Monday, January 31, 2005

Blogg-a-rhe-a of the brain

Is it pathetic that this is my THIRD posting today? Don't worry, I'm sure the novelty will wear off soon and I will go for WEEKS without posting and it will all even out.

I had to come back and write after I read this on another blog...

"I've never uttered one of those I-just-found-a-dead-body girly screams."

...because I thought you might like to know that I HAVE!!

When I was just a wee pre-pubescent teen, I was living in Lake Havasu and a crew was there filming a move later to be titled (entitled?) Olivia (Please, god, don't try to find it/watch it because it was so monumentally horrible I believe all copies have sunk back into the tar pits from whence they came). I don't remember how I came to be in it (along with my brother, a friend of his and the daughter of my mother's co-worker), something my mother finaggled I'm sure.

So all of us kiddlets, in the scene, were riding in paddle boats under the majestic London Bridge and splashing each other. In the ensuing splashing I, mini-super star that I was, scoop up a hand with a GIANT fish hook through it and said hand is attached to a delightfully bloated corpse. (I just want to take a moment to point out that I had gotten up EXTRA early and pain stakingly fixed my hair, I believe it was gloriously feathered at the time - early 80's - and quite possible put on a little makeup in preparation for being in a "MOVIE!!!". All you actually see of me in the movie is a dark blob - the sun was behind me - that, if you could see her, would closely resemble a drowned rat.) At this point I am supposed to scream. Well, I had a cold, or something, and the scream kept coming out "aaAAAhhhh AAhhhHHhhh" and like a siren that is about to die. They even took me up on shore and reshot me screaming NUMEROUS times until they probably wanted to skewer ME with a giant fish hook and leave me to bloat. Needless to say, in the final cut, another's voice is heard. I know how Andee McDowell felt when Tarzan came out.

Now in my defense, I would just like to point out that I have a FABULOUS scream. Really. Just an impressive set of lungs. Many years later I was in a haunted house as an Aztec sacrifice and I had to scream all night as my still beating heart was cut out. I received many accolades from my fellow hauntees as the strength and longevity of my screaming prowess. So there.


Damn those Crunch 'n Munch quality control slackers

Blech! How just plain old VILE is it to be half-way through a box of Crunch 'n Munch (buttery toffee popcorn with peanuts flavor, if you must know), with secret subconscious plans to polish off the whole box in lieu of dinner (150 calories per serving times 3.5 servings per box... not bad I say!) when you pop one glittery, buttery, crunchy (and, dare I say, munchy) glob in your mouth and bite right into a BAD peanut. Ugh ugh and double ugh!

Perhaps the WORST part is the fact that the stupid peanut song proceeds to set up residence in your head (let's all sing, "found a peanut, found a peanut, found a PEEEANUT just now...") I had to chug down AT LEAST half of my 32oz Coke just to try to rinse out all the revolting little bits stuck in my teeth. Picky eater that I am, I now am completely disenchanted with said box of Crunch 'n Munch which I'm sorry to say probably means that I will have to actually MAKE myself a meal.

Yeeeeeah who am I kidding? I know I'll just eat half a can of green beans while watching the monsters eat Dino Nuggets.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Book Learnin'

November 7, 2006
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife


November 2, 2006
Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea


November 2, 2006
Elie Wiesel - Night


October 31, 2006
Augusten Burroughs - Dry


October 29, 2006
Peg Kerr - The Wild Swans


October 28, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - Undead and Unpopular


October 26, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - Dead and Loving It


October 11, 2006
Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell


October 10, 2006
Laurell K. Hamilton, Mary Janice Davidson, Eileen Wilks, Rebecca York - Cravings


October 7, 2006
various authors - Perfect for the Beach

"The sound of her laughter filled him up when he hadn't really know he was empty."


October 5, 2006
Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist

"It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary..."

"...people need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want."

"...when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too."


October 5, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - Derik's Bane


October 3, 2006
Augusten Burroughs - Possible Side Effects


October 2, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - The Royal Pain


September 29, 2006
Jasper Fforde - The Big Over Easy


September 27, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - The Royal Treatment


September 24, 2006
Jennifer Crusie - Faking It

"If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to be a horrible warning."

"It was like making love: once you learned how much you had to lose, you could never be completely free doing it again."

"Do not give money to women. They either take it badly, or they take it and want more. You can't win."


September 23, 2006
Tate Hallaway - Tall, Dark and Dead


September 23, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - Undead and Unreturnable


September 22, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - Undead and Unappreciated


September 19, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - Undead and Unemployed


September 12, 2006
Carly Phillips, Donna Kauffman, Candace Schuler - Undone


September 11, 2006
Joyce Carol Oates - Beasts


September 9, 2006
Mary Janice Davidson - Undead and Unwed


September 9, 2006
Corinne May Botz - The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death


September 5, 2006
Claire Delacroix, Lynn Kurland, Sharon Shinn, Sarah Monette - The Queen in Winter

"It was as if she had always known him, but only forgotten until this moment that she did."

"Language was such a fragile instrument, and what she needed to say was almost too heavy for it."


September 3, 2006
Agusten Burroughs - Running With Scissors


August 29, 2006
Sharon Shinn - The Dream-Maker's Magic


August 28, 2006
Diane Shader Smith - Undressing Infidelity


August 26, 2006
Sue Margolis - Gucci Gucci Coo


August 20, 2006
Sharon Shinn - The Thirteenth House


August 15, 2006
Sharon Shinn - Mystic and Rider

"Sometimes the only thing you can do that's of any use is keep yourself strong. It's the hardest thing to learn."

"Nothing was different. Everything was different."


July 28, 2006
Sue Margolis - Original Cyn


July 26, 2006
Laurell K. Hamilton - Danse Macabre

"Hot anger can feel good, but the cold will protect you better."

"The practicalities of life do not cease needing to be done just because other things are going wrong."

"It was the difference between a soldier and a general. One sleeps when he can, the other has to be preparing for the next conflict."


July 25, 2006
Sharon Shinn - The Truth-Teller's Tale


July 19, 2006
Sue Margolis - Neurotica


July 16, 2006
Dean Koontz - The Husband

"This is a world that increasingly requires toughness of good people."


July 10, 2006
Beryl Bainbridge - An Awfully Big Adventure

"In the end everyone expected a return on love, demanded a rebate of gratitude or respect."

"Talking to her was like hacking a way through a jungle."


July 9, 2006
Sue Margolis - Breakfast at Stephanie's


July 7, 2006
Sue Margolis - Apocalipstick


July 6, 2006
Sharon Shinn - The Safe-Keeper's Secret


July 5, 2006
Susan Jane Gilman - Kiss My Tiara


July 4, 2006
Charlaine Harris - Definitely Dead


June 19, 2006
Wally Lamb - I Know This Much is True

"She told me that I should keep reading - that books were mirrors, reflective in sometimes unpredictable ways."


June 9, 2006
Susan Jane Gilman - Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress

"Like most little kids - or anyone, for that matter - I suffered from contradictory desires. While I wanted to be the biggest, brightest star in the universe, I also wanted to be exactly like everyone else."


June 6, 2006
Sharon Shinn - Jenna Starborn


May 26, 2006
Wally Lamb - She's Come Undone


May 24, 2006
Bret Easton Ellis - Less than Zero


May 19, 2006
Sharon Shinn - Summers at Castle Auburn

"The kiss was as brief as a chuckle and as long as a sleepless night."


May 12, 2006
Maria Dahvana Headley - The Year of Yes

"It was a mirage, of course, but that hadn't kept me from repeadtedly immersing myself in its sand dunes."

"Well. I was finally going nuts. It was about time. Other people in my family were nuts. Why had I thought I'd been skipped?"


April 27, 2006
Sarah Dunant - In the Company of the Courtesan

"And before I know it... the line between redemption and temptation is already behind me, though I cannot for the life of me remember when I crossed it."

"How would it be if the end was not Heaven or Hell but just an absence of life? My God, I swear that would be Heaven enough for most of us."


