Friday, December 06, 2013
|Steve Nase with my parents, his grandparents, circa 1992|
Robert Barnard day on December 20th.
Would someone like to helm this on January 3?
From the vault.
THE FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW, Margaret Sidney
The Five Little Peppers book series was created by Margaret Sidney between 1881 and 1916. The series began with the Peppers, a fatherless family, finding themselves in difficult straits. Mamsie presides over her three sons and two daughters.
My copy of the first volume has a few lovely colored pictures and many in black and white. It is number Book#28 in the Patti Nase Library. That information is crossed out and the name Jeff Nase written over it. Something evil has been at work here.
The style is very much like that in LITTLE WOMEN and is clearly greatly influenced by Alcott. The poverty, the triumph over adversity, the camaraderie is similar, the cozy setting is the same. Yet this series continues past the first volume, highlighting different circumstances and family members over time. The writing is lovely. I was amazed at how sophisticated the language was since it is billed for 8-12 year olds. There is something comforting in how none of their problems came from lack of love, drugs, prejudice, or any modern distraction. I could read one right now. I didn't save many of my childhood books, (many passed down to me from cousins and friends were a bit worn to begin with and I was not a careful child), but I saved four Little Pepper books. All of them claimed by my brother, who I am sure never read a book without a cowboy on the cover.
In order of publication, the Five Little Peppers books are as follows (publication dates follow in parentheses):
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881)
Five Little Peppers Midway (1890)
Five Little Peppers Grown Up (1892)
Five Little Peppers: Phronsie Pepper (1897)
Five Little Peppers: The Stories Polly Pepper Told (1899)
Five Little Peppers: The Adventures of Joel Pepper (1900)
Five Little Peppers Abroad (1902)
Five Little Peppers At School (1903)
Five Little Peppers and Their Friends (1904)
Five Little Peppers in the Brown House (1907)
Five Little Peppers: Our Davie Pepper (1916)
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Todd Mason, STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD, Sheila Kohler; THE MAN WHO LOVED THE MIDNIGHT LADY, Barry Malzberg
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Thursday, December 05, 2013
|Kevin around 2009|
I saw two in the last week. POINT BLANK and BONNIE AND CLYDE.
What else makes the sixties list of great movies?
|I think this is New Year's Eve circa 1952|
THE BLACK HOUSE, Peter May
LIFE AFTER LIFE, Kate Atkinson
LET HIM GO, Larry Watson
These were all written this year (or last) but yours don't have to be.
My favorite forgotten book was SHACKLED by Bill Pronzini
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
|Dad and Josh circa 1976|
I am now in possession of a book that belongs to a friend of mine. He wants me to read a story in it and I have had it for several months without doing so. I want to read the story, dear readers, but I am not careful with books. This book does not have the spine broken and the only way I could read the story is by holding the book open six inches or less. I am afraid even to touch it. When people loan me books, I take the same book out of the library and read that copy, returning the perfect one to its owner.
Books are sacred to me but not SACRED to me if you get the drift. I don't write in books or deface them in any way. But I do open them as far as I can, stick them open-faced on the floor, eat lunch over them. They are an extension of me--I am not an extension of them.
How do you treat your books?
|Dad circa 1955|
After their adult son is killed in an accident, his widowed wife marries again and leaves the Blackledge's home to go with her new husband to Montana. She takes their grandson with her, of course, and therein lies the problem.
"With you or without you," Margaret Blackledge insists, and at these words George knows his only choice is to follow her.
George takes to the road with Margaret by his side, tracking down the Weboy clan quickly. When Margaret tries to convince Lorna to return home to North Dakota, bringing little Jimmy with her, the Blackledges find themselves mixed up with the entire Weboy clan, a horrific family determined not to give the boy up without a fight. It's more about possession than love with a family like this.
This slim volume contains a heart-pounding story, unforgettable characters, terrific atmosphere and some of the most beautiful prose you will ever read. I liked it almost as much as MONTANA: 1948, making it still one of my favorite books. Oh, to write like Mr. Watson.
For more reviews, go to Barrie Summy's blog
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
|Circa 1949. Grandparents and cousin, Johnnie.|
As much as I can remember this was the first movie I ever saw and I saw it with my grandparents. It seems a strange story now--nearly incestuous or pedophiliac--the story of a man who is the behind-the-scenes- guardian of a high school student and ends up romancing her. He offers to finance her education if she will write to him of her studies. When her education is complete they meed and eventually marry.
Could Fred Astaire really work as