prosodic: (love to read)
Just spent my B&N gift cards at bn.com. I love bargain books.

Historical fiction:

* Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
* Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson
* The Royal Harlot: A Novel of the Countess Castlemaine and King Charles II by Susan Holloway Scott
* Mr. Darcy's Dream by Elizabeth Aston
* A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Laurien Gardner
* Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer

Those were $4 each

And then: this tote bag. I saw it at the store when I was there earlier today, and almost bought it.

And I still have a couple bucks left over. :)
prosodic: (books)
"Riches, prestige, everything can be lost. But the happiness in your own heart can only be dimmed; it will always be there, as long as you live, to make you happy again." - Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

I'm in the process of re-reading Anne Frank's diary, prompted by the recent death of Miep Gies. The last time I read it was probably when I was 12 or so. I can't remember specifically. But it was the heavily edited edition. When her diary was first published, there was a lot left out - her thoughts about her mother (which were mostly mean), her musings on sex and puberty (which can be somewhat graphic at times - last night, I read her very detailed description of girly bits).

I have the definitive edition now, which includes all the things previously edited out. It's amazing. There is a whole different dimension to Anne Frank that I didn't know about before. If you read this, knowing nothing about her, you would conclude that she is much older than the 13-15 years of age that she was when she wrote this. It amazes me.

I treasure this book. I mean, I REALLY treasure it. I always thought The Diary of a Young Girl was one of the most important books ever to be published, but I feel so even more strongly now.
prosodic: (me)
I bought a houseplant about a year ago that, according to the accompanying tag, "thrives on neglect."

Yeah, not so much. It's dying. And I do water it on occasion (as it obviously needs water, but it's a tropical plant, so it doesn't need much), and I put it in a spot where it can get a lot of natural light. And that's really all I'm supposed to do for it, so I don't know why it's dying. It was so pretty when I first got it. Now it looks sad and pathetic.

I had several houseplants in Germany and I never had a problem with them. I had several cacti, a small tree, and a few other things. I gave them away before we left, but they were healthy and happy.

The plant I have now that isn't doing well is a Ponytail Palm. My African violets even died recently and those are supposed to be really easy to care for, and I followed the instructions on those too.

Maybe my house just isn't a good environment for plants. I have no idea.

Soon, the Ponytail Palm will be gone and I won't have any houseplants left. And I don't know if I should keep trying or just give up. I've never lived in a house without plants.

***


I started this morning off differently than I do every other morning. Maybe that's a good thing. I was trying to finish up The Thirteenth Tale last night before bed. But Lance came in, wanting to sleep, so I put it down. But it was the first thing I thought about when I woke up this morning. Lance was already up. So as soon as I decided to get up myself, I just sat up in bed, turned on the lamp, picked up the book, and started reading. I finally finished it. :) It took me FOREVER to read it (about 2 months, I think? A very long time for me). I've been too busy to have a lot of leisure reading time. It is a pretty amazing novel. I loved it.

Now I'm moving on to The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, on the very enthusiastic recommendation of a friend who emailed me just to tell me about it, and said she is anxious to discuss it with me. So I requested it from the library. It's supposed to be a modern re-telling of Hamlet, so it has definitely piqued my curiosity.
prosodic: (bookworm)
Brrrrrrr...it's cold out right now, but I'm leaving in about half an hour for the light rail station. I'll take light rail, get off at the Columbia City Station, meet up with Lisa, and we'll walk to Tutta Bella (Neapolitan pizza) for lunch. Then BOOKFEST!

Glorious Bookfest! An afternoon of BOOKS!

The Friends of Seattle Public Library will be there, trading and selling books, so I'm bringing a couple of paperbacks to swap. I don't really know what to expect today, but I know I'm going to have fun!

Then I'll come home to dinner in the slow cooker (brown sugar chicken). And then I have to work on my design project. I'm on page 3, so it's coming along. I just want a complete rough draft by Tuesday night and then I'll finish the tweaking on Wednesday and submit it. The most time-consuming part of the whole thing is taking screenshots and editing them so they fit into my document (which is booklet sized). I don't expect it to be the best project of the class, but hopefully it won't be the worst. Either way, I'll pass the class as long as I do all the assignments.
prosodic: (bookworm)
I have a 40% off coupon from Borders for a book.

