Sure it has the least days of any month. So why does it feel like forever? What is up with the “holidays” that grace this month? One is devoted to a Clairvoyant Rodent. Another one is dedicated to our former presidents which we celebrate by buying new sheets and towels. And do not get me started on the ways I hate Valentine’s Day.
Happily, there are some really good reads coming to us.
Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French looks like it’s going to be scads of fun. Marylou Ahearn is a 77 year old woman who is hell bent on revenge. Dr. Wilson Spriggs gave a pregnant Marylou a radioactive cocktail as part of some secret government testing in 1953. The loss of her young daughter to cancer has made her decide to change her name to Nancy Archer (the name of the heroine of the B-movie Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), scoop up her corgi Buster and head down to Tallahassee to extract her pound of flesh. Darkly funny and yet very touching this is one to look forward to.
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran is a fictionalized account of a very real woman Marie Tussaud who took her gift of wax sculpting to the court of Louis the XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette. While the times are decidedly changing outside the palace walls, inside the lavish lifestyle that will eventually be their downfall goes on. Will Marie be able to bridge the two very different worlds? This is a fascinating look at a woman whose craft and fame far outlasted her time here on earth.
Hemingway said in the final pages of A Moveable Feast of his first wife Hadley “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” In The Paris Wife by Paula McLain their love story is brought to life. Set against the backdrops of Post World War I America to the glittering world of Jazz Age Paris, McLain makes the world of Hadley and her compatriots come alive. This is a wonderful read that will make you want to go back and re-read the greats of 1920’s literature, not to mention learning more about Hadley herself.
A Red Herring without Mustard by Alan Bradley brings back everyone’s favorite 11 year old detective Flavia de Luce. In this third of the series, she still has a passion for concocting poisons (and really, who can blame her with those two sisters of hers!), her beloved bicycle Gladys, and the need to solve yet another grisly murder. Will Flavia be able to uncover the murderer of the old Gypsy woman? This is a great series for adults and teens alike.
So settle in. It's only 28 days after all! At least with March we have the promise of spring being just around the corner.