While I am knitting, I don’t have much in the nature of knitting to actually SHOW you. So, we’re going to do some miscellaneous stuff instead.
Like, Booking Through Thursday. Here are the rules for this week’s: “This was suggested by Mary. Connect any six books in your library to each other by any way you want. One book will remind you of another because the author’s name is similar, a fictional character shows up in someone else’s book, another author is talked about by characters in a book, maybe the same friend recommended both books, or whatever. Books from a series count as one entry in your list.”
Ooh, this one sounds FUN!
- Starting with one of the books I’m reading, “The Other End of the Leash” by Patricia McConnell, (highly recommended).
- “The Dog Whisperer” by Cesar Milan is another excellent dog book.
- Cesar is Mexican, and there are some impressive Mexican natives who make an appearance in Dorothy Dunnett’s “Queen’s Play”, part of her Lymond Chronicles, telling the story of Francis Crawford.
- The name “Crawford” is one of the ones found on a gravestone in one of the other books I’m reading, “Anne of the Island” by LM Montgomery.
- This series is mentioned by Jacqueline Kirby in Elizabeth Peter’s “Die for Love.” (A mystery that takes place at a Romance writer’s convention, and she sees someone reading Anne and wonders if it’s a new, R-rated version that has Anne and Gilbert making love in an apple orchard.)
- Jacqueline is a librarian, and much of the action in A.S Byatt’s “Possession” takes place in various assorted libraries as the protagonists chase down an unknown connection between two Victorian-era writers.
- There are a lot of superficial similarities between “Possession” and Martin Davie’s “Conjurer’s Bird” about a search for a long-lost specimen of the world’s rarest bird.
- Davies has also written “Mrs. Hudson and the Malabar Rose,” a mystery with Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper.
- Another spin-off from Sherlock Holmes is Laurie King’s “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” about Mary Russell, a brilliant student at Oxford, who becomes his student.
- “Gaudy Night” by Dorothy Sayers also takes place at Oxford, at roughly the same time period, just after WWI.
- Speaking of world wars, “Truman” by David MacCullough is the biography of Harry Truman, who was President as WWII ended–a great book.
- “Once Upon a Town” by Bob Greene, about the North Platte canteen, which served food, drinks, and provided quick recreation for hundreds of US soldiers during WWII as they were transported back and forth across the country.
Really wonderful book.
- Speaking of kindness of strangers brings us to “The Day the World Came to Town” by Jim Defede, which tells about the amazing hospitality by this tiny community of Gander, Newfoundland when dozens upon dozens of airliners were
delayed indefinitely when the US airspace was closed on 9/11.
- “102 Minutes” by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn tells the story of the fall of the World Trade Center on September 11th.
- And while we’re talking about Manhattan, we come to one of the other books I’m reading, “The Island at the Center of the World” by Russell Shorto is a history book about the Dutch colony at Manhattan,
- While we’re on the subject of the beginnings of the American colonies, let’s not forget Benjamin Franklin, known as “The First American” in H.W. Brand’s excellent biography.
- Did you know that Franklin sent his sister a spinning wheel for a wedding present? Pity she didn’t have a copy of Alden Amos’ “Big Book of Handspinning,” another book I’m currently reading, huh? It sure could have come in handy!
How about that? I got all four of my current books in there! This WAS fun. And it reminded me of another book: “The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made Carburetor Possible – and Other Journeys” by James Burke, a bouncing ball of history and invention, and how one thing set off another, which triggered another, and so on, and so on…
So, a couple links for you:
- What happens when they test the foam fire-fighting system in an air force hanger? (I laughed out loud at this one.)
- This fellow spent several months having only “polyphasic” sleep . . . that is, every four hours, he’d take a 20 minute nap. That was it. Round the clock. He’s just shifted back to “monophasic,” but, wow . . . I didn’t even realize that was possible! His entries from the experiment are really interesting.
- Did you know it’s possible to roast your own coffee in a popcorn popper?
- How about these helpful tips for people under 30? (Although, some, like how to set up an iPod seem better geared toward those OVER 30, don’t they?)
- And, look, now you, too, can use the wonderful ACME products tested by the incomparable Wile E. Coyote . . . although you might want to see how the lawsuit comes out….