You Are What You Read

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Happy Spring!  We made it! Sweet Ann’s Words of Wisdom this week are again in the form of a question, “Sure you’re alive, but are you really living?”  The message from the SoNo Loft this week is “Learn to Fly”.  Both are nice reminders that the season has changed and we no longer have an excuse to not be enjoying any lovely day that comes our way.  I hope that you were able to partake in some of our Welcome Spring festivities yesterday.  I know that my mood measurably improved with the short trip outside to the ice cream truck where I heeded the siren’s song of a Toasted Almond Ice Cream Bar and a few minutes standing in the sun.   This weekend do something that makes your heart soar and reminds you that you are indeed living life to its fullest.  This week we have Quebec, Russia,  and some Wisconsin Death Trip.  And what would the weekend be without The Playlist?

Let us begin!

Abby is enjoying a perennial favorite, Louise Penny.  “I’ve just finished book 7, A Trick of The Light in the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny and keep finding nice surprises in each.  The first book, Still Life, was enjoyable but not what I had expected. I thought the series would be more intense and dark but instead found them to be on the lighter side and quite sentimental. To my pleasant surprise, as the books continue, Penny does a nice job of peeling back the layers of reoccurring characters, exposing depth and yes, a bit of darkness. One of the books has me wanting to learn more about the history of the separatist movement in Quebec. I am happy to go along for the ride as Penny continues expanding upon the residents of Three Pines, the wonderful Chief Inspector Gamache and his crew.”


Barbara M is heeding some advice. “On the recommendation of two of our patrons I’ve just started reading The Dancer by Colum McCann. It is a novel loosely based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev and so far it is so beautifully written that I want to read it at every available moment. It starts in a small Russian town at the end of World War II as the protagonist discovers his love and aptitude for dancing. We all know Nureyev’s story but I can’t wait to see how McCann tells it.”

Last week I told you all about how much I was loving The End of Always by Randi Davenport.  Well, I finished it and while reading the acknowledgements she mentioned a book I had forgotten about as being the inspiration for one of the darker moments in her novel.  Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy is one of those books that rapidly become an obsession.  This non-fiction work chronicles the years between 1890 and 1910 in Jackson County, Wisconsin.  Illustrated with period photographs and accompanied by text from newspapers and diaries, the scene that Lesy paints is far from pretty.  Are insanity, poverty and degenerate behavior your cup of tea?  Wisconsin Death Trip has it.  If you ever find yourself longing for a simpler time, reading WDT will cure you mighty quickly.  A classic example is this newspaper account of a Mrs. Carter who appears to be having a rough week.

"Mrs. Carter... was taken sick at the marsh last week and fell down, sustaining internal injuries which have dethroned her reason. She has been removed to her home here and a few nights since arose from her bed and ran through the woods... A night or two after she was found trying to strangle herself with a towel... It is hoped the trouble is only temporary and that she may soon recover her mind.”

How much do you love that?  “Dethroned her reason!”  Is that not just the most amazing phrasing?   And I know I am not alone in my fascination with this book.  It was the inspiration for one of our favorites, The Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick and also Stuart O’Nan’s Prayer for the Dying.


DJ Jazzy Patty Mc C. is here with this week’s playlist and and her musings on all things flighty and feathered from The State That Will Not Be Named.  Take it away Patty! “This week I boarded a plane and flew with a papier-mâché chicken in my carry-on bag.  No one questioned it. It wasn’t even given a sideways glance or thorough inspection. It passed through the x-ray machine and then bounced along under the seat in front of me. Now, soon enough my new abode will be abuzz with snowbirds returning from their southern nests to their northern ones. In this new type of communal dwelling for us, I imagine my children will be hatching some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor that will engage and delight our new neighbors. Until then I will look to the skies for sunshine and do a little bird watching of my own.”

Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Winter is not going gentle is it?  I have been thinking a lot about resilience this week.  Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. Tuesday was such a tease!  It just could not have been a lovelier hat-free, coat-negotiable day, and then to wake up to the lung exploding cold of Thursday?  Well, that was just plain cruel.  But just knowing that going forward Tuesday would soon be the new normal and Thursday a distant, unpleasant memory made it that much easier to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Also, this is a Full Moon Weekend.  This Full Moon has many different names:  The Full Worm Moon for the alleged thawing that is supposed to be happening but is not, the Full Crust Moon for the texture of the earth from the freezing and thawing, the Full Sap Moon which those of us who park on street under trees can attest to, and The Full Lenten Moon.  Whatever you call it the message is clear, we are nearing the end of this endless winter. So keep bouncing back People!  We are on the upswing!    Sweet Ann is asking us a question with her Words of Wisdom this week.  “Is that the best you’ve got?”  Let’s all show our better side, shall we?   This week we have a Boy-Toy and his boat, inside dirt, more Mars (still the planet not the God of War), emotional damage and some wooing. And of course, The Playlist!

Let us begin!

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

This week’s You Are What You Read is in honor of Louise Parker Berry.  As I am sure you are all aware, Louise is retiring after 35 years of being our fearless leader, tireless advocate, and all around cheerleader. You could not hope to work under a better woman.  She has always allowed us to speak in our own voices without censure and that’s a really remarkable thing.  Not many library directors would let me refer to Paul Newman as a hottie, or allow the weekly playlist to make an appearance.  It is because of her that Darien Library is such a wonderful place and true gift not only to you all, but to the people who get to work here.  So thanks Louise!  We will miss you fiercely.  This week we have pain, nostalgia, a confession, Paris, a disappearance, Manhattan and Berlin.  And of course, we can’t forget  The Playlist.

Let us begin!

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

The SoNo Loft, after being silent for the last two weeks, finally has a new message for us.  It was worth waiting for and something I am sure we all can heartily endorse:  SNO-MORE!  Hopefully we will get some quality melting this weekend and maybe even a crocus or snow drop sighting.  Those of you with witch hazel bushes in the yard can probably attest that they are either blooming or about to. They always feel like a sort of miracle to me this time of year with their golden blossoms and clean scent: a  nice reminder that we are nearing the end of this endless winter. So I wish you a sighting of outdoor living plant material that is not an evergreen. That would be nice. Over the last weekend we went on a little road trip in hopes of a change of scene being a bit of a mood boost.  This meant that there was driving on the Cross Bronx and it brings me to another sign of spring:  Potholes.  The Traveling Companion was riding shotgun and I swear it was a job akin to looking out for icebergs on a ship.  We made it through without incident but it was sobering to see all the poor folks on the side of the road with flats and dead axles.  Be cautious out there!   This week we have a disgusting mess, some take-out, Paris, and a playlist that will provide some background music while your trusty Co-Pilot scans the road ahead.

Let us begin!

Nice New Book Goodness!

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

I don’t know about you all but I am exhausted.  This new load of frozen from the sky has just about done me in.  Native Americans called tonight’s full moon The Full Hunger Moon.  Could it have been better named? I know I am not alone in being starved for some sun, the chance to show off a newly polished toe and a brisk stroll along a clean sidewalk.  The Traveling Companion who is home now assured me that the warmer climes would not have made me happy because, “it was a little humid.”  I was kindness personified and  let him live.  As if this week weren’t hard enough, we also have Valentine’s Day to deal with; a day fraught with ridiculous expectations, overpriced half dead plant material and bad restaurant meals.  Erin, Stephanie and I curate a collection all year long to counterbalance this.  It’s a little something we like to call 4-Ever Alone. This is a list of books and DVDs that we feel are full of cautionary material.  So please, enjoy and in the true spirit of the day do a kindness, give someone a hug, make a child happy and consume some worthy chocolate.  I am confident that Sweet Ann would totally endorse this message.  This week we have some romance, a major victory, tragedy, a cross roads, some serious sadness, a hijacking, and a brain tumor.   And we can’t forget The Playlist!


Let us begin!

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