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Adventures in media

January 19, 2013
Marshall Independent

Members of my book club ventured out to Caldo this past Wednesday as we've been doing the venue hopping thing. Nice, quiet, cozy atmosphere as we did a short and sweet discussion of Ellen DeGeneres' latest book "Seriously, I'm Kidding." I felt fortunate enough to get it for $1.99 on the Kindle. Now I haven't read any of her other two books, and I like DeGeneres as a person and talk show host, but the book was just not all that great. It jumped all over the place; it wasn't as funny as I was hoping. There were some amusing moments, but they were brief. And I wasn't the only one in the club who felt that way. The talk about the book itself lasted roughly five minutes, if that. It wasn't one of those "I couldn't put it down" type of books. I've only had a few of those kind of books in my life - "Water for Elephants," "The Shoemaker's Wife," and "The Help" among some others.

Currently, I have a few books on my "should read now" pile as they're checked out of the library. This includes a romance novel by Susan Mallery, "The Midwife" by Jennifer Worth and "Wicked Business" by Janet Evanovich (part of her Lizzy and Diesel series). And there's a couple more as well. Yeah, I tend to try and read more than I can handle at a time. Now book club has chosen books through April. The list includes "The Lotus Eaters" by Tatjana Soli, "Pen Pal" by Dathan Auerbach and "Every Last One" by Anna Quindlen. It was quick place a hold on "The Lotus Eaters" as there's only a couple copies in the Plum Creek system. "Pen Pal" (highly recommended by one of the members) is not in the Plum Creek System, but it is thankfully not too expensive in an e-book. So it'll be a busy reading stretch.

As for DVDs and other visual stimulation, I finally cracked the shrink wrap off of season 4 of "Northern Exposure." When I mean finally, I bought the set after I sold my Cavalier and used some of that money to buy it. And that was in 2006. About time, don't you think? I did watch the quirky show based in Alaska when it was on, but it's been more than 20 years since its debut. I started watching the seasons on DVD and was up to 4 when I just stopped and apparently took a break. So on Sunday night, I was lulled back into the pristine setting of Cicely, Alaska with its unique characters. But it may take a while to complete this season as "Duck Dynasty" has arrived for me from the library.



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