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Morning Meanderings…. BANNED COFFEE?????

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Good morning.  I am here…. still drinking tea.  I have had no time to go out and purchase a coffee grinder for the Coffee beans that await me.  Yes… yes… I could pick up ground coffee but now it is a thing. Coffee grinder or bust.

Why does banned book week always have to be so BUSY?  We are in our final day of the fall books sale set up, this afternoon I have errands to run for a meeting tomorrow, find tables for the children’s books, mow my lawn, can tomatoes, and tomorrow starts the sale where I will be from morning until night the next three days.

*sigh*

So badly I want to pick up one of these books we are chatting away about but alas…. no time this week.

Anyhoo…. more posts today for you and for me!  Got to love these great banned book posts!  Here is what is out there for you to enjoy today:

 

Jon at the Rogue Scholar posts about Fahrenheit 451 (Ca you imagine having to hide your books? Well read Fahrenheit 451 and start the night terrors!)

Sue at Book by Book shares what she is reading this week for banned books!

Janet at Writer’s Flow has much to say about banned books including quotes and pictures!

Bex from An Armchair By The Sea writes about 4 banned picture books with a nice giveaway!

Stacie at Sincerely Stacie gives her opinion on Banned Books and on a recent attempted banning!

Wesley at Library Educated made me smile this morning with his Banned Book Week Word Search!

Nise at Under The Boardwalk shares two banned books that she is reading to her grandchild (yes… banned books for everyone!)

Becca at I’m Lost In Books gives us Lessons In Censorship with some FUN gifs included.

please note if you were scheduled for a post but do not see yours linked here it is because when I looked this morning the post was not up.  I will check again later and add you to tomorrows if they pop up.  🙂

 

Please look at my other posts this week as each day I have links to awesome bloggers sharing banned books – reviews, information, giveaways, and fun stuff!

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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And that’s it for now.  Back to the library I go…. I have about 9 more days of fairly business and then hopefully life can go back to a low simmer for awhile.  The craziness… takes it tole on me.

 

BANNED IN BOSTON (A Guest Post)

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My friend Andrea – Book Journey reader and big time supporter when it comes to encouraging emails this year, has written this post regarding Movies Made From Banned Books.  Please enjoy. 

 

Throughout history ideas have been suppressed by all kinds of people, and groups of all persuasions. They do this because they object to the expression of ideas which conflict with their own beliefs, or to silence those they disagree with – and the practice of censorship continues even now. According to the American Library Association parents challenge materials more often than any other group. After all, if you hear someone complain, even if you haven’t read or seen the thing they are complaining about, and they say they are trying to protect the kids…it’s all about the kids.
I am just old enough to remember the waning days of labeling books, records, films and other media as “Banned in Boston” which, by then, had almost become a guarantee of sales in other parts of the U.S. The vestiges of New England’s “Blue Laws” still existed: stores weren’t allowed to be open on Sundays, except for bodegas that sold gas. This was before movies had “ratings”, and you were lucky to even find a cinema open on Sunday that your family could go to together. After all, rules were rules.
7According to the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase (1988) the expression “Banned in Boston” dates to the 1920’s when the “long-established Watch and Ward Society of the so-called Hub of the Universe was forever getting the city censor to ban books from sale. Many publishers actively sought to have their books banned in Boston because they knew the label would increase their sales in the rest of the country…”
If you watch any older movies you’ve seen them: those movies that, in their heyday day, were fairly risqué, full of double entendre. Yes, movies and books have been “Banned in Boston” even before the 1920’s. As we view those films now, they seem pretty mild and some are even considered classics; and some of them actually began their existence as books, many of which were also banned at one time or place or another. Here are a few of them:

 
F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteAnimal Farm (1954)
The publication of George Orwell’s 1945 novel, Animal Farm, came at a time when Stalin was at the height of his reign in the Soviet Union. Orwell, clearly not a fan of Stalin’s leadership philosophy, had a difficult time finding a publisher for his book, because its content was satirical criticism of Stalin.
Since its publication, Animal Farm has been banned in the USSR, the United Arab Emirates, Cuba, and North Korea. Though adapted multiple times, but the one to watch (after you read the book) is the 1954 animated version by Joy Batchelor. Though it deviated from the source material, it’s an interesting and entertaining addition to the world of book-to-film adaptations.

