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Book a Week 2019 - BW13: Happy Birthday Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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7 hours ago, Robin M said:

My anxiety and stress level finally went down. My sister kept giving me updates throughout the day.  Just got to talk to dad and he’s happy now. Earlier, not so much. His eye surgery was successful but He had a scary time at first because he thought he was completely blind in that eye afterwards. They used extra numbing agent in his eye because he has high tolerance when it comes to drugs.  They sent him to the retina specialist immediately and while he was there was able to see his hand.  The specialist said it was a reaction to the numbing agent on his eyeball.  Took a while for it to wear off but he can see albeit a bit fuzzy which is normal right now.  It will take two to three weeks to clear up totally.  Thank you for all your prayers and continue keeping dad in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through the healing process.  Love, hugs, and thanks!

Thanks for the update,  I am so glad it all went well.  Sending prayers for healing.

@Lady Florida,  so glad Emma is doing well!

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@Robin M that must have been terrifying for your dad. I'm glad to hear he's okay and wish him a good recovery. I can imagine too how stressful it was for you  not being there. Hugs to you and your family.

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Just wanted to say that I'm not organized enough to post a list, but I am really enjoying reading the reviews and checking out the titles listed. Thanks!!

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I’m behind on everything bc travelling, again, but also reading for pleasure again. A good thing too as I know I’m going to be depressed returning from this last trip... Rediscovered this great author called Jane Austen, anyone heard? Recommend! 😂

anyway, anyone has any Jordan book recommendation? Not guides (we’ve been, last year) or collections of facts necessarily but something...easier than 7 pillars which I don’t think we have the bandwidth for at the moment? 

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On 3/27/2019 at 10:09 PM, tuesdayschild said:

 

Thanks for the warning in advance .... I'm just at the toddling stages with that series.

 

A few tips for the Cat Who newbie (jump in here with your opinion @mumto2) :

There's a few places to start the series ... The Cat Who Could Read Backwards is the start of the series. That's the beginning of the entire story. It was written in 1966 and I've read it many times and loved it. However, our beloved hero is a product of the 60's in that book and by modern standards is a bit of a sexist. Not over the top but kind of like a beloved grandfather who occasionally says stuff about a waitress that makes you cringe.

Books 2 and 3 are published also in the 60's and set in the same location "down below". I think it's supposed to be Detroit. 

The Cat Who Saw Red (book 4) - is published twenty years later and feels slightly more modern. I think I would recommend starting with this book. It's still set in the Detroit location and it sets the stage for the exciting change that happens in the next book. You don't need to read the previous books to start here. 

The Cat Who Played Brahms (book 5) - lots of changes for our hero. He moves to a small town up north and meets an interesting crew of characters. This would be my alternate recommended starting location. I'd get immersed in the series starting with book 4 or 5 and then go back and read the earlier books because by then you'll love Qwill enough to go back and here about his younger days. 

The last books in the series were rumored to have been ghostwritten and to me ... let me put this delicately ... suck. The charm is gone and it's like comparing the beloved story of the first Boxcar Children book to Boxcar Children #347 The Mystery of the Day Old Loaf of Bread. 

My personal stopping point in the series in Book 20. 

On 3/27/2019 at 10:16 PM, Kareni said:

 

I had to share this with my adult daughter who has a serious aversion to tomatoes. (She told me not to get my hopes up!)

How One Book Convinced Me Tomatoes Weren’t Actually My Mortal Enemies (As Previously Thought) by Sarah Pinsker

https://www.tor.com/2019/03/26/how-one-book-convinced-me-tomatoes-werent-actually-my-mortal-enemies-as-previously-thought/

Regards,

Kareni

So funny. I used to be that person and then I discovered home grown heirloom tomatoes and I'm a fan. But .. they have to be grown in a friend's backyard and they have to be interesting. Otherwise yuck! Is this for your DD overseas?

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5 minutes ago, aggieamy said:

So funny. I used to be that person and then I discovered home grown heirloom tomatoes and I'm a fan. But .. they have to be grown in a friend's backyard and they have to be interesting. Otherwise yuck! Is this for your DD overseas?

Yes, she's the one in South Korea. Interestingly, there tomatoes are often considered a dessert item. See here, for example.

I read the Cat Who books years ago, back in the seventies and eighties. Just call me a trendsetter!

Regards,

Kareni

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2 hours ago, Kareni said:

Yes, she's the one in South Korea. Interestingly, there tomatoes are often considered a dessert item. See here, for example.

I read the Cat Who books years ago, back in the seventies and eighties. Just call me a trendsetter!

Regards,

Kareni

🤣I actually love tomatoes and could probably adjust to them as a dessert..........

