Archive for December, 2009|Monthly archive page

Day 365 December 31

In 5th line on December 31, 2009 at 8:15 am

“She had some experience steering Sam’s career; she could apply her business savvy; she had firm relationships with many artists; and, perhaps most importantly, she was passionate about art.”~~The Girl with the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and The Making of the Modern Art Market by Lindsay Pollock

A wonderful look at Halpert and her enthusiasm for art, an important woman in a male-dominated field.

Day 364 December 30

In 5th line on December 30, 2009 at 8:08 am

“The food never changed: corn and beans at lunch, at dinner ugali and vegetables, such as cabbages, spinach, pumpkins, and onions.”~~Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai

Born in 1940, Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1977, she founded the Green Belt Movement, whose mission to plant trees across Africa restored lush landscape to the continent.

Day 363 December 29

In 5th line on December 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

“Whatever else of hurt and confusion my mother must have felt, she would not tolerate Father swearing in the house.”~~ from “The Lords of Misrule” by Dana Cameron, in the anthology Sugarplums and Scandal by Lori Avocato, Dana Cameron, Mary Daheim, Cait London, Suzanne Macpherson, and Kerrelyn Sparks

Mystery and romance anthology. Fun read!

Day 362 December 28

In 5th line on December 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm

” ‘Orangotanghi,’ she said, her eyes flicking to the skulls.”~~The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

Set in Tuscany in the 1950s, Adam becomes captivated with a garden and two murders that occurred within the beautiful space.

Day 361 December 27

In 5th line on December 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm

” ‘I’m in the middle of a major work, love.'”~~Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett

Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep investigates the death of a prostitute and discovers a dangerous p.ornography ring.

Day 360 December 26

In 5th line on December 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

“Constance – who was definitely not a “Connie, for short” – had just moved from her posh East Side two-bedroom to an even more posh two-bedroom on Central Park West.”~~Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Black Widow Nora seduces FBI agent John. Classic Patterson!

Day 359 December 25

In 5th line on December 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

“If she wanted to get herself killed, it was her decision.”~~Love You To Death by Shannon K. Butcher

Sexy. Adventurous. Tense. That’s just on page one! I can’t put it down.

Day 358 December 24

In 5th line on December 24, 2009 at 8:24 am

” ‘I”ve had like, schizophrenia,’ he says without being asked, telling Ragins he has been on antipsychotic medication in the past, including while living in San Francisco.'”~~The Soloist by Steve Lopez

My sister-in-law works for an agency in Omaha, and in October, she invited me to hear Steve Lopez speak at the agency’s fundraiser. Such an amazing story and such an unlikely friendship.  Brilliant!

Day 357 December 23

In 5th line on December 23, 2009 at 8:16 am

“I was too young to be self-conscious, and I was too enraptured to be discreet.”~~Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner

A memoir of Shakespeare Shapiro. HA!

Day 356 December 22

In 5th line on December 22, 2009 at 8:13 am

“Sixth grade was the turning point.”~~One Butt Cheek at a Time by Amber Kizer

High school drama at its funniest.