Living With Joy

Just one person trying to live their life with Joy

The View From Penthouse B

In theory this was a good book.  The adventures of a mismatched group, all down on their luck during the recession and residing together in an upscale New York apartment. … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hyannis Light

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Rusty Boat

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Snow Island

Snow Island came into my life via the teeny tiny library in town.  A ‘take a book, leave a book’ concept, it’s a cute little miniature library on a post … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hyannis Harbor

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Year List #5: Get Organized

On my list was the very vague ‘get organized’.  One of those things that will never quite be checked off a list. When my life is descending into chaos (or … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Buddha In The Attic

Last year I read “When The Emperor Was Divine” and loved it.  The book was the literary equivalent of a butterfly.  The language had the feeling of lightness and flow, … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Breathtaking Sunset

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Year List #4: Buy a New U2 Album

Writing my Year List I tried to think of things that I really wanted in the next year.  I had the picture in my head of going to the store … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sweet Tooth

After reading Solar I needed a nice long break from Ian McEwan.  Then, several years after Solar, I walked into my local library and saw the audio book of Sweet … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Books I’ve Read This Year

Fiction (35)

news from heaven - Jennifer Haigh (3 1/2)

The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer (4 1/2)*

The Amateur Marriage - Anne Tyler (4)*

419 - Will Ferguson (5)*

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion (4)*

Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon (4)

The English Girl - Daniel Silva (4)

The World to Come - Dara Horn (4)*

Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah (4)

Longbourn - Jo Baker (3 1/2)

Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick (4)

The Best Laid Plans - Terry Fallis (4 1/2)*

Abide With Me - Elizabeth Strout (3 1/2)

American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld (3)

Caught - Lisa Moore (4)*

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Shaffer & Barrows (4)*

Home - Marilynne Robinson (4)

Moon Shell Beach - Nancy Thayer (4)

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (4)

Cambridge - Susanna Kaysen (3)

The High Road - Terry Fallis (4 1/2)*

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (4)*

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (4 1/2)*

The Radiance of Tomorrow - Ishmael Beah (4)

The House at Riverton (4)*

The Orenda - Joseph Boyden (5)*

Beachcombers - Nancy Thayer (3 1/2)

A Special Relationship - Douglas Kennedy (2 1/2)

The Matchmaker - Elin Hilderbrand (4)*

Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan (4)

Some Assembly Required - Lynn Kiele Bonasia (3 1/2)

That Old Cape Magic - Richard Russo (3)

The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka (4 1/2)*

Snow Island - Katherine Towler (4)

The View From Penthouse B (3)

Non-Fiction (25)

A Nation Worth Ranting About - Rick Mercer*

Help Thanks Wow - Anne Lamott

The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver*

Don't Get Too Comfortable - David Rakoff

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

Lucky Man - Michael J. Fox

Stuff Christians Like - Jon Acuff

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand*

Right Side Up - Paul Wells

Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman*

Paris in Love - Eloisa James*

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Jane Austen - Carol Shields*

Giving It Up - Maggie Dawn*

Faith Unraveled - Rachel Held Evans

The No Asshole Rule - Robert Sutton*

Confessions of a Community College Administrator - Matthew Reed

The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee*

Strategic Market Research - Anne Beall

Why Good People Can't Get Jobs - Peter Cappelli

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

In the Body of the World - Eve Ensler

Hebrews for Everyone - Tom Wright

Canadian Ways - Harris & Harris*

Paying for the Party - Elizabeth Armstrong & Laura Hamilton*

* highly recommended


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