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1michigantrumpet
Dic 31, 2014, 3:14pm



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.

2michigantrumpet
Editado: Dic 31, 2015, 2:55pm




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

3Ameise1
Dic 31, 2014, 4:13pm



May all your wishes come true.

4arubabookwoman
Dic 31, 2014, 6:57pm

Hi Marianne--Happy New Year to you. I've starred you, and will try to delurk more often this year!

5Donna828
Dic 31, 2014, 7:13pm

I loved the proposed New Year Resolutions you posted on my 2014 thread, Marianne. Right back at ya -- Read, read, read!

6lindapanzo
Dic 31, 2014, 7:28pm

Happy New Year, Marianne!! Lots of great reading in 2015, I hope.

7thornton37814
Dic 31, 2014, 8:40pm

Hello, Marianne! I found you! Marking my spot.

8PaulCranswick
Dic 31, 2014, 9:33pm

Marianne, I am overjoyed that you are back for another go in 2015



Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur

9The_Hibernator
Dic 31, 2014, 10:28pm

Happy new year Marianne!

10brenzi
Dic 31, 2014, 10:50pm

Happy New Year Marianne. I hope to be a more regular LT participant in 2015.

11ronincats
Ene 1, 2015, 12:19am

12SuziQoregon
Ene 1, 2015, 1:19am

Stopping by to plant a star

Happy New Year!

13Oberon
Ene 1, 2015, 2:15am

Glad to see a 2015 thread Marianne.

14NicolePatrick
Ene 1, 2015, 4:20am

Stopping by and dropping a star. Looking forward to following you again this year Marianne. Wishing you and yours a very happy new year :)

15ffortsa
Ene 1, 2015, 9:44am

Star dropped! Read, indeed!

16BLBera
Ene 1, 2015, 9:52am

Happy New Year, Marianne! Happy reading in 2015.

17Crazymamie
Ene 1, 2015, 11:48am

Happy New Year, Marianne! May it be filled with fabulous!

18scvlad
Ene 1, 2015, 12:16pm

Welcome back!

19cameling
Ene 1, 2015, 12:52pm

And here you are! Happy new year, Marianne. Looking forward to spending more time with you and John this year ... maybe sometime this month? PM me if you have some free weekends?

20lkernagh
Ene 1, 2015, 2:10pm

Happy New Year, Marianne! It is so great to see your thread now up and ready for visitors! Starred so that I can find my way back here.

21scaifea
Ene 1, 2015, 3:55pm

Happy New Year, Mary Ellen!

22Fourpawz2
Ene 1, 2015, 4:40pm

Happy New Year, Marianne!

23EBT1002
Ene 1, 2015, 6:59pm



Dropping off my star and wishing you all the best in 2015, Marianne!

24rosalita
Ene 1, 2015, 7:03pm

A very happy New Year to you, Marianne. I hope it's the best one yet!

25mahsdad
Ene 1, 2015, 9:07pm

Stopping by to say hello and drop a star.

Happy New Year.

26The_Hibernator
Ene 3, 2015, 11:26am

Happy weekend, Marianne!

27cameling
Ene 3, 2015, 11:31am

What are your thoughts on the new coach for Michigan? Did Edd send you a text message? He wanted to, but I'm not sure if he did.

28qebo
Ene 3, 2015, 11:32am

Happy New Year!

29Chatterbox
Ene 3, 2015, 3:30pm

Wow, this is an explosive thread, with lotsa fireworks (not to mention the trumpet...) Happy 2015!

30LovingLit
Ene 3, 2015, 3:41pm

Only your second year!!? Sometimes it seems like you are more of a fixture than that!! (In a good way, I hasten to add).
Great to see things off with a bang here, I look forward to following you again.

31jnwelch
Ene 3, 2015, 4:12pm

Ah, here you are, Marianne. Happy New Year! Here's to your second year being even better than the first.

32laytonwoman3rd
Ene 3, 2015, 4:28pm

Hello, hello! Looking forward to your sophomore year in the 75'ers. May it be a good one!

