28 June 2013

A Kindle Book Affair




I am packing my bags again to spend the summer at Tahilla Farm and you know what that means...reading and hopefully lots of it. I have a porch in mind...with my feet up. My Kindle is loaded and ready...literally. In Vietnam bookshops with English books are far and few between, I rely heavily on my Kindle for my reading pleasure. So many of you have kindly written about your favourite reads and I have taken note. I have many more books to share and I hope you have many more for me.

A note on my Kindle..you will see as you read along, it is filled with genres of all types, to suit a curious and swiftly moving mind. I am hoping that you might find something that peaks your interest. For today, just page one of my Kindle..stay tuned for more recommendations. 

As I always say...you guys are the best! Thank you!!

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Eight Girls Taking Pictures 
by Whitney Otto 
(Kristin recco)
A profoundly moving portrayal of the lives of women, imagining the thoughts and events that produced eight famous female photographers of the twentieth century. Inspired by the work of Imogen Cunningham, Madame Yevonde, Tina Modotti, Grete Stern, Lee Miller, Ruth Orkin, and others, author Whitney Otto weaves together eight stories, crisscrossing the world and a century to portray the tensions that defined the lives of female artists. These memorable characters seek the extraordinary through their art, yet also find meaning and reward in the ordinary tasks of motherhood, marriage, and domesticity. This is a bold, immersive, and unforgettable novel about women in love. Book Description (Amazon)





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Living The Good Long Life 
by Martha Stewart 
( Pamela recco)
Martha Stewart’s Living the Good Long Life is a practical guide unlike any other: honest and upbeat, with clear and motivating charts, resources, and tips from doctors and wellness specialists. From the best ways to organize your home to protecting your mental well-being and appearance as you age, this book gives accessible ideas that you can incorporate every day. And when it’s time to explore caregiving for others, you’ll know how to enrich their quality of life while preventing your own fatigue. Book Description (Amazon)




Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing 
by Liz Byrski
Can we change the conversation on ageing? Getting old is tough, but it's also an opportunity to celebrate how far we have come and to shape a different future. In this essay, Liz Byrski (author of Last Chance CafĂ© and Bad Behaviour) examines the adventure of growing old in the twenty-first century: the new possibilities, the joy and the sorrow of solitude, the reality of grief and loss and the satisfaction of having travelled so far. 
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life 
by Anne Lamott
"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my  brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy.  Just take it bird by bird.'" Anne Lamott





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Old Friend From Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir 
by Natalie Goldberg
Twenty years ago Natalie Goldberg’s classic, Writing Down the Bones, broke new ground in its approach to writing as a practice. Now, Old Friend from Far Away—her first book since Writing Down the Bones to focus solely on writing—reaffirms Goldberg’s status as a foremost teacher of writing, and completely transforms the practice of writing memoir. To write memoir, we must first know how to remember. Through timed, associative, and meditative exercises, Old Friend from Far Away guides you to the attentive state of thought in which you discover and open forgotten doors of memory. At once a beautifully written celebration of the memoir form, an innovative course full of practical teachings, and a deeply affecting meditation on consciousness, love, life, and death, Old Friend from Far Away welcomes aspiring writers of all levels and encourages them to find their unique voice to tell their stories. Like Writing Down the Bones, it will become an old friend to which readers return again and again. 
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Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment 
by Katrina Kenison
(Maude recco)
From the author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day, this intimate memoir of loss, self-discovery, and growth will resonate deeply with any woman who has ever mourned the passage of time, questioned her own purpose, or wondered, "Do I have what it takes to create something new in my life?" With the candor and warmth that have endeared her to readers, Kenison reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, children leaving home, recognition of her own physical vulnerability, and surprising shifts in her marriage. She finds solace in the notion that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for growth as old roles and responsibilities fall away, and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon. More a spiritual journey than a physical one, Kenison's beautifully crafted exploration begins and ends with a home, a life, a marriage. But this metamorphosis proves as demanding as any trek or pilgrimage to distant lands-it will guide and inspire every woman who finds herself asking "What now?" 
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And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel
by Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed begins simply enough, with a father recounting a folktale to his two young children. The tale is about a young boy who is taken by a div (a sort of ogre), and how that fate might not be as terrible as it first seems—a brilliant device that firmly sets the tone for the rest of this sweeping, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel. A day after he tells the tale of the div, the father gives away his own daughter to a wealthy man in Kabul. What follows is a series of stories within the story, told through multiple viewpoints, spanning more than half a century, and shifting across continents. The novel moves through war, separation, birth, death, deceit, and love, illustrating again and again how people’s actions, even the seemingly selfless ones, are shrouded in ambiguity. This is a masterwork by a master storyteller. —Chris Schluep ( Amazon)