I get these every so often, and I can't always take advantage of them. I would really like to now and use it for...I don't know, the technical editing book I need for my next class.

Alas, Borders doesn't carry it. Online, anyway. And I was trying to decide if I could use the coupon for a book for an upcoming birthday or something. My mom's not an avid reader, although she enjoys the occasional Dean Koontz (her birthday in next month). My grandma constantly has her nose in a book, so maybe I should use it to get her Christmas gift.

I do know that I want to get John Keats' Bright Star, because I don't have enough poetry in my life (pretty much just Shakespeare's sonnets and a 20th century women's poetry anthology that I barely crack open), and Keats has always been one of my favorites. I need to get at least $25 on the order so I can get free shipping.

What to do...what to do...

new books!

Jul. 21st, 2009 07:52 pm
prosodic: (bookworm)
Lance had errands to run this evening, and asked me to tag along. One of his errands included picking up a computer programming book at Barnes & Noble. But since it was next door to Office Depot and he also needed a printer cartridge, he went to Office Depot first. I skipped it entirely and made a beeline for the bargain books.

Finds:
Becoming Jane Austen - Jon Spence
Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders - Josephine Ross

The second book is cute.

Lance found me at one point, bearing one other book he found for me... 88 Money-Making Writing Jobs - Robert Bly. So I added that to the pile. I checked on the book when we got home and it has a 5 star rating from amazon, so hopefully it was worth the purchase. If nothing else, I can write it off as a business expense.

All in all, not a bad day, though I could do without the heat-induced headache.

And this post reminds me that I haven't read anything since we got back from Ohio. I just haven't been in the mood to read. I'm working on a book by William Zinsser that I have to review, so I should probably try to read some more of that tonight.

It's also ridiculous how many unread books I have sitting in my bookshelf right now. And I'm running out of room for them. Good thing I don't make it to B&N very often.

Yowza

Jun. 18th, 2009 09:04 pm
prosodic: (hyperbole)
So I am now maintaining 3 blogs. I started a new one today. Not ready to release the URL for it just yet until I have a few more things posted on it.

This is madness, I swear. And each of these blogs serve completely different purposes. I hope the new one gets a lot of visitors, because it's not really writing-focused. It'll mostly be links - just trying to compile information in one place that is otherwise scattered throughout the internet.

I'll probably wake up tomorrow thinking I'm insane, and then I'll end up deleting it. But it's something I've been contemplating for weeks. And I've mentioned the idea to a few people and they thought it was very useful. So we'll see.

Anyway, I spent part of the afternoon at Kathy's. It seems her son has acquired a big box (a plastic backyard playset came in it) and she wanted to do something crafty with it, since he wants to play with the box. We contemplated turning it into a castle or a boat...and I even thought it would be fun to turn it upright and make a refrigerator/freezer out of it. We both really loved that idea, but Beck wanted to have the box horizontal instead of vertical. So we just cut random shapes into it...made random little doors and windows (I even cut a big B-shaped door into it). We wrapped it in white paper. Beck took his colored pencils and scribbled all over it and we had a bunch of stick-on stuff to decorate it.

So that was our crafty thing for today, although we're both anxious to do a girls' only craft afternoon with decoupage. She has a bunch of small wooden boxes.

Also, the birthday present she got me arrived today while I was there - the t-shirt she bought from Mental Floss. *points to icon*

She wants to get together soon - all of us - and have a picnic or go somewhere new and interesting. I'm kind of digging Wright Park in Tacoma. Although it doesn't look to have picnic facilities. But it has a conservatory and a sculpture park. Fantastic photo opportunities.

I came home at 5, about half an hour after Lance called me from McChord to tell me that he was on his way home. And I found a package of books from my editor on the doorstep:

The Wandering Heart - Mary Malloy
The House Always Wins - Marni Jameson (a home improvement book)
Writing Places - William Zinsser
The Devlin Diary - Christi Phillips (this is the one I'm reading first)

The Wandering Heart was compared by one reviewer to A.S. Byatt's Possession, so I hope it's really that good. Possession is an amazing book.

Bookaholic

Jan. 7th, 2009 08:34 pm
prosodic: (books)
So...I have a dog that chews up books.

