You Are What You Read!

Greetings and welcome to The Labor Day Weekend Edition of You Are What You Read.  This week’s housekeeping is as follows:  Thanks to Karyn A for this week’s taffy and to Diane H for the chunk of cheese.  Diane, Steph is off the next two weeks doing some sort of wacky, not at all life altering thing like getting married. I cannot guarantee that this cheese will still be alive when she gets back, but I’ll do my best. The word/wish from The SoNo Loft is ‘You are Fearless”.  The deck is still being worked on and they have to hang it vertically now.  Here’s hoping the railing comes back soon. People, go out and be fearless please.  The Loft commands it! 

Here we are at the end of Summer 2015.  This summer was unusual in that Memorial Day was on the earliest possible day and Labor Day is occurring on the last possible day giving us a full 15 weeks of summer.  The next time this will happen is 2020, and I am looking forward more to the promise of a full 15 than the candidacy of Kanye.  Although there are possibilities in that; I mean if Kim can make the cover of Vogue?  The sky is the limit for those two. Anyway, this weekend will find me and the Traveling Companion hopefully on my favorite beach in town, soaking up the last rays of summer like a snake on a rock.  It’s a small secluded beach that is just that.  It’s a beach.  There are no concession stands, no playgrounds, no volleyball nets, just surf and sand and rock. What makes this appealing is the utter lack of screaming children, the smell of old grease in the air and college students with dubious taste in music. Because the parking lot is small, occasionally you will get turned away.  It’s a chance I am always willing to take because it’s that kind of peaceful.  Of course there will be a few more weekends to pack the cooler with contraband and Solos and a lovely lunch, but there’s something about the finality of Labor Day that will make that final pack up on Monday afternoon feel bittersweet.  Thank goodness college football is starting back up.  That makes things a little better. Let’s go Bucks! We wish you a lovely long weekend and remember we won’t be here on Monday so neither should you.  We’ll see everybody on Tuesday.

This week we have a widower, New York, Paris, and an Island.  Long Island if you please.

The Playlist? Of course!

Let us begin!

Pat T is revisiting something from earlier this summer; Our Souls at Night, by Ken Haruf. “A widow living in a small town in Colorado makes a very unusual proposition to a neighboring widower. When Lou takes Addie up on her offer they soon settle into a comfortable friendship, enjoying each other's company during the day, as well as during the evening! However, their new arrangement is threatened by the interference of Lou and Addie's adult children who see the arrangement as improper. What happens to their friendship left me stunned and disappointed! This story reinforces something that we intrinsically know but fail to recognize all too often; the human spirit is fully alive only when we feel connected to one another!”

The Always Fabulous Babs B just finished House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure.  “This is a great historical novel that sees New York's Gilded Age with an architect's eye. Familiar figures like the legendary Mrs. Astor and Stanford White help set the scene, and the author embarks on a splendid page-turner as a respectable family discovers its criminal side in old New York.  Since Belfoure is an architect, his knowledge of the craft enriches his portrait of the main character, John Cross. Readers of the Paris Architect will love this book!”

Barbara M is asking questions this week. “What is the cost of courage? For the Boulloche family the cost was a father and a mother and a son. The Cost of Courage by Charles Kaiser is a tribute to a family who was part of the French resistance during WWII. In 1940 the Boulloche family was living in the fashionable 7th arrondissement when the Nazis occupied Paris. Three of their children; Christiane, André and Jacqueline became active in the resistance movement. They never talked about their war experiences with their children until the author, Charles Kaiser, investigated and asked them to tell their story. This is an amazing story of conviction, patriotism and courage. It reads like an exciting thriller. Pair this with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a fictional story of the resistance.”

The Ever Delightful Pat S has a new obsession in The Affair, Season 1.  “The Affair explores the painful and wide-reaching emotional effects of an affair between two married people. Noah, fulltime teacher and fledgling author, is apparently happily married to Helen, mother of his four children. Living in New York City, they are spending the summer in Montauk with Helen’s wealthy family. It is here in Montauk that Noah finds himself in a chance meeting with Alison, a waitress at a local diner. Still awash in grief from the death of her only child, and trapped in a marriage that probably died the day her son did, Alison is desperately seeking a way out; from her grief, her marriage, from Montauk. And this is only the first episode! The story is told from the viewpoint of both Noah and Alison, which is an interesting device that reels the viewer in. Initially, I didn’t expect much but I will admit to binge-watching the entire first season in a weekend. The acting by Dominic West, Maura Tierney and Ruth Wilson stands on its’ own and just this morning I found myself trolling to find out when Season 2 begins. Definitely take a look.”

Here is DJ Jazzy Patty McC who I can happily report is not in The State Which Shall Not Be Named this week.  What’s good Pats and where are you?  “Today we are hitting the highway for our final road trip of the summer to attend a wedding. Our friend, whom we’ve known since high school, is having a BIG traditional Indian wedding smack dab in the middle of Pennsylvania. We couldn’t be happier to celebrate these two wonderful people and their love for one another. Saris, kurtas and fabulous Indian jewelry will be worn over the course of the next three days. Feels like an auspicious time to be wed as this weekend will also mark the wedding of our dear Stephanie. So the next time you see Stephanie, stop and congratulate her on her new nuptial bliss. Happy Wedding Weekend!”


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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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Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

Undercover by Danielle Steel

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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 

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