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You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

This week we have nothing but joyful proclamations. Ann has left Appalachia in the dust and reports that she is now the proud owner of a home with running water and electricity.  I think we can safely declare the arrival of spring.

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

Your Ann update of the week does seem hopeful.  She seems to think The Sandy Nightmare may just about be close to completion.  She reports that the Appalachian aspect of their home (i.e.

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

Just in case you were disappointed because February was only 28 days, here is another February day.  In April.  Also we have an Ann update of sorts.  She wants all to know the egg tree has been dismantled but is confident it will reappear next year.  She also feels that the end of her Sandy Nightmare might just be on the horizon.  However I feel we need

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!

I know that last week I promised more exciting Caroline news. I lied.  You all are going to have to wait another week.  But trust me. It will be worth the wait.  Also there is no egg tree this week.  We are too cold. In related news, please won’t you join me in visualizing a soup pot in PA with a certain someone inside it? I think you know who.  This week we have Chicks with Bricks (oh yes. They are BACK! And we may never let them leave!), a prostitute, an invalid, a flat out imposter! some perfection, the Bronx, and a few punches being thrown.

Let us begin!

Abby is reading this one on her own.  I swear.  I had nothing to do with this. “They say ‘write what you know’ so it makes perfect sense that Anne Perry is now a world famous writer of murder mysteries. This can only mean that like so many of my co-workers, I too am reading Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham. The book will be released May 1. I'm only about 20% in but am having a tricky time coming up with a one word description. The best I can do: whacked (but in a good way). Thus far, this true story of Perry as a teen living in New Zealand and participating in a brutal murder is creepy, surreal, and disturbing.  High praise indeed. One thing I know is I don't ever want to see the words ‘brick’ and ‘sock’ together in the same sentence. I can't wait to steal a few minutes here and there to keep reading while I'm supposed to be doing other things. By the end, I suspect I will be obsessed with Anne Perry and read everything I can find about the case.”

Miss Kiera of the CL is enjoying some YA lit! “This week I totally love Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I should have known I’d fall in love with this book since I adored her first novel, Between Shades of Grey (not to be confused with another title of dubious origin that employs both the words “shades” and “grey.”) Out of the Easy is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. Josie is a young girl who is caught between two worlds. Her mother is a prostitute who is selfish, destructive, and abusive. Josie longs to get out of New Orleans, attend college, and remake herself into an educated, respectable person. She doesn’t want to fall into the traps of the environment she has grown up in and yet she finds herself being pulled into the seedy underbelly of the Big Easy. Like David Copperfield, Josie must discover if she is to be the heroine of her own life or whether that station will be held by anyone else. Sepetys populates Josie’s world with fully-formed supporting characters and weaves such rich details into the setting that you can almost taste and smell fresh beignets and chicory-spiced coffee. “


Miss Elisabeth of the CL is sneaking in an adult book! “I just finished The House Girl, a debut novel by Tara Conklin. I enjoyed it, although I could put it down, so it wasn't as enthralling as I thought it would be. It tells the story of two very different women living very different lives. In the present day, ambitious lawyer Lina Sparrow is assigned to work on a slavery reparations case at her prestigious law firm. Her job is to find the descendent of a slave with a compelling story to capture the hearts and minds of the potential jury. Meanwhile, in 1852, Josephine is a talented artist and house slave to Lulu Bell, an invalid and aspiring artist. Their stories intertwine in interesting ways, but I found the parts that took place in 1852 much more interesting than the parts which took place in the present.”

Barbara M.  I cannot continue on believing that this is ok.  “I have finally finished Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and it was worth investing my time in each of its 922 pages. I have, however, not moved from the continent of Asia for I have started How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid. It is a parody of a self-help book and because it is written in the 2nd person it puts you, the reader, in the center of the story. Hamid’s writing is clever and wry and the story line holds your interest.”  There is not a baguette, Eiffel Tower or Nazi in sight.  I say, “Bring Back Barbara!  We don’t want this imposter!”


