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Placer Land Trust

My “to do” list has had “join Placer Land Trust” on it for over a year. I finally was able to go for one of their featured hikes today. It was just what I needed after a long week of paperwork, numbers, and things going slightly south. Placer Land Trust describes their mission as” We […]

Robin’s March Book Reviews

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez. A friend recommended a different book, which wasn’t immediately available, so I checked this one out instead. It has been a while since I was so engrossed in a book. I read it in two days (and it is 270 pages). The main character (Antonio Yammara, […]

Book Club Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: Yep. A non-fiction. A memoir. And for me…a test of my love for my book club. I am actually not unhappy when someone picks a book I’m pretty sure I would never have read. This pushes my limits. A good thing. But this one wasn’t available for me in my […]

Marlene’s March Book Reviews

BOOKS: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.  In case you thought I wasn’t ever going to come up with a recommend this month, here is one and it is a definite recommend.  Now, it might be a bit uncomfortable reading the story as things are somewhat vague for a good part of the book but one […]

Re-reading my favorites: Jeffrey Eugenides

I am in purge mode. It is in response to the time between New Year’s resolutions and spring house cleaning. One thing I have a lot of is books. Shelves and bags and boxes in every room. Well, not quite every room, but many rooms. Scattered among the books folks have given me to read—some […]

Singing the Technology Blues

Yep. Here I go again. Power outages due to the storms here in Northern California. Last one was okay…I used a flashlight and critiqued an entire memoir for a friend. This one? Nope, not so good. I just got back from an eleven day trip and there are soooo many things I need to catch […]