April 22, 2006
Whitley Strieber - Lilith's Dream


April 21, 2006
Max Barry - The Company


April 20, 2006
Laurell K. Hamilton - Micah


April 19, 2006
Jennifer Crusie - Strange Bedpersons

"...and he said the key to fighting was never to fight unless the cause was so great that you couldn't bear not to defend it and the losses you were going to suffer were things you could afford to lose. And then he said, if I did decide to fight, the thing to remember was that I was going to get hurt, because that was what happened in a fight, so I might as well get myself reconciled to it in the beginning and then it wouldn't matter when it happened."


April 9, 2006
Jasper Fforde - Something Rotten


April 5, 2006
Jasper Fforde - The Well of Lost Plots


March 31, 2006
Julie Powell - Julie and Julia


March 23, 2006
Jasper Fforde - Lost in a Good Book


March 21, 2006
Jasper Fforde - The Eyre Affair


March 4, 2006
Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre


February 26, 2006
Isabel Allende - The Stories of Eva Luna

"He could not talk to her about that, because one thing leads to another, and he would end up saying things that had never been spoken."


February 21, 2006
Isabel Allende - Eva Luna


February 18, 2006
Helen Fielding - Cause Celeb


February 9, 2006
Dean Koontz - Forever Odd


January 25, 2006
Anna Holmes - Hell Hath No Fury


January 20, 2006
Arthur Japin - In Lucia's Eyes

"It's just not possible to contemplate life while struggling to live it."

"With each breath we take, all our dreams - every birth and every death - slip farther beyond our powers of comprehension. Of all our failings, this is the most troubling."

"The only thing that can change reality is the mind. ... If one would change things, one needn't touch them; one need only see them differently."

"'Do you suppose the years have changed you?' I asked. 'Not the years but people.'"


January 15, 2006
Carrie Gerlach - Emily's Reasons Why Not


January 10, 2006
Sarah Vowell - Assassination Vacation


January 7, 2006
Stephen King - The Colorado Kid

"..it's the beauty of the mystery that allows us to live sane as we pilot our fragile bodies through this demolition-derby world."


December 31, 2005
James Frey - A Million Little Pieces


December 22, 2005
Sharon Shinn - Angel-Seeker


December 18, 2005
Sharon Shinn - Angelica


December 16, 2005
Charlaine Harris - Dead as a Doornail


December 13, 2005
Charlaine Harris - Dead to the World


December 9, 2005
Jenna Jameson - How to Make Love Like a Porn Star


December 3, 2005
A. N. Roquelaure - Beauty's Punishment


November 30, 2005
Sharon Shinn - Heart of Gold


November 17, 2005
Amy Tan - Saving Fish From Drowning


November 16, 2005
Charlaine Harris - Club Dead

"... true adults don't have sex just because the other person is skilled and pretty."


November 13, 2005
Donald Aamodt - A Name to Conjure With

"Perhaps we will never see each other again in this life, but we will have memories and a new taste to our souls."


November 4, 2005
Diana Gabaldon - A Breath of Snow and Ashes


November 2, 2005
Michelle Chalfoun - Roustabout


October 19, 2005
Jane Goodall - Beyond Innocence


October 18, 2005
Charlaine Harris - Living Dead in Dallas


October 9, 2005
Jane Goodall - Africa in my Blood


October 5, 2005
Sharon Shinn - The Alleluia Files


October 1, 2005
A. N. Roquelaure - The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty


September 26, 2005
Bret Easton Ellis - Lunar Park


September 25, 2005
Taichi Yamada - Strangers


September 18, 2005
Marilynne Robinson - Gilead

"There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient."


September 13, 2005
Shirley Hazzard - The Transit of Venus


September 11, 2005
Julie Kenner - Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom


September 9, 2005
Helen Fielding - Olivia Joule and the Overactive Imagination

"One of her favorites on her Rules for Living list was "No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves, just like you."

"There was no ordinary life. Life was fragile and bizarre and turned on a sixpence. It was up to you to snuffle out the fun."

"Always stick with people who know they are flawed and ridiculous."


September 7, 2005
Whitley Streiber - The Last Vampire


September 5, 2005
Charlain Harris - Dead Until Dark


September 2, 2005
Sharon Shinn - Wrapt in Crystal


September 1, 2005
Sharon Shinn - The Shape-Changer's Wife


August 28, 2005
Sharon Shinn - Jovah's Angel


August 23, 2005
Raleigh E. Emry - Good Times in the Badlands


August 21, 2005
Chuck Palahniuk - Stranger Than Fiction

"Anywhere people had nothing left to lose, that's where they told the most truth."


August 18, 2005
Melissa Bank - The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

"... Making jokes is your way of saying Do you love me? and when someone laughs you think they've said yes."


August 14, 2005
Jane Juska - A Round-Heeled Woman


August 8, 2005
Alicia Erian - The Brutal Language of Love


August 4, 2005
Chuck Palahniuk - Lullaby

"No matter how much you love someone, you still want to have your own way."


August 1, 2005
Craig Clevenger - The Contortionist's Handbook


July 28, 2005
Sharon Shinn - Archangel


July 13, 2005
Charles Darwin - The Descent of Man


July 1, 2005
Susan Isaacs - Lilly White


June 27, 2005
Steven Almond - Candy Freak


June 19, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - Incubus Dreams


June 4, 2005
Hilary Norman - Chateau Ella

"When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart..."


May 21, 2005
Mark Z. Danielewski - House of Leaves

"He has an almost animal like ability to accept the world as it comes to him."

"Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share."


May 17, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - Cerulean Sins

"Kissing him was like breathing, automatic, something your body did so that it wouldn't die."

"He was waiting for the blow to fall, I'd taught him to expect it."

"Shutting the fuck up is seldom a bad move on my part."


May 14, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - Narcissus in Chains

"You share so much more than just your body during sex, it's one of the reasons you should be careful who you do it with."

"I used to believe that truth was good, but I'd begun to realize that it is neither good, nor bad. It's just the truth."

"...I knew that they had felt what I'd felt, a sense of true belonging, of being home within the circle - not of bricks or mortar - but of flesh, of hands to grasp, arms to hold, smiles to share. So simple, so rare."

"...I realized the very force of his personality made him so striking that he was handsome, though it was the kind of handsome that would never come across in a still photo, because it needed movement, his vibrating energy to make it work."


May 11, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - Obsidian Butterfly


April 15, 2005
John Irving - A Prayer for Owen Meany

"If you care about something, you have to protect it - if you're lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."


April 13, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - Blue Moon

"Sometimes it's just a gesture, a turn of the head, and you catch your breath, your body reacts on a level you can't control. When it happens, you pretend it didn't, you hide it. Heaven forbid that the object of such instant desire should know what you're thinking."


April 10, 2005
Immanuel Weiss & George F. Wieland - Bessarabian Knight


March 27, 2005
Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason - The Rule of Four

"We are lonely in proportion to our years."


March 25, 2005
Ron Liddle - too beautiful for you


March 4, 2005
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Love in the Time of Cholera


March 2, 2005
Nick Bantock - The Venetian's Wife


February 28, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - Burnt Offerings


February 25, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - The Killing Dance


February 24, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - Bloody Bones


February 18, 2005
Nicholson Baker - The Fermata

"Each woman inspires her own fetishes."


January 29, 2005
Dorothy L. Sayers - The Five Red Herrings


January 24, 2005
Dorothy L. Sayers - Strong Poison


January 16, 2005
Tom Wolfe - I Am Charlotte Simmons


January 15, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - The Lunatic Cafe


January 14, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - Circus of the Damned


January 13, 2005
Laurell K. Hamilton - The Laughing Corpse

"No, I see the knowledge in your eyes of what I am. Your eyes are the clearest mirror I have seen... Whenever I begin to pretend to myself. Whenever I have delusions of life. I have only to look into your face and see the truth."


January 2, 2005
Joyce Carol Oates - Will You Always Love Me?

"Then, by degrees, she'd realized, no, no, I am not like this at all, I am the person I always was, from the first, I don't need others to define me, it's in fact others who misdefine me."

"For food consumed in the presence of dear friends is not mere food but sustenance; a sustenance of the soul."


December 31, 2004
Lynn Freed - The Mirror

"So what did I want indeed but to be mastered myself and yet mistress of myself at the same time?"


December 24, 2004
Dorothy L. Sayers - The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club


December 13, 2004
Andre Dubus - Dancing After Hours


December 11, 2004
Dan Brown - Angels & Demons

"Genius accepts genius unconditionally."

