You Are What You Read!

Winter.  Welcome to it.  Or not as the case may be. The Weather Gods have been assaulting us with frozen precip from the sky and arctic temps.  None of us are fans.  For those of us who commute by train, Metro North is making its usual hash of things with trains that never appear or late trains that are short cars or heat and then to add insult to injury when you finally get here and hoof it in, the trip has become arduous and downright dangerous. (Yes! I am looking at you Nissan Dealership!  For shame! I get you’re not there but whoever owns that property is still responsible. You have angered us.  Be afraid.)   Please be kind when you see us in the street.  Believe me we are not there by choice.  We have 6 more weeks of this and the blame lies squarely on the tiny, hairy malevolent shoulders of the Phil the PA RodentPhil, we don’t like you.  We will never like you.  Now go back into your hole until you can give us some good news.  This week we have Colorado, Ireland, and the Hamptons. We have The Playlist.  Indeed we do!

Let us begin!

Sweet Ann is here with what she thought about Descent by Tim Johnston. “I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller about a young girl's kidnapping and the effect on her family.  The Courtland family has decided to take a last vacation in Colorado before their eldest child, eighteen year old Caitlin, departs for college on a track scholarship. Caitlin wants to go for an early morning run and her twelve year old brother accompanies her on his bicycle.  They head up to the mountains and everything is going along well until the parents receive a call from the local sheriff saying their son is injured and in the hospital.  When Grant, the children's father, asks about his daughter the sheriff replies that there was only the boy, no sign of Caitlin.   The novel follows the reactions and interactions of the mother, father and brother while Caitlin is missing.  This is a well written thought provoking novel that becomes quite the page turner.”

Babs B has just finished Nora Webster by Colm Toibin. “This compelling story is set in a small town in Ireland in the late sixties and early seventies.  Forty-year-old Nora Webster has lost her beloved husband and is left to raise 4 children on her own. Nora and her children's struggles are brilliantly portrayed.  As the story progresses, the reader learns that Nora is a strong, intelligent woman who must rebuild her life and face life's challenges on her own terms.”


I have discovered something wonderful that I have to share.  The lighting in my bedroom is less than wonderful for reading.  It is instead designed to make me look fabulous, so I have had to get my reading done prior to climbing into bed.  Which as dedicated readers know is less than ideal. Because really is there anything better on a dark, cold and stormy night than climbing into bed snuggling under the down and reading yourself to sleep.  Well, with my new Kindle I can climb into bed, shut off the light and power up the device and read away.  This is exactly how I read Girl in the Moonlight by Charles Dubow.  Many of you may remember what a staff favorite his first novel Indiscretion was.  I am happy to report that his second is just as much fun.  Wylie Rose and the Bonet siblings become close friends as neighbors growing up in East Hampton.  Aurelio Bonet is responsible for awakening the artist in Wylie but it is his sister Cesca who becomes Wylie's all-consuming obsession.  This is a wonderful, WASP-ey take on Brideshead Revisited and would make a great not too guilty pleasure addition to the beach bag. Should we ever be able to go to the beach ever again.  This one comes out in April.


Birthday Girl DJ Jazzy Patty McC is in da house from That State Up North with some final thoughts and of course The Playlist.  What’s good Pats? “Now I’m not saying correlation is causation, I’d NEVER do that. I’m a card-carrying hard science, fact-lovin’ kinda gal but there’s a new conspiracy theory floating around that intrigues me. It involves our current weather situation and that beloved groundhog. Allow me to present some facts and then I’ll share what I’ve heard.
Six years ago this happened to Mayor Bloomberg.   
Last year this happened to Chuck the groundhog in Staten Island. 
And now this happened to the mayor of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin this week. 
My conspiracy theorist and weather paranoid friend recently told me that there’s an email floating around written by a band of rogue rodents who got their paws on a new iPhone 6+ (apparently they needed the larger screen for the keypad). Supposedly this email contains some surprising news of their vast powers over our weather. The email stated that they’re tired of being paraded out every year and that the last straw was when one of their brethren was dropped resulting in his untimely demise last year in Staten Island. They said they’ve had it. Apparently the email is peppered with some rather salty language. That part surprised me. Now, if this is true then I think we may have angered the rodents to the point of no return and the only thing we can do now is hunker down, ride out the storm and pray that they have a short memory. “


