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looking for what's missing... I'm a knitting, spinning, mother of teenagers with a big dog, a small cat, minus the lovely rabbit Meliflua.

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Right now I'm listening to "An Irish Country Village" by Patrick Taylor, reading "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" by Anna Quindlen and knitting Wisconsin Wintersocks. And casting off the lace shawl I've been working on since I last posted.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Auspicious Authors

Happy birthday to authors William Faulkner (1897) and Shel Silverstein (1932). Are they an odd couple, or what? Just pondering them both with the same synapse makes my brain warp. The Sound and the Fury or The Giving Tree? As I Lay Dying or Where the Sidewalk Ends?

Taking an English Comp class, I find myself dangerously less inspired to write, but it is having a nice effect on my reading. I always have a stack of books I am going to start; now I actually start them. Quite by accident, I stumbled onto Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. It was on the Fortunate Find shelf at my library. (They keep a special shelf with several of the hottest, latest, most-wanted books. Many copies of a book may be in circulation, but they keep an extra one that you cannot put on hold; you have to actually come into the library where serendipity may reward you with a two week pass to the books everyone else is waiting for.) After my summer enjoying a farmers' market that only sold locally raised food, this book is a treat. Add to that Ms. Kingsolver's surprising and often hilarious use of language, and I am in hog heaven.

(Sorry, Jo. I couldn't help myself. After the first page of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I was hooked. I promise, the next one will be The Used World.)

2 Comments:

Anonymous rlf said...

you reminded me of this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/0375760563/sr=8-1/qid=1190889050/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_top/002-8246148-6645606?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1190889050&sr=8-1#customerReviews

if that link doesn't work, just look up "The Supper of the Lamb" by Episcopal Priest Robert Farar Capon. I bought this book for someone who babysat Jack and Sarah for me. She loved cooking and told me later that after reading this book she stopped using measuring cups and spoons. I never read it all, but the portions I skimmed were great, and I hope to own it someday (hint Gail).

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Jody said...

Gail, The Used World can wait! I am curious about the Kingsolver book, too. Will you resolve to shop locally for a year?
Thanks so much for the yarn, by the way! It arrived last week. I'm thinking about dying it with the skins of red onions. - Jo.

8:49 PM  

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