Sunday, June 28, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 6.28.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Comfort food: Korean Soft Tofu Dumpling Soup - medium spicy (with plenty of banchan)

2. Exercise: trying the gentle movements of Qi Gong practice on YouTube

3. Personal scavenger hunt for misspelled street names in San Francisco - Lombard Street


Freebies: from Free Little Library

Camino Winds
by John Grisham
Mystery | Goodreads

Library: audiobook

Had to pick this up before reading Camino Winds.

Camino Island
by John Grisham
Mystery | Goodreads

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.


Virtual Author event: hosted by Alta Magazine
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Tune in Wednesdays 12:30pm pst Alta Asks

The Companions
by Katie M. Flynn
Dystopia, Pandemic-related | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Booksmith
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Tune in Tuesdays 11am pst VIRTUAL: ZYZZYVA & The Booksmith Present: Lockdown Lit @ Lunch

Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls:
A Memoir of Women, Addiction, and Love
by Nina Renata Aron
Memoir, Feminism | Goodreads

Between The Records
by Julian Tepper
Literary, Jewish | Goodreads

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

Essay collections:

The Inner Coast: Essays by Donovan Hohn
Essays | Goodreads

Thin Places: Essays from In Between by Jordan Kisner
Essays, Memoir | Goodreads

Of Color by Jaswinder Bolina
Essays | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
Register and listen to the archive of this or to future Book Passages author talks for free (here)
A conversation between Elizabeth George and Jacqueline Winspear

Mastering the Process:
From Idea to Novel
by Elizabeth George
Writing | Goodreads

A conversation between Jason Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me by Jason Rosenthal
Memoir | Goodreads

Dear Boy, by Paris Rosenthal, Jason Rosenthal
Children, Picture Book | Goodreads


AND watched: part of Frameline44 - LGBTQ Film Festival (here)

Ema (2019)
Director: Pablo Larraín
Writers: Guillermo Calderón, Pablo Larraín, Alejandro Moreno
Stars: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera
Drama, Music, LGBTQ | imdb | my rating: 4

In the latest from visionary filmmaker Pablo Larraín, director of Jackie and producer of the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman, newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo electrifies the screen in the titular role of Ema, a young, unhinged, bisexual dancer who embarks on a difficult journey to regain custody of her adopted son.

When their eight-year-old sets fire to the family home, Ema and her choreographer husband Gastón (Gael García Bernal) reluctantly return the boy to child services. This act places a scarlet letter on Ema in their town of Valparaíso, whose residents already frowned upon the erotically-charged performances of the couple’s dance troupe—mainly comprised of sexually liberated queer women and men. With audacious cinematography and jaw-dropping dance sequences—accompanied by a mesmerizing ambient/reggaeton score from musical wunderkind Nicolás Jaar—Ema finds its feverish heroine striving to clear her conscience, while setting ablaze sexual, gender, marital, paternal, and societal roles and expectations in her path.

WONDERFUL meld of movement with dance, sex, explosive conversations.

AND watched: online virtual theatre

Shirley (2020)
Director: Josephine Decker
Screenplay: Sarah Gubbins
Based on book by: Susan Scarf Merrell
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg
Biography, Drama, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.

HEAD spinning and still has me wondering what was real?


Happy Pride Month
LGBTQ Honey Bears by fnnch


* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

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  1. Lol... I love that you can discover misspelled street names:)). And congratulations on continuing to keep fit while you are still staying safe - I am basically acquiring the fitness - and shape - of a cushion. I hope the coming week is a good one.

  2. Ooh, I'd love to have a Little Free Library around. I'd drop off so many books, ahaha. Enjoy!

    My weekly roundup!

  3. I've never read Grisham. The dystopian book looks awesome though!

    I want to try more Korean food

  4. Those honey bears are cute!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  5. Shirley sounds good! I've never read Grisham, I need to one day. Enjoy your week and your books. the dumpling soup sounds good.

  6. Your personal quest netted a famous street. LOL I could see myself leaving out a letter like that when working in cement or paint.

    I don't know why, but the title of that book Good Morning, Detroyer of Men's Souls got a laugh.

    Nice that you got to see all those virtual events and way to go scoring a newer Grisham.

    Have a good week!

  7. Korean Soft Tofu Dumpling Soup???? GIVE ME SOME!

  8. Great week! I have been noticing Shirley in my queue, and now must try it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. You always have such interesting things going on. I haven't read Grisham in years. I hope you continue to enjoy your week, author events and Happy Reading!

  10. My mum loves John Grisham novels. She has read them all. I haven't managed to read any of them yet. He is on my list!

  11. Fun game of finding misspelled street names!!

    Grisham is a favorite even though I haven't read him in a while.



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