Welcome to the Christmas edition of YAWYR. Well we are in the thick of it, it would seem!
I am nowhere close to being done. Just. Am. Not. What is odd about this is that usually by now I am serenely kicked back watching my fellow humans scurry. Well, this year I am right there with you all. The TC asked quite gently last night if I would like to go into New York on Saturday for some festive walkabout. I looked at him with what I am sure were equal measures of disbelief, panic, and horror. Speaking of the TC he is on his way to The Homeland on Sunday to celebrate with the Fam. Please wish him a safe journey. Thank you. By now, I hope that all who have the ability have been playing with Hoopla, our fabulous new digital service. If not, please do. It really is wonderful. When you are in a dark closet, hiding from your loved ones with only your cell phone for company while the world outside the closet circles the drain, you could be watching a movie! See? We care! Next week we will be closed on Tuesday and, of course Wednesday, with regular hours resuming on Thursday so this is the last YAWYR for 2013 so we wish you all the most wonderful in 2014. This week we have a hyperbole, some terrorism, brownies, and the British government. Oh! And a playlist from DJ Jazzy Patty McC!
Let us begin!
Mrs. Elisabeth of the CL is having some serious fun! “I am delighting in Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened. Allie Brosh is the creator of the blog from which the book gets its title. Hyperbole And a Half is one of the funniest blogs on the internet. The combination of Brosh’s very adult musings and very childish drawings is enthralling, and I have laughed so hard I cried while reading her work more than once. The stories in the book range from classic material from the blog (God of Cake and Simple Dog) and new material that was created just for publication. Mixed in with the laughs is a frank depiction of Brosh’s battle with depression. I can’t recommend this book enough. It makes a great Christmas present, and I like it a lot. The ALOT, btw, is one of Brosh’s greatest creations. “
Barbara M. is tucking into one of my favorites of the year.” I’m more than half way through The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and although I wasn’t thoroughly convinced in the beginning that it was going to be good, at this point I cannot put it down. It is the story of a hapless young man, Theo, whose mother dies in an attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is taken in by a friend’s family and for a while lives with them on the Upper East Side before being sent to Las Vegas to live with his father, a man who abandoned him and his mother several years earlier. Though Theo seems to have lost everything, he has one reminder of his mother and that terrible day at the museum – a small painting of a goldfinch. While the story is engrossing, what makes this book a good read is the beautiful writing and the wonderfully interesting characters. My only criticism is that it is sometimes too wordy.”
Pat T. is taking a break with Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman. “This is the perfect book for this time of year; you can read it in one sitting, and it is a book that keeps on giving! You will want to read it many times, since Hoffman's prose is powerful offering the reader words of wisdom, a sprinkling of humor, as well as a brownie recipe and knitting instructions. Alice Hoffman's survival lessons are about her cancer diagnosis and treatment, but it applies to any trauma or life altering experience: ‘our lives are made up of equal parts sorrow and joy, and it is impossible to have one without the other. This is what makes us human. This is why our world is so precious’. Take 30 minutes from the rush of holiday activities, sip a cup of tea and enjoy this gem of a book. It might be your life raft!”
Abby is someone who is indeed enjoying Hoopla. “For my second Hoopla selection, I am listening to The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. I’m currently 1/3 of the way in and really enjoying this supernatural semi-thriller. Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany. Yes, it’s Welsh) Thomas is a woman with powers so extraordinary that as a young girl she is acquired by a super-secret branch of the British government known as The Chequy. Raised alongside other supernaturally gifted children, she grows up reluctant to utilize her skills and is disinclined towards field work. Luckily her passive nature sees her placed in an position within The Chequy where she proves herself a remarkably able administrator. When told by a fortune teller that she will soon have her memory erased, Myfanwy creates a trail for her amnesiac self to follow to figure out who in the organization has targeted her. O'Malley has created a wonderful character in Myfanwy in a story filled with vibrant and clever dialogue. This one has me smiling a lot.”
DJ Jazzy Patty Mc. brings us the following thoughts. “With Christmas bearing down on so many of us, this week's playlist is a nod (and maybe a wink) to consumerism. If Christmas just gets you down, feel free to try Festivus. For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, it involves the airing of grievances, an aluminum pole, feats of strength and an anti-consumerist stance. It's a Festivus for the rest of us!“