'm reading her mystery series featuring police Inspector George Felse. Her medieval-detective series, The Cadfael Chronicles, featuring a Benedictine monk detective, is more popular and was adapted for tv starring Derek Jacobi as Brother Cadfael. I'll get to it one of these days.

Those I have read are in red; those on my TBR shelf are in blue.

Inspector George Felse Series
  1. Fallen into the Pit (1951)
  2. Death and the Joyful Woman (1961; Edgar Award Winner)
  3. Flight of a Witch (1964)
  4. A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (1965)
  5. The Piper on the Mountain (1966)
  6. Black is the Colour of My True Love's Heart (1967)
  7. The Grass-Widow's Tale (1968)
  8. The House of Green Turf (1969)
  9. Morning Raga (1969)
  10. The Knocker on Death's Door (1970)
  11. Death to the Landlords (1972)
  12. City of Gold and Shadows (1973)
  13. Rainbow's End (1978)
Brother Cadfael Series
  1. A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977)
  2. One Corpse Too Many (1979)
  3. Monk's Hood (1980)
  4. St. Peter's Fair (1981)
  5. The Leper of St. Giles (1981)
  6. The Virgin in the Ice (1982)
  7. The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983)
  8. The Devil's Novice (1983)
  9. Dead Man's Ransom (1984)
  10. The Pilgrim of Hate (1984)
  11. An Excellent Mystery (1985)
  12. The Raven in the Foregate (1986)
  13. The Rose Rent (1986)
  14. The Hermit of Eyton Forest (1987)
  15. The Confession of Brother Haluin (1988)
  16. A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael (1988; three novellas)
  17. The Heretic's Apprentice (1989)
  18. The Potter's Field (1989)
  19. The Summer of the Danes (1991)
  20. The Holy Thief (1992)
  21. Brother Cadfael's Penance (1994)

NOTES

If you have any posts about Ellis Peter's books, please leave a comment with a link and  I will list it here.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Beginning: Grandma Says: Wake Up, World!



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING




I remember how hard it was when I was a child growing up because in those times, in Lincoln County, there was signs on restaurants and different places where Indians and dogs weren't allowed.
-- Grandma Says: Wake Up, World! by Taowhywee, Agnes Baker Pilgrim, published by Blackstone Publishing. This is a collection of the "wisdom, wit, advice, and stories of 'Grandma Aggie'" the oldest living member of the Takelma Tribe of Oregon.

Agnes Baker Pilgrim is a Native American spiritual elder who lives in Grants Pass, Oregon. She is honored as a "Living Treasure" by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and the Oregon Council of the Arts calls her a "Living Cultural Legend."

"Grandma Aggie" here speaks in her own voice, telling the stories of her childhood and her tribe, and discussing contemporary issues. The audiobook is part of Blackstone Audio's The Legacy Of The First Nation, Voices of a Generation Series.

Grandma Says: Wake Up, World! is available in paperback, and also in a Kindle edition, although the audiobook recording Agnes Baker Pilgrim's own voice is the best way to experience this work.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Know Tiny Secrets by Latasha Fleming



A guide to understanding how wonderful and special you are and how your body belongs to YOU. There are NO tiny secrets when it comes to keeping your body private and safe!

Know Tiny Secrets: How To Keep Your Body Private and Safe by Latasha Fleming with illustrations by Colleen Madden.

Latasha Fleming believes that if children "Know" the secrets of sexual abuse, there will be "No" secrets. Her book is for parents to read with their 4 - 9 year olds to teach them how to be aware of and safe from sex abuse in an age-appropriate way.

Know Tiny Secrets is available in paperback or Kindle. Learn more at www.knowtinysecrets.com.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at Books and a Beat, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Beginning: Know Tiny Secrets by Latasha Fleming



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING



This book is for my India Marie and dedicated to all children who are victims of abuse, neglect and uncertainty.

Know Tiny Secrets: How To Keep Your Body Private and Safe by Latasha Fleming with illustrations by Colleen Madden.

Latasha Fleming believes that if children "Know" the secrets of abuse, there will be "No" secrets. Her book provides a safe, age-appropriate way to teach children awareness of sexual abuse at a young age. It is designed for parents to read with their 4 - 9 year olds.

Know Tiny Secrets is very well done and is available in paperback or Kindle. Learn more at www.knowtinysecrets.com.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander



The glare from the flashing emergency lights and the movement of so many people made me dizzy. I tried to focus on one spot.

Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander. This is the fourth book in Alexander's Bakeshop Mystery series featuring Jules Capshaw, amateur sleuth and owner of Torte, an Ashland, Oregon bakery.

When Jules's ex-husband shows up in town about the same time as the owner of a local restaurant turns up dead, mystery and romance get tricky for Jules.




Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at Books and a Beat, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Mailbox Independence Day


Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

I got one book last week, and I am very excited to read it:Two books came into my house last week, and both look very good:



The Innocents by Ace Atkins. This is the latest in Atkins's Quinn Colson series, which is new to me. It's praised as "Modern Southern gothic" with a magnetic hero,"crackling humor," muscular prose, etc., etc. I can't wait to dive in.



Sensing Light by Mark A. Jacobson. This new novel is based on the true story of doctors working on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS crisis in San Francisco, starting in 1979, before the disease was even identified. It sounds fascinating.

Happy Independence Day!




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