Thursday, September 30, 2021

September: Books I read


Trail of Tears by John Ehle History of the Cherokee Nation depressing for sure
Three Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell Sort of like Mad Men, but in the publishing world instead of the advertising world.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (library) chick lit/romance it was okay
Nobody's Family is Going to Change by Louise Fitzhugh (library) YA book about a family where the children have dreams that do not mesh with what their family expectations of them. 
Nick by Michael Farris Smith (library) prequel to The Great Gatsby concentrating on Nick of course, his experiences during the war and why he ended up renting that house between the mansions. 
The Lampshade by Mark Jacobson (library) The story of a lampshade found at a rummage sale after Hurricane Katrina made from human skin. Did it come from the Holocaust? They try to trace it through DNA etc 
American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser one of my all time favorite books and I like to reread it every once and awhile. Based on a true story of a murder and trial in the Adirondack region of New York State. 
The Auschwitz Photographer by Luca Crippa and Maurizio Onnis (library) another Holocaust book. I always seem to read these in waves. Based on the true story. 
Aloha Rodeo by Julian Smith and David Wolman (library audiobook) Great story of the history of cowboys in Hawaii and their appearance at a Cheyenne Rodeo in 1908. Highly recommend!!
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (audiobook) Jack Reacher book. I had to do an impromptu 20 hour car drive and got some audiobooks knocked out!! LOL 
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (audiobook) Mary, Queen of Scots Ugh, just got sick of hearing about women being manipulated by men (or used as pawns by men) in the politics of the time. 
Everyday Survival by Laurence Gonzales (library) fun, about how our brains work and poise us for survival (or also disaster) very interesting I recommend 

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

August: Books I read


Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui (library) wonderful book about swimming. 
Sometimes You Have to Lie by Leslie Brody (library) The biography of Louise Fitzhugh who wrote Harriet the Spy and other books and was an artist as well. I learned so much about her!! I highly recommend, especially if you are a Harriet the Spy fan.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (library) sister of the bride and the best man go on the honeymoon trip when the wedding is cancelled. 
Out Cold by Phil Jaekl (library) A book about hypothermia very interesting
Clean and White by Carl Zimring (library) a book about racism and how immigrants and people of color are usually assumed to be dirty, they get the dirty jobs (janitorial, garbage etc) and their neighborhoods are the ones where the water treatment plants, the landfills and etc are located. 
Gulp by Mary Roach (audiobook) About digestion from taste buds to rectum! very interesting. 
Sweater Quest by Adrienne Martini the author choses a difficult knitting project 
Knitting Yarns edited by Ann Hood stories about knitting
Blackbeard's Ghost by Ben Stahl fun children's adventure book
Hard Truth by Nevada Barr set in Rocky Mountain National Park and since Ryan and I were just there I thought I would reread this one again. 
Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel  The story of an arson in a California Wine Storage facility and how it spurs the author to research her family's contribution to the creation of the wine industry in California. Lots of great history about the different California vineyards. 
The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick (library) Based on the history of The House of Mercy, a home for destitute and immoral young women that the church operated as a laundry in New York City in the late 1800's early 1900's. Basically these "homes' were prisons for women where they were forced to work the laundries and make lace and they were operated by the Episcopal Church.  Very interesting history.
Backwards and In Heels by Alicia Malone a look at women who worked in the film industry. 
Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne (audiobook) It often amazes me when I listen to books on tape how much of the book is repetition, that I did not really notice when I read it physically. This is an account of the history of the Comanche People and other Plains Indians primarily in Texas. Highly recommend. 


It's the last chance to donate to Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon! Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome. You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

It is too late to send cash or a check, but I want to thank everyone who contributed through-out the month!!