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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Oldies But Goodies
Forgive me folks, but, yes, it has been a while (more than a month?) that I've blogged. Partially because I've been having grave computer problems which have just now been resolved. Partially because summer is finally settling in and I've become lazy in the sunshine pouring onto my terrace where I and my faithful basset and his cherished companion kitty love to sit and soak in the rays – me, of course, with the perennial book in hand. And partially because this blog is taking a slightly new tack.

Rather than concentrate on single, newly released books and referencing other web sites, I've decided that since there is a whole other oeuvre of past literary offerings by established authors....especially now often set by the wayside in deference to the new up-and-coming younger talents...we need now more than ever to still keep in our reading repertoire. So, from here on in, at least for a hopefully long while, I, we intend to focus in on the "oldies but goodies". Those “older” authors whose past and current totality of their writing endeavors – many of whose books grace the shelves of my now burgeoning library – are still, if not more so, relevant today.

Let's move forward and together consider the works of such American greats as Eudora Welty, the founder of Southern literary "chick lit"; revisit the minds and novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest "Papa" Hemingway, Thomas Pynchon, Clive Cussler, Jean Auel, and Jane Smiley (previously discussed in an earlier posting), Harper Lee (whose sequel to To Killl a Mockingbird  is to be released this July. Don't fret, dear followers. I am on it!). These are by far some of the staunch foundations of our 21st Century fictional endeavors. Then there are my British favorites: Ken Follet, Edward Rutherford, Monica McInerney, J.K. Rowling, the late Mauve Benchy, and, of course, C. S. Lewis (with whom I will probably start), to name just a few. Who knows? Maybe I'll even dabble into Dickens.

All of these, as well as many others – your suggestions, as always, are most welcomed and greatly appreciated – who comprise a veritable treasure trove of enjoyable reading are destined and certain to keep me busy for a, um, goodly long while...and to hopefully keep you coming back here time and again for more musings.

This new direction, by the way, nicely corresponds to my upcoming, er – Yikes! – birthday – as I I venture into the younger side of my more mature years. Well, maybe not that younger, but certainly not that (yet) mature. But definitely old enough to enjoy my retirement years sharing here with you without frills, unnecessary pictures, or jumbled, disjointed pages my love of more established, "classical" literature along with all things books that affect and shape our lives.

My hope is that this will now be and continue to be, as a dear, dear friend once noted, a "sweet" website enjoyed by not only the younger, but more so the older, but still goody readers among us who revel in the readings of the never-to-be-forgotten oldies but goodies.

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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,