84, Charing Cross Road; Good Harbor; And Then You Die; Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Just finished “84, Charing Cross Road,” published in 1970 (better late than never, right?) It’s a true account by New York writer Helene Hanff of her longtime correspondence with Frank Doel of Marks & Co., antiquarian booksellers of London. The book became a movie starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. Very quick read filled with wit and highbrow literary references written by one of the world’s great book lovers.

Re-read Michael Dibdin’s “And Then You Die: an Aurelio Zen Mystery.” Loved it again, love all his books, so sorry Mr. Dibdin left us so early.

Liked Anita Diamant’(The Red Tent) Good Harbor about “the precarious balance of marriage and career, motherhood and friendship.”

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, is getting a lot of press and landed on the coveted New York Times Bestseller list, but I wasn’t crazy about it. Biting remarks about Seattleites were ah, er, fun, I guess, but I was very bored with the Microsoft blather and oh, god, another book about a precocious daughter. Really? At least I did my duty and can cross Bernadette off my list.

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2 thoughts on “84, Charing Cross Road; Good Harbor; And Then You Die; Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

    1. Cassie, the video is available through Netflix and appears on cable TV once in a while. Anne Bancroft was her usual wonderful self. Excellent movie, made more so by the fact it’s a true story.

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