If you want your wishes to come true this just could be your weekend. If you believe in wishing on a falling star, that is! The annual Orionid meteor shower peaks after midnight Saturday night, October 20, and into the pre-dawn hours of Sunday. IF the sky is clear (and that's a rather big "if" lately) and you go to a place where the skies are dark, you may see more than 20 meteors streak across the sky in an hour! Some of the meteors will be bright and leave briefly glowing trails. Many will be fast and faint. Don't worry, however, you won't be bonked on the noggin by the falling debris -- it's only dust and small grains left behind in space during previous passages of Halley's Comet. Traveling at very high speed, the tiny particles glow brightly as they enter Earth's atmosphere heating and finally "burning up" completely.
Do you remember that "Seinfeld" episode when Kramer takes an armload of unwanted Pottery Barn catalogs and throws them inside one of the company's stores?
Every feel like doing that? How do you stop getting those catalogs, anyhow?
Catalog Choice is a service that helps you opt out of catalogs that you don't want.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
In this story within a story, a lonely biographer is summoned to a remote estate to interview a reclusive best-selling novelist. In a race against time, the biographer tries to come to terms with her own identity while sorting out the truths of another's. Voted a "sure bet" by the Popular Materials Department.
A strong senses of place and a quest for self-discovery propel the reader through this very engaging novel.
In this novel an artist tells how a particular painting affected others.
There are a number of projects out in Webland to create and provide free audio recordings of books that are in the public domain.
Like Librivox.org, where volunteers record individual chapters of books in a collaborative framework. Nice!
Here's the link to the Librivox recording of Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. You can download individual chapters or a zip file of the whole enchilada.
There is also AudioBooksFor Free. The name says it all.
There are other similar audiobook projects/resources out there. Rather than write them all here, read this item from resourceshelf.com.
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
Kaddish Poznan, a Jewish man with a peculiar occupation and off-the-beaten-path sensibilities, is on a quest to find his disappeared son in 1970s Argentina. Written in lyrical prose and reminiscent of the bureaucratic absurdities of Kafkaâ€™s and Orwellâ€™s novels, this is a story of the unavoidable rifts between fathers and sons, and a familyâ€™s descent into inescapable tragedy brought on by political unrest and gnawing questions of identity. A meaty and moving book, one that haunts and lingers.
A Long Stay In A Distant Land by Chieh Chieng
Louis Lum lives with his prickly father, Sonny, who listens to rap records as a way of coping with his wifeâ€™s death. The death of Louisâ€™ mother is one in a long line of deaths that have hounded Louisâ€™ extended family. This novel is a chronicle of their collective grief, their family myths, and their comic misadventures through each personal tragedy. Similar to The Joy Luck Club but a tad funnier and wackier. Good for picking up the soul off the floor.
The Beautiful Miscellaneous by Dominic Smith
Nathan Nelson, dogged by his fatherâ€™s desire for a genius son, acquires synesthesia and a prodigious memory after a terrible car accident. Despite these new gifts, however, relations between Nelson and his father, a physics professor, continue to deteriorate.
In this novel, Dominic Smith captures the painfully awkward attempts of father and son to find a common language with which to explore their seemingly incompatible desires and personalities. Achingly beautiful prose and compelling characters make this a wonderful read.
A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans
An eleven year-old boy, a difficult childhood, his fatherâ€™s untimely death, rumors of demons real and unreal, and a cast of oddball characters are some of the ingredients of Justin Evanâ€™s debut novel. Infused with questions of supernatural events, this is ultimately a story about the fears surrounding fatherhood (or parenthood, for that matter) and the precarious act of bringing a child into a perilous world. Gripping, quirky, edge-of-your-seat. Read in broad daylight....or not.
Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett
Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, haunted in his dreams by a woman who once cruelly broke his heart, is charged with solving her gruesome murder, which was captured on high-quality video.
In this, the third novel in Burdett's Bangkok series, once again the author interweaves corruption and cruelty with Buddhist spirituality. The result is a dark, yet satisfying read. But fans of the series will enjoy this latest episode in the life of the only Bangkok police officer who doesn't take bribes.
The Wedding Officer
by Anthony Capella
A British officer is sent to Naples during the Allied occupation to discourage soldiers from marrying Italian women. However he, too, falls in love with a beautiful Neapolitan widow who knows much about the art of love and cooking. A great literary treat from the author of The Food of Love!
Here If You Need Me
by Kate Braestrup
This is the memoir of a woman who decided to become a minister after her state trooper husband was killed in a car accident. He had planned to become a minister after he retired from law enforcement, so she decided to do it in his stead. After getting her degree from the Bangor Theological Seminary, she becomes a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service.