Wow, what an interesting book! That looks like Aunt Beatrice.
Last night, we rented Breach, starring Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, and Laura Linney. Cooper is mighty adept at playing unusual characters. Anyway, this is a pretty good movie, with Cooper portraying Robert Hanssen, a suspected double-agent and the subject of a long-term, top secret investigation. Ryan Phillippe is the young operative who expertly gains enough of Hanssen's trust to gather the damning evidence.
Hanssen plead guilty to 15 counts of espionage and was sentenced to life in prison. He sold secrets to the Russians for a period of about fifteen years, and his activities have been referred to as being the biggest breach of American intelligence in history.
The movie does not take an in-depth look at Hanssen's espionage activities, opting to highlight his personal life and character. It's not a great movie, not intricate, but I enjoyed it. Chris Cooper's always good.
Welcome to the second half of the year. These are books I really need to read soon:
1. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, for our reading circle
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
3. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
4. The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates
5. Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
6. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
7. The Conjurer's Bird by Martin Davies
8. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
9. Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
I really don't know why I numbered them. I'll start Harry on my birthday, and probably read The Conjurer's Bird and Appointment in Samarra while away in September.
Incidentally, there's a fun challenge going on at A Life in Books that involves armchair traveling. I didn't sign up, but I will most definitely be lurking.