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         I'M NOT MARTHA - Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Hi! I'm Lizzy!!  and I'm not Martha!!!

* Okay, Lizzy, you can't get this smart are up on stuff with-
out reading and such.  Fess up, what are you reading now? 
What books do you suggest for us to read?  And while we're 
at it...what movies have you seen that you would recommend? 

Lorelei in Lansing

I am a big reader.  Of course, for the newsletter it's serious  
research usually online and my little library and tips written 
scraps of paper that I've accumulated over the years.  But for 
pleasure I read a broad range of subjects...both fiction and 
non-fiction.  As for movies, the summer was not the best but I 
saw some gems.  Books first...after all books came first.

P.S. If you're interested we now have a forum. You can post 
comments on this and recent issues at... Not Martha forum


All the books by Alexander McCall Smith.  He writes series. 
"The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" and its seven sequels. 
Mma Ramotswe  (Mma is a local honorific.) had a detective 
agency in Botswana, at the foot of Kgale Hill. Though her 
cases tend to dwell on sins like philandering and low-level 
insurance scams Botswana's physical beauty and the depth of 
the book's characters will rivet your interest and enthusiasm 
for entire series.

Precious Ramotswe has no blue steel pistol, just two desks, 
two chairs, a telephone and an old typewriter. Her tiny white 
van is incapable of high-speed chases and fiery stunts. Then 
there is Mma Ramotswe herself. She is  ''traditionally built'' 
(as she puts it). Woven into the novels' accessible mysteries 
is a loving portrait of Botswana as a wondrous nation, a 
place of infinite skies, rooted people and gentle habits that 
Western society foolishly discarded decades ago.

Then there are "The Sunday Philosophy Club" and "Isabel 
Dalhousie Mystery" books that are all located in Edinburgh, 
Scotland.  Totally different but once again McCall Smith 
can really write women.  He writes in the female voice 
brilliantly.  You'll love them.

All the novels by Jane Austin and Edith Wharton.  These books 
tell women how far we have come and yet how little has changed. 
Cautionary tales about missteps.  Someone should have required 
Brittany and Lindsay to read them, Wharton in particular.


I am and always have been intrigued by Henry VIII and the six 
wives.  You know the code breaker on who lived and who/how 
they died...Divorced, beheaded, died.  Divorced, beheaded, 
survived.  Lady Antonia Fraser and Philippa Gregory have 
written wonderful, well researched biographical novels on 
Henry, the wives, and the fallout leading to Elizabeth I.

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"Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring" by Richard 
Preston is a about the small group of scientists and devoted 
caretakers of ancient forests in the United States. journeys 
into the perpendicular universe of the world's tallest trees. 
Most  ly California redwoods, they are the colossal remnants 
of a lost world, some predating the fall of Rome. Suspended 
in their crowns, hundreds of feet above the forest floor, is 
a primeval kingdom of plants and animals that only a handful 
of people have ever seen. Now, thanks to Preston and a custom- 
made tree-climbing apparatus called a "spider rig," we get to 
see it, too.

According to Preston, it wasn't until the 1980s that humans 
made the first forays into the tops of "supertall" trees, 
in excess of 350 feet high. The people who pioneered their 
exploration are a rarefied bunch—equal parts acrobat, 
adventurer and scientist. The book revolves around real-
life botanist Steve Sillett, an exceptional athlete with a 
tormented soul who found his calling climbing to the tops 
of an enormous redwoods where he discovered a world of 
startling complexity and richness.

"What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers" 
by Richard Brookhiser.  It is a long and honored (and often 
abused) tradition to refer to the Founders while stating 
one's position on contemporary political controversies. 
Brookhiser is a celebrated historian who has written ex-
tensively about some of the Founding Fathers. Here he brings 
his vast knowledge and considerable wit to bear on analyzing 
how they might approach some of our currently divisive 
issues.  The Founders were generally as ideologically incon-
sistent as liberals and conservatives are today. Who knows 
how they would have reacted to problems in a world they 
could not imagine? But as an intellectual exercise, this is 
an enjoyable, stimulating work.

Okay...now for movies that are out now or recently on DVD:

Bourne Ultimatum--loved it. Best of the series.  Although 
you can get motion sick from the camera work.

My Best Friend

The Black Book

The Lives of Others


Keeping Mum

Michael Clayton


Watch "Mad Men" on AMC. Fabulous!

"The Tudors" on Showtime.

"House" on Fox.

"The Jon Stewart Show" on Comedy Central.

Anything on "Mystery" on PBS.

So there you have it.  Got any favorites to share?


Questions...Comments...? email Lizzy

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