Park Day

February 17, 2012 @ 8:12 pm | Filed under: ,

Things we read today:
The Little House (Again. Twice.)
Charlotte’s Web (chapter five)

Speaking of E. B. White, Algonquin kindly sent me a review copy of a book coming out next June: The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker by Janet Groth. Talk about a title that has me at hello, and my interest was further piqued by the introduction, which describes Groth’s first meeting with Mr. White, who suffered “shyness…of mythic proportions.” There’s a great moment when he asks her if she can type, and she admits that she deliberately avoided developing skill at the typewriter because she was afraid proficiency would land her in the typing pool.

For the first time Mr. White looked directly at me. “And you don’t want to wind up there?” he asked.

I suspected that he had some sympathy for the course I had taken.

I’ll report back after I’ve read more.

I’ve almost finished Miss Read’s Village School—that’s our group read over at Wisteria and Sunshine right now. It reminds me of the James Herriot books, a little. Peaceful, cozy, amusing, full of charm.

One last tidbit: Kristen Rutherford and I are curating the GeekMom Pinterest board. Lots of fun stuff there if you’ve a mind to take a peek.

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  1. Kimberlee says:

    I just finished a major Miss Read binge, reading through everything the local libraries have available. Such perfect stress relief (for me) – English countryside, little nature notes, and tea mentioned on every other page. Charming indeed. So lovely to see your flowers and greenness (and no snakes this week).

  2. Emily says:

    Oooh, that book sounds delightful! Going on my to-read list.

  3. tanita says:

    Lovely, lovely.
    I never see those first flowers, the purple ones, until they’re dried – they’re gorgeous then, too.

  4. Charlotte says:

    Miss Read is a comfort author for me, although I strongly prefer the Thrush Green series. So soothing!

  5. mamacrow says:

    oh, you’re newish to the Miss Read books? Oh enjoy enjoy! I grew up with them all as my mother and then my sisters read them, they are just gorgeous 😀