Actually I've been rereading the Ann Cleeves mysteries because I love all the mentions of spinning, knitting, sheep, shearing, crofting... Then useful told me about Cleeves' new book Thin Air. So while I waited for it, I went back and reread the last 2 of her Shetland mysteries.
Then Book TV did some terrific interviews and my budget was shot all to hell... so here's what I have in hand and what is in the mail.
Ann Cleeves Thin Air. As usual, I loved it tho it started a bit slow (or maybe I was just not patient enough) but packed the usual punch. I never guess the killer. Not even when I reread the books - you'd think I'd remember but I get sucked into the writing and my memory is put on hold. Not a bad thing. M is reading the Shetland mysteries now and will be ready for Thin Air in a few days. I resist telling him much about it. Okay, I said, "wow" when I finished it one evening reading in bed and woke him up. Maybe that was TMI for him?
My friend Becky Burkheart wrote a story called Bloodcup: the Tale of the Last Amazon Queen a few years ago. I was lucky to read it as she worked on it and I am lucky enough to have it in the mail to me this week. This all started with Jeannine Davis-Kimball (that book is on my wish list - I had to stop somewhere this time) and when I watched Adrienne Mayor on Book TV I ended up buying these Mayor books: The Amazons Lives and Legends of the Warrior Women across the Ancient World, Fossil Legends of the First Americans, and The First Fossil Hunters Dinosaurs, Mammoths abnd Myth in Greek and Roman Times
Then I had to buy more books thanks to Book TV interviews:
Eula Biss – Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays I liked her interview about her latest book - On Immunity but thought I would start with this book then if I liked it put the latest one on the list.
Doug Peacock – the Presence of Grizzlies: The Ancient Bond Between Men And Bears and
Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness and finally
In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: Global Warming, the Origins of the First Americans, and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene
I keep meaning to buy Peacock's books and the BTV interview made me think I need to catch up. I do love David Peterson's book Ghost Grizzlies and have always thought the area they are supposed to be in southern CO is one of the wildest and most probable places to find them. I certainly am not one to hike around that wilderness with the hopes of finding one or a dozen. :-) So I'll live vicariously/viciously reading the experts. And thinking about karakul fleeces.
And finally, not on Book TV but should be or maybe not - come to think about it - think how much trouble I'd get into if fiber related books were on BTV!!!
Beth Smith – The Spinner’s Book of Fleece I especially like the projects – I have some karakul and longwool yarns in stash and I can see crocheting market bags! Thanks to the bud who gifted this to me!
And Diane Ackerman has a new book - The Human Age - so that's on the list too.
Obviously, I am not buying Shetland fleeces this fall.... yet. And it may be 2015 before the fleeces are processed and I have Christmas already finished up - definitely I need more books in a month of so, right?