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Thursday Thirteen #16: Books I Want To Read

Posted by infinitygoods on February 13, 2008


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Let me know if you’ve read any of these and how you liked them, or let me know what you would highly recommend as don’t-miss-books. Wishing you all a Happy St. Valentine’s Day Thursday!

1. The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild by Craig Childs (non-fiction) I love adventure, but the best I can do is Adventures in Barbecuing and an occasional camping trip so I live vicariously through books in the comfort and safety of my armchair. Childs will take me to Alaska, Washington, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico to discover beautiful creatures like the Great Blue Heron, ravens, owls, coyotes, mountain lions and jaguars. Some of these animals are in my own backyard and I often watch them through my windows so it won’t take much imagination for me to be transported to the great wildernesses of our American West.

2. Paris Review Interviews edited by Philip Gourevitch (Non-Fiction — the 3rd volume in a series is to be released soon) I’m a journalist and a writer so interviews, authors and writing are always of interest to me. Here writers have interviewed other writers like Steven King, T. S. Eliot, Jorge Luis Borges, John Gardner and Alice Munro.

3. The Folded World by Amity Paige (Fiction) I’m not so much interested in the basic plot, but in the subplot dealing with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, as I once worked for a crisis helpline with more than our fair share of schizophrenics which always made me think that some local doctors must have been giving our phone number to patients. The book is about a young social worker torn between the needs of his clients and of his own family.

4. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (Non-Fiction) It has history, travel and according to the reviews I’ve read, superb, award-winning journalistic talent, so how can I possibly resist?

5. My Life In France by Julia Child (Non-Fiction) My husband and I were at the bookstore recently, a favorite pastime of ours, and I became completely engrossed by this book. In this memoir, she recalls her years in “La Belle France” as she calls her adopted home during the 1950s. She describes my native country as only a lover of France and its people could. It is a consummate love affair with everything French and she transports us to a time where she finally finds her self and her calling while in the arms of her other amour, her husband Paul Child. I don’t know how I could possibly have missed this book for the last two years. Julia is my favorite chef because her recipes are well-tested. She is the only chef I would trust enough for me to cook a recipe for the 1st time and serve it to company or even to a stereotypical evil mother-in-law. I know without even the shadow of a doubt that she will guide me right down to the last grain of salt and will not only tell me what to do, but much more importantly, what pitfalls to not fall into. Julia doesn’t just give us recipes, she teaches us how to cook.

6. Reading For Writers: A Guide For People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose (Non-Fiction) In other words, a guide written for yours truly. 😉

7. House Calls: Reflections of a Family Physician by Thomas L. Stern, M.D. (Non-Fiction) Medicine is another field of interest for me. Dr. Stern was the role model and technical adviser for the Marcus Welby, M.D. television show, and in this book he tells us the story of his life. This quote on the back cover particularly caught my eye: “I’ll tell you stories of the warmth of patients’ feelings toward me as their doctor; but especially, I’ll tell you about how I loved each of them, the people who trusted me enough to refer to me as ‘my doctor.'” Having worked with doctors and having had a few doctors I call ‘my doctor,’ I can tell you that the ones who care are the ones who make all the difference in the world.

8. Rumpole And The Primrose Path by John Mortimer (Fiction) I have read all previous Rumpole books — several times — and it is high time I read this one. Rumpole makes me laugh out loud and heartily, and let me tell you, we adults need to laugh a whole lot more often. I also love the Rumpole PBS series with Leo McLeod also of The Prisoner.

9. The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian by Phil Doran (Non-Fiction) From the writer and producer of The Wonder Years and Who’s The Boss, this travel memoir is reminiscent of A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle and the cover promises another laugh-out-loud adventure.

10. Gerald’s Game by Stephen King (Fiction) I was recently given this book I had never read from the early 1990s. I hope it’s one of King’s really-scary-in-a-great-sort-of-way books and not one of his books describing evil because I don’t like those. But his truly scary ones are the work of a tremendously talented writer

11. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons (Fiction) From the library of the same person who gave me Gerald’s Game. I never read horror except for Stephen King, but since King says “one of those rare must-read books. I am in awe of Dan Simmons,” then I must have been missing something good all these years.

12. The Tomb of Tutankhamen by Howard Carter (Non-Fiction) Another adventure in my armchair to help me experience the greatest archaeological discovery and excavation of all time. Tut has fascinated the world since 1922 and I too have fallen prey to his magical hypnosis from beyond the sarcophagus.

13. The Best Cat Ever by Cleveland Armory (Non-Fiction) If you too have ever been owned by a cat, you might also want to read about Polar Bear and his curmudgeon author.

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    Thursday Thirteen #6 — My Interests

    Posted by infinitygoods on November 14, 2007



    I am sharing with you 13 topics which interest me and are important to me. They are in no particular order, because most of these would all tie with each other. These are topics
    you see and which will recur on my blog. To see more participants in this carnival or for
    details on how to join, visit Thursday Thirteen.

    1. Computers/Internet/Blogs/Technology/Science
    These sort of overlap in many ways. I’m forward thinking and I’ve been using computers
    since before my teen years, back in the days when people were saying it was a waste of
    time, and it wouldn’t last. Wait, aren’t a lot of people still saying that? Well 30+
    years later, I’m still interested. I remember asking for a calculator as a Christmas gift
    when I was in Kindergarten. The people selling them were flabbergasted that a child would want one and thought no child would ever need one. This “pocket” calculator, the smallest on the market at the time, was about the size of a small paperback!

