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18 August 2010


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Do you like Nick Hornby's novels? "One Day" is more than a love story. It's about lives and relationships set in the London area throughout the late 80s & through the 90s. I think you'd like it. I'm giving away three copies at my place.

I am totally looking forward to reading "One Day". I ripped out the review in Entertainment Weekly and stuck it on my fridge. I will have to check to see if my library has a copy available. I read the book about mixed tapes by Nick Hornby (the title escapes me) and liked it a lot.

CR, I enjoy reading about books you didn't read as much as I enjoy reading about those you did read.

Hey, not to put too much pressure on you (given your delicate condition and all), but when is the next Ménage?

The part-time hobby farmer thing is irritating for all kinds of reasons -- I grew up in a rural New England town and our neighbors with dairy farms never took a vacation or even a day off. We had goats (and horses and a kennel of dogs we bred and showed) and one thing I learned early is that animals are most definitely NOT part time. So if you're still pursuing your high powered NY literary agent career that means someone else is taking care of the animals while you're doing that. Ergo, you are not a farmer.

Of course these days I barely have the energy to ride my bike three blocks home from the library after work so maybe I'm just jealous.

I second the recommendation on One Day, but beware -- it is harrowing. More harrowing than Hornby's fiction, or that of Tom Perotta, another Gen-X social novelist (I wonder why they're all men -- weird when this is traditionally women's lit territory, right?). Thanks for the pointer to Starter for Ten -- I just added it high up on my Netflix list!

I'm with you, Nan & CR, on the books about the "back to the land" books. Yes, I'm jealous that I'm indoors during the day, but if you're going to do it, do it right. I'm still chuckling over your remark a couple months ago, CR,: "Anytime you grow something for just the one season, I can call you at most a gardener." That pretty much sums up these types of books for me. Yes, my jealousy makes me mean spirited. What are you going to do?

I do like Nick Hornby, but his NF much more so than his novels. I do really like David Nicholls, and I know there's more to "One Day" than a love story per se, I just wasn't feeling it right now. I'm happy to wait until I'm in a better mood for it, and when it's not overdue, so I don't have to hurry it.

Hey, a menage is actually a real good idea, delicate condition or not. Let me think on it. Any book suggestions for this time around?

Well, in all fairness, Miller is up front that her husband and staff do a lot of the farming, and they're trying to make it into a bigger goat cheese-making concern. I'm still stymied at how anyone even wants to farm part-time--especially this summer, when we hit 90 and humid here. I've never been so glad to be OFF the farm, which is a horrible attitude, but let's face it: a farm is no place for a lazy Citizen Reader.

And ooh, "Starter for Ten"! McAvoy's such a cutie! I hope you like it. I liked both it and the novel. P.S. I wanted to link to your "One Day" review but didn't want anyone to come up against any spoilers accidentally--when I read it I'll link to you and warn there's some story revealed there.

You be mean-spirited all you want. I can relate! :) I salute the "back to the land" types, but as previously noted, I'm too lazy for that to be a real option. I must find some way to grow a little food in town here, although the thought of battling weeds and insects in even a mini-garden doesn't do much for me. I love the city girl luxury of not worrying about rain, heat, insects, weird ground fungi and tomato blights, etc.

The agent/farmer probably has her husband drive, or someone else, while she texts, tweets, cuts deals, whatever. You know, getting all of the work done en route to arcadia where your life will be both simpler and completely changed. BAD day at work. Sick of other people's problems.

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