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Wayward Reads
Wayward on Words
Wayward Quotes
Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!
Hello November! The weather is cooling off a bit here in Central Florida. We've started our cookie schedule already. Hubs was apparently not a fan of last year's schedule where I crammed fifteen cookie recipes into a two week period in a desperate attempt to rein in the festivities. Alas, this year, we've begun before Thanksgiving. It's going to be a long season of feasting. Good thing there are books to get us through it.

Wayward Reads


Here are some fabulous new finds:

The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
"Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You" Historical fiction about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. Sounds wonderful!

The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley
"To the outside world, Electra d’Aplièse seems as though she is the woman who has everything...beautiful, rich and famous. But beneath the veneer...Electra’s already tenuous control over her mental state has been rocked by the death of her father, Pa Salt, the elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters as babies from around the globe. Struggling to cope, she turns to alcohol and drugs to ease the pain, and as those around her fear for her health, Electra receives a letter from a complete stranger who claims to be her grandmother . . ." This whole series, each book about one of the adopted sisters, sounds pretty cool.

The Deserter by Nelson DeMille
"With ripped-from-the-headlines appeal, an exotic and dangerous locale, and the hairpin twists and inimitable humor that are signature DeMille, The Deserter is the first in a timely and thrilling new series" Sounds exciting!

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
"Irene Steele had the shock of her life: her loving husband...was killed in a helicopter crash. But that wasn't Irene's only shattering news: he'd also been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where another woman loved him, too. Now Irene [is] determined to learn the truth about the mysterious life --and death -- of a man [she] thought [she] knew." Intriguing.

Normal People by Alex North
"At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.." Hmm. Supposedly explores class, family, and friendship. It's a maybe for me.


Three Women by LisaTaddeo
"Desire as we’ve never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting." Elizabeth Gilbert said it blew the top of her head off, so now I'm scared.

No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder 
"We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes we call it intimate terrorism. But whatever we call it, we generally do not believe it has anything at all to do with us, despite the World Health Organization deeming it a 'global epidemic.'" Sounds like a difficult, but important, read.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
"This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self." Do we really want to know?

Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls
 by Carrie Goldberg
"[A]n unflinching look at a hidden world most people don’t know exists—one of stalking, blackmail, and sexual violence, online and off—and the incredible story of how one lawyer, determined to fight back, turned her own hell into a revolution." The title alone sold me!

Mini Reviews

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
While this was a beautifully told "story" of a group of Japanese picture brides in early 1900s San Francisco, the experimental narrative was not engaging at all.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
A wonderful story about an English woman in Kenya that, unfortunately, plodded along much too slowly.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Max and the Multiverse by Zachry Wheeler
Multiverse hopping Max winds up involved in an intergalactic trade war with his talking cat. The prose was sometimes laughable as the author clearly wrote with a thesaurus on the desk. But, it was a lot of fun!
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg
The entire history of a mid-western town, ghosts of the dead included. Delightful!
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

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Finding Wayward

We're excited to once again participate in the Miami Book Fair 
November 22-24
Street Fair
Downtown Miami

If you're visiting the fair, stop by the Wayward Cat Publishing booth. We have candy!

Wayward on Words

This month, for no particular reason, I present you with some weird A words: 

Apricate: To bask in the sun (Like a cat!)

Abience: The urge to withdraw and avoid a situation or object (I get it; I totally get it.)

Aeipathy: A continuing passion or an unyielding disease (Well that's a strange combination.)

Acosmism: The theory that the universe has no absolute reality; all is illusion (Comforting and yet wildly horrific.)

Aubade: a poem or piece of music, usually as a compliment to someone, performed outdoors at dawn (Dawn? You want me to get up at dawn?!)

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Dianna Dann Narciso
The Sunshine State
My Photos at iStock Photo

Wayward Quotes

"As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance."

                                                                        – Calvin (Bill Watterson)

Florida Crackers

When you go to the beach, you expect to find a certain set of birds: gulls, terns, and pelicans. Maybe you'll get lucky and catch sight of a magnificent frigatebird (Yep, that's its name: magnificent frigatebird.). But lately, on our visits to the beach, we are seeing crows, grackles, and pigeons. Here's a pigeon along the path toward the beach at Jetty Park at Port Canaveral. He sat there for at least a half hour. (November 8, 2019)



The Selfsame Song

Thomas Hardy
  A bird bills the selfsame song,
With never a fault in its flow,
That we listened to here those long
Long years ago.
A pleasing marvel is how
A strain of such rapturous rote
Should have gone on thus till now
Unchanged in a note!
 - But it's not the selfsame bird. -
No: perished to dust is he . . .
As also are those who heard
That song with me.


The Surprise at the End!

The colors of approaching winter... 
This beautiful cat was shared by Randy Heinitz and made available via Flickr
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