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Day 516 May 31 2010

In 5th line on May 31, 2010 at 6:32 am

“An actor appeared, leaning out quite close to Mike, seeming to look into his face and saying very distinctly: ‘God: it’s frightful!’ “~~from “I Can Find My Way Out” by Ngaoi Marsh in A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories edited by Elizabeth George

The anthology contains 26 top crime stories by women. Masterful!

Day 515 May 30 2010

In 5th line on May 30, 2010 at 6:13 am

“He set the money on the felt and watched the dealer exchange it for sixty red five-dollar chips.”~~Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (Movie Tie-In) by Ben Mezrich

The basis for the movie 21, Mezrich tells the story of Kevin Lewis and company from MIT and how they hit it rich in Vegas.

Day 514 May 29 2010

In 5th line on May 29, 2010 at 6:38 am

“By 1547, Henry VIII, a colorful chap with a penchant for beheading his wives, had grown so rich and heroic that he had to be carried from room to room by his servants.”~~Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit by Ryan Nerz

Everything you always wanted to know about competitive eating but were afraid to ask!

Day 513 May 28 2010

In 5th line on May 28, 2010 at 5:55 am

“I stood for a minute, then started moving toward her gently, as if she were a bird that still might be scared off.”~~Alibi by Joseph Kanon

Murder. Deception. Betrayal. Setting: Venice. Chilling!

Day 512 May 27 2010

In 5th line on May 27, 2010 at 5:51 am

“Not for a woman teacher.”~~The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo by Peter Orner

Larry Kaplanski, from Cincy, travels to Namibia to teach in a Catholic boys’ school and meets Mavala, a gorgeous ex-guerilla-turned-kindergarten teacher. The story is set in the early 1990s, after Namibia declares independence from South Africa.

Day 511 May 26 2010

In 5th line on May 26, 2010 at 6:13 am

“As the dawn was breaking, the Wolf Pack yelled once, twice and again!~~from “Hunting Song of the Seonee Pack” by Rudyard Kipling in A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children by Caroline Kennedy

A beautifully illustrated book with classics and contemporary poems selected by the former President Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline.

Day 510 May 25 2010

In 5th line on May 25, 2010 at 6:40 am

” ‘Of course,’ Dr. Boerhaave said.”~~Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

The Narwhal sailed from Philadelphia to look for a lost expedition to the Arctic in 1855. Captain Zeke Voorhees and future brother-in-law Erasmus Darwin Wells, venture into a reckless journey.

Day 509 May 24 2010

In 5th line on May 24, 2010 at 6:32 am

“He dropped the keys on the floor and stamped on the plastic viewfinder.”~~An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King by William F. Pepper

When Dr. King’s family filed a wrongful death suit, the jury returned a verdict in one hour. Their verdict: James Earl Ray wasn’t responsible for King’s death. Instead, the CIA, FBI and other parties killed the civil right’s leader. Lots of research went into Pepper’s book and it is an intriguing read.

Day 508 May 23 2010

In 5th line on May 23, 2010 at 6:26 am

“Hendley played Ultimate Frisbee with his male and female students and had parties at which he served beer.”~~A Person of Interest by Susan Choi

Inspired by the Unabomber case, Choi’s story describes the life of Professor Lee, a person of interest who is suspected of a bomb explosion that injured a colleague.

Day 507 May 22 2010

In 5th line on May 22, 2010 at 6:24 am

“There coming a letter to me from Mr. Pierce, the surgeon, by my desire and appointing his and Dr. Clerke’s coming to dine with me next Monday, I went to my wife and agreed upon matters, and at last for my honour am forced to make her presently a new Moyre gown to be seen by Mrs. Clerke, which troubles me to part with so much money, but, however, it sets my wife and I to friends again, though I and she were never so heartily angry in our lives as today almost, and I doubt the heartburning will not (be) soon over, and the truth is I am sorry for the tearing of so many poor loving letters of mine from sea and elsewhere to her.”~~Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks From the Wild Web by Sarah Boxer

Boxer shares 27 of her all-time favorite blogs. 

And happy birthday to my grandson, Marvin, who turns 4 years old today!!