DL THE RODENT RESISTANCE & UPRISING OF 2015

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Meet Us On Main Street

When the book group coordinators, Marianne and Pat, present at Meet Us On Main Street, it is an education!  Divided into sections, the group today was treated to a number of new titles in fiction, two venerable classics, and an insight into the history and philosophy of a "born in the USA" religion.  Curious??

As well there was a lively discussion about Harper Lee, author of  To Kill A Mockingbird, and the great anticipation of her second novel, Go Set A Watchman, to be published in the summer.  You can bet we will be getting copies so keep an eye to the website and this blog to when they come in.  We will let you know.

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You Are What You Read!

The message from The SoNo Loft is “You Are Not Broken”.  And we aren’t thank goodness. The storm has come and is thankfully gone.  It is the end of January; these things are to be expected.  I like to spend the time before a weather event examining what makes it into the shopping carts of others.   It has always fascinated me what people think they “need” for a big storm.  Does anyone really need an industrial sized drum full of Cheetos?  The only use I could think of was that the orange glow of your hands would enable you to be found in the dark should power be lost.  Or perhaps that same orange powder can melt snow?  People!  As my mother used to say, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs and a bit of cheese and you’ll be just fine.  She left out the Liquor Store but I have to believe that was implied.  Monday, the PA Rodent will emerge from its bunker and hopefully this year he will have some good news for us. Make a wish and here’s hoping that the Full Snow Moon which is going to occur on Tuesday is totally misnamed. This week we are all over the map and we have Boston, more Boston, Hong Kong, Newfoundland, Florida and New York.  And of course The Playlist!


Let us begin!


Pat T. has finished Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.  Here’s what she thought.  “The cover of this book depicts a young girl engrossed in her book as she sits on a post surrounded by water and this picture captures exactly what I felt as I was reading this book. Addie Baum, as 85 year old woman, looks back on her life when her granddaughter asks her the question, ‘How did you get to be the woman you are today?’  Her story is full of warmth, sadness, love, misunderstanding, friendship, loyalty and humor. I didn't want to let go of the pleasure of reading this lovely novel!”


Mall has also just finished Boston Girl  and she too is a fan.  “Thank you, Juno, for encouraging me to devour Anita Diamant's latest novel, The Boston Girl. Addie Baum narrates the story of her life, growing up in the North End of Boston to immigrant parents during the turn of the century. As a young girl, Addie's active curiosity brings her to The Saturday School, a literary and arts club for young women from all backgrounds. Don't let that make you think it's all poetry and embroidery; Addie and a group of young girls all surround and eventually scare off an abusive man with nothing but croquet mallets and baseball bats. The story is about Addie, sure, but it's also about the power of female friendships that help in shaping a whole, complete person. Teachers, friends, sisters, colleagues, and granddaughters, they all play a role in this book. Keep your phone handy because you'll be calling every important woman in your life after finishing this one!”


Abby is starting a new series this week. “While I did not read book group favorites The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker, I was excited to see his upcoming book Whispering Shadows (April 2015) is the first of a mystery trilogy., German-American Paul Leibovitz was always fascinated by China and as an adult expat in in Hong Kong, he was living the life he dreamed of when he suffers an unimaginable loss. Moving to a small island in Hong Kong accessible by ferry, Paul is immersed in grief and barely able to manage contact with others. When approached by an American couple whose well-connected businessman son has gone missing, Paul turns to his police detective friend Zhang.  Zhang is a devoted friend who understands Paul’s grief and does his best to draw out his old friend. Zhang himself is badly scarred from events that took place in his youth during the Cultural Revolution.  I’m looking forward to how Sendker moves Paul and Zhang’s investigations into a trilogy. “