"Sometimes, divine revelation simply means adjusting your brain to hear what your heart already knows."


December 10, 2004
Laurell K. Hamilton - Guilty Pleasures


December 3, 2004
Frank McCourt - 'Tis


November 24, 2004
Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes

"It's lovely to know the world can't interfere with the inside of your head."

"Stock your mind. Stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it."


November 17, 2004
Colleen McCullough - The Thorn Birds

"That's the purpose of old age... To give us a breathing space before we die, in which to see why we did what we did."


November 3, 2004
Charles Abbott - Island


October 16, 2004
Dorothy L. Sayers - Lord Peter Views the Body


October 13, 2004
Dorothy L. Sayers - Unnatural Death


October 10, 2004
Dorothy L. Sayers - Clouds of Witness


October 7, 2004
Dorothy L. Sayers - Whose Body?


September 22, 2004
Thomas Hardy - Jude the Obscure

"But sometimes a woman's love of being loved gets the better of her conscience, and though she is agonized at the thought of treating a man cruelly, she encourages him to love her while she doesn't love him at all."


August 20, 2004
Jacob E. Cooke - The Federalist


August 11, 2004
Nicholas Evans - The Loop


August 8, 2004
Jennifer Cruise - Crazy for You


August 4, 2004
Jennifer Cruise - Welcome to Temptation


July 27, 2004
Jennifer Cruise - Fast Women

"It was like a tuning fork; when you heard the right note from the right person, it vibrated inside you."


July 24, 2004
Jennifer Cruise - Tell Me Lies


July 13, 2004
John Berendt - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


July 12, 2004
Sidney Sheldon - The Best Laid Plans


July 8, 2004
Michael Connelly - The Poet


July 2, 2004
Reay Tannahill - Passing Glory
"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you..." (Kipling)


July 1, 2004
Mary Higgins Clark - The Second Time Around


June 22, 2004
Annie Proulx - That Old Ace in the Hole


June 17, 2004
Dean Koontz - Odd Thomas

"Life... is not about how fast you run or even with what degree of grace. It's about perseverance, about staying on your feet and slogging forward no matter what."

"We are not strangers to ourselves; we only try to be."


May 30, 2004
Yann Martel - Life of Pi

"All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways."

"... as gentle and as powerful as a little girl's kiss on your cheek."


April 29, 2004
Connie Willis - To Say Nothing of the Dog


April 24, 2004
Stephen King - From a Buick 8

"You don't always talk with your mouth. Sometimes what you say with your mouth hardly matters at all. You have to signify."

"... we all of us look younger and sweeter when we smile our real smiles - the ones that come out when we are genuinely happy and not just trying to play some dumb social game."

"I don't know about a sub-conscious, but there's a pulse in our heads, all right, same as there's one in our chests, and it carries unformed, no-language thoughts that most times we can't even read, and they are usually the important ones."


April 6, 2004
Dean Koontz - The Face


March 31, 2004
P.D. James - The Murder Room
(unfinished)


March 19, 2004
Dan Brown - The DaVinci Code


March 17, 2004
William Sutcliffe - Are You Experienced?


March 9, 2004
Dean R. Koontz - Lightning

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."


March 6, 2004
P.D. James - An Unsuitable Job for a Woman


February 20, 2004
Sally Quinn - Happy Endings

"The moral challenge of life is how to live with integrity in a world that doesn't make sense."


February 17, 2004
Anne O. Faulk - Holding Out

"I felt like a thermos that had been dropped on a concrete driveway, unblemished on the surface and shattered inside."

"Life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand as stone / Kindness in another's trouble - courage in your own."


February 14, 2004
Sophocles - Oedipus the King


February 5, 2004
Elizabeth Graver - Unraveling


February 4, 2004
Mitch Albom - The Five People You Meet in Heaven

"It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn't just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed."

"Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret."

"All parents damage their chidren. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers."

"Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them."


February 2, 2004
LaVyrle Spencer - Morning Glory

"He'd never kissed a child good night before, had never guessed how it got to your insides and warmed you from there out."

"... when your bellys full you can put up with near anything."


January 22, 2004
Scott Turow - Presumed Innocent

"There are some tragedies that run so deep that our comprehension of them is evolutionary at best."

"He is my boy, gentle and beautiful in sleep, and I am grateful, grateful so that my heart is sore and breaking, that in this rough life I have felt such tenderness."


January 18, 2004
Diana Gabaldon - Lord John and the Private Matter

"It was the sort of thing one hopes momentarily that one has not really seen - because life would be so much more convenient if one hadn't."


December 18, 2003
G. K. Chesterton - Daylight and Nightmare

"When I saw her something stirred within me like the memory of a previous existence."

"My dear sir, adventure is a great thing, a glorious thing; and why? Because it kills off adventurous people."

"The sort of person for whom lost loves or faded fancies can be stirred by music or turned into minor poetry is generally the sort of person who can indulge them without much danger to the solid loyalties of life."


December 18, 2003
John Grisham - Skipping Christmas


November 22, 2003
James Rudfield - The Celestine Prophecy


November 22, 2003
Nick Bantock - Alexandria


November 22, 2003
Nick Bantock - The Gryphon


November 22, 2003
Nick Bantock - The Golden Mean


November 21, 2003
Nick Bantock - Sabine's Notebook


November 21, 2003
Nick Bantock - Griffin & Sabine


October 21, 2003
Joyce Carol Oates - Them

"Is everyone like this, trying to get free? To work themselves out of other people?"


October 15, 2003
Lauren Weisberger - The Devil Wears Prada


September 2, 2003
Dave Barry - The World According to Dave Barry


August 31, 2003
Dave Barry - Tricky Business


August 25, 2003
Tom Shales & Andrew Miller - Live from New York


August 22, 2003
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries


July 14, 2003
Diana Gabaldon - The Fiery Cross

"The past is gone - the future is not come. And we are here together, you and I."

"The funny thing is that it was Roger, but I didn't think of him like that. Not by his name - not that name. It was like he had another name, a secret, real one - but I knew what it was. (I've always thought everybody has that kind of name, the kind that isn't a word. I know who I am - and whoever it is, her name isn't "Brianna." It's me, that's all. "Me" works fine as a substitute for what I mean - but how do you write down someone else's secret name?)"

"You invent yourself... you look at other women - or men; you try on their lives for size. You take what you can use, and you look inside yourself for what you can't find elsewhere. And always... always... always you wonder if you're doing it right."

"Self-surrender leads to transformation of the personality, but the person has to accomplish his own regeneration."


May 4, 2003
Diana Gabaldon - Drums of Autumn

"I only meant... it's such a strain, to try to live for two people. To try to make them fit your ideas of what's right... you do it for a child, of course, you have to, but even then, it's dreadfully hard work. I couldn't do it for you - it would be wrong even to try."

"It was one of those strange moments that came to him rarely, but never left. A moment that stamped itself on heart and brain, instantly recallable in every detail, for all of his life. There was no telling what made these moments different from any other, though he knew them when they came. He had seen sights more gruesome and more beautiful by far, and had been left with no more than a fleeting muddle of their memory. But these - the still moments, as he called them to himself - they came with no warning, to print the random image of the most common things inside his brain, indelible."

"What a mystery blood was - how did a tiny gesture, a tone of voice, endure through generations...?"

"...forgiveness was not a single act, but a matter of constant practice."


April 26, 2003
Diana Gabaldon - Voyager

"Everyone can lie, ...given cause enough. It's only that it's harder for those of us who live in glass faces; we have to think up our lies ahead of time."

"There are things ye maybe canna tell me... I willna ask ye, or force ye. But when ye do tell me something, let it be the truth. There is nothing between us now but respect, and respect has room for secrets, I think - but not for lies."

"I have noticed that time does not really exist for mothers, with regard to their children. It does not matter greatly how old the child is - in the blink of an eye, the mother can see the child again as it was when it was born, when it learned to walk, as it was at any age - at any time, even when the child is fully grown and a parent itself." "Especially when they're asleep. You can always see the baby then."


April 14, 2003
Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber

"The impulse to touch a sleeping child never fades..."

"The usual kinds of dreams, whether nightmare or good dream - long sequences of images, wanderings in the wood of the mind."