 

 

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The Da Vinci Code (2006)
The Da Vinci Code, the best-selling 2003 novel by Dan Brown, introduced us to Robert Langdon and the idea that there is so much more than meets the eye in the world of Christianity. The novel struck the Catholic Church as offensive and the powers-that-be in Lebanon went so far as to ban it in that country. Its publication inspired controversy among critics, historians, and theologians. Ron Howard directed the 2006 movie adaptation starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou. Critics were as divided about the film but, ultimately, no matter where you stand on its content, at its core it’s a nail-biter of an adventure. [I liked his next book, Angels and Demons better, but I’m sure that will never be made into a movie]

 
F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteGone with the Wind (1939)
It didn’t take long for Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer-and National Book Award-winning novel, Gone with the Wind, to get snatched up by Hollywood. The epic tale was brought to the big screen by David O. Selznick and Victor Fleming. Its production was massive and often troubled, but following its release in 1939, the story, script, and star power (Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh) earned it ten Academy Award wins. The book has been challenged on and off over the years because of its realistic depictions of slavery and race issues, the latest iteration of this concerns the film’s repeated use of about the “N word.”
Easy A (Inspired by The Scarlet Letter) (2010)
In 2010, screenwriter Bert V. Royal teamed up with director Will Gluck to bring a (very loose) adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter, to the big screen. Together, they created a film that would join “Clueless” and “10 Things I Hate About You” in the Best Classic to Teen Dramedy Club (and would, simultaneously, launch the career of Emma Stone). The themes in Hawthorne’s novel – illegitimacy and adultery — were quite risqué for his time and led to its being challenged many times over the years. Many times the challenge came from the more conservative protestant churches as it also depicted a corrupt minister.

 
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quote
Harper Lee’s now-classic 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, takes place in the early 1930’s in Alabama. Atticus Finch, respected attorney and father to Scout and Jem, takes on the defense of a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom has been accused of raping a white woman — and by defending him, Atticus is opening himself up to the scorn and threats of the locals in his predominantly racist Southern hometown. In spite of many efforts across the world to ban Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, most recently in 2013 in the U.S., it has sold more than thirty million copies. The 1962 movie adaptation, starring Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, and Robert Duvall, won three Academy Awards and was nominated for an additional five.

 
F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
In 1962, Ken Kesey published the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set in a psychiatric hospital in Oregon. The story is told from the perspective of Chief Bromdem, a Native American man assumed to be deaf and mute. Chief’s observations of, and insights into the mental and actual worlds of his fellow patients and the hospital staff are thoughtful. They most often focus on Randle Patrick McMurphy, a man who feigned insanity in order to serve a jail sentence in the psych ward rather than prison. The book has been challenged and banned multiple times across the country, and has been called “pornographic” and “garbage.” Milos Forman brought the book to screen in 1975 with an adaptation starring Jack Nicholson, Will Sampson, and Louise Fletcher. It won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Lead Actress, and Best Lead Actor.

 
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Spike Jonze’s 2009 adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, reportedly had the F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteperfect source material and the perfect screenwriter in Dave Eggers. The book, published in the early 1960’s, has been challenged over the years because of its dark subject matter – the fantasy world of wildness created by the young Max in his bedroom after he is sent there “without his dinner” – the book remains a perennial favorite of many parents.
Of Mice and Men (1939)
Almost from its publishing, this dark story by John Steinbeck has been adapted to movies, stage presentations and even as a Merrie Melodies cartoon. The best version according to critics and cineophiles alike reaches back to Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-nominated 1939 adaptation. The book has been challenged over the years because of its”accurate” depiction of slavery in the United States.

 

 

F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteSophie’s Choice (1982)
William Styron’s 1979 novel, Sophie’s Choice, is the story of three people sharing living space in a Brooklyn boarding house in 1947. One of these three, Sophie, has survived the concentration camps that peppered the landscape of World War II. She carries with her the guilt from a decision she made at while interred. The novel has been challenged often due to its explicit sexual content. In 1982 director Alan J. Pakula adapted Styron’s novel for film, starring Meryl Streep, who earned her second life Oscar for her performance.

 
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J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1954 fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings, which began an epic trilogy, has been adapted in numerous iterations since its publication. When Peter Jackson decided to direct a brand-new trilogy beginning in 2001, however, all previous versions fell into the background as Jackson’s creative brilliance brought new life to the story, while respecting Tolkien’s source material. The entire trilogy has been challenged on grounds of being “irreligious.” Regardless, the first title in the series is, to date, one of the best-selling novels of all time. The real truth about Tolkien was that he was, in fact, a very religious person.
Being “Banned in Boston” in the 21st century doesn’t happen much anymore in this age of self-publishing and “Kindle singles”.

 

Negative publicity can reflect positively in sales. My question remains:

Why were books that make us think, and perhaps broaden our minds and cause us to think in new ways, be banned in a society that upholds free speech?

