This week we have some Gypsies, charlatans, a Valley Girl, a little lubrication, some dead friends, and some Mexico.  Mexico Maine that is.


Let us begin!


Barbara M
. had left Paris and is reading Gypsy Boy by Micky Walsh.  “It is an unromantic look into the life of a British Romany. It is raw, eye-opening, brutal and compelling.”

Citizen Asha
is working her way through a major tome. “I am reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It's taking me a bit to push through the novel, as the copy that I bought is over eight hundred pages, however, it is amazing. Magick is no longer relevant, or if it is, it is being used by charlatans for monetary gain. Someone has to step in and take control.”  And make no mistake. The Citizen could just be the girl for the job.


Pat S. weighs in with White Girl Problems by Babe Walker.  “Essentially, Babe is a Valley Girl on steroids-with all the attendant issues that involves. A product of the excesses of Beverly Hills and an indulgent motherless family, Babe sashays from Barney's to Brown University-barely breaking stride. Her intense self interest in all things 'Babe' is a riot. Perfect for beach reading, or teenage girls-who may or may not miss the fact that this is a parody.”


The Lovely Priscilla is reading and recommending Extra Virginity:  The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil  by Tom Mueller.  “You will never look at that bottle of olive oil in your cabinet the same ever again! This is the remarkable history of olive oil which has been used as a beauty product, as a medicine and in religious practices.  Delve into the globalization, fraud, deception and crime of this amazing oil."


Marianne reports that she is working her way through Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan.  “This quiet book follows the everyday activities of Emily Maxwell, an eighty year old widow who lives alone in the home where she and her husband raised their children and spent most of their married years. Her children are grown and have moved far away and many of her close friends have died.  Now this is Emily's time alone.  While this could be a depressing time of life Emily finds joy in her new found independence and the author shows us in very sensitive prose that life can be filled with joy at any age.  My book group is reading this book right now and I can't wait for our discussion.”


I am in love with Monica Wood’s memoir When We Were Kennedys:  A Memoir from Mexico Maine by Monica Wood.  It’s 1963 and Monica’s beloved father has just died from a heart attack on his way to work in the town’s paper mill  Can Monica's Mom and her three sisters survive this personal and economic tragedy?  The language here is gorgeous and the story is compelling.  It is due out in July.  

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