Thursday, March 31, 2011

MOVIE - Paul

What a riot!
Released 3-18-11 (Wide)
R (for language) (1:40)
Wed. 3-20-11 at El Con with Sheila and Ronnie
RT:  71  cag:  82
Director:  Greg Mottola

I saw the trailer for this and it  looked funny, reminded me of ET.  Well, I think it was supposed to!  I fell in love with Paul.  His persona, his humor, his voice (go, Seth Rogen!), his demeanor.  It was a fun story with lots of humor and all sorts of references to other movies.  You'd probably have to watch it a second time to catch them all.

Two very nice guys from England have made their first trip across the pond to attend Comicon in San Diego and take a road trip to see places where UFOs have been sighted across the southwest.  They've rented an RV and can't believe their lifelong dream has come true.  And of course, as comedic movies go, they run from one situation to another.  But it's when they literally crash into Paul that their real adventure begins.  They add a one-eyed God-fearing beauty to their entourage.  We also watch  a solemn FBI agent (Jason Bateman, who never cracks a smile...how can he do that?), two bumbling agents, and their female boss who are close on Paul's tail. 

SNL players left and right, Jane Lynch (!), Sigourney Weaver, Blythe Danner, Steven Spielberg....surprise after delightful surprise.  This was an especially fun movie.  And I really do have a crush on Paul...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Passover - Harriet Ziefert

Celebrating Now, Remembering Then
Illustrated by Karla Gudeon
Blue Apple Books, 2010
HC $17.99
32 thick pages - 10 that open up to a double page
Endpapers:  colorful small drawings of matzoh, a Seder plate, a Kiddish cup, musical notes, flowers, doves, a Haggadah...

The steps of the Passover Seder are described and illustrated.  Each page begins "NOW" and describes the cleaning, the preparation, the symbols.  But as the candles are lit, we get to open up the right hand page to a lovely painting of the "THEN."  Each of the sections of the Seder plate are described, every part of this special passover meal -- right down to opening the door for Elijah and finding Afikamen.  It's beautifully told and the folky paintings are incredibly delightful.

Before I taught at a Jewish day school I knew nothing - NOTHING - about Jewish holidays.  I've attended three Seders now, which helped me understand this book even more.  But if a child knows nothing about Passover, this might not be enough.  It is for Jewish children to read and enjoy.  It's really lovely.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Author List I - P

My author list has overgrown itself again, so I'm taking the time to split it into three different blogs.  A pain, but sort of exciting, too.....

Ipcizade, Catherine
.....'Twas the Day Before Zoo Day, 2008
Isadora, Rachel
.....Over the Green Hills, 1992
Iyengar, Malathi Michelle
.....Tan to Tamarind, 2009
Jackson, Alison
.....Thea's Tree, 2008

Jackson, Joshilyn
.....Gods in Alabama, 2005
.....Between, Georgia, 2006
.....Girl Who Stopped Swimming, The, 2008
.....A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, 2012
.....The Opposite of Everyone  2016
Jackson, Lisa
.....Shiver, 2006
Jacobs, Mara
.....Against the Odds, 2012
Jacobson, Jennifer Richard
.....Small as an Elephant, 2011
.....Winnie Dancing on Her Own, 2001
James, E. L.
.....Fifty Shades Darker, 2011
.....Fifty Shades of Grey , 2011
Jance, J. A.
.....Web of Evil, 2007
.....Hand of Evil, 2007

Janeczko, Paul & J Patrick Lewis
.....Wing Nuts, 2006
Javaherbin, Mina
.....Goal! 2010
Jeffers, Oliver
.....This Moose Belongs to Me, 2012
.....The Heart and the Bottle, 2010
.....The Great Paper Caper, 2008
Jenner, Jane
.....Kingdom Come (#1 Elizabeth Harris) 2016
Johansen, Iris & Ray Johansen
.....Storm Cycle, 2009 DNF
Johnson, Angela
.....All Different Now, 2014
Johnson, Maureen
.....The Last Little Blue Envelope, 2011
Johnston, Julie 
.....In Spite of Killer Bees, 2001
Johnston, Tony
.....The Ancestors Are Singing, 2003

Jones, Carrie
.....After Obssession, 2011 (With Steven E. Wedel)
.....Captivate, 2010
.....Need, 2009
Joose, Barbara
.....Roawr! 2009
.....Ghost Wings, 2001
Joyce, William
.....Billy's Booger, 2015
Juster, Norton
.....The Odious Ogre, 2010
.....Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie, 2008
Kadohata, Cynthia
.....Half a World Away, 2014
Kajikawa, Kimiko
.....Tsunami, 2009
Kantor, Melissa
.....The Invisible I, 2009
Karas, G. Brian
.....As An Oak Tree Grows, 2014
Kate, Lauren
.....Fallen (#1 Fallen) 2009
Katz, Alan
.....Too Much Kissing, 2010

