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Tell her the truth -- a family story of immigration -- legal or otherwise?
“Tell her the truth, Carl,” Great Uncle Leo urged his older brother, my grandfather. “Tell her the truth.” I leaned in, listening heartily. Something juicy, details of a family story I had not heard before were hovering to be revealed. A romantic tale of st...

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Slump, grumps....... Solution: Grace
 One of the reasons I quit blogging last April was because I slid into a reading slump. (If my reading were a posture, it would be permanently couched, with a book half closed on my blanketed lap).  I got grumpy towards the books I read. Some  were okay — o...

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Sunday Salon: Reading mess: too many directions at once
Dropping in because I haven't recently.  I have ailing parents (97, and 92) that I've been visiting and was focused on them. I took the long drive again from Virginia to Massachusetts and listened to Stephen King's Revival. In a previous post -- The Writer ...

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Salon post: The Girl on The Train becomes Train Wreck Girl for this reader
I finished The Girl on the Train Saturday.  Plot focuses on Rachel who vicariously imagines others' lives until one day she sees a scene that disturbs her fantasy. A woman then goes missing. Subsequently Rachel insinuates herself into the investigation whil...

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Cloud Atlas Read-Along: 1 and 2
Read-along readers: Long ago, I started a review of
this book -- and never finished . I was so awed and intimidated by this book, I
stopped  blogging for months. I am resurrecting the notes to that review
but will fill them in chapters at a time as I reread...

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Cloud Atlas reading notes: Sections 1 and 2
Read-along readers: Long ago, I started a review of this book -- and never finished . I was so awed and intimidated by this book, I stopped  blogging for months. I am resurrecting the notes to that review but will fill them in chapters at a time as I reread...

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It's Monday... I'm reading....
It’s Monday. I’m listening to:  The Girl on the Train. Finished Anansi Boys last night. Still listening to,
may always be listening to , joint project with hubby – Rebel Call. I think
we need to schedule listen-together-dates or something. This isn’t workin...

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High -- and young -- on a Gaiman binge
        This is why I blog. (Or one of the reasons)          I had never heard of Neil Gaiman until a few years ago when
I read about him in your blogs. It must have been about the time that The Ocean at the End of the Road came
out that I read reviews thos...

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Maine: The author and the governor
Maine friends have posted recent news stories on
Facebook about a tiff between Maine Gov. Paul LePage and Maine author Stephen
King. In a rant against Maine’s income taxes, it seems the
Governor implied the author (and other rich Mainers) moved to Florida t...

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Back with a fast post: catching up
Quit:   Daily posting Reason: Completely underestimated the change and challenge of going back to work – and
taking a long weekend to New York City. It wasn’t so much that I had less time – though I did and
do, it was the anxiety the change in routine produ...
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