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100 & counting…

Stats Can tells us the coming years will bring more & more centenarians. I have the privilege of knowing a very special one...

Marianne Engel’s Plentiful Picnics

"An occasional psychiatric patient at the hospital," Marianne Engel is the steadfast, generous, brilliant and beautiful woman who walks into the burn victim's hospital room & claims him for her own: she nurses him, feeds him, entertains him with stories of eternal love,  never wavering...

Get the Gargoyle!

When LOL member, Cindy G, said the book she'd chosen was called The Gargoyle and that it might be a little "out there," all kinds  of crazy thoughts ran through my head. Envisioning a book of Medieval fantasy, I wondered if it would be too...

The End of the End of the Alphabet

    It's always a little sad when the LOL wraps up a book. The End of the Alphabet is quick book, a short read. While many of our members are away traveling at this time, a small handful of us read this little book with...

Dirty Little Smart Phones

In our modern age, our cell phones have become like appendages: where we go, they follow...

Half way thru the Alphabet

The End of the Alphabet is a small book, a short book, really more the length of a novella. I'm at J. It's a very different read. The pace is restlessly fast, as is the time Ambrose Zephyr has left on the earth. One month....

Bringing Our Hands Together

Welcome to Free-For-All-Friday, that beloved blog day in which I often digress from the book the LOL is currently reading to discuss anything else I feel like chatting about. And today I'm talking strangers meeting over words and wishes...

So Long, Something Fierce

We gathered, we talked. We cozied up on Cindy's couch. We sipped wine and sampled delicious food. Another great night at book club. I arrive hungry. No dinner for me on LOL nights. The food and drink is always so delectable, I make a monster meal...

Something Fierce…bittersweetly funny

Last day I wrote how Carmen Aguirre's mother upset me with her selfish refusal to leave her girls behind, where they would be safe with their father in Vancouver, dragging them instead to South America to become indoctrinated in the revolutionary movement. Of course she...

Feeling Funky about Fierce Mother…

Right from the start, Carmen Aguirre's memoir, Something Fierce, captures the reader's attention with its fascinating premise: a young  Chilean refugee leaves the safety of her Canadian homeland to travel back to Chile with her revolutionary mother and step father. Told in everyday language, blunt...