Fiction on the Rise Thursday, Jan 22 2009 

Auntie M is one of those people who want to hold a book in hand, hard cover, paperback, it doesn’t really matter.  And I get pretty annoyed with people who announce the book is dead and we will all be reading online only in the future.

That’s why I was so heartened to read Ann Patchett’s article in the weekend Wall Street Journal’s Culture page, The Triumph of the Readers.

The author of Bel Canto and the recent novel Run shares a details of a board meeting from her local Nashville Public Library Foundation.  Her library has noted a trend supported by a recent report from the National Endowment for the Arts: for the first time in 25 years, the number of people reading fiction is on the rise.

She goes on to say she’s not the least surprised, as when she travels around the country giving talks, the audiences are packed with readers hanging on her every word about the process an author goes through to produce a novel.  They want to talk about literature, they love literature, there is no death of literature.

Patchett adds that whenever she sees someone floundering in a bookstore, she helps them find a good book to read. And she is always giving out lists to others of books she’s read and enjoyed, to spread the wealth of what is out there and share a great find.  My kind of gal.

Phew! For a moment there I worried a Kindle was the only way I’d get to read in the future.

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Today Doc ‘hopped’ around our bedroom twice and it’s only afternoon!  He’s sleeping better at night, and although the pain is still intense, there is a definite upward movement, after a long, long month.

And for those of you who worried, yes, I DID get to shave my legs this weekend!

A Cure For All Diseases Wednesday, Jun 4 2008 

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had one someday? But no, this is the title of  Reginald Hill’s 560+ page novel I’ve just finished reading.  Hill just seems to get longer and better with each outing.   He’s  a great plotter and his dialogue is a hoot! This is one of the Dalziel and Pascoe series, (also televised at some point years ago on BBC and well worth a look if you ever come across the DVD’s.)  When he has Andy Dalziel speak, I have to laugh out loud sometimes, he had that voice nailed so perfectly.

This one centers on a small town on the Yorkshire coast which is trying to build up itself as a health resort.  Our Andy finds himself ensconced there as he rehabs from the blast that almost killed him in the last book (The Death of Dalziel).  And rehab he does, all of his pertinent parts and then some.

I love reading Hill because he knows so darn much and shares it so willingly through his characters.

Auntie M is in awe of someone who can pull an opus like this together consistently, over and over, can you tell?

Cotswolds Idyll Monday, Jan 28 2008 

For those of you who enjoy a mystery set in the very English Cotswolds, check out Rebecca Tope’s trio set in that golden area. Her unusual heroine has an interesting mindset and empathy with the people she meets, and of course, she has an adorable dog…what more could you ask for in entertainment?

T is for Trespass Monday, Jan 14 2008 

is Sue Grafton’s latest entry in her Kinsey Milhone series.  This one alternates between Kinsey’s first person POV and the third person POV of a nurse taking care of Kinsey’s neighbor.  This approach made for a slow beginning, but the book settled down and is packed with sly humor in Kinsey’s voice.  What will Grafton do when she hits Z–any guesses?

New Year’s Reads Thursday, Jan 3 2008 

Happy 2008 to all, as I pass on my first book recommendation of the New Year.  For a different voice, filled with wry wit and cutting observations, try Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read.  Her debut novel was nominated for an Edgar, and although it must fall into the mystery-suspense category, it is filled with social commentary as she contrasts Long Island society with the upstate New York farming community.  “And never the twain shall meet” is something protagonist reporter Madeline Dare hardly seems fixed to dispel as her two worlds clash.  Maddie soon finds herself enmeshed in tracking down the twenty+ year old murder of two sisters whose rose-garlanded bodies were found in a farm field.   Watch out for the Reader’s note at the book’s end, where author Read describes the real-life events that inspired the novel, plus questions for book club discussions.  Her next, The Crazy School, follows Maddie’s next pursuit.

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