Recent recommendable books I have read with a slant on powerful women or provocative social/historical views

I really like the site Goodreads as a librarian because it is a database that allows you to save books that you have read, read lots of  reviews, and allows you to see a plethora of titles for reading ideas.  This is where I list all my recently finished readings.

Here is a list here some books I enjoyed and found interesting:

While the Music Played: A Novel by Glory Ralston

Northern California’s Lost Coast by Tammy Durston

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  by J.D. Vance

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Girl Waits with Gun, #1 in the Kopp sister series  by Amy Stewart

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amore Towles

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce

Three Dark Crowns by Blake Kendare

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

Enjoy reading…






Musings on Writing

Writing is like falling into a rhythmic dream, and yet it so structured with mental gyrations needed to get the appropriate communications conveyed, to get it right to make meaning of one’s thoughts. Grammar, ideas, weave together to make each word important.

What can I write when there is so much already written with feeling in the mediums of novels, news, prose, poems, scientific ideas? It seems it all has been said. However, with scientific, and liberal arts researchers there is always something new in the fields of academic endeavors. PhD’s are attained with new research and uncovered  information revealed. Every month New York Times reviews the multitude of new best sellers in many written styles and  formats. Somehow the same old story gets redefined, retold, and new information is found. The timeless and common becomes unique with good writing.

This is so true for me, as a 27 year librarian veteran, it seems much has been already said. I have seen so many thousands of titles of books, films, journals, magazines that cross my line of sight. I believe that this ongoing plethora of information would make most people dizzy. Me, I just love to see what people think, what people want to know, how they communicate and what is written well-how the writers do it. My job over the years in the  role of a librarian is to hunt down the information needed, then find the sources quickly and show them how to locate information virtually or on a 3 dimensional shelf like one in the l.  Bibrary. But how do I find my voice and what do I say that is unique and will capture a reader’s attention? I have to remember my experience and who I am is unique, as is everyone. We all have a voice. Sometimes it is hard to be heard.

This site has been an experiment for me to write in different styles such as poetry, memoirs, and essays. I share personal poems, thoughts,  and literary ideas. I am experimenting and exploring the “need to express”,  how to communicate and what others have to say and how they write.

For those lovers of wine.

The finest wine poems ‘Wine is bottled poetry.’ So said the Victorian poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson; and, indeed, over the centuries numerous poets have waxed lyrical about the juice of the vine. Below are ten of the finest poems about wine. Ben Jonson, ‘Song: To Celia’. Beginning ‘Drink to me only with thine […]

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