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stephanieanngraves

Vellichor Afternoons

I like trip-hop, anachronism, cats, both coffee and tea, the sound of rain on a tin roof, antique keys, pop culture as a substitute for religion, theatre, photography, Oxford commas, and, of course, reading.

Currently reading

John Dies at the End
David Wong
Geek Love
Katherine Dunn
I, Lucifer
Glen Duncan
The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British
Sarah Lyall
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
Tamar Adler, Alice Waters
Craven Place
Richard Wright
Bloodroot
Amy Greene
Unfamiliar Fishes
Sarah Vowell
Academics Handbook 2nd Ed-P
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley This book is simply astounding--wrought so beautifully I actually marveled as it unfolded. The P-word--precocious--no doubt appears in nearly every description of the protagonist and narrator, the eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, but that description is entirely too dismissive of the amazing character Flavia is. Flavia is a chemistry enthusiast, a fan of poisons, and has an incurable curiosity that propels her through the events that unfold upon her discovery of a dead man in her family's cucumber patch. (That he is found in the cucumber patch amuses me to no end, though I lack the ability to articulate why, exactly.) I also took much delight in the enigma of Inspector Hewitt.

There is apparently to be a sequel, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.