Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Canada by Richard Ford

But for my parents, who drove away on Thursday morning completely innocent, with only a trivial debt owed to a small group of ineffectual Indians – something they could’ve ironed out successfully any number of ways – this kind of thinking didn’t occur. Although most certainly it did occur to them, even as soon as they were driving home to Great Falls the next day – as felons; any thoughts of getting away with what they’d done rising away from them into the flat summer sky.

-- Canada by Richard Ford. This is a great story!

Richard Ford is a favorite of mine, and it’s still taken me six years to get around to reading this one.

Any other Richard Ford fans? What’s your favorite? I like all the Frank Bascombe books, particularly the second one, Independence Day.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Mailbox Monday: The River by Starlight

What books came into your house last week? I got a new, historical novel that looks terrific!

The River by Starlight by Ellen Notbohm. This debut novel is based on a true story about a homesteading couple in Montana in the early 1900s. Their initial fiery romance and financial success is threatened by world events, natural disaster, and Annie's mysterious illness.

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Book Beginning: Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story by Irene Butter




When I got off the ship that brought me to the United States in 1945, the American relatives who took me in urged me to forget everything that had happened to my family -- and to me -- in the Holocaust.
-- Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story by Irene Butter. Butter was Anne Frank's neighbor in Amsterdam before her family was taken to a concentration camp.

It was decades before she told her story outside a close circle of family and friends, as she recently wrote about in The New York Times.

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.

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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.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Storyline Serendipity: Dame Julian of Norwich



Dame Julian of Norwich came up in Larry's Party by Carol Shields and Scandalous Risks by Susan Howatch, two books I was reading at the same time this month.

Julian of Norwich (1342 - 1416) was a Christian mystic and theologian, known for her book Revelations of Divine Love, which is considered to be the first book written in English by a woman.

In Larry's Party, Larry's second wife is a woman's studies professor specializing in the lives of female saints. She breezily mentions one day that she is off to St. Julian's Church in Norwich to study Dame Julian. 

Scandalous Risks is part of Howatch's Starbridge Series of novels about the Church of England in the 20th Century, set in the fictional diocese of Starbridge. Dame Julian's name is dropped during pre-dinner cocktail banter among the cloister set.


Have you had the experience of something coming up in a book -- an event, place, idea, historical character, or even an unusual word -- and then shortly after, the same thing comes up in a different book completely by coincidence? I call this Storyline Serendipity.

I don't mean like when you take a class in Russian history and read two books about the Tsar. Or when you read two mysteries and there are dead bodies in each.

I mean random coincidence between two books. I like it when this happens because it makes me slow down and pay more attention to how the event or idea, place or character was treated in each book. I get a little more out of each book than I would have if the universe hadn't paired them on my reading list.

If you experience Storyline Serendipity, feel free to grab the button and play along. If you want to, please leave the link to your post in a comment. Or leave the link to your post on the Rose City Reader facebook page. If you want to participate but don't have a blog or don't feel like posting, please share your serendipity in a comment.

This is a once-in-a-while blog event that I'll post as I come across Storyline Serendipity. If you want to participate, post whenever you want and leave a comment back here on my latest Storyline Serendipity post. If it ever catches on, we can make it a monthly event.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

It had crossed my mind that I ought to ready myself physically for a potential meeting with the musician by making a few improvements. Should I make myself over from the inside out, or work from the outside in?

-- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I enjoy how this story unfolds bit by bit, as told by Eleanor, a most unreliable narrator. 

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

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