So, February was a weird month. Being sick and injured didn’t help except that both ailments gave me more time to read. Turning 47 turned out to be not a big deal. Just another number in the grand scheme of things. The groundhog didn’t see his shadow either so there are less numbers in winter… And speaking of numbers – here are the books:
- A.D.: After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
- Beautiful Place to Die by Philip Craig
- If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now by Sandra Loh
- Rocksburg Railroad Murders by K.C. Constantine
- As She Crawled Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem (AB)
- Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan
- Her First American by Lore Segal
- Down Where the Moon was Small or And I Shall Sleep…Down Where the Moon was Small by Richard Llewellyn
- Path to Power by Robert Caro – finishing TODAY!
- Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder (AB)
- Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes (DNF)
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (AB) – will finish in March
- The Art of Dying by Patricia Weenolsen
- Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
- Center of the World by Jacqueline Sheehan
- The Ultimate Treadmill Workout by David Siik
For LibraryThing’s Early Review program:
- Liar by Rob Roberge
I also spent some time revisiting the Challenge list. Because of all the missed individual titles I wanted to redo the schedule. That took up a great deal of my time!
Craig, Philip A. A Beautiful Place to Die. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1989.
Reason read: February is the month in which Massachusetts became a state and Martha’s Vineyard is the “beautiful place to die”.
You can always tell when an author has either spent time or lived in the area where his or her book takes place. The details are sharper, the descriptions more lovingly told…if that makes sense. There is a care to the words. Philip R. Craig is no different. Because of the way he describes the island of Martha’s Vineyard early on in A Beautiful Place To Die, you can tell he calls it home.
Jefferson Washington Jackson is a retired Boston cop/Vietnam veteran living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard trying to forget about the bullet still lodged in his back. To keep himself occupied he is an avid fisherman, a successful gardener (does better with vegetables than flowers) and a decent cook. After a friend’s boat explodes and someone he knew was killed Jeff finds a new hobby as private investigator. Along with a suspicious boat explosion there are rumors of drug busts and murder. There are plenty of little twists and turns to A Beautiful Place to Die so even though it is a short (211 pages) read, it is entertaining.
Quotes I love (see confessional), “Librarians are wonderfully valuable people” (p 122), “Women are the gender of reality” (p 174), and “When I’m king of the world I’m going to ban pay toilets as an affront to civilization” (p 175).
Side note: When J.W. tells Zee how he came to live on M.V. it reminded me of Monhegan. Many islanders can’t afford to buy a place where they grew up. They rely on inheriting family property to stay on the island…
Confessional: I have a crush on Jefferson Washington Jackson. Consider the facts: he gardens, cooks, appreciates librarians, understands a Barbar kind of day, likes Sam Adams beer and a clean house, has a sense of humor, has the same opinion of pay toilets, and is able to survive getting shot twice in 48 hours! What’s not to love?
Author fact: According the to back flap, Philip Craig grew up on a small cattle ranch in Durango, Colorado. The Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard is quite a departure from the wild west.
Book trivia: This is book one is the Martha’s Vineyard series.
BookLust Twist: from <em>Book Lust To Go</em> in the chapter simply called “Martha’s Vineyard” (p 142). No twist there…