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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Book a Day #4: Favorite American Novel

Cannery Row - John Steinbeck Sweet Thursday - John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott

This one was seriously very difficult to pick!  I almost went with Green Eggs and Ham, Charlotte's Web, or A Wrinkle in Time, all childhood favorites.


But I finally went with Cannery Row and its sequel, Sweet Thursday, by John Steinbeck.  They are rich novels about poor people scraping to get by on the California coast in the 30s and 40s, and they are also very, very funny.  (Skip the 1982 movie Cannery Row; Debra Winger is a piece of brilliant casting, but Nick Nolte as "Doc" is badly miscast.  However, the novels also inspired Duke Ellington; I'd go with that, instead!)


And a happy Fourth of July to all!