- The Golden Compass: if you're a fantasy fan, you'll probably like this one (I haven't seen the movie yet, so can't compare
- Three Bags Full: a whodunit in which a flock of sheep try to solve the murder of their shepherd
- Still Life with Elephant: I guess you'd call this a romantic comedy--a woman who tends to "mishear" things discovers that her husband has had an affair and decides to go on an expedition to Africa to save an elephant, all with the idea of winning him back
- Whitewash: a political/environmental thriller
- Light on Snow: a father and daughter discover an abandoned baby left to die in the snow
- Luncheon of the Boating Party: an account of the creation of Auguste Renoir's painting of the same name
If I'm reading a nonfiction book, I'll often read several fiction books at the same time. Right now, I'm reading both The Omnivore's Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. To lighten that intellectual load a bit, I am also reading Coastliners, to be followed by Son of a Witch. I am a big fan of Joanne Harris (Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange) and so hope this current novel lives up to my expectations. As for Gregory Maguire, I don't think any of his subsequent novels topped Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister but I've enjoyed them all anyway. I also have Stephen R. Donaldson waiting in the wings, though I find the latest series a bit frustrating because I read the original so long ago that I have a hard time remembering the story!
Today I also tried out Becca's lamb and apple stew recipe. I found it quite tasty, despite the fact that I had to improvise a few ingredients. It turns out Jimmy's not real fond of cloves, so he wasn't as enthusiastic about it as I was. Oh well, more for me to eat!
Laura called this morning and made a comment about really wanting to go to the Derek Scrimgeour clinic at Carol Campion's in Connecticut. If she was hoping I'd talk some sense in to her, she was way, way wrong. Now we're both going (it's not till late October), and we've talked our friend Robin in to going too! It will be fun to see just how many dogs we can squeeze into Robin's van for the 10-hour trip up there, but any expedition is more fun when you're traveling with friends. I could enter only one dog, and I'm not sure which of my youngsters would benefit the most, so I plan to wait until closer to the time and see who has the greatest need (which could translate into the dog I've screwed up the most!).