Monday, December 9, 2013

The Dog Stars ~ Peter Heller

I'm pretty sure that I had heard of The Dog Stars before the Texas Book Festival, but I didn't have much of an opinion about it until I saw the author, Peter Heller, speak at a session about reading as a writer.  He didn't talk all that much about The Dog Stars but did talk about how he got his start in writing, a story that nearly made me cry (there was welling).  I'm pretty sure that the moderator did actually cry, as indicated by the sniffly, tissue-muffled moderating that followed.  I figured, if this guy can tell a story in a room free of ambience that moves everyone to tears in under five minutes, I should probably buy his book.  So I raced to the book tent after the session, bought The Dog Stars, and was fourth on the signing line, ready and waiting for him to arrive.  I told him flat out that I'd never read him before but since he made me cry, I was convinced.  He laughed and wrote "You will cry here!" on the cover page, which was kind of adorable.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!  I'm a few days late on this but I was obviously too busy cooking and gorging on Thursday to post then!  I had a nice, quiet day with my husband and our friend Sarah who flew out from New York for the weekend.  We spent the day playing games (Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, and poker), eating, watching Whip It while we digested, and then eating some more.  It was delightful.