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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who bought this item also bought. The College Application Essay, 6th Ed. Crafting a Winning Personal Statement. The College Bound Organizer: Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie, which was of course turned into a brilliant comic film. I can see one more "cluster" looming on the horizon, about Frankenstein!

Starting with the novel itself, then moving on to Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, and a newish book, Making the Monster: I may even look for another book about Mary Shelley and that critical summer in Switzerland during which she, Keats and Byron were scribbling away.

I, too, have been plagued by headaches. For the last week. It started when I was at home in Kansas and has been almost continuous since Friday. I think it has to do with the low pressure system that was in Kansas and followed me on my trip back to Alabama.

For the last two days it just sat here, and the exploded last night. In the meantime, I had my first discussion with my supervisor about my yearly evaluation, and no matter what administration tells you, yearly evaluations, are never positive. They can always find something that they want you to do better or more of. I am intrigued by your cluster reading. I have also noticed that in my own reading.

It seems that from time-to-time I tend to read about one subject. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Sometimes the cluster is short lived and sometimes it has stretched over a period of a couple of years. Now that I have joined a couple of challenges here on LT, I have spent some time reading about the American West, again, years ago, I devoured whatever I could get my hands on about Colorado after reading Centennial.

The Search for Six of Six Million and included mysteries and other memoirs. This year, I am reading mysteries set in Italy for another challenge. For the last year, I have been reading travel books, particularly about the UK. You are so lucky to have found the Athenaeum and the activities that it affords you. Those discussions sound wonderful.

I have not read Beloved either, and it keeps popping up in my life during the last year. Perhaps, this will be the year I get to it. Beloved is almost dead ahead for me. I can see it from where I sit - number three on my non-series TBR shelf. Now I leave him be and he leaves me be. Hope you wake with the headache lifted, Suz. I love the way clusters happen. I wish I had the mental wherewithal to expand them, but alas!

My name is Random. Thanks for the mention of the Hebridean cluster. Both the Glover and the Bunting appeal to me. Both books are narrated by the incomparable Jayne Entwistle. She also does the Flavia De Luce series. If you are looking for something occupy you and your kids while on a road trip, these will fit the bill. I have really enjoyed them. I would give it a few months? Until it ended yesterday, the day I had to get home through the storms a real phenom in NYC, where most trains were cancelled and a non-event in Providence and Boston, where everything was closed down in anticipation of snow that never arrived.

I find Faulkner intriguing enough to want to try to read more, but daunting enough that I need some kind of external "kick in the pants" to get me moving.

I may never end up really liking him, but I can still find his books thought-provoking. At least I can concentrate on those books that our "Saturday professor" thinks of as those he wrote in his golden period, like Sanctuary , Go Down Moses , and Absalom, Absalom , among others. I have now read two -- As I Lay Dying and this one.

You sound VERY organized -- 3 and not number 2 or 4? OK, off to delve into Beloved Hope that your migraines let up! I love it when I find myself in a cluster of reading--a synchronicity that happens even when not planned.

Inside the Trump White House. But I like your clusters better -- especially the Odyssey one. I have the ebook An Odyssey: Good to hear that you did, eventually, get home and so nice of the headaches to stop long enough for a quick NYC visit: Hope you are back on your feet I chortled when I read your most recent example of synchonicity at work in your book selections -- and then stopped laughing when I realized the implications for us and not just for those living on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Now, an informal quiz for all the Americans out there: He got to the Pacific in what is now British Columbia in Oh, and of course a chunk of them then went about claiming a right to what they saw as under-exploited land We reap the results of THAT today As I Lay Dying - though monstrously depressing - was incredibly well written.

I was headed toward others, my daughter said she read a Faulkner quote that was strongly racist. Of course, that is too much work. I would just say that judging by his works, and what I have read about his characters in other works such as in The Sound and the Fury he either seems to step outside racism or to condemn those who make easy judgments based on race.

The people he judges are those who warp the young boy into this tormented adult -- and they are white. On a personal level, he used part of his Nobel prize money to establish a scholarship program for African-American teachers -- this would have been in the very early s in Mississippi, in the height of the Jim Crow days.

