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Seldom Disappointed
Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir | Tony Hillerman
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When Tony Hillerman looks back at seventy-six years spent getting from hardtimes farm boy to bestselling author, he sees lots of evidence that Providence was poking him along. For example, when an absentminded Army clerk left him off the hospital ship taking the wounded home from France, the mishap put him on a collision course with a curing ceremony held for two Navajo Marines, thereby providing the grist for a writing career that now sees his books published in sixteen languages around the world and often on bestseller lists. Or, for example, when his agent told him his first novel was so bad that it would hurt both of their reputations, he nonetheless sent it to an editor, and that editor happened to like the Navajo stuff. In this wry and whimsical memoir, Hillerman offers frequent backward glances at where he found ideas for plots of his books and the characters that inhabit them. He takes us with him to death row, where he interviews a man about to die in the gas chamber and details how this murderer became Colton Wolf in one of his novels. He relates how flushing a solitary heron from a sandbar caused him to convert Joe Leaphorn from husband to widower, and how his self-confessed bias against the social elite solved the key plot problem in A Thief of Time. No child abuse stories here: The worst Hillerman can recall is being sent off to first grade (in a boarding school for Indian girls) clad in cute blue coveralls instead of the manly overalls his farm-boy peers all wore. Instead we get a good-natured trip through hard times in college; an infantry career in which he "rose twice to Private First Class" and also won a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart; and, afterward, work as a truck driver, chain dragger, journalist, professor, and "doer of undignified deeds" for two university presidents. All this is colored by a love affair (now in its fifty-fourth year) with Marie, which involved raising six children, most of them adopted. Using the gifts of a talented novelist and reporter, seventy-six-year-old Tony Hillerman draws a brilliant portrait not just of his life but of the world around him.
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Bambolina_81
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When the only bookshop in town is not accessible to wheelchair users...it makes me so sad. Clearly disabled people don't read or want to better themselves. Is this really 2017? And it's a modern building! Now I remember why I don't shop here, because I can't 😒

TheLibrarian ☹️ 2y
saguarosally Are there laws in your area regulating this? 2y
britt_brooke 😬😧😞 2y
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julesG So frustrating. 2y
Sarah83 So bad. 2y
Jess_Read_This That's horrible. Just horrible. 2y
CocoReads Grr 2y
Mimi28 That sucks (((((((( Hugs))))))))) 2y
4thhouseontheleft I am sorry to hear that. ADA laws and regulations need some improvement. I see that often in older buildings, but a modern one? Unacceptable. 😟 2y
AndreaReads 😟 2y
Lizpixie I feel you. I have been wheelchair bound on Occassion over the last 20yrs, the longest for four months, and you'd be surprised how many stores make no allowances for disabled people. Especially bookstores, I'm afraid to say. The reason I was so sad to see Borders go was because they had wide aisles and plenty of seats for the sick or elderly to take a rest with a book before finishing their shopping. This is why I'm such an online shopper now. 2y
Izai.Amorim Very sorry and surprised. A new building? When I was studying architecture in the US in the early 1990s they had recently made mandatory that all new buildings be 100% accessible. We spent many hours learning about the issues, the minimum requirements etc. I left the US very impressed, no other country came close in this regard at the time. What happened? 2y
megt That's so frustrating! I'm sorry to hear they aren't accessible. 2y
Bambolina_81 @megt @Izai.Amorim @Lizpixie @AndreaReads @4thhouseontheleft @Mimi28 @CocoReads @Jess_Read_This @sarah83 @julesG @britt_brooke @saguarosally @TheLibrarian apparently I got it wrong. It IS accessible as I can get in... but then there are steps. I think Waterstones needs to work on their definition of accessible! A strongly worded Letter is being constructed as we speak. Such a nonsense. 2y
monkeygirlsmama That's downright terrible. I hope they take your complaint seriously and do something about that. 😠 2y
julesG Grrr. That makes me angry every time. Having a slight walking disability I notice accessibility and non-accessibility and can get very angry about the ignorance of some people/companies/shops. 2y
Bambolina_81 @julesG The assistant didn't even ask if there was anything she could get for me. More fool them as this lady has money to burn elsewhere now 🤣 2y
LeahBergen That's horrible! 😠 2y
Prairiegirl_reading That is the worst!! I work with people with disabilities and it is seriously appalling when public spaces claim to be accessible but then really are not. I went to a restaurant with someone and when we went to use the "accessible washroom" it had a button to activate the automatic door but none of the three stalls could fit a wheelchair! Not an accessible washroom. 2y
Sarah83 May I ask you, why you are sitting in a wheelchair? 2y
Bambolina_81 @Sarah83 Of course! I was born with Spina Bifida which means my spine didn't form properly in the womb. I was able to walk until 5yrs ago when I had a car accident that irritated the nerves in my spinal cord, made the symptoms too painful and made my leg muscles weaken faster than they would have. The chair doesn't stop me doing anything - until I meet stairs! Grrrr 2y
Sarah83 That sounds pretty sad. 😐 But I'm glad that you do everything you want to do. 😘🖒 2y
Sarah83 Is there nothing anymore that can heal it? 2y
Bambolina_81 @Sarah83 no, it's as good as it can get but good news is it can't get worse! 2y
Sarah83 So you can live your life with this standard. 😉 Tough woman. 🖒 2y
Bambolina_81 @Sarah83 Unless I can't get in a bookshop then I'm an angry woman! 😂 2y
Sarah83 Of course and I truly understand this. That why I always say the shop owners have to do something unless the people are going to buy only online.. 2y
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Jhullie
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I got my Bookish Box this week and it's the first time I have been disappointed. Apart from the t-shirt there's nothing in there to excite me. Does anyone else get them? What did you think of January's box?

LittleWonder I do - loved the journal and t-shirt! Earnings are really not my style, bath bomb seems okay - but definitely underwhelmed. Going to give it another month or two then reassess. 📚 2y
Jhullie @LittleWonder I had just bought a journal, the earrings are not me either, I will give the bath bomb a go though. I am a t-shirt girl and loved that - it's the reason I chose this box above others. I have loved every other box...just not this one. 2y
LittleWonder @Jhullie I agree, the t-shirt is what sold me on the subscription. Hopefully February will be better. 2y
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Kimzey
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I loved all of Tony Hillerman's Navaho mysteries, so I'm betting I'll enjoy his memoir. #autobiography #ReadJanuary @RealLifeReading

kspenmoll Read lots of his books; thanks for sharing about his memoir- soon to be TBR! 2y
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