July 9, Friday morning -- Reading Mark Twain and Doug Dorst

On the 38 Geary Limited
Reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, which he checked out from the library because he found out on Facebook that one of his relatives was reading it. A favorite book -- One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which he reads every couple of years.

Reading Alive in Necropolis, by Doug Dorst. It's set in Colma, just south of San Francisco, where all the cemeteries are. Her mother's book group read this and so she picked it up, too. She enjoys reading books set in (and around) San Francisco. This book, though, is so-so. Something good she's read recently? She pulled out a worn moleskin notebook and consulted a list that she's been keeping for the past five years (a means to inspire her once-lackluster reading life -- the first year she read 12 books and listened to 12 audio books) ....a good book she's read recently -- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. She has tried recipes from the book's website -- she and her husband (facing her, not the other reader) have a ritual of cooking together almost every day, for each other, and for friends -- they're planning an impressionist dinner party for next weekend, which will follow the exhibit at the De Young.

Does anyone else keep lists of the books they read? I used to and might start again. I've just finished Wanderlust, by Bay Area activist, Rebecca Solnit, and last week, Farm City, by Oakland ghetto farmer, Novella Carpenter. I could have two new books on my list!