Saturday, March 3, 2018

Works in Progress and Books On the Table

I received two new review books in the mail today. From Blogging for Books, my choice was Patriot Number One American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers. A Goodreads friend's review prompted my interest in this book about a family of Chinese immigrants.
I won Gayle Forman's I Have Lost My Way from Bookish. I read an excerpt and wrote an impression review to enter to win. This will be my first read by this author.
I used a discount coupon from Simon and Schuster to purchase Janesville by Amy Goldstein. It is a study of the effect on the community after the closing of a GM plant.

I am reading too many books right now:
  • An American Quilt by Rachel May, the secret history behind a hexagon 1830s quilt from Edelweiss
  • Fun scrap quilt patterns in Oh, Scrap by Lissa Alexander, from Edelweiss
  • Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride, the story of transgender rights, from NetGalley
  • Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris, about a family's forgotten Jewish diaspora roots dating to the 16th c, from NetGalley
  • Erica Robuck's satire #Hockeystrong, a Kindle purchase
  • A new translation of The Canterbury Tales, a Goodreads win
  • High Noon in Hollywood by Warren Adler, an ebook from the publisher

On my TBR NetGalley shelf:
  • Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  • The River by Starlight by Ellen Notbohm
  • Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper whose 2015 novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James was a favorite of mine
  • The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop
  • Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt
  • Limelight by Amy Poeppel
And lots of reviews are scheduled for the coming months:
  • First Ladies of the Republic by Jeanne E. Abrams considers how the early president's wives created their role
  • Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead--a funny comedy of manners novel on mothers and daughters
  • The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman--I loved this book about the world of art 
  • The Italian Party by Christina Lynch--American newlyweds with secrets, set in 1950s Italy
  • Whistler's Mother delves into the personal life of the woman behind the iconic painting
  • Southern Quilts by Mary Kerr explores the rich heritage of Southern quiltings
  • Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech
  • The Opposite of Hate by Sally Kohn--a probing look at why we hate and how to overcome it
  • After Anna by Lisa Scottoline, an engaging courtroom drama
  • West by Carys Davies, a lyrical historical fiction novel
  • The Right To Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloudier--fighting to preserve the Inuit culture
  • Journeys: An American Story, 73 essays on the immigrant experience 
  • The amazing civil rights leader Pauli Murray's autobiography
  • Circe by Madeline Miller--the Greek myths are revisited in a mesmerizing novel
I made new yellow curtains for the bedroom, so of course, I need to make a matching quilt. The curtain fabric is a rose print in yellow and gray. I decided to make a rose sampler applique quilt in the same colors. Here are the blocks I have finished already.

What are you working on? What books are on your table?

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