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Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!

Wayward Reads

August in Central Florida--when the suffocating heat makes its last gasp before the not so suffocating, but still really heavy, heat is ushered in on September's arm. (You can see how the heat is getting to me, can't you?) There's only one thing for it--books!

Here are some fabulous new finds:

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
"... a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?" A reclusive old lady who thinks she knows whodunit. But nobody will listen. Sounds creepy.

gods with a little g by Tupelo Hassman
"Unsinkable and wrecked by grief, motherless and aimless and looking for connection, Helen Dedleder is a girl with a gift she doesn't want to use and a pack of friends who are all just helping each other get by." An evangelical town cut off from the world. A psychic shop. And a bunch of bored teens. Works for me!

Chances Are... by Richard Russo
Forty years after a "monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over...three lives are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery." Pretty flowery language there. Three dudes with secrets and a weekend at the vineyard. It's a maybe.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
"...a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself." It's a firefighter love story with a strained mother-daughter relationship thrown in. 

The Whisper Man by Alex North
"Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents...nicknamed The Whisper Man, for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night." (Aaaaah!) Now, another kid is missing, reigniting rumors that The Whisper Man had an accomplice and it's all starting over again. This is way too scary for me.

YA fiction

Let's celebrate back-to-school with some new young adult reading! 

Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry
"One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now." It's a teen Thelma & Louise! And darkly funny; my kind of story.

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert 
"As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker" the boy her parents won't approve of, "and Carlene," her open-minded yet troubled aunt, "she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down." Good stuff!

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry
"There are many ways the world could end. A fire. A catastrophic flood. A super eruption that spews lakes of lava. Ellis Kimball ... is prepared for each one. What she doesn’t expect is meeting Hannah Marks in her therapist’s waiting room. Hannah calls their meeting fate. After all, Ellis is scared about the end of the world; Hannah knows when it’s going to happen." Excellent!

The Downstairs Girl
 by Stacey Lee
"...a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. ...witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking..." I'm there!

Mini Reviews

Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick
A good read, but really pushed well past the boundary of believability.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Northwest Corner by John Burnham Schwartz
A wonderful story well told.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen (Anonymous)
A sweet, charming read.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Wayward Recommends

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared 
by Jonaas Jonasson
Hilarious, fabulous read!
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars

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Where's Wayward?

Decatur Book Festival Street Fair
Booth #525
Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1
Decatur, GA

November 2-3
Orlando, FL

Miami Book Fair Street Fair
Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24
Downtown Miami, FL

Wayward on Words

This month, I offer you selections from "A Word A Day." You can get a word delivered to your inbox every day by signing up at The first week of August featured words borrowed from other languages.

Bondieuserie: French. A piece of banal religious art, devotional object, ornament

Pareidolia: German. The tendency to see a specific pattern or meaningful images in random stimulus

Akratic: Greek. Characterized by weakness of will that results in acting contrary to one’s better judgment.

Cordillera: Spanish. A chain of mountains or mountain ranges.

Satyagraha: Sanskrit. The policy of passive nonviolent resistance as a protest against injustice.

I can't say that I have adopted any of those words into my vocabulary. 
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Dianna Dann Narciso
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Wayward Quotes

"Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."
                                                                        – Mark Twain

Florida Crackers

The great egret is sometimes confused with the great white heron, which is actually a white morph of the great blue heron. It's very confusing. But if you're in Central Florida, and you see this really big, white bird, it's almost certainly a great egret and not a white morph of a great blue heron. No matter how badly you'd like to add the white morph great glue heron to your birding list.



Song: Half Hope

Edward Shanks
   August is gone and now this is September,
Softer the sun in a cloudier sky;
Yellow the leaves grow and apples grow golden,
Blackberries ripen and hedges undress.
Watch and you'll see the departure of summer,
Here is the end, this the last month of all:
Pause and look back and remember its promise,
All that looked open and easy in May.
Nothing will stay them, the seasons go onward,
Lightly the bright months fly out of my hand,
Softly the leading note calls a new octave;
Autumn is coming and what have I done?
Even as summer my young days go over,
No day to pause on and nowhere to rest:
Slowly they go but implacably onwards,
Ah! and my dreams, alas, still they are dreams.
How shall I force all my flowers to fruition,
Use up the season of ripening sun?
Softly the years go but going have vanished,
Soon I shall find myself empty and old.
Yet I feel in myself bright buds and blossoms,
Promise of mellowest bearing to be.
 Still I have time beside what I have wasted:
Life shall be good to me, work shall be sweet.

The Surprise at the End!

It's too hot to cat today. 
This adorable silly cat was shared by ColKorn1982 via Flickr
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