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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Book Reading

Book  Reading

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Airplane reading, not good enough for more than that.
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson.
Great Expectations  by Charles Dickens. Reading this in bits, in between other books.
Elizabeth Alone by William Trevor. (Abandoned 1/4 in, just too depressing - all about loneliness and empty lives.)
The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson.
The New Confessions by William Boyd.
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint.
Drawing on the Artist Within by Betty Edwards.
Sweet Caress by William Boyd.
The Night Manager by John LeCarré.
John LeCarré: The Biography by John Sisman.
Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.
The Reversal by Michael Connelly, abandoned.
Klee Wyck by Emily Carr.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Gave up 1/4 way in, abandoned.
Slade House by David Mitchell. For March book club.
Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the lost techniques of the old masters by David Hockney.
A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney by Martin Gayford.
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture by Marco Livingstone.
All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu. For February book club.
Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald.
Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee. For January book club.
Another World by Pat Barker. Not her best book. Characters and their plot lines unresolved.
North of Normal: A memoir of my wilderness childhood, my counterculture family, and how I survived both by Cea Sunrise Person.
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. Reading for December book club. Never finished more than 1/4 of this. Not an engaging read.
Number Nine Dream by David Mitchell. This is one of the best books that I have ever read! Absolutely brilliant - a masterpiece.
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt for November book club.
Book of Sands by Karim Alrawi. Reading for October book club.
How Architecture Works by Witold Rybczynski. September 2015.
The Lady in Gold: The extraordinary tale of Gustav Klimt's masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O'Connor. Sept. 2015.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. What a wonderful re-read! August 2015.
Reamde by Neal Stephenson. Finally finished after reading it on and off for months. Love this book.
August 2015.
Bedside Book of Geometry. Reading desultorily, Summer 2015.
God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. June 26 birthday book from Jack.
The Blue Flower by Penelope Lively. June 2015 book club.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. April 2015 book club.
Sweet Tooth by Ian MacEwan.
The Children Act by Ian MacEwan. Reading for book club. March 2015.
The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen.
Appetite for Life; by Charles Ritchie. One of the best memoirists ever! Am re-reading his 4 books - this is the first. January 2015.
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews. Was not looking forward to this, as for some reason, I had a bad memory of M.T. So far am really enjoying it. Not in the same league as A Tale for the Time Being, which is a really superb great book, real "high lit", but this is very good. Reading for February book club.
Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Reading for January 2015 book club. Great book, lots of depth and nuance. I am really enjoying it.
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal;by Ben MacIntyre. Skimmed, did not finish.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
After Dark;by Haruki Murakami.
Scenes From Village Life; by Amos Oz. Series of bleak stories, interconnected, all set in the same Israeli village. Translated from the Hebrew.
A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. September 2014.
The Bedside Book of Geometry: From Pythagoras to the Space Race: the ABC of Geometry by Mike Askew & sheila Ebbutt. Ongoing read August 2014.
Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd. July 2014.
Reamde by Neal Stephenson. A long, ongoing summer read, 2014.
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. July 2014.
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd. July 2014.
On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry. June 2014.
Caught by Lisa Moore. May 2014.
Stories and Storytellers by Gordon Gibson. May 2014.
Tales from the Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry. April 2014.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Reading on my Kindle, March 2014.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Finished February 24, 2014.
Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner. Reading for February 2014 book club.
Longbourn by Jo Baker. Gift from my sister-in-law.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Not very nice characters, but enough mystery to keep me interested.
Dear Life by Alice Munro for January 2014 book club.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. A good read, but the main characters and friendships did not always ring true and were sometimes irritating. I found myself comparing with Kate Atkinson and Jane Gardam, and both of those authors write a superior book.
Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. Read for December book club. Wonderfully lyrical and cynical view of the creation of the christian mythology.
The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro. Reading in honour of Munro's Nobel Prize. (Whoops, it is a little drear - am putting it aside while I read the previous two books ....)
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Reading for book club to discuss in November 2013.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. Read along with the dove grey reader blog. 2013-2014.
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. Reading ebook on Ipad mini. Love this book, do not want it to end! September 2013.
Secret History by Donna Tartt. Read over the summer of 2013. Long, convoluted, interesting read.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Read June 2013. Really fun, entertaining read.

