"Palestine isn't a cause. Well, all right, in some sense it is, but it isn't really, because the land doesn't move from its place. That land will remain, and the question isn't who will hold it, because it's an illusion to think that land can be held. No one can hold land when he's going to end up buried in it. It's the land that holds men and pulls them back toward it. I didn't fight, my dear friend, for the land or for history. I fought for the sake of a woman I loved. "(p.21)"Before Umm Hassan could open her mouth to ask a thing, the Israeli woman said, 'It's your house, isn't it?''How did you know?' asked Umm Hassan.'I've been waiting for you for a long time. Welcome.'" (p.104)"Evil has no meaning, and we were just its tools." (p.271)"We invent stories of our misery and then believe them. We'll believe anything so as not to see. We cover our eyes and set off, and then we bump into each other." (p. 383)"It takes another culture to let us discover that half the things that seem obvious are simply our own stupidities." (p.432)
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
2. Wipsnade Zoo is the last concert I saw; it was part of the Rock for Refugees fundraising concert for the organization I worked for in Australia.
3. Spring should be a time to get out and explore nature during one of her finest moments!
4. Oh no! I forgot my wallet at the pet store yesterday! Fortunately, I went back 15 minutes later and retrieved it.
5. I've recently started a new book, Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury. Oh wait, I've been working on that one for two weeks.
6. Maya's laughter and my husband's crazy antics never fails to make me smile.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending time with my family, tomorrow my plans include going to York to visit my mother and Sunday, I want to read!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?
Sunday, March 23, 2008
- Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan, reviewed at A Reader's Journal
- One Day on Beetle Rock by Sally Carrighar, reviewed at Dog Ear Diary
- You Are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy, reviewed at SMS Book Reviews
- Megillat Esther by JT Waldman, reviewed by Marie at the Jewish Literature Challenge
- Tibet, Tibet by Patrick French, reviewed at Lotus Reads
Friday, March 21, 2008
1. Starting to look to buy our first home is so exciting!
2. Strawberry fields are ripe for picking.
3. My hamantaschen recipe sounds like it would taste delicious! And it does!
4. Why does getting a haircut make me feel so good?!
5. Tibet is something I've always wanted to see.
6. It's sad when I think of the good friends we will be leaving in Baltimore when we move to New Jersey in June.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include going to a Purim carnival and Sunday, I want to discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver at my local book group!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
You’ve just reached the end of a book . . . what do you do now? Savor and muse over the book? Dive right into the next one? Go take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, before even thinking about the next book you’re going to read? What?(Obviously, there can be more than one answer, here–a book with a cliff-hanger is going to engender different reactions than a serene, stand-alone, but you get the idea!)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
- Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan, reviewed by Booklogged at A Reader's Journal
- Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff, reviewed by Kookiejar at A Fraternity of Dreamers
- A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs, reviewed by Eva at A Striped Armchair
- Mrs Woolf and the Servants by Alison Light, and Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer Lee, mentioned by Danielle at A Work and Progress. Found here and here.
- Not a book, but a very interesting edition of World Literature Today, mentioned by Wendy at Caribousmom. (In today's Sunday Salon post...go check it out!)
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Okay, so our weekend trip to Providence turned into a full-week trip! My hubby had two more interview offers, one in New Jersey and another in Springfield, MA, so we just got a back from an impromptu vacation in New England and New York! We have discovered that Maya travels wonderfully-taking after her parents- and we were able to stay with my brother-in-law right outside NYC, so we never had to drive more than 4 hours at a time. We had a wonderful time, although everyone is a little bit tired, and the amount of housework I now have to do is bigger than my Mt. TBR! I have a few books waiting to be reviewed, but I'll have to put most of them off until I catch up on things.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thank you everyone for the birthday and get-well wishes. I am feeling much better, although Maya now has a little bit of the snuffles. She seems to have a much milder version of my cold, hopefully helped by all of the antibodies she gets nursing. Her nose is only a little stuffy, and doesn't seem to bother her at all.
I had some wonderful gifts this year. One of them, I first saw on Iliana's blog, Bookgirl's Nighstand, a few months ago, and showed my hubby, who then remembered! He got me a neat mug from CafePress. I also received two gift cards, one from Anthropologie and another for Barnes and Noble. Our daughter has wonderful taste, and got me a book to help me on my long-term Reading across Borders challenge, The Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury (which also happens to be on my Expanding Horizons Challenge list.)
With the money from my parents, I plan to buy this nice hemp bath pillow, and some bath bubbles from California Baby and Lush.
I will be taking another mini-break over the weekend. Hubby has an interview at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence on Monday, so we decided to drive up there for the whole weekend. Keep your fingers crossed, this is our first choice out of all the applications he has submitted so far! And, if anyone knows of any neat things to see (bookish or not) or places to eat in Providence, or any local authors worth checking out, I'm open to suggestions!
1. Ahhhh, it's so nice to fit into all of my pre-pregnancy pants again.
2. One of my favorite things on my desk or bureau is our Mac.
3. Japanese Cherry Blossom will be in bloom soon, and we hope to make it down to DC this time to the festival!
4. The beach is my favorite place to sit and read. When, I'm not at the beach, the chair on my porch will do.
5. Pavlova and fresh fruit on top is delicious!
6. I love to watch Johnny Depp in movies. :)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to um...packing, tomorrow my plans include reading in the car on the way to Rhode Island and Sunday, I want to explore Providence!
Monday, March 3, 2008
I'll be taking a mini-break for the next few days.
Along with some wonderful birthday gifts (of which I'll mention the bookish ones when I get back), I received one that's not-so-nice. Mother Nature gifted me with a nasty cold and sore throat, so I'm taking a small break till I'm back on my feet.
See ya soon!
Scribed by Nyssaneala at 1:20 PM
Sunday, March 2, 2008
- Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel, Charles C Mann, reviewed by Corinne at Littlest Bird
- The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar, reviewed by Laura at Musings
- Omega Minor and Measuring the World: A Novel (Vintage), shortlisted for the 2008 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
- The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger, and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, reviewed by Dewey at the hidden side of a leaf