Happy Labor Day weekend! Even though this is the last weekend to rock the white pants I say forget that. We fought winter too hard to yield to autumn just yet and this has been the most beautiful summer I can remember. Please don’t misunderstand. I love fall as much as the next girl. What’s not to love about College football (Let’s go Bucks! Beat Navy!), cider and donuts, back-to-school shopping, crisp clear mornings and pretty foliage? I get the appeal. But I am not ready to go gentle into the good night of fall. I am going to string this out as long as I can. I will continue to revel in gorgeous tomatoes, basil and burratta on the dinner table (please save me a ball Fairfield Cheese Company!), the bare leg, an occasional ice cream treat, trips to the beach, a glass of rosé, and yes, the white pant. So no judging when you see me in white pants in the upcoming weeks. Please remember that we are closed on Monday but you will see us back at it on Tuesday morning at 9 when we open the doors again. This week we have yet another TV series, infidelity, dogs, detectives, and some burnt toast. Playlist? Times 2 Baby!
Let us begin!
Abby has another series to offer us. “A few years ago, I started watching a show on AMC called The Killing. Based on a popular Danish TV series, this US version is set in Seattle against a background of gray days and rain filled sky. The lead characters are detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. Linden has a troubled personal history and a dangerous tendency to immerse herself in her homicide cases to the exclusion of all else, including her young son. Holder is a former undercover cop with his own set of troubles. After 2 seasons, The Killing was cancelled but fan outrage brought it back for another try. Season 3 left us with such an intense and breathtaking ending, it was tough to turn off the television once it was over. Netflix brought The Killing back for a final season on August 1st .This series is not for the squeamish and if too much intensity before bedtime keeps you up, watch during daytime hours.”
Sweet Ann finished Life Drawing by Robin Black. “Augusta, who is known as Gus, and Owen have decided to marry and put her infidelity behind them. They feel their best chance to move forward is to isolate themselves from the outside world by retreating to a cottage in rural Pennsylvania where Owen can write and Gus can paint. While Owen has forgiven Gus he has asked her not to have any contact with her former lover or his daughter, who was one of Gus' art students. They are doing well until Alison, also an artist, rents a nearby cabin. This novel opens with the death of Owen and as a reader you will follow the lies and betrayals to figure out whom or what caused his death. Life Drawing is an enjoyable read.”
Pat T is in the middle of reading Travels with Casey: My Journey Through our Dog-Crazy Country by Benoit Denizet–Lewis. “In case you are wondering about the title of this book, it bears no relation to Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck. As the author says this is the real deal, he traveled 13,000 miles across the United States in an RV with his nine year old Labrador mix. Together they had a full range of dog related experiences from a stop in Westport to help a couple search for their lost dog, and New York City’s Tompkins's Park where one of the regulars said, ‘Hey, man. If you can survive a day in a dog park in New York City, you can survive anywhere!’ With that sentiment, they continue their travels to D.C. and western Virginia stopping at a winery with a sign that set the tone of the place: Slow Please-Dogs, Kids and Winemakers at Play! I will continue reading about this man-dog adventure because it is fun for anyone, like me, who is a dog-lover!”
Stephanie is picking up where she left off last week. “A banner week for mysteries! First, I read the remaining David Mark book, Sorrow Bound, to make good on my promise last week. It was as good as the first two, so I definitely recommend the Detective Sergeant McAvoy series to all the UK mystery fans out there, especially those who love Denise Mina and/or Luther. Louise Penny also has a new book this week: The Long Way Home. I didn’t love it quite as much as the last one, but it’s still very good, and even a bit of a tear-jerker. We should have known that Chief Inspector Gamache could retire and still have detective work to do. I do feel a bit sad for him that he can’t retire quietly, but I’m happy for us that she’s still writing the series. Either book would be a lovely page-turning companion for Labor Day weekend reading!
I took Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn to the beach last weekend. It is billed as a “family history with recipes” and indeed it is just that. The youngest of five, Flinn tells us the story of her family and more to the point her family’s time at the table and traditions. Be assured this is not a sickeningly saccharine memoir. There is just enough family drama and secrets to keep you interested. The only chapter that I skipped was the chapter where her oldest sister embraces the clown lifestyle. That’s all I am going to say about that. The recipes aren’t anything earth shattering or special but when Flinn puts them into the context of her family’s story they become as important to the narrative as the family pictures that begin each chapter. I also highly recommend The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Flinn.
Here’s DJ Jazzy Patty McC with her take on the long weekend. “The long, slower summer days are rapidly coming to an end and fall will be here soon. Mornings already carry a chill that wasn’t in the air last week. Next week, my children will start another school year and I will post pictures of them going on their way. My current project is to can every last summer fruit and vegetable. I’m putting summer in a jar to be kept on a shelf. I know there will be a day when we are waist deep in snow banks and it will be then that I’ll open a cabinet and reach inside for a jar of summertime. Proust had his madeleines and while I am no Marcel Proust but I will have my own jars of summer preserves, and my own Remembrance of Things Past. This week I invite you to create something for that time when you need a little reminder of summer.