April ’11 was…Posted: 2011/05/01
April was a gentle thaw in more ways than one. My grandfather finally passed away. I have to admit, the event was bittersweet. Saying goodbye was easier than I expected, if only because I knew, for him, life on this earth had ceased to be everything it could be. It was time. April was also the end of snow (although Maine still had giant piles of dirty, dripping snow in places). For books it was alot of really good stuff:
- Flint’s Law by Paul Eddy ~ read in April to finish the series started last month (although there is a third Flint book that is NOT on the challenge list that I want to read…
- “Two Tramps at Mud Time” by Robert Frost ~ in honor of April being poetry month and Monhegan’s mud season.
- A Drinking Life: a Memoir by Peter Hamill ~ in honor of April being Alcohol Awareness Month. This was my first audio book for the BL Challenge and here’s the cool thing – I didn’t feel like I was cheating! Yay!
- “The Exorcist of Notre-Dame” by David Kirby ~ in honor of Poetry month.
- Alice Springs by Nikki Gemmell ~ in honor of Australia and April being the best time to visit. This was lyrical and brassy. Just the way I like ’em.
- “The Bells are Ringing for Me and Chagall” by Terence Winch ~ in honor of poetry month. Sexy poem by the way!
- Great Fortune: the Epic of Rockefeller Center by Daniel Okrent ~ in honor of April being Architecture Month. This was fun to read because it ended up being about more than a building.
- “At Marlborough House” by Michael Swift ~ in honor of Poetry month.
- Journey Beyond Selene: Remarkable Expeditions Past Our Moon and to the Ends of the Solar System by Jeffrey Kluger ~ in honor of April being the anniversary month of Apollo.
- “Blue Garden” by Dean Young~ in honor of Poetry month.
- Bear Went over the Mountain by William Kotzwinkle ~ in honor of April Fool’s Day and something silly.
- “Goodbye, Place I Lived Nearly 23 Years” by Dean Young ~ in honor of Poetry month
- “Skin of Our Teeth” a play by Thornton Wilder ~ in honor of April being National Brothers Month.
- “By a Swimming Pool Outside Siracusa” by Billy Collins ~ in honor of Poetry month
- “Dear Derrida” and “Strip Poker” by David Kirby ~ in honor of Poetry Month
For the Early Review Program (LibraryThing) it was The Good Daughter: a Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik.