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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Breakfast With The Authors & Books on my Radar



Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good week.  A couple of weeks ago, my friend Kathy and I attended another wonderful Buttonwood Breakfast with the Authors.  It took place in Cohasset, and this was our magnificent view.

What a great way to spend a few hours. 




Kathy the owner (middle) and her gracious staff make a habit of greeting every guest at the door.  It was a full house, as always.





Buttonwood Books & Toys had much to celebrate.  It was their 50th Breakfast With The Authors.  I've only been to 4 of them - I'm sorry that I missed the other 46!








When I first spotted Benjamin in the sea of lovely coiffed, middle-aged ladies, I assumed that he was someone's son.  You know what assume means, right?  Benjamin may look young, but he is an accomplished author.
  
A few years ago, Benjamin spotted a small article in his local North Carolina newspaper about a man who was being released from prison after twenty-four years.  The thing that caught Benjamin's eye was the fact that this gentleman was exonerated due to his innocence.  The author thought this would be a fascinating magazine story.  After meeting all the key characters and researching the case, Benjamin found himself with two integral stories and 48 pages of text. Thus, the book, Ghost of the Innocent Man was born.  

Considering the fact that I can't live without watching the TV shows 48 Hours and 20/20, this sounds right up my alley.

***** 





I was fortunate enough to sit at Lisa Duffy's table.  Lisa lives locally and runs a busy household consisting of one husband and three busy teenagers.  She also has three grown children that live in the area.




The Salt House is a beautiful story about the aftermath of a family that lived through a heartbreaking tragedy.  It chronicles each family member's way of handling their grief.  I wrote a review of the book here.

I mentioned to Lisa that the thing that I appreciated the most about the book was her portrayal of the multi-dimensional characters.  I did not want the book to end because I did not want to say goodbye to this family.  She told me that she felt the same way writing it.







Tova Mirvis is another local author who has written her first memoir.  The Book of Separation began as an article that was published by The New York Times.  It chronicles Tova's journey of leaving her marriage and her orthodox-Jewish faith. She told interesting stories of her children as well as herself adjusting to their new lives. 

*****    




As always, Buttonwood Books kept us all well fed as we listened to the authors speak.



Besides the great books, fabulous authors, and the stellar Buttonwood staff, the functions that are hosted attract the nicest people.  This is my new friend, Marie who introduced herself and a good friend of my Regis pals. 

Marie told me that she gave The Salt House to one of her friends with a note that she was taking her to the Breakfast.  She said that she is not giving gifts to her friends anymore - just experiences.  I thought that was a great idea.  I just may borrow a page from Marie's book.  





One last thing...
did I mention the view?

*****





I just finished listening to Beneath A Scarlet Sky and enjoyed it. I feel odd using the word "enjoy" in describing this epic tale based on a true story because it's not pretty.  It takes place in Italy during World War II and centers around a teenager who wants nothing to do with the Nazis and yet ends up working for Hitler's second-in-command.  There isn't a dull moment in this page-turner.  It is an inspiring story of love and resilience. 




The Mister and I listened to The Professor on one of our road trips.  We both enjoyed it very much and will probably listen to more of Robert Bailey's books.






I just started listening to The Good Widow.  It grabbed me within the first five minutes.  A young wife answers the door and is greeted by a police officer who breaks the sad news that her hubby was killed in a car accident in Hawaii.  Spoiler alert:  he told her he was in Kansas on business.

I'll be watching the Mister with very closely when he books his next business trip.




I'm still reading The Designer and like it very much.  It's got all the glamour of the design industry in Paris in the 1940's along with plenty of colorful characters.

 


The House by the River is described as a family saga covering the lives of a mother and her five adult daughters.  It's gotten very good reviews.




 
One of my book club friends read The Alice Network and highly recommended it.  If it's good enough for my buddy, it's good enough for me. 






I look forward to reading Winter Solstice because I am curious as to what happens to the lovable Quinn family.  I enjoyed the past three books in this series.  I like to read light books around the holidays and also enjoy giving them as gifts.  




You know I love a good suspense, and The Spinster Wife looks like it fits the bill.  The main character faces many fears and takes refuge in a remote cottage in Ireland.

In the old days, my Mother's biggest fear was that I was going to be a spinster. 





The Ghost Writer has received fabulous reviews.  It revolves around a popular romance author who writes her last book.  It's nonfiction, and it's her final confession.
I can hardly wait!!!




I've read several of Colleen Hoover's books, and I will most likely read this one.  Without Merit delves into a quirky, unorthodox family that lives in a repurposed church and is filled with secrets.  Colleen Hoover's  writing reminds me very much of Jodi Picoult's style.
   



A small town in Georgia faces tragedy when three high school cheerleaders are killed in a car crash.  When We Were Worthy tells the stories of the people and families involved as well as the aftermath in the community.  




Three law students figure out that the school that they are attending is not all it's cracked up to be.  It sounds like The Rooster Bar is John Grisham at his best. 

Have you read anything good lately?



Until next time...




Monday, October 16, 2017

Obsessed With Osterville

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your weekend.  Ours was delightful.  The Mister and I went out to dinner with dear friends, and we also saw a fantastic movie which I highly recommend.  



Victoria & Abdul is definitely worth the price of a ticket.


*****

A couple of weeks ago, the Mister and I ventured to one of my favorite towns on the Cape, Osterville.  I had been there a couple of times before, but it was the Mister's virgin voyage.  You can read my past posts about this beautiful town here and here.   





Osterville is located on the south side of Barnstable on Nantucket Sound.  It was originally named Oysterville because it was the center for harvesting wild oysters.  Years later, the name changed when a map misspelled the name.




The morning that we arrived was a grey one.  
As the day wore on, the sun came out to join us.




The town was decked out in all its Autumn glory.



To our surprise, the town was holding its Fall Festival.  
Many of the shops were offering sales.  In my opinion, the word sale can take a so-so Fall Fest and turn it into a spectacular one.







Details and Goods is a treasure trove of stunning clothes and accessories.  I did a feature on this shop a few years ago here.  There is another Details and Goods in Hingham, as well.
The website is out of commission at this moment.



I stopped into this darling antique shop, Edythe & Co. and met the lovely owner, Edythe.  



The attractive bookshelf was a cranberry sleuth which was used in cranberry bogs many years ago. 










I would have loved to spend the day in Edythe & Co. with sweet Edythe, but the Mister was getting irritable and needed his noon feeding.



I thought the Mister would love Crisp and I was right.








We feasted on scrumptious flatbread and bruschetta.  The diet starts on Monday.



It was time for us wear off our delicious calories.  Down the street, I spotted this sign, and I had to smile because it reminded me of the enjoyable book I had just finished, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. 



Just like the book, the store, Oliphant did not disappoint.  
It was love at first sight.  The lady who worked at the store said that several patrons mentioned the book to her.  There is no connection, by the way. 






Great furniture as well as accessories.



And the jewelry - one temptation after another!



How cute are these gift cards!



And I have good news for Sista... the owner of Oliphant has another store in Litchfield.  For some reason, I have a sneaking suspicion that she has been there... 



Oliphant offers stunning clothes, as well.




How do I top off this magnificent day?
A ride in a fire engine might do it.



Until next time...






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