Advice for Italian Boys by Anne Giardini. Read June 2012. Browsed Kobo edition. Light, nice book.
The American Boy by Andrew Taylor. Finished May 29, 2013. Good read until the end, when it takes waaaay too long to wrap up the final plot lines and end the book.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Reading April 2013. I picked this up because it was referenced a lot in Bechdel's book, and I realized that it was a long time ago that I read it. Wonderful - the writing is absolutely luminous.
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. I started to read this on my Kindle for book club, but found the language tedious, so I switched to listening to it as an audiobook. April 2013.
Useful Work v. Useless Toil by William Morris. Browsed in March 2013. I picked this up at a South Kensington book shop near the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in September 2012. Old fashioned and reflects the economic and social realities of its time.
Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing. Reading April 2013. Hmmm - not sure I see the point of this.
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel. Reading March 2013. Amazing book!

Author Author by David Lodge. Read February/March 2013. Good introspective read.
The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farell. Reading on Kindle, first week of February 2013 for this month's book club. Saving opinions for now, but it is holding my attention even if the writing seems somewhat uneven.
Inside by Alex Ohlin. Finished reading late January, 2013. A series of interconnected stories. Dark, sad, absolutely humourless - but beautifully written.
Angelica's Grotto by Russell Hoban. Finished reading mid January, 2013. Amazing work - funny, sad, extremely insightful about male/female power and dependency relationships. Hoban was a superior author, and none of his books disappoint.
The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. I read only about 1/3 of this on my Kindle. It was our January 2013 book club book, but I was ill, our meeting was cancelled, and I just could not read my way through another martial arts fight scene, so I stopped reading it.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. Finished reading December 27, 2012. Enjoyed this book but it is not nearly up to the standard of Midddlesex, which I thought was a fine novel. I sensed that Eugenides had a hard time writing this one, and particularly finishing it.
Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Read November 2012. This is great, up to Kingsolver's highest standard.
Canada by Richard Ford. Read October 2012.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Read September 2012.
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal (for October book club meeting). Read September 2012.
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir. Reading in Sept/Oct 2012.
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Read in August/Sept 2012. Fantastic! One of the best books after Wolf Hall.
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Reading August 17, 2012. Did not finish, too saccharine.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Reading July 25, 2012. Finished August 12, 2012.
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. Reading July 18, 2012. Finished August 19, 2012.
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron. June 28, 2012.
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. Reading for June 2012 book club.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Currently reading as of May 24, 2012.
My Tango with Barbara Strozzi by Russell Hoban. May 12, 2012.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. Abandoned 1/3 through, March 28, 2012.

The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany begins her life's work at 72. By Molly Peacock. Browsed only, March 15, 2012.
Consequences by Penelope Lively. March 12, 2012.
A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay. March 7, 2012.
Number Nine Dream by David Mitchell. Abandoned 1/3 way through, too convoluted, Feb. 25, 2012.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (rereading for book club). February 4, 2012.
From Harvey River by Lorna Goodison. January 15, 2012.
Murder Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. Abandoned after several chapters January 10, 2012.
Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami. January 7, 2012.
Daughters-in-law by Joanna Trollope. December 28, 2011.
Middlemarch by George Eliot. (Reading for dgr read along.)
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier. December 7, 2011.
The Western Front 1917-1918: From Vimy Ridge to Amiens and the Armistice by Andrew Weist.
Come Dance with Me by Russell Hoban. November 16, 2011.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. November 8, 2011
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. October 26, 2011.
A Simple Soul by Gustave Flaubert. September 29, 2011.
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes. September 29, 2011.
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. September 25, 2011.
Little Bee by Chris Cleeve. September 8, 2011.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky, dgr Tolstoy Troika Team, 09/2010 to 09/2011). August 30, 2011.
The Way of a Gardener: a life's journey by Des Kennedy. August 31, 2011
The Medusa Frequency by Russell Hoban. August 21, 2011.
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt. August 11, 2011.
Everything Was Goodbye by Gurjinder Basran. July 20, 2011.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. July 13, 2011
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. June 28, 2011
Slow Fix by Ivan E. Coyote. June 18, 2011
Restless by William Boyd. June 14, 2011
Age of Water Lilies by Theresa Kishkan. June 8, 2011
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
Left Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery
Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia by Orlanda Figes
A Gentle Plea for Chaos by Mirabel Osler
Dream Plants for the Natural Garden by Henk Gerritsen and Piet Oudolf
Darwin and the Beagle by Alan Moorehead
Jane Austen's Letters, the beautiful Folio edition
Loose End, stories by Ivan E. Coyote
No Great Mischief by Alistair MacCleod .
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
One Man's Trash, stories by Ivan E. Coyote
Private Patient by P.D. James
Ulysses by James Joyce (dgr Climbing Mount Ulysses team, 06/2009 to 06/2010)

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