"But from the very start, there is that small streak of steel within each child. That thing that says "I am", and forms the core of personality. ... Looking at them, you can almost see it, sturdy as heartwood, glowing though the translucent flesh. ... The process of encapsulation goes on, to reach its peak in the glossy shell of adolescence, when all the softness then is hidden under the nacreous layers of the multiple new personalities that teenagers try on to guard themselves. In the next years, the hardening spreads from the center, as one finds and fixes the facets of the soul, until "I am" is set, delicate and detailed as an insect in amber."


April 7, 2003
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander

"Perhaps it was the peace that one always finds outdoors, far enough away from buildings and clatter."


March 26, 2003
Paul Gallico - Love, Let Me not Hunger


March 21, 2003
Patty Dann - Mermaids


February 10, 2003
James Michener - Centennial

"Masterpieces are like that; they require an active participation and offer nothing to those who are unwilling to contribute."


January 27, 2003
Joyce Carol Oates - We Were the Mulvaneys


June 23, 2002
Leo Tolstoy - War & Peace
(unfinished)


June 17, 2002
Linda Hutchins - Mortal Love


May 30, 2002
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita


May 27, 2002
Mary Higgins Clark - Remember Me


May 24, 2002
Anne Tyler - Back When We Were Grownups

"People imagine that missing a loved one works kind of like missing cigarettes. The first day is really hard but the next day is less hard and so forth, easier and easier the longer you go on. But instead it's like missing water. Every day, you notice the person's absence more."


May 22, 2002
John Grisham - The Rainmaker


May 17, 2002
Eva Mekler - Sunrise Shows Late

"It's good to cry... Tears clear the eyes and then you can see better."


May 8, 2002
Edna Ferber - Giant


May 5, 2002
Judith Rossner - Looking for Mr. Goodbar


April 2, 2002
William Gaddis - The Recognitions (second half)


March 19, 2002
E. Annie Proulx - Accordion Times


March 17, 2002
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale


March 13, 2002
Tracy Chevalier - Falling Angels


February 28, 2002
William Gaddis - The Recognitions (first half)

"It is the bliss of childhood that we are being warped most when we know it the least."


February 15, 2002
Celeste De Blasis - A Season of Swans

"...the ability to see everything as new and special over and over again must surely be one of childhoods greatest gifts."

"If there was anything more satisfying and, at the same time, more terrifying than the trust of a child, (he) did not want to know about it."

"And now he knew that love could generate more terror than any other emotion."


January 31, 2002
Celeste De Blasis - Swan's Chance

"...he possessed that most useful of all social charms, the ability to make each person he encountered fell unique and worthy."


January 18, 2002
Celeste De Blasis - Wild Swan

"...surely you have seen enough to know that people will do as they will, sensible or not."

"I think perhaps it is so for many mothers with sons; what we most admire in the man, we fear in the child."

"Because life and love go on does not make what has been before any less valid."


January 12, 2002
Thomas Farber - Tales for the Son of My Unborn Child

"...since it was of course far better to be the slave than to be the master."


December 27, 2001
Paul Quarrington - The Spirit Cabinet

"Everyone has a strange life, because life is so strange."


December 17, 2001
Max Davidson - Suddenly, In Rome

"If you want to do anything worthwhile in life, you have to be prepared to pay for it."

"...The insecurity of people who dress badly is far less acute than the insecurity of people who dress well."


November 23, 2001
Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe

"For sudden joys, like griefs, confound at first."

"All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have."


November 15, 2001
Marlys Millhiser - The Mirror


November 10, 2001
Truman Capote - Other Voices, Other Rooms

"...but it was unsafe ever to let anyone guess the extent of your feelings or knowledge..."


November 1, 2001
Linda Chandler Munson - Heat Storm


October 17, 2001
Stephen King - Dreamcatcher


October 17, 2001
Colleen McCullough - The Ladies of Missalonghi


October 6, 2001
Can Xue - The Embroidered Shoes


October 6, 2001
Mary Higgins Clark - Silent Night


September 23, 2001
Jo-Ann Mapson - The Wilder Sisters


September 18, 2001
Mary Higgins Clark - While My Pretty One Sleeps


July 26, 2001
Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels


July 14, 2001
Margaret Lee Runbeck - The Year of Love


July 6, 2001
Mark Joseph - Typhoon


June 28, 2001
Clive Cussler - The Mediterranean Caper


June 1, 2001
Rina de' Firenze - Mystery of the Mona Lisa


May 14, 2001
D. H. Lawrence - Lady Chatterley's Lover


May 9, 2001
Lynda Sexson - Margaret of the Imperfections


April 15, 2001
Fredrick Exley - A Fan's Notes


April 11, 2001
Jeanette Oke & T. Davis Bunn - Return to Harmony


April 9, 2001
John Grisham - A Painted House


March 30, 2001
Barbara Pym - A Few Green Leaves


March 21, 2001
Elmore Leonard - Get Shorty


March 20, 2001
Sophocles - Antigone


March 16, 2001
Amy Tan - The Bonesetter's Daughter

"'The Doppler Effect of Communication': There is always distortion between what a speaker says and what a listener wants it to mean."

"Free time was the most precious time, when you should be doing what you loved, or at least slowing down enough to remember what made your life worthwhile and happy."


March 6, 2001
Tracy Kidder - Among Schoolchildren


March 5, 2001
Dorothy Eden - Speak to Me of Love


March 4, 2001
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason


March 1, 2001
Helen Fielding - Bridget's Jones' Diary


February 15, 2001
Elizabeth Bowen - The Heat of the Day


March 12, 2001
Judith Krantz - Princess Daisy

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them." - George Bernard Shaw


February 9, 2001
James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia


February 4, 2001
Susan Howatch - Cashelmara


September 3, 2000
Victor S. Navasky - Naming Names
(unfinished)


August 28, 2000
Stephen King - Different Seasons

"The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them."


August 24, 2000
Carol Shields - The Stone Diaries


June 30, 2000
Paul Zweig - The Adventurer


June 25, 2000
Robert Lindsey - The Falcon and the Snowman


June 20, 2000
Margaret Atwood - The Robber Bride


March 15, 2000
D. H. Lawrence - The Rainbow


December 6, 1999
S.E. Frost, Jr. - Basic Teachings of the Great Philosophers


December 2, 1999
Brian Moore - The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne


November 29, 1999
Danielle Steel - Five Days in Paris

"You think you're all alone, and then someone comes out of the mists, completely unexpectedly, and you're not alone any longer."


November 8, 1999
Rudolf Kippenhahn - 100 Billion Suns


October 30, 1999
Stephen King - Needful Things


October 22, 1999
Margaret Mitchell - Gone With the Wind


October 17, 1999
Time/Life - The Rivermen


October 15, 1999
Miss Read - Friends at Thrush Green


October 3, 1999
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness


October 1, 1999
Nicholas Sparks - The Notebook


September 19, 1999
Herman Wouk - Inside, Outside


September 17, 1999
Alice Hoffman - Here on Earth

"It's not the lie that's the problem; it's the distance the lie forges between you."

"She feels an odd tenderness, the way one might when finished with crying."


September 11, 1999
Frank Yerby - The Girl from Storyville


Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha

"Two men are equals - TRUE equals - only when they both have equal confidence."


September 1, 1999
Sidney Sheldon - Tell Me Your Dreams


August 29, 1999
Stephen King - Storm of the Century

"...in this world, you have to pay as you go. Usually a lot."


May 24, 1999
Adam Smith - The Wealth of Nations


May 18, 1999
Connie Mason - Caress and Conquer


May 1, 1999
The Faber Book of Letters

"The soul's dark cottage batter'd and decay'd lets in new light through chinks that Time has made." - Waller

"...it wastes my time like an old friend." - William Dean Howells

"The wise are not learned, the learned are not wise." - Lao-Tzu


April 15, 1999
John Grisham - A Time to Kill


February 23, 1999
Graham Swift - Last Orders

"Doing your duty in the ordinary course of life is another thing, it's harder."


February 22, 1999
Mary Higgins Clark - Likes Music, Loves to Dance


February 13, 1999
Stephen King - Bag of Bones

"...her perception, joined with my own to make the true binocular vision nothing but marriage allows..."


