Monthly Archives: June 2007

The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance by Catherine Ryan Hyde 0

When I discussed The Higher Power of Lucky, I mentioned that, although the concepts of alcoholism and abandonment are alien to some children, to some children they are all too real. I think The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance is the natural next step for some of those kids. Cynnie, a thirteen-year-old girl, struggles to […]

Photo of the day: Aidan 1

Strange Relations by Sonia Levitin 0

When Marne’s mother has to go to Paris for the summer, she goes to visit her aunt in Hawaii. She expects her summer to be a perfect paradise, not realizing that even though she and her parents are non-practicing Jews, her aunt and uncle and seven cousins are Hasidic Jews and their lives are incredibly […]

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 6-10. 2

In which, most importantly, we get to read The Correspondence. And other stuff happens, too, but . . . The Correspondence! Another great place to end. Okay, fine. We also meet the vile Cropper, learn more about Leonora. And Beatrice Nest, poor Beatrice (and through her, Ellen Ash). There are some very interesting themes in […]

Mission. Accomplished. 6

I got my picture taken with Carl! Carl Kasell! He talked to me in his radio voice, which is his real voice! He was nice! And funny! Also, look at his UNC tie! Ha! I totally geeked out! Obviously! I am aware that it’s lame! I geek out over NPR newscasters! Then we met Frank […]

The Maytrees by Annie Dillard 2

June has been a terrible reading month. I have been out-of-sorts, for one thing, and for another, I will go ahead and admit it: I think I read Harry Potter too soon. Because I don’t want to read other books now. I only want one book, and I want some answers, and if I don’t […]

I believe in fairies. 2

There’s a little curvy road I turn on to enter the work parking lot the back way, and in one of the delightfully overgrown curves, there is a gnome with an orange/red hat that has been there for several months. Except. It’s not actually a gnome. It’s a traffic cone. I know that’s what it […]

Here is what Mike did to cheer me up on Father’s Day. 4

Someone gave me this article last week, and I just got around to reading it. 3

Boy, can I relate.

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 1-5. 13

That’s not a very interesting title. If you have a better suggestion, feel free to let me know what it is and I will use it next week. Chapters 1-5: In which we meet Roland, Val, Blackadder, Fergus, and Maud; discover the connection between Christabel LaMotte and Randolph Henry Ash; and, of course, discover their […]

Fare thee well. 5

The polar bears at the zoo were rescued from an awful circus traveling in Puerto Rico, and have never completely recovered. One of them, Masha, had to be put to sleep this week because infections left him unable to walk or stand. The polar bears are my favorite zoo animal, so it’s not all that […]

Summer reading: “Wait a second, this seems like homework, you nerd.” 0

I’ve been getting all my information together for our big Possession read, and I came across some things that seemed kind of helpful. As I mentioned before, there are many many references that aren’t necessary to understanding Possession, but which do enhance the reading of it. Or so I hear. I didn’t actually know where […]

Summer reading starts next week! 4

Next Monday, join us for our discussion of the first five chapters of A.S. Byatt’s Possession. In my copy, it’s about 100 pages, so there is plenty of time to read it before then!

Redemption. 12

After months and months of thinking about it, the invitation to my tenth high school reunion came on Friday. Mike taunted me by telling me that interesting things came in the mail that day, and, to his credit, I did have interesting things. But one fewer than he had declared, because the last interesting thing […]

Grief Girl by Erin Vincent 0

I was going to start this by saying, “Imagine that your mom died in an accident when you were 14, and then, just a month later, your dad died of complications from the same accident. Imagine that, just the week before the accident, you had wished that they were dead.” But then I looked on […]

I believe. 1

And it’s a miracle How one soul finds another Just one miracle Is all it took my brother For I have seen them As they walk this world together And I believe, I believe It’s a sad thing When one must leave the other And fly up where the voice rings Out with all the […]

What does Voldemort hate as much as he hates fun and puppies? 4

Exercise, obviously. He hates it when people are healthy because he’s all disfigured and [SPOILER BOOK 6] his soul is in all those pieces. [END SPOILER SECTION] So, this evening, I stuck it to the man by running to Harry and the Potters. Take that, Dark Lord! Rather than posting again, I’m going to add […]

Like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. 8

Mike has suggested that we designate a shelf for my “books to read” rather than having a pile beside the bed. I must admit, the pile beside the bed has gotten ridiculous lately. And that’s not counting the written list I have of books I would theoretically like to read (which I seem to add […]

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares 0

It disappoints me to have to say that I didn’t care for this book. I know! I’m sorry! I wanted to like it! The Last Summer (of You and Me) is the story of sisters Alice and Riley and their friend Paul who has a house next to theirs on Fire Island. Riley is a […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 4

(Spoilers through everything we know for sure at this point.) We bought this one at our usual Barnes and Noble party. What’s especially significant is that Mike and Brian staked out a table early, so we had a great place in line and excellent seats all night. I was in charge of snacks. My cousin […]