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KCofKaysville

KCofKaysville

Joined February 2021

I enjoy history, German, hiking, film, art, poetry, etc. SLC now. Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9109795-keith Librarian at C. Coll.
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Enemy Women: A Novel | Paulette Jiles
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This one looks good. I will try it.

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Really good account of an area in SW Utah that covers a lot: history, mythology, environment, cultures, land use, etc. Makes me want to visit the area (without disturbing anything). I'm really interested in the ancient pueblo cliff-dwellers now. It is shocking how so many of the sites were looted in the early modern days and even in the sixties and seventies. This book is not an easy read with so much detail but it's worthwhile.

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Found this at a thriftstore and will read it next. Saw Chinese film several years ago. In my TBR stack.

KCofKaysville I am bailing out on this one. Violence is just too gruesome for me 3d
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A great novel with marvelous language and a plucky heroine who goes through great trials. Ending is a little different but overall it's worthwhile.

megnews I loved this. 2w
rwmg I think it would have been better without the epilogue 2w
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My first fiction of the new year will be this one off my shelf. It is about plague in England in 1666 and avoiding it.

megnews This one is excellent. 3w
Lcsmcat Such a good book! 3w
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Good short selections from a Utah Poet no longer with us. A favorite is Cumuli about Summer clouds.
"On immense blue around its vaulted walls alabaster shapes inhabit beauty's pedestals"

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Great collection of fantasy and other stories, most of which I had not read before. Black Dog is a tingly ghost story. Some remind me of Ray Bradbury. Even has a good Dr Who story. Brilliant.

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I am reading this book of poetry now.

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Kokopelli's Flute | Will Hobbs
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Not a bad book about young boy who is helping family preserve seeds and crops that have almost disappeared and an ancient flute that causes some magic. Gives an explanation of why the Anasazi vanished about a thousand years ago. Good if you like the topic and some fantasy.

bibliothecarivs You might like this one. 1mo
KCofKaysville Thanks! I'll take a look. @Bibliothecarivs 😀 1mo
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I read the book years ago. Tending my brother's family's new kitten today.

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Kokopelli's Flute | Will Hobbs

Starting a Young Adult book I found at a thrift store from '95. I've read the author's Downriver a long time ago, which I liked.

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This has a lot of information on various parts of what it was like in the Third Reich of Germany, such as in Education, the Arts, Community, etc., but it is not an easy read. It's very methodical and it took me awhile to get through it. Still valuable if you want to understand that era. It did skip some important things like the Wannsee Conference. A professor at BYU once told me it was recommended.

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Also starting a book about an area in the S W. I am interested in the old cliffdwellers.

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Really good true story and great illustrations by the author. Would be good to read each Thanksgiving.

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My daughter, Jordy, also a library worker, but for SL City, gave me this and I will read it soon. 😄

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Will start reading this since I feel obligated. I won it in an online sort of raffle! I think from Goodreads. I like Neil Gaiman though. Haven't seen or read Good Omens though.

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The Rider | Tim Krabbé
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Interesting account of bicycle road racing in Europe which involves strategy, suffering, etc. Sometimes the stream of thought goes into fantasy and into childhood memories. Not bad but I should have read it quicker. Probably better that way.

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The Rider | Tim Krabbé
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Started this bicycle racing book picked up at a free books table in my area yesterday.

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Ship of the Line | C. S. Forester
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Great continued part 2 of Captain Hornblower trilogy. Has humor and battles with French and their allies. Ends with a kind of cliffhanger.

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Bless Me, Ultima | Rudolfo Anaya
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Excellent novel that combines New Mexican myths and Catholicism. It's a coming-of-age story about Antonio and family and a good shaman named Ultima. I can see why it has been banned before. It has some adult situations, language, and treats Catholicism kind of lightly. Still it was very well written (originally 1972), and has humor as well as poetic language, and I will most likely read more by Anaya. Had to look up some Spanish terms being used.

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Ship of the Line | C. S. Forester
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I've started another book in the Hornblower series that I have not read yet. I also really like the Patrick O'Brian series.

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Bless Me, Ultima | Rudolfo Anaya

Starting this award-winning book about a boy and a shaman woman in N. Mexico.

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Beat to Quarters | C. S. Forester
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Great historical sea adventure with Capt. Hornblower and a dictator, El Supremo, in Central America. I had read about 4 of these novels in Jr. High and High School, but I never read this one, which is actually the first one that was written but not in chronological order of the stories. Love it.

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The Dragon and the George | Gordon R. Dickson
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Enjoyable fantasy of modern professor projected into body of a medieval dragon and his fight against evil with various companions. Good humor in it too.

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The Dragon and the George | Gordon R. Dickson
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I've started reading this old sci-fi novel picked up at a book sale about a month ago.
Looks interesting.

KCofKaysville I guess it should be called a fantasy. A modern man is turned into a dragon in another world. 3mo
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On the Banks of Plum Creek | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Another good book in the series, with the older girls finally attending school and meeting the selfish Nellie. Plans for a great wheat crop don't work out and an awful days-long blizzard ends the book.