December 27, 1998
Danny Sugerman - Wonderland Avenue

"It's odd the way these moral promises one makes to oneself drop away in the face of an attractive adversary."


November 23, 1998
Iris Murdoch - Sartre: Romantic Rationalist

"It must be very amusing deliberately to do the opposite of what one wants. One feels oneself becoming another person."


October 3, 1998
Clive Cussler - Sahara


July 19, 1998
Toby Olson - The Woman Who Escaped from Shame


July 11, 1998
Robert James Waller - Old Songs in a New Cafe'

"If you're doing a good job, and somebody knows it and appreciates it, that's about as good as life gets."


May 30, 1998
Charles Frazier - Cold Mountain

"...just saying what your heart felt, straight and simple and unguarded, could be more useful than four thousand lines of John Keats."

"...you went on living one day after another, and in time you were somebody else, your previous self only like a close relative, a sister or brother, with whom you shared a past."


May 25, 1998
Mary Higgins Clark - You Belong to Me


April 4, 1998
William H. Honan - Fire When Ready, Gridley!


March 20, 1998
Michael Weaver - The Lie


March 9, 1998
David Guterson - Snow Falling on Cedars


February 23, 1998
John Lanchester - The Debt to Pleasure

"...the chinese ideogram for 'crisis' is composed of the two characters which separately mean 'danger' and 'opportunity'."

"...the life is an incurable disease with a hundred percent mortality rate."


September 14, 1997
James A. Michener - The Drifters

"For me, the ordinary events of life form the adventure."

"Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today you can do it again tomorrow."

"True courage is to do without witness everything that you are capable of doing before all the world."

"Remember, the answer to your problems lies within reach of your hand."

"...for the true education of a probing mind occurs unexpectedly and in surroundings that could have been neither anticipated nor provided."


August 31, 1997
Mark Childress - V for Victor

"(He) was thinking how hard it would be to look in a mirror if the worst parts of your life showed all over your face."


August 23, 1997
Dean Koontz - Intensity


July 12, 1997
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon


July 3, 1997
Herman Wouk - City Boy - The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder


June 25, 1997
John J. Nance - Pandora's Clock


May 31, 1997
Henry Miller - Tropic of Cancer


May 18, 1997
Fedor Dostoevsky - Notes from the Underground


May 17, 1997
Thornton Wilder - Heaven's My Destination


April 30, 1997
Nelson Algren - The Last Carousel


April 29, 1997
Anya Seton - Smouldering Fires


April 15, 1997
Tom Clancy - SSN


January 2, 1997
David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest

"...almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley with some sort of 'Pst' that you usually can't even hear because you're in such a rush to or from something important you've tried to engineer."


December 27, 1996
William Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra


December 24, 1996
Jim Harrison - Sundog

"I am reminded again that once you get truly out of the circle of your acquaintances, and away from those who bear your professional likeness, you perceive again the mystery of personality."


December 7, 1996
Gore Vidal - Myra Breckinridge

"That is woman's role, to make the wound and then to heal it."


November 14, 1996
Fredric Neuman - Maneuvers

"That's the trouble with life, isn't it. You're all set to laugh, and suddenly things aren't funny."


October 27, 1996
Cynthia Freeman - The Days of Winter


October 26, 1996
Mark Twain - Pudd'nhead Wilson

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."


October 21, 1996
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451

"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." - Juan Ramon Jimenez

"...for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?"


September 23, 1996
Anne Rivers Siddons - Peachtree Road

"She had a bone-deep knowledge of how things really are."

"It was her gift, ...to see you plain and like, even love, you for just that; to ask nothing of you; instead, to give to you."

"I liked whate'er I looked on, and my looks went everywhere."

"I felt obscurely uncomfortable under that sharp gray gaze, like a child or a dog who knows something is expected of it, but not what."

"I had learned, finally, the value of love held lightly in an open hand."

"Too rich a sowing, for an earth that would yield no harvest."


September 8, 1996
John Irving - The World According to Garp

"You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else."

"The world is comic to those who think and tragic to those who feel."

"But he was sullen about it, with the predictable attitude of someone who has been right - at all costs. And, therefore, wonders if he was wrong."


September 8, 1996
Nicolai Gogol - The Overcoat


August 13, 1996
Patrick O' Brian - The Wine-Dark Sea


July 19, 1996
Celeste De Blasis - The Proud Breed

"...it means the excitement of searching for and finding something exotic along with the disappointments and hardships that almost always come with it."

"...coming so close as human beings, without the disguising roles of man and woman between them, had been the most dangerous and intimate step of all..."

"...it will always be a new season with just enough of the old to make you happy."


July 14, 1996
Laura Ingalls Wilder - Little House in the Big Woods


May 23, 1996
Charles Kingsley - Alton Locke

"What was it that you adored? a soul, or a face? The inward reality, or the outward symbol, which is only valuable as a sacrament of the loveliness within?"


May 18, 1996
LaVyrle Spencer - Forgiving


April 28, 1996
Glen Cook - Doomstalker


April 26, 1996
Anais Nin - The Four-Chambered Heart

"...they believed as all lovers believe, (dangers to the love) came from the outside, from the world, never suspecting the seed of death of love might lie within themselves."


April 8, 1996
Herman Wouk - The Caine Mutiny

"Remember this, if you can - there is nothing, nothing more precious than time. You probably feel you have a measureless supply of it, but you haven't. Wasted hours destroy your life just a surely at the beginning as at the end - only at the end it becomes more obvious."

"Everybody's life pivots on one or maybe two moments."


March 30, 1996
Sigmund Freud - Civilization and It's Discontents


March 27, 1996
Dorothy Eden - The Salamanca Drum


March 24, 1996
Eugen Herrigel - Zen in the Art of Archery

"...how great is the temptation to succumb to a powerful influence and, ensnared in self-delusion, to over-rate the importance of an experience merely because it is so unusual."


March 9, 1996
Herman Wouk - Youngblood Hawke

"I was still Me. But I was more Me than before."

"All one's life goes into any decision, small or big."

"There was something decidedly bleak about her habit of driving every nail to the board."

"She had a streak of unforgiving clarity that bordered on the cruel..."

"..some mistakes define a person's character..."


February 24, 1996
Clive Cussler - Inca Gold


February 23, 1996
Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea

"He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility."


November 28, 1995
Tom Clancy - Debt of Honor

"...days of death and fire so often begin no differently from those of love and warmth."

"A lively discussion was usually helpful, as the hottest fire made the strongest steel."

"Fundamentally, honor was itself a debt, a code of behavior, a promise, something inside yourself that you owed to the others who saw it in you."


November 21, 1995
Elmore Leonard - Bandits


November 19, 1995
Daphne DuMaurier - Jamaica Inn


November 9, 1995
Herman Wouk - Marjorie Morningstar

"...experience nine times out of ten is merely stupidity hardened into habit."

"There always has to be an admission price, you know. Except you pay when you get out, ..."


October 26, 1995
Susan Sontag - The Volcano Lover

"To love someone was to tolerate imperfections one would never excuse in oneself."

"An object is not sullied because it has been in the possession of less worthy owners."

"That's the way life is, if you let misfortunes strike you too hard, you won't see the new chance coming."


October 21, 1995
Margot Abbot - The Last Innocent Hour

"Everybody needs to trust someone, don't they?"

"Because that's what photographs are of course, memories made concrete. Then there are the memories for which we have no photographs. These memory-snaps flash into our minds when we least expect them. We carry them with us everywhere."


October 15, 1995
Patrick Suskind - Perfume


October 5, 1995
Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead

"The noble soul has reverence for itself." - from Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

"It is not even a view, for most of them, but a foggy, groping, undefined sense made of raw pain and incommunicateable happiness. It is a sense of enormous expectation, the sense that one's life is important, that great achievements are within one's capacity, and that great things lie ahead."

"Why is anyone and everyone right - so long as it's not yourself?"

"The eyes were dark and startling. They held such a wealth of intellect and of twinkling gaiety that his glasses seemed to be worn not to protect his eyes but to protect other men from their excessive brilliance."

"He knew that his absence bound her to him in a manner more complete and humiliating than his presence could enforce."

