Book Talk: *To Kill a Mockingbird*, by Harper Lee

Book Talk: *To Kill a Mockingbird*, by Harper Lee

It so happens that To Kill a Mockingbird was, technically, the very first book I reviewed on this blog. I thought it might be nice to revisit it in connection with the novel’s 50th-anniversary celebration – and while I’m at it, spiff up the discussion just a bit. Book description: “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” A lawyer’s advice to his […]

Sunday Salon 7/11: Reflections of a One-handed Reader

Sunday Salon 7/11: Reflections of a One-handed Reader

The last four weeks have been pretty productive reading time for me, between vacation and convalescing with my dislocated shoulder! I started and finished three books during the two weeks we were away, and in the two weeks since we came home, I’ve completed four more. I honestly can’t remember the last time I read seven books in a month – and I’d also forgotten how much I like tearing through one book after another! […]

Washington DC, Days 1 – 3: A vacation story in pictures, mostly

Washington DC, Days 1 – 3: A vacation story in pictures, mostly

Thanks to my unfortunate incapacitation and temporary one-handed state, I had to revise my vacation-recap blogging plans to be more photo-sharing and less story-telling. (It takes fewer left-handed keystrokes to browse and paste pictures.) This is the first of several installments, and just a sampling of the pictures. It will take longer than I anticipated to cover the whole trip… Day One, Monday, 6/14: After a long day that started very early in order to […]

Book Talk: *The Local News*, by Miriam Gershow

Book Talk: *The Local News*, by Miriam Gershow

Disclosure: I purchased this book for my personal reading. *Purchasing links in this review are through my Amazon Associates account, and I will net a small referral fee for their use. The Local News: A Novel Miriam Gershow Spiegel & Grau (2010), Paperback (ISBN 9780385527620 / 0385527624) Fiction, 378 pages Opening Lines: “After my brother went missing, my parents let me use their car whenever I wanted, even though I only had a learner’s permit. […]

BOOKKEEPING Special Edition: The reading (half-)year in review

BOOKKEEPING Special Edition: The reading (half-)year in review

Inspired by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness (and others), I’m taking a look back at my half-year in reading. (Since I’m still typing one-handed, it will be a relatively brief look.) I’m pretty satisfied with my 2010 reading so far, both in quality and numbers. Currently, my LibraryThing reviews are more up-to-date than my reviews on the blog; I’ve changed my routine to post them there as soon as they’re written, while the reviews here post […]

Tuesday Tangents: State of the Shoulder update

Tuesday Tangents: State of the Shoulder update

It’s been 12 days since I dislocated my right shoulder. I’ve been cleared to return to work as of today. However, I still can’t drive myself anywhere and I only have rides to work lined up for today and tomorrow; and after spending two weeks of vacation public-transiting around two cities where it actually works, I’m more annoyed than usual with LA’s lack of good alternatives to car commuting. In any case, I have a […]

Taking the weekend off!

Taking the weekend off!

I’m supposed to return to work on Tuesday, and I expect it to be CRAZY after three weeks out of the office, so I’ve decided to save some of my prepared posts for the next couple of weeks and not put one up today! Besides, it’s the Independence Day holiday weekend in the USA, so we should all celebrate our freedoms – including the freedom to take a blogging break! Waving to you with my […]

Book Talk: *Admit One: My Life in Film*, by Emmett James

Book Talk: *Admit One: My Life in Film*, by Emmett James

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book by Lisa Roe, Online Publicist, and she has had to wait an unfairly long time for me to read and review it – sorry, Lisa! *I am an Amazon Associate; purchasing links in this review are provided by Amazon.com and will generate a small referral fee for me if clicked and used. Admit One: My Life in Film Emmett James FizzyPop (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 0984258108 […]