I might well avoid him for the sake of my own mental health and wellbeing. The devil is in the details. Oh, reading Disappointment River sent me off on a brief tangent.

It is also by Elizabeth George Speare and thought it a great work of historical fiction. When I reread it about 10 years ago, I found it naive, in the sense that it was simplistic. However, it still conveyed the sense of hysteria and the vindictiveness of a society convinced it was right.

I have been wanting to go back and reread I, Juan de Pareja again to see how it stands up to time. Loved I, Juan de Pareja , and think the history there was pretty good -- I re-read it many times as a kid though not recently. But my favorites were and remain those by Geoffrey Trease. And I just re-read his adult historical novels earlier this year. He was a socialist, and so his characters are always "ordinary" young people, rather than princes or princesses, caught up in the doings of the time and having adventures, and so were very relate-able.

Also -- and this was unusual -- he almost always included a girl or young woman in the mix, with a few limitations. Trease never violated what was likely for the historical era, so sometimes the female protagonist would be an outsider, or violating social norms, or cross-dressing, etc.

I also liked the work of Rosemary Sutcliff. Her Roman Britain series was outstanding. Eagle of the Ninth is probably the most famous of that series, but she has so many good ones about the early history of Britain it is hard to pick one that is better than the others. Her medieval series is also good. I read lots of Rosemary Sutcliff, and some Geoffrey Trease and other writers, as a child. Another of my favourites was Ransom for a Knight by Barbara Leonie Picard, in which a medieval 13 year old girl learns that her father has been captured after a battle by the Scottish, and somehow manages to travel all the way up from the south coast of England to get him, encountering many different people in the places she stays in en route.

I seem to have had a blighted young adulthood, never hearing about the books you are talking about. Does Thomas Costain count? He was only six years older than I am On another note entirely, and being very cynical, I wonder whether this explains the Walter Scott prize nomination, which puzzled me?

That he was suddenly ill, and that this would be in the nature of a lifetime achievement nod of some kind? There is one new book, out in the next few weeks -- I think next month? On a completely separate note, when I went to that website I also found that Penny Vincenzi had died, late in February.

Not blighted exactly, just deprived. Most of these authors are English, and few made it across the Atlantic, where editors perhaps correctly assumed that kids wanted to read different kinds of books. Other authors -- the Flambards series from K.

Peyton, and the books set in Tsarist Russia by E. Both are out of print and incredibly rare today -- ripe for re-release. I actually thought that they would be reprinted, but nope. Costain would count as historical fiction, but he was writing for an adult audience. I first read him when I was 12 and had moved back to Canada -- my grandfather had one or two, and then I discovered some of the others at the library. Apparently as well as Greeks Bearing Gifts there is a 14th novel in the series just sent to the publisher and due to come out next year.

Apparently he had cancer but I wonder if he was only diagnosed very shortly before he died. I only saw the news quite late on Saturday afternoon but there are quite a lot of tweets from Friday. I was also really sad to learn about Penny Vincenzi - surprisingly her last novel appeared in Vine for All last year so I have it waiting. I got the last sniff Vincenzi for my illicit!?! UK Kindle last year when it came out, so I have it waiting, too.

I may push it to one side and leave it as a treat for later, since it WILL be the last. I saw the reference to the 14th, but it also mentioned that it was a first draft, which gives me pause.

Sometimes, I suppose, you just have to learn to say farewell. After that, there is the new Donal Ryan novel, or perhaps Paris Metro by Wendell Steavenson, which I was talking about with a new friend from my Athenaeum Academy course, which had its final meeting today.

They are piling up. The Wayne wants to read it because it mentions his hometown in the description on the back The reviews of it were very very good. Back to the discussion about historical fiction for a minute.

Have you read any of the novels of Susan Howatch? I was browsing in the library on Saturday and picked up Cashelmara. Somehow this author had escaped my notice, but when I looked her up in Wikipedia this morning, to my surprise I found that she is well known for the sweeping family sagas like the Poldark novels.

