I am no stranger to depression, and I think it's safe to say that many of you are acquainted with it, too. Hopefully not to my degree, since I spent years being on the brink of suicide because I refused to get help. (I'm not always the sharpest knife in the drawer.)
I never will forget reading a British mystery and seeing the phrase "black dog" being used for depression. It's quite fitting. When that black dog has fangs, all you want to do is end the pain, but a lot of the time this canine is just an annoying persistent shadow that never leaves you alone.
One of the best ways for me to send my black dog packing has always been BOOKS. No surprise there, eh? And that's what's brightened my doorstep now. I've curled myself up with two books. One, Jenn McKinlay's Death in the Stacks. Familiar characters have had me laughing and cheering them on while another character has had me grinding my teeth. The second of my cures is brand-new, and there's nothing quite like something new and shiny to distract you, is there? I've been laughing my way through Wendall Thomas's Lost Luggage featuring Cyd Redondo, a Brooklyn-based travel agent who puts me in mind of Stephanie Plum's (much) smarter sister. (Hey, Cyd knows how to kickbox in four-inch stilettos!)
Yep. Once again books have sent Fido packing, so it's time for me to head on out to the corral. Head 'em up! Mooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Why are some book titles changed from country to country?
- In his first crime novel, David Mamet resurrects a vanished version of his hometown.
- I love it when scientists "discover" what indigenous people have known for centuries.
- Reading crime novels helps relieve symptoms of depression.
- Why university libraries are tossing millions of books.
- Sex, jealousy, and gender: Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca eighty years on.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- An ancient Egyptian cemetery has been found with forty mummies and a message "from the afterlife."
- A Degas painting, "Les Choristes," stolen in 2009, was found in the luggage compartment of a French bus.
- A 7,000-year-old Native American burial site has been found underwater off the coast of Florida. Here's another article about the discovery.
- A long-lost painting by Monet has been found in storage in the Louvre.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Rex, a two-year-old German Shepherd is a hero after protecting a sixteen-year-old during a home invasion.
- This prehistoric puppy may be the earliest evidence of pet-human bonding.
- This rare yellow cardinal was spotted at an Alabama bird feeder.
- When it comes to counting wildlife, drones are more accurate than people.
- For forty-seven years, Stanley Cushing curated a 200-year-old library.
- Dolly Parton donates her 100 millionth children's book to the Library of Congress. You may not like country music, but she is one fantastic human being who loves it when children call her "The Book Lady."
- Terese Marie Mailhot and Tommy Orange are helping to launch a new wave of Native American literature.
- How early female travel writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu became an immunization pioneer.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- How churches are improving Wi-Fi access in rural England.
- Penguin is opening a pop-up shop in east London that will be stocked solely by women writers.
- Here's a selection of gorgeous WPA National Park posters to get us in the mood for traveling.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Fifteen major award-winning novels you've probably never heard of.
- Quiz: Which part of Scotland should you be living in? My answer? Highlands and Islands, and if I hadn't gotten that answer, I would've laughed hysterically.
- The last meals of famous literary characters.
- Which book perfectly matches your personality? (You should've heard my bark of laughter when my answer popped up: Gone Girl. I read less than fifty pages of that thing! But then the description mollified me a bit: "With that sharp wit and quick-thinking mind, it’s no wonder you’ve been matched with Gone Girl. Your keen eye for detail makes it easy to gather clues, swap theories, and solve the mystery before everyone else does. That can also mean you’re a bit nosy sometimes, but hey, it’s all in good faith.")
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!