Not ideal for a bookaholic, but her chewing up my books bothers me much less than her chewing up a friend's books. And she chewed up the cover of a beautiful children's book that belongs to Kathy's son. I was mortified.

MORTIFIED.

Kathy says it's ok. But I'm replacing it. The book is too beautiful not to replace it. See how beautiful this book is?

http://www.alisonmcghee.com/someday.html

So I ordered a replacement from amazon.com today. And that totally justifies me buying another book for myself so I can get the free shipping. So I bought myself the hardcover "definitive edition" of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl. Because I think that is quite possibly my most life-changing book, and I haven't owned a copy of it in years. And I need a good copy that will last for a long time.

I know I said I would cut back on frivolous expenses, but I don't think it's frivolous to buy an extra item in order to avoid having to pay shipping. With shipping prices being what they are, it just makes good sense.
prosodic: (books)
This Pacific Northwest Wining & Dining book is pure, unadulterated porn for foodies and winos like myself. ;) Oh, I'm sorry...did I say wino? I meant wine lover...yeah. HAHA.

I'm going to shelve it with my cookbooks. There's a recipe on every page from either a winery, a restaurant or a gourmet food shop.

Soooooooo many good things in this book. And the photography is TO DIE FOR. And now I have more places to put on my to-visit list.

And I haven't even looked at the travel guide yet, other than a cursory glance.

Speaking of books...

The King's Daughter: A Novel of the First Tudor Queen - absolutely spellbinding.
prosodic: (Lawrence Alma-Tedema)
Just finished Sandra Gulland's Josephine B trilogy today.

Magnifique!

If you're a fan of historical fiction, do go out and get it.

Surprisingly enough, I never really studied the Napoleonic era in my history classes, or especially in French class (we spent a lot of time on the French Revolution). What a fascinating time. What a fascinating woman!

My next 2 books are selections sent to me by my editor at curledup.com. They are October releases. One is an art mystery. The other is historical fiction.

At some point, I really need to update Good Reads. I haven't been on that website in ages.
prosodic: (da vinci)
Got off at work at 2:30 today to go to a doctor's appointment at 3. Was grateful even to get an appointment today. My neck hurts. It REALLY hurts. And now my shoulders and back ache because I've been holding my neck so stiff and straight all day.

I think the doc spent all of 1 minute with me. He squeezed my neck, asked if there was any soreness to the touch (not really soreness but tenderness). I described my symptoms. He declared that I had "Cervical Strain" and prescribed Vicodin and muscle relaxers and told me to alternate ice and heat.

So the good news: no neck brace. Lance is disappointed. He really wanted to make fun of me.

The bad news: I feel like I completely wasted my time. I could've taken care of this myself at home if I had known it was just a sore neck. But then again, I wouldn't have gotten to leave work early today. I spent a good chunk of that time just sitting in the waiting room and waiting for my prescription to get filled.

***


In other news - two excellent recent reads: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Laurie Viera Rigler) - a fantasy romp that places a 21st century American girl into Jane Austen's England. She wakes up in the body of a young woman named Jane Mansfield (yes, there is reference to the actress). There is even a cameo appearance in the novel by Jane Austen herself. Very fluffy and fun.

The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. (Sandra Gulland) - a fictional diary of the woman who was to become Josephine Bonaparte. Part 1 of a 3 part series. I read this entire novel on the flight home yesterday and finished it last night before bed. Could not put it down. Looking forward to finishing the series.

***


Reece has doggie day camp set up for 2 days this week. We're heading into a busy time. Lance goes TDY on the 19th. My brother and his family are coming here on the 20th. I need to spend the coming weekend getting the guest room ready for their visit. The timing is really crappy...it's fine that my brother is coming. I just want Lance to be here to help me out. And he'll be gone that entire week. He gets back on the 26th, and they will be in Portland that weekend. I think they're coming back here after that, but I think they'll be leaving shortly after that.
prosodic: (books)
What started out as an icky day turned into a very pretty one, so I need to take Reece out for a walk here after I finish with dinner.

I'm just excited, because a belated birthday present arrived today from a very dear friend. She ordered off amazon.com, and even though I have a wish list, she picked out some books that were still so very much on the mark in terms of what I like. I'm very appreciative and excited to read them.

