You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

¡Oralé! is the message from the SoNo Loft this week .  Don’t worry!  I did not know what this meant either.  But as is always the case of The Loft, the message is uplifting.  It turns out this can mean many things.   It is a sort of Mexican street slang that can mean okay! or let’s do it! or it can be the Chicano equivalent of yeehaw!   What a nice positive message for the beginning of the year.  Thanks SoNo Loft.   This week we have Mississippi, Vermont, and our very own home state of Connecticut!  Specifically Fairfield County.


Let us begin!


Abby is reading Natchez Burning by Greg Iles due out 4/29/14. I know she is not alone in being pleased to see him back. “Iles returns to Natchez, Mississippi home of Penn Cage who wears many hats. A former prosecutor, bestselling author, widower, father, and now mayor, Penn learns his physician father whom he idolizes and is highly respected across the racial lines of Natchez is keeping some deadly secrets.  The story goes back to the early days of the civil rights movement which was not embraced by a great portion of Mississippians. Segregation, a legacy of intense racism, and corruption made it difficult for those attempting to do the right thing to remain safe. The voices that spoke out in favor of justice were often silenced in brutal ways. In Natchez Burning, Penn must assist his father who is facing a murder charge but is unwilling to speak out in his own defense. As Penn works to unmask the ugly secrets of Natchez in the 1960’s to help his father, he may also provide justice for the many victims of the era’s brutality. It’s nice to see Iles back and in such good form following a near fatal car accident a few years ago.”


Thomas of Material Management and my son loves himself some dysfunction.  I am just going to believe that this is because I have provided him with such a lovely stable home life that he needs to read about these things to learn about them.  Yup.  That’s what I am telling myself.  “Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson is the tale of a boy growing up in Vermont during the mid-1980s. After his best friend dies from an accidental drug overdose instigated by his estranged father's girlfriend's daughter, Jude is sent to New York to live with his father in order to stay out of trouble. He soon falls in with the straight edge punk movement and begins running into even more problems than previously expected. If you like reading about slow motion train wrecks, then this book is totally for you!”


I am loving The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson which is due out in March.  Anders Hill lives up the tracks in my neck of the County and he is not going gentle into his 60’s.  In fact he is making some rather drastic changes.  He has left his wife, quit his job and is embracing middle of the day drinking with vigor.  But when things begin to really unravel, Anders wonders if there can be happiness found without dwelling in The Land of Steady Habits.  The writing is glorious and you can really tell that the author spent his formative years dwelling amongst us.  The descriptions of WASP ritual are spot on and it will make you gasp and then laugh out loud for the recognition of it.  

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

What can I possibly say about this week that won’t devolve into whining, swearing and weeping?  It was a rough one.  We had artic cold, transportation woes, some water, and a whole lot of winter discontent.  The real  sorrow here is that it is only the end of the first week of January.   We have a whole lot of winter to slog through yet.  But there is hope!  While I was walking to the train last night I noticed something. Something magical.  Something that made my heart soar.

It was still light out. 

At 5:00 p.m.

So while we are still in the thick of it, there are glimmers that it won’t be forever.  It will just feel that way.

This week we have Chechnya, dysfunction (of course), deception, Scientology, The Street, precocity, danger (!), and mental illness.

Let us begin!

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

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

Happy New Year!  We are pleased to announce that we have kicked the Hellidays to the curb and we are full speed ahead for a glorious new year and getting back to what passes for normal.  As is the case, sometimes the recovery time for things getting back to normal lags. The SoNo Loft has no new words for us.  Sweet Ann wishes she had words but she is too busy coughing to speak.  I know that you join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. We have no playlist for the New Year.  But I am pleased to announce that The TC made it back safe and sound from The Homeland, and the decorations are coming down. So yes.  Back to what passes for normal. This week we have some mystery, romance, miracles, Paris, Detroit, coincidence, Rilke and sheep.  Yes.  Sheep.


Let us begin!

New DVD Releases

Here is what you can find new to the shelves in the upcoming days.

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

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!

Get Your Head in the Game

This recent PBS documentary made national headlines in the wake of the NFL's settlement with retired players. It's a sobering look at America's favorite game and the price paid by those who play football at every level...concussions, personality changes, anger management, depression, dementia, severe health issues, and suicide are all linked to the violence of football. What did the NFL know and when did the league know it? That's what League of Denial wants to find out.

Even though the NFL declined to participate in the film, it examines all angles of the problem, and questions whether the game can actually ever change for the benefit of the players. What will happen when the next generation of players is held back by parents who fear for their sons' well-being? For the millions and millions of football fans across the country, this is essential viewing, as we all think about the price paid to entertain us on Sunday afternoons. 