Katz, Karen
.....My First Ramadan, 2007
.....Can You Say Peace? 2006
.....The Colors of Us, 1999




Katz, Susan
.....Looking for Jaguar and Other Rain Forest Poems, 2005
Kaufman, Thomas
.....Drink the Tea, 2010
Keane, Dave
.....Sloppy Joe, 2009
Kearsley, Susanna
.....The Winter Sea, 2010
Keaton, Kelly
.....Darkness Becomes Her, 2011
Keats, Ezra Jack
.....Regards to the Man in the Moon, 1981/Re-Iss 2009
Keenan, Sheila
.....Greetings from the 50 States, 2008
Kellerman, Faye
.....Gun Games, 2012
.....The Burnt House, 2007
.....The Mercedes Coffin, 2007
Kellerman, Jonathan
.....Deception (Alex Delaware #25) 2010
.....Victims (Alex Delaware #27) 2012
Kellogg, Steven
.....The Pied Piper's Magic, 2009
Kennedy, Sen. Edward M.
.....My Senator and Me, 2006
Kerby, Mona
.....Owney, The Mail-Pouch Pooch, 2008
Kerley, Barbara
.....A Home for Mr. Emerson, 2014
.....What To Do About Alice? 2008
Kerr, M. E.
.....What Became of Her? 2000
Ketteman, Helen
.....Bubba the Cowboy Prince, 1997
Khan, Hena
.....Night of the Moon, 2008
Kimmelman, Leslie
.....The Shabbat Puppy, 2012
King, Laurie R.
.....A Darker Place, 1998

Kingsolver, Barbara
.....Flight Behavior, 2012
.....Prodigal Summer, 2001
.....Poisonwood Bible, 1998
.....The Bean Trees, 1988
Kirk, Daniel
.....Ten Things I Love About You, 2013
.....Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure, 2012
.....Library Mouse, A Friend's Tale, 2009
.....Library Mouse, 2007
Klassen, Jon
.....This Is Not My Hat, 2012 (Caldecott)
Klausmeier, Jesse
.....Open This Little Book, 2013
Klein, Adam G.
.....Frido Kahlo, 2007
Kleven, Elisa
.....Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story, 2013
Kline, Christina Baker
.....Orphan Train, 2013
Klise, Kate
.....Dying to Meet You, 2009
Knapp, Ruthie
.....Who Stole Mona Lisa, 2010
Koehler-Pentacoff, Elizabeth
.....Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride, 2009
Koja, Kathe
.....Talk, 2005
.....Buddha Boy, 2003
Koller, Jackie French
.....Peter Spit a Seed at Sue, 2008
Konrad, Marla Stewart
.....Just Like You, 2010
Konrath, J. A.
......Bloody Mary, 2005
.....Whiskey Sour, 2004
Koontz, Dean
.....The Good Guy (DNF)
.....From the Corner of His Eye, 2001
Koralek, Jenny
.....The Story of Queen Esther, 2009
Korman, Gordon
.....Schooled, 2007
.....39 Clues Book 2, One False Note, 2008 DNF
Krasnesky, Thad
.....That Cat Can't Stay, 2010
Krueger, William Kent
.....Boundary Waters , 1999
.....Iron Lake, 1998

Krull, Kathleen

.....Lincoln Tells a Joke, 2010 (with Paul Brewer)
.....The Brothers Kennedy, 2010
.....Hillary Rodham Clinton,
.....The Boy on Fairfield Street, 2004


Kurki, Kim
.....National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds, 2014
Kurtz, Jane & Kurtz, Christopher (siblings)
.....Water Hole Waiting, 2002
LaFleur, Suzanne
.....Listening for Lucca, 2013
Laidlaw, Jill A.
.....Frida Kahlo, 2003
Lancet, Barry
.....Japantown, 2013
Lanthier, Jennifer
.....The Stamp Collector, 2012
Larios, Julie
.....Yellow Elephant, A Bright Bestiary, 2006
Larsen, Andrew
 .....The Imaginary Garden, 2009
Larsson, Stieg
.....The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2005
Lasky, Kathryn
.....One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventure of Charles Darwin, 2009
.....Georgia Rises, 2009
Latham, Irene
.....Leaving Gee's Bend, 2010
Law, Ingrid
.....Savvy, 2008
Lawler, Janet
.....A Mother's Song, 2010
Laybourne, Emmy
.....Monument 14, 2012
Leavitt, Lindsey
.....The Chapel Wars, 2014
Lee, Harper
.....To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
Lee, Spike & Tonya Lewis Lee
.....Giant Steps to Change the World, 2011
Lehman, Barbara
.....The Secret Box, 2011
.....Trainstop, 2008
 .....The Red Book, 2004
Leigh, Melinda
.....Midnight Exposure, 2012 DNF
Lenhard, Elizabeth
.....Chicks With Sticks, It's a Purl Thing DNF
Leveen, Tom
.....Till the Sun Breaks Down, 2015
Leverone, Allan
.....Flight 12:  A Kristin Cunningham Thriller , 2014
Levine, Gail Carson
.....Dave at Night, 1999
Levine, Ellen
.....Henry's Freedom Box, 2007
Levithan, David
.....Boy Meets Boy, 2003
Levithan, David & Rachel Cohn
.....Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, 2010
Levithan, David & John Green
.....Will Grayson, Will Grayson, 2010
Lewin, Ted
.....Big Jimmy's Kum Kau Chinese Take Out, 2002
.....The Storytellers, 1998
  .
Lewis, J. Patrick
.....Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems (with Douglas Florian) 2014
.....First Dog's White House Christmas (with Beth Zappitello) 2010
.....First Dog (with Beth Zappitello) 2009
.....The Underwear Salesman, 2009
.....Please Bury Me in the Library, 2005
.....Wing Nuts, 2006 (with Paul Janeczko)
.....Heroes and She-roes, 2005

