Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday Morning Tidbits

My day is off to such a wonderful start that I thought I would share it with you. A friend sent us a basket of goodies from Wolferman's and if you love English muffins, you would faint at the sight of these. They are huge and the texture and taste are sensational. They come in a variety of flavors such as multigrain, 1910 original, cinnamon raisin, sourdough and wild Maine blueberry.  Paradise delivered via your toaster.

What really makes me happy this morning though is Pete Dexter's book review of Jim Harrison's just-published The Great Leader in The New York Times. Harrison wrote Legends of the Fall, Dalva and The Road Home. The Great Leader, featuring a soon-to-be-retired cop's investigation of a cult leader, sounds terrific. It might not be to your taste but if you like irreverent writers such as Elmore Leonard, Lenny Kleinfeld and Joe Lansdale check out Dexter's review. I can't wait to read this book.

Speaking of Dexter, have you read anything he's written? His novels have a noir tinge and include Deadwood, Train, Spooner, The Paperboy and Paris Trout. Try him if you appreciate Cormac McCarthy, Dennis Lehane and George Pellecanos.

If you're enjoying anything you're reading this weekend please let us know.


  1. Mmmm, those muffins look very good. I think I will check out that review!

  2. Your english muffins should delicious, especially the wild Maine blueberry! I'm curious about the placement of the adjective: is Maine wild or are the blueberries? Probably, both!

    I haven't read any novels by Peter Dexter or Jim Harrison but I am sure to check them out now. Thanks for the suggestions.

  3. Hi Gail, I'm a Mainer and I can tell you it's definitely both!

    Maine has loads of low-bush blueberries, which are much smaller than the ones you usually see in stores. They have a wonderful, intense flavor. July is the time for the blueberry harvest. I go to blueberry farms and get huge quantities of blueberries and make jam. My husband's favorite is the strawberry jam we make in June, but blueberry has the edge for me.

  4. Those English muffins look delicious. The ones we get here are much flatter.

    I'm reading Cell 8 by Roslund & Helstrom. It's the fourth book in their police procedural series, there's no violence and no sexual or graphic language. It seems to be more about personal morals and willing to put yourself at risk for somebody else because your belief in justice is so powerful.

    What I like most about the book is the depth of the characters and Grens, the protag, plays a bigger part in this story than he did in the last book.


  5. Just finished PORTRAIT OF A SPY, Daniel Silva's latest. I'm sorry to say I didn't think it was one of his better ones, despite the fact that he brought back characters from previous books. Of course, he can't write a bad book, and I pretty much did nothing but read the book, so take my criticism with a grain of salt. There's just something addictive about Gabriel Allon. Even so, the ending was rushed and predictable, and there wasn't as much action as I'm used to in the series.