Morning Meanderings… Banned Aid

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Good morning!  Day 3 of BANNED BOOK WEEK!  I sit here this morning drinking tea as I bought this delicious coffee I can not wait to taste from Caribou Coffee and forgot that I had given away my coffee grinder because I never used it and now…

well…

the coffee will have to wait.

I have more great links for you this morning as friends around the bookish world share their thoughts on banned books today.  I just love these posts and find them so interesting!  I learn something every year!  So here are today’s posts:

Erin at Quixotic Magpie writes about one of my favorite and ironic banned books, Fahrenheit 451 (got to love a banned book about book burning!)  Brilliant really.

Julie at My Book Retreat is talking about a book I still want to/need to read:  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi  (I am going to look for this one at our library today!)

Sheree at The Electric Reader is chatting about Childhood Favorites of the Banned Variety.  Fun post!

*please note if you were scheduled for a post but do not see yours linked here it is because when I looked this morning the post was not up.  I will check again later and add you to tomorrows if they pop up.  🙂

 

AND do not forget to check out the posts from yesterday and Sunday.

A little later today my friend Andrea will have a guest post here about banned books.

 

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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Yesterday I put the Banned Book Window up in the library.  I think it turned out fairly well since I just grabbed a bunch of books off my own book shelves and made a few signs about why they were banned.  *As a banned book lover I tend to have A LOT of banned books on my shelves.

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And now I need to get ready to go back to the library and assist with set up for the sale that starts on Thursday.  SO MANY BOOKS.  Seriously…. It is a bit crazy how many books we will have at this sale.

 

Banned Meanderings… Yes. It Is That Time Again

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Good morning from Minnesota.  Day 2 of the Banned Book Week Already.  GAH!  How time flies… and I finished Gone With The Wind yesterday (more on that BANNED BOOK later).

We have some book lovers that want to share with you their thoughts on banned books.  Be sure to check them out as well as yesterdays entries as well.  Banned books are near and dear to my heart ad I think if you read the posts you will learn something fascinating about a book that you have quite possibly read.  Didn’t know you were a bad banned book reader did you?  Well…. you probably are.

Check out Janet at Writer’s Flow with I Read Banned Books And You Can You!

At Chaos Is A Friend Of Mine you can read an excellent review of the banned book Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.  I still need to read that one!

Debbie at The Friday Friends shares a personal banned book encounter and her enjoyment of the book The Changeling.  (You also have a chance to win a pair of banned book socks!)

At Kay’s Reading Life you will get a first hand experience of what it is like to work at a Library and handling the Banned Book questions of patrons!  She also features some pretty amazing banned books to read.

Melinda at MHDeanCollectibles tells us what the current top 10 banned books are  AND there is also a link to a Benned Book Giveaway hop!  Seriously?  How can you pass that up?

At Sally Whitney shares the right to read and why students should have the right to read The Kite Runner and The Bluest Eye. 

Lisa at Lit and Life talks about growing up with banned books

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All excellent posts – I read them myself and love love love the remarkable topics being discussed this year.  Spend a little time with your COFFEE CUP and explore these posts.  Educate yourself on our right to read.

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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So that’s it for this morning.  Set up for the Library’s fall book sale starts this morning and I am also setting the library window to banned book week as well.  SO….. off I go!

WHAT Banned book are you reading this week?

p.s.  I just realized this moment that I forgot to post It’s Monday What Are You Reading last night.  My bad.  Fell right out of my head.  Next week then…..

Morning Meanderings…. Banned Book Week Kick Off!

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Sunday.  COFFEE.  The first day of life beginning to simmer again.  With today being the first day of Banned Book Week (YAY!) and tomorrow starts the fall book sale set up leading to the book sale later in the week and then a big board meeting a week from Monday and Tuesday a meeting and Thursday of that week the Minnesota Library Association meeting and a day out-of-town….

lets just say things are about to get bookish.

And really – they have.  Welcome to Banned Book Week a week I LOVE being a part of and try to read books during that week that have been banned or challenged.

So today I am still listening to…

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Not only is this our October classic read for book club… it is also a Banned Book.

The Civil War epic which is often cited as one of the most beloved novels of all time was banned by a California school district for the book’s portrayal of slaves in the antebellum South and for the immoral behavior of its heroine, Scarlett O’Hara.

 

Just Google “Gone With The Wind Banned” and you will find a plethora of information on potential Gone With The Wind bannings – in book form AND in movie format as well.