Lies, Brian
.....Bats at the Library, 2008
Lin, Grace
.....The Year of the Dog, 2006
.....Lissy's Friends, 2007
Lindaman, Jane
 .....Read Anything Good Lately? (with Susan Allen) 2003
Lindbergh, Reeve
.....The Visit, 2005
Lippman, Laura
.....Life Sentences, 2009
.....Another Thing to Fall, 2008
.....Charm City (DNF)
Lipson, Eden Ross
......Applesauce Season, 2009



Lockhart, E.
.....We Were Liars , 2014
.....The Disreputable History of Frankie Landu-Banks, 2008
 .....Fly on the Wall, 2006
.....The Boy Book, 2006
.....The Boyfriend Book, 2005





Locker, Thomas
 .....Cloud Dance, 2000
Logue, Mary
.....Lake of Tears, 2014
Long, Loren
 .....Otis, 2009
Lopez, Diana
.....Confetti Girl, 2009
Lord, Cynthia
.....Half a Chance, 2014
.....Hot Rod Hamster, 2010
.....Touch Blue, 2010
Lord, Janet
.....Albert the Fix-It Man, 2010
Lore, Pittacus (actually James Frey)
.....The Power of Six, 2011
.....I Am Number Four, 2010
Lourie, Peter
.....Mystery of the Maya, 2001
Lovelace, Merline
.....All the Wrong Moves, 2009
Lovett, Charlie
.....The Bookman's Tale, 2013
Lowell, Susan

.....Little Red Cowboy Hat, 1997

Lowry, Lois
.....Son, 2012
.....The Birthday Ball, 2010
 .....Crow Call, 2009
.....Gooney Bird is So Absurd, 2009
.....Gooney the Fabulous, 2007
.....Gooney Bird and the Room Mother, 2005
.....Gooney Bird Greene, 2002
.....Gathering Blue, 2000
.....The Giver


Lubar, David
.....Punished! 2006
Luenn, Nancy
.....A Gift for Abuelita, 1998
Luxbacher, Irene
.....Mattoo, Let's Play! 2010
Luzzatto, Kfir
.....The Evelyn Project, 2012
Lyon, George Ella
.....The Pirate of Kindergarten, 2010
.....Sleepsong, 2009
.....My Friend, the Starfinder, 2008
Lyon, Robin
.....The Spanish Missions of Arizona, 2010
MacDonald, Margaret Read
.....The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog, 2007
MacLachlan, Patricia
.....The Poet's Dog, 2015
.....Snowflakes Fall, 2013
.....Waiting for the Magic, 2011
.....Word After Word After Word, 2010
.....All the Places to Love, 1994
Macomaber, Debbie & Mary Lou Carney
 .....The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater...That Grandma Knit, 2009
Mahy, Margaret
.....Bubble Trouble, 2008 in UK/2009 US
Malaspina, Ann
.....Yasmin's Hammer, 2010
 .....Finding Lincoln, 2009
Mandel, Emily St. John
.....Station Eleven , 2014
Man-Kong, Mary
.....Lucky New Year! 2008
Mansfield, Howard
.....Hogwood Steps Out, 2008
Mapson, Jo-Ann
.....Solomon's Oak, 2010
Mara, Wil
.....Frame 232, 2013
Marchetta, Melina
.....Jellicoe Road, 2006
Marcus, Leonard
.....Pass It Down, 2007
Markel, Michelle
.....The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, 2012
Marr, Melissa
.....The Arrivals, 2013
Marsons, Angela
.....Evil Games , 2015
.....Silent Scream, 2015
Martin, Ann M.
.....A Corner of the Universe, 2002
Martin, Bill, Jr.
 .....Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, 2008
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs
.....The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig, 2003
Martin, Steve
.....Late for School, 2010
.....Shopgirl, 2000

