I finished Fannie Flagg’s The Whole Town’s Talking and I really enjoyed it.
The final chapters were melancholy, but I really enjoyed reading about the folks of Elmwood Springs again.
I would be happy to pass on my copy to anyone interested-have post office, will mail!
This week I am reading two books.
First is The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women:
The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice…
As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” were considered the luckiest alive—until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.
A rich, historical narrative written in a sparkling voice, The Radium Girls is the first book that fully explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.
I have a feeling this will be a book I pick up and put down, reading a few chapters then reading something else for a bit.
Right now, I am in the beginning chapters which are introducing all the players in the story.
Second is On Turpentine Lane:
At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It’s a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. Never mind that her fiancé is off on a crowdfunded cross-country walk, too busy to return her texts (but not too busy to post photos of himself with a different woman in every state.) And never mind her witless boss, or a mother who lives too close, or a philandering father who thinks he’s Chagall. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems. What good fortune, then, that Faith has found a friend in affable, collegial Nick Franconi, officemate par excellence . . .
I really enjoyed View from Penthouse B, also written by the author.
I am continuing work on my Catalunya Colorblock Poncho (free pattern by One Dog Woof).
I have reached the 3rd color and am steadily working my way through one skein of Lion Brand Fast Track yarn.
I am also working on Purl Soho’s Color Tipped Scarf (free pattern) and am using up stash Vanna’s Choice.
I am still working on the increase section, but should be finished with that tonight.
Have a good week!
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