Up in the Air

Thoughts by Walter Kirn, Vintage 2006 (orig 1974), 197 pages

Challenge: 20 Books of Summer, Book to Movie

Genre/Theme: Air Travel – Road Warrior Lifestyle, Contemporary Lit

Type/Source: Paperback

What It’s About: Road Warrior Ryan is one week away with many flights scheduled to hit his one millionth mile on a specific airline’s mileage reward plan. He hates his job – which is delivering “empathetic terminations”, is paranoid about said job’s managers trying to take away his goodies, is also paranoid that the airline is conspiring to thwart his achievement, and along the way gets entangled with helping his family marry off little sister, publish a book, get a new job, and find true love. Scratch that last thing. But he certainly has dalliances in ‘every port’.

George Clooney played the character Road Warrior Ryan in the movie. I can’t wait to see it again.

(They did change up the script some. Where in the book, Ryan talks to the read; in the movie, he is saddled with a trainee, played by Anna Kendrick. Which I discovered by watching the movie trailer yesterday. I barely remember the film. I do remember Clooney.)

““Pi’s just a number,“ I say.“

Thoughts: This book broke my reading slump. This book amused me since I work in HR now. This book amused me because I have more than once in the past been a “victim of down-sizing”. I have followed a lot of the sales-pep and motivation industry. So much was relatable. And it has a cleverness.

I started reading his book on September 11, the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade towers all over the news. Kirn first published this in July 2001 – before what we think of as when air travel was forever altered. Thinking this, I was startled that so much about air travel in this book was relevant and not quite outdated, so I have to say. I like reading books about other times because we always tend to think NOW is so New & Different from BACK THEN and so much really is really still all the same.

 “The magic works, almost all of it, to some degree, and that’s what the skeptics find so intolerable.”

The ending of this book brings so much together that it is almost anti-climatic. And yet, the sympathy get turned up high after thinking that Ryan is a pretty shallow dude. He’s hurting and dealing with things in the only way he knows how. We are all hurting.

Rating: Four slices of pie.

“Once I cooked a Christmas feast in one, serving glazed ham and sweet potato pie to a dozen janitors and maids.”.

 

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Thoughts by James Baldwin, Vintage 2006 (orig 1974), 197 pages

Challenge: 20 Books of Summer, Book to Movie

Genre/Theme: Civil Rights, Love Story

Type/Source: Tradeback, Indie Bookstore purchase

What It’s About: I’m rusty. I was on SUCH a good roll of writing/posting/sharing my book thoughts and now, I can’t think of thing to say.

This is the story of first love and family love. And heartache. Both for the young couple and because of the tragedies they are swept up in, for whatever family is and should be. The way Tish’s family supported her and Fonny, contrasted with how Fonny’s family (exception, his father) was not able to do the same. Sad and unfair. Nothing was fair.

“The only way anything gets done is when you make up your mind to do it.“

Thoughts: I was gutted at the end. I’m not sure I can recall a book that quite did what this one did AFTER the last page was read. I closed the book and sat and just welled up, welled over. And felt almost a physical sensation, shock-like.

Rating: Five slices of pie.

Sweetie pie.

 

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Poetry 2021 Edition 3

Poetry Goal 2021:  to read a poem* every day.

Collection #5 by Veronica Golos, Story Line Press 2003, 75 pages

From the blurb at goodreads.com: These mystical lyrics retell the biblical story of Ha’gar.

 

(no sample…)

 

So, sadly, I had a review typed and ready and the WordPress Block Scheme ate it. I couldn’t find it, so I am assuming that is what happened.

I gave this collection 3 stars at first and I don’t recall how I came to that rating; I can assume that my appreciation was from a distance, that I didn’t quite connect though I do think I can admire the passion and raw emotion – THAT is what I recall. I also think it had more than just the Old Testament references but parallel’s a Civil War era story.

I gave the book away thinking I had saved a snippet already. So I leave it blank here.

