"The new ease of photography has unleashed a seemingly insatiable appetite for capturing the magical and mundane. We are documenting everyday moments with manic intensity, whether it's an image of our breakfast, our cat--or the cat's breakfast. And rather than collect pictures in scrapbooks, we share and like and comment on them with friends and strangers around the globe."
--James Estrin, "The Visual Village", National Geographic, October 2013
I read about this book and was intrigued by the concept. My copy of S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst arrived today. It is a conversation between two readers written in the annotations of a book. You get to read the "book" and the notes, and view various artifacts tucked between the pages. Hope it isn't too much of a gimmick.
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A while ago, I heard about Kate Atkinson. Her books sounded interesting so I added them to my reading list. Then I saw a PBS Masterpiece Mysteries series called Case Histories and enjoyed that and realized it was based on the book Case Histories by Kate Atkinson that I had recently put on my reading list. I just finished reading the book, which I enjoyed very much. Best read before watching the series however.
I recently finished her Life After Life which is probably my favorite read of the year so far.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is a brilliant book. In February 1910 Ursula is born and immediate dies because her umbilical cord is wrapped around her neck. Alas the doctor couldn't get there due to the snow. In February 1910 Ursula is born, but luckily the doctor was there and she survives. But then she drowns at the age of four. In February 1910 Ursula is born. At the age of four she narrowly escapes drowning...
The novel jumps back and forth through time between 1910 and post World War II England as Ursula's life takes slightly different paths each time. And "memories" of pasts her current life has not experienced affect her, sometimes as a sense of déjà vu. Various story lines play out, again with some variation, threaded in her lives.
A very enjoyable book.
I saw this book, The Expats by Chris Pavone, on my library's recently returned books cart. I like looking there as I occasionally stumble upon a good book I had not heard of and otherwise would have most likely not read. This was one of those lucky finds. A very enjoyable spy thriller set in Europe about a husband and wife who move to Luxembourg from Washington D.C. He's a secretive banking security expert and she's got secrets of her own. They meet another expat American couple in Luxembourg and things get suspicious to Kate, the wife, and the more she digs the more suspicious things get. The story intertwines three threads, one from Kate's past, recent events, and "today" where it all unravels (or comes together, depending on how you look at it).
Got back from Cape Cod last night. Another relaxing week of vacation. More photos on Flickr.
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