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July 19, 2008



I'm so glad you stopped by and gave me your blog address! I read 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop (I think that was her last name) and it was amazing ... I actually read it in something like 2 days - couldn't put it down.


Thanks so much for all of your great suggestions! Now I just have to find the time to read all those fabulous books!

elizabeth of course

I know I'm late, but how about The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, While I was Gone by Sue Miller, or Whiute Oleander by Janet Fitch, Anything by Jane Hamilton, or Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
For a little heavier, try In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick


Currently in the midst of The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Magical.

Rosanne -- Firefly Nights

Have you read The Friday Night Knitting Club?

Uncle Beefy

I just started "Eat, Pray, Love" and am loving it! (I know it's no new revelation and you may have read it already...but it's my 2¢.) :)


I just love The Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver-its a great summer read. Also, anything by Chris Bohjalian, such as Midwives or Double Blind. Ymnn, I love so many books it's hard to decide, but those are definitely my top summer picks. Happy reading!


Oh! I've got a good book for you! Or, some good books...

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Intriguing, beautifully written, somewhat suspenseful but not to the uncomfortable level. Slightly vampirish, but NOT horror-ish. Warning: you will have an overwhelming desire to pack your bags and head to europe.

The Canterbury Papers by Judith Healey. I'm actually getting ready to re-read this book, as I remember having loved it so much. Great little 13th century mystery. Light, easy, captivating.


Hey there! The last good book that I read and liked a whole bunch was A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. Also The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I'm having a hard time getting into anything right now, also...too much of a scatter-brain, I guess!


I always recommend Jennifer Crusie when people want light reading - engaging, and very funny! :)


By the way, I meant that perhaps I was a housewife on an Iowan farm in a previous life - not that I was, in fact, an Iowa farmhouse.

Just wanted to clarify.


Oh yes! yes! I just started "Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Sprits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression," by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. The NY Times voted it one of the best books of the year (2007, I think). Anyway, it is a little bit Little House on the Prairie, a little frugal, a little crafty. I have a general fascination with Iowa farmhouses and housewives . . . perhaps I was one in another life . . . though unfortunately I did not pick up many handy pioneer-type tips to bring with me into my current incarnation as a totally un-self-sufficient suburban "stay-at-home mother" (I don't hear housewife much anymore).

See you . . . later!

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