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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 18, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

Today’s words are from LONER by Teddy Wayne.

1. caesure – “Then, with robotic caesurae and emotionless inflection: ‘I — am — worse.'”

Caesurae means any break, pause, or interruption.

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2. reify – “‘Its very blankness, the colossal void it imposes on the text, reifies a central tension of post-Manifest Destiny American literature,’ he proclaimed with closed eyes and an upturned head, as though channeling his wisdom from above.”

Reify means to make something abstract more concrete or real.

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3. frottage – “This was no sophomoric party in a freshman dorm, with its frenzied frottage of ephebes like so many molecules in a chemical reaction, its deafening Top 40 songs, its disembodied arms holding out red Solo cups by the keg like baby sparrows squalling for worms.”

In this case, frottage means the practice of touching or rubbing against the clothed body of another person in a crowd as a means of obtaining sexual gratification.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

January 16, 2017

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   The cold weather has passed and it’s been beautiful here but we have lots of rain in our forecast this week.  The week flew by and I don’t feel like I accomplished all that much.  I found these goodies in my mailbox:

Tuesday

Friday

 

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

The Week in Review: 1.13.2017

January 13, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

between-the-world-and-meBETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates was a book club selection for me.  It’s written by a black man as a letter to his son about what it’s like to grow up/be black in America.  I struggled through much of the book, finding it rambling and difficult to follow.  I did appreciate the message, though, and have thought much about Coates message.  In the end, I’m glad I read the book but can’t say that I loved it.  I’m anxious to see what other members of my book club thought. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

kid-athletesKID ATHLETES: TRUE TALES OF CHILDHOOD FROM SPORTS LEGENDS by David Stabler is a terrific book for middle grade readers.  It includes childhood stories of a nice variety of professional athletes including sumo wrestler Jesse Kuhaulua, gymnast Gabby Douglas, and football player Peyton Manning. Young readers/athletes will enjoy discovering these sports giants were ordinary kids with struggles much like their own.  Doogie Horner’s great illustrations are a nice touch to this inspiring book.  You’ll want to pick KID ATHLETES up for the young athletes in your life.  (Review copy provided by Quirk Books.)

the-undoing-projectI listened to THE UNDOING PROJECT: A FRIENDSHIP THAT CHANGED OUR MINDS by Michael Lewis over the holidays and, to be honest, it didn’t really work for me.  I wanted to love the book but had trouble staying focused on and making sense of the story of the friendship between and work of two Israeli psychologist.  Dennis Boutsikaris’s narration was fine but it wasn’t enough to save the book for me.  I’d suggest skipping this one unless you have a great interest in the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.

Currently reading:

On the Screen

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  • I was thrilled to see our somewhat local team, Clemson, win the NCAA National Championship in football.  ACC, baby!
  • My movie going friend and I decided to take our husbands to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this week since we’re all fans of the Harry Potter franchise. (This movie is about the wizarding world before Harry Potter.)  I think we all enjoyed this movie but none of us loved it.  I thought the story was good and the special effects were great but there were way too many action scenes and the movie was too long.  For me, the movie wasn’t anything special but it was entertaining.

Off the blog

  • They predicted 5 to 8 inches of snow in our area and people spent Thursday and Friday preparing since we live in an area without snowplows.  As usual, they got everyone worked up for nothing.  This is what we woke up to Saturday morning:

 

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  • I walked 3 miles every day, even when it was 16 degrees Sunday and Monday mornings.
  • I play trivia with a few friends fairly often on Wednesdays and we came in first place this week.
  • I love games and puzzles and started a new jigsaw puzzle yesterday afternoon:

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  • My book club met last night to discuss BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME.  Several members found the book inaccessible so they didn’t finish it.  Most who did read the whole book agreed with me and said they found it thought provoking and were glad they read it, but they didn’t love it.  Several mentioned that it made them uncomfortable.

How was your week?

 

 

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 11, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I came across several new words in BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

1. agitprop – “My professor, Linda Heywood, was slight and bespectacled, spoke with a high Trinidadian lilt that she employed like a hammer against young men like me who confused agitprop with hard study.”

Agitprop is a noun that means political propaganda, especially in art or literature.

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2. dap – “But I know that I had love for this boy, Prince Jones, which is to say that I would smile whenever I saw him, for I felt warmth when I was around him and was slightly sad when the time came to trade dap and for one of us to go.”

According to Urban Dictionary, dap means to knock fists together as a greeting or form or respect.  I’ve seen people do this plenty of times but had no idea that’s what it’s called.

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2. carceral – “The abuses that have followed from these policies — the sprawling carceral state, the random detention of black people, the torture of suspects — are the product of democratic will.”

I should have been able to figure this word out.  Carceral means of, relating to, or suggesting a jail or prison.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

January 9, 2017

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   There was only one book in my mailbox but I’m okay with that – it’s always fun to decrease the stacks even the tiniest bit.  It’s cold in our part of the world and I’m looking forward to the warm weather later this week.  I found this book in my mailbox:

Tuesday

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

The Week in Review: 1.06.2017

January 6, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

fracturedFRACTURED by Catherine McKenzie is a mystery about an author who’s moved across the country to get away from a stalker and it kept me riveted from the very beginning.  The point of view shifts between Julie, the aurhor, and John, one of her new neighbors with a peek at “Today” in between.  Figuring out what was going on today kept me tuned to this one.  The audio is narrated by Terry Clark Linden, Scott Merriman, Amy McFadden, and James Foster and they all did a terrific job.  I recommend this audio!

seven-and-a-half-tons-of-steelSEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL by Janet Nolan is a picture book about a steel beam from the World Trade Center being used in the building of the USS New York, an amphibious docking ship.  I wasn’t familiar with this story and enjoyed learning about it but wonder if the picture book crowd will have enough background on 9/11 to really understand it.  Thomas Gonzalez’s illustrations are a great addition to the story and I thought the facts about the ship in the back of the book were a nice touch.  This book would be great for introducing the history of 9/11 to early readers. (Review copy provided by Peachtree Publishers.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

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I’ve been watching a lot of football bowl games.  My Hokies gave me quite a scare with their comeback win over Arkansas.  I was also pleased to see Georgia Tech and Clemson pull off wins.  I’ve also been watching some ACC basketball games.

I went to see La La Land with a friend.  I had high hopes for this movie about an aspiring musician and an aspiring actress but I didn’t love it.  I though Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling had great chemistry but  I found the story rather slow and the dancing and singing mediocre.  Most people have loved it, though, so that might just be me.

Off the blog

  • I rarely order anything online, because I’d rather spend my money locally, but decided to purchase something that was on sale after Christmas.  I spent most of Monday straightening things out because they charged me for something they shouldn’t have and charged me a higher sales tax rate than they should have.  I think it will be a long time before I shop online again.
  • I walked three miles every day, except one.
  • They’re calling for snow here this weekend and I sure hope they’re wrong.

 

 

 

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 4, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

These words are from THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler.

1. pelisse – “He sized a pelisse against Evangeline’s increasing girth.”

A pelisse is a woman’s cloak with armholes or sleeves that reaches to the ankles.

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2. parturient – “Accommodating to ladies of parturient condition.”

Parturient means about to give birth or in labor.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?