Monthly Archives: April 2011

Families, friends, lovers

I am becoming so addicted to listening to books on CD when I drive alone that I find is distressing when I don’t have an audio book with me. Elizabeth Berg is the author of a number of best-selling novels, … Continue reading

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In the briar patch, April 26-27

Spring continues apace in the briar patch. Each day brings new books, and most days bring discoveries of new living signs of the season.

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Intrigue and danger in Victorian England

Anne Perry is one of the best historical novelists writing today.  Her books are literate, thoughtful, thought-provoking and intriguing. Obviously, she has done a great deal of research, yet her stories are told so naturally that the reader is immersed … Continue reading

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In the briar patch, April 21-24

This has been a bit of a slow spell in terms of wildflowers, but we’ve had rain and now it’s warmer, so the pace should pick up.  I was disappointed when looking up a delicate, pretty white flower that blooms … Continue reading

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A classic, worth revisiting

Jane Eyre provided good, diverting company for me recently when I made a quick driving trip to and from Morehead City to take my son a few things he needed before his ship deployed to the Mediterranean. By Linda Brinson … Continue reading

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Kellerman on his game

What has Bob Moyer been reading lately? It’s a mystery. By Robert Moyer MYSTERY. An Alex Delaware Novel. By Jonathan Kellerman. Ballantine Books. 320 pages. $28. Mystery would seem a presumptuous title for a genre all about them. The Mystery here, however, … Continue reading

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In the briar patch, April 16-17

The spring reading season and the spring blooming season are picking up speed. New books arrive daily. And the foliage in the briar patch promises more blooms soon. Here’s what’s new now in the briar patch. My wildflower field guides … Continue reading

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If it’s spring, it must be Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie

Spring brings an abundance of new life and activity in the briar patch outside.  Two bluebirds, I suppose a pair hoping to nest, have been ferociously attacking the windows of the office (a former screened porch) where I write. I’d … Continue reading

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In the briar patch, April 11-13

Here’s an update on what’s going on in the briar patch in Stokes County that nurtures this book blog. The literary world is attuned to the natural realm – spring brings new offerings in many series that might be summer … Continue reading

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Into Africa

Once his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books became hits, Alexander McCall Smith came out with an impressive number of other series. McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe, taught law at the University of Botswana and medical … Continue reading

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