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You Are What You Read!

Greetings and welcome to the Full Sturgeon Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. Apparently, this is an excellent time to score some Sturgeon.  Who knew? This week’s housekeeping involves a mystery.  I am not sure who dropped off the North Carolina Taffy on Monday night because you left no name with Sue S.  But I thank you for it, and if it was your husband who I horrified with my Beach Self on Ocean Isle please pass along my most heartfelt apology. Honestly, I will never learn.  It is NEVER safe to go out thinking no one will ever see you in your natural state.   Oh, they’ll find you, trust me on this. They will find you with your naked face, dirty salt crusted hair, a baseball hat, and a bathing suit cover-up.  They’ll find you and they will physically recoil.  Trust.  The SoNo Loft has no message for us this week. I think that they are waiting for the work on the roof to be done already and the railing to go back up.  Here’s hoping that happens soon.

This week I sent an alert on Facebook to my brother and sister-in-law in New Jersey about those bears that were cavorting in a pool.  My brother and his family dwell in the Jersey and seem to have a never-ending parade of wildlife traipsing through their yard.  It feels as though Peter is constantly driving around the state with creatures ripe for relocation in the Have-A-Heart Trap in the back of his car.   For those that missed the Beach Blanket Bears here is the link.  My cousin Suzanne S who lives in Ohio chimed in with the thought that the Mama Bear may have been just Baby Bear Sitting some of those cubs with the way she was tossing them around.  I had to break it to Suzanne that seeing as this is the last week in August, and if you are a mother this is what your heart desires.  You want to throw your progeny out of stuff.  It may be a pool, it may be your house, but those kids are on your last nerve and it’s time for them to go already.  In fact, you want to toss them the gusto that an Australian saves for a Dwarf in a bar.  So Happy Back to School, Work, whatever it is that means the end of summer to you. The signs are all there People!  The mums and grasses are out next door and across the street and when I left Pilates on Monday night at 8, I was walking home in what can only be described as dusk.  It made me want to sit on the sidewalk and weep.  It’s simply a matter of time before we are all stuck behind that fume spouting, stopping every 3 feet school bus, with that annoying kid who is waving at you and making faces while we curse our 9-5 existence. So enjoy these last dregs of summer.

The Playlist? Yes! Yes!  Of course we’ve got that for you times two!

This week we have some defiance, Africa, a priest, and some aliens.

Let us begin!

We kick this week off with Virginia the Tall Cool Texan.  Here’s what she’s been up to.  “Irresistibly charming, poignantly funny, and heartbreakingly sad is how I would describe Anna McPartlin’s beautiful book, The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. I started crying two pages into this book, and by page three I was laughing through my tears. Rabbit Hayes is dying, and the novel starts with her being checked into hospice.  The young mother has only a few days to say her goodbyes, and tell her family and friends how much she loves them. Most of all she must make sure her young daughter feels safe and loved. I know, it sounds horribly bleak, but it isn’t. Her family and friends rally around Rabbit in the most beautiful ways; with defiant laughs, loyalty and inspiring strength. The story is told with a multi-perspective viewpoint so the reader can understand how Rabbit’s illness impacts each major character with flashbacks that contain a whirlwind of memories. The book is bittersweet, nostalgic and brave.  It is about a close-knit, boisterous, wonderful family wanting to make the most of every single moment they have left with their loved one, and not just with tears but with laughter.  And trust me, you will laugh.  You will cry, but you will also laugh. If you loved Me Before You and The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, then this book is for you.”

Abby is enjoying some African thoughts this week. “Alexandra Fuller captured my imagination with her memoirs recounting her time growing up in Africa.  As a child of British ex-pats who chose to live in an Africa stricken by civil wars, her writing is rich with wonderful storytelling. Fuller’s eccentric parents made life a big adventure for Alex and her siblings. The first two memoirs are Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. The Fuller’s feared living a mundane life at anything less than full-throttle. There is both great joy in how they choose to live, but also tremendous loss and pain.  Is it any wonder that as an adult, Alexandra realizes the chaos in which she grew up in is very much a part of who she is? Leaving Before the Rains Come deals with this issue. Married to an American with a passion for Africa, Alexandra begins a new life in America. As her marriage falters, she begins to look more closely at the chaos that ruled her childhood. Fuller is one of the best memoir writers working today and I appreciate her willingness to go deep inside all the corners of her life.”