33connie53
Ene 4, 2015, 3:41pm

Happy New Year, Marianne!

34AuntieClio
Ene 5, 2015, 5:22pm

Yay you're here!

35EBT1002
Ene 10, 2015, 1:14am

Hi Marianne. I hope you're doing well out there in Michigan!

36cammykitty
Ene 10, 2015, 2:25am

Happy new thread! Here's hoping your first book of the new year will be a 5 star one!

37LovingLit
Ene 12, 2015, 3:57pm

Hello- Marianne!?!??!
Don't leave us hanging here.
I hope all is well in Marianneland.

38laytonwoman3rd
Ene 14, 2015, 8:45am

Hmmm...someone seems to be missing. I hope you're doing OK, Marianne.

39lkernagh
Ene 17, 2015, 12:00am

Stopping by to wish you a lovely weekend, Marianne!

40The_Hibernator
Ene 18, 2015, 11:45pm

Happy weekend Marianne!

41scaifea
Ene 19, 2015, 11:12am

Where are you, lady? Hoping everything is okay...

42magicians_nephew
Ene 20, 2015, 1:22pm

When ever I see Marianne's thread name I think of the last scene of "It Happened One Night" with that gleeful (and very sexy) toot on the trumpet.

Hope all is well in Beantown Ms M.

43ronincats
Ene 22, 2015, 11:05pm

Just checking in to add my wishes to everyone else's, that everything is okay but you are just busy...

44msf59
Ene 23, 2015, 7:30am

45connie53
Ene 24, 2015, 8:42am

I hope you are al right, Marianne!

46Crazymamie
Ene 24, 2015, 9:58am

Chiming in to say that I also miss you. Hope all is well, and that you are just very busy.

47EBT1002
Ene 28, 2015, 11:53pm

I know she's okay because we have a friendly wager going for Sunday's game.
Re-Pete, she sends me a book. Pats win, I send her one.

48BLBera
Ene 29, 2015, 9:32pm

May the best team win. I don't think I want to get into the middle of this...

49connie53
Feb 2, 2015, 12:15pm

Glad to hear she doing fine! Thanks for sharing.

50EBT1002
Feb 3, 2015, 11:16am

>48 BLBera: You know how that turned out....

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!

51The_Hibernator
Feb 15, 2015, 11:20pm

Stopping by again Marianne! Hope to see you soon!

52lkernagh
Feb 17, 2015, 1:44am

Hi Marianne. Here is hoping you haven't been snowed under by the overabundance of winter in your neck of the woods this year.

53laytonwoman3rd
Ago 24, 2015, 9:11am

Still missing you....glad to hear you were able to meet with Darryl and some other LT'ers recently.

54kidzdoc
Ago 25, 2015, 4:21am

It was great to meet you and your husband this weekend, Marianne! I had a blast with the two of you, Caroline and Edd, and I hope to see you again in Boston later this year.

55Oberon
Ago 26, 2015, 5:03pm

Good to see you are still out and about even if your LT attendance has waned.

56michigantrumpet
Ago 26, 2015, 7:51pm

>53 laytonwoman3rd: Hello there Linda! I am humbled to think I might actually be missed! I do lurk and check in on everyone here now and then. Hope all's well there with you. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend with Darryl, Caroline and her husband, Edd. My husband and I have managed to meet up with Caro and Edd, occasionally, and have introduced the to a local breakfast place known for homemade sausage. Darryl is every bit as charming in person as he is on his posts.

>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!

57kidzdoc
Ago 27, 2015, 5:27am

I'd love to return to Boston in October, Marianne. However, I'll take my last two weeks of vacation that month, and I plan to visit Spain, and possibly Portugal.

58scaifea
Ago 27, 2015, 7:36am

Mary Jo!! So good to see you posting, a trend which I hope will continue.

59PaulCranswick
Ago 27, 2015, 7:48am

Marianne, looks like we are returning to posting at pretty much the same time. Great to see you back on the threads. xx

60Fourpawz2
Ago 27, 2015, 7:55am

Marianne! What a good surprise to see you here again.