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Americanah 
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet. 
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The Art of Travel
by Alain De Botton
Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Lifede Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow. Even as de Botton takes the reader along on his own peregrinations, he also cites such distinguished fellow-travelers as Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, the biologist Alexander von Humboldt, and the 18th-century eccentric Xavier de Maistre, who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom. The Art of Travel is a wise and utterly original book. Don’t leave home without it. 
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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche
(Suzanne recco)
A newly revised and updated edition of the internationally bestselling spiritual classic, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche, is the ultimate introduction to Tibetan Buddhist wisdom. An enlightening, inspiring, and comforting manual for life and death that the New York Times calls, “The Tibetan equivalent of [Dante’s] The Divine Comedy,” this is the essential work that moved Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions, to proclaim, “I have encountered no book on the interplay of life and death that is more comprehensive, practical, and wise.”
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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. Book Description (Amazon)



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The Language of Flowers: A Novel
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. 
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Serena: A Novel 
by Ron Rash 
( Kathleen recco)
New York Times bestseller and PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist, Serena by award-winning author Ron Rash is “masterfully written…sprawling, engrossing and—from time to time—nightmarish,” (San Francisco Chronicle); a remarkable novel that “recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy,” (The New Yorker). Rash’s chilling gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge set against the backdrop of the 1930s wilderness and America’s burgeoning environmental movement was named a Best Book of the Year by more than a dozen national publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and Miami Herald. Serena is brilliant contemporary fiction that exquisitely balances beauty and violence, passion and rage, cruelty and love. Book Description (Amazon)



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The Art Forger: A Novel
 by B.A. Shapiro
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas. 
Book Description (Amazon)



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No More Words: A Journal of my Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
by Reeve Lindbergh  
( Joan recco)

In 1999 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the famed aviator and author, moved from her home in Connecticut to the farm in Vermont where her daughter, Reeve, and Reeve's family live. Mrs. Lindbergh was in her nineties and had been rendered nearly speechless years earlier by a series of small strokes that also left her frail and dependent on others for her care. As an accomplished author who had learned to write in part by reading her mother's many books, Reeve was deeply saddened and frustrated by her inability to communicate with her mother, a woman long recognized in her family and throughout the world as a gifted communicator. No More Words is a moving and compassionate memoir of the final seventeen months of Reeve's mother's life. Reeve writes with great sensitivity and sympathy for her mother's plight, while also analyzing her own conflicting feelings. Anyone who has had to care for an elderly parent disabled by Alzheimer's or stroke will understand immediately the heartache and anguish Reeve suffered and will find comfort in her story. 
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The Mountain 
by Drusilla Modjeska
A novel as intricate and powerful as the bark-cloth paintings at its heart' - Anna FunderIn 1968 Papua New Guinea is on the brink of independence, and everything is about to change. Amidst the turmoil filmmaker Leonard arrives from England with his Dutch wife, Rika, to study and film an isolated village high in the mountains. The villagers' customs and art have been passed down through generations, and Rika is immediately struck by their paintings on a cloth made of bark. Rika and Leonard are also confronted with the new university in Moresby, where intellectual ambition and the idealism of youth are creating friction among locals such as Milton - a hot-headed young playwright - and visiting westerners, such as Martha, to whom Rika becomes close. But it is when Rika meets brothers Jacob and Aaron that all their lives are changed for ever. Drusilla Modjeska's sweeping novel takes us deep into this fascinating, complex country, whose culture and people cannot escape the march of modernity that threatens to overwhelm them. It is a riveting story of love, loss, grief and betrayal. 
Book Description (Amazon)


Happy Reading!
If you have a recommendation,
I am all eyes...
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34 comments:

  1. Jeanne,

    I love your list of books. I have to be honest, I have not embraced the kindle or the ipad for reading. I just love the feel of a book and I will take a pile with me wherever I go. That being said if I get desperate I may have to download something. I have read Martha's Book as well as Lean In. I enjoyed them both. Although I will tell you that in order to follow all of Martha's tips for feeling young and living better you need a lot of time and buckets of fresh fruits and avacados.

    I just finished The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher and The Golden Straw by Katherine Cookson and Illuminations by Mary Sharratt.

    I hope that you have a fabulous trip Jeanne! You are going to have a magical time exploring, spending time with family and friends and just relaxing.

    Looking forward to your adventure.

    Be safe, xo Elizabeth

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    1. Wonderful recommendations Elilzabeth, thank you!! xx

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  2. Jeanne, have a wonderful time at Thallia farm with plenty of your brilliant ideas and relaxing days as well. Sincere thanks for all your experiences you shared with us and looking forward to hear from you soon.

