MichiganTRumpet Blasts into 2015!
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Hello and Welcome! A new year and a new start. This is my Second (!) year in the 75er group and I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here!
My name is Marianne, I'm a 50ish lawyer living and working in the Boston area.
I'm still finishing up on my 2014 thread, but plan to be back soon to finish up 'contruction' here.
1. Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
2. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Forger by Ken Perenyi
5. The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
7. The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
8. The Abbot's Agreement by Melvin Star
9. Then Again by Diane Keaton
10. Saving Grapes by. J.T. Lundy
11. Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton
12. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddartha Mukherjee
13. Independent Ed: Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and the Twelve Best Days of My Life by Edward Burns
14. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
15. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
16. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
17. Lila by Marilyne Robinson
18. The Circle by Dave Eggers
19. Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis
20. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
21. Flirting with French: How A Language Charmed Me; Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart by William Alexander
22. Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen
23. Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
24. GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi
25. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
26. After the War is Over: A Novel by Jennifer Robson
27. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
28. Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
29. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
30. The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen
31. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
32. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
33. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
34. A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen
35. Muse: A Novel by Jonathan Galassi
36. The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse by Alan Bradley
37. The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen
38. The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
39. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
40. Hothouse: The Art of Survival and Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux by Boris Kachka
41. No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
42. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
43. Journeys in English by Bill Bryson
44. Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
45. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stragal
46. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
47. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
48. Euphoria by Lily King
49. Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann
50. Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick
51. A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
52. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
53. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
54. Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey
55. The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
56. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
57. The Hummingbird by Stephen Kiernan
58. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
59. Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
60. Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
61. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
62. Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
63. I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short
64. What Could Possibly go Wrong by Jodi Taylor
65. Farhenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
66. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
67. The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye
68. Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
69. The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen
70. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber
71. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
72. Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings by Jodi Taylor
73. Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
74. The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor
75. In a French Kitchen by Susan Hermann Loomis
Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur
Great to see things off with a bang here, I look forward to following you again.
Don't leave us hanging here.
I hope all is well in Marianneland.
Hope all is well in Beantown Ms M.
Re-Pete, she sends me a book. Pats win, I send her one.
In the meantime, I'm now deciding what book to send to Marianne..... it's not a bad consolation prize to get to choose a book to send to someone!
>54 kidzdoc: We're already counting the days until you're anticipated return in November, Darryl! Although you might want to consider October in order to catch the Boston Book Festival!
>55 Oberon: Erik! So good to hear from you! This year has been the perfect storm of time consuming leadership activities: Massachusetts Bar Association, my alma mater (Michigan) and my church ( President of the Congregation). All worthy and exciting organizations, but a the overlap between the three has had me running ragged. Add in some challenging RL issues ....
My reading has managed to stay on par with 2014 levels -- whew! -- and I've been struck by several book bullets from my lurking on others threads. Am hopeful I can be more active again once things settle down a bit.
Hope all's well with you! Thanks for checking in!
Glad to see you checking in, Marianne. We miss our book pals when they are away.
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!
Facing a lot of "End of the Year" reporting, so am up to my eyeballz. Am hoping to take New Year's Eve Day off.
In the meantime --- Maybe??? --- I hope to finish Number 75!!!
It's going to be a close one!
Here it is! http://www.librarything.com/topic/210040
Loomis has written several charming books recounting her experiences as an American, now living -- and cooking! -- in France. I have always enjoyed her chatty, conversational style. I understand she has given cooking classes in her home. Her writing takes on the same warm tenor as one imagines you would hear sitting at her kitchen table. Her latest "In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France" allows us a peek, not just into her own kitchen but those of her friends and acquaintances.
As explained by Loomis (and in my experience typical of other nationalities' home cooking), much of French home cooking has a solid basis in the recipes and techniques learned from Mamie or Maman. These traditions are not the basis of fussy rarified restaurant cooking but the satisfying stuff enjoyed every where. I love that Loomis includes a chapter on the French use of 'leftovers', which spells 'homey' to me. There are separate chapters on produce, salad, cheese, desserts, bread, breakfasts, and pantry organization. The book helpfully ends with a by the month collection of menus with accompanying recipes.
Ther are 85 recipes scattered throughout. However, this is not a cook book per se. The recipes are provided more as an example and guide to the techniques and traditions being discussed. Mine was an early Uncorrected Advanced Reader Copy. The organization was a bit rough for the titles of the recipes in the index and for locating what one wanted. However, I felt the recipes themselves were clearly written, with proper techniques and quantities needed and servings produced.
I have made a few of the recipes, and the Cream of Mushroom soup, various salads, Rhubarb and ginger tart, and braised broccoli were all excellent. My favorite chapter by far was on Cheese!!! As handy a primer as one will find anywhere. Quite useful as I prepare a cheese tray for New Years'!!
I am a big one for sitting down to read a cookbook cover to cover. This book --with the lovely talks of how people like me cook on the other side of the world -- was right in my wheelhouse!
How appropriate I celebrate #75 with a cookbook!
And a lovely one received through the LT ER program! Thanks LT! You've made my year!!