Ruthiella It‘s never too late to fall for these books! I have a friend who also read them for the first time as an adult when he read them aloud to his kids and he just adored them. 😀 3mo
KCofKaysville You are right. I remember my father was reading them when he was about 70 and I thought it a bit strange at the time, but I have liked them also. @Ruthiella 3mo
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OK biography. Just mainly has highlights of his life and game show career. I did not like some of his self-deprecating humor, but I liked his remarks on his his wife and kids and his charitable trips to Africa. He mentions Ken Jennings and other Jeopardy champs. He was reconciled to his fate and appreciated his life.

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I'm also starting a book about Nazi Germany which I have owned for several years but have not read. I've read some others on the subject but not this one. I'm fascinated with this era in Germany. Very different from the other books I'm reading!

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On the Banks of Plum Creek | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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I am reading another in the series.

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Great account of life on the Kansas prairie after leaving the Big Woods. I especially liked the Christmas part, the scarey wolves, and the local Indians. Jack is a sturdy and protective dog also! I'm going to read one more and have a copy, but that's all for now. I also skipped the book about Almonzo's life. These pioneer stories are not much like the TV series, and are also not politically correct!

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I'm starting a biography of Alex Trebek. I'm not a Jeopardy fanatic but I have enjoyed it now and then and miss him.

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Spectator Bird | Wallace Stegner
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OK but not fantastic work of fiction by Stegner. I enjoyed it somewhat. Not sure why it won an award. Older guy and his wife looking at his Danish roots and a kind of scandal there.

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On to the second book in the series!

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Good book about everyday and seasonal activities living in the big woods of Wisconsin. Lots of hard work but enjoyment of the beauties of Winter, Spring, etc. The father, Charles, has a dark bushy beard and loves to fiddle. More basic than the TV series. I like the art of Garth Williams. He also did Charlotte's Web. Laura is very young in this one.

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I'm reading this since I never had. About time I guess.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Impressive book from a woman denied schooling and raised by a survivalist father in Idaho. Was physically hurt by an older brother. She had to find her own reality and new life.

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Victoria's Daughters | Jerrold M. Packard
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OK but quite detailed history of Victoria's 5 royal daughters and what they did. Queen Victoria lived a long life and her relatives were in several thrones in Europe, especially in Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm II of World War I was her grandson on the mother's side! Good inside information. Some parts get a little tedious.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I'm also starting this book also. I've been wanting to read it for a couple of years. Sounds really interesting, if somewhat traumatic.

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Spectator Bird | Wallace Stegner
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I'm going to read this one next, for which I have a copy. I liked his Angle of Repose and some nonfiction of his that I've read.

Ruthiella I‘ve read Angle of Repose and this one, which I highly recommend 5mo
KCofKaysville @Ruthiella Thanks!👌 5mo
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Interesting memoir of actor and star who was raised by hippie parents in poverty and was the granddaughter of the great actor Melvyn Douglas. She went on to be in many films and other projects and was influenced by her boyfriend, Martin Scorsese, and others. I enjoyed it. She is also quite a film buff like me.

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The Indian Agent | Dan O'Brien
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Good novel of historical agent at Pine Ridge just after the end of Custer. He is a good man and a doctor and loves the Lakota and their land in Dakotas. OK but could have been a little better.

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Started to read this at my library where I work so I had to check it out. Found out this actress is related to Melvyn Douglas.

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Victoria's Daughters | Jerrold M. Packard

Started reading this English royal history book about Queen Victoria and her daughters. I find kings and queens of England very interesting.

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Good fantasy YA novel. First one I've read of this author, but one of my daughters once told me she was good. Has a bit of a Rowling flavor. Very fun.

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The Indian Agent | Dan O'Brien
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Starting this Western historical novel in my TBR pile. Looks interesting.

Tamra Love a good western! (edited) 5mo
KCofKaysville @Tamra I do too! 5mo
Tamra I have two of his books on my shelf, which I assume I‘ve read, but don‘t recall anything specific about them. 😏 I hate it when that happens! But on the flip side, it will be like reading something new again! 5mo
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Starting this YA or children's fantasy book. Has a little taste of J K Rowling, which makes me wonder if she read it.

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Old School | Tobias Wolff
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Well written and absorbing novel of being in a prep school surrounded by wannabe writers. Helps to know something about Ayn Rand, Frost, and Hemingway. It is short but has a lot of impact. About truth and pretending.

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Edward Abbey: A Life | James M. Cahalan
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Seems long and fact-filled. The author used many interviews to write this. I just wanted to know the true Ed Abbey, not the legend, like a reference librarian. This does provide that. He mostly played a role and was not quite like most people thought he was, but he was a good writer and I have liked the two books of his I've read. I recommend this if you want a decent account of his life, his five marriages, friends, etc.

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Old School | Tobias Wolff
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Starting this one now. I liked his memoir, This Boy's Life, a few years ago. It's one of many in my TBR list.

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Roxana Slade | Reynolds Price
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Slow meditative look at a woman's life in N.C., from about age 20 to 94, from her viewpoint, well-written and full of family secrets, problems like dark depression, and thoughts on race relations, forgiveness, etc. I recommend it, but it's the only fiction I've read by him. I've heard, Kate Vaiden, is good also. This may not be for those who want something fast or exciting. (Totally opposite from the last book I've read.)

Tamra Sounds interesting! Stacked 6mo
KCofKaysville @Tamra. It's pretty good, but it's probably better to read Kate Vaiden first. 6mo
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