"There's nothing as significant as a human face. Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything. Even though we're not always wise enough to unravel the knowledge."

"It's such a waste to be subtle and vicious with people who don't even know that you're being subtle and vicious."

"You're much worse than a bitch. You're a saint. Which shows why saints are dangerous and undesirable."

"There are two things we must get rid of early in life: a feeling of personal superiority and an exaggerated reverence for the sexual act."

"I've always thought that a feeling which changes never existed in the first place."

"His head thrown back, he felt the pull of his throat muscles and he wondered whether the peculiar solemnity of looking at the sky comes, not from what one contemplates, but from that uplift of one's head."


September 29, 1995
Rosemary Rogers - The Wildest Heart

"I don't have the knack for taking feelings apart and weighing them."


September 28, 1995
Paul Riser - Couplehood

"You have to appreciate these Little Things in life, because the Big Things may never get here, and then you've hung around for nothing."


July 5, 1995
Melvin Maddocks - The Atlantic Crossing


May 9, 1995
Robert Lee Scott, Jr. - The Day I Owned the Sky


December 5, 1994
Irving Wallace - The Plot

"From cradle to the grave, ...no man dared depend wholly on other men, for all men were vulnerable and flawed."

"Let the buyer beware... He bought, on the basis of the wrappings, sex and love. He opened the package, and to his amazement, sex was the smallest part of the contents, love was not quite the right size, and the rest of the contents had not been bargained for and could not be disposed of."

"...you give up half your present life to understand the other half long gone."


December 3, 1994
Agatha Christie - The Sittaford Mystery


November 20, 1994
Edward Young - The Fifth Passenger


October 20, 1994
Jules Verne - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


October 18, 1994
Thomas Tryon - The Other


October 12, 1994
Sergi Dovlatov - Ours: A Russian Family Album

"...it's always harder to stay than to leave."

"Silence is an enormous power."


October 3, 1994
Col. Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson (w/ Joseph P. Hamelin) - To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace


October 2, 1994
Jonathan Barry w/ Whitley Strieber - Cat Magic

"Be as the animals. Their simplicity makes their anger small, their love great."

"By thrusting her into one incredibly difficult situation after another (they) had shown her how rarely she really took charge of her own life, and how good at it she was when she did."


September 26, 1994
Clifford Irving - The Angel of Zin


September 24, 1994
Peter Ustinov - The Old Man and Mr. Smith

"...I don't find it very easy to believe in anything." "that is the mark of your intelligence."

"...I am not afraid to change my mind. In fact, I encourage myself to do so, regularly. To worry my sense of truth as a dog worries a bone. Nothing is constant. Everything changes all the time... All things are eroded by life..."


September 23, 1994
Eva Ibbotson - Madensky Square

"And I learnt how to behave like a beautiful woman, which is not the same as - but more important than - being beautiful."


September 21, 1994
Ruta U. - Dear God, I Wanted To Live


September 17, 1994
C. S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters

"...we escape the struggles and responsibilities of actual life by residing in one that doesn't yet exsist."

"Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal."

"...active habits are strangthened by repetition but passive ones are weakened."


September 7, 1994
Steven M. Newman - Worldwalk

"I always like to look at every little thing in nature and not always be in a hurry and thinkin' only of myself. I don't get much free time in my work, but still I figure I always got time to help anythin' or anybody that needs it."

"You know, it's kind of nice to meet a friend once in a while... isn't it?"


August 28, 1994
Stephen King - The Bachman Books

"I'm going to stop pretending my life hasn't started yet. It has. It's twenty percent over. I've drunk the cream."

"Say your name over two hundred times and discover you are no one."


August 25, 1994
Catherine Texier - Panic Blood

"The sense of humor is an organ that usually resides in the brain. Below the belt we're all animals. And animals don't laugh."

"You develop tough skin on your soul... like calluses inside your hands."


July 30, 1994
Leo Tolstoy - The Death of Ivan Ilych & Other Stories

"It is hard enough to walk well on a beaten track, but it is harder still to lay out a new one."

"...those chief questions which confront all mankind and to which the wise seek and find replies, and which the frivolous try to thrust aside and forget."


June 29, 1994
Erich Fromm - The Forgotten Language

"He hardly knew that there was another kind of conscience - the humanistic conscience - which is our own voice calling us back to ourselves."


June 23, 1994
Stephen King - Gerald's Game


June 30, 1994
Richard Peck - Amanda/Miranda

"I was already half aware - unwillingly aware. There had been clues. But there had been reasons not to heed them - excuses not to consider them. Are there not always?"

"...I am not so much the creature of my whims as the mistress of them."

"For beauty is nothing unless it can be made to work on one's behalf..."


June 15, 1994
Joan McGarrie - At Destiny's Moment (manuscript)


June 8, 1994
John Dos Passos - The Big Money

"A man's hands ought to show his work... That's the whole beauty of hands."


May 20, 1994
John Dos Passos - Nineteen Nineteen

"...the only defense against the ravages of our century is personal integrity."


May 3, 1994
John Dos Passos - The 42nd Parallel


April 18, 1994
Mary Ellen Chase - The Lovely Ambition


April 16, 1994
Tony Hillerman - A Thief of Time


April 10, 1994
Morton Cooper - Rich People

"If you ever have to worry about anything,... do your worrying in private. Control is what matters, all that matters. Let people see you're not in command of a situation, even for a minute, and you've lost..."


April 6, 1994
Barbara Cartland - Love in the Clouds & Imperial Splendour


April 5, 1994
Robert James Waller - The Bridges of Madison County

"...there's a creature inside of you that I'm not good enough to bring out, not strong enough to reach. I sometimes have the feeling you've been here a long time, more than one lifetime, and that you've dwelt in private places none of the rest of us has even dreamed about."

"Such physical matters were nice, yet, to him, intelligence and passion born of living, the ability to move and be moved by subtleties of the mind and spirit, were what really counted. That's why he found most young women unattractive, regardless of their exterior beaury. They had not lived long enough or hard enough to posess those qualities that interested him."

"Analysis destroys wholes. Some things, magic things, are meant to stay whole. If you look at their pieces, they go away."

"I'm not sure you're inside of me, or that I am inside of you... I think we're both inside of another being we have created called 'us'. Well, we're really not inside of that being. We ARE that being. We have both lost ourselves and created something else, that exists only as an interlacing of the two of us."


March 25, 1994
Willa Cather - Death Comes for the Archbishop

"I do not see you as you really are...; I see you through my affection for you."


March 15, 1994
Angela Carter - Wise Children


March 7, 1994
Rosalind Laker - Banners of Silk


February 2, 1994
Pearl S. Buck - The Living Reed

"Tell me you love me - ..." "I will not, for if I do, I have no defense against you. You will get so far inside me that I shall never be able to root you out."

"The gift he had been given was sometimes heavy to bear, the ability always to understand why the other person was as he was."


January 7, 1994
A. S. Byatt - Posession

"He had a habit which (she) was not experienced enough to recognize as a common one in ex-lovers of giving little tugs at the carefully severed spider-threads or puppet-strings which had once tied her to him."

"I love 'em dearly, but... the world's too full of other marvellous creatures."

"That is human nature, that people come after you, willingly enough, provided only that you no longer love or want them."

"I cannot make confidences. It is not in me. I keep to myself, I survive in that way, only in that way."

"I have trusted... That did harm. Great harm."


December 27, 1993
John Roger & Peter McWilliams - Do It! Let's Get Off Our Buts

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable" - Sidney J. Harris

"Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

"You have no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself - and how little I deserve it." - W. S. Gilbert

"In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love you want the other person." - Margaret Anderson

"We are much more powerful than we let ourselves believe."


December 18, 1993
Bernard Malamud - The Assistant

"I suppose I felt I wanted to be free, so I settled for sex. But if you're not in love sex isn't being free..."

"When he lied he was somebody else lying to somebody else."


December 8, 1994
Joan Collins - Love & Desire & Hate


November 28, 1993
Pearl S. Buck - The Good Deed

"We are the present, divided between past and future."


November 24, 1993
Rebecca Brandewyne - Desire in Disguise


November 20, 1993
Jenny Diski - Nothing Natural

"Don't be so pathetic, why are you always so astonished when a man wants to see you again?"

