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  1. Thanks for this, Kareni. I just got four of the titles listed.
  2. Thank you, VC :) And since we're talking food I'll expound on the lowly shallot. More refined cousin to the onion, small but more vocal than the leek or chive, the oft-passed over shallot is rocking my culinary world these days. I know it's a fave of cooks but as the past few years have seen my cooking go from innovative to pedestrian to keep up with the demands of a very active homeschool schedule involving lots of commutes so such refinements have been missing. Things have eased up a tiny bit in the commute/hs regard and I'm refinding my cooking chops. Latest fave is lacinato kale chopped into very fine ribbons and sautéed with shallots and garlic. The lads love it and served with some roasted kabocha squash it makes for a nice vegetable combo. Latte and choc in hand as I write this... ☕️ ?
  3. Hi Friends, It's been a long while since I posted but something inspired me to return to TWT boards only to find it in the middle of a massive changeover. But here I am after chatting a little with some of my BaW friends who directed me to this thread. It's encouraging to see so many familiar names posting. I'm in a non-fiction mode right now, immersed in several at once. Witches and Pagans :: Women in European Folk Religion 700-1100 by Max Dashu. Lady of the Beasts :: The Goddess and Her Sacred Animals by Buffie Johnson The Runes Revealed :: An (Un) Familiar Journey by Ingrid Kincaid I've got a couple of audiobooks on the go as well, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman. My most recent fiction read was the fab Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and she has a newish book out called To the Bright Edge of the World that looks promising. I hope to post more regularly than once a year ? and it's good to 'see' you all.
  4. Not much of a reading week for me. Finishing up with The World's Wife which I thoroughly enjoyed. Started Alphabet of Thorn and am liking it so far. Leaving you with a poem by Carol Ann Duffy from The World's Wife. Pope Joan After I learned to transubstantiate unleavened bread into the sacred host and swung the burning frankincense till blue-green snakes of smoke coiled round the hem of my robe and swayed through those fervent crowds, high up in a papal chair, blessing and blessing the air, nearer to heaven than cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, being Vicar of Rome, having made the Vatican my home, like the best of men, in nominee patris et filii et spiritus sancti amen, but twice as virtuous as them, I came to believe that I did not believe a word, so I tell you now, daughters or brides of the Lord, that the closest I felt to the power of God was the sense of a hand lifting me, flinging me down, lifting me, flinging me down, as my baby pushed out from between my legs where I lay in the road in my miracle, not a man or a pope at all.
  5. Kindle daily deal at $1.99 is The Other Einstein. Just be aware that Audible has now automatically checked the 'include audio version' to each kindle book so if you don't want the audio version you need to manually uncheck each order. A bit sneaky on their part. Stacia, your book arrived :hurray: Thank you, my dear. Looking forward to delving in. Sigh, to be in a geographical position able to write such a phrase ;)
  6. It's a slow book week here. But the familia is thoroughly engrossed in the Merlin series. I imagine most of you have already seen it as it's several years old but we are new to it and it's proving to be good fun and something all of us enjoy. I am continuing to read The World's Wife by Carol Ann Duffy. A poem every few days. I didn't realize she was the first female Scottish Poet Laureate in its 400 year history. Her poem Mrs. Midas is wonderful, full of evocative and visceral images and phrases like, Now the garden was long and the visibility poor, the way the dark of the ground seems to drink the light of the sky, AND Do you know about gold? It feeds no one; aurum, soft, untarnishable; slakes no thirst. He tried to light a cigarette; I gazed, entranced, as the blue flame played on its luteous stem. And one more poem by her to finish out this post, Anne Hathaway. For anyone interested in this book here's the GR description, Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil's Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfriends of famous -- and infamous -- male personages. Carol Ann Duffy is a master at drawing on myth and history, then subverting them in a vivid and surprising way to create poems that have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary.
  7. Finished two books last week, The Palace of Illusions, excellent. And Uprooted, very good but I need to go back and reread the last part. All of a sudden it became plot-driven at an alarming pace and I'm left a bit confused about a few things. Not sure what next. No energy to choose or post book covers. Dinner is in the oven for ds. He's currently memorizing his lines for Twelfth Night. Dh is at a friend's watching the Superb Owl as we don't have a tv. I've just been out with the pup for a hike on the ridge. Elements were wild with life force and power. Soaked it in while little pup trotted along in her rain gear. Life is!
  8. I don't know, the Patricia Wrede books looked like YA to me and I believe that's her target audience. However I would have thought Uprooted to be YA until I got towards the end of the book and one scene in particular, likely the one that made you think twice about your daughter having read it. I'm looking forward to The Bear and the Nightingale. But what I like about Uprooted is that it doesn't feel formulaic despite being a "fantasy-fairy-tale". An amalgamation of tales perhaps such that there are lots of unexpected twists and turns.
  9. The Lyra Novels, all five of them--Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, The Harp of Imach Thyssel, Caught in Crystal, and The Raven Ring--are a kindle deal today, at $3.99 I'm in the homestretch with Uprooted which I'll likely finish today. Loving it!
  10. Prairie Song, my thoughts are with you and your family :grouphug:
  11. Imbolc Blessings to you all on this day to celebrate Brigid or Saint Brigid depending on your leanings, pagan or religious. She of the flame of inspiration, the maiden earth, spring buds and the forge. Ds and I made Brigid crosses the other day out of yarn since we didn't have any reeds handy nor even the more prosaic pipe cleaners. I love that my teen ds jumped in to the project with enthusiasm. Ooh, can't wait, thank you! I need to scan my shelves for something you might like. Our tastes are pretty different but there are a few lovely intersections. Speaking of which, I'm thoroughly enjoying Uprooted. I got in a nice long read this morning before the house was awake. Always a treat. You're in, naturally, but you may be required to eat poutine, tourtiere, butter tarts, nanaimo bars and beaver tails. Not all at once of course :lol: That is not Boston Brown Bread, that is a travesty :scared: :ack2: :ack2: :ack2: Nan, how are you doing?
  12. Ha! I have such fond memories of this stuff. My mom would make it in a blue and white Maxwell House coffee can, Boston Brown Bread it was called, sweet, dark, and moist from molasses. She'd only make it once or twice a winter and always with homemade baked beans and only when it was super cold. She'd put the beans on in the morning and set the bread to bake early in the afternoon and our anticipation would grow with the wonderful rich smell filling the house. I can remember one particular time having been out all day long in a sub-freezing Canadian winter wonderland, tobogganing, making snow forts and the like with my brothers. It was dark as we found our way home. We were tired with that delicious feeling of having been immersed in the raw elements all day, spent and content with the prospect of homemade Boston Brown Bread and homemade baked beans to nourish us upon our return home. It's a memory that has stayed with me all these decades. In the bookish realm, I finished Palace of Illusions. The ending was so...poignant, moving. I won't say more as I know at least one other person on this thread is reading it but it was very satisfying in a kind of ontological way.
  13. Ds just finished this and gives it two thumbs up as long as you've read the two books preceding it.
  14. Ha and thank you! This and a couple others of hers have been on my tbr list for awhile now after I heard an interview with her on onbeing. Will be interested to hear what you think. She mentioned her mother leaving her the journals and her reaction upon finding them blank. It's kind of a marvelous koan, really.
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