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More Books

More of the books that I have been reading this summer.   These two are good ones.

Toyne, S. (2011). Sanctus. New York, NY: William Morrow/Harper Collins.

ISBN 978-0-06-203830-2   $25.99

Release date 9/6/11

A monk climbs up the mountainside of the Citadel of Ruin, site of the beginnings of the Christian church.  Inside the holy mountain is a holy secret, a Sacrament, that the monks protect at all costs.

Kathryn Mann has an ancient prophecy, which predicts the fall of the monk, the rise of the monk to unlock the Sacrament, and bring forth a new age.

So when the monk falls from the top of the mountain there are a great many people interested in why other than the Inspector Davud Arkadian.

Their interests and exactly what it means when the abbot says “all costs” weaves a grand mystery.   If you like mystery, this is a wonderful book to read.



Geda, F. (2010) In The Sea There Are Crocodiles. New York, NY. Doubleday.

ISBN 978-0-385-53473-4 U.S. price $21.95

Tentative on sale date 8/9/11


Enaiat was born and lived in Afghanistan until his mother smuggled him out sometime around his tenth birthday and left him in Pakistan.  From that day on he was responsible for his own life.  How he survived, the jobs that he took as a Shia Muslim immigrant to be able to survive and how he manage to make it all the way to Italy and convince them to give him asylum as a political refugee is the story.

Enaiat’s father was forced to drive a truck for the Sunni bringing back merchandise but when bandits killed him the Sunni said that his family had to pay for the truck and merchandise.  When they couldn’t pay in money the price became the life of a child, Enaiat.

The book is a novel because Enaiat tells it just as he remembers, his story.  The language is simple, childlike, but the story is multifaceted, political, heart-rending, and resilient.  Enaiat is someone you will remember and think about long after you finish reading his story.   This was a quick book to read and could be easily used for secondary classrooms if teachers are interested.


The fence

We needed to get a fence done so that we could get either goats or cows on the 20 acres in order to keep Ag taxes.  We could have done that quickly by getting a bulldozer to clear a path about 4 feet around the whole place and losing tons of trees, but we did not want to lose all those trees.  So we took a chainsaw and walked tree by tree to clean out for the fence.  My husband cut down trees that were in the way, or cut limbs off if we could save the tree.  I would pull the tree out of the way and make huge stacks of trees that we will burn someday.  It was slow, very tiring work.  We were able to clean up all the way across the front and down part of one side. One side already had a fence and the other side was too much of a hill to get the tractor on so we had to have a bulldozer.  But it was worth is because the fence is finally finished and we have trees that would not be there if we had not done the work by hand. 

While we were working on getting the trees cleared we found a really interesting tree, a Mexican Buckeye.  It has smooth bark with a purple kind of tint and small white flowers with purple accents.  They look like little orchids hanging off the tree in bunches.  We had to cut some of them down because they were in the way of the fence, but there is one growing next to the electric boxes and I am going to take really good care of it. 

Mexican Buckeye


Mexican Buckeye