I wonder how I missed this? My first attempt to read some of those bogged down completely. The book ends with the fictional version of Edward III tossing his mother out on reaching his majority and murdering Mortimer. In both cases, the large manor houses or castles of the titles and the property attached to them stand for the "kingdoms" -- in an era when wealthy landowners really were little monarchs of all they surveyed.

Most of those are out of print now. I put Cashelmara on the bedside table this afternoon as that is something that I want to read. The reviews said that the Penmarric , Cashelmara , and Wheel of Fortune were based on the Plantagenet family. I will now have to decide if I should finish up the Sharon Kay Penman books or go on to these.

I am ready to start Lionheart which is book 4 in the Penmen series, so maybe I should finish those first and then go back to Howatch! So many bookish decisions to make. Disappointment River is a BB for me. There are only two adult novels written by Geoffrey Trease though he did write a handful of non-fiction books, one about the condottieri sp? I prefer the former. Happy New Thread, Suzanne.

I like the Ithaka poem. I think I need more practice, with the older stuff. I have heard very good things.

Have you read it yet? I hope you are doing well, my friend. Have never heard of that book before -- true crime? Too little work; too many headaches. And yes, poetry is all about finding one piece that intrigues you and then just sampling more, one bit at a time. And I wish that more of her novels were available for audiobook, too!

She has struggled, also, with illness and physical disabilities in getting her newest one complete, but is good about keeping people informed via FB.

Do you still have a copy of the Richard III novel, or do you need me to keep an eye open for a spare copy here? I probably have spares of most of her books. I got my first ER book well, was notified I will receive one for literally years! A debut novel by an Iraqi-born author, The Baghdad Clock. Might be great; might not.

Penman also writes some really good medieval mysteries. I have one or two of them on my shelves and hope to read all of them. She was nominated for an Edgar award for the first one. I also wish that some of these older? I noticed that the older mysteries of Tony Hillerman were being recorded and reissued, so there is hope that some other authors will get the same treatment. Slowly, there is some catchup taking place as more people use audiobooks.

But there remain big backlist gaps. Well, I finally heard back from the white paper folks that I was working with last fall and into the early New Year, who told me to just hang on while they considered what to do about this complicated project. It turns out that what they decided to do was to do without me -- to turn it over to a contract PR firm, break the work into three pieces, etc.

So I spent a lot of time on this, lose the income and have no ability to use them as a reference since they are spinning this as my inability to manage the challenge. But if he can manage the people involved, well, god bless him. And good political work by him, too, is all that I can say.

Is there a way to have a lawyer the kind who collect only if you win sue for damages? No, they are completely within their rights. It was a freelance assignment. In the same way that someone can spike a story and pay me a kill fee, they can opt not to continue with me.

And the consequences of this, which are not encouraging. And the blow to my self-esteem is, ahem, significant. I feel as if I have done something very wrong and not figured it out, and I should have been figuring it out. McNamara died, as she was finishing the book and now her husband, Patton Oswalt and Gillian Flynn are touring together, promoting the book. She was a strong writer and became quite obsessed with this case. Just typed an entire message, hit post, and nothing happened.

Hit post again, it told me I had a duplicate post, and so I assumed that if I refreshed the page, the message would appear. I assumed incorrectly and the message had completely vanished. Lots of good reading ahead, assuming I can find time and energy!!

And another piece of work -- smallish but would have been helpful -- just got canceled. Freelancing must be so hard. Even when I was technically a freelancer, agents found me long contracts on full time assignments. Every time I finished one, I panicked. It was a relief to find something that felt permanent, as it indeed was. I wish you great opportunities in the near future. I hope things will improve. I thought they finally were looking up toward the end of last year, but perhaps not.

And it just gets harder to try. I will stop having a pity party soon, I promise. And focus on reporting on my books. The freelancing thing is so risky and it is endemic in what were white collar jobs. I feel so bad for you and so many who are stuck in these situations. It is even rampant in academe. We hire short term people with no benefits. It is not right. I do hurt for you, but I know that is small comfort. Agree with Benita that this whole move to contract work out rather than have actual staff is not right and is hurting the industries and professions where it is rampant.

