Day: November 21, 2012
The popularity of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs has brought interest back to old books like Below Stairs, first published in 1968, and Rose, My Life in Service from 1975, not to mention older TV series like Flambards.
Another half-forgotten book in this category is Monica Dickens's One Pair of Hands from 1939. Monica Dickens was the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, but this isn't her main claim to fame in her series of books about her forays into the working world in the 1930s.
Susan Roebuck does the impossible -- finding a way to glue this baby all together into one storyline. Take it away, Susan! I am Soooo glad I'm not next -- but I feel explosions coming!
20- Susan Roebuck
Marci awoke to someone saying, “Two hundred feet above the waves, Commander.”
“Good. Now get below and tell the troops to get ready.
Adrift in the Sound
It’s early 1973. The time of anti-war protesters, free love and dope.
Lizette is homeless and looking for a place to get warm. She winds up at Sandy’s place. Sandy is a snake dancer and srtips for a living. She lets Lizette stay as long as she cleans the house and takes care of her snake.
As the world awaits the inevitable -- Frank Ocean scoring major Grammy nominations come Dec. 5 when they’re announced -- GQ has an interesting new Q&A about the rising singer-songwriter. In Ocean’s back and forth, he reflects on the now infamous revelation about his love life made earlier this summer, and refuses to peg himself in terms of his sexuality when prompted.
For several years now there’s been a number of attempts to bring the life, or at least parts of it, of legendary soul crooner Marvin Gaye to theaters. Cameron Crowe and F. Gary Gray were attached to helm such projects, as were potential stars Will Smith and Terrence Howard, though ultimately all those stories fizzled. Now there’s another with Lenny Kravitz said to be playing the life of Gaye in a film directed by Julien Temple.
The excitement is mounting in the run up to the Irish Book Awards on Thursday night. I will post the result as soon as I can.
I don't expect to win the Crime category for The Istanbul Puzzle. But we will enjoy the gala dinner with dinner suits, black tie and long dresses and authors glaring at each other and others getting drunk!
It takes a leap of faith to believe in something you can't prove. As kids we place so much stock in larger than life characters like Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and The Tooth Fairy, with our self esteem and perception of the world hanging in the balance. But as we get older that faith is compromised by various realities--jobs, education, responsibility.
This post illustrates the wonderful community of readers. This book was recommended to me by Cindy in a comment to my October post on Plague: A Very Short Introduction. I don't know Cindy except through her comments, so thank you Cindy! I thoroughly enjoyed Year of Wonders. I checked it out on CD to listen on my commute, but had to scramble to find the book because I couldn't wait over the weekend to find out what happened.