But what does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the “GWTW’’ intermission? ~  New York Post June 24th 2015

 

Yes – Gone With The Wind DOES use many words and references to African Americans that is not correct – not b a long shot.  Even I admit to cringing at parts – HOWEVER, while this is by no means acceptable now.  It was at the time.  AND like it or not… we can not change history.

So… I continue to read/listen to Gone With The Wind and I will watch the movie afterwards to get the fully rounded effect of a bucket list book – AND look forward to our book discussion.

 

Each year I offer other book reviewers, authors, etc to join me in reading a banned book during Banned Book Week.  I love the surprise that people have when they realize a beloved childhood read, or a favorite classic, or even a modern-day YA is on this list.  Banning is flatly – censorship.  And while I do not choose to read all banned books *cough cough 50 Shades of Gray cough cough*  I do not have any right to say that YOU can not read it.

See how that works?

So today – I have a few bloggers joining me to chat up Banned Books.  I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…

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A second mug will be given away from all the comments on banned book post participants posts this week including mine.

SO enough said…

Here are today’s participants.   Stop by.  check them out.  LEARN about banned books and READ them.

Brooke from Brooke Blogs:  The Right To Think For Ourselves and a Giveaway!

(There are a couple more but I do not see their posts up yet so will add them if they put them up)  🙂

 

A quote from a banned book page on Gone With The Wind:

To the book burners; to those who hide from the truth of history; to those who oppress out of ignorance and fear I can only say this: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

 

Enjoy your Sunday.  I am linking this to the Sunday Post as this is what I am up to today.  Listening to Gone With The Wind, canning a little bit, and maybe mowing this afternoon.  Here is a list to other banned classic reads.  I bet you cant read just one.

Morning Meanderings… Can you?

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I woke up crying this morning.  That may be a bit TMI… but I do want to keep it real here and this site is not only my bookish release – it is also my record of what life is now like in this after Justin world.

With that said – the word for the week is CANNING.

With a couple of people offering me up the tomatoes they were not going to use themselves, I have found that the process of canning keeps my mind busy, and while doing so, I am listening to Gone With The Wind for book club  – so double duty.

Today I thought I would share with you for Weekend Cooking and Saturday Snapshot, a look into my canning world – and a recipe bonus.

I inherited a lot of tomatoes.

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And more than what is pictures as I went back to this one ladies house two times with 4 totes and filled them all each time.  So I have been making salsa (red and green), spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, sliced green tomatoes for friend green tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, basil tomato sauce… and enough cucumbers to make 12 jars of pickles.

One of my favorite recipes is the one for salsa.  I LOVE salsa. I love to make it fresh but I have discovered a salsa recipe that Al and I both devour with satisfaction. And that is what I will share with you today:

 

You will need:

14 cups of cored and peeled and then chopped up tomatoes

5 cups of dices onion

5 cups of diced green pepper

1/4 cup of fresh diced jalapeno peppers12

5 Tablespoons of cumin (I use the hotter one I find in our local grocery)

1/4 cup of Cilantro

1/4 cup of sugar

3 Tablespoons salt

fresh ground pepper to taste

1 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup lemon juice

 

Still all of this together and simmer in a large pot around 20 minutes.  Process into hot sanitized pint jars with a 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in the bottom of each jar.  Seal and place in a large boiling hot water canner for 15 minutes.  Be sure that all lids seal before storing (I leave them on my counter for a day to check them.)  Delicious with chips or over chicken.  Also makes a lovely gift.

 

Today… I continue.  I have tomatoes ready to make another batch of the basil tomato sauce, and apples ready to start apple butter.  Later today I am going to try my had at home made siracha which involved my peppers witting in a vinegar bath overnight.  We will see….

 

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On another note, Banned Book Week starts tomorrow… CRAZY how fast that came up. For those of you signed up to participate I will send out an email today, for the rest of you – its not to late to sign and be sure to participate too as there will be giveaways and a lot of fun!

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Be sure to check out Weekend Cooking and Saturday Snapshot for other things cooking and happening around the world.

Morning Meanderings… Storms, Canning, and Miss Scarlett

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I am amazed how I can fill up my time.. so much that days go by and I realize I have not posted a thing.  So determined I am to keep my mind busy that I plan to post, and then before I know it, it is 5 pm and I need to plan dinner.  There is good and bad in this… the good is I am busy for sure. The bad is I know I fear a time when I am not.

For busy now – canning has preoccupied my time.  I have been busy processing tomatoes and enjoying it.  Yesterday I canned spaghetti sauce, salsa, pizza sauce, and 7 jars of pickles.

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Today I plan to do the same.

