Sunday, July 26, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 7.26.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Deciding on and going to french related places for Paris in July theme this month - mostly food inspired.

2. Yummy new recipe and new (to me) spice: Za'atar Roasted Chicken Breast (here)

3. Covid themed rock garden spotted during walk



Death Comes In Through The Kitchen
by Teresa Dovalpage
Mystery, Food, Havana | Goodreads

Library: ebook

Murder in Clichy
by Cara Black
Mystery, France, Paris | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by NY Times Books
See archive of this on instagram igtv (here)

The Beauty in Breaking
by Michele Harper
Memoir, Health-medical field | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Booksmith
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Tune in Tuesdays 11am pst VIRTUAL: ZYZZYVA & The Booksmith Present: Lockdown Lit @ Lunch
A conversation between:

Exile Music
by Jennifer Steil
Historical, WWII, Jewish, Bolivia | Goodreads

Daughters of Smoke and Fire
by Ava Homa
Contemporary, Iran | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
A conversation between: John Muir Laws and Amy Tan

How to Teach Nature Journaling: Curiosity, Wonder, Attention
by John Muir Laws, Emilie Lygren
Art, How-to, Nature | Goodreads

A conversation between: Mark Nepo and Brooke Warner

The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters
by Mark Nepo
Spirituality | Goodreads


AND watched: SFFilm online preview screening

Boys State (2020)
Director: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss
Stars: Steven Garza, Ben Feinstein, René Otero, Robert Macdougall
Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

A thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up. Filmed at UT Austin in June 2018

POLITICS at play with future leaders in the making.

Speedo (2003)
Director: Jesse Moss
Stars: Ed 'Speedo' Jager, Linda Jager, Anthony Jager
Documentary, Sport, on vimeo | imdb | my rating: 5

A film about Ed “Speedo” Jager, a Long Island demolition derby champion.

PASSION for demolition derby that Speedo has really drives this story which drew me in.


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

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  1. The Za'atar Roasted Chicken looks good! Enjoy your books and upcoming author events.

  2. I hope you enjoy your French-themed outings and your books. Have a great week:)

  3. I like the rock garden. You have lots of book options there. I hope you get to enjoy them!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  4. That chicken recipe sounds delicious. I had to go take a look. :) And PAris in July sounds pretty good!

    Have a good week!

  5. I love the Rock Garden, I have a black thumb :)

    Wishing you a great reading week

  6. Now I'm thinking about all the French food I want to eat!

  7. All of your books look good. I especially like the looks of Death Comes Through the Kitchen. I have to check that one out. I hope you have a great week!

  8. That is a cute rock garden. We see a lot of painted rocks on our walks through the woods these days.

    Great books this week. I would love to read Murder Comes in Through the Kitchen and Murder in Clichy.

    Hope you have a nice week.

  9. Yeah, new to me spice you found. Ah, cute rock garden. Painting rocks was always fun when I was a kid.
    Exile Music sounds good. Nature Journaling sounds intriguing.
    I've been enjoying your Paris Themed posts.

    Have a great week!

  10. I love the little rock garden! And you're getting to so many virtual book events; that's really cool. I like the look of the Nature Journaling book.

  11. I love the rock garden. There are kids in my neighborhood who paint rocks in the park, but they don’t look that good. Enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  12. I like the sound of the chicken soup. :)

    ENJOY all of your books and also your week.

  13. Paris at anytime sounds good! The recipe looks good. Hope you enjoy it! Happy reading and thanks for visiting my Sunday Post! :)

  14. I must have How to Teach Nature Journaling: Curiosity, Wonder, Attention!!!!! It has blue jays on it!

  15. You've got a good variety of books. I hope you enjoy your online book events. I get lots of invitations to them but I can't seem to muster up the energy to attend virtually.

  16. I like the rock garden.
    Many and all new to me books for you this week.
    Happy Reading!


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