Smut, by Alan Bennett. Pub 2011 Another point-of-purchase purchase, I had planned this as a Christmas gift, but decided after starting to read it that it was now mine. I have only read one other Alan Bennett (“The Uncommon Reader”), but have also seen the film based on his semi-autobiographical “The Lady in the Van” … More Book report #2
This is a set of items, but I’m considering it one because of what the collection represents: my cell phone history. I remember first seeing a cell phone in 1992. At work, the three guys who owned the company each got a cell phone – one of those giant brick size ones with the big … More Item #26 – Phone collection
An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good, by Helene Tursten. Translated by Marlaine Delargy. Pub 2018 A quick read to start the year, I picked up this book as an impulse purchase during Christmas shopping as a gift for a friend, but was so intrigued by this quirky little book that I decided to … More Book report #1
Once more into the breach: we’re continuing the challenge in 2019, with more modifications to the list. Still a total of 28 books, but some new categories to keep it interesting.
Wild Dogs, by Helen Humphreys. Pub 2004 I’ve read almost all of Helen Humphreys’ novels, but strangely not this one. Strange because this one was specifically recommended to me. It was in the early fall of 2008 (I think). I was visiting my friends Joan and Pete on the Sunshine Coast for the Pender Harbour … More Book report #20
An Everlasting Meal, by Tamar Adler. Pub 2011 I don’t recall how I learned about this book, but it truly a treasure of food writing. While there are many recipes included, the prose is mostly about creative and – yes – everlasting ways to cook food. More than that, the language is lyrical – Adler … More Book report #19
The Wine Lover’s Daughter, by Anne Fadiman. Pub 2017 Anne Fadiman is one of my favourite writers; sadly for me, she has very few books, so I was delighted to find that she’d at last produced another one. This memoir about her father is a poignant journey to find and enshrine the meaning of his … More Book report #18
A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapter, by Julian Barnes. Pub 1989 This is one of my all time favourite books. I have read it more times than I can count since first finding it in the early 1990s. (I don’t remember exactly when, but I know it was before going to Europe … More Book report #17
Time for another cinematic list. Since I’m putting a lot of effort this year (although clearly not right now) into reading, I thought a list of adaptations of novels into film, where the makers got it just right, would be apropos.
This weary nicotine-stained lithograph-on-board has pride-of-place in my living room not because it is valuable (certainly not) or noteworthy.