"When it comes to power, confusion is everything."


November 19, 1993
Moliere - Tartuffe


October 29, 1993
John Updike - Rabbit Run

"There is this quality, in things, of the right way seeming wrong at first. To test our faith."

"Some die young, some are born old."


August 31, 1993
Ray Bradbury - The Stories of Ray Bradbury

"What is love? perhaps we may find that love is the ability of someone to give us back to us. Maybe love is someone seeing and remembering, handing us back to ourselves just a trifle better than we had dared to hope or dream..."

"He had been crying quitely all evening. It did not show, not a vestige of it, on his face. It was all hidden somewhere and it wouldn't stop."


July 28, 1993
Lois Battle - The Past is Another Country

"A truly open mind can't be defensive."

"...you follow a man somewhere, you end up nowhere."


July 1, 1993
William Faulkner - The Sound and the Fury


May 17, 1993
Sherwood Anderson - Winesburg, Ohio

"You must not try to make love definite. It is the divine accident of life."


April 25, 1993
Stephen King - The Stand

"No one can tell what goes on between the person you were and the person you become."


April 20, 1993
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless


February 9, 1993
William Faulkner - Light in August


February 6, 1993
Douglas Adams - So Long, and Thanks For the Fish


February 4, 1993
Douglas Adams - Life, the Universe, and Everything


February 2, 1993
Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


February 1, 1993
Douglas Adams - The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy


January 23, 1993
Paul Bowles - The Sheltering Sky

"Nothing ever happens the way one imagines it is going to."


January 21, 1993
Brian L. Weiss, M.D. - Many Lives, Many Masters

"...lifetimes measured in lessons learned and tasks fulfilled, not in years; charity, hope, faith, and love; doing without expectations of return..."

"Wisdom is achieved very slowly. This is because intellectual knowledge, easily acquired, must be transformed into 'emotional' or subconscious knowledge."

"It is as if a... diamond were to be found inside each person. The diamond has a thousand facets, but the facets are covered with dirt and tar. It is the job of the soul to clean each facet until the surface is brilliant. Now, some have cleaned many facets and gleam brightly. Others have only managed to clean a few; they do not sparkle so. Yet, underneath the dirt, each person posesses within his or her breast a brilliant diamond with a thousand gleaming facets. The diamond is perfect, not one flaw. The only differences among people are the number of facets cleaned. But each diamond is the same, and each is perfect."


January 16, 1993
Frank Yerby - Floodtide

"Practically everything (they) believe about us isn't so, and nine-tenths of what we believe about ourselves..."

"A woman can stand anything - except being bored."

"If I could make you do what I wanted you to, I'd hate you. But I'll keep on trying. That's the nature of a woman."


December 30, 1992
Robert Stone - A Flag For Sunrise

"You can buy lots of fancy nights. But you can't buy morning."


December 19, 1992
Richard Bach - Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

"We magnatize into our lives whatever we hold in our thought..."

"Isn't it strange how much we know if only we ask ourselves instead of somebody else?"

"Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness."


November 15, 1992
Ann Fairbairn - Five Smooth Stones

"Maybe he's got what my father talks about - a low threshold for pain, only with him it's for other people's pain."

"There will be such wide areas in both our lives that we can't share, as through our spirits were each on another planet."

"I'm just a damned child, with a damned child's mind and emotions. I'm trying to grow up but I'm not getting very far."


November 13, 1992
Anne Marie Duquette - Adventure of the Heart


November 12, 1992
Bill Franzen - Hearing from Wayne


November 8, 1992
Aaron Elkins - Old Bones


October 28, 1992
Joel Auchenbach - Why Things Are


October 10, 1992
Jean M. Auel - The Plains of Passage


September 24, 1992
Stephen King - The Eyes of the Dragon


September 19, 1992
Leona Blair - A World of Difference

"It's our expectations of people that destroy us, not the people themselves."


September 10, 1992
Stephen R. Donaldson - The Mirror of Her Dreams

"Things always make sense eventually, if you don't think about them too hard."

"...problems should be solved by those who see them..."

"Nobody trusts anybody who overindulges in clean living."

"...people are as ordinary or exceptional as they choose to be."

"Only innocent men can afford to tell lies."


September 8, 1992
Whitley Strieber - The Wolfen


September 2, 1992
Shirley Graham - The Story of Pocohontas


August 24, 1992
Michael Cadnum - Saint Peter's Wolf

"I would tell you, though, that the animal in us is wiser than we can imagine. Wiser, even, than the child in us, and the child is very wise."

"...we were like frames in a film, stored in a can for years until, for a few seconds, light poured through us."

"We live in anticipation, imagining what we are about to do, what we are about to finish already escaping us, slipping away. What keeps us alive is always the next moment, the next heartbeat, the breath to come."


August 5, 1992
Arthur Koestler - Darkness at Noon


July 20, 1992
Barbara Taylor Bradford - A Woman of Substance

"The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet get little from life. Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will." - Montaigne - Essays

"I have the heart of a man, not of a woman, and I am not afraid of anything..." - Elizabeth I, Queen of England

"I am living what I alone created."

"I've come to understand that they only thing that is permanent is change."


July 1, 1992
Ian Dennis - The Prince of Stars in the Cavern of Time
(unfinished)


June 24, 1992
Honore de Balzac - Pere Goriot
(Unfinished)


June 11, 1992
Sally Beauman - Destiny

"The power you have when you're different. When people can't place you, sum you up..."

"We are our past, afterall. Everything we've done, everything that has happened to us - that's what we are."


June 6, 1992
Kobo Abe - The Woman in the Dunes


June 1, 1992
Elizabeth Haggard - Nobody Waved Goodbye


April 4, 1992
Dahn Ben Amotz - To Remember, To Forget
(unfinished)


March 19, 1992
Mildred Lawrence - No Slipper for Cinderella


February 10, 1992
Harvey Allen - The Forest and the Fort

"Listen, or thine own tongue will keep thee deaf."

"Salvation so often depends upon apparently trivial things."

"Only the blind can be persuaded to get up and go on again, sometimes. Perhaps that is why the future is always kept dark to us?"

"...the mysterious midnight country of a beautiful, terrifying dream."

"...what trouble a man's mind can get him into at night."


February 6, 1992
Patrick White - A Fringe of Leaves


February 2, 1992
Charlotte Vale Allen - Love Life

"How one looked to other people didn't count nearly so much as how one appeared to oneself and how true one was to one's own personal & artistic integrity."


January 30, 1992
Gladys Taber - Especially Father


January 26, 1992
Charlotte Vale Allen - Winter


July 29, 1991
Jane Austen - The Complete Novels of Jane Austen


July 18, 1991
Claire Lorrimer - Tamarisk


July 15, 1991
Glenda Adams - Dancing On Coral


July 14, 1991
Martin Bell - Return of the Wolf


June 10, 1991
Hilary Norman - In Love & Friendship


May 14, 1991
Fydor Dostoevsky - Great Short Works of Fydor Dostoevsky
(unfinished)


May 10, 1991
Gina Robins - Diamond Fire


March 29, 1991
Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales


March 25, 1991
Celia Fremlin - The Hours Before Dawn

"...failure to achieve dishonesty often seems the next best thing to honesty itself."


March 11, 1991
William Styron - Lie Down in Darkness

"I refuse to be needed unless I'm loved too..."


March 10, 1991
Rosemary Rogers - Lost Love, Last Love

"...jealousy ...has nothing to do with love, only with posession."


March 5, 1991
Budd Schulberg - What Makes Sammy Run?

"Going through life with a consceience is like driving your car with the brakes on."


March 1, 1991
Dorothy Eden - Melbury Square

"Never allow yourself to be bored... That's the way to lose your looks."


February 8, 1991
Richard Adams - Maia

"The whole point is that two completely different and contradictory things can be true at one and the same time."


January 13, 1991
Conrad Richter - The Town


January 2, 1991
Carol Haddad - A Mother's Secret


December 30, 1990
Conrad Richter - The Fields


December 27, 1990
Frank Herbert - Dune Messiah


December 21, 1990
Conrad Richter - The Trees


December 17, 1990
Shirley Conran - Lace

"You became an adult when you stopped caring what other people thought about you and started to care what you thought about them..."