Sweet Ann has just finished A History of Loneliness by John Boyne. “ This is a book I found while shelving here at the Darien Library.   This is the story of Ordran Yates, a man of faith who becomes a priest in the 1970's in Ireland.  The book travels back and forth in Ordran's life, from childhood, to the seminary, Rome, and as a chaplain of a boy's school in Ireland.  He entered the priesthood because his mother felt he had a calling.    You follow Father Yates from the beginning of his priesthood where priests are revered to the scandals that hit the church in the early 2000's where the whole church was rocked by the transgressions of certain priests and the higher church authorities who so wrongly protected them.  Father Ordran Yates is a believable character from the beginning. He loves his family, especially his sister Hannah and his two nephews, his church and his school.  He does question his faith at times and you are right there with him.  This is a very well written book and I recommend it highly. “

Steph is here and she is EXCITED!  “Hooray for Cixin Liu! His novel The Three-Body Problem won the Hugo Award for Best Novel this week, given annually to the best work of science fiction or fantasy for the previous year. It just happens that this week I read the sequel to that work this week, The Dark Forest. And it was just as good as his first book, except on an even grander scale. Three-Body focused on the effects of the discovery of an advanced alien civilization on China (both modern China and during the Cultural Revolution). Broadening the story, the sequel focuses on how learning that this civilization exists and is coming to destroy humanity affects the entire global community, starting now and heading by leaps and bounds 400 years into the future. Liu’s imagination has turned the classic alien-contact story into something new and enchanting. These are a real pleasure to read, even for those who don’t usually read hard sci-fi.  There’s a reason these were instant classics when first published in China.”

DJ Jazzy Patty McC!  What's good Pats? "Like those bears playing in the backyard pool, I’m still celebrating summer. Sure we’ve been doing those necessary back to school tasks like buying school supplies, purchasing new shoes and getting haircuts. I’ve filled out numerous forms (I must say the online computerized school forms make me VERY happy) and the kids have attended the back to school events and even a high school football game. We’ve got one more road trip scheduled before resuming the routine of daily lunches and the chilly morning trek to the bus stop. There’s still a little time left for us to swing on the play set and take a dip with a floatie. I encourage you to take full advantage of it. I know we will."


DL Back To School 2013 

New eBooks from 3M.

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X by Sue Grafton

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Most Likely to Succeed:  Preparing Our Kids for the New Innovation Era by Tony Wagner

Comfort Food Makeovers by America's Test Kitchen

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

Nice New Book Goodness

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What's the Hoopla?

Sacre Bleu!  How about some French cinema to ease us out of August?  And remember you don't have to wait!  Immediate gratification can be yours!

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You Are What You Read!

Greetings and welcome to the Happy to be Home Edition of You Are What You Read. Here is this week’s housekeeping. First up; thanks to Steph for filling in for me last week.  She did a fabulous job in spite of the fact there were no cheese offerings from you all.  We are pleased to report that the winner of Guinea Pig Pride and Prejudice goes to Sooo-Z of Westport, CT who wrote us this:

I would love a copy of this book (if I'm not too late) as I am a guinea pig lover and pig mother to 4. It will go in my collection of other fabulous guinea pig literature and will be a welcome distraction from Edith Wharton's House of Mirth which I am laboring over right now.

I’ve been thinking (dangerous I know) and I have no doubt that Mrs. Wharton would not want to see Lily Bart portrayed by a guinea pig. I am pretty sure that putting a corset on a guinea pig would prove problematic. Anyway, we are so happy that this tome is going to a worthy bookshelf!  Congratulations to Sooo-Z! The SoNo Loft is indeed having roof repairs done and has had to use some creative thinking about how to best hang their message of good cheer.  Currently they are putting the sign on the corner of the building which makes it hard to see.  But this week’s message is You Are Worthy. So use that as you will and let’s hope that the railing comes back soon. There was no taffy or fudge, so we don’t need to discuss that.

