The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder

First Chapter
Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

 

CHAPTER 1 The Weight of Paper The door to the Pleasant Valley post office pulled against me as if trying to test my resolve. To swing it wide and begin my dutiful march down the white linoleum floor toward mailbox number 1273 required surprising strength. But I did it, as I had all autumn. I trudged past a wall of small steel doors, each little square a portal to someone’s story, identical and indistinct, save for what they held inside: money owed or confessions rendered, forced gestures or pleas unheard, a small universe of private histories locked within those cold metal facings. Boxy and prefab, the post office huddled next to the oldest building in town on a cracked parking lot surrounded by chain supermarkets. Across the street, a feed store and a garage for heavy-equipment repair sat like comfortable old armchairs for the farmers who came into town once a month. But the car dealerships and pizza shops were what blinked loudest to the drivers snaking past in a never-ending line toward somewhere else.Rowe

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It’s Monday, what are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.
The Shadow Land: A Novel by [Kostova, Elizabeth]
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The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling by [Cummings, Quinn]
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The Marriage of Sticks

 

Every Tuesday is First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph, maybe two, of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon.
IN THE END, EACH of us has only one story to tell. Yet despite having lived that story, most people have neither the courage nor any idea of how to tell it. I did not live this long so that now, when I am finally able to talk about my life, I will lie about it. What’s the point? There is no one left to impress. Those who once loved or hated me are gone or have barely enough energy left to breathe. Except for one.
The Marriage of Sticks by [Carroll, Jonathan]
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Ex-libris

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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by [Fadiman, Anne]
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 If you are a bibliophile, this book should grace your shelves. I read the hardbound copy a while back  and picked up the audio version recently. Some perks of the audio version include the pronunciation of some very lengthy words as well as some foreign languages rather than the butchering I gave them in my own reading. I enjoyed both versions but have to say as a true book lover, you need this on your shelf, your stack, your bedside table.

Some of my favorite pieces are about the marrying of libraries and when Fadiman receives 19 pounds of used books for her birthday. Fadiman’s constant reference to her preference for used books steered me to the used book store, where I picked up the following:

 

Napa Wine by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Alchemy of Books by Lawrence Clark Powell signed

Gender, Art and Death by Janet Todd

Walking a Literary Labyrinth by Nancy M. Malone

Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb

Angels & Aliens by Mary Morris

The Temple of Dawn by Yukio Mishima

Provenance by Laney Salisbury

A Sport and A Pastime by James Salter

Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken

 

I can’t wait to start reading my haul. Do you prefer new books or used ones? I prefer used ones.

 

Friday Fun: More Writers at Work

Love these writing rooms from one of my favorite blogs!

findingtimetowrite

Writers in the past clearly had enough money for huge rooms of their own (especially the men). What about more modern writers from around the world?

Amelie Nothomb doesn't seem to mind the chaos: she reliably produces one book per year. From Lalibre.be Amelie Nothomb doesn’t seem to mind the chaos: she reliably produces one book per year. From Lalibre.be

Anais Nin seems to have prefered a tidier style. From Silver Birch Press. Anais Nin seems to have prefered a tidier style. From Silver Birch Press.

Julian Barnes musing at his desk, from New York Times. Julian Barnes musing at his desk, from New York Times.

Haruki Murakami has Japanese minimalism down pat. From harukimurakami.com Haruki Murakami has Japanese minimalism down pat. From harukimurakami.com

Jane Smiley is so overwhelmed by books, I am not sure where she can write. From NY Times. Jane Smiley is so overwhelmed by books, I am not sure where she can write. From NY Times.

Roald Dahl's famous writing hut, from Dahl Museum and Storycentre. Roald Dahl’s famous writing hut, from Dahl Museum and Storycentre.

The dining table for Marguerite Duras, from Clube de leitores. The dining table for Marguerite Duras, from Clube de leitores.

Jung Chang likes to surround herself with treasured mementoes, from Pinterest. Jung Chang likes to surround herself with treasured mementoes, from Pinterest.

An airy delight: Jeanette Winterson in her rustic study, from NY Times. An airy delight: Jeanette Winterson in her rustic study, from NY Times.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taken on a world of words.  To participate, answer three questions.

What are you currently reading?

Citizen: An American Lyric by [Rankine, Claudia]
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CAPTAIN AHAB WAS neither my first husband nor my last…

I’m linking up with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon.

 

CAPTAIN AHAB WAS neither my first husband nor my last. Yet, looking up—into the clouds—I conjure him there: his gray-white hair; his gathered brow; and the zaggy mark (I saw it when lying with him by candlelight and, also, taking our bliss on the sunny moor among curly-cup gumweed and lamb’s ear). And I see a zaggy shadow now in the rifting clouds. That mark started like lightning at Ahab’s temple and ran not all the way to his heel (as some thought) but ended at Ahab’s heart.

 

Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel (P.S.) by [Naslund, Sena Jeter]
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It’s Monday, What are You Reading?

IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.
Last week I didn’t finish anything but I started a couple of books.
Citizen: An American Lyric by [Rankine, Claudia]
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From the publisher. * Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
The New Yorker, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, NPR. Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Slate, Time Out New York, Vulture, Refinery 29, and many more . . .

A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.

Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society
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Love in a Time of Homeschooling: A Mother and Daughter’s Uncommon YearKindle Edition

From the Publisher.“In a world where ‘homeschooling’ is so often misunderstood, discounted, and even ridiculed, Laura Brodie offers a clear-eyed view and makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the subject. This is necessary reading for anyone with an interest not just in homeschooling but in education generally.”
— David Guterson“As a parent involved in homeschooling, I highly recommend this book. It’s timely, beautifully written, and must reading for anyone who has ever wondered what homeschooling is all about.”
— James Grippando, author of Money to Burn

Humorous and heartfelt, this charming memoir tells of a year-long experiment in homeschooling in which the author decides to give her ten-year-old daughter a sabbatical from homework hell and the vicissitudes of one-size fits all traditional public school days.

 

I’m still reading

Pretty Girls: A Novel by [Slaughter, Karin]
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Waiting on Wednesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)Hardcover – May 30, 2017