Leslie's Omnibus

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March reads...
  • Inn Keeping With Murder, Lynn Bohart (Cozy, Mystery)
  • Mis-Fortune Cookies, Willie Stewart Sr. (Mystery, Short Story)
  • To Dance with the White Dog: A Novel of Life, Loss, Mystery and Hope, Terry Kay (Fiction, Aging, Mystery)
  • Last Call, Rob Cornell (Mystery)
  • Miss Dairy Queen, Kathy Pratt (Romance, Cozy)
  • Head Hunters, Charlie Cole (Espionage)
  • Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again (Gender, Culture, Relationships)
  • Color Tour: A North Michigan Murder Mystery, Aaron Stander (Mystery)
  • 3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with  Snow White, Ron Miles (Biography, Autism, Family)
  • Stuck in the Middle, Virginia Smith (Cozy, Romance)
  • Five Days in Skye, Carla Lauriano (Cozy, Romance)
  • Tonight We Die As Men: The Untold Story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Toccoa to D-Day, Ian Gardner and Roger Day (Biography, History, WWII)*
  • The Korean Word for Butterfly, James Zerndt (Fiction, Culture, S. Korea)
  • Just Like a Musical, Milena Veen (Cozy, Mystery)
  • If Only I Could Talk: A Canine Adventure, Tony Lewis (Animals, Fiction)
  • Must Love Otters, Eliza Gordon (Cozy, Romance)
  • Houdini: A Life Worth Reading, Higher Read (Biography, Magic)
  • Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her (Biography, Culture, Women's History)
  • Breaking News, J.D. Rader and Michael Gudgell (Mystery, Thriller)
  • Enchanted, Inc., Shawna Swendon (Fantasy, Humor, Cozy)
  • The God Patent, Ransom Stephens (Intellectual Property, Thriller)
  • Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, Robert W. Creamer (Biography, Baseball)
  • Sweet Revenge, Diane Mott Davidson (Cozy, Mystery)
  • Fatally Flaky, Diane Mott Davidson (Cozy, Mystery)
  • Crunch Time, Diane Mott Davidson (Cozy, Mystery)
  • The Whole Enchilada, Diane Mott Davidson (Cozy, Mystery)
  • The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation, Harold Schecter (Biography, True Crime)
*"God almighty!  In a few short hours we will be in battle with the enemy.  We do not join battle afraid.  We do not ask favors or indulgence but as that, if you will, use us as your instrument for the right and an aid in returning peace to the world.  We do not know or seek what our fate will be.  We only ask this, that if die we must, that we die as men would die, without complaining, without pleading and safe in the feeling that we have done our best for what we believe was right.  Oh Lord!  Protect our love ones and be near us in the fire ahead, and with us now as we each pray to you."

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I left my laptop at work for an entire week at the beginning of this month. As a result, my reading list for February is off the charts:
  • On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetary, Robert M. Poole (history, military)
  • The Bride Wore Chocolate, Shirley Jump (chick lit, romantic comedy, recipes)
  • The Secrets of Mary Bowser, Lois Leveen (black history, espionage)
  • Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage, Kay Bratt (biography, China, culture)
  • Baking Bree, Sara West (chick lit, romantic comedy)
  • The King's Hounds, Martin Jensen (history, mystery, England)
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, Denise Kiernan (history, culture)
  • A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Molly Wizenberg (biography, food, recipes)
  • The Rose of Winslow Street, Elizabeth Camden (historical fiction)
  • The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time, Bob Harris (biography, finance)*
  • A Wilder Rose, Susan Wittig Albert (biography)*
  • 47 Ronin, John Allyn (historical fiction, Japan, culture)
  • The Discovery, A Novel, Dan Walsh (fiction)
  • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, Simon Winchester (biography, history)
  • Dead Wood, Dani Amore (detective fiction)
  • Frankie in Paris, Shauna McGuiness (chick lit, culture)
  • Mommy Had a Little Flask (The Tales of Imperfection Series), A.K. Turner (chick lit, humor)
  • Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickesn, and Sheep & Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity after Another, Ellen Stimson (biography, humor, culture)
  • For the Love of Livvy, J.M. Griffin (chick lit, humor)
  • Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm, Mardi Jo Link (biography, humor)
  • Uneasy Lies the Crown: A Novel of Owain Glyndwr, N. Gemini Sasson (history, Wales)
  • Shot on Location, Laurence Shames (screwball comedy, mystery)
  • James and Dolley Madison: America's First Power Couple, Bruce Chadwick (history, biography)
  • Murder in the Library, Steve Demaree (cozy, mystery, humor)
*The most inspirational thing I've read in quite a long time.  

**Without Rose Wilder's tenacity in dealing with her mother, the Little House series never would have seen the light of day.

Started, but discarded:
  • Stop the Wedding!, Stephanie Bond (I love her mysteries, but this romance novel sucked.)
I'm even scaring myself a bit with that list!

On the Radio

Thanks to Beth Donovan and this funny pic posted on FB... ... I now have this stupid song wedged firmly between my ears!


Beautifully said, sir!

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I haven't posted much for a while, and needed a bit of inspiration. Fortunately, Big Stupid Tommy provided just that.

So here's my own reading list for January 2014:

There.  I posted something.


 CB: [T]he main thing I feel bad for, it gives every black and white person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance. 
That's the thing that bothers me the most because I watched this trial closely and I watch all these people are television talking about it. A lot of people have a hidden agenda. You know, they want their racist views, whether they are white or black --
MB: The bias comes out.
CB: The bias, it definitely comes out. It was a bad situation, we all lost.
Who gave this incredibly insightful interview?  Check it out in the comments...


I have had this blasted song ping-ponging around between my ears for over 24 hours:

... but finally, thanks to Jim Henson's Little Red Book's post today, I have an old familiar ear worm to torture me...

Quite frankly, I'm not sure which one is perkier... or more annoying.