61msf59
Editado: Ago 27, 2015, 8:43am



Glad to see you checking in, Marianne. We miss our book pals when they are away.

62cameling
Ago 27, 2015, 8:45am

Marianne, shall we go to the Boston Book Festival together?

63drneutron
Ago 27, 2015, 9:52am

Hey, look who dropped in! :)

64LovingLit
Ago 28, 2015, 3:07am

You're back?! I hope so :)

65BLBera
Ago 28, 2015, 11:49am

Nice to "see" you Marianne.

66Ameise1
Ago 30, 2015, 4:59am

It's so wonderful to see you posting, Marianne. Happy Sunday.

67connie53
Sep 12, 2015, 1:11pm

Glad you are back on LT, Marianne.

68ronincats
Dic 23, 2015, 5:53pm



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!

69PaulCranswick
Dic 24, 2015, 3:14pm



Have a lovely holiday, Marianne

70laytonwoman3rd
Dic 24, 2015, 3:32pm



Thinking of you, and hope you have a lovely holiday.

71lkernagh
Dic 24, 2015, 6:26pm

I would be remiss if I did to wish you a wonderful Christmas, Marianne!


72BLBera
Dic 25, 2015, 9:53pm

Happy Holidays, Marianne.

73ffortsa
Dic 27, 2015, 6:03pm

Happy New Year, Marianne. Next summer in the Berkshires!

74michigantrumpet
Dic 28, 2015, 4:38pm

Thanks to all who stopped by!

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!

75michigantrumpet
Dic 28, 2015, 4:40pm

As a promise to myself that I really will be more present here in 2016, I've started my new thread.

Here it is! http://www.librarything.com/topic/210040

76Ameise1
Editado: Dic 28, 2015, 4:43pm

I keep my fingers crossed that you'll reach your target.

77jnwelch
Dic 28, 2015, 4:45pm

Happy Holidays, Marianne!

2016 thread starred. :-)

78michigantrumpet
Dic 28, 2015, 4:48pm

>76 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara! It is going to be a VERY close thing!

>77 jnwelch: Thanks Joe! Happy Holidays to you, too! I most appreciate the star and that you haven't given up on me yet!

79laytonwoman3rd
Dic 29, 2015, 5:06pm

>75 michigantrumpet: OK, starred you!

80michigantrumpet
Dic 31, 2015, 1:59pm

>79 laytonwoman3rd: thanks Linda! I appreciate the star!

81michigantrumpet
Editado: Ene 11, 2016, 9:27pm

75. In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France by Susan Hermann Loomis



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!

82michigantrumpet
Editado: Dic 31, 2015, 2:52pm



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!!

83Ameise1
Dic 31, 2015, 2:59pm

Congrats on reaching 75, Marianne.

84michigantrumpet
Dic 31, 2015, 3:08pm

>83 Ameise1: Thanks so much! It was a close thing!!

85ffortsa
Dic 31, 2015, 4:17pm

Wow. made it to 75 - good for you. see you on the other side.

86BLBera
Dic 31, 2015, 5:39pm

Congrats on 75 - just in time! Happy New Year.

87thornton37814
Dic 31, 2015, 7:37pm

>81 michigantrumpet: Sounds like #75 was the perfect book on which to end the year. I love cookbooks too.

88ronincats
Dic 31, 2015, 9:57pm

Hurrah on squeezing in #75 today!

89michigantrumpet
Ene 1, 2016, 8:49am

>85 ffortsa: >86 BLBera: >87 thornton37814: >88 ronincats: Thank you, Judy, Beth, Lori and Roni! Was rushing around getting ready for incoming house guests, but made it with about 9 hours to spare!

90drneutron
Ene 1, 2016, 11:20am

Congrats!

91lkernagh
Ene 1, 2016, 5:14pm

Congrats on 75, Marianne!

92michigantrumpet
Ene 2, 2016, 10:25pm

>90 drneutron: and >91 lkernagh: Thanks Jim and Lori! Hoorah! Now I'm back at zero!