Wednesday, September 07, 2016


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1. What are you currently reading? Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman. This is a book I never thought I'd see, much less read. For Mr. Norman has always been a Lennon fan, who has taken swipes at Sir Paul in an effort to elevate John. The author acknowledges this in the beginning, and I appreciate his honesty. Also, this book was written with Paul's "tacit approval," which means people who haven't always spoken up were interviewed for this book.

I've barely cracked it, and it's over 800 pages long, but I've already learned a few things I didn't know before. So far it seems very fair. This makes me glad. John's been gone nearly as long as he was alive. Perhaps it's time to view the Lennon-McCartney partnership without partisanship.

2. What did you recently finish reading? Book, Line and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay.  Imagine if Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote wasn't a sedate, widowed author from Cabot Cove. Let's make her a librarian named Lindsey, newly relocated to bucolic Briar Creek, CT. She doesn't have a dead husband but she is fleeing an unfaithful ex. In addition to colorful local characters -- including well-meaning but not exactly cutting-edge small-town law enforcement -- she solves mysteries with the help of a hot boyfriend and a friendly dog. There you have the Library Lover's Mystery series. 
I enjoyed this book just fine, but I doubt I'll remember any of it six months from now. In that way, too, it's like an episode of Murder, She Wrote. 

3.  What will you read next? I don't know. My TBD pile is rather tall.