This week I have been fascinated by a mystery that has taken to the web.  A small town photographer in Virginia found four sets of photographic negatives in a thrift store. Intrigued she took them home and scanned them and was stunned by what she saw.  They show young women in the surf just slightly turned away from the camera.  The Finder, Meagan Abell is now on the hunt to find the identity of the young women in the pictures and the photographer that took them.  She estimates may have been taken in the 40’s or 50’s and she thinks that she has pinpointed the location to being the Del Ray Peninsula in California. Here is the link to the story. If you can help Meagan out, tweet using #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives and let us know too!  Even though I won’t read a mystery, I do love a Mystery.

This week we have some Hungarians, St. Thomas, blackouts, and Scout.

No mystery at all that there is The Playlist. Of course there’s a Playlist!

Let us begin!

Barbara M has just finished The Color of Smoke: An Epic Novel of the Roma by Menyhert Lakatos. “Written in the 1970s and just recently translated into English this is a gritty coming of age story of a Hungarian Roma loosely based on the author’s life between World War I and World War II. In the 1930s and 40s the Roma were segregated and persecuted as they have been for centuries. This book gives an insightful perspective on another way of life whose customs and mores are unfamiliar to most of us. While at times the book is repetitive and perhaps a bit too long, all in all it is fascinating and well worth the read.”

The Always Fabulous Babs B has delved into The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. “From the author of The Dovekeepers comes this forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas.  It centers on the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro; the Father of Impressionism. While growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800's, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris.  Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the inquisition, is a tough cookie who refuses to live by the rules.  Rachel ends up in an arranged marriage to a widower 20 years her senior.  When her husband dies, Rachel falls in love with his much younger nephew Frederick, who arrives from France to settle his Uncle's estate.  So begins a defiant, passionate love affair that starts a scandal that affects all of Rachel's family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.  Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Frederick is a story that is unforgettable. I could not stop thinking of it long after the book ended.”

The Amazing Amanda is really enjoying Mary Jo Putney’s books and this week it’s The Rake. “I enjoy romance novels where there is real conflict and drama going on in the characters’ lives. In the previous book in this series, Reggie was the villain. In his own work, you discover that he is full of self-hatred, desperation, and grief over a wasted life. He’s no youthful boy; he’s nearly 40-years-old and he has spent most of his time in drunken blackouts. He has given up on himself when he learns of his stolen inheritance which is his childhood home. Then he discovers his estate’s superb manager is a woman. Of course, things sizzle between them. Looking back, I can see some Beauty & the Beast allusions here with an anti-hero who is truly struggling to overcome his problem. He fails repeatedly but works so hard at saving his own life. Yes, this book has romance, but it was Reggie’s story that kept me reading.”

Pat T in her car listening.  As ever. “I have just finished listening to one of the most talked about books of the summer, Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee and to my surprise I have to say I really enjoyed it! Reese Witherspoon narrates the book and being a southern gal she creates a very credible performance, placing the reader right in Maycomb, Alabama with the cast of iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird. The book centers on Scout, who comes home from New York to visit her dad, Atticus and her boyfriend, Hank at her childhood home. Her visit is anything but peaceful, when she discovers some secrets that make her question her beliefs about Atticus and the Maycomb community. Calmly and lovingly, Atticus and her uncle help her reconcile the past with the present and help her understand that, as an adult, she has to discover her own moral footing.”

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from That State Up North with The Playlist and some final musings.  What’s good Pats?  “We’ve returned from Up North and I’m half-heartedly trying to get a routine in place to ready the kids for back to school. Fun fact: The state of Michigan has a law that schools may NOT begin until AFTER Labor Day. I’ve been told it was enacted to support Michigan Tourism. At first I thought that it was a silly law, but now I am a huge supporter. We still have two weddings to attend before summer’s end and frankly I’m not ready to say goodbye to bare feet, shorts and white jeans. Already my freckles that have banded together creating a pseudo-tan are fading, leaving me with what looks like sun damage. It’s almost time for a chemical facial peel. Almost. I’m not saying goodbye to summer yet and neither should you. So make sure you get outside and suck the marrow out of these final weeks of summer. You know you need a playlist for that. No worries, I’ve got you covered.”


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!

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