"I wish I'd been taught to expect change as a matter of course in everything including oneself."

"Logic is merely the ability to rationalize what (you are) going to do anyway."

"The secret of life (is) ...never to nag."


December 6, 1990
Niccolo Machieavelli - The Prince


December 3, 1990
Leonore Fleischer - Flatliners


November 7, 1990
James Jones - From Here to Eternity

"And it seemed to him then that every human was always looking for himself, in bars, in railway trains, in offices, in mirrors, in love, especially in love, for the self of him that is there, someplace, in every other human."

"Women run the world, boy. God delt them all the cards between their legs."

"There are some people whose weaknesses seem to be strength, instead of weakness."

"But then this was a very flighty age, a chameleon age in which the chameleon lived perpetually upon a bright Scotch plaid."

"...men will suffer for a woman (humiliations) that they will not suffer for any other thing..."

"...because being alive was always a little obscene, you always made people uncomfortable to be with you when you were alive."

"...there are times when it is imperative to drop the trap door in the mind, but the hinges have the tendency to stick so often..."

"...allowing herself the luxury of letting the bars all the way down for once, enjoying for just this moment the eternal degradation of being a woman."

"...it seems like life is made up of saying hello to people we don't like and good-by to people we do."


November 4, 1990
George Leonard Herter - How to Live with a Bitch

"Sharp words make more wounds than surgeons can heal."

"There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves."

"A woman should be like a good suspense movie; the more left to the imagination, the more excitement there is."

"A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you."

"...women would rathers be right than reasonable and they usually are."

"Girls have an unfair advantage over men... if they cannot get what they want by being clever, they get it by being dumb."


October 2, 1990
Herodotus - The Persian Wars

"The beginning and end of a matter are not always seen at once."


September 4, 1990
Alan Ternes - Ants, Indians, and Little Dinosaurs


August 23, 1990
Joseph Heller - Catch-22


August 17, 1990
Tim Runsey - Pictures from a Trip


August 14, 1990
E. L. Doctorow - Ragtime


August 10, 1990
Kathleen Gilles Seidel - Don't Forget To Smile


August 9, 1990
Robert Penn Warren - All the King's Men

"Do you think it's honorable to want something and not be willing to pay the price?"


August 6, 1990
Jennifer Blake - Prisoner of Desire


June 25, 1990
Jean Jacques Rousseau - The Social Contract and Discourses


June 18, 1990
Anne Rice - Exit to Eden


May 5, 1990
Alan P. Brauer, M.D. & Donna J. Brauer - E.S.O.


May 4, 1990
Bill Cosby - Love and Marriage


February 28, 1990
Thomas A. Dickinson - Chief Contemporary Dramatists

"If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't" - Oscar Wilde - "Lady Windermere's Fan"

"Your beauty costs too much if I only admire it because of the uglier women I see..." - Granville Barker - "The Madras House"


February 20, 1990
Carson McCullers - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

"Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them."


February 19, 1990
Samuel Hoffenstein - Poems in Praise of Practically Nothing

"...But I would rather fall in silk than rise in calico."

"A forest takes from every tree its individuality."


February 13, 1990
Andrew M. Greeley - Angels of September

"A proper portrait of God's justice would picture him dragging all of us into heaven by the skin of our teeth."

"It would not be hard for me to become a drinker and a whore if I let myself go... and a liar and a thief too."


February 12, 1990
David & Karen Mains - Tales of the Resistance

"The Enchanter has a fleet of fancy limousines, but I'll take a swift little Resistance taxi in top-notch condition any day."


January 31, 1990
Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises


January 29, 1990
Curt M. Joseph - Crossroads

"The wise person does not choose a path of travel simply by the type of road, but chooses it because of where it leads."


January 25, 1990
David & Karen Mains - Tales of the Kingdom

"...quests can be a journey inward as well as a journey outward. There is a kingdom within that must first be conquered before one comes brave enough to challenge the world without."


January 21, 1990
Edward Young - The Fifth Passenger


January 21, 1990
Jacqueline Susann - Dolores


January 20, 1990
Edna St. Vincent Millay - Renascence and Other Poems


January 5, 1990
Dr. Connell Cowan & Dr. Melvyn Kinder - Women Men Love - Women Men Leave


November 20, 1989
Charles R. Swindoll - Living on the Ragged Edge

"Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody." - Mark Twain

"Within each man there is a dark castle with a fierce dragon to guard the gate. The castle contains the lonely self, a self most men have suppressed, a self they are afraid to show. Instead they present an armored knight - no one is invited inside the castle." - David W. Smith

"Wisdom is the God-given ability to see life with rare objectivity and to handle life with rare stability."

"Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me." - Archibald Hart

"The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. ...jump in." - Tim Hansel


November 16, 1989
Walker Percy - The Moviegoer

"...a certain depth of irony, a gray under gray."


November 14, 1989
Samuel Beckett - Endgame


October 3, 1989
Homer - Iliad


September 23, 1989
Thomas Thompson - Blood and Money

"...possibly, it had become one of those locked away secrets that people look at now and then in privacy. If you tell yourself something long enough and hard enough, then it becomes impossible to distinguish between what really happened and what should have happened."


December 6, 1989
Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man

"What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?"


September 3, 1989
John Gardner - No Deals, Mr. Bond


August 30, 1989
Anton Chekhov - Best Plays of Chekhov

"It's odd somehow... We have known each other, and suddenly for some reason - we never see each other again. And that's how it is in this world." - from "Uncle Vanya"

"All of us are spongers on God." - from "Uncle Vanya"


August 27, 1989
Melody Beattie - Codependent No More

"When I repress my emotions, my stomach keeps score..."


August 23, 1989
Hannah Hurnard - Hinds' Feet on High Places

"...even the most unjust and cruel things, as well as all seemingly pointless and undeserved sufferings, have been permitted by God as a glorious opportunity for us to react to them in such a way that our Lord and Saviour is able to produce in us, little by little, his own lovely character."

"Love is beautiful, but it is also terrible - terrible in its determination to allow nothing blemished or unworthy to remain in the beloved."


July 12, 1989
Henry Adams - The Education of Henry Adams

"Safeguards are often irksome, but sometimes convenient, and if one needs them at all, one is apt to need them badly."


June 28, 1989
Jean M. Auel - The Mammoth Hunters


May 30, 1989
Dante - The Inferno


May 27, 1989
Jean M. Auel - The Valley of the Horses

"Nothing is given without obligation."

"...and he had grown into a tall, muscular, remarkable handsome man, with extraordinary eyes and an unconscious charisma that was a reflexion of his depth."


May 22, 1989
Homer - The Odyssey


April 24, 1989
Jean M. Auel - The Clan of the Cave Bear


April 1, 1989
Shakespeare - Hamlet


March 11, 1989
Barbara Michaels - Search the Shadows


February 26, 1989
Stephen King - Misery


January 23, 1989
Niel Hancock - Circle of Light #1 - Greyfax Grimwald

"Never was able to see the sense in pretending you're something you're not. Only leads to the worst sort of trouble."


January 1, 1989
Walt Whitman - Selections from Leaves of Grass


December 26, 1988
Piers Anthony & Robert E. Margroff - Dragon's Gold


December 25, 1988
Alfred Hitchcock's - Spellbinders in Suspense


October 15, 1988
T. H. White - The Once and Future King

"He was trying to find out what he was, and he was afraid of what he would find. The boy thought that there was something wrong with him. All through his life... he was to feel this gap: something at the bottom of his heart of which he was aware, and ashamed, but which he did not understand."


August 20, 1988
Judith Krantz - I'll Take Manhattan


August 16, 1988
Barbara Cartland - Love, Lords, and Lady-Birds


August 13, 1988
Isaac Asimov - Robot Dreams


August 2, 1988
Bari Wood - The Tribe


July 18, 1988
C. G. Jung - Memories, Dreams, Reflections

"The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong."

"The stone stands outside the Tower, and is like an explanation of it. It is a manifestation of the occupant, but one which remains incomprehensible to others. Do you know what I wanted to chisel on the back face of the stone? 'Le cri de Merlin!'. For what the stone expressed reminded me of. Merlin's life in the forest, after he had vanished from the world. Men still hear his cries, so the legend runs, but they cannot understand or interpret them."