Category Archives: Non-fiction

Reading: Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell, Timber Press 2019 hardcover In these stressful times, something peaceful is nice. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I enjoy gardening, and Dickinson’s poetry, so it was a natural for me. I had … Continue reading

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Pulp Art by Robert Lesser

Pulp Art by Robert Lesser, Random House / Gramercy Books 1997 hardcover. Non-fiction, mystery / art theme. In honor and respect to Robert Lesser, who passed recently, I decided to reread his book Pulp Art, which I bought and read years … Continue reading

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Gratefully Received – part THREE of three

Finishing up with the books I received for Christmas… The Dutch Shoe Mystery by Ellery Queen (1931). An eccentric millionairess is lying in a diabetic coma on a hospital bed in an anteroom of the surgical suite of the Dutch … Continue reading

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Gratefully Received – part ONE

Santa was generous this year, as always, and in addition to a scarf featuring Edward Gorey’s Doubtful Guest, and a really nice sweater, I did receive some books. Due to the bounty I’m going to make this a multi-part post. … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Illustration Number Sixty-Six

Illustration Issue No. Sixty-Six published by The Illustrated Press, Daniel Zimmer, editor & publisher I subscribe to this excellent magazine, which is published four times a year. Each issue is full of biographical information on the (usually) three artists featured, so it’s read, … Continue reading

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Current Reading: The Hooded Gunman John Curran

The Hooded Gunman, An Illustrated History of the Collins Crime Club edited and text by John Curran, Collins Crime Club / Harper Collins 2019 oversized hard cover. Non-fiction, 393 pages plus Indexs of Blurbs and Titles. After reading the very … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Getting Started On…

…various things. Sometimes, I get started on a book, then start another, then another, and don’t finish any of them within a week or two, sometimes longer. That’s the case this week, I’ve got three books going. Here they are: … Continue reading

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Friday Forgotten: The Coming Fury by Bruce Catton

this is the 262nd in my series of forgotten or seldom read books The Coming Fury – Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume I, by Bruce Catton, Doubleday hardcover (1961) 565 pages – Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National … Continue reading

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Just Arrived!

Just arrived yesterday from Illustrated Press is The Life and Art of Bernie Fuchs by David Apatoff. Fuchs has long been a favorite artist, I first encountered his work in various magazines, most memorably in Sports Illustrated. If you love illustration art, you’ll want … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Bernstein/Woodward, Deaver

The weather has been nice, the garden looks great, things are fine. I haven’t done a lot of reading, but I finished Orbital Decay by Allen Steele, and liked it better at the end than at the middle point, which does … Continue reading

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