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The talk sounds fascinating. I think I tried to get hold of the previous Andrea Wulf book when you mentioned it before but the library don't have it. Might have to look again to see if there are any reasonably priced used copies online. There again maybe I should just read some of the gardening related books that I already have...
I am still only part way through Toby's Room - I need to get started again as I still have Noonday in my library pile!
Also have three - yes three! - Ricciardi novels to read so I am really looking forward to immersing myself in 1930's Naples!
By the way DO read At the Edge of the Orchard when you get the chance - it is quite brilliant and utterly gripping (and would tie in with the gardening theme too)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the opera!


What wonderful weekend plans! I have a wildflower center near my house which I love to visit and being surrounded by such beauty. Can't wait to hear what you think of the book!


She is such a good speaker and her writing is just as interesting. If you do come across her books, and I know her newest is in paper in the UK already--I ordered a copy after hearing her talk about it--oops--but then so much easier than ordering a big hardcover from Amazon here) snap it up! I am finished with the first Ricciardi book and now have the second one sitting waiting for me! And I am down to the last 100 pages of Life Class. I think I will have to try and skim Toby's Room since I read it two years ago, before starting on Noonday, which I now have on hand, too. Glad to hear you liked the Chevalier--I got a used copy of Falling Angels, which I finally determined that I never did read, so I might start with it while I am waiting for the paper of her newest. I know you didn't get on with it, but it seems the sort of story I would normally be drawn to so will give it a try anyway. And the opera was wonderful. Very cool staging--surprisingly for an opera there was a lot of dance and the staging and all the effects were really impressive. I bought season tickets for the next one which won't start until October (I think) but La Boheme is the first up, which I am looking forward to!


I loved the first Ricciardi, which I finished this weekend and already have the second one sitting waiting for me. I think I will jump right in while I have the momentum going. He is a most intriguing character. I am behind (as usual) in writing about books, but hopefully I will get to it soon. How was your visit to the wildflower center? Now that sounds like a lovely way to spend some weekend time!I am ready to see more green and flowers, too!


What fun! Does she live in the area that she has now come twice in as many years? Have I told you how envious I am? Hope the opera was good too!


Ok...this is the third time I've run across this book in the last week. I think karma is telling me I need to read it.


She actually lives in London, but she is on tour promoting her new book on Alexander von Humboldt. And I broke down and ordered her new book, but I cheated and ordered it from The Book Depository as it is out in the UK in paperback! I wish you could have come along as I am sure you would have loved her lecture! Maybe she will come again and you can make a little road trip to Omaha! ;) And the opera was amazing--it was quite unusual as operas go--there was lots of movement--dancing and quite dramatic backdrops. I was very impressed! It is the first time I have heard an opera sung in English by the way!


Oh, how cool! Were other bloggers writing about it? Or just reviews? She is a wonderful writer and a very engaging speaker. She knows how to tell a great story and I highly recommend her books! So, there's another little nudge for you! ;)

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