Mass, Wendy
.....Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight, 2014
.....11 Birthdays, 2009
.....Every Soul a Star, 2008
Matson, Morgan
.....Since You've Been Gone, 2014
Mayor, Archer
.....Tag Man, 2011
McBrier, Page
 .....Beatrice's Goat, 2001
McCarthy, Meghan
.....Earmuffs for Everyone, 2015
McCarty, Peter
.....Henry in Love, 2010
.....Jeremy Draws a Monster, 2009
McClure, Nikki
.....Mama, Is It Summer Yet? 2010


McDonald, Megan
.....Judy Moody, Mood Martian, 2014
.....The Hinky Pink, 2008
.....The Incredible Shrinking Kid (Stink #1) 2005

.....Judy Moody (#1) 2000

McDonnell,Patrick
.....Me...Jane, 2011
.....South, 2008

McGarrity, Michael
.....Serpent Gate, 1998
.....Mexican Hat, 1997
.....Tularosa, 1996

McGhee, Alison
.....Song of Middle C, 2009
.....Little Boy, 2008
McGinty, Alice B.
.....Thank You, World, 2007
McKissack, Patricia C.
.....Stitchin' and Pullin' a Gee's Bend Quilt, 2008
McLaughlin, Lauren
.....Cycler, 2008
McMann, Lisa
.....The Unwanteds, 2011
McMullan, Kate & Jim
.....I'm Bad, 2008
McPhail, David
 .....No! 2009
Mead, Alice
.....Year of No Rain, 2003
.....Girl of Kosovo, 2001
Meissner, Susan
.....White Picket Fences, A Novel  (DNF)
Messner, Kate
.....Wake Up Missing, 2013 DNF
Melzer, Brad
.....I am Rosa Parks, 2014
.....I am Lucille Ball, 2015
.....The Book of Lies, 2008

Meyer, Marissa
......Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) 2014
......Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) 2013
......Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) 2012
Meyer, Stephenie .
....New Moon (Twilight #2) 2006
.....Eclipse (Twilight #3) 2007
.....Breaking Dawn (Twilight 4) 2008
Meyers, Kevin & Haily
.....All Aboard!  National Parks
Michelson, Richard
.....Busing Brewster, 2010
Miller, Donalyn
.....The Book Whisperer, 2009
Miller, Pat Zietlow
.....Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story, 2015
Miller, Sue
.....Lakeshore Limited, 2010
Miller, Susan Cummins
.....Death Assemblage, 2002
Mills, Claudia
.....How Oliver Olson Changed the World, 2009
Milway, Katie Smith
.....One Hen, 2008
Mobin-Uddin, Asma
.....A Party in Ramadan, 2009
.....My Name is Bilal, 2005
Mohammed, Khadra
.....My Name is Sangoel (with Karen Lynn Williams) 2009
.....Four Feet, Two Sandals (with Karen Lynn Williams) 2007
Mollison, James
.....Where Children Sleep, 2010
Monir, Alexandra
.....Suspicion, 2014
Moore, Inga
.....Captain Cat, 2013

Mora, Pat
.....Book Fiesta! 2009
.....Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! 2007
.....Pablo's Tree, 1994