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    1. Your very welcome Rena, looking forward to staying in touch. :)

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  3. Jeanne, You have given us a wonderful and diverse group of books to choose from. I have read several. "bird by bird" has been a favorite for years, and one I refer to almost daily. I only discovered "Writing to the Bone" this past year and hope to begin working through it with my soon to be writing friend. I will most definitely look for Natalie Goldberg's newest title. I just finished "The Art Forger". You might also enjoy "Flora" by Gail Godwin and "The Bookman's Tale" by Charlie Lovett. Summer is my time for catching up and enjoying many of fiction titles I missed during the school year. Enjoy you time on the porch at Thallia. I do hope you will continue to keep us posted. Safe journey. Bonnie

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    1. So glad we share a common reading bond Bonnie, I have picked up many great reading suggestions from you in the past and am off to add the ones here. Thank you!! :)

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  4. Jeanne

    Thank you so much for the wonderful suggestions. I am hopefully taking the week off next week (fingers crossed) and I plan to read, read, read!! Have a wonderful time at Tahilla Farm, can't wait to see more pics!!

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    1. Thank you Cindy...I hope we both get in all the reading we have planned! :)

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  5. Oh my gosh, Jeanne I have 5 of those books on my nightstand!!! You obviously have excellent taste ;-) N.G.

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    1. Why am I not surprised Nina..you made me smile, thank you! :)

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  6. What a wonderful list of books + my kindle is ready! you will have a glorious time at Tahilla Farm. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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    1. That's the best part of the Kindle..Peggy...just click and read. It's fab! :)

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  7. The Language of Flowers is delightful. You will enjoy.

    Travel safely. Holler if you need anything in the States.

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    1. Thank you Webb...I have a feeling your gardening expertise will come in handy...stay tuned! :)

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  8. The Dalai Lama's Cat...an enchanting book...

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    1. Thank you A....I am off to explore, sounds intriguing.. :)

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  9. Your summer sounds dreamy Jeanne.
    And Thank you for all these recommendations.
    I hope you get to read every single one!

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  10. I'm currently reading Nate Berkus' design book, Things That Matter.

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    1. Becky...I popped that one into my Pinterest file, I have heard great things about it, I will have a look when I am back in the USA. :)

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  11. You have some of my very beloved books on this list! Bird by Bird, Natalie Goldberg, Katrina Kenison, Lean In ... wonderful! xo

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    1. So glad Lindsey...we are in great company. :)

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  12. If you haven't read it, I think you will love The Book Thief.

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    1. Read it and hated to see it end Loree...have been looking for a book, just as good, ever since. :)

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  13. What a really interesting choice of books Jeanne, I have really enjoyed some of your recommendations recently so I have no doubt that some of the above will be making their way into my Amazon shopping basket!! I just cannot bring myself to buy a Kindle although I can see it is very practical, particularly with the amount of travelling you do.

    My summer reading list is here if you wish to take a look :)
    http://thebottomoftheironingbasket.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/the-summer-of-2013-reading-list.html

    Happy travelling Jeanne Xx

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    1. Hooray! I love summer reading lists...thank you Simone! So glad you enjoyed past reading recco's..:) You are right about the Kindle, I bought it out of practicality for travelling. I still bring along one book for long flights and use the Kindle when I have finished it. Nothing like holding a book... :)

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  14. Jeanne your reading list is right up my ally and it's needed now since it's raining and not going to stop for the next week...sorry. But you can still enjoy reading on your porch. Things are very lush here bbecause of all the rain. I look forward to meeting you and seeing what you do with your garden since I always need ideas.

    Safe flight and Happy landing!
    XXX
    Debra~

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  15. I love all of your book selections. I have taken note and hope to add a few to my library. I am happy to say that the only one I have read is The Language of Flowers which leaves many more to explore. The Language of Flowers was quite good but I read it during my move to the UK and I associate it with that transition period of time. Funny how that happens.

    Have a wonderful time at Thallia Farm. Enjoy!

    P.S. I also want to pick up The Book Thief now. It sounds good!
    Gina xx

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    1. Great to hear so many people enjoying The Language of Flowers Gina...and I adored The Book Thief!
      Happy Reading!
      :) xx

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  16. It’s exactly what I was looking nice job for posting this.Thanks lot for this useful article, nice post

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  17. The whole summer at Tahilla?
    How wonderful!
    Love your book list... Some I've gotten to, some I haven't, and some brand-new ideas. Thank you!
    xoxo,
    p

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