Greetings and welcome to the Full Harvest Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. The Full Moon on Sunday is indeed not only the Harvest Moon but also a Super Moon, a Blood Moon AND a Full Lunar Eclipse. You can read about that here. The moon is busy and you should be too. It’s time to get those crops in People. Get on that. Thanks to Work Wife Sally I (her real name) for that heads up. Isn’t that what Work Wives are for? There were no offerings this week and The SoNo Loft is still quiet.
It would appear that The Pope isn’t the only visitor to New York this week. There was a very charming piece in the Times this past week that can be read here about a seemingly unlikely city visitor. And no, I am not talking about Pizza Rat. I am still puzzled as to the fascination with that. How is this even A Thing? Let’s be real here People. New York has Pizza, and New York has rats. The two are bound to cross paths. Nope, according to the Paper of Note it would appear that this is the perfect time to spot of all things Hummingbirds! These tiny aviary masterpieces are hanging in some Hoods as they make their way toward warmer climes. Hummingbirds fascinate. They are the tiniest birds on the planet and yet! their brains are 4.2% of their body weight, the largest ratio in the Aviary Kingdom. Their metabolism is so insane that they spend the day eating anywhere from half their body weight to eight times their body weight. So be on the lookout for the Migrating Hummingbirds! It’s probably easier to spot one than getting to see The Pope and it’s a whole lot more pleasant than watching a rat drag around a slice.
This week we have some donuts, strife, and a hen party.
Of course The Playlist is with us in all its glorious colors!
Let us begin!
Of course Sweet Ann is reading 100 Hundred Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi. What else would Sweet Ann be reading? “This is the engaging story of Lucio Battistini and his final days, to be exact, the last one hundred days of his life. This is not a sad, drawn-out story of a man who knows his death is imminent but joyful in the telling of his life story and planning to spend his last one hundred as well as he can. As a reader you can picture Lucio with his friends, his father-in-law with whom he shares donuts with every morning, and his wife and their two children. Lucio is a man that lives and loves passionately. When he arrives in heaven he is told he can pick whatever age he would want to be for the rest of eternity. It is an interesting question and one you can also ponder. You might be a bit sad at the end of the book, but you will be smiling about the life Lucio shared with us. “
Laura is watching this week. “The Honorable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal is a heavy experience. Like the Israeli/Gaza conflict the story is complex, tense, surprising, and disheartening. Ness Stein, played by Gyllenhaal is an idealistic business woman that believes her family company’s communication venture will be the answer to end the bitter strife of the region. What she finds instead is the riveting tribal back-story that pervades the “surface” politics that the world is given to see. International intelligence agencies of Great Britain, the United States and Israel circumvent, through the shadows revealing the cat and mouse games between agencies and within their own agency ranks. All of it spills over into the maelstrom of the peace process in the Middle East. All the players have secrets and no one is safe. The series is compelling to watch, and ambitious, taking all sides of this painful conflict.
Virginia the Tall Cool Texan is reporting in with In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware. “Ten years ago, Nora left high school and never looked back. She created a new life for herself as a successful writer in London. As far as she sees it, her life is in a comfortable routine, and she doesn’t ever want to think about that period of time. But as we all know, you can never really escape the past, and Nora’s comes knocking in the form of an unexpected invitation to her childhood best friend’s hen party. On impulse, Nora accepts and heads to the country house in the woods. From the start, the party seems off to her, with the house feeling menacing and the other guests having hidden agendas, but she would never have guessed the weekend would end in murder. In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware is a fantastically fun thriller, which kept me guessing until the end. This book is what The Girl on The Train should have been.”
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from her new home in The State Which Shall Not Be Named with paintbrush firmly in hand. What’s good Pats? “In preparation for our big move, I’ve been busy painting walls all week. The kids chose their bedroom colors and let me just say that these were not easy colors to paint. Dark colors show wall imperfections despite meticulous spackling and sanding. After a week of non-stop painting, I am happy to put down my own brush and check out some of the vibrant public art scene that’s happening here. Murals in the Market is a project in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Public art has always been part of the experience of the market and this year 45 artists, both local and international, have been invited to create murals on specific buildings surrounding the market area. We will also be trekking out to Grand Rapids to vote on Art Prize . This art event lasts 19 days with displays of public art at various locations three miles around Grand Rapids. It’s a radical contest for artists. The winner is chosen by the public who cast their votes via an app. It is described as ‘unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and public alike’. Frankly, I’m just geeked to be able to share such unique public art experiences with my children. Art is everywhere but a whole, heaping lot of it is happening here right now. “
DL WHAT's THE COLOR OF ART 2015
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Here are the new books available from OverDrive.
1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History by Jay Winik
Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football by John U. Bacon
Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde
RFK Jr.: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream by Jerry Oppenheimer
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Greetings and welcome to the Last True Summer Weekend Edition of You Are What You Read. There are no housekeeping chores this week. No Taffy/Fudge/Cheese love and The Loft remains silent due to roof work. This coupled with a sunset that will occur tonight at 6:58 just is too tragic.