Morales, Yuyi
.....Just in Case, 2008
Moriarty, Kathleen
.....Wiil Waal, 2007
Morrell, David
.....Creepers, 2005
Morris, Carla
.....The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians, 2007
Morrison, Toni & Slade
.....Peeny Butter Fudge, 2009
Morton, Kate
.....The Forgotten Garden, 2008
Moss, Marissa
.....Bravest Woman in America, 2011
.....Amelia Hits the Road, 1997
Mosse, Kate
.....Sepulchre, 2008
Moulton, Mark Kimball
.....The Very Best Pumpkin, 2010
Muldrow, Diane
.....We Planted a Tree, 2010
Muller, Marcia
.....Cape Perdido, 2005
.....A Wild and Lonely Place (Sharon McCone #16) 1995
Mullins, Meg
.....The Rug Merchant, 2006
Munro, Alice
.....Too Much Happiness, 2009
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
.....Front and Center, 2009
.....Off Season, 2007
.....Dairy Queen, 2006
Murdock, Emily
.....If You Find Me, 2013
Murphy, Mary
.....Say Hello Like This, 2014
.....Koala and the Flower, 2001
.....I Like It When ... 1997
Murray, Marjorie Dennis
.....Halloween Night, 2008
Musgrove, Margaret
.....The Spider Weaver, 2001
Musser, Rebecca
.....The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice, 2013
Myracle, Lauren
.....Shine, 2011
Myron, Vicki & Brett Witter
.....Dewey, There's a Cat in the Library, 2009
Naden, Corinne & Rose Blue
.....Ron's Big Mission, 2009
Neggers, Carla
.....Saint's Gate, 2011
Nelson, Kadir
.....Nelson Mandela, 2013
Ness, Patrick
......The Knife of Never Letting Go, 2008
Netzer, Lydia
.....Shine Shine Shine, 2012
Neubecker, Robert
 .....Winter is For Snow, 2013
.....Wow! America! 2006
Neville, Katherine
.....The Eight (DNF)
Newman, Jeff
.....The Boys, 2010
Nichols, Lori
.....Maple, 2014
Nickerson, Sarah
.....How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, 2002
Niemann, Christoph
.....The Pet Dragon, 2008
Nikola-Lish, W.
 .....Magic in the Margins, 2007
Niven, Jennifer
.....Holding Up the Universe , 2016
Nivola, Claire A.
.....Planting the Trees of Kenya, 2008
Nobleman, Marc Tyler
.....Boys of Steel, 2008
Noel, Alyson
.....Evermore (#1 The Immortals series), 2009
Nolte, Jack (pseudonym) now using real name of Scott William Carter)
.....The Gray and Guilty Sea, 2010
Norman, Geoffrey
 .....Stars Above Us, 2009
Novesky, Amy
.....Me, Frida, 2010
Numeroff, Laura
 .....Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever, 2010
Nyeu, Tao
.....Wonder Bear, 2008
Obama, Barack
.....Of Thee I Sing, 2010
O'Connor, Jane
.....Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, 2009
.....Fancy Nancy's Favorite Fancy Words, 2008
O'Dell, Tawni
.....Sister Mine, 2007
O'Farrell, Maggie
.....The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, 2006
Oelschlager, Vanita
.....A Tale of Two Daddies, 2010
Ogilvy, Shelli
.....Alphabet Bird Collection, 2009
Okimoto, Jean Davies
.....Winston of Churchill, 2007
Oliver, Lauren
.....Pandemonium, 2012
.....Delirium, 2011
 O'Malley, Kevin & Judy FInchler
.....Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind, 2006
Onyefulu, Ifeoma
.....One Big Family: Sharting Life in an African Village, 1996
Ordover, Heather
.....Grounded, 2013
Orlev, Uri
.....The Song of the Whales, 2010
Osborne, Mary Pope
.....Magic Tree House #8: Midnight on the Moon (& its companiion resource guide) 2002
O'Shaughnessy, Perri
.....Unlucky in Law, 2004
Otsuka, Julie
.....The Buddha in the Attic, 2011
Pacilio, V. J.
 .....Ling Cho and His Three Friends, 2000
Palacio, P. J.
.....Wonder , 2015
Palatini, Margie
.....Lousy, Rotten, Stinkin' Grapes, 2009
Pallotta, Jerry
.....Who Will Plant a Tree? 2010
.....Dory Story, 2000
Paolilli, Paul  (& Dan Brewer)
.....Silver Seeds, 2001
Park, Barbara
.....Junie B. Jones & The Stupid Smelly Bus, 1992
Park, Linda Sue
......A Long Walk to Water, 2010
....Tap Dancing on the Roof, 2007
Parker, Barbara
.....Dark of Day, 2008
Parker, Marjorie Blain
.....Colorful Dreamer, The Story of Henri Matisse, 2012

Parker, Robert B.
.....Night and Day (Jesse Stone #8)
.....The Professional (Spenser #37) 2009
.....Stranger in Paradise (Jesse Stone) 2008
.....Painted Ladies (Spenser) 2010
.....Rough Weather (Spenser), 2008
.....Hundred-Dollar Baby (Spenser) 2006
.....School Days (Spenser), 2005
.....Bad Business (Spenser #31) 2004
.....Back Story (Spenser #30) 2003
.....Shrink Rap (Sunny Randall #3) 2002
.....Potshot (Spenser #28) 2000
.....Hugger Mugger (Spenser #27) 2000

Parkhurst, Carolyn
.....Lost and Found, 2006 DNF
Parks, Brad
 .....Faces of the Gone, 2009

Parr, Todd
.....The Earth Book, 2010
.....The I Love You Book, 2009
.....Reading Makes You Feel Good, 2005
.....The Peace Book, 2004
.....It's Okay to Be Different, 2001



Partridge, Elizabeth
.....Dogtag Summer, 2011
.....Big Cat Pepper, 2009
Paschkis, Julie
.....Flutter & Hum, 2015
Patchett, Ann
.....State of Wonder, 2011
Paterson, Katherine
.....Brother Sun, Sister Moon, 2011
.....Day of the Pelican, 2009
.....The Same Stuff as Stars, 2002
Patrick, Denise Lewis
.....Ma Dear's Old Green House, 2004
Patt, Beverly
.....Best Friends Forever, A World War II Scrapbook, 2010
Patterson, James
.....1st to Die, 2001
Pattillo, Beth
 .....Jane Austen Ruined My Life, 2009
Paul, Alison