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Welcome to the Christmas edition of YAWYR.  Well we are in the thick of it, it would seem!  

I am nowhere close to being done.  Just. Am. Not.  What is odd about this is that usually by now I am serenely kicked back watching my fellow humans scurry.  Well, this year I am right there with you all.  The TC asked quite gently last night if I would like to go into New York on Saturday for some festive walkabout.  I looked at him with what I am sure were equal measures of disbelief, panic, and horror.  Speaking of the TC he is on his way to The Homeland on Sunday to celebrate with the Fam.  Please wish him a safe journey.  Thank you.  By now, I hope that all who have the ability have been playing with Hoopla, our fabulous new digital service.  If not, please do.  It really is wonderful.  When you are in a dark closet, hiding from your loved ones with only your cell phone for company while the world outside the closet circles the drain, you could be watching a movie!  See?  We care!  Next week we will be closed on Tuesday and, of course Wednesday, with regular hours resuming on Thursday so this is the last YAWYR for 2013 so we wish you all the most wonderful in 2014.  This week we have a hyperbole, some terrorism, brownies, and the British government.  Oh! And a playlist from DJ Jazzy Patty McC!


Let us begin!


Mrs. Elisabeth of the CL is having some serious fun! “I am delighting in Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened. Allie Brosh is the creator of the blog from which the book gets its title. Hyperbole And a Half is one of the funniest blogs on the internet. The combination of Brosh’s very adult musings and very childish drawings is enthralling, and I have laughed so hard I cried while reading her work more than once. The stories in the book range from classic material from the blog (God of Cake and Simple Dog) and new material that was created just for publication. Mixed in with the laughs is a frank depiction of Brosh’s battle with depression. I can’t recommend this book enough. It makes a great Christmas present, and I like it a lot. The ALOT, btw, is one of Brosh’s greatest creations. “


Barbara M. is tucking into one of my favorites of the year.” I’m more than half way through The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and although I wasn’t thoroughly convinced in the beginning that it was going to be good, at this point I cannot put it down.  It is the story of a hapless young man, Theo, whose mother dies in an attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is taken in by a friend’s family and for a while lives with them on the Upper East Side before being sent to Las Vegas to live with his father, a man who abandoned him and his mother several years earlier. Though Theo seems to have lost everything, he has one reminder of his mother and that terrible day at the museum – a small painting of a goldfinch. While the story is engrossing, what makes this book a good read is the beautiful writing and the wonderfully interesting characters. My only criticism is that it is sometimes too wordy.”


Pat T. is taking a break with Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman. “This is the perfect book for this time of year; you can read it in one sitting, and it is a book that keeps on giving! You will want to read it many times, since Hoffman's prose is powerful offering the reader words of wisdom, a sprinkling of humor, as well as a brownie recipe and knitting instructions. Alice Hoffman's survival lessons are about her cancer diagnosis and treatment, but it applies to any trauma or life altering experience: ‘our lives are made up of equal parts sorrow and joy, and it is impossible to have one without the other. This is what makes us human. This is why our world is so precious’.   Take 30 minutes from the rush of holiday activities, sip a cup of tea and enjoy this gem of a book.  It might be your life raft!”


Abby is someone who is indeed enjoying Hoopla.  “For my second Hoopla selection, I am listening to The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. I’m currently 1/3 of the way in and really enjoying this supernatural semi-thriller. Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany. Yes, it’s Welsh) Thomas is a woman with powers so extraordinary that as a young girl she is acquired by a super-secret branch of the British government known as The Chequy. Raised alongside other supernaturally gifted children, she grows up reluctant to utilize her skills and is disinclined towards field work. Luckily her passive nature sees her placed in an position within The Chequy where she proves herself a remarkably able administrator. When told by a  fortune teller that she will soon have her memory erased, Myfanwy creates a trail for her amnesiac self to follow to figure out who in the organization has targeted her. O'Malley has created a wonderful character in Myfanwy in a story filled with vibrant and clever dialogue. This one has me smiling a lot.”


DJ Jazzy Patty Mc. brings us the following thoughts.  “With Christmas bearing down on so many of us, this week's playlist is a nod (and maybe a wink) to consumerism.  If Christmas just gets you down, feel free to try Festivus.   For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, it involves the airing of grievances, an aluminum pole, feats of strength and an anti-consumerist stance.  It's a  Festivus for the rest of us!“
 

 


 
 

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

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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