 


Collection #6 by Jeanne Griggs, Broadstone Books 2021, 56 pages

Note on a postcard of the Santa Monica Pier

We emerge blinking, holding our coats,

into the warmth and exhaust of the

LA freeway, cars queued up to the horizon,

everyone waiting a turn, anxious

for the sight of oranges ripening,

sun setting on the sea, colors we could

only imagine in gray Ohio February.

From the postcard Jeanne sent me promoting her collection (I was totally thrilled to receive! and ordered the book straight away!!)


Link is here to addendum page of what was inspired LOL

*Or more. I’m not tracking, I’m just reading. I’m not limiting this experience to one poem a day – that is only the minimum.

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Update August 2021 in Review with Note on #20BooksofSummer

 Monthly Recap Time!

  • 10 books; 87 for the year (1 book cover not included above – a pie cookbook)
  • 1548 pages, ~14 hours | 19333 total pages, 186 hours
  • Hardcovers – 1, 5 Tradebacks, 0 eBooks, 4 Audiobooks (though 3 would likely be the equivalent of a magazine article?!)
  • 3 from the Library, 2 purchased from an Indie Bookstore, 1 Audible Credit and 3 more Included with Audible Membership, 1 gift
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My favorite was … I don’t have a favorite this month! I can tell you that I voted for Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch for my TOB Summer Camp favorite. And I really did like Housekeeping – it was SO unique! and I really enjoyed Jess Walter’s The Financial Lives of the Poets… Black Gold, too, was a pleasant listen.

I gave 2 slices to The Orphan Collector but left the rating blank on goodreads because I just can’t figure out what didn’t work. I only know that I experienced that “blech, I don’t want to read this” feeling. Maybe it is a coconut book.

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Locations and travels:

  • early 1600s Germany EKYMiaW
  • the Pacific Northwest (specifics unknown, 2 books: TFLotP and Housekeeping)
  • Georgia and the Olympics (basketball, Black Gold)
  • the future I,Autohouse
  • early 1900s Philadelphia TOC
  • 1970s NYC IBSCT
  • on tour with Sting, but mostly England

“If you look steadily into that unblinking blue, into that pinpoint at the center of the eye, you discover a bottomless cruelty, a viciousness, cold and icy.

… if you do exist in the unbelievably frozen winter which lives behind that eye, you are marked, marked, marked.”

If beale street could talk
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UPDATE on #20BooksofSummer:

  • I finished a total of 27 book-books (kicked out the kids books, short audiobooks, and the cookbook)
  • I read 18 of the original 20 books I wanted to read June/July/Aug
  • The two from my original list I did not get to:
    • Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
    • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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Pie was mentioned in four of this month’s reads. Sweetie pie, a pie seller thrown in jail, all sorts of good fond pie mentions in Housekeeping, and a shop that sold pie and sandwiches. YUM.

August 20 is Chocolate Pecan Pie Day, August 24 is Peach Pie Day; I don’t know if Plum Tart has a day but I had plums on hand so… I made a mini Plum Tart.

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What was YOUR favorite book of August?

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Books to Movie Edition 2021-A

Stacy of Stacy’s Books posted on InstaGram asking what the latest movie based on a book was worthy of praise. I took it as a throwdown to mention ALL the movies that were BETTER than the book! before I realized she didn’t really ask that.

But since I had just watched Housekeeping the film after recently reading Housekeeping the book by Marilynne Robinson, I figured you my Readers were due for another edition of BOOKS to MOVIE! What follows is random thoughts on our topic.

I know I didn’t really do a good post/review on Housekeeping, but I was gobsmacked by its uniqueness and its ending which . . .  was perfectly suitable but left me wanting to scream and discuss it and tear it apart with someone. You know; for FUN. I had much fun reading all the movie reviews, too. PRAISE for the actress, Christine Lahti, who played Sylvie, the pivotal most interesting character. The two girls, their parallel-but-not-the-same coming of age stories, the tenderness against the sad heavy plight of family. I think seeing the film enhanced my understanding of the reading experience. Win, win.

