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You already know me---I'm in your book club. I've been in your book club in Wisconsin, in New York, in Missouri, in Connecticut. Now I'm in your book club in Pennsylvania. I love books! (I also collect buttons!) I'm looking forward to having conversations about books with people just like you----who also love books and want to talk about them. Send me an email: booksandbooks (at) me about a book you are reading. (or buttons of interest)

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

♫           ♫          ♫ “Maybe it’s much too early in the game Ah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same What are you doing New Year’s New Year’s Eve?”  * Will there be city lights? What will you wear? … Continue reading

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Christmas Snapshots 1953

This was my Christmas tree when I was growing up in 1953.  You can see the upright piano on the left where I played The Girl at the Piano.  We had the tree in the dining room because that is … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

“Imagine a morning in late November.” That’s the first line and off we go with a beautiful tale about a little boy and an older woman who is his distant cousin.  They are loose-end relatives and are each other’s best … Continue reading

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Book Review: Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin

This was the December selection of our book club.  Our meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather so I’m unsure of members’ reactions to the book. It was published in 2000 and is shelved in biography.  The title is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Much Obliged, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse

Need a break?  Did you just look through 3314 pairs of booties at Zappo’s and are you seeing double?  Stop, take a little break from Christmas shopping and enjoy some P.G.Wodehouse. This little romp with Bertie and Jeeves, masquerading as … Continue reading

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December 18th

Yikes!  December 18th—seven days to go! I’ve left sunny Florida: (click to enlarge) and am back up north in dear old Pennsylvania . . . and I’m about to run the roads to finish up some Christmas shopping! And you’re … Continue reading

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Bookshelves Part 2

So the four books that I brought with me are: Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham “Object Lessons” The Paris Review presents short stories. But it’s intriguing to see … Continue reading

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I brought four books with me to read on this mini vacation . . . I put Beethoven’s Hair in my carry-on bag–might as well get that book club selection started.  But at the last minute, I switched it for … Continue reading

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The Quiet Car

We got up at 4 am the other day to catch an early train to the airport. I drove because there’s dog hair on the passenger seat, and O’Half gave driving advice on the way. There was black ice on … Continue reading

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The Christmas Project Done! Three French Hens

♫ ♫ ♫ “Three French hens, (two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree!” ♫ They are finished!  The little dears are ready to be shipped off to fond family in New England.  Won’t they be surprised–and wondrous.  They … Continue reading

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