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 Rodent. Phil, 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. “