Saturday, March 10, 2018

March (second week) 2018 Reads

I've been juggling a bunch of books and only finished two this week.

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Seven of Clubs and the story is Uncle Enoch (in The Oxford Harriet Beecher Stowe Reader)
A temperance lecture in the form of a short story. I'm enjoying Stowe and am glad I drew her two weeks in a row.


From Catapult
Say It with Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food by Shing Yin Kohr
A charming story with delightful illustrations.

 from my shelves...

Fado by Andrzej Stasiuk; translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston
Essays on travel and culture in Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, and Poland). This fit nicely with my ongoing reading of a Bulgarian novel Physics of Sorrow and the non-fic Border: a Journey to the Edge of Europe (Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey) that I found at the library this week).

Two Lines 28 a journal edited by C.J. Evan

Saturday, March 03, 2018

March (first week) 2018 Reads

Some dark, but very good, reading this week.

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Eight of Clubs and the story is Modern Uses of Language (in The Oxford Harriet Beecher StoweRreader)
Tongue in cheek essay that is every bit as relevant today as when it was written in the 1830s.

from my shelves...

Oliver Loving by

Advance review copy

How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman
Marta and Hector have been married for twenty-five years and have a grown son. They live by a small Scandinavian village. Their lives are pretty uneventful until Marta quits taking her medicine. She starts having hallucinations or are they really memories?  What is the truth about her past? Did her parents really die in an accident when she was a teenager or was there something more sinister in her past?  Post traumatic stress disorder or false memory syndrome? An oddly satisfying read.
Free review copy through Shelf Awareness. A debut novel. 

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel
This is a far flung family saga that begins with slaves in Martinique and skips back and forth in time and place. To Canada, The United states, Europe, and back to the Caribbean. The story  jumps from 1785-1869, then to 1949, then 1964, then 1925, then 1853, then 1883-1889, and then the late 1800s. Each section looks at a different family member. They are like a series of interrelated stories.

I rather liked this approach. It's very much the way we learn our own family history, with this great aunt telling us about one journey, a grandmother filling us in with stories of her childhood, another bit learned from a document--all coming at different times, out of order, leaving us to piece together what we can.

If this seems confusing and disjointed there is a nice family tree to help keep track of everyone. If this hadn't been provided, I would have had to draw one up.

A sequel is promised. I look forward to it.

Advance review copy through LibraryThing. A debut novel.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

February (fourth week) 2018 Reads

I enjoyed all this week's reading, but am just not in the mood to write comments.

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Eight of Spades and the story is The Gentleman from Cracow by Isaac Bashevis, Singer (in Singer Collected Stories I, Library of America) translated from the Yiddish by Martha Glicklich and Elaine Gottlich. 

from my shelves...

Because She Never Asked by Enrique Vila-Matas; translated from the Spanish by Valerie Miles

The Proof by César Aira: translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor

Lullaby Road (Ben Jones #2)by James Anderson
Advance review copy through Goodreads.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February (third week) 2018 Reads

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Queen of Spades and the story is G-text by Răzvan; translated from the Romanian by Alistair Ian Blythe. (in Best European fiction 2015). Growing up in Ceausescu 's Romania. There is some word play with the letter G--mostly with proper names.

some online things...

This Medieval Walled Town with a Storied History Shows How Traditional Urbanism Can Support High Density by Kaley Overstreet at Arch Daily
Saint-Malo--one of my favorite places.

Plagiarism software pins down new source for Shakespeare's plays
by Alison Flood at The Guardian

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens 
A poem on The Art Divas, the blog of author Rabih Alameddine

The Other Middle East
Franck Salameh, Associate professor of Near Eastern Studies at Boston College, discusses Arab language based identity on the Yale University Press blog, Yale Books Unbound.

from the library...

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

The House at the Edge of Night (Kindle Edition) by Catherine Banner
Family saga set on an island off the coast of Sicily. Covers three generations beginning a few years before World War1 and ending around 2008. Very good read.

from my shelves... 

The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela; translated from the Spanish by Enrique Munguía; Introduction by Ana Castillo
A novel of the Mexican Revolution.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February (second week) 2018 Reads

Started Season 4 of the Two Month Review: The Physics of Sorrow and I'm really liking this Bulgarian novel by Georgi Gospodinov.

This week the "Deal Me In" card is the Ace of Spades and the story is On the Steppe by Samanta Schweblin (in The Future is Not Ours). So far, this one of the best stories from  my 2018 Roster.

from the library...

The Island (A Grand & Batchelor Victorian Mystery Series, #4) by