    2. Fine Art
    I was an art history minor and an art minor. I seriously considered switching it to my
    major, and often wonder if I didn’t make a mistake. I draw, paint, photograph, make
    ceramics and do a lot of new media paintings — that’s every stroke hand-painted by me, but instead of using paint, I use computers. Museums and galleries recognize new media, but the average person out there still claims the computer makes the paintings. Not so! This would be the equivalent of saying oil paint and brushes are the artists making the artwork. Computers do not make art. Paint and brushes do not make art. The people, the artists make art, regardless of which tools they use.

    3. History/Biographies/Autobiographies
    As much as I like the future, I also like the past. We can learn from our past and our
    past can help us understand our present. I’m very much interested in people and their
    lives which is why I like history and also what leads me to the next item.

    4. Psychology/Sociology
    I’m interested in people and what makes them tick. I’m also interested in science, so
    psychology helps me understand the individual and sociology helps me understand the groups and societies we live in. In college my sociology professor had wanted me to switch majors to either sociology (he hoped) or psychology (which he admitted was related and thought I would like too). I ended up with an additional certificate in psychology, but I never switched majors to either psychology or sociology.

    5. Cross-stitching/Crafts
    My grandmother taught me how to cross-stitch and I spent numerous hours watching her even before she taught me how to do it. I find it very relaxing and as I like art and to create, cross-stitching and other crafts are just related to that.

    6. Reading/Writing/Journalism/News/Books
    These are all intertwined. As a professional journalist, writing and reading are just my
    life. I just could not live without reading. I have to learn at all times and reading is
    the best way for me to do that. I have been wanting to write since early childhood. I
    have attempted not to write for a living, but life was just too miserable without a pen in
    my hand or a keyboard at my fingertips. I’m a published journalist, but I would love to be a published author using either my journalistic skills to write non-fiction or even writing a
    novel. I’m one of the crazy participants in National Novel Writing Month. Any publishers
    out there interested in my writing voice?

    7. Religion/God
    I believe in God and shout it from the rooftops, but won’t attempt to convert atheists as
    belief needs to come from inside your heart and soul. I worked for my parish for several
    years and wanted to work there until retirement, but an evil man came into our midst,
    getting rid of staff and clergy, swiftly putting a financially viable parish in the red,
    and destroying the work of the last 40+ years. Some will turn away from God because of
    him, but the destruction he brings is not of God. Destruction can never be of God.

    8. Education
    I love to learn, my husband and I have both taught, and since we have a son, education is very important to us. He went to private schools for several years and while that was fine, we found something better through an excellent public school system with an independent study program. Forget all the stereotypes of homeschooling and of public school. That’s not what it is. It’s more a combination of when people had private tutors teach their children, the one-room schools and parents nurturing their own children. The program is what it is thanks to our son’s wonderful teachers, especially the founder, Resa Steindel Brown. If you want a glimpse at what it’s all about, read her fantastic book, The Call to Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators. You can also read about his science teacher in my blog posts here and here.

    9. Family
    Family and extended family is extremely important to me. It is where we receive and give love and support. Here on Earth, not counting God in Heaven, it is the one most important thing and it just doesn’t get more basic than that.

    10. Movies/Plays
    I don’t watch much TV, but I love a good movie or play. While it can’t replace a good
    book, it’s still a story, whether real or fictional, and I love to be entertained. I
    prefer comedies, especially for movies, because I don’t know about your life, but my life
    is enough of a drama as it is. I just don’t need other people’s too, especially the made-
    up ones. I really like adventures too, because this way I can escape to some fabulous
    world and live vicariously. I would like science fiction, but most don’t meet my quality
    standards unfortunately.

    11. Hiking/Walking/Swimming
    I enjoy being in nature and these are the most fun forms of exercise for me. These are not boring to me. I enjoy the scenery. Running would be too fast and strenuous to enjoy the
    scenery. These are also quiet and since I despise noise, anything with bouncing balls,
    whistling referees or echoing gymnasiums just would not work for me.

    12. Cooking/Gourmet Food/Reading Cookbooks
    Yes, I read cookbooks. I actually read cookbooks more than I eat or cook. As a teen my
    mom would tell me that I read cookbooks instead of eating. I also love to cook when I
    don’t have a full-time job. If I’m working, then cooking is no longer a pleasure and
    something that I do for the family that I love. It becomes a chore and a race to put
    anything on a plate in front of starving eyes in less than half an hour from the time I run
    through the front door. But when I am not working, I will use all my knowledge from
    reading all these cookbooks and all my creativity and use cooking as another art-form. I
    also like real food. I am against eating engineered chemicals, dyes, artificial products.
    I like wild salmon, trout and other fish, I like real butter on all my foods and especially
    my popcorn. And you really don’t want me to get started on cloned meat, or cloned
    anything, because I’m really against that!

    I don’t travel enough. I would love to travel 365 days a year, but that’s simply not
    possible. I put roots down with a family and a house. Once upon a time I contemplated
    becoming a foreign correspondent, a travel writer and even a pilot or a stewardess, just so
    that I could travel, but I will just have to be satisfied with having been to Germany,
    France, Switzerland, Italy, England, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Arizona,
    Nevada, Georgia, … Oops, that sounds like another Thursday Thirteen! 😉

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