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A Work in Progress

Adventures in (mostly) reading, and (sometimes) needlework and other artsy endeavors...

Published: 2018-01-19T11:00:00-06:00


Reading & Book Piles Notes: January 19


I think my 'reading diet' of the last few years has been deficient of enough nonfiction, because this year I seem to be especially drawn to it. I am hoping to finish two books by Jhumpa Lahiri this weekend, so...

The Cellars of the Majestic, Georges Simenon


I've not read a lot of Inspector Maigret mysteries, but the more I do the more I like them and the more keen I am to reach for a new one. With each new story I like to fill out...

Teaser Tuesday: The Clothing of Books


A couple of years back I read Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake and it was one of my best reads of the year. I think she is a really fascinating person and an exceptional writer. Her style of storytelling is so...

State of the Nightstand: January 15


The pile of books in the front are those that I am reaching for mostly at the moment. The idea is that I will finish and then rotate out and add something new. It would seem, however, that so far...

Weekend Reading Notes: January 12


This seems a suitably wintry scene for a bitterly cold and icy weekend. Yesterday I had a snow day off from work, which I was very grateful for as it was icy and snowy and windy and all around nasty...

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel


If you hear someone's childhood called Dickensian, it likely stirs up all sorts of vivid images of hardship, poverty and even suffering. Certainly you would think of a colorful living circumstance, but not necessarily in the happiest sense. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's...

The Woman in the Dark, Dashiell Hammett


What better way to start the new year than with a little hardboiled American crime from the virtuoso novelist Dashiell Hammett. I had just crossed paths with him in a very peripheral sort of way via Laurie King in her...

State of the Nightstand: January 7


One week later. A new path or two taken.

January 4: Weekend Reading Notes


Is it too soon to be thinking of spring? Probably, but the cold is getting me down so a nice, pleasant outdoor reading scene was definitely needed as the header to my post! If things were quiet over the holiday...

A New Year and New Books: A Dozen


A new year and now a new publishing season. I'm ready for it. I made the mistake (?) of looking at my library's virtual "new books" list to see what was new, which always adds a few titles to my...