I looked up “plight” here – is this the word I am wanting to use? The definition of PLIGHT is an unfortunate, difficult, precarious situation. I think it works.

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Okay, wordpressblock is SUCKING again. . .

OK, let’s just type and edit later.

Since the last Books to Movie Edition (which was apparently back in 2016. Well. HUH.), I have read many books that have been made into movies. Let’s list, shall we?

If I look at my books-read list and think… how many of these have had movies made? and how many of those movies did I see??? I think it is a long list. My latest post only talked about those movies I had seen that had been adapted to screen from book form. Uh, I think we are beyond the scope of a quick post update.

I don’t know quite what to do here! LOL

OK, I’m going to go through the last 5 years of book titles to see if I have seen any movies based on such. In the last 5 years. Can’t be that hard, can it?

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons – SEE IT! omg, much fun. I might even say that the movie is better than the book! But. I also think that reading the book first makes the movie fun. I don’t think the movie quite delivers the same kick if you don’t have the appreciation of what is going on. I could be wrong. But the movie was great. (And if you have Amazon Prime and have seen The Man in the High Castle, let’s talk Rufus Sewall.) 2017

The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Clark – intense. Book is better because the narrator is a sensitive soul with deep thoughts and that is tough to translate to the big screen, imo.

Wolf Hall. Well, yeah. GOOD STUFF. The mini-series with Mark Rylance. I liked the book better because it is just SO GOOD. But the vid version is entertaining, too.

The Time Machine. I actually posted both the book and the movie review together last year. I get its historic importance but it didn’t thrill more than just an appreciation.

Let’s keep this going. Let’s do another post or two, sometime before end of year, that lists movies I want to see based on books I’ve read.

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Did anyone even follow all this? LOL what a mess….

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch

Thoughts by Rivka Galchen, Macmillan Audio 2021, 8 hours 47 minutes

Narrated by Natasha Soudek.

Challenge: 20 Books of Summer, TOB Summer Camp

Genre/Theme: Historical Lit, a Witch Trial

Type/Source: Audiobook/Audible (cover above links to more)

What It’s About: The author discovers the true fact that the mother of renowned astronomer, Johannes Kepler*, had been accused to being a witch. She vibrantly brings it all to life. I’ve added all her books to my tbr.

Set in early 1600s. Trades people are working, soldiers are off fighting, the bureaucrats are doing what bureaucrats do, the plague is happening, etc. And Frau Kepler is just trying to be a good citizen and neighbor, tend her garden and take care of her cow. But some neighbors are not so happy with her and it snowballs. Katherine Kepler at first dismisses the original charge with a rolling of the eyes but then realizes NO! she will not tolerate lies nor her character being besmirched. And her kids support her, which was sweet. Fascinating, stuff! at least to me.

“…it’s a prime example of the mash-up genre tragicomedy. Katharina’s circumstances are dire and discouraging at best, but her tone and observations about the people she encounters and the situations she finds herself in give the narration an undercurrent of humor..“

Week 11 of Summer Camp TOB: Activity Leader Jessica Klahr

Thoughts: Well done. Well researched and fabulously presented (AND narrated!) Though I did feel that the ending fizzled out and lost some of the sparkle that enthralled me in the middle.

Rating: Four slices of pie. With lots of whipped cream.

The next (story) was that of a pie seller…

Apple Tarts were also mentioned

 

Discuss: 1) Do you have any favorite tragicomedies to recommend?

2) Do you enjoy Historical Fiction? I do, but I don’t necessarily seek it out. Do you? Any favorites from the Renaissance Period?

