08 June 2009


Ok sweet people--Thank you!
Sarah, thank you! I have never heard of Unaccustomed Earth, and IF Optimist, I have never heard of The Eight. Melissa-- I loved Middlesex and Water for Elephants but have not read the others on your list (thank you for stopping by! Love your Happy news). Nic, I really enjoyed His Dark Materials and have not heard of the other trilogy, can't wait to check it out-- and EB, The Bone People is one of my favorite favorites ever but have not heard of Away... So I welcome your suggestions heartily and am very excited! Thank you all!

The universe gave me a gift today-- it delivered a copy of a daily pregnancy journal that I ordered back when it was relevant. I decided to look at it as a good sign. I decided it will be relevant again soon.


Maredsous said...

I think it is a good sign.

You got pregnant so I think it can definitely happen again. I told you about the success story of my 42 year old coworker. She only had two follicles each IUI. She had two IUIs and she got pregnant both times. One was chemical the other one resulted in a beautiful little girl. It can happen.

Tea? What kind of tea do you like?

onwardandsideways said...

Some more book titles for you. Some of these you may have already read. Some may not appeal. Hope you finding something in there. I recently discovered Auster; I think he is a genius. I have found reading to be really, really good for keeping my mind out of the gutter, these days.

The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Betty Smith

The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls

The Book of Illusions
The Brooklyn Follies
Paul Auster

The Stories of John Cheever
(short stories, excellent)

The Poems of Ted Kooser
(poetry, phenomenal):

So This Is Nebraska
by Ted Kooser
The gravel road rides with a slow gallop over the fields, the telephone lines streaming behind, its billow of dust full of the sparks of redwing blackbirds.

On either side, those dear old ladies, the loosening barns, their little windows dulled by cataracts of hay and cobwebs hide broken tractors under their skirts.

So this is Nebraska. A Sunday
afternoon; July. Driving along
with your hand out squeezing the air, a meadowlark waiting on every post.

Behind a shelterbelt of cedars,
top-deep in hollyhocks, pollen and bees, a pickup kicks its fenders off
and settles back to read the clouds.

You feel like that; you feel like letting your tires go flat, like letting the mice build a nest in your muffler, like being no more than a truck in the weeds,

clucking with chickens or sticky with honey or holding a skinny old man in your lap while he watches the road, waiting for someone to wave to. You feel like

waving. You feel like stopping the car and dancing around on the road. You wave instead and leave your hand out gliding larklike over the wheat, over the houses.

Anonymous said...

Just catching up - glad to hear about your upcoming cycle. It is good to hear your voice again.

alyssa said...

kate, i send a strong second recommendation to time travelers wife.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Kate -- I'm glad you can try again near home and it seems, nice? reassuring? to use an approach that has worked for you once already. I'm so hopeful for you. I wanted to pile on with the book suggestions. I used to be a big reader but events have conspired so that I haven't read a whole book in over a year (except for the airplane type -- mass market mysteries for me if you want any recommendations there I like Martha Grimes the best). I also have liked a lot these: anything by John McFee, these are non-fiction but to me so intersting and well done, they're all sort of classic these days, I guess. And, a collection of short stories by Andrea Barrett called Ship Fever. These are lovey and sciency, which is why I think they might appeal to you. She has written similar things since, and I liked all that too, but I thought the Ship Fever collection was the best. Best to you.

IF Optimist, then... said...

Wow Kate. It seems these posts are good for us all. I better hurry up and finish the books I am already reading. Perhaps we will have a "summer reading list". HA! One note, I'm "The Time Traveller's Wife" is a great book with a good twist on time travel idea, but...

******* minor plot spoiler *******

I'm not sure it is the best option for some IF readers. It has sections that deal with recurrent miscarriage. It depends, a reader could see these passages as heartbreaking or liberating to their own situation. Just a heads up.