At least Jeannie is back to normal and doing two things at once! “I am reading the The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France by John Baxter. I thought it might be cathartic after reading The Dinner. And it is! I can still look forward to an evening of dining with family and friends. Of course it's the food that matters! Mr. Baxter makes his way from the perfect Apéritif to the perfect Entrée to the perfect Digestif and the many courses in between to create the perfect feast to be enjoyed with family and friends. Baxter, an expat, seeks out the best ingredients and pairs them with engaging commentary on this most wonderful of foodie regions as he travels through Paris and its suburbs. I love the little pen and ink drawings that complement many pages.  My Beloved World is a memoir by Sonia Sotomayor. I am reading it more out of interest in the background of the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice than for its page-turning quality. She tells her story in plain language of growing up in the Bronxdale projects in poverty, with an alcoholic father and an angry mother, who both worked to provide her with tuition for what they considered the best education at Catholic schools. Sotomayor grows into a smart, discerning woman and graduates from Princeton and Yale to become a corporate lawyer and a Supreme Court judge. Although she had a difficult life she talks fondly about family, especially her Abuelita with whom she spent a lot of time. She describes many life experiences that may have been influential in her success, like how at an early age she regularly accompanied her grandmother to buy whole chickens and watched them being butchered so they'd get the right one or how she became good at poker. This is an interesting read.”


Stephanie tells us her take on a book that has been divisive to say the least. “Opinion is divided in the library about The Dinner by Herman Koch, so I had to read it. I liked it! So far it seems like the people who haven’t liked it or who have been unable to finish it found the characters too unlikable, which is fair, but I loved how horrible those characters were. They were horrible and unredeemable almost to the point of parody, like in an A. M. Homes novel. I love that. The book is very well-paced and escalates at just the right speed. It’s also an absurdly fast read for being almost 300 pages. A perfect book for the plane, unless you’re stuck behind a seat-reclining jerk, because it will probably nudge you to finally give that jerk what’s coming to him. (There are some great passages about what it feels like to imagine you’re punching somebody in the face.) Or a great summer read if you’re the type who sits under an umbrella instead of out in the sun.”


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!

While this week started dark and stormy it would appear that we may finally be sliding into Spring.  And, not a moment too soon in my humble opinion.  In Spring Related News Sweet Ann is still under Workman Siege.  She is still without electricity and running water in parts of her home.  But this does not stop her from spreading her sunshine.  Yes, that is Ann’s Egg Tree gracing YAWYR this week.  Nothing can keep this woman down.  She is unsinkable!  Also, I promise that this will be the last tidbit involving Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century but Pauline not only decorated with dolls (remember almost as creepy as clowns) but she painted a mural in her home depicting her falling from grace while Anne Perry ascends into the heavens riding a white horse.  You know you want to read this one.  This week we have a new addiction, danger and grave robbing,  Zombie romance, some poignancy, a whole lotta wrong, craziness,  Russia,   TEAM ZELDA!,  a blessed event, and letters to Snorkles!

Let us begin!

John is sticking to his principles!  “I really want to see the movie Life of Pi, but I refuse to until I read the book, so that is what I'm up to.  I just started it but I'm already hooked.”

Miss Krishna has me a little worried.  Ok, actually a lot worried. Read on and discover why.  “I am currently obsessed with The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I read City of Bones in anticipation of the movie adaptation coming out this August. I find that I am drawn to books where there is always danger surrounding the romance of our two main characters, who in this case turn out to be siblings,  a little Flowers in the Attic ew but still highly entertaining.  Lincoln’s Grave Robbers is the other book that I’ve been toting around everywhere. It is just as fast paced as James L. Swanson’s Chasing Lincoln’s Killer and just as fascinating. Steve Sheinkin’s writing instantly draws you in and it’s so mind blowing to read about counterfeiters in the 1800s and the Secret Service’s beginnings. There is such an influx of writing surrounding President Lincoln but I find the kids narrative nonfiction to be the most fascinating as well as the easiest to throw in your tote.”  I may be mistaken but romance between siblings could possibly be the most wrong thing there is.  Discuss.

