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Traveling, Cooking, Reading, and Trains

A very serendipitous thing happened when I was reading the Joni Mitchell biography Reckless Daughter. About midway through the book there is a discussion of Bob Dylan’s album “Blood on the Tracks”. Dylan said in a 1978 interview “he was inspired to write his much celebrated ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ after spending a weekend listening …

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Title: Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell Author: David YaffeType: BiographyFinished: November 5, 2018Rating: ★★★★           Joni Mitchell. Oh WOW. She’s been one of my favorite singer songwriters for so long. Her string of albums “Blue”, “For The Roses”, and “Court and Spark” are amazing. If you haven’t listened to Jon …

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  Title: Clock Dance Author: Anny Tyler Type: Fiction Finished: August 27, 2018 Rating: ★★★★★               Anne Tyler is a master storyteller probing the lives of the people in dysfunctional families. This is the third novel of hers I’ve read, the others being Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and Breathing …

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Title: The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age. 1865-1896 Author: Richard White Date Finished: August 6, 2018 Report Posted: September 4, 2018 Rating: ★★★★★         This book is a comprehensive view of Reconstruction to 1900s. Politics, power, culture, western expansion and industrialization. It would be …

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SubTitle: The Thrill of Defeat, The Agony of Victory: A Classical Historian Explores Jesus’s Arrest, Trial, and Execution   Rating:★★★★ Finished: March 21, 2018         [Image from Amazon] As the subtitle explains, this book is an historical view of Jesus’ death, not a theological one. “… this book differs from other books. …

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