.....Sunday Love, 2010

Paulsen, Gary
.....Lawn Boy, 2007
.....The Amazing Life of Birds, 2006
Pavone, Chris
.....The Expats, 2012
Payne, Holly
.....The Virgin's Knot, 2002 (DNF)
Paxton, Tom
.....The Marvelous Toy, 2009
Peacock, Louise
.....At Ellis Island, 2007
Peacock, Shane
.....The Artist and Me, 2016
Pearson, Mary E.
.....The Kiss of Deceptionm 2014
Pearson, Ridley .
....Killer View, 2008
Peete, Holly Robinson & Ryan Elizabeth
.....My Brother Charlie, 2010
Pelecanos, George
.....The Cut, 2011
Penn, Audrey
.....Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories, 2009
Penny, Louise
.....Still Life, 2005
Pennypacker, Sara
.....Sparrow Girl, 2009
.....Summer of the Gypsy Moths, 2012
Perl, Lila
 .....The Ancient Maya, 2005
Perrin, Clotilde
.....At the Same Moment, Around the World, 2014
Perrotta, Tom
.....The Abstinence Teacher, 2007
Perry, Andrea
.....The Snack Smasher, 2007
Perry, Sarah
.....If..., 1995
Perry, Thomas
.....Blood Money, 1999
Pessl, Marisha
.....Night Film
Peters, Lisa Westberg
.....Earthshake:  Poems from the Ground Up, 2003
Petrucha, Stefan
.....The Rule of Won, 2008
Pfeffer, Wendy
.....The Shortest Day, 2003
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
.....Heroes Are My Weakness, 2014
Pickard, Nancy
.....The Scent of Rain and Lightning, 2010
Picoult, Jodi
.....Between the Lines (with daughter Samantha van Leer), 2012 DNF
.....Lone Wolf, 2012
.....Picture Perfect
Pinborough, Jan
.....Miss Moore Thought Otherwise, 2013
Pinfold, Levi
.....Black Dog, 2011
Pinkney, Andrea Davis
.....Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, 2010
Pinkney, Jerry
.....The Lion and the Mouse, 2009
Pinkwater, Daniel
.....Beautiful Yetta, the Yiddish Chicken, 2010

Plourde, Lynn
.....Grandpappy Snippy Snappies, 2009
.....The Dump Man's Treasures, 2008



Polacco, Patricia
.....Tucky Jo and Little Heart, 2015
.....Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece, 2014
.....Fiona's Lace, 2014
.....Clara and Davie, 2014
.....Gifts of the Heart, 2013
.....The Junkyard Wonders, 2010
.....January's Sparrow, 2009
.....In Our Mother's House, 2009
.....Someone for Mr. Sussman, 2008
.....Mommies Say Shhh! BOARD BOOK, 2005
.....An Orange for Frankie, 2004
Pollock, Penny
.....When the Moon is Full, 2001
Portis, Antoinette
.....Not a Stick, 2008
Portnoy, Minda Avra
.....A Tale of Two Seders, 2010
Potter, Ellen
.....Piper Green and the Fairy Tree (#1), 2015
Prelutsky, Jack
.....In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden
Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
.....Two Graves, 2012
Primavera, Elise
 .....Thumb Love, 2010
Proulx, Annie
.....The Shipping News, 1993
Pullen, Zachary
.....Friday My Radio Flyer Flew, 2008
Pulley, D. M.
.....The Buried Book, 2016
Pulver, Robin
.....Christmas Kitten: Home at Last, 2010
.....Never Say Boo! 2009

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Wanderings

This Sunday was a gorgeous day - mid 70's, very difficult to leave the house, the finches, and the pool-whose-water-is-getting-warmer-and-warmer. It was one of those Arizona, azure skies. Unbeatable. but I hit the road anyway, and just sort of went where my nose led me.....

Antigone Book Store, 4th Avenue, Tucson Since it's Sunday, Antigone didn't open until 11, so I got back in the car and decided to head downtown to the Il Tiradito Shrine. To my disappointment, the roads were blocked today for some sort of Tucson bicycle extravaganza, Cyclovia, so that was out. Ah well, another Sunday. Back to Antigone. Today was their party to celebrate being the first bookstore in America to be 100% solar powered. Now THAT's pretty cool. I love this bookstore. It's quite difficult to describe. Artsy. Loads and loads of cutting edge new books, including kid's and kid's poetry. More journal than I've ever seen together in one place, and some of the most clever - and unusual - greeting cards anywhere. Music. Gifts...out-of-the ordinary, nothing "usual." Tee shirts. Very back-to-the-earth-y and environmentally friendly. They have a parking area for customers, too, so I've never found it difficult to find a parking place.

