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The Mount-Edith Wharton
You convinced me. I have added it to my to-read list.
A little time travel involved in this one also, I'd love to drop-in on the Bloomsbury Group in London for a creative evening.
How about a featured author of the month? For instance with The Great Gatsby opening F. Scott Fitzgerald would be perfect. Also a top 10 list from time to time, letting us know what the top 10 short stories read on this site or the top 10 poets, etc...
I liked the brain teasers and the revolutionary napoleonic France course.
I have discovered a series of 3 books by John Updike on art. Just Looking; Still Looking; Always Looking-he does essays from art with the most beautiful photographs. A delight for springtime!
Mother Nature flirting with Father Time and making time stop for awhile.
He says Benjamin Button was inspired by Mark Twain's comment that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. And that his own preferred short story that he wrote was "The Off Shore Pirate".
Thrilled to see Baub back on the screen, the movie is perfect for spring. I like M. Williams as Glinda. So I was very pleased to be off to see the wizard...my only quibble was I wished there had been more music. They dazzle us with 3-D, but the cherished original gave us music for our souls.
This is a lost cause-but when people say I'm done. No a cake is done you are finished.
For all the Downton Abbey fans, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnavon, a most enjoyable read. The photographs are such an addition to the book. Lady Fiona does a wonderful job of telling and updating us on her family history and Highclere Castle.
Gosh I'm glad you liked it. It is one of my all-time favorites, for sure. I have just finished an international bestseller by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch)-you can get an English translation. Ten White Geese which is a novel built around an Emily Dickinson poem. He is probably better known for The Twin which won the IMPAC prize, which is the world's richest literary prize for a single work of fiction.
A Thousand Martyrs I Have Made and Love in Fantastique Triumph Satt by Aphra Behn
She Walks in Beauty by Byron
I just read the sequel to The Giver by Lois Lowry. The title is Son and a real page-turner! I hear they are going to finally make a movie of The Giver.
A note about The Grand Tour, it is actually collected letters from Agatha over the years of her travels by her nephew with wonderful photographs. It was just great to find something new put out by her family by her after all this time.
Although one will have to do a little Masonic research to properly appreciate this story, it is a very timely story considering we are still in this country at this time. The movie was good too, although the story is better.
Eager to hear how everyone else liked this movie? I loved Ann Hathaway in it.
A follow-up note on Michael J. Sandel, his lectures can be found at www.JusticeHarvard.org
Agatha Christie wrote a mystery inspired by a Blake poem, her book was Endless Night. One of her better ones, written toward the end of her life.
The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery
I can't wait for the Xmas movie of Les Miserables! Usually I'm not that big on movie versions of books but this one looks grand.
What Money Can't Buy-the moral limits of markets by Michael J. Sandel. He is better known for Justice: What's the Right Thing to do? but each book is worthwhile.
To see a world in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour-read Blake.
Yes Lincoln was willing to read and respond to her letter. A remarkable thing since it was at the height of the war, if you think about it. The proclaimation is short, meaningful and shows why people loved Lincoln. Thanksgiving not only defines our national character, it is the most American holiday. I wish newspapers would reprint the proclaimation so more people would know about it.
During the height of the Civil War Lincoln issued the proclaimation making Thanksgiving a national holiday in1863. It is http://history1800s.about.com/od/abrahamlincoln/a/Lincoln-Thanksgiving-proclaim.htm
It has become a May/Dec. match-one is older, one is younger the generation gap of trying to live with someone who has different values and interests. This is not easy and in this case it is more extreme since he keeps growing younger. Is love limited to our circumstances?
because denial is easier than reality
a bizarre parody of faking parental dutiful (going through the motions without sincereity) respect...
This is one of my favorites, also.
Lenore from Edgar Allan Poe's Raven poem.
Today is St. Crispin's Day-feast day of Christian saints, Crispin and Crispinian-who were martyred twins.In Shakespeare's Henry V the famous speech to mobilize the English against the French at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 the day is famously mentioned.
There is so much history in this selection. World history, that it is particularly fascinating.
Soul Detox-clean living in a contaminated world by Craig Groeschel a helpful aid in spiritual growth. When the world is too much with you...
this is so addictive!
I agree, to refresh the spirit is a good thing.
Definitely, but not too acceptable as he was persona non grata. Who could trust him?
The actor, Frank Langella wrote a book called Dropped Names, famous men and women as I knew them. It is totally addictive, you really can't put it down. It is brutally realistic about the acting profession. Ayone else have a guilty pleasure book?
Whoa-installment 109 is memorable with the beer goddess. Educational AND enjoyable...
Although there were issues with this particular selection, I found the installment on Alfred Hitchcock particularly delightful. I've been slow in reading this, but have enjoyed the variety.
Just for some strange reason that one installment (15) didn't come through with a photograph. But the rest of the series has been fine-I am aol so I know there are issues sometimes, but don't really know.
People who dare not approach Moby Dick, adore this work. And with good reason, considering when it was written it is timeless and so unique.
My favorite summer book 2012 is Ghosty Men by Franz Lidz it is a true tale of the Collyer Brothers in New York. It is only 160 pages, but it will stay with you forever. Alot of other writers have written on the brothers, but this is the best-I think.
E.L. Doctorow in Creationists has an excellent essay on Melville. It is Composing Moby-Dick: What Migh Have Happened. Also Elizabeth Hardwick's Bartleby In Manhattan and other essays, has the best essay on Bartleby I've seen anywhere.
I wanted to fly like my kite in the sky so high!
When you get to installment 15, there are no pictures.
Priceless by Robert K. Wittman-an unusual memoir about how he went undercover to rescue the world's stolen treasures. He was the founder of the FBI art crime team, it reads more like an action-adventure. It has the side benefit of learning alot about history and art. I read this after hearing him speak, he was also interviewed on The Daily Show by John Stewart.
The poison was unintentional, but still as effective as Job's afflictions.
good to be reminded of people striving to benefit others.
I was on www.rottentomatoes.com and then understood your reference. I'll have to check that out.
I was impressed with it too!
Much better than the movie/T.V. versions-I like to think of it as a love letter to human nature in spite of everything going out-of-control.
Snow White's wicked step-mom the Queen who wants to be the fairest of them all.
but to the point-the limitations of judgement.
Zora Neale Hurston
Since there are no female writers on this list-I will add: Patricia Highsmith (hoping to avoid Ripley) and Emily Dickinson.
Did this movie remind anyone else of the short story, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson? I haven't read the 3 books, but the movie instantly made me think of Jackson.
Would love to see some of her work here.
Has anyone else read anything by him, that you would recommend?
Originally written in response to the potato famine in Ireland, alot of people then and now thought the English criminally liable due to their policies (or lack of policy in preventing and/or handling of it).
Caravaggio for me! Although I thought of Dali for a surreal experience-you do have to sit for quite awhile for portraits. But Caravaggio won because I love his work the best.
I forgot how much I enjoyed Frost. I like poetry in the spring and this was lovely.
We'd be at a spring tea party with mint juleps and a variety of fruit tarts and yummie finger foods and everyone wearing lovely spring hats. Spring tastes slightly tipsy and sweet!
An excellent biography, Helen Keller, A Life by Dorothy Herrmann she explores what happens after Annie Sullivan (Helen's teacher) dies. It is even more fascinating than Helen's early more famous life story.
Glad I read this, a thumbnail sketch of fairly recent history in his field.
Shouldn't Helen Keller's The Story of My Life be in the autobiography category?
Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia reads 43 of the world's best poems is not to be missed, if you have not read it.
It also has the first mystery story written by a woman.
I would say With A Little Help-simply because it has comments from the author after each of the 12 stories. So it is the most personal of the reads offered here.
The granddaddy of them all, To Kill a Mockingbird-I wish every adaption could be this perfect.
Just saw Hugo as a movie (it was fantastic) now off to get the book! Hugo as best picture and director, deserves both will probably only get one.