And it shows just how well she knows me. :)

So...any Sandra Gulland fans out there? I got the Josephine B. Trilogy.

Now...I seriously need more book shelves. I'm running out of places to put my books, and I don't want to thin my already diminished collection (I had to get rid of a lot of books before we left Germany).

I still need to write a review of Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac which is an autobiography about how a black lab puppy saved a bipolar man from killing himself. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. I didn't care for the writing style, but it's also hard to critique what someone has written about their personal life.

And I have Doris Lessing's The Good Terrorist to read for review still. Then on to the fun leisure stuff. Aside from my Josephine Bonaparte trilogy, I still have Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, which I picked up on a whim at Borders in Rochester.
prosodic: (ex libris)
So I've been wanting this book titled Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. It's more or less a textbook, and priced as such...about $40 on amazon, with used copies being around $24.00 or so.

However, I found a used copy on half.com for $17.99 + shipping. Sold!

It's been so long since I used half.com that my account still had my maiden name and my grad school address on it. And a credit card that expired four years ago. Hehehe.

I'm surprised I remembered my password to log into my account.

Anyway, I've been playing around with the idea of taking a nonfiction writing course, but I think this will have the same sort of impact, only a bit less expensive. Well, and I lose the advantage of having peers review my work, but that is what my writing group is for anyway. I might still take one though...I just have to wait a bit. Anything I sign up for this upcoming semester will be interrupted by my trip to New York.

I started a 1400 page novel today - Hunger's Brides. I really don't know if I'll get through it or not. I'm about 30 pages in and I really don't know what's going on. If I don't finish it, no biggie. I bought it for $7 at Barnes & Noble and I can always sell it on amazon. Or I can use it as a doorstop. ;)

I finished The Triumph of Deborah last night, the third novel from Eva Etzioni-Halevy. I've read and reviewed her other two novels, and always got very nice emails from her afterwards thanking me for my comments about her books. She even quotes me on her website and links to my reviews, which I think is very cool. So I was more than happy to review this third book of hers, and I liked this one very much as well. But for some reason, I am having a bit of a problem writing the review. I guess I'm just not feeling it today or something.
prosodic: (The Artist's Wife by Henry Lamb)
Oh Barnes & Noble, how I both love and loathe your bargain books section.

*sigh*

Lance and I went there after dinner tonight. No reason really, except it was there and I haven't stepped foot in a bookstore for some time.

Dinner was good by the way. I do miss the Italian restaurants in Europe. They are so much more authentic, whereas here, they just throw together a bunch of Italian ingredients to make "Italian" dishes, and I don't think they really resemble anything you would actually eat in Italy. Exceptions to this are lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, and spaghetti with meat sauce.

I had Marsala Chicken Ravioli. Tasty. It was ravioli stuffed with grilled chicken, smothered in a marsala wine sauce, and dressed with crumbled cooked proscuitto, asparagus, and parmesan cheese.

While we were eating, Lance talked about going back to Italy. He wants to see Venice again. I am done with Venice. I told him I would rather do Rome or Florence. We basically planned out our next trip to Europe...where we would go...but it won't be for a long long time. We know that we're definitely going back to England though. And almost certainly Sweden.

Anyway, back to Barnes & Noble. The store there is two stories, so I wanted to check it out, having never been in a 2-story Barnes & Noble store before. There's nothing particularly special about this one, as it doesn't really have more selection just because it has 2 floors. But just try and keep me out of a bookstore anyway.

And so I caved and got 2 bargain books. Couldn't resist them.

First there was Hunger's Brides by Paul Anderson. The sheer size of this book and the cover caught my eye simultaneously. It's a 1400 page, absolutely massive hardback...very heavy and could probably be used as a lethal weapon. Reading the summary on the inside of the cover, I was incredibly intrigued. And for $7...well, damn.

But of course, I didn't stop there. I spotted The Memoirs of Helen of Troy by Amanda Elyot, and having just read her novel about Mary Robinson, I had to get it. For $5, how could I not? The Pre-Raphaelite painting on the cover was hard not to notice.

Lance rolled his eyes and then we headed up the escalator to the humor section. But he didn't get himself anything, even though I told him he would want something to read for his long journey to Oklahoma City tomorrow.