San Xavier del Bac, Tohono O'odham Reservation, a breath south of Tucson on Mission Road (or I-19) The White Dove of the Desert. I love this place....at least, when it's not overcrowded with tourists, like it was today. Note to self: Do NOT go to San Xavier on a Sunday in March. Huge crowds. People would smash into y ou for a parking place. Save this trip for a different time of year or day of the week. It was still lovely to look at, but I high-tailed it out of there pretty fast. I went north on Mission Road instead of getting back onto I-19 and headed up for Gates Pass and the west side of Tucson, Super Saguaro Country.

Tucson Mountain Park, on the west side of Tucson It's hard to say whether there's a more beautiful desert drive than through Gates Pass and north or south on Kinney Road. The thickest stand of saguaros anywhere, orange-tipped ocotillos, teddy bear cholla, sentinel-peaked mountains, clear azure sky. Oh my, oh my, oh my. Breathtaking. And this place is my HOME now, I'm not even a tourist. That's why I have to take advantage , right?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

MOVIE - No Strings Attached

Just delightful
Released 1-21-11 DVD 5-10-11
R (1:50)
Sat. 3-26-2011 at Kolb Cheap Theater...alone
RT; 49% cag 91%
Director: Ivan Reitman
Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Kevin Kline

Okay, I laughed out loud, I giggled, I grinned, and I rarely wiggled in my seat. This movie was a charmer. Okay, you know how it's gonna end -- and you're happy to be on the ride that gets you there. The perfect movie to cheer up an otherwise sad day.

Emma and Adam met at camp when they were 14 and kept bumping into each other for then fifteen years. Now Emma (Portman) is training to be a doctor and Adam (Kutcher) works on a Glee-like television production and after an unexpected one-morning-stand decide to be "friends with benefits." That's as far as it goes, no commitments.

These two have great charisma. They enjoy each other, their eyes sparkle, they make a really wonderful pair. So as she pushes him away and he pines for her, as they jump each other's bones and deal with his charming actor-father (Kline) who is now dating Adam's ex, as their various friends deem to give advice - well, just sit back, grin, and enjoy. It's just plain fun. Not deep. Not particularly thought-provoking. Pure entertainment. Hurray!

21. Another Thing to Fall - Laura Lippman

Tess Monaghan, Baltimore PI #10
Audio read by Linda Emond (excellently)
2008, Harper Collins audio
8 unabridged cds $39.95 (swapped)
9 hrs.
336 pages
Rating: 4

Tess Monaghan is hired as a "bodyguard" for 20 year old Selene Waites, the party-girl lead in a television pilot that's being filmed on location in Baltimore. Flip Tumulty, the show's writer and director, thinks she's pulling pranks around the set so that she can be released from her contract - bigger and better projects in Hollywood are calling. But then Flip's assistant is murdered, and we see there's another "player" with an entirely different motive.

The story went very quickly and kept my attention. I loved some of the things that Tess thought - what she was really thinking was usually clever, right on, and quite funny. I'd read another in the series.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Grown-Up Reading

I was told recently that I need to read more "good" grown-up literature. This was from a non-murder-mystery fancier. Well, I think I've read a few...but I love my kid's, ya's, and murder mysteries. I'm never going to enjoy nonfiction...including memoir....but I'm planning to try some that have FANTASTIC reviews.

Well, here's what I've read in the non-murder-mystery "grown-up" genre since I started this blog. I'll keep it alphabetical. I love order. (And after making this list, I'm a little surprised....I thought I'd read more, to tell you the truth.)

I found some cool paintings of women reading. Gotta love the Botero!
A
Allende, Isabel - Maya's Notebook (4)
Antani, Jay - The Leaving of Things (4) I consider this ya, however...
B
Barnes, Kim - In the Kingdom of Men (3.5)
Barry, Brunonia - The Lace Reader (4.5)
............................The Map of True Places (4)
Berg, Elizabeth - The Art of Mending (3.5)
..........Tapestry of Fortunes (4)
..........Open House (4)
Binchy, Maeve - Week in Winter (5)
Bivald, Katarina - Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (3)
Blackwell, Elizabeth - In the Shadow of Lakecrest  (1)
Bohjalian, Chris - Trans-Sister Radio
Boyle, T. C. - When the Killing's Done (DNF)
Brooks, Geraldine - People of the Book (5)
..........Caleb's Crossing (3)
Brown, Eleanor - The Weird Sisters (4)
Brown, Shayla - Wicked Ties (2)
Burke, Jan - The Messenger (5)
C

Chevalier, Tracy - Girl with a Pearl Earring (3)
Christiansen, Betty - Knitting for Peace (I only include these books if I've read every word, and I did) NONFICTION
Cleave, Chris - Little Bee (4)
Cline, Ernest - Ready Player One (3.5)
Cook, Claire - Wildwater Walking Club (2.5)
D
Dallas, Sandra - Prayers for Sale (4.5)
deRosnay, Tatiana - Sarah's Key (3)
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa - The Language of Flowers (5)
E
Edwards, Kim - The Lake of Dreams (4)
Eggers, Dave - The Circle (2)
F