3) If anyone had casually mentioned Kepler to me, I’m not sure I would reflect on what makes him ‘famous’ – perhaps I would wonder if his name on a math theorem comes to mind? How about you? Are you All IN and knowledgeable about Kepler’s contributions to astronomy/optics/geometry? (I am not. And I recently read a book featuring German mathematicians! But they were 20th century…)

 * Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician and astronomer who discovered that the Earth and planets travel about the sun in elliptical orbits. He gave three fundamental laws of planetary motion. He also did important work in optics and geometry.

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August ON PAUSE

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Not my month, apparently…

Hello ALL, I have barely read a page this month.
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Yesterday, Aug 15, was Lemon Meringue Pie Day. I didn’t make one. I didn’t seek out one in a restaurant or bakery. I only dreamed of it. (Actually, I made Chocolate Pudding, instead!)

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**** Now, it is August 18- National Ice Cream Pie Day. Look it up – it is!

and I’m still not reading, still not posting and just not “feelin’-it”.

Cheers to . . . Bring on September?!

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2021 Mini-Reviews of Books and Pie – July & Aug

Book Thoughts

Hello All, I do hope you are well, and keeping yourself AND your community safe. I am vaccinated against COVID-19 and I have been wearing my mask. My town’s vax rate jumped the last few days up close to 60% (from 43%) so at least we are catching up to the goal. I hope.

I have and will continue to have some super busy weeks at work so I’m been falling behind in blog posts and reviews. I’m still reading, YAY!

Let’s just recap with a 3+ sentence game!

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition. Audiobook. Classics Club List 2.

I read this because I just can’t recall if I ever did. BUT! I *did* know most of her story, or so I thought. Oh sure, I got the basics…  But the presentation? the heartfelt sharing? the growth in those handful of months?!  the fear, the suspense. OMG. I was blown away. Glad to have her in my head and ears via Selma Blair for this experience. Five slices of pie and YES! Pie mentions: “nice as pie”

Murderbot! #2-5 (yea, SO?!) (author-extraordinaire: Martha Wells)

Artificial Condition (#2) – 4 slices of pie- we meet ART!
Rogue Protocol (#3) – 5 slices of pie – can’t remember now why this is 5-slicer but, who cares!?
Exit Strategy (#4) – 3 slices – maybe I’m reading these too fast; still MUCH FUN!!!
Network Effect (#5) – 4 slices – uh, this one is LONGER than a novella so be prepared.

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell, pub’d 2019

NOT a how to manual. NOT to go to for advice on how to unplug unless you do want the whole artistic wholistic philosophical conundrum explanation of how we need to disconnect to truly get in touch. I only DNF’d it because I got distracted by Murderbot and this only had 14 days loan from the library. Really! I actually did find it fascinating in a whole-new-perspective perspective. It has been accused of being academic. Do your research, I mean that kindly.

My latest poetry collection completion will come around eventually on my Poetry Edition series…

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, 219 pages, pub’d 1980

Yowza, my friends! I bring reservations. This was … odd. BUT COME ON! she wrote this and published this, her debut! in 1980. 24 years before she published Gilead. I read reviews by readers who came to it by way of loving Gilead – I get it! I, too, read this because I loved Gilead. Those they were disappointed. But. Did you see the years in between? She has a captivating ability at imagery and profundity in the mundane. Oh I don’t know what I’m talking about, I know. But I love her ability to craft a sentence! and the story… WTF is this?!  lol

There is a movie!  WHAT / HOW did they do a movie of this?  can’t wait. Just gots to convince the remote-control-driver to be on board for it.

I, Autohouse by Gish Jen. Audiobook. 2020

This is a Part 2 of The Resistors. A glimpse into the next generation. No pie mentioned.

The Financial Lives of Poets by Jess Walter, 304 pages, hardcover, pub’d 2009.

LOVED! and a pie mention. Funny and serious, REAL. yea, real, genuine. I do like Walter’s writing, his stories, his viewpoint. #20BooksofSummer

Huh. Was I supposed to do THREE SENTENCES for each?  whoooops.