I have to mention the horse in War Horse, the book is quite good if you only know it from the play or movie. My favorite diva from fiction is Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair for best actress. In real life, the dog from The Artist should get a special Oscar for best performance!
Kitty in Puss n Boots-the beautiful sound track should win it really made that film.
I would love to see his short story mystery, "The Hammer of God" on this site.
Twain wrote about fingerprinting, before it actually became the standard method in detection. This is his really ahead of its time mystery book, and one of his better books-really astonishing when you consider when it was written.
For the most romantic Valentine's dinner it would have to be the Brownings, Elizabeth and Robert.
A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories edited by Michael Sims for mystery lovers. There are short summaries on both well-known writers and obscure ones before the stories that are fascinating. One mentions that Wilkie Collins younger brother married Charles Dickens daughter, so all kinds of interesting stuff that I hadn't known. It isn't on this site, but can be found at the library.
I'm surprised that Go Tell It on the Mountain isn't here. Could you please consider it?
Yes, Mr. Hyde's portrayal is what makes the story work. This is a more profound story than what media projects. The theme of authentic vs. our so-called civilized personas-plus ambition without judgement makes for a captivating tale.
I just added this to my to read list. I can't wait to read it!
I will just add in this political season, I would hope someone asks if any of the people running for office have read this Swift selection. Now that would be an eye-opener to hear that answer.
Advancing our trade and giving some pleasure to the rich-oh yes-some things don't change, as much as we think. Although this is tongue-in-cheek there is a lot of truth to it. Good writing is timeless!
Something on meditation and relaxation? Anything on healthier cooking or recipes would be welcome...
khoi, you might be more interested in the Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. It is more in-depth, what dailylit offers is good. However quotes are not the same as a biography. I like the quotes-firsthand is better than filtered facts.
For New Year's Eve it has to be Alice in wonderland, Benjamin Button (middle-aged version) with Moll Flanders (who knew how to party) with odd man out Bartleby (Alice could get him even more lost).
I am so impressed with it, that I wanted to say it really is one of the best things I've read on this site. Many thanks!
Eat to Live: the amazing nutrient rich program for fast and sustained wt. loss by Joel Fuhrman.
For Christmas dinner, the nutcracker and the sugarplum fairy-the after dinner dancing would be magical.
Christmas clues, hints, and secrets/ Make one a spy on an elusive mission/ the perfect gift an ideal goal-who will know if you'll prevail.../ the elf who winked? the reindeer linked to the stars? the snowman who blinks and laughs at the weather? / Have some eggnog and relax/ Only Santa and you will know in the end. Merry Christmas!
Shea Vaughn's Breakthrough-the 5 principles to defeat stress, look great & find total well-being it will help you with those Jan. resolutions! Plus it comes with a reader care survey with an instant coupon. The perfect reminder to take care of yourself during the busy holiday season.
Volume 1 was so popular, that there is now a Master's Choice: Volume 2.
Peter Pan and the lost boys, they would love it plus we all could fly to Neverland for dessert!
Is he a good egg or not? (About Humpty Dumpty) Puss n Boots-2011
I picture possibility, I hear the Doors song-People are strange; but mostly I just feel curious. Great tribute ? to Camus.
I would read this, also.
I am a big fan of Wallace Stegner, so thanks dsylvester for putting one of his books on here that I was unaware of-I'm going to check it out.
I second this one.
3 books: Incognito; the secret lives of the brain by David M. Eagleton-truly fascinating! 33 Revolutions per minute by Dorian Lynsky if you enjoy music and finally American Eden by Wade Graham for an unexpected history of gardens.
definitely a journey worth taking, relaxing and enjoyable.
I have pondered this story many years, and my guess is that it is about Bartleby being mentally ill. Think how we treat mentally ill people even now, that is one perspective. Of course the story could be viewed many ways...Bartleby being spiritually adrift and out-of-touch and alienated even from himself, etc... Can anyone really save anyone else is very much a theme in the story so I like your limits of philanthropism question. It certainly makes one think!
New clothes. new people, new smells-it was exciting a whole new world to discover.
Real gentle tips to enhance our approach to life.
I too discovered him and he is a pleasure to read!
His short story in Can Such Things Be? was such a surprise. It is so unexpectedly charming and such a delight. Memorable.
whatever...no matter how it is said apathy is a waste of my time.
It is lovely to revisit authors you have loved through the years. This was a charming reminder of diverse literary styles that enhance our reading experience.
I just read 2030 by Albert Brooks for a more contemporary take on this issue-check it out.
Mr. See asked the class why they thought the most unloving person in the story (Anna's husband) ended-up with both children at the end? What was Tolstoy saying to us with this character?
He edited the best mystery anthology I've ever come across. Master's Choice: mystery stories by today's top writers and the masters who inspired them. One of his own stories is included in it.
Is there an alternative ending where Anna could have a happier outcome?
maybe I'm in Oprah withdrawyl, but I am really enjoying this also!
My fantasy, fun read is One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde total happy summer reading! American Eden-from Monticello to Central Park to our backyards: what our gardens tell us about who we are by Wade Graham is more of a challenge.
Mr. See asked the class to write their own happy ending to Anna Karenina. How would that be?
Mr. See spoke to the detectives privately. The police got involved when RosaLinda had a pychotic break and would only chant Eddie's name over and over. Marie had gone on an overseas vacation with her lover. Gwenth had stopped coming to school to watch over the 4 younger children. Dylan was now missing also...what's UP?
I wouldn't read horror usually, but this is so well-written I will continue. I'll look upon it as a lucky accident :) after all when I read Grant's autobiography it showed how fond Lincoln was of Bierce. So there is alot TOO this guy.
Shouldn't this be in the horror category?
St. John the patron saint of booksellers. Very fitting for DailyLit, I think.
Don't mess with Grandma...
Saint Dismas is the patron saint of thieves.
Learning to ride a bike was a very liberating experience because it enlarged my world as a child. It gave me physical freedom.
I make it a point to stand when talking on the phone. The bonus is shorter, more focused talks and moving around is better for you than sitting.
A good tie-in book is: Courtesans by Katie Hickman
Blanche d'Antigny need to have an edit feature!
Correction the character Lucy Stewart is based on Cora Pearl. Nana is based on actress-courtesan Banche d'Antigny.
Gwenth couldn't understand why her mother, Marie had taken a young lover.
Just for the part on Haiti alone, this is worth viewing I think.
I didn't know some of the poems would be in French. Perhaps a mention of this to advise readers?
Dylan had sold the drugs to Eddie privately, and he felt bad when he saw Gwenth so lost and bewildered.
Although Eddie had been disfigured by shark attacks over the length of his surfing career, he was still an older scarred dreamboat. He remained missing. Mr. See found it strange that none of his family inquired about him missing. The locals thought Marie had gotten fed-up and possibly done away with him. Where-oh-where could he be?
After reading Madame Tussaud (as in the wax museums) she was made to make the death masks of some of the people killed during the revolution. An excellent book by Michelle Moran, I wanted to check out this course and I'm so impressed already. That there were only 7 prisoners in the Bastille is most revealing...
One of Mr. See's students, Dylan mentioned that the last time anyone had seen Gwenth's father, Eddie Slocum he had been very high on drugs. No one had seen him for months, where was Eddie?
The tall, lean surfer was no other than Eddie Slocum who was a professional surfer and the most carefree spirit you'd ever meet. RosaLinda was distraught from losing the lottery ticket and mentally ill and was in no state to help anyone. However she was so surprised by Eddie's sudden arrival that she helped him stagger out of the surf, to a dry area before skittering off like a frightened bunny. Eddie only remembered her wet face as he faded in and out of darkness...
Marie Slocum was puzzled about the family she had come from being happy or unhappy, perhaps that is why she had 5 children to attempt to create her own happy family. However she hadn't counted on Mr. Slocum, Eddie being such a...
