A World Gone Mad by Astrid Lindgren

A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren 1939-45

A terrible despondency weighs on everything and everyone. The radio churns out news reports all day long. Lots of our men are being called up. There’s a ban on private motoring, too. God help our poor planet in the grip of this madness! – A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren 1939-45 On […]... Read More
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First Reads of 2017!

Brrrr, this is what I get for casually commenting on how I miss the snow back in Colorado Springs. As much as I would love to just stay indoors, buried under a blanket, I have books that I have to take back to the library, and two new ones I have to collect. Besides, I’ve trudged […]... Read More
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Pretty Good Number One by Matthew Amster-Burton

Sometime last week, after finishing Legend of a Suicide by David Vann, I decided that my brain needed a palate cleansing pick-me-up, something to whisk me out of Vann’s emotively beautiful but harsh Sukkwan Island wilderness, wrap me in a warm blanket, and spoon feed me from a comforting bowl of soup, or in this […]... Read More
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Where I learn to never underestimate my local library, small as it may seem.

It has taken me some time to warm up to my local Suffolk library.  The first time I visited it was back in July, some days after The Husband and I moved into town.  I was disappointed with how small both the non-fiction and fiction section seemed, and upon my initial walk-through (done in haste because The Husband […]... Read More
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Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45

Few Eggs and No Oranges is an abridgment of Vere Hodgson’s first-hand account of life in London during WWII. Describing herself as ‘an ordinary commonplace Londoner’ in the book’s foreword, Hodgson, a social worker, tasked herself with writing a diary with the intent of sending it to her cousin Lucy living in what is now Zimbabwe. […]... Read More