I blame companies working to provide the highest return to stockholders, and the product be damned. Feel for you, Suz. Fergus caught another mouse today. He left it for me to find, of course. Helen Dunmore and Philip Kerr Have been struggling with "serious" reading that requires concentration -- thank you v. Hope your migraine gets better soon. I tried The Draughtsman but stumbled on it.

Will have to try again later. I have both of the others the latter of them from the library and so will try to get to them soonish. Wickedly subversive tone to it. Things have been very, very dull. I hate that feeling, having the rug pulled out from under you like that.

First, I must say that a person with integrity expects that same integrity from the people she proposes to work with. Suz where are you? We are beginning to wonder. I spent a good portion of Sunday in bed with a headache and I still have the residual ache today. The weather here was foul all weekend and I am sure that is why I have the headache.

I am glad I finally got to it. Hi everyone, Sorry, I appear to have run out of "oomph. Fascinating, but not good for PTSD as it turns out. The good news is that a friend of mine is coming to give a reading of her new book here tomorrow: Mary Morris, talking about her new novel, Gateway to the Moon. So I shall go to that and meet up with her. Glad I have the cats to keep me going!

I hope you feel better soon, Suzanne. Kitty pajama parties make everything better. And, of course, to document the trajectory of the book bullets. Also, there is treasure to find and there are bikes to ride and a boat to row! I had one today tell me that I "look like a mother" because I was Thanks for the visit! Like so much else in my life of late, it has gone by the wayside. Re your Egyptian anecdote, that is astonishing. Some people are just arrogant with zero foundation for that behavior.

And yet they build on that arrogance. And yet when I try to be self-confident, I feel anything but inside; sigh. And as for looking like a mother -- what on earth does that even MEAN? Erm, what about looking like a scholar? And what does he tell a guy carrying a lot of books?

For that matter -- why is it that only women seem to read? I was at a book reading last night. Now granted, all five authors reading were women. My friend was there to talk about and read from her new book, Gateway to the Moon.

She was the oldest there by a decade or two, and most of the others were debut writers, two or three of which bashed Amazon reviewers with yours truly, Amazon Vine reviewer, sitting in the audience, arms folded She said one described writing a novel as being like learning to ride a bike.

Am still struggling to get any serious reading done, but am making some headway in Daughters of the Winter Queen by Nancy Goldstone. I think the title is there to sell the book. It might be snarky of me, but even though I have read Nancy Goldstone and like her work, I think that of most of the ones I have read. But they sure are fun to read. I did like the last one quite a lot -- the dual bio of Catherine de Medici and her daughter.

It really did "click". Which was just as well, I suppose. In English- that is, so this would be a good one to read. I am sorry to have been absent from the threads as well. It is annual evaluation time and I have been buried in citation analysis. It is the bane of every librarians existence. It is enough to make me retreat to my latest read Work Like Any Other - which I am not enjoying that much. I know it was the one title from the Booker Longlist that many people liked, but it is turning out to not be the reading adventure I thought it would be.

Tuesday, February 13, has it beat all to heck. Confess I miss the days when US novels were not included. There are plenty of ways to learn about what is being published in the US Sorry to hear the migraine monster is in residence - hope you feel better soon.

I finished Work Like Any Other and, while I picked up in the last third of the novel, I was beginning to wonder why it was on the Booker list. I read it because my real life book discussion group is reading it as our Alabama book for the year.

It did get better, and in the end I liked it better than I thought I was going to. But it is still only average in my book and I am not sure why it was on the list. I wonder what they committee was thinking when they put that title on the list? Finally finished reading Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives, so that I could return to the library, and because I kept thinking to myself, surely it must deliver on its promise somewhere, sometime. Misadventures of the impossibly self-satisfied, edgily self-aware and pretentious, perhaps?

Rarely does a novel annoy me this much. Midway through, I went to see what they had said, out of curiosity, then went back to the novel with more commitment. It floats around, with little dashes in various directions now and again, but to no purpose.

