Friday, November 30, 2007

Oops I Did It Again...

I ordered more books from Bookcloseouts. Here they are:

Reading Groups by Jenny Hartley was recommend by Simon a few months back. There are some nice reading lists in the back.

The Widow's War by Sally Gunning was recommend by Gentle Reader.

The Viceroy's Daughters by Anne de Courcy and Ladies and Not-So-Gentle Women by Alfred Allan Lewis are nice big biographies of women - I love these sorts of books.

Title Deeds by Liza Campbell - I read about this book last fall in Vogue - and again this fall by its US title.

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes is a novel about Australian women traveling to the UK to reunite with the UK born husbands.

Here are my latest mooches and used book purchases:

The Brimstone Wedding and The House of Stairs are my 2 latest Barbara Vine acquisitions.

Celia by E.H. Young is the book on these piles I'm most excited about. It's been eluding me until now.

The Optomist's Daughter by Eudora Welty - another Virago

Masie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear - There was a meme a while back and one of the questions was 'What character in fiction would you want to be?' So many people answered Maisie Dobbs and I just knew I needed to find out what all the fuss was about.

The Matriarchs edited by Susan Mitchell is a compilation of twelve Australian women's thoughts on their lives. I think I'm the only person on Librarything with this one!

City of Dreadful Delight by Judith R. Walkowitz - The subtitle is Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London. It looks very scholarly.

A Meal to Please the Masses

It's rare to prepare a meal that everyone is equally excited about. Last night I prepared Broccoli with Wonderful Peanut Sauce from Mollie Katzen's new cookbook The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without. I figured that if you were dipping broccoli into peanut sauce, you might as well dip the rest of your dinner, too, so I prepared broiled chicken marinated in lime juice, olive oil, and cumin, and quinoa mixed with lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, and soy sauce.

(Changes I made to the peanut sauce recipe include: using a bit less water, 2 whole cloves of garlic, and more soy sauce than called for.)


I've been feeling quite smug for the past week that I hadn't picked up the cold my family has been sporting but my luck has ran out. I'm still in the beginning stages with my headache and swollen throat, soon to be followed by the stuffy nose and cough. And there's so much to do. Anyhow, I'm skipping the gym today and throwing myself at the couch to watch Perfume, a movie based on a very strange and creepy book. I read the book a few years ago and Danielle has reminded me that I must watch the film.

Enjoy the weekend!


Cornflower said...

The Viceroy's Daughters is great (and get well soon!).

Shelley said...

This is my first visit to your blog, and it encompasses two things that I treasure most in life--books and food. The broccoli sounds delicious! The roasted veggies look great too!

Tara said...

Karen, I'm glad to hear it, and thank you!

Shelley, thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! The leftover broccoli was just as good.

Iliana said...

Oh no, you had to mention Bookcloseouts! I still have a little coupon from them just burning a hole in my wallet :)
Hope you feel better and enjoy the movie!

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better soon! I'm finally over my drippy cold. Hope it's the only one of this season.

Your new books look good!

Eva said...

I got Maisie Dobbs for the exact same reason!

Bookpiles are so much fun. :)

Nan said...

I love the Maisie Dobbs books so much, and the fourth one is on my TBR Challenge list for 2008. Such good stories.

Danielle said...

Sorry to hear you caught a cold--I am battling one myself-yuck. I haven't ordered from bookcloseouts for ages--you found some really great books! I haven't had any luck lately with Viragos and Bookmooch. I can't seem to find things I really want on bookmooch lately, so I guess I will just hold on to my points. You have some great books there!!

Tara said...

Iliana, I've used that coupon a lot..and received a new one with my last order. But where is it???

Kay, I'm so glad you're feeling better. I know mine won't be the only of the season...with a little one they just keep coming. Last years worst one was when she was exposed to croup. I almost couldn't breathe my throat hurt so much.

Eva, isn't that funny! I also love looking at bookpiles which is why I like to share mine.

Nan, glad to hear another glowing Maisie Dobbs recommendation. It's nice to know there are a few waiting to be read.

Danielle, sorry you're in the same boat. I get so grumpy when I'm sick.. ugh. I'm wondering what Viragos were published in the US in the 80s...I don't have a list of those. The same ones seem to come up a lot, and some never do.

LisaMM said...

Hi Tara, I read The Optomist's Daughter by Eudora Welty about 15 years ago. At the time, I didn't like it, but it's amazing how well I can remember the details of it all these years later. I guess it left an impression.

Possum Magic said...

Your list of books here has sent me running for the Book Depository. I am trying to read more non-fiction, and these are some great ones to add to my list.

Oh, and per Maisie Dobbs - you can't go wrong:) The books are great!