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Not Bartlett's: Thoughts on the Pleasures of Life: People, Love, Gardens, Dogs, and More [Hardcover]

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Item description for Not Bartlett's: Thoughts on the Pleasures of Life: People, Love, Gardens, Dogs, and More by Elise Lufkin...

"This delightful collection of quotations is drawn from a wide variety of sources; some of the greatest minds speak to us on topics like gardening, love, politics, and dogs. I plan to keep this book nearby, where I can reach for it at any time."-Ridley Pearson

"These few fragments I'll shore against my ruin'-that's what Elise Lufkin has done in her valuable commonplace book, Not Bartlett's. The quotations assembled here are like bright shells and stones gathered on a winter beach, souvenirs that both delight and comfort, some familiar, others not-all cause for wonderment and reflection."-Michael M. Thomas

"There is nothing so special as curling up with a small book that makes you think, laugh, and cry, and this is just what Not Bartlett's gives you. This delightful book is a must next to every bed-a perfect gift."-Bunny Williams

This personal collection of quotations by famous writers offers timeless impressions about family, friends, gardening, pets, writing and reading, nature, travel, art, politics, and many of life's other pleasures. Not Bartlett's is an absolute treasure imbued with a highly developed sense of intelligence, style, and grace.

Elise Lufkin is the author of Found Dogs: Tales of Strays Who Landed on Their Feet and Second Chances: More Tales of Found Dogs. She is a lifelong compulsive reader. One of her favorite quotations from Not Bartlett's is: "People say that life's the thing, but I prefer reading."





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Pages   95
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Helen Marx Books
ISBN  1933527137  
ISBN13  9781933527130  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elise Lufkin is the author of Found Dogs: Tales of Strays Who Landed on Their Feet and Second Chances: More Tales of Found Dogs. She is a lifelong compulsive reader. One of her favorite quotations from Not Bartlett's is: "People say that life's the thing, but I prefer reading." She lives in the mountains of central Idaho.

Elise Lufkin currently resides in the state of Idaho.

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Enthusiastically recommended reading  Nov 4, 2007
Elise Lufin's "Not Bartlett's: Thoughts on the Pleasures of Life: People, Love, Gardens, Dogs and More" is an impressive compiled and deftly edited compilation of fascinating, entertaining, informative, memorable, cogently expressed, thoughtful and thought-provoking citations drawn from the writings of hundreds of men and women, ancient and contemporary, who had something to say -- and expressed it uncommonly well. The subject matter ranges from family and lovers, to writing and reading, to dogs and cats, to happiness and melancholy, to life, growing old, nature, gardening, travel, art, history, politics, and advice for living. "Not Bartlett's" is enthusiastically recommended reading that is ideal for browsing from time to time, again and again, over the days, weeks, months, and years that are the daily tallies of our lives. "Many have sought light and truth, but they sought it outside themselves, where it is not." St. Augustine.
 
Not Bartlett's: Delicious!  Oct 23, 2007
Reading Not Bartlett's is like dipping into a box of exquisite but varied Godiva chocolates: smooth and satisfying, but without the calories. Author Elise Lupkin offers a tantalizing menu to feed the soul: collected wit and wisdom ranging from Family, Happiness, and Melancholy to Art, Taste, and Style. And let's not forget dogs, gardens, and other pleasures of life.

The reader will soon come to realize that in a few days, weeks, or months, reading the current excerpts may have a different flavor. Life changes so fast, and many of us are constantly rethinking yesterday's assumptions and ideas. That's the delight of this kind of a sampler.

When I first read "We cannot help the birds of sadness from flying over our heads, but we need not let them build nests in our hair," I thought it was a fine example of positive thinking. When I read it weeks later, my mother was dying, and the entire family/friend dynamics, which always offers color and challenge in such circumstances, cast a completely new light on the phrase.

How relevant these words to memories of my grandparents: "Gardening is not a rational act....In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." They did, and these words sparked precious memories to life. Memories of a physician who kept his balance in part by growing and harvesting amazing vegetables. Memories of a physician's wife who kept her balance in part by working in her husband's vegetable garden, overseeing a huge flower garden and nurturing fabulous fruit trees.

And so it is with the entire collection. Give it to yourself as a gift if you like to read random--often gentle and occasionally harsh--thoughts carefully saved over time, and then put together for your inspiration. If this type of book is not your cup of tea, consider giving it to others who like to pick up a book at odd moments, knowing they are probably going to chuckle, weep, or say, "Yes!"

Such beautiful graphic presentation! Not Bartlett's is a keeper. Pears it isn't, but sweet, rich, and full of flavor it is.
 
Not Bartlett's: Thoughts on the Pleasures of Life: People, Gardens, Dogs, and More  Oct 17, 2007
I read a review of the book and thought I would enjoy reading the quotes.
I was not at all satisfied with the book after reading through it.
I thought the majority of the quotes were not at all what I expected.
I don't think the quotes were effective at all.
 
Not the best, not the worst  Oct 15, 2007
I enjoyed some of the book. I love quotes, but could only relate to about 10% of the quotes in this book.
 

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