Category Archives: New York City

Trip to New York City November 2015

On Saturday I went to New York with our son and daughter-in-law and the three kids.  We took the bus–were there within two hours.  So easy!

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Thurber by Burton Bernstein

James Thurber.  What a wonderful legacy he left to us in his writings and his cartoons. Burton Bernstein has written a biography of the man in 528 pages . . .

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Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

What a romp.  Hitting right on the mark of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1940s– and the dialogue getting comfortably under your skin . . .

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Butterflies Are Free–a play by Leonard Gershe

I know you—you’ll be looking it up on the internet to see if you can read it for free—-but be careful!

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The New Yorker Jigsaw Puzzle

Ah, I loved this puzzle!  And I was challenged by this puzzle. Here’s the box with the photo:

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National Jigsaw Puzzle Day! Jan 29

Yes, it’s National Jigsaw Puzzle Day!  I hope you have the day off as I do . . . I have a pretty interesting puzzle going—one from the Dickens Museum House in London.  It shows little scenes from all his … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Different.  And it almost works. Cora, a thirty-six year old woman from Wichita, Kansas, is asked to be a chaperone for Louise Brooks.  Louise is fifteen years old, a dance student, and wants to go to New York to study … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Casino Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine

If all you want in a murder mystery is a bickering wealthy family, a ritzy casino, an anonymous letter, and lots of poisonings –all set in New York City—the casino’s on West 73rd—this one’s for you!

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Book Review: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Why are you so successful at what you do? Can you think of any reasons why you might have had a lucky lift up along the way?  Someone you knew?  Where you went to school?  Because you did your homework? … Continue reading

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Book Review: For Kings and Planets by Ethan Canin

Well, I’m supposed to be reading Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell for book club on the 20th–8 days away–but I’ve found a couple of other books more enticing! One is this wonderful Ethan Canin book published in … Continue reading

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