Friday, February 27, 2015
Of Birds and Books...
Today's "bird count" at the feeders and suet treats included chickadees, pine siskins (I think?), a
nuthatch, a hairy woodpecker, a downy woodpecker and a flock of waxwings which were feasting on apples that are still on one tree. See the apples in my header photo? That's what they were devouring today... Ollie is keeping a very close eye on the feeders - he is just as interested as I am in what is fluttering about. I occasionally catch him licking his lips... oh how I wish I could read his mind!
So are you ready for another book suggestion? The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck is a quick and easy read, but it is by no means a "light" story. Set in central Florida in the fictional town of Mayville in the mid seventies, the story has three main characters: recently widowed Ora Lee Beckworth, her maid Blanche, and a homeless elderly black man she hires to do mowing and yardwork. When he is arrested for murder, only Ora knows the truth. She and Blanche soon find themselves caught in a web of lies, and lies can be self-perpetuating... Years later, Ora tries to set the record straight. This book has been described as a cross between The Help and To Kill a Mockingbird, an apt description, I think. At less than 150 pages, it's a fast and entertaining read, with a very interesting (unforeseen) twist at the end...
"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." ~ Haruki Murakami