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Shameless Plug Alert!
Wayward on Words
Wayward Quotes
Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!

Wayward Reads

Fiction Wise

It's so hot here in Florida even the anoles are in hiding! I don't recommend a beach read--you'll melt. But here are some summer reads you can sit by the fan with.

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
"Evie Milton’s mother has just died, and as Evie digs into her mother’s and grandparents’ history, what she finds is a story as unsettling as it is inescapable, the story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth." I love a good, long, family saga!

The Woman in the Woods by A.J. Finn
"Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine...watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way... The perfect family. But when Anna...sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare." Creepy cool!

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
The unsolved murder of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, "a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed, her body left in a dumpster like so much trash" brings Connelly's "powerhouse detectives," Ballard and Bosch together. "Along the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn." Sure to be a great read!

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
"Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another." No light reading here!

A look at America 

The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation by Rich Cohen
"Long fascinated by gangster legends, Rich Cohen tells the story of [Albert Hicks, a] notorious underworld figure, from his humble origins to the wild, globe-crossing, bacchanalian crime spree that forged his ruthlessness and his reputation, to his ultimate incarnation as a demon who terrorized lower Manhattan, at a time when pirates anchored off 14th Street."

One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman
"...the sweeping, definitive behind-the-scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind’s greatest achievements."

Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History by Peter Houlahan
"...the story of how five heavily armed young men—led by an apocalyptic born-again Christian—attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in U.S. history, forever changing the face of American law enforcement."

Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino
"In this definitive deep dive into the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, two women with extraordinary behind-the-scenes access reveal what really happened and explore what the bitterly divisive hearings mean for the future of the Court and the battle for the soul of America.

Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman's Firsthand Account of World War II by Philip Handleman
Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr. "had to sit in a segregated rail car on the journey to Army basic training in Mississippi in 1943. But two years later, the twenty-year-old African American from New York was at the controls of a P-51, prowling for Luftwaffe aircraft at five thousand feet over the Austrian countryside. By the end of World War II, he had done something that nobody could take away from him: He had become an American hero."

Mini Reviews
First & Then by Emma Mills
This author worked a bit too hard to keep the main characters apart. But not too bad.
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Middlemarch by George Eliot
A classic and a pretty good read.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Very enjoyable! A sweet love story.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
I just loved the characters in this book!
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Okay, time for the shameless plug. Scroll on by for more on words...
Finally, a new book!

Alfie Whitaker and his friends are ready to enjoy their last summer before starting middle school and Alfie would like nothing more than a puppy. When his mother says, "Absolutely not!" Alfie settles for a lizard he catches in his yard. When that lizard goes missing, and Brian 'The Alien' Watley is found to be doing strange experiments in his backyard shed, Alfie and his friends are certain that at any moment, a Franken Lizard will begin terrorizing the neighborhood.

It will be up to them to find out the truth, and stop

Franken Lizard!
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Wayward on Words

From "26 Weird English Words from A to Z" at Voxy:

lamprophony: Loudness and clarity of enunciation

macrosmatic: Having a good sense of smell

ulotrichous: Having wooly or crispy hair

yarborough: Hand of cards containing no card above a nine

With lamprophony, the macrosmatic, ulotrichous Mrs. Hadley proclaimed to her fellow players that as she had a yarborough, she was off to the buffet.

Wayward Quotes

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” 

– Lemony Snicket
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The Sunshine State
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Florida Crackers

The black-bellied whistling duck is my favorite duck. They do sound a bit like they're whistling when they call. These ducks are monogamous and pairs stay together for years. They lay their eggs in cavities, preferably hollow trees. Judging by the behavior of this pair, they had eggs or chicks inside the top of this dead palm. This picture was taken at the Viera Wetlands, in Florida in June.



The Oven Bird

by Robert Frost
There is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers
Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers
On sunny days a moment overcast;
And comes that other fall we name the fall.
He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.


The Surprise at the End!

Ahhh, summer

This photo was taken by Eptin and made available through Flickr
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