Library Visit, Midwestern week

Last night, although I was tired,

I decided to watch the hockey game.

The Habs have been on a loosing streak,

 so I figured I might get bummed.

Oh me of little faith!

With a little over two minutes to go,

 they tied the game,

and won,

in overtime,

against The Bruins,


OK, I know some of you are thinking,

hockey, opera, … what’s next?

You know girls,

BB is a complexe woman,

more than one thing going on.

We will now desist from using the royal we,

and recount our library visit.

I enjoyed my recent reads.

The Tenants and Brideshead Revisited,

both excellent.

I figured I would only pick up a few,

 on today’s library visit,

since I’m waiting on,

The Price Of Salt and Parnassus on Wheels,

both on reserve.

For some time,

I have been wanting to explore some of the,

New York Review Books Classics.

Thomas at, My Porch,

an excellent book blog,

enjoyed Stoner by John Williams. 

I trust Thomas’ taste.

It is the story of William Stoner,

bet you thought it was about pot smokers, huh?

a midwestern farmer’s son,

 who falls in love with literature,

while studying agriculture,

 at the University Of Missouri.

The second book I took out,

 is The Library Of America’s,

Willa Cather: Later Novels,

it includes The Professor’s House,

also a Thomas favourite,

So, apparently,

 it will be an all Midwestern week here at,

Bookish Butch.

Later girls


Library visit

Today is Sunday.

Grey and cloudy.

No hockey last night.

Today, I’m going to the library.

Most of my recent library books,

 were enjoyable and/or informative.

I loved my Somerset Maugham,

Creatures Of Circumstances.

I learned a few things,

from Genderqueer.

Some of this information,

 will take me a while to digest.

I found the personal accounts particularly poignant.

I’m glad I read it.

An important book with valuable insight.

I recommend it highly.

I haven’t finished,

 just barely,


 The Country Of Pointed Firs,

I’m going to renew it,

 and try to finish over the holidays.

The Daphne Du Maurier,

 My Cousin Rachel,

couldn’t get into it,

 too Gothic for my taste.

Off to the library,

will let you know what I get 🙂


I’m Back.

I picked up what I believe to be,

 some good loot.

Last week,

 I read a Robert B. Parker,

 from his Spenser series,

it was a delight,

took me out of both my book and emotional slump.

So I got another,


The front cover boasts:

The secrets of Spenser’s past -revealed at last!

The size was right and I couldn’t resist that line,

so into the book bag it went.

I have heard wonderful thing’s about Penelope Fitzgerald’s,

The Bookshop,

I can never resist bookish books with bookish titles,

again a tiny book.

I also got Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh.

I started reading Brideshead Revisited last night,

and I’m already captivated,


 the little Waugh with the intriguing title,

another natural for the book bag.

They are all small books,

 easy to carry and hopefully,

 easy to get through,

 over the hectic holiday period.


I’m going to read now.

Later girls







Library visit

It’s still cold,

 but less so.

My lips hurt less,

look worse,

 but, hurt less.

The Habs won last night,

high five!!

I am afraid I won’t be reading The Mere Future,

 for the book club,

because I am disbanding the book club.

I have decided to join Cass, Amy and many others,

for GLBTQ challenge for 2011.

I love Sarah Schulman,

 and will be blogging about her work,

 and what it means to me,


I don’t have the time or energy to devote to her right now,

she is a complex writer,

 and deserves not to be read in a rush,

so later,

I promise.

At the Grande Bibliotheque today,

I decided to stay away from complex and dark.

I am still working my way through,

 Genderqueer which is complex.

I have also read some good mysteries,

 about dark, hard subjects,

so I need a break from the disturbing.

A few months ago,

 tea drinker at,

 reviewed Sarah Orne Jewett’s,

The Country of the Pointed Firs.

She made it sound quite tempting.

So when I spotted it today,

in a nice compact Modern Library edition,

in to the book bag it went.

The dust jacket describes the novel this way:

The Country Of The Pointed Firs is a concisely written and beautifully wrought episodic novel of a young woman writer’s summer sojourn in the Maine fishing village of Dunnet Landing. Through Jewett, the young woman conveys the effect of her deepening connections to the people of Dunnet Landing, especially the sibylline Mrs Todd, and her empathy with the mysteries of the coastal life…

Sounds good to me.

Since I read The Shipping News by Annie Proulx,

which I absolutely adored,

I have been searching for a book about a fishing village,

I hope this novel lives up to it’s praise.

I also picked up My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier,

I have never read any Du Maurier,

 but, have been meaning to for some time.

I remember watching Rebecca,

 the Hitchcock adaptation of the novel,

and being breathless with angst and anticipation.

Talk about lesbian subtext,

so I am trying a Du Maurier.

My mother, who has impecable book taste,

says Du Maurier is a good read.

The last book I picked up is a Somerset Maugham.

My love affair with his work,

 although recent,

last few years,

 is intense.

Creatures Of Circumstance is a book of short stories.

I think I have a good haul here.

I will let you all know.

Later girls


Library visit

It’s going to be a cold one.

The sky is blue but, only five degrees.

The Canadiens lost again last night.

Last night, I went to the Library.

I’m doing some background reading for an idea I have for an article.

One of the books I picked up is, Gender queer: voices from beyond the sexual binary.

I have recently become interested in the transitioning phenomenon,

 and I need more info.

Also I have been reading a blog, the dirt by dirt.

Man , some very angry stuff being said on both sides.

I don’t really like this sides attitude.

The, if you’re not with us you’re against us, school of confrontation.

My position has always been,

 can’t we talk with respect and try to get along.

Really issues, require real thought.

The blog is interesting and makes valid points but,

there is much acidity.

I’m also reading a fabulous book which I should finish, today.

Biting The Apple by Lucy Jane Bledsoe.

My friend, a Toronto writer,

recommended it, she has recommended

many fine books over the last couple of years.

She has impecable taste,

 and has yet, to steer me wrong.

Let you know what I think of  Bitting the Apple, soon.

I also got out of the library,

 a volume containing two novels, by Pat Barker.

Union Street and Blow your House Down.

Many of the British blogs I read, mention Barker,

these sounded right up my alley.

Well, have a good one.

Later girls