Here’s some pie:   Raspberry Cream Pie for Aug 1st.

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Update July 2021 in Review

 Monthly Recap Time!

I finished _13_ books in July. Total for the year: _77_ (33 mention pie)

Total page count (including print page count for books I listen-read) = __3022__, 18039 TOTAL pages for the year.

The 77 or 78 issue is because gr prompted me about a pie recipe book I had said I “finished” so it added it into my totals. Whatever, I will take it! I’m SO ahead of my goal – I mean it’s just August. WOWZA! There is also a chance I manage to finish another book before Saturday but since it’s not a Murderbot, I’m not making that bet. I have to run to the library to pick up Walter’s The Financial Lives of Poets…

Finished __ 1__ audiobook (~10 hours) 

Hardcover = 2

eBook (Audible/Kindle or Libby) = 6

Tradeback = __4__

Count from the library =  _8_, 1 purchased, 1 was my Audible credit, 3 were loans/borrows/gifts? that I’ve had for a decade plus. yea, so?

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My favorite was One True Thing, but I must say I am glad to finally have read The Diary of Anne Frank.

I would say a lot are 4 star reads. I DNF’d one due to mood and time and lack of intense interest? One flip-through skim and realization not for me for a 2 slice.

I visited Newfoundland. I visited space colonies. I was in PA near NY, in Italy, on a train in England, Martha’s Vineyard to Boston NEW England, LACA, and a poetry book referencing Sarah and Hagar of the Old Testament connected to slavery times of the good ol’ US of A. And Amsterdam the Netherlands. That’s a big span of time and territory.

Three nonfiction, one poetry. 2+3+4+5 in series (what?!) One for my Classics Club 50. Three from my shelves for YEARS. Only one book by a man. That man worked with Jess Walter so that was an interesting unexpected connection to what is appearing to be a 2021 Jess Walter Project Year. Two translated works. Way too much Murderbot.

Fave quote?

None. But watch out for next month!

This summer month was another FULL on #20BooksofSummer! I still have 6 to read by the list I hoped to read for that challenge but also squeezing in one more for the TOB SummerCamp which I apparently am going to buy because my hold position hasn’t moved off 3rd in line.

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Pie? Only three books mention pie. The Day the World Came to Town of course had pie! Neighbors helping strangers bringing food?! somebody was going to bring a pie. One True Thing is about family and if Thanksgiving is an event, pumpkin pie will be dropped onto the menu. Anne Frank had a pie reference, too, which was endearing to me.

I made Cherry Pie with Almond Crumble for the 4th of July and Peach Pie – for my grandnephew’s baptism bbq last weekend.

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What was YOUR favorite book of July?

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Apologize, Apologize!

Thoughts by Elizabeth Kelly, Twelve/Hachette Book Group 2009, 230 pages

Challenge: 20 books of Summer, What’s in a Name: Double Word

Genre/Theme: Contemporary Lit/Quirky Family

Type/Source: Tradeback/Gift from a friend

What It’s About: Wealthy family, rebel unconventional parents, two sons and an uncle. MANY many dogs. A house on Martha’s Vineyard Mass and a cold grandfather in Boston. The youngest son is the favorite, the oldest son is trying to find his way.

Thoughts: Sentences are crafty. The characters are quirky but unfortunately, not charming. The plot takes forever to chug into any direction and I got bored. I flipped to the end and found I actually did miss some big developments but couldn’t care enough to go back and find my footing in the story to make the puzzles pieces fit. Abandoned.

Thank you Gail for bringing this to a book club meeting for share. Sad that I couldn’t connect to it. Another one I’ve carried around since 2009.

Rating: __2__slices of pie. I didn’t note any pie mentions. But please, this is only MY reaction – goodreads average score is 3.2 so if you like quirky family drama, give this a try. If Gail doesn’t want the book returned, I am glad to send it on.

 

What’s in a Name host site: Carolina Book Nook

 

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