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>We skipped the maple candy, too


Back from Vermont–we did get to visit the Patersons (that Katherine bakes a mean scone and gave us plenty to take back to our Killington chalet, no snow but there was a hot tub) but not JRL as poor Buster was by then too exhausted and disoriented to either move or leave behind. (He is better now but still, twenty.) Our chief entertainments were books in the daytime (me, a Joy Fielding–never again–and the second Stieg Larsson mystery; Richard, Possession (and finally skipping the poetry like I told him to) and The Godfather movies in the evenings. (How had I missed all three of those?) Like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire only really comes to life when The Girl is onstage, but then it is irresistible. Christopher Hitchens suggests that Winona Ryder should play her in the movie but I kept seeing Bjork or that little fey thing who was on Absolutely Fabulous.

We only went shopping for ice cream once, and the only locavore alternative to Ben & Jerry’s was some coconut sorbet. No thank you.
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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >I skipped the poetry in Possession, too. And I know exactly who that "little fey thing" on AbFab was.

    Rutland was our big shopping city when I was growing up. We never went up the mountain to Killington.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >There's your picture book, Gail–Up the Mountain to Killington, Ayuh illustrated with rustic woodcuts by Mary Azarian.

  3. >When I read the title of your post, I thought "Why am I not surprised?" Sounds like the scones were worth their weight in gold, or maple anything.

    Glad Buster's better now, but good grief, TWENTY??? If dog years are what they say they are… no, wait, I don't believe in math. It's a lot, that much I know.

    I have not seen any of the Godfather movies, and it's likely to stay that way. I did watch "Notorious" with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman today for the first time, though.

    Glad you made it back from Vermont in one piece. Or rather, three. You, Richard and Buster. Even someone who doesn't believe in math can count to three… usually.

  4. >The "little fey thing" in Ab Fab is actress Jane Horrocks, who is, dare I say, getting a little long in the tooth to star in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (She's 45.) What about the girl who plays Alice in the Twilight movies?

    By the way, Buster was found running around in a park. How do you know how old he is?

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >Found Buster in '91; vet thought he was about a year old.

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