39. Golden State ~ by Michelle Richmond, 2014, fiction (California), 9/10
"Without a child, are we even a family?" (loc. 2194)40. Off the Page ~ by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, 2015, fiction (New Hampshire), 8/10
"If a character sits in a book and no one reads it, is he truly alive?" (p. 4).41. Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths ~ by Karen Armstrong, 1997, history, 8/10
"Mythology was never designed to describe historically verifiable events that actually happened. It was an attempt to express their inner significance or to draw attention to realities that were too elusive to be discussed in a logically coherent way" (loc. 209).42. Still Time ~ by Jean Hegland, 2015, fiction, 8/10
"I keep thinking his mind is like a broken necklace ― some beads are lost forever while the rest are just scattered everywhere" (loc. 1230).43. I Shall Be Near to You ~ by Erin Lindsay McCabe, 2014, fiction, 10/10
"He has studied Shakespeare's work for the length of Shakespeare's lifetime, but he has forgotten how King Lear ends" (loc. 2990).
"I never had so much of nothing to do before in my whole life" (p. 76).44. The Tenth Justice ~ by Brad Meltzer, 2011, fiction (Washington, DC), 8/10
"Every day, the Court is flooded with petitions seeking certiorari, or 'cert.' When four justices grant cert, it means the Court will hear the case. To save time, we [Supreme Court clerks] read through the cert petitions, put them into a standard memo format, and recommend whether the justice should grant or deny cert" (p. 16).45. A Pain in the Tuchis: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery ~ by Mark Reutlinger, 2015, mystery, 9/10
"As I have said before, death at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors is not what you would call an unusual event. Sad, yes. Unusual, no. Given the average age and state of health of the residents, it is perhaps surprising we are not having memorial services on a daily basis" (loc. 74).Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.
"Listen, we're not getting any younger, you and I, and we should be having all the new experiences we can, while we can" (loc. 2149).