I  love this….

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

Just got a copy of Emma Straub’s novel, “Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures”, it is The enchanting story of a midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.

(From Amazon)

In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and more than anything, Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child¹s game of pretend. While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont. Irving becomes Laura’s great love; she becomes an Academy Award­-winning actress—and a genuine movie star. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.

Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood. Written with warmth and verve, it confirms Emma Straub’s reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in fiction.


Little Night…

Looking forward to reading the latest Luanne Rice book “Little Night”. It’s my summer reading…Comes out June 5th..

The Night Swimmer

Loved this modern day Gothic Tale. The Night Swimmer, Matt Bondurant’s utterly riveting modern gothic novel of marriage and belonging, confirms his gift for storytelling that transports and enthralls.

In a small town on the southern coast of Ireland, an isolated place only frequented by fishermen and the occasional group of bird-watchers, Fred and Elly Bulkington, newly arrived from Vermont having won a pub in a contest, encounter a wild, strange land shaped by the pounding storms of the North Atlantic, as well as the native resistance to strangers. As Fred revels in the life of a new pubowner, Elly takes the ferry out to a nearby island where anyone not born there is called a “blow-in.” To the disbelief of the locals, Elly devotes herself to open-water swimming, pushing herself to the limit and crossing unseen boundaries that drive her into the heart of the island’s troubles—the mysterious tragedy that shrouds its inhabitants and the dangerous feud between an enigmatic farmer and a powerful clan that has no use for outsiders.

The poignant unraveling of a marriage, the fierce beauty of the natural world, the mysterious power of Irish lore, and the gripping story of strangers in a strange land rife with intrigue and violence—The Night Swimmer is a novel of myriad enchantments by a writer of extraordinary talent.


The Real Downton Abbey…

Lady Almina The Real Downton Abbey USA

Lady Almina, the real Downton Abbey:

The 8th Countess of Carnarvon, has written a book on her predecessor, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess who converted Highclere Castle into a Hospital in September 1914.

The book tells the extraordinary story of life before, during and after the Great War, from Almina’s marriage to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon in 1895, through the Edwardian period to the years before the War.

Space is the Place…










I’m looking forward to reading Neil deGrasse Tyson’s latest book,’Space Chronicles’ which comes out later this month. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of the world-famous Hayden Planetarium, a monthly columnist for Natural History, and an award-winning author.

Bicycle Library

What an amazing idea, I only wish it were here in the states. Maybe this London-based company will cross the pond.






Bicycle Library – A mobile library advocating bicycles in the city.

  • Bicycles and test track outside.
  • Library upstairs:
    • Books
    • Magazines
    • Flyers
    • Gallery of bicycle art
    • Bicycle film screenings
  • TWOnFRO Apparel and Accessories downstairs.
  • Bicycle match making service: Browse or ask onboard Librarian for suggestions.
  • Take a bicycle out as you would a book. (Deposit Required) 7 types of bicycles:
    • Folding
    • MiniVelo
    • FixGearSingleSpeed (FGSS)
    • LadiesCoaster
    • MensCoaster
    • Cargo
    • Electric
  • A bicycle for every day of the week. Borrow to buy program.