E. O. Wilson is the author of 20 plus books, professor emeritus at Harvard, winner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes for non-fiction, and considered the world's authority on ants.
Anthill is his first work of fiction. Happened upon it at the local bookstore, was intrigued by the cover and the write up.
This is a wonderfully written, coming of age story of Raff. Set in rural Alabama, near the Florida border. Lots of wonderful Southern history - we all know that in the South one doesn't call it the Civil War, but the War Between the States. The middle section is literally all about ant colonies, when I first started reading this section, I thought, " I am not too sure that I want to read this"...... but plunged in, the more I read the more fascinated I became about the life of an ant colony. We then move on to Harvard, and then back to Alabama.
This is a book well worth the time.
James has read some of E.O.'s non-fiction, and has enjoyed his writing and the subject.
Hope that you will give this book a try, and if fiction is not your thing try some of his non-fiction work.
So, last night (5-6-10) we watched Crazy Heart. As much as I had wanted to really love this movie, I found that it didn't live up to my expectations, especially after seeing "Departures", which I blogged about earlier. The music was really good, and Jeff did an excellent job as Bad Blake, but I found the movie TOO edgy.
However, I will admit that I believe that he did deserve the Oscar!
James and I watched this incredible movie the other evening. This won the best foreign film award this year. We had just watched Julie and Julia, and Welcome, both really well done movies, but Departures just blew me away.
I have Crazy Heart at home to watch, but not sure that it will come close to this one.
It was done with the most incredible music, photography. I won't give anything away, but this movie showed what love and respect mean to the Japanese people....
This one is worth your time!!!!!!!!!!! And if you don't like it, well, then I am really sorry.
Have you ever seen 15-20 hummingbirds at one feeder at one time? Sunday May 2nd, one of my feeders was swarmed by that many hummers!!!! It was the most amazing sight, at one point 2 hummers were sipping out of the same spout! That was truly incredible. I sat at the window for over 15 minutes watching this, one of those rare events that don't happen often.
When I first set up this blog, it was part of a training that my library system required us to do with Web 2.0 training, since then I have pretty much dedicated this to sharing movies and books that I have read, enjoyed. I have been doing preschool storytimes since 1982, at my library, so have plenty of children's titles to share. Besides reading, I enjoy gardening, watching Mt Baker, music, cooking(especially Middle Eastern,Indian,Italian and Mexican dishes), birdwatching, and cats.
My love of Middle Eastern foods, and now it seems movies, is due to the fact that as child I lived in North Africa on the Sahara Desert - father was stationed at Wheelus AFB from 1959-62.