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I love where JK Rowling got her characters’ names. Snape is an English town (and it’s not far from the namesake of my hometown, Southwold). From Wikipedia on Dumbledore: she chose the name from an English word for bumblebee because she imagined him walking around humming to himself. And of course, Professor Umbridge, as in umbrage. Oh my hometown, lovely Southold, NY - potato country turned wine country! Founded in 1640, don't you know.
No, I'm not shilling for pharma; every April, however, I simply must thank the miracle eye drops known as Patanol, which make allergy season in NYC bearable!! Sheesh; I grow up in a small town and never sneeze. Get to NY and whammo. And miserable every April for 30 years -- until 5 years ago.
From Shelf Awareness: Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes debuted on USA Today's bestseller list this week at Number 69, with 75,000 copies in print as the author begins his 24-city book tour. USA Today took note of the fact that "some independent bookstores, enthusiastic about the novel, are donating a portion of their proceeds from tour events to Disabled American Veterans. These include Maria's Bookshop in Durango, Colo., where the idea originated; Third Place Books in Seattle; and the Clinton Book Shop in Clinton, N.J.