Nana as Lucy Stewart is based on the real life Cora Pearl.
One of his characters, Zenobia in The Blithedale Romance is based on Margaret Fuller. Who was the most interesting of the Emerson/Thoreau Concord group to me.
But the one you needed and wanted!
Mr. See delicately removed the book from Gwenth's face. She burst out laughing, Mr. See was startled but then he never knew what to expect from such a prankster. Gwenth's mother, Marie had warned him he would have his hands full. But he did not really mind because Gwenth brought sunshine into the class, as well as unpredictability. When he had asked Gwenth to give her opinion on the women in the book, her reply was SO refreshing-the class was still talking about it. Gwenth had said, "I don't know why anyone ever agreed to marry back then, being a nun or an old maid seems much preferable to me." Mr. See wondered if Tolstoy had ever thought of that...
I learned in the original Chicago the reporter Mary Sunshine role was to be played by a man in drag (made me wish I'd seen the original version) and lots of other gems.
Why don't we paint the town? And all that jazz (with music) Chicago-2002
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Tolstoy- Anna K.
The original-the apple Eve extended to Adam...
Going to Ford's Theatre to watch the play is like going to Hooters for the food. Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell (I think it WILL be a classic novel so have expanded your definition alittle.)
I have been pleasantly surprised by how much more I enjoy his writing in short story form. He really shines in this area. I prefer it to his longer works, although since he is generally assigned reading (his novels) that could be part of it.
Champagne with fresh peach slices, then some delicate finger food for sharing and then dark chocolate truffles to savor....as you luxuriously recline together.
The big surprise in reading this series is I didn't know I'd get current and future events! When you get to Titanic, you find out it was the 1st film to hit the billion dollar mark in profits. And held that for 12 years, until Avatar surpassed it. Then that there will be a 3-D version of Titanic on April 6, 2012.
Sometimes a cigar is a cigar, this made me laugh! :)
Madame Tussaud, a novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran. I got this book for my summer read and it was so good I finished today. An easy read that you can not put down, plus you learn so much. It is a little unnerving that some of the themes in politics that were prevalent then are still with us, but perhaps that says more about human nature.
Saint Denis the patron saint of Paris
I just finished this and the links are all on the last installment if that helps?
Was M. Atwood inspired by The Ballad of the White Horse (1911) by G. K. Chesterton?
I've always been more impressed with his short stories, than his longer works. This is a good example of why that is-what a writer!
I really think this is a good suggestion and would like to see it. In so much of my other reading I encounter saints I have never heard of and it would be a helpful reference point to fill in the blanks for all readers.
Just for all the e-mail web-sites alone this is worth reading. The postive and inspiring messages were ones you wanted to share, and practice. A very useful read, as well as thoughtful and helpful.
I liked the god moves in mysterious ways part of this story, you don't see that spiritual element in alot of short stories done in such a realistic manner. I'm definitely going to read other things this author writes.
I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner. The Silence of the Lambs-1991
This captured the grief and bewilderment like a time capsule, at such a difficult moment.
This ? was inspired by Tom Jones by Fielding, what is the sexiest meal you have ever had?
To the bliss of Shangri-La!
With great hubris, this coin smugly thought I am "The Decider" heads or tails I call the shots!
I find in a collection of short stories where there is a theme that ties them altogether you can't really read one, without the others to really "get" it. Since the title is Moral Disorder of this collection, it makes me want to read the other stories. I liked the daffodils in this story, though.
A good Catholic story...
Sweet strawberries in the spring/ Sweet watermelon for summer/ Hot apple pie in the fall/ Hot cocoa in winter-sweetness wins with me.
She caused heads to swoon as she noticed the tails of her dogs were entangled in her skirt.
Heads or tails, spring fever can turn us upside-down and back again.
The first casuality of war is innocence...Platoon-1986-technically a tag line, but still a good quote.
This particular selection is recommended for anyone having chemo brain and/or memory challenges as we age. And it's fun too!
I don't like math, and yet I enjoyed this it did tease this brain.
To gas up the tank, or not-that alas is the question...to be held in extortion by Big Oil or defy all and get off the grid-What angst and suffering attends all, an unharmonious chaos reigns until technology be perfected.
Don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love. Annie Hall-1977
An easy change-when asked at dinner red or white wine-say green as in locally grown, good for local business and better for you.
Mother Earth and I thank you for doing the Earth Day book-I'm SOooo inpressed with you Susan.
A big yes for the Rumi poetry and Tale of Genji which have been on my must read list for quite some time.
Try Montana-Glacier National park it is so vast that if there are people keep moving and you can still find solitude. It continues on up to Canada, so quite a bit of land to explore. The variety of landscape and the wilderness make you feel like an explorer and if you take the Lewis and Clark trail up through The Little Big Horn and through the Indian reservations by retracing their steps and making a few of your own, you'll be one.
This particular series improves as it goes...but wasn't it Flaubert who said one has to be fat, dumb and totally self-absorbed to be happy? As sensitive people are too aware of what is going on to be content and happy.
I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse. Leave the gun. Take the cannolis. From The Godfather-1972
light and superb-a perfect spring read, it'll put a smile in your heart.
A good fantasy is hard to resist, sometimes a cheap thrill is just the ticket so fiction has an edge. But non-fiction doesn't have to stick to a plot, so can be mind-blowing.
Poems by Emily Dickinson
I didn't spell it right-Cheshire-I think, however it is spring fever personified for me. I am afflicted this year.
The Cheschire Cat's lingering smile...
A graceful lady wearing a new whimsical spring hat at a tea party.
Perhaps Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, or The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. They will keep your interest, but not be too hard I hope.
A carefree child flying a kite, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Question not but live and labor / Till your goal be won / Helping every feeble neighbor / Seeking help from none / Life is mostly froth and bubble / Two things stand like stone / Kindness in another's trouble / Courage in your own.
Mine was original, a little March madness...the following is from The Secret Gift by Ted Gup. Question not but live and labor
A Secret Gift-How one man's kindness-and a trove of letters-revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression by Ted Gup. I stumbled across this book and it is a keeper.
Do-Re-Mi The Sound of Music, 1965 (only you sing it, instead of saying it)
Something so postive and simple is a joy to read in the springtime. It made me want to garden and get back to nature.
Shut-up and deal! The Apartment 1960
Yes, a perfect fit for DailyLit.
Yes, or at least renting.
Green was the print/Seen on the mint/ Keen was the scent/ Teen on the hint of mischief this St. Paddy's Day!
West Side Story-1961, what a shock to discover they fired Jerome Robbins due to budget over-runs! And that Elvis and Bobby Darin turned-down the role of Tony.
There is no law in the arena. Many are killed. Ben Hur, 1959
Kirk Douglas wanted to be Ben Hur (how different that performance would have been) but was turned down. Kirk made Spartacus a year later, which to me was a better movie.
I forgot to put meanings: defenestration-a throwing of a person or a thing out of a window and callipygian-having shapely buttocks
Check-out www.merrian-webster.com for their top 10 words and the stories behind them. My favorites from their list: defenestration and callipygian.
I wondered about that also. One would have to know the time-period of when it was written to be sure. Nowadays with so much plastic surgery, one rarely sees the journey of the soul revealed on anyone's face. Older movies where the stars look their age (Casablanca) are so realistic compared to a modern movie where no one looks their age it makes you realize the difference. And how contemporary the issues in Wilde's novel really are.
I think Dorian was lost spiritually-really quite adrift. There were no rules, laws or boundaries for him. And who would do well in those circumstances? Youth and beauty are a power that give entitlements that is why plastic surgeons live quite well. Power corrupts we all know that. This book works on many levels, for sheer entertainment it's fun-but a depth of true thought is why it is a classic.
Bette Davis deserves a quote section to herself: Fashen your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night, from All About Eve-1950; What a dump from Beyond the Forest-1949.
