Once again, no movies at all.
As for goals, I’ll address that in the year-end review. The short version is that I took several Art History classes. And I made some progress on household paperwork, but there is still a ways to go.
Which brings use to books:
- Kristina McMorris, Sold On a Monday: I read this for my book club. The story revolves around a young man, trying to make his way as a reporter, and a secretary at the newspaper, who has to hide that she is a single mother. The reporter gets his big break via a story about children being offered for sale. Which is dark enough. As he tries to follow-up on what happened to them, there are lots of surprising twists. I thought the book started out slowly, but it picked up and I enjoyed it overall.
- Mitch Golant, Ph.D. and Susan K. Golant, What To Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed: This book was in a box that someone gave me. It is not something I particularly needed, though I do have friends with depression. It looks like a useful book for those dealing with a family member’s depression day to day.
- S.L.Price, Pitching Around Fidel: Despite the title, this book is about Cuban sports more generally and not just baseball. It’s from 1980 so rather dated, but still interesting. I was much less interested in the material about boxing. On the other hand, I was not really aware of the Cuban track star, Ana Fidelio Quirt, who made a comeback after being badly burned in an accident and I found her story very interesting. Overall, this was worth a read, but I would have liked more on the early history of baseball in Cuba and the development of the sports system under Castro.
- Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety: This was another book club selection. The novel follows two couples who meet when the husbands and both instructors at the University of Wisconsin. They build a close friendship, spending time together in various places. I really enjoyed Stegner’s writing and thought that the changes in the characters and their relationships over the years were interesting. I did have some reservations about the ending. But, overall, I’d recommend this.
- Mary Janice Davidson, Undead and Unappreciated: This is the third book in a series about vampire queen Betsy Taylor and is as much fun as the two earlier ones. It turns out that Betsy has a half-sister, who seems like a nice college student, but just happens to be the daughter of the devil. There’s lots of other silliness, including a fiend who likes to crochet and Betsy’s labor problems at the nightclub she owns. This is pure escapism, but I will continue to read this series.
- Walter Linsenmaier, The Insect World: This is part of an Odyssey Library collection of illustrated books that my parents had. It’s a basic overview of insect life, with the most interesting part being a section on parasites, including parasites that feed on other insects. But the chief appeal of this book (and others in the series) is the illustrations, w which are richly detailed.