I just finished reading Story of A New Name and, while I like this novel, I am not sure that it deserves all the accolades. I got hours of enjoyment out of it, but to call it bold and innovative? Not sure where the critics are coming from on that one. Does anyone else have this problem with LibraryThing? I came back to LT and bang, as soon as I put my cursor on the tab, it closed. And NO, I did not hit the X mark. I have one of the other two short-listed books after that, The Gallows Pole , since it was super-cheap on Amazon UK, but am not in a rush to read it.

Clearly the judges and I do not have tastes in common? When I try to type something in an LT message box, sometimes, all I get is a black box. Not this time though. However, I understand that others like to mess around with things and get them to work. I hope that you will get it figured out as I like your posts and critics about books.

Sorry they were abbreviated. I just ran out of energy to rewrite them all But I already have an immense backlog of mini-reviews. Very thought-provoking, the more so for not explicitly trying to draw comparisons with democracy today until literally the very final sentence. Just logged book -- my second 75 books. They are quite good, set in British Columbia in the immediate aftermath of WW2.

Not astonishingly distinctive, but a unique setting and characters make them stand out from the crowd. Congrats on the ! I liked the structure being a bit different, zipping through some periods and focussing on others. I linked the wrench about leaving the first farm, but that also felt like a dangling loose thread.

I understand having read the postscript that it was based on a skeleton structure of real identities, and perhaps the author felt constrained? Yes, it was true to life in that sense -- but while the character of Ernest was clearly a chicken coming home to roost, I kept thinking how much more satisfying it could have been had the farm also been involved.

Trying to be a bit oblique for those who have yet to read this. At the same time, I liked the emphasis on the mutual incomprehension between the "mainstream" lifestyles and the satisfaction of the two women with their lives -- or the contentment they had with what a consumer society would deem to be little.

NetGalley just approved me for the upcoming mystery by Elsa Hart, set in 18th century China, whose central character is a roaming scholar named Li Du.

I really liked the first two I like the writing style. A great adventure story about a young Yemeni-American who wants to become a coffee entrepreneur. GREAT yarn, and very well told. I just ripped right through it. I will have to do so. Which means I will probably buy it. Or at least add it to my every growing wishlist.

I live to serve. When I go to get an image, like a book cover, I right click on "open a new window" and get the image address there, then just close it to get back to my post in progress.

Hmm, yes, I pull my covers from Google. I think it hates me. Congrats on hitting already! Good for you for keeping ahead of the pace! Or sometimes to re-reads. That seems to be what I can cope with. Who does history and memory belong to? Who gets to tell stories about the past? Enjoy the light stuff. Another BB right to my little southern heart. Alas, my library does not have the Jane Harris title, which piqued my interest the most.

I may have to buy it. I hope your migraine has gone away. Fingers and toes crossed. It seems that she was a bit of a snob about her own books, preferring to read Dickens and Austen and assuming that her friends would do the same rather than read what she had written.

Even the incredibly prolix Trollope himself might well reel back in astonishment. The cost of the new Migraine Drugs may precipitate many a headache. I hope that insurance will cover them -- they should, since I have more than 15 migraine days a month and have had multiple medications fail to resolve them adequately. And what price actually having a life that is livable? Oh, add despairing and occasionally suicidal. I was going to ask about the new migraine drug.

I do so hope that your insurance is cooperative and that the drug is good for you. The only thing that helped a friend of mine with migraines is Botox injections which are quite pricy too. She thinks she was on a clinical trial for this drug.

Thought of you right away when I heard the news yesterday. Sure hope that it does the trick for you, Suzanne and that it is covered by your insurance. I am so glad to hear the news about the migraine medicine. I hope it works out and works for you. Abby and Tim will be going and have already told me that they will have free passes available for LT members.

I am also planning a meet-up for any LT members who are going. I had hoped you would be well enough to attend. Watching you work the publishers booths is a thing of beauty. Did you watch the wedding yesterday. I did and was disappointed by the coverage.

They kept interrupting the coverage to interview various charity workers and organizers. I wanted to know what peers and guests were there and a lot more history and background of the protocols and the places. I did not want to hear about the charities and their work. Perhaps I should have watched a different channel with different coverage. Please remember to include your name and the name of the school that you are attending. When is the winner notified? When is the award received?

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