Congratulations on Duncan! It's the classic Lady and the Tramp for me-book and Disney version.
The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946-the first mention of divorce in a movie that I can remember. The first movie I saw where I thought this is a movie made for adults to be seen by adults, and not just entertainment. Based on a novella-Glory for Me by MacKinlay Kantor.
Very fresh, some perspectives that made me rethink and relook at some issues-very cool.
Shouldn't we have some of his work on this site?
whoops forgot to put-Casablanca-1942
We'll always have Paris and Here's looking at you, kid.
I particularly like the author's personal comments after each story. I agree fun stories!
I like silly, but the ageism in the lyrics was troubling to me.
A lot of people compared what just happened in Egypt to the 60's here in America. So although based on American culture, history does seem to have a pattern that goes beyond national borders.
The golden glow of the physical meeting the embrace of the soul with the mystery of the unknown, the best plot line we all get to live-if we're fortunate.
A little history fantasy, I would love to have Beethoven play a sonata to me as his immortal beloved on Valentine's Day. In real life, Iwant to be with my devoted husband.
The Dead, both as a story and as a film stays with you. Dubliners made me realize why Joyce so willingly left his country.
Installment 8 of Best Picture Oscar Winners and a really fun film, if you haven't seen it.
For a reader it's fun to know It Happened One Night is based on a story, Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Off to the library, I go...
O.K. don't gag...but believe it or not it is my peaceful morning walk and my new work-out routine that I am trying to make a habit. It is easier to do this if you are in Florida at this time of year.
I wanted to read this after seeing the Disney movie, Tangled based on this story. A rare case where the movie is much better. In the story if the character of the enchantress had been better developed it would have been much improved. However by not saying much about her, your imagination is free to fill in the blanks-so maybe that is why.
This was on my must read list. I only wish I had read it sooner, I enjoy Wilde's writing in gerneral but this really stands apart.
I would really like that too.
Since today is Virginia's birthday, what is your favorite work by her? I love her short stories, which aren't on this site unfortunately.
A road trip with the Wizard of Oz characters would be a grand escape. Karl Rove is not a fictional character, although some of us wish he were.
Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War by Leo Marks is a wonderful memoir of WWII. His poem was used by Chelsea Clinton at her wedding. His poems were used as codes in the war. His memoir is as entertaining, as it is informative.
by Eunice Lipton
You can't beat the Mirror of understanding represented as a frozen lake cracked in a 1000 places...with the Snow Queen sitting in the middle of it. Kay making endless ice-puzzles trying to find understanding-superb!
One wishes for the 3rd concluding volume-honest man or paranoid? His own words:'Twenty years of profound meditation in solitude would have been less painful to me than an active life of 6 months in the midst of men and public affairs, with a certainty of not succeeding in my undertaking.' Sounds pretty contemporary, doesn't it!
For nonfiction: Making Our Democracy Work-A Judge's View by Stephen Breyer. One of those books you think about long after you finish, a slow start but then very rewarding.
I find people get stuck reading one kind of style of book. So I make a real effort to read a variety of books, so I don't get stuck in a rut. So to read with purpose and direction, as well as pleasure is my resolution.
It is a bit startling to realize he left all 5 of his children at orphanages. Times were different then, but it still seems extreme.
If you want to post about the author, there is a separate area under author for that. The book review area is for people who have read the entire work and are reviewing the BODY of work, not just one poem.
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross-a fascinating contemporary commentary on modern marriage wrapped in a murder mystery, most provocative!
Excellent question and I've been wondering about that too, is it possible?
Alas a timeless observation on human nature, particularly at the end when we leave the emperor vexed! Some things don't change...
Santa, Please remember Apollo's Angels: a history of ballet by Jennifer Homans and the new volume of Autobiography of Mark Twain. I need one for inspiration and the other for laughs to keep me nice in 2011. Thanks and Merry Christmas to all.
A celebration of 50 years of To Kill A Mockingbird, there is a book, Scout, Atticus & Boo by Mary McDonagh Murphy that is a must for fans. This is one you might want to preview on your site.
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I'm a Barrie fan and I found this utterly charming,
Politics could use Glinda the good witch from the wizard of Oz.
For me, it was Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurrence Sterne. Such a delightfully impish funny book-I smile just thinking about it.
Kiribati, you inspired me! So I'll do the evening meal with Freud and Susan B. Anthony (imagine that conversation) and cocktails with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine to hear how it really went down.
Herstory Women Who Changed the World edited by Ruth Ashby and Deborah Gore Ohrn-introduction by Gloria Steinem. If you don't know the first country in the world that gave women the right to vote, you need to read this book. 1893-New Zealand and that is just the first of many things you will find that we all should be more aware of nowadays. A truly fascinating book-enjoy!
A joy to wake-up to each morning, good for your soul.
I was totally unaware of this poem. If you are a Bronte fan-a must read.
I really enjoyed the variety in this series.
The haunted house spread and lurked in all of their hearts. They thought of nothing else. They were drawn back and each time one of the group didn't come back. The twins thought they were safe, but only one came back. Susie, concerned, went to look for the twin. BOO!
Our scarlet letter now is Aids. So although times change, the way we brand people remains an issue.
The dark side of marriage is well-known to insurance adjustors. The suspect sucides, slightly accidental deaths...black widows who smile. Hired hit men for those who can't stomach doing it themselves. Until death, doesn't seem so romantic, anymore does it?
At 21, Jackie Kennedy won an essay contest by Vogue magazine answering this question-People I Wish I Had Known? Her answer was Oscar Wilde, Baudelaire, and Sergi Diaghilev. I think it would be interesting to see who dailylit readers would want to know.
He was such a charmer, no one could quit talking about him. The detective had seen it before, would he be the victim or the killer-the woman wasn't talking. Red hair, bright lipstick, edgy designer jewelry, good manicured nails-his hand held hers. The dead bodies sprawled together, quietly.
She dreamed of breakfast, not of being breakfast, alas. She was left adrift in the ocean with no hope or help in sight. On the third day she began seeing visions, and knew time was short. To perish sooner or later seemed the only choice...then the hungry sharks came.
1898 is the date it came out, it made her internationally famous. So since there are only 2 other books on economics, I thought it would be a good fit for the web-site. I hope so.
In real life the author, (I'm glad to say) abandoned the "treatment" by a noted neurologist and left her husband. And wrote this famous short story for all of us! She later remarried happily, I'm glad to report.
This was her most famous book, and although her short story is on this site-"The Yellow Wallpaper"-I would enjoy seeing this book.
This is a case where what you do, speaks louder than what you say. If your children see that you make time to read each day, it stays with them. Some read their Bible daily, whatever it is-it makes an impact. To this day I remember a 4th grade teacher who made time each day to read to the whole class for 15 minutes, I even remember the book!
The Master XII-installment 347-350 has always been one of my favorites, but am looking forward to adding others.
I so agree!
And you will be too, by this fun little romp of a play. A light-hearted amusement from the turn of the century...
For Henry James other than The Heiress (Washington Square), there is The Turn of the Screw, and The Portrait of a Lady. Doing the category by author aids my memory with movies. As Fielding brings Tom Jones as a movie instantly to mind, etc...
Fun, fun, fun! What a blast party-on...
Some of the lesser known poems are so perfect, I wish I had read these sooner!
Motivations for marriage are still of interest in a timeless way this story addresses that issue. Required reading for all young girls...I would think.
DailyLit is as essential as air to the dedicated reader. I am truly grateful for this site.
I agree, that would be alot more user-friendly.
Would it be possible to have a category featuring the books that became plays and/or movies? For instance I find alot of people didn't know that the movie The Heiress is based on Henry James Washington Square. So I thought it might be helpful to have a category for these books under Books that became Movies.
Just saw this as a play and of course there is the famous movie with Montgomery Cliff, so I had to read the work it is all based on. I just started it, others reading this let me know how you are liking it?
