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Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

This book club selection for July met with approval by most of the members. We all were interested in the life of Dimitri Shostakovich and his life under Stalin, who was unhappy with his music and approved a review which … Continue reading

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The Racketeer by John Grisham

Talk about beach reading!  Were we?   Well, last night at book club, Grisham failed as a beach reader–rather ho-hum fare from a usually  exciting author. All agreed it “went right along” up to a point, but was an unbelievable, … Continue reading

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Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore

This is it–! This will be the “thriller” feature for my summer reading list– I borrowed this old copy from a friend almost a year ago —and still have not read it—it has lots of illustrations and is a really … Continue reading

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Summer Reading List for 2017

summer reading plan for 2017  *** have added another!  and another!see below *** The Racketeer    by John Grisham X                 June book club selection Noise of Time   by Julian Barnes     … Continue reading

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Three Flea Market Buttons

Well, it’s summer, and summer mornings–Sundays especially, to me mean going to the nearby flea market in Lambertville, New Jersey. I wander up and down the aisles–under the shady pavillion and out on the wider sunny area and I do … Continue reading

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Fitness Class

♫Maybe you know some little places to go to where they never close . . .” (downtown . . .  2, 3, 4) Listen to the music of the traffic of the city” . . 1,2,3,4) “Linger on the sidewalk … Continue reading

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Patio Pots—-Thriller, a Filler, and a Spiller

There you have it–the formula for your patio pots or planters.  Find a thriller–a showpiece for color or pizzazz like my red geranium.  Then use a “filler”–I used Dracena spike–and it looks pretty good (when it’s not gale force winds!) … Continue reading

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A Good Choice by Ann Hallum

Oh, my goodness!  talk about “armchair travel”!  The author has a sure hand as she carries us along with Bella, who is traveling in Europe on business for her New York fashion company.  We open in Paris and she has … Continue reading

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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

This was the book club selection for May.  It was the National Book Award winner in 2012.  It’s generally a reflection of the author’s take on the devastating effect of the recession on American business and workers. Alan Clay and … Continue reading

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Dead Wake by Erik Larson

If you are happily contemplating a cruise vacation in the near future this might not be the book you want to read right now! It’s the story of the last Atlantic crossing of the Cunard luxury liner in 1915 from … Continue reading

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