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Books 11.01.16

So between attending NerdCon: Stories and Genie Greyhound managing to cut her paw and nick an artery, I didn’t post my books in the middle of October. Oops! But I did take the picture, so I will include it here retroactively.

Books 11.01.16

Stack one (for 10.15.16):

  • Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar
  • Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet
  • A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  • Necropolis by Avtar Singh
  • Broxo by Zach Giallongo
  • Following Fish: One Man’s Journey into the Food and Culture of the Indian Coast by Samanth Subareanian
  • Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis
  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen
  • Fresh Romance Vol. 1
  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Stack two (for 11.01.16):

  • Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar
  • Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee
  • You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
  • Necropolis by Avtar Singh
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers
  • Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
  • Ever fair by Nisi Shawl
  • My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Rater
  • Home going by Yaa Gyasi
  • March: Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • March: Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith

Genie Greyhound

And here’s Genie Greyhound the day after all the excitement, sporting a lovely star bandage and a sassy attitude. She was fine, just needed some stitches. And, sadly, The Cone of Shame.

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Books, 10.02.15

Books 10.02.15

Stack one (with bonus Helo Greyhound nose):

  • Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
  • A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison by R. Dwayne Betts
  • Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram Chandra
  • Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr
  • Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour
  • A Prince Without a Kingdom by Timothée de Frombelle
  • Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture by Hisham D. Aidi

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Happy Holidays

Sullen Reindeer

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Cuddle Bugs

The one place Lush Puppy and New Puppy cuddle is the sofa. They will snuggle together for hours (or until something catches New Puppy’s attention and she bounces off to investigate), but only on the sofa. Preferably the living room sofa–apparently the basement sofa isn’t as comfortable.

couch potatoes

The only downside is that there isn’t always room for a person, let alone two, when they take up residence.

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Little Red Riding Bear

Sometimes your dignity has to take a hit if you want to stay warm.

Genie Bear

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Winter is Coming

New Puppy does not like winter. That look in the picture really says it all. (Never mind that winter has barely started.)

She lived in Abilene KS before she was brought to MN this summer. It doesn’t really get that cold there in the winter, so this past week has been a rude awakening and a rather chilly harbinger of things to come. I’m hoping she’ll be more enthusiastic once there’s actual snow on the ground; Lush Puppy adores playing in the snow, so hopefully he can set a good example.

Thank goodness for winter coats. And boots. And sweaters.

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We adopted a second greyhound at the beginning of September. New Puppy is quite energetic, and really loves Lush Puppy a lot. A lot a lot. He merely tolerates her. But I think (hope) that they will be best buddies soon.

Awwwww!

We, of course, can no longer remember life without her.

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Signed Books

Having worked in bookstores and libraries for many years, I’ve had the chance to attend a lot of author events. I’ve also naturally gone to events that happen outside of my workplace, because as much as I’d like for every author whose books I enjoy to come to where I work, it’s simply not going to happen.

Jasper Fforde came to the Borders in Uptown when I worked there to sign stock. I had the opportunity to talk with him for quite awhile, and he was extremely generous with his time.

I saw David Sedaris yesterday at the State Theater. All of the pieces he performed were new, and I had an excellent time; many terrible, offensive, and funny jokes were told. And by the way, that’s a bear puppet crying tears of blood.

I saw Scott Westerfeld this summer at the Red Balloon Bookshop with my good buddy Librarian DOA. He was still a little jetlagged, as you can see from the inscription.

My library hosted Maggie Stiefvater this summer as part of the teen summer reading program. I’m not the teen librarian at our branch, but I am the one who suggested we get her for an event–mostly because I wanted to see her speak, it’s true. I think I got some recognition from Maggie for my contribution to the event.

I’ve seen friend and neighbor Kurtis Scaletta at the Red Balloon Bookshop twice now, and I own all of his books. This is my favorite inscription, simply because it’s the silliest. Lush Puppy was thrilled that he was mentioned.

I saw Emma Bull lo these many years ago at Minicon. (I think it was 37.) I’ve loved War for the Oaks ever since an evil and dear friend introduced me to it in college, so it was nice to get my original MMPB signed.

I saw Meg Cabot at PLA in 2008. She was the luncheon keynote speaker one day, and I quite enjoyed her talk. I’ve been fond of the Princess Diary series ever since it was published, so it was nice to get my copy signed. (Even though I’m pretty sure that’s what she wrote in all of the Princess Diary books she signed that day.)

My best friend in Germany attended a Neil Gaiman event at a car dealership (why it was at a car dealership I never have figured out) and got a copy of Stardust auf Deutsch signed for me. She how lives in New Zealand, so I’m trying to figure out when I can go visit her there. I’d also like to see the Ngaio Marsh House, it’s true.

ANd sometimes you just get lucky when buying something in a used book store.

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Happy Gotcha Day!

We’ve had Lush Puppy for two years now. It’s amazing to see how much he’s changed since we first got him in 2009, but it’s also amazing to realize how much of his sweet personality and disposition have stayed the same since the very first day.

He’s still wary of the wood floors on the main level of our house, but he will run across them if it’s time to eat or time to go on a walk. Or if the doorbell rings. He loves the doorbell–it means someone has come to the house to say hi to HIM!

He still struggles with the stairs to the bedroom, but he valiantly climbs them every night so he can sleep upstairs with us.

He loves meeting other dogs (and their people!) on walks, and has lots of greyhound friends in the neighborhood. He is a bit of a player and has several girlfriends, but Jasmine is his favorite. She likes him too.

He loves playing with his squeaky toys, but will almost always prefer a good cuddle on the sofa. Or a belly rub, he likes those a lot.

Adopting Lush Puppy was an excellent choice, so here’s to many, many more Gotcha Days!


Running the lure course at Greyfest this May. It’s clear how much he’s enjoying it.

We adopted Lush Puppy through GPA-MN, the Minnesota chapter of Greyhound Pets of America.

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