I was reading in Parisians, An Adventure History Of Paris that Dumas read a true confession known as 'The Diamond of Vengeance' which inspired the Count of Monte Cristo.
I once asked my husband to bring me a glass of water. As a joke he brought me hot water, which I tossed in his direction and it ended-up in a huge, fun waterfight!
Yes, I encourage you to stay with it. Its an experience, as much as a book. The old movie version is more fun with Audrey Hepburn, when one has read the book. Plus its a book one reflects on long after you have finished reading it.
I love his poetry, which tends to be overlooked by the more famous essays.
I would enjoy current events and/or nonfiction essays on the latest in technology.
Hay rides, frozen candy bars, time suspended to dawdle mindlessly.
I'm surprised that Emerson seems to be missing in essays and poetry.
I so agree!
Since today is Emily Bronte's birthday, I agree Wuthering Heights holds a unique place in this arena. Heathcliff just the name, alone conjures up so much angst.
For female characters it would be a tie between Moll Flanders and Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair) two really well-written characters.
If you have wanderlust, this is fun and you learn quite a bit too.
How about we try our own version of Alice In Wonderland?
Ambiguous and unpredictable, by the time they meet again the gentleman could be otherwise involved and not interested. Plus life changes our tastes and inclinations...Mrs. Baroda may have bigger fish to fry by that time. Life is the best mystery book!
I know the list said since 1900, but really Dicken's Scrooge wins hands down as an icon that everyone knows. Who has not said "Bah, humbug?" More recently, probably Lizabeth from the Stieg series.
One other book-Parisians, An adventure history of Paris by Graham Robb-an excerpt from that would be wonderful.
I would enjoy seeing an excerpt from The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.
There is a play based on the Islamic proverb-nine parts of desire also. I'm seeing it this weekend, but I hear its quite good. Geraldine Brooks went to the play intending to sue because of the title (from her title) but was so impressed with the play she didn't sue.
My literary flings for the summer turn into affairs when the book becomes unexpectedly compelling such as the year I picked-up Geraldine Brooks wonderful work: Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women.
I just read an interview with the author and it was written for the best of reasons to impress his daughter. Who biked with him as he ran and gave him the original concept of a young girl who saves the world and they built from that on their outings.
I don't know if it is because of summer, but floating on the raft with Tom Sawyer seems mighty appealing to me right about now.
Delightful-particularly the hippo tale.
Wasn't that the point? He wanted you to think.
I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I'm enjoying this selection! Good variety...
I enjoy Martel's writing, this book I'm still thinking about-it is a haunting kind of book that won't leave you. So just bear that in mind...I won't say more as I don't want to spoil your read. It is helpful to read the short story on this site, that is part of the novel.
Actually some of the early silver barons came to mind as I read this...so perhaps it is more based in reality than one would think. People did make their own laws out west in those days, especially if they owned everything.
So profoundly disturbing on so many levels...no wonder it is part of a larger modern novel.
In that book by Martel he incorporates this story-The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller. I'm wondering if anyone else read this and how effective they found this to be?
good read and very elevating...
I have found that reading humor in a group is a tricky business. As not everyone shares the same sense of humor...
Delighted to find out there is a movie: Tristram Shandy:A Cock and Bull Story version of this book.
Turgenev is a profound pleasure to muse with as one reads.
A love tale to the will, as only Poe would do it. Opium/death/misplaced passion...not for the timid.
St. Pancras is the patron saint of children.
Evocative and bittersweet, just perfect.
Is there a way to contact Leonard Maltin to ask a question?
The Confessions of St. Augustine (A.D. 397-98) is considered the first autobiography. And while it is entertaining I can't say it is my favorite. I'm hoping to still read my favorite.
I expected this to be entertaining, but I'm also learning from this series. So a big thumbs-up!
I finished and I'm casting the movie on ? 67 of the week-leading roles. Great fun, but don't look if you haven't finished-spoiler alert. I keep thinking Conan O'Brian needs a job and he has red hair, maybe Gregory...does anyone know if this already has been made into a movie?
Whoops, forgot the Secretary-Lyle Lovett and changed my mind on Sunday, I think Steven Colbert would be perfect!
Jude Law as Syme; Sting as the Marquis/Ratcliffe; Tom Cruise as Bull; Robert Downey Jr. as the Professor; Johnny Depp as Gogol; Ron Howard (if he'll act again) as Gregory; Jack Black as Sunday; Julia Roberts as Gregory's sister; all from The Man Who Was Thursday, a Nightmare. This is a movie waiting to be made.
In the Mel Gibson/Glenn Close movie version, there is a memorable kissing scene between Queen Gertrude and Hamlet. The director chose Glenn Close because he wanted a Queen who perfumed the halls with sex and corruption. I thought Glenn Close nailed it.
There is an anthology called The Man Who Was Chesterton with his best essays, stories, poems and other writings selected with an introduction by editor Raymond T. Bond.
An unexpected thrill ride, that was the perfect spring read. It will make you want to read more Chesterton.
correcton: John Matteson, author
My favorite book is nonfiction, Eden's Outcasts; the story of Louisa May Alcott and her father by John Mattrson and Debra Winger is the only actress who could do it justice.
Just wanted to mention that poetry.org also does poem a day in April, in case anyone else likes an option or addition.
Enchant like birdsong/ Inspire like sunrise/ Embrace with joy-Life!
So pleased to see your site doing poem-a-day in April. Wonderful!
The composure of an army is the anger of a nation. The calm of organised resistance (police) vs. the common crimnal is a bad man-but a conditional good man, He is a reformer not an anarchist.
I have to say this is the perfect spring fling read, which I hadn't expected. Exciting, zany and I can't quit clicking!
Today is Billy Collins birthday, and he is one of my favorites also.
I enjoyed the Kingsley Amis quote, thanks. It is a fun book so far.
Well I stumbled upon http://chesterton.org/ and there is a gilbert magazine that specializes in Chesterton http://gilbertmagazine.com/ there is an American Chesterton Society-who knew? So resouces are at hand. This story has never been out-of-print since 1908 and it is the 100th anniversary of The Man Who Was Thursday. Hope you all find this as helpful as I did.
I looked-up an overview of the book and this book serves as a vehicle for social, religious, and philosophical commentary. Which means I'm phoning my Brit friend for help :) and/or doing research. I'm impressed so far, but I may need a drink.
Slainte Mhath, Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. G. (Gilbert) K. (Keith) Chesterton's writing is more elegant than I expected. But I am delighted so far-my big question is who is Edmund Clerihew Bentley? Since the first installment is addressed to him, as in To E. C. B. and has anyone read him before (Chesterton)?
Susan, The links to the web-site itself, as that would be more helpful to readers I think. As to the author interviews I think both options are good, just a judgement call. And what appeals to people in general, don't you think? Thanks, so much for a great site and considering all of our thoughts!
Another suggestion: I find sometimes I wish you had links to other web-sites like Garrison Keillor's Writers Almanac. And other similar sites that fit well with yours. Maybe other readers could suggest other good fits?
For people interested in this in the World Capitols-wikipedia series on Oslo, Norway there is a really cool part on the city seal which features St. Hallvard.
Most worthwhile, and fascinating-a good investment in time.
Surprised this one isn't on the web-site already!
Since I was introduced to Joseph Finder and Laurel Dewey (and am now a big fan of both) on your site; I would say you are in a great position not only to introduce writers to readers, but to do follow-up interviews with writers. I would love to see an interview with either of those writers or possibly one of the writers featured on Book Channel-its a natural fit for your site and would add variety.
I'm in for the Ides of March, also.
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. From The Go-Between one of those lines you never forget after reading.
Impressive, wow who knew Shaw turned-down his Nobel money or that another winner wrote national anthems for 2 countries?! Eye-opening...
