Christmas, Mah-Jongg, and More

Mei-Ling Wonders If She Could Be a Movie Star

More non-fiction than not right now.  I’m not sure where folk and fairytales fall in that.  Sometimes they’re more real than reality.

The Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

And I really enjoy hearing about what you’re reading!

Recently Completed:

Christmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders.  A fascinating look at how Christmas has been celebrated from its inception to the early 21st century.  Although the emphasis of the middle chapters is on European and American customs, the author does keep a global touch.  Fascinating anthropological/sociological approach, well-documented, with additional material available on a dedicated website.

Mah-Jongg: From Shanghei to Miami Beach by Christian Cavallaro and Anita Luu.  Beautiful illustrations.  Some very sweeping, unsubstantiated statements, but still a nice book.

In Progress:

The Making of The African Queen or How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall, and Huston and almost lost my mind by Katharine Hepburn.  Extremely chatty, reads as if it was narrated rather than written, with numerous asides.    I wish this was available as an audiobook with the same reader who read Me.

Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales From Around the World compiled by Kathleen Ragan.  I’ve been reading more than a few stories a day.  Just moved into Hawaii.  (The book is arranged roughly geographically, which is rather fascinating.)

The Age of Faith by Will Durant.  Part Four of “The Story of Civilization.”  Audiobook.  Solidly into the Dark Ages.  Justinian has died.

Also:

Archeology magazine.  As often, I have some definite bones to pick with how they present some material.  I realize this is for a general audience, but still…

2 Responses to “Christmas, Mah-Jongg, and More”

  1. Harried Harry Says:

    I enjoy the list of books you read. My second son also reads from a lot of different genres, but he’s a genius and requires constant feeding for his mind to settle.

    I’ve been reading some of Mercedes Lackey’s earlier stories including the Diana Tregarde books and the Owl series. I’ve donated some of these books to the local library since I’m trying to clear out my book’s and the library didn’t have any of what I had in my library.

    This is a great time of year to go through your books and donate them to someone else so they can a good story to read. Whether to a library, the military, or a homeless shelter, most of the books will be used.

    Enjoy your Holiday’s and the celebration~commemoration of New
    Year’s!

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