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  1. I think I might be able to do this…I, too, have a great library and a backlog of already purchased books to draw from.

  2. My daughter got me Finn Family Moomintroll by a Finnish woman, written somewhere around the time Frank Baum was creating the Oz series–old, and geared towards children. Apparently this was a whole series of classics I’d never heard of, and I’m guessing it could easily have been the inspiration for Sandra Boynton’s hippos. Even the bad guys turn out to be nice, and there’s adventure with only just enough danger.

  3. Okay, I had to google Ravelry to find out what the heck it means. I thought it was a reading thing. Turns out its about another kind of yarn altogether.

    You know I love books. I just came from a used book store …..

  4. The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Ecco.

    Depressing. Interesting well researched history of Italy (as it became Italy), and France in mid to latter part of 19th Century.

    I would not recommend it to you, as the main character is pretty despicable, has a split personality, and makes his living forging documents about various conspiracies involving the Knights templar, the Jews, and the masons, oh yes, and the Jesuits. You tell him who you want to cast aspersions on, and he does it.

    I find the history the only saving grace, seeing the politics of the era as though I were living it.

    I love Ecco’s Name of the Rose, so bought it based upon the author. I will see this through, but then sell or give away. Would never read it again, unless being asked a question of the various factions of the Italian unific

  5. ust finished The Help. Have you read it? Couldn’t put it down! I took it to Palm Springs and it was the perfect vacation book. Now I’m reading The Confessor by Daniel Silva because it was small (paperback) and I’ve wanted to read Silva for a while, and I had it on my shelf. So far, so good.

  6. Currently reading, ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’ (Norman Doidge,MD)….maybe I can save my own brain!

  7. Today I finished reading Root Beer Lady, the Story of Dorothy Molter, by Bob Cary, published by Pfeifer-Hamilton of Duluth, Minnesota in 1993. This book is about a woman who visited the Boundary Waters Canoe Area as a young woman, long before it was the BWCA, in 1934, and who decided to spend her life in the wilderness. She worked at a wilderness resort with an older friend, Bill Berglund, until he died, and then took ownership of the resort herself, making her living by renting a few cabins to visitors and selling supplies at her little store. She was self-sufficient and very strong and athletic, and did a lot of listening and watching to learn her wilderness skills. She was a markswoman on her Chicago high school sports team, so was already a good shot, and her father, who was a security officer for railroads, was a wilderness sports fisherman. My mother gave me this book years ago. It is signed by the author, who lives in Ely, Minnesota, which is pretty much the closest ‘urban’ area to Dorothy Molter’s Isle of the Pines ‘resort’. This is a simple book, telling a regional story. The important thing about regional stories is their fine grandularity. When you look at a larger issue (the BWCA, wilderness presevation, rules and regulations, priorities and principles) in the fine detail of a local-regional story such as this one, the simplicity of the larger issue is obscured.

    It is a good thing to have the large issues obscured. We need to remember the many sides of every story and problem. We need to be challenged to explain what our principles and priorities really signify. Dorothy Molter was a homesteader of a wilderness that could support very few, and in the eyes of the local people, she lived on and used her land gently and responsibly.. When Society at large decided there was some sort of value in restricting the use of land which she in fact owned, and restricting the way people could use the land, then Society took rights from her to live where she chose and to make a living as she had been for decades. It’s not a very Libertarian thing to do, really. (I deliberately used the word Society, not Government, because Government is only a tool of the tyrany of the powerful, whether that is the Majority, or the Wealthy or the 1%.)

    I don’t necessarily recommend that you (in the sense of ‘you all’) read this particular book, but I do recommend stopping for a moment now and then to read som regional stories. Because the world is not composed of the stories of issues. It is the stories of people, one interesting and beautiful person at a time.

  8. @Ann
    Read it and enjoyed it. It is a fun read. I know it doesn’t tell it like it was – I remember, I am that old. But I though it was good that this book and the movie bacame so popular, because we don’t want to remember how bad those times were. And kids think of segregation and predjudice as an abstract.

  9. Won`t bore you with what I am reading in German, but I strongly recommend my last English read, from Michael Lewis, particularly for those of you either irritated or frustrated by unending headlines about financial crises and predicting the end of the Western financial system (not to mention your 401(k)). His most recent book is entitled Boomerang, and provides a most entertaining, if not frightening description of the sovereign debt crisis, that is gripping Europe and US markets. I also recommend his classic work The Big Short, about the 2008 collapse, not to mention the entertaining baseball book, Moneyball, now a movie that I, unfortunately, still have not seen.

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