10 Books in 10 Days, Day 8

“A Confederacy of Dunces”, by the late John Kennedy Toole. This is one of my favorite books and is one that breaks my heart. Much has been made of Mr. Toole’s suicide at the initial failure to get the book published, and his mother’s 11 year quest to finally get the book published, and regarded as a masterpiece of North American Fiction. The book’s title … Continue reading 10 Books in 10 Days, Day 8

The Ten Meaningful Books Challenge: Day Seven

When Democracy Builds by Frank Lloyd Wright (Published 1945) Before I knew anything of his writings, I was in love with his architecture! Sometime during my high school years I read an article about the house, Falling Water, and I was hooked … a house in the woods with a river running through it? A house I might have envisioned if I were an architect. … Continue reading The Ten Meaningful Books Challenge: Day Seven

10 Books in 10 Days Challenge, Day 7

THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA I was raised in a house with no books other than my and my sister’s school books. My four grandparents were illiterate, my pa could read but never did, ma read the occasional pulp novella.  In our day, there was the traveling salesman who sold encyclopedias.  In our case, the man sold us The World Book, and man, was I bitten!  … Continue reading 10 Books in 10 Days Challenge, Day 7

The Ten Meaningful Books Challenge: Day Six

A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina’s Best Recipes, by Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron (Published 1917) To every little bride who has a “Bob” to please; and says she’s tried and tried and tried to cook with skill and ease; and can’t — we offer here as guide, Bettina’s Recipes! To her whose “Bob” is prone to wear a sad … Continue reading The Ten Meaningful Books Challenge: Day Six