Speaking of long journeys...I-5 Southbound on the North end of Seattle was INSANE on the way home. Bumper to bumper. On a Saturday evening. What was that about? Surely it wasn't a Sonics game.

Oh, right now for curledup.com, I am reading a novel about the French Revolution. On the one hand, the plot makes for interesting reading. On the other, I find the dialogue to be irritating. Some of it doesn't seem to ring true at all.
prosodic: (books)
I love it when I find a book that is difficult to put down. And when I do have to put it down, all I can think about is when I can pick it back up again.

I just finished All For Love: The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson.

Wow. I mean...wow!

I have to write up a review of it, so I won't go into any detail about it here. But I absolutely enjoyed it.

And Mary Robinson's name was so familiar to me for some reason, and I couldn't quite figure out why...finally the novel revealed to me why she's familiar.

She is the poet who wrote Sappho & Phaeon, one of the works I had on my MA comprehensive exam list, and ultimately one that played a critical part in what happened during my exam. While that poem has remained etched in my memory, and not in a good way, the poet's name had escaped my mind. Until now.

Still...a fascinating woman, and a fascinating read. I will probably hold off on the review until tomorrow, since I want to give myself a day to savor it and think about it. But I have no doubt that the review will come easily to me when I do sit down to write it.

Etc.

Oct. 31st, 2007 09:51 am
prosodic: (spooky)
Happy Halloween to all!! Lance and I have a party to go to tonight, so hopefully our jetlag won't be too bad. I was in bed (or air mattress, I should say) around 9:15 last night, and I fell asleep almost instantly. And I actually slept through the night, except for when I got up once to use the bathroom. How weird. Usually my jetlag has me up wandering the house in the wee hours of the morning. But I was asleep until our alarm went off at 7.

So now we're waiting for Schinnen to come with some loaner furniture. They are scheduled to come anywhere between 8 AM and 5 PM. We are not pleased about this.

But I've used this opportunity to tidy up the house a bit, and because the spiders are getting out of control outside the front door, I went out with a can of Raid and a broom. I killed at least 6 of them that had built webs around the front door.

Oh, and I heard from my brother...Eva is scheduled to be born on November 9th by c-section, provided she doesn't get herself into the proper birthing position by then. My brother and his wife wisely decided not to let the doctor turn Eva over, because it would cause Cristine considerable pain and there are risks to the baby. And there is only a 65% chance of it actually working anyway. So they'll keep their fingers crossed and hope that she gets out of breach position so that Cristine can give birth naturally, or they'll do the c-section a week from Friday. Wow...it's all happening so fast! It doesn't seem like all that long ago that I found out they were expecting!

Anyway...I have things I've wanted to post about for awhile and haven't had the chance to...

First off, I already found a cute table for the kitchen at our new house. The McChord base exchange is selling it for $199.99. I just have to hope they still have it in stock when I want to buy it...or that they can at least order it, in which case, I would have to wait 6-8 weeks for it to arrive.

And Lance found similar looking bar chairs for the breakfast bar at Home Depot. So it won't be an exactly matched set, but it will be coordinated, which is just fine.

Now...books!

I read The Other Boleyn Girl almost in its entirety during the flight to Seattle. It's about 750 pages and I read at least 600. Excellent book! Obviously a page-turner. On the way back here to Germany, I read Water for Elephants...another fabulous book. That's our book club selection for November and I honestly hadn't expected to like it since it's so far removed from what I normally read. But it was really really outstanding.

YAY! Schinnen is here! Furniture!!

Which means that I will be back later with pictures! We need a coffee table so we can get my computer set up. Lance's laptop is not the best place for me to upload photos, since he doesn't have Photoshop.

Anyway, I have missed you all and I haven't been able to keep up with you for almost 2 weeks now. Please direct me to any recent news in comments.
prosodic: (Hamlet)
Just finished Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works last night, which reads like her diary. It's fiction, although partially based on facts about Shakespeare's life.

Not sure what to make of it. It's very odd. And there is a lot of sex. A. LOT. OF. SEX. Anne Hathaway comes to see Shakespeare in London for one week for his 30th birthday, and they act out every one of his plays in the bedroom. It's kind of amusing.

What is more amusing is that Shakespeare yells out, "Oh extreme, extreme!" when he's in the throes of passion. HAHAHA. That's the only thing about the book that made me bust out laughing.

