Friday, August 03, 2018

Brent Hartinger is Traveling the World


Geography Club starring [many teen actors]. What the heck is the deal with this? I thought for sure we already owned a copy of this film. I just checked and I ordered this at the end of July. How the freaking heck did I not order this earlier? Because, I've read several of Big Shot World Traveler Hartinger's novels.

13 Reasons Why: Season One starring[actors]. Something about a teen suicide and letters she left behind. I'm not sure. Last I read on Hartinger's Twitter he is living in Bulgaria for a few months.

7 Days in Entebbe starring Daniel Bruhle and Rosamunde Pike. I don't know if Hartinger and husband will be going to Uganda.


 1947: where now begins by Elizabeth Asbrink.  According to the dust cover 1947 was a busy year. Hartinger content unknown.

The Language of Kindness: a nurse's story by Christie Watson. 20 years of stories and experience as a nurse. Watson lives in London. Hartinger London travel unknown.

Prairie Fires: the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser. Yet another bio and critique of Wilder. Hartinger content unknown.

The Death of Democracy: Hitler's rise to power and the downfall of the Weimar Republic by Benjamin Carter Hett. I don't know if Hartinger is going to Germany but it should be a quick train ride if he decides to go.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Where I Make Up Stories About Author Photos


Aunt Dimity and The King's Ransom by Nancy Atherton. Atherton's small black and white photo features a cheerful Atherton. Atherton was in a great mood because she was going to meet friends for lunch Oskar Blues Brewing. Atherton was looking forward to a pint of Old Chubb.

A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay. The small color photo of Barclay has him looking a bit subdued and wearing a forced grin. Barclay was impatient that day. He could not miss the photo appointment but had to get back home because the previous evening's thunderstorm had knocked over an old maple tree on his property. Barclay had to get home and saw up the tree and he was not looking forward to it. At least he was able to borrow a chainsaw from his neighbor Mika, because Linwood did not want to go buy one at the hardware store. Those saws are expensive.

Day of the Dead by Nicci French. Nicci French is actually a husband-wife writing team. In the author photo they are posing next to a tree. Ms. Gerrard was under the weather that day and wanted to go home and lay down before she picked up daughter #3 from field hockey practice. Mr. French was a bit torn on what to do. He wanted to help his wife out but, c'mon, what is he going to do while she is sleeping? Besides, the British Model Fliers Association still had their Saturday Meet and Fly at 4PM by Bury St. Edmunds. Mr. French was scheduled to speak on his model's new electric motor and lightweight batteries.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

My Year of the Drunken Tree and Relaxation Bellewether


Bellewether by Susanna Kearlsey. Kearlsey lives near Lake Ontario. I thought about a sumer driving trip to Ontario. That is a 662 miles drive when going South through Chicago. If you take the ferry across Lake Michigan there is less driving but the ferry is expensive and you're stuck on going on their schedule.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I like the title.  Page 151 says, "She was whimpering and shorting."

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. I do not know how to pronounce her first name. Stage lives in Pittsburgh and page 84 says, "We're going to... thrive... in a school... over... a piece of copy paper... that glowed with promise."

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Page 250 says, " Gorrion held my hand as we took a walk to the top of the Hills."

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

NonFiction Means The Content is Not Fiction.


Caddyshack: the making of a Hollywood Cinderella story by Chris Nashawaty. Page 193 says, " The place looks like a cross between a disheveled space-age bachelor pad and a Benihana, right down to the gong doorbell."

The Perfectionists: how precision engineers created the modern world by Simon Winchester. Page 127 says, "And the  man who picked it was the scion of a new firm of precise locksmiths, and founder of the firm that is now part of the biggest lock maker in the world, Linus Yale."

Barracoon: the story of the last "black cargo by Zora Neale Hurston. In 1927 Huston visited the last known survivor of the last slave ship to the U.S., the Clotilda. Incidentally, a guy recently found a burned ship he thought was the Clotilda. Their was excitement about the discovery because he found the wreck near where the Clotilda's Captain said he burned the ship.

Reporter: a memoir by Seymour M. Hersh. This had an interesting review. Page 12 says, "My college days at University of Chicago were exciting and fun."

Magnolia Table: a collection of recipes for gathering by Joanna Gaines.  Page 9 says, "This U-shaped tool has several curved metal wires and a handle."

Giada's Italy: my recipes for la dolce vita by Giada De Laurentiis. Page 181 says, "Tuscany... would be prepared... from the... leftovers... or... a Dutch oven."

Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack: Vol. 20 by Jim Davis. Freaking Garfield. Kids Looooove Garfield books.