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  1. I am also delighted. I haven't been on much because I've been sad about it going away. Will try to do better. I've read some cracking good books this year, much of them non-fiction about exploring in cold places, which I would never want to do.
  2. I agree. Several friends said it was their favorite book of 2021. Many commented on how they learned a lot about racism from it. These are my fellow Americans. I thought they must have been living in a cave for this information to be revelatory, but I guess I'm glad they got there somehow.
  3. January: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles*** January: The Power of the Dog aby Thomas Savage **** January: Touching the Void by Joe Simpson***** [Non-Fiction about a famous mountain climbing incident] January: April in Spain by John Banville **** January?: Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han *** (for my book club; excellent reviews, which seem mystifying) 02/05/22: The Leopard is Loose by Stephen Harrigan ***** 02/06/22: The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf ***
  4. I was thrilled when I found this site and enjoyed it a great deal. As you all know from another post of mine, Momac died last October, but I enjoyed her. I miss Dan. We read several books together and enjoyed them and then he, too, disappeared. Has anyone heard from him? Mr. Hobgoblin knows this, but I have always appreciated his reviews and found the books he recommended to be engaging and ones I would never have found on my own. So I'm sorry if, as seems likely, this site doesn't make it.
  5. This was the first Faulkner they had us read in High School, I assume because it was "easier." Faulkner was always pretty sympathetic to women who, as you say, didn't get to decide anything, but just had to cope with it. As I've mentioned before, I don't think they teach Faulkner anymore in the schools here in the U.S., which is too bad. Still, it's not The Sound and the Fury.
  6. I think Momac died in October. We were friend on FB and then suddenly, she disappeared. I looked up an obituary and it was there. I recognized her from the picture they posted, although she didn't look as good as in her online picture. She had been very unhappy about their move to assisted living and I felt almost desperate for her. So the end of her life is not what any of us would want.
  7. I continue to have those thoughts. But it was a huge success in most book clubs, so I'm just grumpy, I guess.
  8. I have seen the most recent "Fast and Furious" movie with a friend who said I was the only person she knew who would go with her. I enjoy car chase scenes, so was very happy with that. Saw the new James Bond movie. Daniel Craig is right to leave now. This Bond is such a man of physical action that he has become increasingly unbelievable as someone who can do all this stuff. I thought Rami Malik was a good bad guy. Not as menacing as Javier Bardem, but more insane. Saw "Dune" on TV. Excellent, but will want to see it in a theater if I can. But on Saturday night, I went with friends to see "French Dispatch" and loved it. I think Wes Anderson films are always enjoyable, but this one was particularly so. It seems like every actor in the world asked to be in this movie, so the acting is terrific. The husband of the couple I went with grew up in a small town in the Texas panhandle (meaning, nowhere) and his father ran that town's newspaper, so I knew he would love it. He and his wife were almost choked up at the end of the movie.
  9. So all of what you have heard is true, but I wasn't very badly affected. I did deal with rolling black outs and by the second day of that, my house got terribly cold as soon as the power went off, so I went and stayed with one of my friends (from my IRL book club). Her house is on a protected grid (near a power plant) and so she never lost power. She picked me up because I don't drive in this stuff (I've never really lived where it snowed--she's from Kansas City, where it's miserable every winter). It was sort of like a slumber party where one is anxious about something the whole time. I just came back today. My house seems to be okay, although I won't know for sure until the pipes all thaw out. Some of my friends further south (so REALLY never get winter) got hit hard and their water supply was knocked out. I'm not quite sure why that happens, but I know it's miserable when it does. On FB, I follow a naturalist who lives in Brownsville, Texas (at the very southern tip of Texas) and THEY were very cold. All the tropical plants were badly affected. Tomorrow, it is supposed to get above freezing, so that will be better, but that's probably when all the broken pipes will reveal themselves. Thank you for your concern.
  10. It was the trip of the lifetime. I posted a few pictures of me on FB and people kept saying, "you look so happy." They were right. I was extremely happy. Things have been bad in the U.S. for a while and it was wonderful to get away. I am cautiously hopeful for the future.
  11. I went to the Galapagos islands over Christmas and it was the best trip ever. I had to take multiple COVID tests before going and then self-isolated and tested again after i got back. I wore a mask and some really unflattering goggles during the flights down and back. The only place I was nervous about was the Miami airport, which i knew would be chaotic and it was. The flights were packed, which surprised me a bit. But due to my goggle/mask get up and efforts to distance from others, it was fine. The tourism industry has been non-existent over the last several months. I had a day in Quito with a guide and driver. I don't think they realized how much I understood Spanish and so were casually talking about how much weight they had lost because they couldn't afford to buy food! Quito is a beautiful city. But that meant that the Galapagos were even more magical. Because of the limited tourism, no one had been there for some time and the animals were completely unstressed and in profusion. I don't think I could go back at a better time. We snorkeled every day, sometimes twice a day, and on one excursion, I had a young female sea lion come up and play with me. She came up in front of me, made eye contact, then whipped behind me. I whipped around to see her (meaning that I lumbered awkwardly around) and then as soon as we saw each other, she'd do the same thing. We did a few other playful things and I could hear myself laughing through my snorkel. Another person in our group got a great picture of us together, but I haven't gotten it yet. The photographer had an extension trip into the Amazon, so I am letting him get back and get settled. We'll see if I get it. Book related, I did try to read Origin of Species, but scientific discoveries have come so far since 1859 that it was almost unreadable. He was arguing by analogy to selective breeding of domesticated animals without any knowledge of genetics, so he spent a LOT of time on pigeon breeding, which is not interesting to me at all. So I gave up.
  12. Welcome. I am a huge William Boyd family and went to order Trio on my kindle, only to find I had already ordered it and it will appear, like magic, on January 19. I am looking forward to it.
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