Friday, April 9, 2010

Hey Scottoline Fans!

I'm going to continue reading and discussing Allan Gurganus's Confederate Widow, but FYI, we have other authors visiting this spring as part of Out Loud! too! Next up is Lisa Scottoline. If you're a fan of her series about the Rosato & Associates series, grab a copy of her latest -- the 13th in the series -- Think Twice. (There were a bunch of Quick Picks available today at the Marion Library.) Scottoline's coming on May 1st, so we should get a discussion going about that one, as well! Rumor has it there may even be a few books to give away ... stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


This lady, the widow, has a remarkable sense of history. I enjoyed her insight when she suddenly realized she wanted to find out everything about Castalia that she possibly could -- sat upright in the middle of the night and knew that Truth. Figured if she could learn about Cassie, she'd know more about her husband, and if she could learn more about him, she'd know more about where her FUTURE lay: "I don't admit this, child, for apology--I mention it to brag. History is self-interest." (p.150) Isn't that cool?

Sense of Place, Home

We will have to talk about the widow's thoughts on "home." Boy, that comes up a whole lot in the first 200 pages. One little thing that was interesting was how "worldly" she got to be after her 10-day honeymoon away from Falls. So far, it doesn't sound like she ever really leaves Falls again in any significant way, but when she got back from that trip, she understood something: "might Lucas' [dear old All-Round Store] seems so logically well-stocked because the other Falls' stores offer next to nothing?" She'd seen a "good-sized store" in Atlanta that sold ONLY straw hats -- FOR MEN! Any of you who are reading along have thoughts about Lucy's and Cap's homecoming after the honeymoon?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The widow on water and fire

"Personally, I want to be cremated. Studying water's boiling taught me how clean it'd all be. Fire will just have a conversation about you and with you, a real thorough conversation, I admit. You'll meet fire. Fire will take a shine to you. You're its subject. What will it say about you before it loses interest? I know how, in a quiet morning house, water makes party sounds, the angels of the elements all up and gossiping at dawn. Another-day-in-the-world's shoptalk ... Child, I sure miss boiling my daily own. You know what water is? Water's family." pg. 39

How can you guys not want to read this book? This is nice talkin'. Help me out here!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Confederate Widow

I hope some of you are getting started with the book! I think it's going to be good. The widow is funny. Encourage everyone you know to read a little Gurganus! And then come meet him on 4/17. This blog is public, so tell your book-loving friends to join our discussion!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New book!

Okay, I bought my book -- I love starting a new book! This one will be a challenge, though: 875 pages. Ready to start! Come one everyone, play with me!

2010 Out Loud! Author Series

We would like to invite everyone to join us here to talk about the authors and books who are a part of our 2010 Out Loud! Author Series. Visit the project Web site for information about each author and their scheduled visits:

This first author this season is Allan Gurganus, who is scheduled to visit Theatre Cedar Rapids at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. Gurganus is the author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, which spent eight months on the New York Times Bestseller list.

If you haven't yet read Allan's book, we encourage you to check out a copy from the library or purchase your own, and talk to us about it as you read! Let's get ready for Allan's visit together.