And the book includes two completely revolting recipes. One for hare stew, in which the broth is made from the hare's blood. And the other for Mr. Shakespeare's favorite pudding.

There are some witty(?) inside jokes for Shakespeare fans. I guess it depends on your point of view. But it's a very quick read, so I suppose it's worth a couple of hours of your time.

***


I've stopped using Bibliophil. I guess I just lost the desire to keep track of every book I've ever read (and I can't remember them all anyway, so what I have is just a partial, but extensive, list). I'd rather just keep track of books that I actually have in my possession. Good Reads is good for that. And every once in awhile, I receive a nice comment on Good Reads too, so it's fun.

It's REALLY REALLY foggy this morning. It's so bad that I can barely make out the trees across the street. Lance is supposed to fly today, but he thinks his flight will be cancelled.

He added another house to our list this morning - a 1913 Craftsman home that is close to the other two homes we like that were built around the same time. This one has a nice big front porch on it. But instead of adding homes, we really need to be subtracting them. We have almost 50 on our list right now, and that is entirely too many to go and see during our brief week in Seattle. So we need to go through them and get rid of the ones that really aren't quite what we're looking for.

I was dismayed last night to realize that Elizabeth: The Golden Age is being released in the States this week (I spent at least an hour last night browsing the website, and it's amazing). I am DYING to see this movie! I love absolutely everything to do with Good Queen Bess (Elizabethan in a past life, perhaps?). Unfortunately, the movie doesn't come out here until December 20th, and we'll be back in the States by then. And the movie may not still be in theaters in the States by the time (but I hope it is). And we won't have time to see it whilst in Seattle in a couple of weeks (and I say we, as if I think Lance would actually like to see it).

So many good movies coming out in the next couple of months!

Stunned

Sep. 4th, 2007 11:19 am
prosodic: (The Artist's Wife by Henry Lamb)
Just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Wow...just wow.

I am too stunned to put together a coherent thought on this book.

It's been a long time since I finished a book that just so completely and utterly took my breath away.

Good Reads

Aug. 30th, 2007 03:41 pm
prosodic: (The Artist's Wife by Henry Lamb)
Well, I joined:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/324395

I'm not doing much with it right now. I'm just using it as a place to keep track of the books that I currently have in my personal library, since these books are going to be packed up in another month and a half.

Damn, I have a lot of composition/grammar books. I got most of them from teaching college composition...I have rarely ever used them myself. Lance wants me to save them though, in case he should ever have to take a writing class again. But I may just sell them. They're all basically the same anyway.

I also have a couple of books on American/English usage, left from when I tutored that Greek student. I may give them to Gaby, since she's always asking me questions about English usage. I'll no longer be around for her to ask, so she can have some resources to consult.

I'll almost be starting my library over from scratch. If I fulfill my dream of getting wall to wall bookshelves, I'll have to spend a lot of time at used bookstores. Not that I mind. Books are my crack, after all.

I'll probably get more involved with this site when we're settled into our new place...as if I needed another way to goof off on the interwebs.

Feel free to add me though, if you're on it. I may eventually switch over from Bibliophil, since I've been getting increasingly frustrated with that site. Good Reads seems a little more interactive. But considering my massive reading list on Bibliophil, I'm not exactly anxious to start switching over anytime soon.


ETA: Thanks to those who added me. I've now spent hours on this site adding books, and I'm completely sucked in. I. CAN'T. STOP. And when I run out of books, I'll have to go out and buy more, just so I can add more titles. HAHAHA.

I've also started posting some of my writing on the site.
prosodic: (ex libris)
...and because I love books and travel and I love to make lists...

I'm currently making a list of books about places or books in which a place is important.

For example, when I was in Paris, I read A Moveable Feast by Hemingway, because it was about Paris. I like reading books that feature places I have been, although I would rather read them when I'm actually visiting that place.

So there's The Historian, which features a lot of places I've been: Amsterdam, Istanbul, Venice...etc. etc.

So...help me make this list. What books can you think of that are about places, or at least a place that figures prominently in the book? They don't necessarily have to be fiction. I have Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in Provence on the list. I also have A Tale of Two Cities, Girl With A Pearl Earring, The Da Vinci Code...etc. etc.

I'm curious to see what you come up with.

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