It is a stormy day outside – the good old thunder and lots of rain type.  It cramps my style a bit as I like to use my deck for the cutting of the tomatoes, but I can make do.  I am listening to Gone With The Wind now, having to set the book aside as I have no time to read, so have switched to audio and find I am really enjoying it as well as accomplishing my book club read while canning at the same time.

So… a quick update on my relationship with Scarlett, and Tara, and well.. the clan.

Currently, I have made my way into part 3.  Scarlett is still fretting around in her “Scarlett Scarlett Scarlett” attitude… ooh, a more self centered woman I do not think I have met.

I am finding however, in all the petty worrying about the lack of pretty clothes, judging all other women as homely or unkempt, her (still) attempts at winning Ashley’s heart and her belief that any man that pays her a lick of attention *cough cough Rhett cough* must surely want her passionately for marriage.  AND for that, I give Rhett credit for laughing in her face every time she inquires about it.  Oh Scarlett… still trying to add notches to her marriage proposal list while she complains about the down side of war (stinky wounded, needy people, having to work in the hospital, and a child that she admits she often forgets she has). I have to give author Margaret Mitchell credit… I am finding Gone With The Wind to be brilliantly witty and a take on the war that I have never heard before and admittedly…

enjoying it.

Tonight I have a city Library Board Meeting and prior to that I will change the window at the library to Banned Book Week, because yes, Banned Book Week is almost here!  If you have not already, please check out my Annual Banned Book Week Meme – it is fun, there are giveaways, and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.  Join in!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is used to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It’s a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read list.  You never know where that next great read may come from!

It has been a pretty full week with my “need to can” mode going on.  Not a lot of time for reading barbecue I am usually on the move, mostly audio happening here.  Here is what I posted this past week:

 

Lock In by John Scalzi

Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy

Departure by A G Riddle

 

This week will be a lot more canning so more audio for me!  I am planning on listening to:

 

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America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.

These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.

Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.

 

and other than that… pretty much Gone With The Wind for book club.

 

What are you reading this week?  What did you read last week?  I look forward to seeing what are the books everyone is talking about.  Add your Its Monday What Are You Reading here where it says click here:

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Morning Meanderings… Canning FRENZY

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Sunday.

God bless friends and family that is for sure.  This past week I was connected to a woman who lives a few miles from me who was done with the tomatoes in her garden and word came back to me that whatever was left was free for the taking.  I hustled out the door with two large totes and a couple of boxes and let me just say…

it was not enough.

On my “SAVE THE TOMATOES” mission I loaded up with not only red tomatoes, but also green.  Not sure what I could do with the green but always being a person who will figure it out later…. I grabbed a bunch of those too.

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Ummmm…. yeah.

So basically, other than the recent trip to Wisconsin for the Mud Run I participate in every year (pics to come), I have been canning.  Last night my first ever spaghetti sauce, and then this morning – 7 quarts of green tomatoes for fried green tomatoes.

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Last nights spaghetti sauce

We are going to a friends house this afternoon for the football game and ribs.  A quiet gathering of about 6 of us which will be nice.  Then tonight I plan to go for another batch of spaghetti sauce.  Keep on keeping on.  I love the feel of being productive and the details of caning keeps my mind nice and busy.

Books that came in this week…

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Both books look wonderful.

I am connecting this post to The Caffeinated Book Reviewer for her weekly Sunday Post.

Lock In by John Scalzi

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In the future, a virus blankets the earth.  For some, the symptoms are flu-like and than they get better… for others… the virus causes what becomes known as “lock-in. victims are fully alert and aware of their surroundings but unable to move or voice a response.

25 years later, the results of this virus is now called ‘Haden’s Syndrome.’  Newly appointed FBI agent Chris Shane is assigned to a case that appears to be a Haden related murder. The suspect is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

As Chris and his partner Van start to dig into the crime, what they find is bigger than they had imagined.

 

 

Recently I posted about a book I reviewed that I was hoping a bit more dystopian than it was and a little less sci fi than it was…. and now, with Lock In, I found what I was looking for.  Lock In gave me the dystopian I was craving and while this synopsis was a bit out of my league… it was the narration by Wil Wheaton sold me on giving it a try in audio format.  Wil Wheaton is one of the few narrators I have actually tracked by what they narrated because they are so incredible at it.  Nicely played John Scalzi.

Lock In was brilliant.  While it took me a while to fully picture what was happening, once I got it, it was a fun listen.  With John Scalzi’s quick wit writing and Wil Wheaton’s perfect execution of the narration – readers are in for a pretty sweet ride.  Treat yourself to this one in audio.

I see author John Scalzi has used Wil in other audio as well which I will be checking out soon.

 

 

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 10 hours
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.com Release Date: August 26, 2014