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review 2019-09-14 17:29
Lady in the Lake - Laura Lippman
Lady in the Lake - Laura Lippman

  This is an embarrassment of riches: so much so that I am immobilized in my decision-making capacity. I'll go with whatever anyone else tells me first.

 

This paeon to old school newspapers and journalists was touching, nostalgic, and also thrilling. The relentless hustle to put out a daily paper helps keep the suspense high in a story that stretches out a fair bit. The crimes, the business of reporting on crimes, and how little those two might intersect is a constant theme. Really I loved pretty much everything: Madeliine and Cleo, the many different types of mothers, civil rights and equal rights, the new hairstyles and clothes and fabrics of 1966. For all that is very much a crime story, it has a bit of everything except a Tracy Turnblad musical number. The Dickens comparison still feels somewhat apt.

 

The only other upside to having finished it (beyond the sheer pleasure of a good story well told) is that I am reluctant to start something else right away. In an effort to keep my buzz going and not bring it down on some other kind of book entirey maybe I will accomplish some of the things I was going to do in the first half of the day "as soon as I finish this chapter..."

 

Library copy

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review 2019-09-07 17:46
Baby of the Family - Tina McElroy Ansa
Baby of the Family - Tina McElroy Ansa

I chose wisely. Rereading my books from 1988 wasn't some sort of plan, my choices are always usually more random: putting a book on a shelf and spotting another, going over a bookcase to purge a few...that sort of thing. But there, my first tow squares are devoted to rereads and I am not sorry. There are a few new-to-me planned. I've spent some more time looking over my card, my list, and my TBR stack, matching up a few. My stack is rather more heavy on the mysteries: fourteen of my squares don't have a book waiting for them so far.

 

But I was saying, this book was an excellent choice. There hasn't been a lot of Southern on my stack for a while, except Whiskey in a Teacup, which we'll just move quickly by. So, it was good to wallow in the heat for a bit, to sit down to Southern food (only fictionally, I'm not otherwise a fan), to enjoy the familiar from a different angle. Lena's world somewhat resembles mine, but from the other side of segregation.

 

Things I envy most: her big old house, and the adults swearing. While I would have loved to have grown up with my maternal grandmother in the house, my paternal grandmother would not have been possible: she scared the hell out of everyone. Aunt Shirley was the only local daughter-in-law, she saw MawMaw all the time, and never had the nerve to smoke in front of her, not in forty-some years of marriage. The other three children fled as far away as they could.

 

Also, the plotlessness was a break from my usually story-driven choices. There's an arc,

but it's more a way to connect all the different vignettes. You'd call it picaresque if Lena were more rebellious, as it is, hmmm. Really, I'm not sure at all. But it was fun to see "Co-Cola".

 

Personal inscribed, signed and dated copy for which I thank the author. She was delightful and charming for the short time I spent with her.

 

 

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text 2019-09-07 03:49
Reading progress update: I've read 184 out of 276 pages.
Baby of the Family - Tina McElroy Ansa

Sorry about the spam. While perusing the Vampires reading list I kept finding books that I had read but hadn't added here.

 

Please don't misconstrue my lack of actual progress in my book as lack of interest. The episodic nature of it let's me slow down, as does having read it before. But also, I'm really savoring it. It's closely observed life: the sounds, the tastes, the way things look, the way it feels to run through a sprinkler.

 

And then BAM! there's a ghost that you didn't expect. Or a close encounter with some new person in her small town. Lena is a curious and charming child so everyone pets her, and makes much of her, and tells her why a song on the jukebox is their favorite.

 

And I don't know if it was an editorial mistake or just me misreading, but I was wrong about it being South Carolina. It is Georgia, and probably very like Macon, but not so similar as to be a problem.

 

Tomorrow though I will definitely finish this book and start a new one. All my requests are coming in, and of course there's also a great big stack from my shelves that seemed like they might do...and I'm picking out more all the time, and then changing my mind. It's like standing at the counter of Mad Hatter's and trying to decide whether to go with the black and white cake, the lemon lattice, or the strawberry, and whatever else there may be on any given day, knowing that whatever I choose is going to be delightful and an enormous slice that I can share with my companion, who always chooses something different, and when we are both full there will still be plenty to take home and have later.

 

Halloween Bingo is just like that, although rather lighter on the buttercream frosting.

 

As she scrubbed, pearls of sweat formed on the brow and upper lip of the beautiful beautician's face. Like liquid jewels, the perspiration formed and rolled off Mamie's face unattended as  she continued to work up more fruity suds. On Mamie's skin, greasy smooth and taut, the sweat looked like the beads of water that Lena had seen her grandmother spill once, only once, onto her prized upright piano from a vase of flowers.

 

Damn, that's evocative writing. That "only once" conveys so much.

 

I just didn't want my lack of speed to suggest lack of pleasure.

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review 2019-09-07 03:13
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova

Slow, but worth the trip for the library!  I expect fans of might like it.  It has that same kind of measured, stately pacing.  It can be thrilling, mind, but it isn't zippy.  I love to read these big old doorstops sometimes.

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text 2019-09-05 02:37
Reading progress update: I've read 142 out of 276 pages.
Baby of the Family - Tina McElroy Ansa

Not many more ghosts. We're getting a lot of observation Nellie as an aggravated yelling swearing mother, as a tactful daughter-in-law, and as a boss, the magic of The Place, and currently the bane of Lena's existence: her hair which she must guard against all water lest it become uncontollable. Her hair is a HUGE issue as the family prepares for a vacation at the beach. Such a relatable family. I was wrong though, they live in SC not Georgia.

 

Anyway, most of my Halloween reading is keeping up on all the Bingo posts. Which makes me feel like Morticia:

 

“I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just... I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.”

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