It's been a long day. Daisy woke me up with a loud case of the itchies at 4:30, so I doped her up with antihistamines, and we went back to bed. I needed the sleep since I had to be out of the house and on the road to Oklahoma by 9:00 at the very latest. I trekked upward to do HR paperwork for the spring Children's Lit. class I'll be teaching. It was a relatively quick trip...about 3 hours of driving for only 1 hour of department head chatting and HR stuff. Hmmm.
I popped by the library to return American Wife and The Monsters of Templeton, neither of which got finished in their allotted time. *sigh* One day! Of course, I'm feeling the itch to start the U.S. Presidents Reading Project, so I picked up two books for that, and I always find at least one or two fun books. Today was no exception!
For the U.S. Presidents Reading Project:
Washington and His Colleagues, by Henry J. Ford: Washington was glad to remain at Mount Vernon as long as possible after he had consented to serve as President enjoying the life of a country gentleman which was now much more suited to his taste than official employment. Not much of a synopsis, but hey, it's better than nothing!
George Washington (The American Presidents series), by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn: Revolutionary hero, founding president, and first citizen of the young republic, George Washington was the most illustrious public man of his time, a man whose image today is the result of the careful grooming of his public persona to include the themes of character, self-sacrifice, and destiny.
And just for fun:
The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story, by Susan Hill: Hill crafts an old-school spooker in this atmospheric tale of a sinister painting imbued with the vengeful spirit of a former owner. The painting, owned by retired Cambridge don Theo Parmitter, catches the eye of a visiting former student who's intrigued by its depiction of an 18th-century Venetian carnival scene and a figure in the foreground who looks anachronistically modern. The student's questions extract from Theo the strange story of how he won it at auction and the even stranger tale of the bidder he beat: the elderly Lady Hawdon, who claims that the man in the picture is her husband, imprisoned in the painting through the designs of a jilted lover who gave it to them as a wedding present.
Finally, I rechecked American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld. I didn't get around to it in my previous batch of library books and I'd met my recheck limit, but I found another copy, so I was good to go! Woot!
Has anyone read The Man in the Picture or anything else by Susan Hill? It's a tiny little book, but it looks creeptaculous!