 

2 hours ago, aggieamy said:

A few tips for the Cat Who newbie (jump in here with your opinion @mumto2) :

There's a few places to start the series ... The Cat Who Could Read Backwards is the start of the series. That's the beginning of the entire story. It was written in 1966 and I've read it many times and loved it. However, our beloved hero is a product of the 60's in that book and by modern standards is a bit of a sexist. Not over the top but kind of like a beloved grandfather who occasionally says stuff about a waitress that makes you cringe.

Books 2 and 3 are published also in the 60's and set in the same location "down below". I think it's supposed to be Detroit. 

The Cat Who Saw Red (book 4) - is published twenty years later and feels slightly more modern. I think I would recommend starting with this book. It's still set in the Detroit location and it sets the stage for the exciting change that happens in the next book. You don't need to read the previous books to start here. 

The Cat Who Played Brahms (book 5) - lots of changes for our hero. He moves to a small town up north and meets an interesting crew of characters. This would be my alternate recommended starting location. I'd get immersed in the series starting with book 4 or 5 and then go back and read the earlier books because by then you'll love Qwill enough to go back and here about his younger days. 

The last books in the series were rumored to have been ghostwritten and to me ... let me put this delicately ... suck. The charm is gone and it's like comparing the beloved story of the first Boxcar Children book to Boxcar Children #347 The Mystery of the Day Old Loaf of Bread. 

My personal stopping point in the series in Book 20. 

 

Pretty much agree.  I have been at my reread for a couple of years now and the first time(s) were out of order and I may have missed a couple.....especially the early ones.  I have no idea about the stopping point because of this but know they definitely suffer from uneven quality!

The ones set downunder were fun for me but I lived in Detroit suburbs for many years so I have opinions regarding the locations.  These were really hard to find before Overdrive. 

Braun actually apparently lived very near to us at the height of my fandom..........embarrassing LJB story, I was invited to a somewhat formal birthday party for a cat lover in the early 90’s and was rather desperate for a clever gift.  I only knew the birthday girl and was a bit nervous about appropriate etc.......  My hubby saved me via a client and brought me home two signed editions of one of her books as a surprise,   one for me and one for the present.  Lots of oohs and aahs over the book but then the group turned to me in mass because they thought I knew LBJ and could introduce them.  I fessed up about how I got the book....my husband.  I didn’t even know she lived in the area,  the book jacket had her living about 3 hours away.  The people at the party were certain she had not moved.  🤔 The client didn’t know her either but had actually bought several presigned copies at a bookstore and shared.  😂  So close......

 

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On 3/25/2019 at 3:06 PM, emba56 said:

I love Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poetry!

i have not been reading as much as I want to lately. Too much time spent on the internet. I hope to fonish Atomic Habits this week and maybe read some junk food for my mind, too. A mystery novel? A western? My shelves are full of things I haven’t read yet.

 

Quoting my own post to say:

i never did get to finish Atomic Habits, though I really liked what I read. It was due at the library and someone must have reserved it, because I wasn’t allowed to renew it.

I did read So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger, a sort of Western I had picked up s a library sale for the sole reason that the title is from s line in “The Streets of Laredo”, a song I was obsessed with as s kid.

it got off to a slow start and had a writer as the protagonist , (which I generally dislike), so I nearly put it down, but the plot picked up and I really ended up enjoying it. Aside from the first bit, it was well-written, surprisingly literary. Not exactly what I expected, but in a good way.

My favorite quote:

”There are people who ‘predict’ the weather, but on the Great Plains these are a fragile and disappointed little group.”

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1 hour ago, emba56 said:

 

Quoting my own post to say:

i never did get to finish Atomic Habits, though I really liked what I read. It was due at the library and someone must have reserved it, because I wasn’t allowed to renew it.

I did read So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger, a sort of Western I had picked up s a library sale for the sole reason that the title is from s line in “The Streets of Laredo”, a song I was obsessed with as s kid.

it got off to a slow start and had a writer as the protagonist , (which I generally dislike), so I nearly put it down, but the plot picked up and I really ended up enjoying it. Aside from the first bit, it was well-written, surprisingly literary. Not exactly what I expected, but in a good way.

My favorite quote:

”There are people who ‘predict’ the weather, but on the Great Plains these are a fragile and disappointed little group.”

Leif Enger is one of my favorite authors! My favorite of his books is Peace Like a River. I read Virgil Wander when it came out last year and really enjoyed it, too.  I just wish he’d write faster. 😝

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Appreciating the encouraging 'us too' comments with my late start to Crime and Punishment/Classics ; and,  the Cat Who series advice!  ❤️x2

@Lady Florida. such a good update about Emma - love the bit about the boys too.

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