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Daisy, Willie and Other Bits of Stuff

July 23, 2008

I’m still working my way through the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, but I did take a little break from them to read Joe Nick Patoski’s Willie Nelson: An Epic Life and something else I don’t remember. I can’t exactly recommend the Willie Nelson bio to someone like me who isn’t terribly familiar with his career. Some of the details provided — well, most of the details provided — were meaningless to me, and it started to feel like a never-ending series of session lists.

I started Lauren DeGroff’s The Monsters of Templeton, but it wasn’t what I was in the mood for, so I brought it back to the library. It’s kind of-sort of about Cooperstown, where DeGroff grew up, but as stories usually do, it wandered from her original idea. It seems like the kind of book that’s right up my alley, so I will get it again. I might end up waiting until it’s out in trade paperback, so I don’t feel the pressure to return it to the library.

Next week, I’m going to Romance Writers of America’s annual conference. The conference is all the way across North America from where I live, so I’m looking at a 6-hour plane ride, and that means reading material. Whatever I take, it has to be light — I have a hard time focusing on airplanes. (The Valium might have something to do with that…) I don’t want to bring Daisy with me, since they’re library books, and there aren’t any romances crying out to be read.

I’m thinking about re-reading Lindsey Davis’s Marcus Didius Falco mysteries, starting with The Silver Pigs. If you haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend them. They’re smartly written and lively, and Marcus Didius is irresistable. Hmmm…

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