A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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It's Monday - What are you reading?

I’ve been jumping around a bit this week. Trying to find the book that will stick with me, that I can’t ignore. And I’m trying to infuse my reading with Halloween-ish titles. It’s my favorite holiday so I basically celebrate for the six weeks leading up to it. Nearly finished with The Secrets of Wishtide,…
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REVIEW: PATIENT H.M.

  The human brain is endlessly fascinating. I am always interested in stories of insanity or strange mental abnormalities. There is still so much we don’t know or understand about how our mind, or the organ that contains it, works. Henry Molaison was born in 1926. By the time he was a young man, he…
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It's Monday - What Are You Reading?

Leslie Caron ReadingI have nearly finished Patient H.M. and it has been a fascinating read. I find Dittrich has found the right balance between technical information and human emotion. I had the good fortune to attend part of SIBA in Savannah this weekend as a proxy for The Book Lady, a local store I blog for and generally trade…
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Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorites

Well this is just mean. Choose your top ten favorite books of all time. Somehow. Working under the assumption that this is basically impossible, I am going to choose ten that are amazing and are way up there, but are in no particular order and is not meant to be definitive. These are books that…
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It's Monday: What Are You Reading?

I did not get as much reading done as I’d hoped this weekend (though I did visit two books stores and add to my TBR pile…). The Motion of Puppets Nearly finished with this one. It’s lovely and creepy and delightful. If you liked Moulin Rouge! / La Boheme, you are going to want to…
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The Friday 56: The Motion of Puppets

Just started reading this modern fable. It’s vivid and unsettling and strangely realistic. A puff of dust rose from her canvas fingers. The crowd cheered for her, and then she felt the push of her left foot as she took her first step. Working together, the puppets moved her arms and legs, and she was…
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REVIEW: A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

The literary community has been waiting for a follow-up to the Towles’ debut bestseller Rules of Civility. Dare I say, his second outing is even better. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov finds himself in an awkward time to be aristocracy. The Bolshevik revolution has dismantled the Russian monarchy and finds anything from the old culture dangerous and…
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Books for September

It’s still hitting the 90s in Savannah, so no fall leaves or crisp days for me yet. But I can hope. Here are some titles for your September lists. ABOUT THE WOLF ROAD ELKA BARELY REMEMBERS a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness,…
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Gorgeous, dreamy book illustrations

Slightly surreal and definitely ethereal, illustrator Jungho Lee has created these beautiful illustrations that remind us books are always with us. View more.
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REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN

In the 1880s, Austin, Texas, was on the verge of becoming one of the most modern cities in the world. Business was booming. Railroads made ranching more profitable. Austin hadn’t been hit by Reconstruction like most of the South. The small city espoused the Victorian values of cleanliness, orderly behavior and familial values. Then on…
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The Friday 56 - All for Nothing

The Friday 56 challenges readers to share what they are reading by choosing a few sentences on page 56 of their current book.  She took letters out of the desk and put them in the case as well, and photographs too. Then she closed the suitcase and pushed it back under the bed. She sat…
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REVIEW: THE GENTLEMAN by Forrest Leo

This madcap Victorian adventure is hysterical from beginning to end. Third rate poet Lionel Savage has been unhappy since getting married. Though he fell hard for his beautiful and vivacious wife, marital life just doesn’t seem to be working for them. She has become aloof and he can no longer find inspiration. He tends to brood…
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National Book Lovers Day

Make time to read today. Find a cozy spot and disappear… But first enjoy these photos of other book lovers.
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It's Monday - August 8

So, we’ve had to move out of our house for a couple of weeks while some work is done. It’s been fairly stressful, to say the least, and my reading has been sporadic. We are so lucky to have wonderful friends who are letting us (and a dog and cat) stay with them and we…
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Library Checkout: July 2016

Getting in on this bandwagon begin driven by Shannon. For absolutely no reason, I had a dry spell with the local library. This past month or so I have been using it again, primarily to investigate titles on my TBR list without buying something that I end up not liking. And, I had to be…
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