When my brother and I were little, we were both voracious readers; books, magazines, newspapers, street signs, cereal boxes, anything and everything. Since I know he reads my blog, I’ll give him a shout out–“Hi, Skip!” He’s much, much older than I am, practically doddering, as it were. He told me that he really began to feel old when he got his Medicare card. It represented the symbolic confirmation that he’s… OLD! Ha ha ha. It was nice to grow up having an extremely older big (old) brother. I was the baby (still am) and could torture him all the time and never fear retaliation! All kidding aside, he was a great big brother until he went off to college and I was all alone with no one to torture except for our parents; they bore the brunt of my rebellious teenage “boy crazy” escapades. Ah, the good old days of ditching school and hanging out at Plum Street and listening to the Doors at ear screeching volume for hours on end!
I’m not sure if he still reads as much as I do, but I am lost without a book. I was out of chick books and picked up a novel my son sent to the captain, T.C. Boyle‘s When The Killing’s Done. It’s a real departure from my normal fantasy-based romance and witty banter menu, but it is a must-read; savagely compelling. It’s based on the true story of how the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy rid the Channel Islands (off the California coast) of sheep, pigs, black rats and, finally, opportunistic golden eagles, in order to give the rare island fox and some nomadic seabirds a fighting chance for survival. As expected, animal rights activists protest and actively thwart the efforts by attempting to sabotage the killing of some species to “save” others. It’s not all about the animals; there are relationship subplots and twists and turns that made it impossible to stop reading. I had to skip over a few of the more graphic paragraphs (thanks to my son who warned me), but I don’t think that minimized the brilliance of the writing nor the importance of the subject matter. It was an especially timely read for me during our great squirrel relocation program last week.
When I finished that book, I was searching around the house for something else to read and picked up one of the magazines delivered to the captain every few months. If you love nautical/maritime reads, you will love this. It was really interesting with beautiful pictures. Power Ships is a publication of the Steamship Historical Society of America. In this issue, they highlight the Providence Steamship Company. In the 1920’s the owner’s wife took over management of the tugboat company when her husband died. Some say she was the inspiration for the popular “Tugboat Annie” character.
Enough of that, I said to myself. I am excited to start reading Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand novel.
- International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) Announces “Stop Devocalization Now” Project (prweb.com)
- Ethiopia animal rights advocates hope for law changes (bikyamasr.com)
- Singapore animal rights activists angry over wild bore cull plan (bikyamasr.com)
- ‘San Miguel’: T.C. Boyle’s novel of dashed dreams on a remote island (seattletimes.com)
- T.C. Boyle’s ‘San Miguel’ Is No Island Paradise (npr.org)
- Oto leads Channel Islands past Santa Paula (vcstar.com)