Gleaned From Wall Street Journal Books (Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 14 – 15, 2013)

  • Daniel Woodrell is an Ozarks’ based writer whose novels are very very noir.  Self plans to tackle the following of his books:  Winter’s Bone (made into a crackling good movie starring Jennifer Lawrence), the Bayou Trilogy, and his latest, The Maid’s Version.
  • Self also wants to read Bitter River, a new mystery set in a “hard-times small town” called Acker’s Gap, West Virginia.  It’s the second book in a series by Julia Keller.
  • And she REALLY wants to read a new book about the Rolling Stones, Rocks Off, by Bill Janovitz.
  • One of self’s favorite sections of the Wall Street Journal book review is the “Five Best” feature, which asks a celebrated writer to name five favorite books on a certain theme.  This week’s theme was “treason and betrayal” and the respondent was Allan Massie.  Here are three of the five books on his list:  The Meaning of Treason, by Rebecca West (published 1949); Whittaker Chambers, by Sam Tanenhaus (published 1997); and The Dark of Summer, by Eric Linklater (published 1956)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

So happy to be in "The Nest."  There's a typhoon signal alert outside.

It is great to be in “The Nes,.” especially when there’s a typhoon signal alert outside.

A restaurant inside an art gallery in Bacolod

A restaurant inside an art gallery in Bacolod

When self still entertained dreams of doing something agricultural in her Dear Departed Dad’s hometown, she visited her little slice of earth in Barangay Granada, saw how the land sloped upwards from the National Highway, and wondered aloud whether she needed to get an irrigation pump.

It took her cousins less than 10 seconds to set her straight:  “A pump!  What for?  It’ll just get stolen.”


Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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