Autumn arrives on Wednesday at 4:22 a.m. so this is truly our last summer weekend for 2015. The Ancient Greeks believed that this was when the Goddess Persephone returned to the Underworld to be with her husband Hades. Those of you, who remember your Greek myths, remember that her story is an explanation of the seasons. Persephone was the beautiful daughter of Zeus, the Head Dude of all the Gods and Demeter, the Harvest Goddess. While playing in a meadow with her nymphs, she was seized by Hades, who had a wild crush on her and forced her to live as his wife in the Underworld. Demeter, like all mothers who have their kids messed with, got beyond peeved. And when she learned Zeus had a hand in this? Forget it. She refused to let the earth bear fruit until her daughter was returned to her. Zeus, like all husbands everywhere, realized when caught in a stellar screw-up that Happy Wife=Happy Life relented. But because Persephone had eaten 6 pomegranate seeds which was the fruit of Hades (Pomegranate! Who can blame her?) she was forced to spend six months of the year in the Underworld (our fall and winter). Her return in the spring is marked by flowering meadows and fertile fields. Here’s hoping that Persephone’s journey to the Underworld is a slow one and that her return is swift.
This week we have applications, tragedy, death, a villain, an Alaskan cruise and Moses. Robert Moses that is.
We are not so cold-hearted that we would forget The Playlist.
Let us begin.
The Always Fabulous Babs B has finished reading The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore.
“This is a hilarious, compelling novel about college applications, suburban scandals and a Big Secret. The Hawthorne family of Marin, CA seems to have it all and the eldest daughter is a senior applying early decision to Harvard, her father's alma mater. The plot takes some entertaining twists and turns when family secrets and lies are revealed. Readers who love books filled with dysfunctional characters should enjoy this book!”
Barbara M is passionate about a new one that is nominated for The Booker Prize. “I’ve just finished reading The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma and wow, what a powerful book. I generally don’t read first novels but this one is noteworthy. It has been a long time since a book made me cry and this one did which makes it is so very hard to write about. It is raw. It is poetic. It is akin to a Greek tragedy in which you want to stop what is inevitable. . The story is about a family living in Akure, Nigeria. When an accidental murder occurs it sets off a series of disastrous events and what unravels is predestined and tragic. The characters are real and the writing lyrical. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.”
Pat T can be found listening as usual. “I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audio book, Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. Dr Gawande writes about the disconnect between doctors and the aged population. Until recently, most medical schools did not even offer courses on gerontology, and many doctors are ill-equipped to deal with aging and dying Dr. Gawande takes a refreshing look at innovative people who are offering alternatives solutions, such as hospice/palliative care, geriatric clinics and nursing homes that embrace life. This book is so thought provoking and will appeal to families who are caregivers to their aging parents, those that work in the health profession and baby boomers who are fast approaching this stage in their life when they will have to have the hard conversation about their quality/quantity of life.”
Miss Lisa of the CL and artist in her own right is excited about a graphic novel this week.” I finally read Nimona, the graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson. I got the nudge (the tickle had been there a while) after seeing it on the YA National Book Award Shortlist. And it was totally awesome. Words of praise on the back say “Irreverent” and “vibrant” and all those words are true. The art toes the line between elegant and playful and reflects the strength of the story. Sir Ballister Blackheart is a villain, and Nimona is his eager sidekick. She is a shapeshifter of incredible power and mysterious origin, who is also a sassy teenager with a sensitive heart. Blackheart has a bone to pick with the Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics, who cast him into the role of villain after a tragic accident. So who’s the villain and who is the hero? I read it twice in a row!
The Always Delightful Pat S is here with one of my favorites of the year, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison. “Told by a second person narrator with the enthusiasm of the old This is Your Life MC, Harriet Chance begins as a tale about a quirky older widow exploring life on her own on an Alaskan cruise. Boarding the ship with her luggage and a letter from her soon to be ex-best friend Mildred, the life that Harriet believed she had lived is soon to be uncovered as a big lie. Visited intermittently by Bernard, her dead husband, Harriet begins to troll through memories of Harriet the child, the young career woman, the new bride and mother-to try to find how she has wound up here. Harriet is a very likable character-an ‘every woman’ who comes to see that the course of one’s life can change by virtue of a single choice. This is an incredibly touching story.”
Steph is here with a book she is, as usual wild about. So wild this is what she did when she was done doing all that wedding stuff. “Jen is right, I did do something momentous with my time away--I started reading The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro. Of course this book is outstanding: it won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1975. But what’s astonishing is that forty years after publication, it is every bit as potent and relevant as the day it was published (aside from some vocabulary choices that have not aged well). The writing is vivid and the research he and his wife did is undeniably masterful. Moses, who was the most powerful man in NYC government for decades, comes to life as a driven and complicated man. Reading it while commuting is like living in the middle of a book, as you pass over bridges built by Moses and drive down roads that he begged, borrowed, and stole in order to pave. Who knew municipal bonds could be exciting? It’s a doorstop, but every page is worth it. I’m in the last 150 pages and don’t want it to end.”
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from Meat Chicken with The Playlist and some exciting news. Mazel Pats! And what’s good? “Our eighteen months of communal condo living has come to an end. This week and next we’re on the move. Literally. We played the real estate game, rolled the dice and bought a house. The time has come to pack up our things again, bust into the off-site storage unit and move our things a mile and a half down Woodward Avenue. Soon, my son will walk to school and my daughter will bike to the high school. Me? I’ll be busy turning a house into a home and I couldn’t do that without my jams. May you have smooth moves of your own. “
DL BUST A MOVE 2015
Here are the new books available from OverDrive.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America by Dick Cheney
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure
On the Move by Oliver Sacks
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
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