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    Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

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  1. I finished this a few days ago and really thought it was very good. Many of the stories are about how to respond to true tragedy, even more so if one is the responsible party. Thanks to Mr. HG for telling me about this book. Yet another book that I would never have read if it weren't for BGO. Also, I'm glad you moved to Australia because most of the authors that I've read because of you are not known in the U.S. at all.
  2. I'm much of the way through it and am very impressed. It has been very painful to read at times, but I am eager to finish it. The various characters are so compelling.
  3. Boy, Momac and Meg, you have been through it! My daughter and her fiance were married on Friday and the entire weekend was filled with festivities that included only the nuclear families (meaning 8 people). His parents had been sad about not having a big wedding, but by the end, his father said he could not have imagined anything nicer. They are having a big party in the Spring and we all toured the old house in a trendy part of Dallas to see where it would be. I think it will be wonderful. Meanwhile, we have had some horrendous weather. On Sunday, May 9, a huge storm blew up right over Dallas and many people had significant damage to trees (I had a tiny amount, but my neighborhood was hit very hard). Everyone I knew lost power. My power was out for 2 1/2 days. The weather was balmy, so that was fine, but I had frozen some things for the wedding breakfast on Saturday, the 15th and they had to be replaced. So much for preparing ahead. But I was able to have the breakfast, thank goodness. The newlyweds left for a honeymoon in Costa Rica on Sunday, the 16th and another storm, this time including tornadoes, came in yesterday afternoon. It ended up not having any impact on me except that I was on my way to yoga and turned around to shelter in a closet with the newlyweds' dog. I like him and all, but wish I had gotten to go to yoga!
  4. Hazel, it is very gratifying to think of you with a room like that. I was just thinking about David and his lovely sense of humor.
  5. Never heard of this before, but it IS tornado season in the area, so I guess it could be memorialized in this way.
  6. Normally when I try to order books from Australia, they just aren't available and then are expensive. I haven't started it yet, so we will see if something that inexpensive has a catch to it.
  7. Just bought it for $2.99 from Kindle. Sounds excellent.
  8. They are all good. I finished the last one about a month or so ago.
  9. My daughter and her boyfriend of 8 years are engaged! She does not want a big wedding, feeling that the Wedding Industrial Complex has gotten out of hand, with which view, I heartily agree. She and her fiance are getting married in the chambers of a judge Kenn and I know with only parents and siblings in attendance. They plan to have a big party some time in the next year. and have all of the friends and family together for that one event. No bachelor/bachelorette parties, showers, etc. I'm most impressed with their level-headedness.
  10. I read this for my new-to-me IRL book group and loved it. The book takes place in and around the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, which is in eastern Colorado, so not very close to the mountains--it's big wide open spaces. The book tells the story of the intertwined lives of some of the residents of Holt and the surrounding area. Each character is fully realized and has his or her own personality and manner of speaking. There are two old men in the story who could have sounded exactly alike, but I could immediately tell them apart based on their senses of humor and degree of brusqueness. All of the characters are like that. This is a very gentle book. There are a few bad actors, but most of the characters are doing their best to care for others and be kind and generous. Apparently, this is the first of a trilogy and I plan to read the next 2 books, although not before our book club meeting.
  11. Attended book club last night. Meal was good, discussion okay. No one just loved the book, not even the woman who picked it. The next book is Plainsong, which I hope I like better.
  12. That has been my experience with her. I enjoy the Jackson Brodie books pretty much (and like the dramatization), but for me, her books start out very well with lots of promise and then just fizzle out.
  13. Binker

    Have a Rant!

    Our soil is alkaline, so I don't bother with azaleas and such. People do grow them here, but the instructions are always to not let the roots touch the native soil. I can't be bothered. One of the things that is frustrating to those who want to plant them is that they grow really well JUST east of here. So it's the soil, not the weather.
  14. I will have to look at that book. I haven't read it and, as I've said before, I think you and I have similar reading tastes. I'm already plotting what I will choose for next March. One of the great things about BGO is that I am introduced to books that have not made their way across the pond, so I will probably pick a book like that. Unless I don't and pick an American writer no one else has read either (probably Susan Straight or Tim Johnston).
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