Munro makes you think, like a stone rippling out on a pond. My first response was we never know how what we do has unintended consequences...but your ? made me reflect. Fiction and life are so interwoven ( other peoples perceptions/perspectives even if they don't know you like the little girl in the story) and how this indirectly impacts on all of us, that it is pervasive. Great question!
Company Man is his other novel, that is one of my favorites. On the book-flap it says Paraonia and High Crimes were the basis for the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie, anyone seen it? If so, let us know if its worth watching...
Eden's Outcasts; the story of Louisa May Alcott and her father by John Matteson
In dance, we taught that castanets in flamenco were like love bites in the music and as we moved into the light and shade of passion thought fondly of loves first arrow.
I've always been fond of these 2 quotes: A loving heart is the truest wisdom. And-Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
I was surprised to see 15 books to choose from on this site for Baum. It would be helpful to know when each was written, perhaps a publication date by each?
Don Quixote I tried twice to read it on my own and failed. The only way I got it read was by being in a Great Books group that was reading it. Yes, I was glad to have read it and recommend it. www.greatbooks.org in case anyone else needs a group to help with a tough selection...
Fun-crooked politicians and one survivor, a rat that writes; I have new appreciation reading this as an adult. I just wish more of Browning's poetry was on this site.
Thanks, computer 101 from Maggie! And it was so easy...
On our settings, would it be possible to have a weekends only setting? Sometimes when I'm in a time-crunch, I'm thinking that would be a good option to have-what say you? :)
Perfect for Valentine's Day-so romantic!
In The Age of Wonder-How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science by Richard Holmes in Chapter 7 there is a remarkable account of Francis Burney's breast cancer operation WITHOUT anaesthetic. She lived 20 more years after that. Since she is on this site as a writer, I thought others would be interested.
Lord Byron-he was such a sensation you want to see what all the fuss was about. Plus you know you wouldn't be bored.
I've just found out that St. Florian is the patron saint to prevent house-fires; so all home-owners out there it's not a bad idea to have him on the premises!
This was a little masterpiece that speaks to the very real issue of Americans reinventing themselves. A very perceptive, powerful story.
Just Kids by Patti Smith and/or Design Revolution by Emily Pilloton-(very cool).
For such a short story, it packs a punch...I thought it was great.
Improvement-an 800 number for those times when speaking to an actual person would be helpful. Plus P.R. wise, it wouldn't hurt to be able to reach people on time-sensitive issues.
I forgot how much I enjoyed this writer. If you've not read her, this is a great entry point.
I second all that cresswga said. I also like the variety and selection of the books. On my current read Katherine Mansfield's Garden Party and other stories, I'd love to be able to see chapter titles (table of contents) as the story titles are quite clever-Marriage A La Mode, etc...
I would give her a ball in her honor, since she loved to dance.
It's good to be in the hands of a master writer. I love her style of writing.
Darra Torres, Age Is Just A Number-achieve your dreams at any stage in your life.
Not to have any more overdue library books!
Is Dailylit now restricted to only U.S. readers? And every now and then I click on a book where it says no longer offered, is there a time period on the books? Just wondering how things work, thanks.
This is a case of real life was even more dramatic (check-out Burn This Book) which tells what was going on in the Congo which inspired this story. Sometimes one book gives us insight into another and that is true here.
Which book (or author) did you go out and buy after reading on this site? For me, it was Burn This Book.
Yes, I just toured a place on the national historic district and there was a niche with St. Florian; I didn't have a clue. Anyone who enjoys historic homes with classic elements which refer back to the saints would get alot out of this topic too.
He called her his Blue Angel. She was his dream and destination. Life took her in a different path, but she always returned when needed. Now she needed him and found that he had really been the Blue Angel all along. The blessing to cherish life was inherent in him.
So glad I read this!
Charming and powerful...
Which holiday character are you?
I understood Heart of Darkness so much better after reading Burn This Book on your site. I wish there was some way of putting books together that shed light on each other for the readers. Or perhaps a suggested list: if you read this, then this is further recommended in this area of reading. What do you think?
This book is by Patricia Bunning Stevens and it is so informative and entertaining. For those who enjoy facts with their holidays...
I like Capote's story also, a real treasure to read as well as to watch. But I love the music and the story of the Nutcracker ballet for this time of year.
Thanks for the book tip. Check-out the ? of the week Writers and Rockers-fun.
"You know-people forget that Satan is an angel" he smirked. She replied, "Maybe
not, in this world spiritual lessons awaken us to all kinds of experiences." "To our delusions?" he scoffed. "Or perhaps our possibilities..." she mused. Her guardian angel delivered the knock-out punch to that relationship.
All of these books are entertaining, but they really make you think too!
I second that.
Thanks, for the links. I like the right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Because it reminds me of another funny man-Jack Benny. And I so enjoyed Who Is Mark Twain? because it was great to get to read more Twain.
This book is by Dr. Mardy Grothe and his other books: Viva la Repartee and Never Let A Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You, etc...would be fun on this site. Please consider previewing one, thanks.
Wonderful, such a pleasure to read!
This is just wonderful and fun to read.
In Jack Murnighan's Beowulf on the Beach: What to love and what to skip in literature's 50 greatest hits-there is a section on Paradise Lost that I found most helpful in approaching and reading this selection. Hope this helps all of you trying to read this-it is a challenge.
Q: Who Killed Iago? A: A Book of Fiendishly Challenging Literary Quizzes by James Walton-host and writer of BBC Radio 4's The Write Stuff is my all-time favorite quizz book. If they don't do it here, treat yourself over the holidays, really FUN!
Enjoyable, and thought-provoking...
Thanks, Susan and yes I'm interested and curious about those books. As I do not have a natural tendency in that area, but I'm always glad to learn and up-date.
What does SEO stand for?
A must read for everyone who loves history and literature.
Don't forget Peabody and Sherman-what fun memories they bring!
The pie judge lingered between the carmel-apple walnut pie and the chocolate pecan. He paused and tried to focus on the peach, but no the carmel-apple pie captured him. Another day, another pie...such is the life of a pie judge, he was thankful everyday, not just Thanksgiving.
Madame de Stael is so fascinating that I have moved-up Frances Burney's Diary and Letters of Madame D ' Arblay. Henry Adams: Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartes will complete my French overview. So thanks Dailylit and Ms. Diane von Furstenberg.
The Phanthom of the opera=Gaston Leroux
Brothers K. had trust issues.
Pie judge-the true king of the universe. Pies are the grace note at the end of the meal. The charmed memory of meals past. Creative cooks can surprise, entice, and seduce with pie. Easy as pie, blessings to all. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks, for all your efforts on my behalf and my antique computer :) by the way how much is it to sponser a book for a year on this site? In case any of us win the lotto.
No, I definitely finished.
All of them should say finished, except Tristram Shandy (which was previously read but not on this site). And the ones I'm currently reading of course.
Some of my books that I had finished just went to suspend on their own, could you check? Thanks
Yes, I agree. I'm learning things too. For those who do not speak French (like me) Lame mon esclavage icy est mon secret translates to: I love my slavery and here is my secret. This is Marie Antoinette's motto and ties in nicely to the Madame de Stael book if you're reading it.
Like potato chips or peanuts you can't read just one...
Did you enjoy it? It is one of my favorites.
I'm calling it the curse of the tiaras, as the photos do not come up on the tiara installments (6-9 and 9-12) all the photos showed-up on the other installments. Any helpful tips are most welcome. On my end I reset my installments to daily since this is ongoing, but that is the only change I've made.
XP, Outlook 2003-thanks
There is only 1 selection for Churchill and none for Roosevelt. I'd love to see more selections for Churchill and anything for Eleanor and Teddy and Franklin.
I'm curious about the number of books read also. Perhaps those people could do a top 10 review, so the rest of us could benefit from their reading experience?
When reading the essays, he keeps referring to being in the 40's as old age and his take on the decay of the body as one ages was both sad/funny. Also made me think in regard to medicine and aging and attitudes, somethings haven't changed all that much since the 1500's.
