A very old edition…
Synopsis for Little Dorrit:
Amy Dorrit’s father is not very good with money. She was born in the Marshalsea debtors’ prison and has lived there with her family for all of her twenty-two years, only leaving during the day to work as a seamstress for the forbidding Mrs. Clennam. But Amy’s fortunes are about to change: the arrival of Mrs. Clennam’s son Arthur, back from working in China, heralds the beginning of stunning revelations not just about Amy but also about Arthur himself.
Getting stuck into a classic…
Synopsis for Anna Karenina:
Anna Karenina is one of the most loved and memorable heroines of literature. Her overwhelming charm dominates a novel of unparalleled richness and density. Tolstoy considered this book to be his first real attempt at a novel form, and it addresses the very nature of society at all levels,- of destiny, death, human relationships and the irreconcilable contradictions of existence. It ends tragically, and there is much that evokes despair, yet set beside this is an abounding joy in life’s many ephemeral pleasures, and a profusion of comic relief.
Some ‘to read’ books and a few reference books also…
If you look on the bottom shelf, fifth book from the right, you will see Under the Tuscan Sun…
Synopsis for Under the Tuscan Sun:
Frances Mayes – widely published poet, gourmet cook and travel writer – opens the door on a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. She finds faded frescoes beneath the whitewash in the dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles – and even a wayward scorpion under her pillow. And from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, she creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, all included in this book. In the vibrant local markets and neighbouring hill towns, the author explores the nuances of the Italian landscape, history and cuisine. Each adventure yields delightful surprises – the perfect panettone, an unforgettable wine, or painted Etruscan tombs. Doing for Tuscany what Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion. A celebration of the extraordinary quality of life in Tuscany, “Under The Tuscan Sun” is a feast for all the senses.
…think I’ll just snuggle with my bear 😉
Synopsis for To Kill a Mockingbird:
“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel–a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humour and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930’s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice–but the weight of history will only tolerate so much. One of the best-loved classics of all time, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular film. It was also named the best novel of the twentieth century by librarians across the country (“Library Journal”).
Folding, packing, throwing 😉
We’re doing the local paper run! And boy what a full-on three day job THAT is! But it brings in some extra cash, so why not, right?
A Marie Claire article…
Yup, it’s the latest ‘dating’ craze according to the article I am currently reading in the November issue of Marie Claire (UK edition). It’s certainly different…would you do it? The idea is to sniff a whole bunch of white shirts that people are told to sleep in for three days and then bring to the party. If they like the umm…smell..of a particular shirt (or shirts) you get your photo taken with the shirt (which is numbered). This photo is then projected onto a wall so that the owners can introduce themselves, if they choose to. Hmmm….
Time for a coffee 😉
Got some good reading material here; Marie Claire and Weight Watchers from the UK (from our recent holiday), a magazine called ‘Goeie Huishouding’ from South Africa (also from our trip) and my favourite magazine; Prevention. There are also some other foodie magazines amongst that pile, as well as Fernwood Fitness magazines from my gym… Happy reading, I say! 🙂