Sunday, May 9, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 5.9.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update


Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Spotting jigsaw puzzles (with @karenpuzzles) in the reality tv show, The Circle.
2. Virtual Jane Con weekend, May 1-2 - see Jane Austen themed presentations (here)
3. Walking up the mosaic steps at Moraga and 16th Avenue and admiring red tailed hawks flying overhead - check out the article, San Francisco’s mosaic staircases turn forgotten places into colorful art: The California city is the hilliest in the U.S., with more than 600 public stairways, some of which are decorated with beautiful mosaics by Sharon McDonnell (here)

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Bought: Book of the Month
The Last Thing He Told Me
by Laura Dave
Thriller, Mystery, Reese Book Club | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


Library:
Stairway Walks in San Francisco
The Joy of Urban Exploring
by Mary Burk, Adah Bakalinsky
Guidbook, San Francisco | Published: 2018 | Goodreads


Freebies: from Free Little Library
The Nasty Bits
Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones
by Anthony Bourdain
Essays, Food | Published: 2007 | Goodreads


The Bloody Chamber
by Angela Carter
Short Stories, Fairy Tale Retellings, Horror | Published: 2006 | Goodreads


Freebies: from Amazon Kindle (free for a couple days)
Monet and Oscar
by Joe Byrd
Historical, France | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

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Virtual Author event: hosted by TW Book Club
Check out their instagram for future free author events (here)

Water, Wood and Wild Things:
Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town
by Hannah Kirshner
Travel, Memoir, Food, Recipes, Japan | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Booksmith
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

A conversation between:

Goodbye, Again
Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations by Jonny Sun
Essays, Memoir | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


The Best Girls
by Min Jin Lee
Short Stories, Horror, South Korea | Published: 2019 | Goodreads


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AND watched: online
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
Director: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs, John Ripa
Screenplay: Qui Nguyen, Adele Lim
Story by: Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos López Estrada, Kiel Murray
Qui Nguyen, John Ripa, Dean Wellins
Stars: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan
Animation, Action, Adventure | imdb | my rating: 4

In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Happy release: Leaving Coy's Hill by Katherine A. Sherbrooke

Leaving Coy's Hill
by Katherine A. Sherbrooke
Biography, Historical | Published: May 4, 2021 | Goodreads

Born on a farm in 1818, Lucy Stone dreamt of extraordinary things for a girl of her time, like continuing her education beyond the eighth grade and working for the abolitionist cause, and of ordinary things, such as raising a family of her own. But when she learns that the Constitution affords no rights to married women, she declares that she will never marry and dedicates her life to fighting for change.

At a time when it is considered promiscuous for women to speak in public, Lucy risks everything for the anti-slavery movement, her powerful oratory mesmerizing even her most ardent detractors as she rapidly becomes a household name. And when she begins to lecture on the “woman question,” she inspires a young Susan B. Anthony to join the movement. But life as a crusader is a lonely one.

When Henry Blackwell, a dashing and forward-thinking man, proposes a marriage of equals, Lucy must reconcile her desire for love and children with her public persona and the legal perils of marriage she has long railed against. And when a wrenching controversy pits Stone and Anthony against each other, Lucy makes a decision that will impact her legacy forever.

Based on true events, Leaving Coy’s Hill is a timeless story of women’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment within society’s stubborn constraints. And as an abolitionist and women’s rights activist fighting for the future of a deeply divided country, Lucy Stone’s quest to live a life on her own terms is as relevant as ever. In this “propulsive,” “astonishing,” and “powerful” story, Katherine Sherbrooke brings to life a true American heroine for a new generation.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Camp ToB 2021

Camp ToB 2021
summer reading program (details)
from the Tournament of Books

Love to expand my reading repetoire with Tournament of Book picks.

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WINNER: TBA

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Detransition, Baby
by Torrey Peters
Literary, LGBTQ | Published: 2021 | Bookshop | my rating: tba

Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch
by Rivka Galchen
Literary, Historical | Published: 2021 | Bookshop | my rating: tba

Klara and the Sun
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Literary, Dystopian | Published: 2021 | Bookshop | my rating: tba

No One Is Talking about This
by Patricia Lockwood
Literary, Fantasy | Published: 2021 | Bookshop | my rating: tba

Peaces
by Helen Oyeyemi
Literary, Fantasy | Published: 2021 | Bookshop | my rating: tba

Whereabouts
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Literary, Women, Italy | Published: 2021 | Bookshop | my rating: tba


Camp ToB 2021 Reading Schedule:

June 2: No One Is Talking About This, first half
June 9: No One Is Talking About This to the end
June 16: Detransition, Baby, first half
June 23: Detransition, Baby to the end
June 30: Klara and the Sun, first half
July 7: VACATION 🌴
July 14: Klara and the Sun to the end
July 21: Whereabouts, first half
July 28: Whereabouts to the end
Aug. 4: Peaces, first half
Aug. 11: Peaces to the end
Aug. 18: Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, first half
Aug. 25: Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch to the end
Sept. 1: Announce summer champion


Sunday, April 25, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 4.25.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update


Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Oscar party tonight
2. Grishaverse on Netflix
3. Yummy treat from Schubert's Bakery
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Bought:
Arsenic and Adobo
by Mia P. Manansala
Mystery, Cozy, Food, Filipino, Book of the Month | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


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Virtual Author event: hosted by Alta Magazine
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

Mean
by Myriam Gurba
Memoir, Feminism, LGBTQ | Published: 2017 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Abundance
by Jakob Guanzon
Literary | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

The Son of Good Fortune
by Lysley Tenorio
Literary, Coming of Age, Filipino | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
See the archive of this: (here)
A conversation between:
When the Stars Go Dark
by Paula McLain
Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll
Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2019 | Goodreads


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AND watched: PBS
Down A Dark Stairwell (2020)
Director: Ursula Liang
Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

On a fall day in 2014, Peter Liang, a Chinese American police officer, shot and killed an innocent, unarmed black man named Akai Gurley. Unfolding in the dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project, the shooting inflamed the residents of New York City and thrust two marginalized communities together into the uneven criminal justice system. Gurley's death sparked cries of police brutality and a raging, anguished debate about racial bias in criminal prosecution of law enforcement officers.

AND watched: DVD
Saving Face (2004)
Director/Writer: Alice Wu
Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen
Comedy, Drama, Romance, LGBTQ, Asian American | imdb | my rating: 5

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day
April 24 (details)

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day by visiting your local independent bookstore.

Russian Hill Bookstore
Russian Hill, San Francisco, CA (here)
picked up: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

 
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