Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Another Evening at Barnes and Noble

It seems my husband and I are magnetically attracted to book stores. Last night we planned our whole evening around going to B&N -- when we were going, which restaurant was closest, what we were looking for -- well, what he was looking for. I went with an open mind and I came home with quite a variety of goodies.

I had received a gift card from my son and daughter in law for Mother's Day that I still had a balance on so I felt like I could splurge a little bit. The first thing I looked at was the section with Monica Ferris books. I have never read Monica Ferris but keep picking up her titles and giving them a look. I went looking for her first title in the Needlecraft Mysteries -- "Crewel World". I don't like reading things out of sequence so I figured that would be a good place to start. Naturally, they didn't have it. Nor did they have the second, "Framed in Lace". They did have a compilation of the first three titles in the series -- the two previously mentioned plus "A Stitch in Time". Even though it was twice the price of the two individual copies it was a third less expensive than buying them separately -- buy one get one free so to speak. Snatched it up immediately -- they only had one copy and I was sure everyone in the store wanted it!

A couple of other titles caught my eye and I walked into the store and I decided to grab those, too. The first is "The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Debra Dean. It is the story of an aging woman who struggles to remember current details but can vividly recount her time in World War II Leningrad. It is the first novel for author Debra Dean and it boasts rave reviews from the like of Isabel Allende, NPR, USA Today, New York Times and the Seattle Post.

The third book I picked up is "Ghosts Among Us" by James Van Praagh. I don't know why I gravitate to books of this nature but I do. I sat down and read a few pages before I added it to my stack and it caught my interest so I am going to give it a go. It is a short book and will be an easy read.

So, a few more to add to my ever growing stack of TBR's -- my husband didn't find what he was looking for -- something about automobile suspensions but I can't worry about that -- I have a lot of reading to do.


nudity: rather not
domestic: goddess, diva
burp: baby, cloth
baby: burp
dateline: tv show, news
retract: remove
suppose: guess
surreal: dreamy
infidelity: bad, cheat
token: affection, bus

"The grim place was filed with every conceivable variety of brainstick unfortunate. Some wantered about giggling to themselves, some were embroiled in debates with invisible partners, some were confined to small cages on the floor, and still others were bound in the latest archaic fetters from the 'Inquisition's Surplus Torture Paraphenialia and Swimwear catalogue.'"

"The Shroud of the Thwacker", page 185