Monthly Archives: August 2017


Perhaps readers can forgive a bit of fantasy here, since you may have noticed that I’ve been essentially housebound for a long number of weeks.

If I could be anywhere in the United States today that I might wish to be, I choose Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival, Aug. 5 and 6, 2017 held at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown and at the Chillmark Community Center. It may well be 2019 before I have another opportunity. I plan to save my pennies, ok, dollars and more. Who else is in for this adventure?

I can imagine meeting Sarah Leah Chase – The New England Open House Cookbook, Ann Patchett, Richard Russo, many other authors with book signings. On Sunday Min Jin Lee and her new novel Pachinko will be introduced by Caroline Kennedy. Oh, and Arman Towles author of A Gentleman in Moscow will be in attendance along with many other authors and discussion groups talking hot topics.

Wouldn’t I love to lay eyes on Geraldine Brooks, breath the sea air and drink the rural atmosphere (I like the country lanes almost as much as the shops in Edgartown) and also indulge in some great food whether at a county stand on the way to the library or at one of the waterfront restaurants in Edgartown.

I imagine flying into Portland, driving to the Vineyard Ferry and checking in for a couple of days at an expensive hotel. So easy to dream.

Enjoy some of the pictures I took last year on my dreamy real-life visit to the island. Makes me want to go back.

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A BIG thank-you to Mary Ann for agreeing to the interview. She makes listening to her thoughts about reading very enjoyable.

Tell us what you are reading.

I am reading My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by
Fredrik Backman. I am enjoying it. I always am amazed by the way authors deliver their stories with creativity, use of words for dialog and description, and plot development and all the while engaging the reader in enjoyment. It makes me envy their talent.

Do you have a favorite book of the last year. What did you like about it?

I did enjoy A Fall Of Marigolds by Susan Meissner. I liked the way she combined two stories that had a totally different time setting, but did it so well that the reader could move from one time period to another effortlessly.

Do you have a favorite writer? Is there a writer you wish more people would read?

I guess I don’t really have a favorite writer. I like the works of lots of authors.

What book was a disappointment to you and why?

I read the book Molokai by O.A. Bushnell for a book club and I didn’t like it at all. I actually never finished the book and that is rare for me.

Do you have a favorite genre? Are there genres you avoid?

I love historical fiction, mystery, and realistic fiction. I like to cook, so I read many recipe books to see what I might like to make. I do not enjoy science fiction, fantasy or horror. I am one of the few people on earth who have never read any of the Harry Potter books.

Where and when are you most comfortable reading?

I like to read on airplanes, but that only happens one or twice a year, so I like to read sitting at a table. I’m not a bedtime reader.

What is in your waiting-to-be-read stack?

The Summerhouse book club list is complete for 2018 and I plan to read the first book The Widow’s War. And I am excited to learn the book list from my Michigan book club. That will be coming in about a week.

Is there a book you truly treasure, or one that greatly influenced you.

I was deeply moved by Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. He had such quote worthy phrases. My favorite is, “Language is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.”

How have your reading tastes and habits changed over the years?

I have more time to read now that I am retired, so I read more than when I was working. I read for pleasure most of the time. Previous to retirement I read for my career, for information about living life, and general information. I read much more nonfiction than I do now.

Tell us anything else you would like us to know about the importance of reading.

This is a perfect question to answer with a Flaubert quote: “Do not read as children do, to amuse yourself or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No read in order to live.”

What do you expect you will be reading next?

I plan to read Whiskey And Charlie by Annabel Smith. It is a friend’s recommendation.

Note from Paulette:I checked out Whiskey and Charlie, a tale of two brothers. It’s on my list, too. Thanks to you and your friend, Mary Ann. Happy Reading. Your quotes inspire!