• book,  placed,  reviews,  Rhode Island,  road trip

    Ein jeder Engel ist Schrecklich

    Audrey Niffenegger permeated my vacation.  At times, she was welcome and expected.  At times, I did everything I could to push her out the front door, green-bean casserole and all, saying, “No, Audrey, I wasn’t having a party.  Thanks for the food, but I really don’t know what you’re doing here…” Last week (oh gosh, was it really only last week?) a movie came out in theaters that I refused to see.  I said to myself myself, “Mary, promise me right now that you’re not going to see this movie until you’ve read the book again, until you feel encased in it again, warm inside of it like it were an electric blanket and you weren’t…

  • book,  Colorado,  placed,  reviews,  road trip

    Engel!: Es waere ein Platz, den wir nicht wissen…

    I got home last night, after a fourteen-hour drive from Idalia, from a week of camping with my family in the Colorado Rockies.  Aside from last year’s lake trip to Roosevelt Lake in Washington state, it has been the best family vacation I’ve ever been on. Sadly, it was plagued with the pain of mockery as all of my cousins spent most of their time poking fun at my recreational habits, which, on this trip, were comprised mostly with reading.  I will admit, I read more copiously than usual (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Barefoot were some of those that I at least started, and let me tell you, more than one of…

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