Good morning, friends. It's been another one of those busy, but not especially productive weeks - too many appointments, my mother's actual 80th birthday (nothing like a two week celebration), and the tragic death of a friend's son. As you might expect, it was also another week of not finishing a book.
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
I started this on audio, but purchased the ebook midweek so I could keep reading. I am both compelled to continue and anxious for it to be over... an unusual, draining reading experience for sure. It will receive my full attention this week.
As a result, Lord Peter Wimsey and Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers has been relegated to the back burner. Ferrente Fever is just too powerful!
New books in the house//
Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen
I spotted this one at the library and it has me dreaming of our next great adventure.
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Also from the library, I'll start it as soon as I'm done with Ferrante.
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, narrated by Bryan CranstonAudible is having a big sale and I picked this up for $4.95. Today is the last day, but there's still time to check it out.
On the blog//
Book Brief - Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
Tuesday Intro: The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
In the kitchen//
We had dinner out several nights last week, one evening with friends and two on the way home from late afternoon appointments. Almost unheard of for us!
Last night I tried this Chicken Tamale Pie from Pinch of Yum. It's the kind of dish my husband only tolerates, but the girls love. Since he is out of town this weekend and the twins are both home, the timing was perfect. It's a simple recipe, made even easier because I used a rotisserie chicken. The girls both had seconds, so I'd say it was a hit. The photo is from Pinch of Yum, not my kitchen.
Today I am making Butternut Bisque from Susan Branch (never did get to it last weekend) and also a couple of pans of lasagna. We are having one last birthday dinner for my mother :)
A few other things that caught my eye//
Therese Raquin on Broadway?? At first I thought I'd misread that, but yes, it's true. Keira Knightley makes her Broadway debut as Therese. Previews begin next month and I already have plans to be in NYC in November... Sounds like a must see to me.
There is an exhibit opening at The Morgan Library & Museum this week... Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars. It's the first major museum exhibition devoted to the work of Ernest Hemingway ... another must see.
Also this week, the Man Booker shortlist was announced. The National Book Award longlist, too... making the decision of what to read next even harder.
And finally, the Syracuse University football team beat Central Michigan in overtime yesterday... making this the first time they've opened a season with three consecutive wins since 1991. There are some happy fans in central New York today.
That's about all from me this week. What's new with you? Did you read anything good last week?
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