You know we’re tough when when we think 11 degrees is a heat wave. But that’s how it is for us northwestern Pennsylvanians. And you know it’s really cold when you walk your dog and he tries to walk alternating on three feet, self protecting one foot at a time in the freezing snow.
Yesterday the Bradford Public Library hosted a review/discussion of Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. It was very well attended. Enthusiastic momentum is building in anticipation of the author’s visit on April 17. I wrote a review and will be recording it for BookMark at WPSU in State College. Since it’s the second dog story I’ve reviewed in as many years, they teasingly said they would designate me their official dog book reviewer!
Tomorrow my third Master’s class will start and my days will certainly get busier again. I will mostly miss having time to read good books for pleasure. I read another book by Lesley Kagen, Land of a Hundred Wonders. And I loved it. I wanted to buy a copy in audio cd format for my daughter. (She’s in sales and drives long distances. Audio books are how she keeps up with her reading.) But it was not available in audio. Unbelievable. I’m seriously thinking about recording it for her myself! (Yeah, right with all this extra time I have… Not.) I’m definitely buying the other books L. Kagen’s written, she’s a truly gifted writer.
Interestingly, Garth Stein wrote a review used in the front of Kagen’s book. There was a loyal dog in this book but only with secondary character status. The book was poignant, laugh outloud funny at times as well as a real page turner with unforgetable characters. He said the protagonist ‘Gibby,was Quite Right…’ If you read the book, I’m certain you’ll agree with Mr. Stein and me!
Rec’d this review on the revised edition of Mother Love:
Across oceans the bonds of family still hold strong. Mother Love is a novel from Ann McCauley, following Barbara Malone, who joins the Peace Corps…she faces the endurance of the adventure while still being a mother to her adult children back home, Mother Love will resonate with many women facing thier own struggles with adult children from afar.—Willis M. Buhle, Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Till next time, stay warm, my friends, and keep reading.