Happy Easter, Passover, Vernal Equinox, Grilled Cheese Month! Whatever it is that you celebrate we wish you a happy one. This weekend will bring us the Full Pink Moon named for the blooming pink wild phlox. Yup. That’s not happening. Although, I will say on my runs in the evening, I have noticed that the Snow Drops and the Glory of the Snow are FINALLY blooming. So that’s encouraging. This full moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon which makes sense or the Egg Moon, again there is a sort of sense to that too, but then there is the Fish Moon. I have no idea why fish would be involved. Are they spawning? Were they wintering in the deep, deep depths and now they are back closer to the surface and therefore catchable? If anyone out there has the 411 on the springtime ways of those that swim among us, just let me know and I’ll reveal all next week. Our image this week is of Sweet Ann’s Egg Tree. Because, really? How could we not bring you The Egg Tree? This has become Tradition. Thanks Ann! This week we have France, Miami, the Cunard Line, a pilgrimage, a hobby and some California. The Playlist? That’s becoming Tradition too. Can’t mess with Tradition!
Let us begin!
Sweet Ann has just finished The Nightingale by Hannah Kristen, which is rapidly becoming a staff favorite. Let’s see if she likes it as much as others have. “This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Kristen and I believe this novel is her first in the historical novel genre. It is the story of WWII France and two sisters whose lives will be uprooted and changed by the war. Vianne is married with a young daughter. Isabelle, her younger sister, is a woman who takes risks and won't let people or situations keep her down. At first I was concerned when I started this novel that it would be similar to many WWII novels I have read before where a main character reflects back on his or her war experience, but this was a different slant on a story and it was quite good. The story follows the sister’s lives as they choose very different paths. Vianne will do anything to keep herself and their daughter safe until her husband returns after being imprisoned in a Nazi prison. She will also have to contend with having German Captain Beck live in her house. He is an interesting character and at times I found his actions to be caring, something usually not associated with a Nazi officer. Isabelle, on the other hand, will not stand by and let the Germans take over. Her decisions will put her life and the lives of those closest to her in danger. This is a well written fast paced novel.”
Always Fabulous Babs B is thrilled to have a new Joy Fielding to tuck into with Someone Is Watching. “I was so excited to see a new Joy Fielding book and was not disappointed. The story centers on Bailey Carpenter who is a special investigator for a Miami law firm. On one of her assignments spying on a deadbeat dad in the middle of the night, she is viciously attacked and nearly killed. Once she is released from the hospital she becomes a veritable prisoner in her own home, unable to venture past her front door without panicking. To fill her time, she uses binoculars to casually observe from her window the neighboring buildings and other people's lives. Anyone else see Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window going on here? Bailey fixates on the handsome guy across the street and then suddenly realizes he is watching her too. Suddenly she starts thinking the terrifying possibility that he may be the man who shattered her life. The police become involved and do a check on this man and he is totally clean. Bailey feels like she is losing her sanity as nobody believes anything she says. Suffice it to say, there is a real twist at the end which I never saw coming! Good to have you back, Joy!”
Barbara M has tackled Erik Larson’s latest book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. Larson describes the tragic event of May 1915 which needn’t have happened. As he has done with his other books Larson creates an atmosphere by telling the story from different viewpoints; the Cunard Company, the captain of the U-boat, the passengers and crew of the Lusitania, President Wilson, and the British government. His research is meticulous and it is the details which make the story come alive. For example, one of the passengers, Charles Lauriat Jr., a book dealer from Boston, boarded the Lusitania with two priceless items; a set of drawings by William Makepeace Thackeray and a copy of A Christmas Carol with annotations made by Charles Dickens. Although we know how the story ends Larson’s writing makes this a compelling and exciting read.”
Pat T, as always, can be found listening. Here is what she liked this week. “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce is the companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye. I just finished listening to the audio book and I think it enhances this charming story. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye takes us on a journey with Harold as he sets off to walk 500 miles across England to visit his friend, Queenie, who is at the end of her life. Now, we have the pleasure of hearing about Queenie's recollections of her friendship and love for Harold. Both books reveal delightful characters reflecting on their lives and move forward with dignity and courage as they reach out, in friendship, to one another one last time. As I began reading Queenie's story I couldn't help but think of one of our former co-workers, who hailed from Britain, because he originally recommended, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye, to ‘all us wonderful librarians’! I hope life is good for him and his children, across the pond!”
The Ever Delightful Pat S got her hands on It’s What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario which was a book she was highly anticipating. Here’s what she thought. “Recommended by a colleague, this memoir is a fascinating exploration of the life and times of an award-winning photojournalist. Addario grew up in Westport, Ct and discovered photography as a hobby in her early teens. After college, wanting to travel and see the world, she wound up in South America and it was there she began to photograph people and realized that photography was a way to tell a story. ‘It was the marriage of travel and foreign cultures and curiosity and photography. It was photojournalism.’ From that moment on, Addario worked ceaselessly to become the best. Paying her dues in South America, she returned to New York where picture by picture, she began to climb the professional ladder which ultimately brought her to the New York Times. It was on a trip to Afghanistan to photograph an essay on women's issues in 2000 that provided the tipping point for Addario. After September11, 2001, she was one of the few photographers who already had a working knowledge of the Taliban. Ultimately, it is Addario and her colleagues who put a human face to war, genocide, and countless other crimes against humanity in the international arena. After being robbed, kidnapped, beaten up, and molested in the course of her work, Addario's only response to the question Why? is 'It's what I do.’ Not yet forty, Addario has won a Pulitzer Prize and been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. I can't wait to see what she does with the second forty years.”
Miss Claire of the Children’s Library has just read Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. “Gabi, A Girl in Pieces was the winner of the Winner of the William C. Morris award, given to a debut YA author, and it’s not impossible to see why this novel has captured so many readers of teen literature. Told through Gabi’s diary, I was immediately drawn to the character’s honest portrayal of the struggles of being a Mexican-American teen living in California, especially when your father is an addict and your best friend just found out she’s pregnant. Gabi’s story is both humorous and poignant, and witnessing her transformation into a poet and writer is worth every page! “
DJ Jazzy Patty McC! From That State Up North! What's good Pats? "This Easter and Passover feels particularly auspicious. Before sunrise on April 4th we can witness a total eclipse of the Full Pink Moon that will last approximately 5 minutes. Times and locations for best viewing can be found here. We’re making preparations for our creative session of egg coloring. I am cooking up a tiny ham, loads of vegetables and a Raspberry-Ricotta Cake for our Sunday celebration here with the folks. Big thanks to Jen for the cake recipe share! May your holiday involve eggs, a shared meal with family and friends, some chocolate and don’t forget the music.
DL EGGSTATIC 2015