Barbara M is also on an island this week.  In a different part of the world but an island just the same. “An island off the coast of Newfoundland is the setting of the novel Sweetland by Michael Crummey. The Canadian government has decided that it was no longer viable for them to provide services to the island and so they offer the inhabitants large sums of money to move to the mainland, but only if they all agree to leave. There is only one hold-out, Moses Sweetland,   whose family has lived on the island for twelve generations and for whom the island was named. The descriptions of island life are vivid and the dialogues which are written in dialect all add to the atmosphere. The pace of the book is leisurely and the author alternates between the present and the past revealing the islanders’ histories. I am thoroughly enjoying this book and am totally captivated by the story of this remote place. “


Steph is reading about weddings.  This is not surprising.  But this week she is reading about a fictional wedding.  “Over the weekend, I read I Take You by Eliza Kennedy, a very funny and oddly sweet debut novel. The novel begins a week before the marriage of Lily Wilder with a drop-dead introduction:
“I’m getting married.
He’s perfect!
It’s a disaster.”
For though her fiancé Will is indeed fairly perfect, and though pretty much everything about her life is perfect, there’s one big problem: Lily can’t stop cheating on him. She’s not even sure she wants to get married at this point. She, Will, and her closest friends all head down to Florida to meet with the neurotic wedding planner and her odd family to prepare for the big day.  A great book for fans of Jincy Willett or Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, or anybody who likes their books funny and with a sharp bite.


It’s no secret that there is a core group of us who are Bravo fans.  Big, big Bravo fans.  We discuss and dissect the Housewives, chat up Top Chef, and basically worship at the Altar of Andy.  Andy is now keeping me company on the days I drive to work with The Andy Cohen Diaries:  A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.  Andy draws inspiration from the other Andy, as emulates the Andy Warhol Diaries looking back on a year in his life and all who come into his orbit.  The title is truthful: it’s shallow but it’s also much fun. Andy is unabashedly in love with New York, pop culture, celebrity and he’s not afraid to dish.  Definitely not something you would want to listen to with kids in the car though so be warned about that. 


DJ Jazzy Patty McC!  From The State Which Shall Not Be Named.  I have heard that it’s her birthday next week (the 4th for those who like precision) HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATTY!  And thanks for our weekly playlist!  Everything goes down easier with a playlist!  What’s good this week Birthday Girl? “I was almost jealous of the mountains of snow you folks were promised during Snowmaggedon. I thought about the luge my children made in our front yard last year and remembered the joy that it brought them. It’s been seriously cold here but the Snow Gods have been kind to us this season. We’ve not been out sledding yet and are still searching for the perfect hill. So I thought this week you might need a playlist for future snow days. Whether you are shoveling, snow blowing or just staying warm inside consuming carbohydrates and hot chocolate it goes without saying that we need tunes. I recommend this one on shuffle. Stay well and stay warm.”

DL MUSIC 4 SHOVELING OR STAYING INSIDE 2015

Meet Us On Main Street

Cathy and Caroline took time off from their administrative duties to present titles of their fancy to the Meet Us On Main Street Group.  Lots of recipes books:  one from "prison;" another devoted to Italian culinary tips; and lastly, flirty cocktails designed to keep you slim.  As well, a couple of memoirs, two audiobooks from favorite stories that our patrons never seem to tire of, a novel that will tug at you patriotic heartstrings and two Home books -- a contemporary home decorating idea book, and a wedding planning book.  To couple with the wedding theme -- a child's board book version of Romeo and Juliet -- so cute and quick to read.   The last three books are recommendations from the Meet Us On Main Street group themselves:  a contemporary novel regarding identity theft on the internet that received accolades and placement on Britain's Man Booker Prize Short-List last year; a favorite of our librarians and patrons alike that is set in Paris; and a thrilling new novel that is very much like Gone Girl, but different.  Scroll down and have a look-see.  

 

 

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