Thanks for your response in-depth, very helpful.
Thanks, I finally got it.
It was 6-9 Tiaras: Love and Marriage-no photo. I see bookwormnik in book & reviews forum mentions no photos also. I'm using a computer/Windows it has just been 1 time for no photo for me. But there is a resend issue, as I thought well I'll just resend it the next day before I bothered you. And it would not resend the last installment, but send all previous ones. So ?!
Is there someone at the Victoria & Albert that we can give feedback to or do we do that via your site? Today I had no photo, where one should have been and although I know this is new, there do seem to be some glitches. Thanks
On the on-going reads (like Shoes, Bags and Tiaras) I'm confused at first I saw 5 installments and then nothing. Are they indefinitely ongoing?
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainity is absurb. Voltaire
There would be more if people could figure out how to post a new author. I'd like to post Montaigne but do not see a way to do so.
A marathon that crept, stumbled, staggered and leapt, twirled and whirled-what an experience!
where do you post a new author?
A new one that sounds like a good read-Goddess of the Market, the life of Ayn Rand.
Hands down, its Charlotte's Web for me.
The Queen was NOT amused, as her tea party split to pieces, because Dr. Jekyll could not constrain Mr. Hyde.
Chanel, of course with the new movie coming-out...
I'm at 80% and it is fascinating, so an encouraging note for the beginning readers-hang in there.
Perfect and a fast fix, many thanks again.
Some of the best books ever written, have been written in prison, what is your favorite book written in prison? Example: 1669- No Cross, No Crown by William Penn
People Are Strange/the Doors=Edgar Allan Poe
Germaine, Founding Mothers: the women who raised our nation by Cokie Roberts is an actual book which I highly recommend.
On my Many Thoughts of Many Minds, I'm trying to resend myself number 1245 and I can't put in 4 digits for some odd reason-any suggestions? Thanks
This sounds fun!
If you could go back in time and save a writer's life, so he could have written more and longer-who would it be? Yes, I just saw Bright Star and it definitely would be Keats for me.
Whoops! Should be she is always worth reading...:)
Zora, like C.S. Lewis, wrote such a variety of things that perhaps even her lesser known stories, plays, etc...would merit a search. She is always wrote reading, even the more obscure pieces.
Something by John Muir, since PBS is doing the national parks on T.V. I find myself wanting to read something by him. Plus some nonfiction would be welcome for variety.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Netherland by Joseph O'Neill, How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Born to Run by Christopher MCDougall; The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood; Breakfast With Budda by Roland Merullo; The Moral Animal by Robert Wright; Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby
No evil is without its compensation.
"Seneca, isn't it?"
"The quote...exactly-before crime, there was war." The pathologist gets the last word on murder victims. This one is a donor.
The biggest surprise on that list to me: that Charlotte's Web and Winnie-the-Pooh are on it. I can not imagine childhood without those 2 books.
The two I like are: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (so imaginative and provocative) and Light in August by William Faulkner which is my personal favorite of Faulkner's work.
James Michener/Tales of the South Pacific=Some Enchanted Evening/ Bali Ha'i/I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
Tribute to Guy Noir
She slunk into the office with fear stamped all over her. The dame was a looker with a musical lilt to her voice. I couldn't focus on what she was saying, because of her sexy body. Her dog popped-out of her purse and laid the weapon at my feet.
What was the first banned book you read? Or the first one you would like to read, we'll have to say throughout history, since at different times books have had their moments on the various lists (including sadly, school lists even now).
Very insightful the Jim Morrison one. Ian Fleming/James Bond=Goldfinger (was it Shirley Bassey that sang that?) All the Bond films have good music...
Hot Days of Despair
Beware the treachery of desire, our pleasures wheedle and caress-only to strangle us.Sweating, he stuck to his clothes...he had been blind, the past overheated his bitter passions with stab wounds of lust. Together a moment that sealed fate-in prison alone. A man held captive by desire.
Dazzling Debts Must Be Paid
In this economy, death ends all debts... yet her lawyer was paid in loose diamonds. Was she the victim or the operator? Only glittering Gloria knows, as she winks and leaves the station. Arsenic has been known as the inheritance-maker throughout history.
Correction: Sweet Bitter Love don't want tp drive someone crazy looking for an incorrect track on a C.D. :)
Too much work, no need to be sorry just start humming as you read this and think L. Frank Baum/The Wonderful Wizard of Oz/ Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Good books inspire our imaginations and our creativity to take it to the next level so our souls can soar. Think Pygmalion (My Fair Lady) by Shaw with another lovely film score.
That was a fun blog. Congratulations on all the impressive new reads, the site just gets better and better!
Moengey, Would you please post in the forum-ideas and suggestions, items of note who is the author of Beowulf on the Beach? As this sounds like a book I would enjoy reading also. Thanks!
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (but I love all her books) that is just the most well-known, because of the movie.
I just saw this as an opera for the first time and it was great. However to answer your question, I would say listen to Aretha Franklin's song Bittersweet Love. Music helps us understand emotionally certain issues that arise in literature that can dwell with us a lifetime in a spiritual sense.
I listen to music when I read all the time. When I read Anna Karenina, I was listening to Sarah McLachlan's Possession, that song is so haunting that it perfectly fit that book. I can not think of one without the other. Do we not have any other musical readers? :)
Essays by Michel De Montaigne-459 installments
I'm at 27% on this and while it is improving; it is a bit more of an endurance test than I thought. However I find I'm taking notes, so I'm sticking with it. How are the other readers finding it?
For a living writer, try Chris Bohjalian's The Double Bind. It really up-dates this style of writing in surprising and thrilling ways.
This is one of my favorites, also. Sadly it is overlooked because of the movie and stage versions of it, a case of over-exposure from other sources. I found it lushly evocative and purely entertaining.
MaggieH. thanks because this inquiring mind did want to know! With 260 installments of Moby Dick-I, for one have new respect for my fellow readers. Do you guys ever do surveys of the readers for your demographics? That would be fun.
The one that has stayed with me (the most impact) is The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. Even as I was reading it, I remembered thinking what a serious book to have a young person read. But of course, that was the point of the assignment to make one consider what one normally wouldn't. I liked it best because it made me grow as a reader.
The essays of Francis Bacon would be a nice addition, since we have only 6 selections in essays.
I was unaware there is an old movie version of this book with Yul Brynner. I caught it by accident on T.V. the other day, different as a movie, better than I thought.
MaggieH, When I was reading Grant I noticed that it was one of the most finished reading books with the other readers. And it made me wonder which of the longer books (besides Pride & Prejudice) are the most finished on this site?
Considering that he (Grant) wrote most of this book after a stroke, it truly is heroic. You will learn more than you think.
Best wishes for your recovery, BookMuncher I hope everyday there will be progress. Dailylit reading has been very helpful in getting me to read books I've always wanted to read but just didn't quite get to. I still adore regular books and carry one whenever I go out.
I see your point, perhaps first sentences or openings since Dickens has some of the most famous ones. It would be a challenge to do it well.
This would be very helpful, I agree. Dickens is not to be missed, however the sheer volume of his work can put some off. So a sampler would be perfect.
I have a second item. Drood by Dan Simmons has Wilkie Collins (who wrote Woman in White, etc...) as a character in the novel and for all the fans of his on this site I thought I should mention it. In real life Dickens and Collins worked together on some projects, so a nice blurring of lines of the possible.
Personal Memoirs of General U. S. Grant - I was uncertain that this would live up to all the praise.
Well I thought I was well-read in this area of history, until I started reading this book. Who knew that Grant and Thoreau were in agreement about the Mexican war? Then there are the insights about the characters of the men in control of the war effort and all done in such an understated manner...Grant's book is a discovery.
I have just finished Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book and it is so culturally fascinating because of the locations and history. It takes you to London, Venice, Vienna, Sarajevo, Jerusalem, Tarragona, Arnhem Land, Gunumeleng, and Boston. She is the one writer living that I think people will be reading in a 100 years.
