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Traveling, Cooking, Reading, and Trains

Work SongAuthor: Ivan DoigType: FictionFinished: April 7, 2019Rating: ★★★ Image from Amazon Meh. This story is narrated by Morrie Morgan about 10 years after his time in Marias Coulee in The Whistling Season. After travelling to the Southern Hemisphere he is back in Montana. “But an urge can spin the points of a compass as …

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The Whistling SeasonAuthor: Ivan DoigType: FictionFinished: March 28, 2019Rating: ★★★ Image from Amazon As the novel opens, Paul, who is now the Montana state superintendent of schools, returns to the one room school house he loved and reflects on his seventh grade year that propelled his course in life. Paul is the oldest of three …

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Our Souls at NightAuthor: Kent HarufType: FictionFinished: March 3, 2019Rating: ★★★★ One evening, the widow Addie goes over to her neighbor’s house to ask the widower Louis to consider something. After some hemming and hawing she gets to the point: “I wonder if you would consider coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me.” …

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The Tie That BindsAuthor: Kent HarufType: FictionDate Finished: Feb. 27, 2019Rating: ★★★★★ Image from Amazon Roy Goodnough was a mean son of a bitch. When first introduced he seems almost comical, “But Roy now, I suppose Roy would have come [to the West] anyway, even if Indians were still here. He was about enough of …

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Post Date: April 3, 2019 In the early 1970’s Craig was the pitcher for The Rural Raiders – our slow-pitch softball team in Caldwell Idaho. As his battery mate behind the plate, I appreciated his steady, unflappable presence on the mound. Craig was as skilled, quiet and understated as I was inept, loud and clownish. …

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