Miss Elisabeth and Zombies. Who knew? “I just finished Warm Bodies, which was excellent in every way. The book, which was released as an (equally excellent) movie this February, is funny, wry, and a total departure for zombie literature. Telling the story of the zombie uprising through the voice of a zombie R, who just wants to connect, the book looks at what makes us human, what makes us alive, and whether or not it is possible to come back from being undead. There's a great romance (yes, romance in a zombie book!) and the writing is top-notch. This book was tons of fun. “

Pat T. has chosen a book for its cover.  “The cover of  The Obituary Writer enticed me to read the latest novel by Ann Hood. The novel is about two women from different generations who are struggling with their roles in society. We meet Vivien in 1919, working as an obituary writer helping people deal with their grief, as she attempts to come to terms with the disappearance of her lover in the San Francisco earthquake of 1908. Claire is a wife and mother in 1961, who tries to fit into this role while struggling desperately with her unhappy marriage. These two women are connected by the pain of loss, grief and regret and eventually one helps the other  reclaim her future. This story was realistic and poignant, dealing with the roles of women in our society.”

Barbara M. Shantaram. Discuss.  If you are not filled with concern at this point I can’t help you. 

Ann.  Still. “I am still reading The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates.  It is a fascinating book filled with craziness that has kept me quite intrigued.  I am almost finished and can't wait to see how this book will conclude under the wonderful writing of Ms. Oates.”

Lois is revisiting an old friend in a new format for her. “I’m listening to the audiobook of City of Thieves.  I have read the book and loved it, and now I am listening to prepare for One Book, One Community.  This is a great book, great story, and great choice!”

Stephanie, as usual is being too nice.  I literally shoved this book into her hands and demanded that she read it.  This is one I am passionate about and I say to all you writers picking on the bones of Zelda’s life CUT IT OUT!  We are TEAM ZELDA and we will not put up with your sacrilege and lies anymore!  There is no better bio on her out there and to fictionalize her life is a travesty.  Ok.  I’ll let Steph talk now.  “This week I was thoughtfully handed Zelda, by Nancy Milford, and so far I am LOVING it. Poor Zelda. What a life! I haven’t gotten to the sad stuff yet but I know it’s coming. I will revel in her crazy adolescence and stringing-along of ole F. Scott for just a bit longer.”

And now a message from Caroline about an upcoming event that we are all VERY excited about.  “If anyone has seen me around the library recently, it’ll come as no surprise to learn that I’m reading…pregnancy books.  So here are a few recommendations, please let me know if you have others!  Of course I immediately tracked down the classic What to Expect When You’re Expecting – go-to pregnancy advice since first published in 1984.  And yes, there’s an app for that .  If you have a little advance notice,  What to Expect Before You’re Expecting was also very helpful, especially in regard to nutrition and other things you can do to get prepared.  Of course being the Bravo watcher that I am, I had to check out Rosie Pope’s Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy. Great, straightforward and entertaining advice, just like her show!  I don’t think I’ll be ‘pregnant in heels’ anytime soon though."  This is not the only reveal however. Tune in next week for some more exciting news from Caroline.

Those who know me know I always have what is known in Jen Speak as a “Blow Dry Book”.  This is because while the daily blow out is something that has to happen, it is not something I particularly enjoy.  In fact I find it to be a colossal bore.  BUT I am just that sort of vain that this daily activity is a non-negotiable. The Blow Dry Book needs specific criteria to qualify.  The text needs to be able to be read in short snippets but compelling enough to not dread the book and the blow out.  Often the blow dry book is a collection of letters.  And so it is this time.  P.G. Wodehouse:  A Life in Letters edited by Sophie Ratcliff is a fascinating glimpse into the private and professional life of this marvelous British author who was famous for his Wooster and Jeeves series.   The letters I am enjoying the most are the ones between him and his step-daughter whom  he loved like his own.  His pet name for her?  Snorkles!  How cute is that?  One thing I find fascinating was that he did a lot of his writing in the 1920s on Long Island. He says in one letter that he did not find Scott Fitzgerald to be all that drunk.  I just adore a gossipy letter.

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