Farrington, Tim - The Monk Downstairs (3.5)
Flynn, Gillian - Gone Girl (3)
Fortier, Anne - The Lost Sisterhood (5)
G
Glass, Julia - The Widower's Tale (5)
..........And the Dark, Sacred Night (3)
Goldsmith, Olivia - Bad Boy (3.5/4)
Goolrick, Robert - A Reliable Wife, (4)
Green, Jane - The  Beach House (4)
Grisham, John - Skipping Christmas
Gruber, Michael -
Book of Air and Shadows (3)

H
Hale, Shannon - Austenland (2)
Harkness, Deborah -
A Discovery of Witches (All Soul's Trilogy #1) (5)

.......... - Shadow of Night (All Soul's Trilogy #2) (2.5)
Hashimi, Nadia - The Pearl That Broke Its Shell (4.5)
Hilderbrand, Elin - The Island (2)
Hoffman, Alice - 
Museum of Extraordinary Things, The (5)
.......... - Skylight Confessions (3.5)
.......... - The Third Angel (5)
.......... -
The Ice Queen (4)

.......... - Blue Diary (4)
Horn, Dara - A Guide For the Perplexed (1)
Howard, Linda - Cry No More (3) [looks like a mystery, but it's a romance]
Howe, Katherine - The House of Velvet and Glass (DNF)

.......... - Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (4)
I
J

Jackson, Joshilyn - Gods in Alabama (4.5)
.............Between, Georgia (5)
.............The Opposite of Everyone  (4.5)
.............A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty (5)
.............Girl Who Stopped Swimming, The (3.5)
James, E. L. -  Fifty Shades of Grey (3)
.............Fifty Shades Darker (2)
K
Kearsley, Susanna - The Winter Sea (DNF)
Kingsolver, Barbara -  Flight Behavior (4.5)
..........Prodigal Summer (5)
..........The Poisonwood Bible (4)
..........The Bean Trees (5)
Kline, Christina Baker
..........Orphan Train (4.5)
L
Lovett, Charlie - The Bookman's Tale - Charlie Lovett (5)
M
Mandel, Emily St. John - Station Eleven  (3)
Mapson, JoAnn - Solomon's Oak (4)
Marr, Melissa - The Arrivals (3)
Martin, Steve - Shopgirl (1)
Miller, Derek B. - The Girl in Green (5)
Miller, Sue - Lakeshore Limited (1)
Moore, Mandy & Leanne Prain - Yarn Bombing (loved it-read every word!) NONFICTION
Morton, Kate -
The Forgotten Garden (5)
Mullins, Meg - The Rug Merchant

N
Netzer, Lydia - Shine Shine Shine (4)
O

O'Dell, Tawni - Sister Mine (4)
O'Farrell, Maggie - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (5)
Otsuka, Julie - The Buddha in the Attic (2)
P

Patchett, Ann - State of Wonder (5)
Patillo, Beth -
Jane Austen Ruined My Life (2)
Perotta, Tom -
The Abstinence Teacher (3.5)

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth - Heroes Are My Weakness (5)
Pickard, Nancy -
The Scent of Rain and Lightning (5
)
Picoult - Picture Perfect (2)
..........Lone Wolf (3)
Proulx, Annie - The Shipping News (3.5)
QR
Quick, Matthew - The Good Luck of Right Now (3.5)
Romer, Anna - Lyrebird Hill  (4.5)
Roth, Sally - Attracting Birds to Your Backyard NONFICTION
S

Salak, Kira - The White Mary
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (5)
Shapiro, B. A. - The Art Forger (4)
Simsion, Graeme - The Rosie Project (5)
Sittenfeld, Curtis - Eligible  (4.5)
Sloan, Robin - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (4)
Smith, Deborah - Sweet Hush (4)
Spielman, Lori Nelson - The Life List (4)
Strout, Elizabeth - The Burgess Boys (3.5)

T

Thomason, Dustin - 12.21: A Novel (4.5) Not a MURDER mystery, but a mystery just the same....
Tucker, Lisa - Once Upon a Day (4)
Tyler, Anne - Digging to America (4)
U
V
W
Wallace, Michael - Crow Hollow (4) HistFict
Walls, Jeannette - The Silver Star (Liked it/3 - though I would consider it YA)
Webb, Wendy - The Tale of Halcyon Crane (It was okay/2)
Weiner, Jennifer - Good in Bed (If I remember correctly, I totally enjoyed this/4)
White, Karen - The Time Between (It was okay/2)
Wiggs, Susan - Family Tree (3 Easy reading romance...)
Wingate, Lisa - The Prayer Box (DNF, bleh...)
X
Y
Z

Zevin, Gabrielle - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (5)