I have this on my to-read list and you've made me look forward to reading it even more!
Personal Memoirs of General U. S. Grant - I was uncertain that this would live up to all the praise.
Is anyone else surprised that Grant had his 13 year old son with him as he fought the Civil War?
It is difficult/ to get the news from poems/ yet men die miserably every day/ for lack/ of what is found there-William Carlos Williams. I had to share that after seeing your heading!
Perfect! And much appreciated, MaggieH..
On our settings, could we look into having a vacation temporary stop setting, rather than just suspend?
I don't know about classic, but the first banned (at one time) book, was Lady Chatterly's Lover; which I read at age 14 and thought I was oh so grown-up to be reading it.
Personal Memoirs of General U. S. Grant - I was uncertain that this would live up to all the praise.
But I have been pleasantly surprised, at how enjoyable this book is to read. And amused at how going 18 miles an hour was flying and made space no object!
Tom Jones by Fielding would be the best party hardy fun friend; Iago from Shakespeare the worst.
I'm reading a literary quizz book, and one of the ?'s is: Which book by Hervey Allen was the bestselling novel in America in 1933-1934? And the answer is: Anthony Adverse! So I say add it, why not? Plus if anyone wants to know about the quiz book, just ask.
This is one of my top ten books of all time. A must read for any serious reader.
I think I'm in love with the first answer! However my answer would be nonfiction current events e-book with a futurist outlook as I feel ever evolving. What fun to have my ? picked. :)
What work of literature are you?
Lark and Termite-Jayne Anne Phillips
I just found out that John Le Carre's son, Nick Harkaway wrote a good sci-fi book-The Gone Away World. It would be good to have a forum to alert other readers of books like this one.
Probably the 2 best short story writers in only a page or two would be Virginia Woolf and Patricia Highsmith. And they are both known more for their novels. Check-out the short stories for great reading...
I added it to my to-read list also. Thanks SO much MaggieH. you are a wonder!
I would love to see either her short stories or one of her novels on this site.
The true history of Chocolate by Sophie and Michael Coe for a truly guilty pleasure...YUM!
He wrote short stories and non-fiction as well as novels. The Jewel of the Seven Stars is probably easier to find. His Erotic Tales of the Victorian Age, Under the Sunset, etc...might work on this site-a judgement call on your part. Thanks!
MaggieH., I'm curious what is the first book that most people choose to read on Dailylit? An observation, as popular as Bram Stroker is why are not more of his works offered I am wondering...thanks.
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, in that the character ends up (spoiler alert) in America. Plus the constant reinvention of herself, and the endless possibilities of life...but a novel that begins in jail and ends in freedom can't go wrong!
He is considered (Lindqvist) Sweden's Stephen King. And is well worth the search, a fascinating writer that stands apart. Enjoy!
Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff about the glory days of the space program. Not the favorite, but a favorite American writer of mine in that he reflects the time period well.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist was the international bestseller that was made in to a movie. It isn't on dailylit, but if anyone wants something more up-to-date on vampires its a good read.
Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics 1965-1999, by Paul McCartney
Blackbird House-Alice Hoffman
a pure delight! Sooo charming...
I finished and I think my favorite poem was Amy Lowell's To an Early Daffodil. Although the Frost/Wordsworth/Dunbar poems were memorable also. Onto Mark Twain...
since you enjoyed it so much, check out http://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
correction Jose Saramago!
Achmed, I just heard Little Stranger by Sarah Waters is a good one!
Which Nobel prize-winner of literature is your favorite? I like John Saramago.
Which book is a better discussion book with a group? Which books are best enjoyed in solitude?
Whoops! Sorry my mistake I just adjusted my settings. Sleepy this a.m...
Do I do something from my end?
Don Quixote: Deluded lover with bipolar ego issues
I'm really enjoying Masters of Verse. A friend had forwarded Robert Frost's Reluctance to me and that made me sign up. It just gets better and better!
For the future in this section, it would be nice to see her here.
I always thought Nancy Drew had the best father!
Without a doubt, Candida by G.B. Shaw a most sensible female character, who would keep everyone and everything running properly and make it look easy and do it with grace.
Dailylit is great fun! Many thanks to Susan the founder (pure light bulb moment). MaggieH. get more game in the bird book trivia...you can do it.
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Definitely! Thanks, so much.
Yes, I also would like to see C.S. Lewis works on this site. He has written essays, and has many works to draw from in general.
Helen Fisher has several books that would be worth considering for it. And it would benefit both the site and the readers, I think.
Yes, very kind of you and most helpful to your fellow readers to post that. Thanks, chrway! I have Louise de la Valliere on my to read list, although its a ways down there.
black swan green by David Mitchell (fits in both games!)
black swan green by David Mitchell
Go Green, Live Rich by David Bach
This book by Georgina Howell or the Janet Wallach book Desert Queen: Tthe extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell:Adventurer, Advisor to Kings, Ally to Lawrence of Arabia would be a great addition to this site.
The question I find cool is which author's writing reminds you of which musician's music? Example: Virginia Woolf-Jimi Hendrix they both totally broke new ground.
English, please. Many thanks!
Baudelaire would be wonderful!
Even a biography of Jung would be welcome.
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)-by e.e.cummings
I would enjoy their short stories (particularly Dinesen) being here.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
I particularly like The Nose!
Bluebird, or the invention of happiness by Shelia Kohler and The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Golden Bowl-Henry James
Two movies that I remember more for the perfect soundtracks: Out of Africa and Somewhere In Time -the best from books The Remains of the Day and Shadowlands (about C.S. Lewis and his wife)
The Bluest Eye and The Black Stallion (this is addictive)
The Scarlet Letter
I notice that there is no anthropology category under books. Since Hurston was an anthropologist perhaps we could use one of her book to start that category? She also wrote plays, although I'm not sure of publishing dates.
Lady Bird Johnson
We read, to know we are not alone. C.S. Lewis
Thanks, I'm looking forward to the Hurston works! She deserves to be better known, now on your site she will be. A valuable service this site is for everyone who is a serious reader.
Sleeping Beauty-Bruno Bettelheim wrote The Uses of Enchantment: the meaning and importance of Fairy Tales which is a wonderful read.
If you really love quotes, its worth checking www.drmardy.com for his free once a week newsletter on quotes.
The Billonaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's most expensive bottle of wine by Benjamin Wallace and The Match King by Frank Partnoy.
I don't know about a movie, but there was a theatre production in the West End, London some years back. Considering identity thieft-its timely!
Two authors that are missing and definitely are classics, both in novels and short stories. Where and why aren't they here?
A book you will not forget! There is nothing quite like this book, it is not as well known as it should be nowadays. So much fun...one of my all time favorites.
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. Its so delightful and easy that it makes me smile.
Its easier to be critical than correct. Benjamin Disraeli
I joined this site because I have always wanted to read the biography of President Grant (supposed to be the best president's book). And the autobiography Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington which I'm in the process of reading.
Poe is always worth reading and becomes (his Red Death) quite timely, what with swine flu presenting the same issues that were/are ongoing threats to humanity. I do not see death as just, but rather as indiscriminate and random in this story which makes it more realistic and frightening as in real life. As Poe knew all too well in his own personal life. Thanks, for mentioning some of the lesser known stories. I enjoy your comments.
Truman Capote's Portraits and Observations is a collection of all his essays and I found it fascinating. You can get it from a library, but it is addictive!
Great! Might I also request The Match King by Frank Partnoy as a selection that could be historical or economic-very timely.
I would like to see Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T.E. Lawrence added.
I felt that her child ending up with her husband was too harsh an ending. After all, vengeance is mine is God not her husband.
I thought it would make an excellent movie. In fact, I'm surprised no one has already done that!
Suggestion: The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins by Kirstin Downey