Greetings and welcome to the First Full Day of Fall Edition of You Are What You Read. Should you wish to participate in Tights Watch 2016, get your guess in for the Drop Dead Date for the bare leg by midnight tonight. You could be the lucky winner of some You Are What You Read swag like Taffy or some tomes about taxidermy or dolls or clowns or something. And of course bragging rights and the undying admiration of your peers because you were right. There’s always that.
In Animals Run Amok News a couple in Branford woke up yesterday morning and found a bear in their home. Apparently it had pulled out a dog door and clawed at the bathroom walls. This was after the bear had quite the feast of watermelon, summer squash from the couple’s garden and then moved on to bird seed. The Branford police seem kind of nonchalant about this frankly. The state did set up a trap that they baited with donuts but it seems to me that they are trying to catch a bear not the police. Anyway, you can read about that on WTNH and just hope that he finds a nice den to hibernate in.
Speaking of hibernation, welcome to the first full day of fall. I have to say that I am not excited. The only parts of this that I am down for are the better hair days and of course the glory of Big 10 Football (Let’s go Bucks!) and really all NCAA football, who am I kidding. My heart does not skip a beat at a pumpkin flavored anything. You can keep your earlier sunsets. Little warty gourds everywhere just make me crazy. Why? Why do we clutter our homes with ugly little warty gourds? When did this become a Thing? I get Indian Corn on the door of your home as a way of wishing all around you a good harvest, which I hope you all got in last weekend. But what is an ugly little warty gourd wishing you? Wishing I wasn’t Dumpster fodder the day after Thanksgiving? Sure leaves are pretty, but remember those leaves will fall off those trees People and rakes will need to be deployed and wielded. And really? Have you ever heard anyone say, “Oh! Look! Chrysanthemums. How thrilling!” And if you have, would you please point out the speaker so that I can avoid? Apple picking? Why? I have my own crops to harvest and I am not a fan of something that is supposed recreation that requires a ladder. No thanks. I just wish the rest of the seasons went as quickly as summer seems to every year. You never hear ever anyone saying, “Gee this January/February/March is going by so quickly.” No more bare leg, no more lazy beach afternoons with contraband filled Solos. Nope. Not a fan. Anyway People, if anyone has a therapy light that they don’t need any more because they fled The Tundra for friendlier climes, please feel free to drop it off here at 1441 Post. Thanks.
This week we have a foundling, two chances to marvel at the gifts of Amor Towles, mystery and a girl. A Boston Girl if you please.
Sweet Ann is here with her review of Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon. “This is a terrific book with believable characters and many layered stories that will hold your interest. The story begins in 1917, Cape Ann, Massachusetts, with the abandonment of infant Lucy and the repercussions that it will bring to her mother, Beatrice. The story then fast forwards ten years and Lucy is living in the area with a large Irish family who are struggling to make ends meet. Beatrice has chosen a quiet life taking care of her widowed uncle. There is more going on in this novel than Lucy and Beatrice; there is also prohibition, workers rights and class distinctions that makes this a riveting read. As a reader, you will cheer for Beatrice and remember her with fondness after you finish reading this thought provoking novel.
Laura is time traveling this week. “If you are interested in New York City during the glimmering glitz of the late 1930's and early 1940's, then read and savor Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility. This book is about style, class, friendships and the city’s charms during that time. We meet Katie Kontent, daughter of working class Russian immigrants, and her mid-western friend, Eve, in a respectable boardinghouse, stretching their dollars as far as they will go at local jazz clubs and bars. Their gutsy nature introduces them to Tinker, an uptown socialite, who becomes a love interest for both Katie and Eve. It appears he is most taken by Katie but a terrible accident occurs that changes the course their relationships to each other. She is set outside the circle of the comfortable elite that Tinker and his friends inhabit and must steadily, with wit and cool nerve, work her way from the secretarial pools up the corporate ladder at Conde Nast. But there is a photograph that Katie happens upon that tells a different story of Tinker and reveals truths about the three friends."
Virginia the Tall Cool Texan is listening to A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. "I just started listening to the delightful audiobook A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. So far, I am really enjoying the book and its charming cast of characters. The story is centered around Count Alexander Rostov, a Russian aristocrat, who was sentenced by the Bolshevik Tribunal to a life-long house arrest at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. Towles is a brilliant story teller, and in this novel he has created a vivid tale with beautifully rich descriptions, and complex characters full of humor and wit. The narrator of the audiobook is incredible and brings Count Rostov to life. This is an audiobook that makes you want to keep on driving."
Steph is wallowing in some mystery this week. “I love a good amateur sleuth mystery, but they are prone to cliche, so I've stopped reading them over time. But A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto, by being an original and spell-binding approach to this story, has reawakened my interest! Translated from Japanese, it's the story of committed bureaucrat Tsuneo, whose wife dies unexpectedly while he is away on business. Though her death itself isn't suspicious, its location is, and over time he can't resist the pull to investigate further. Against a simple setting, with brief detail, Matsumoto weaves an unforgettable story. He's been beloved in Japan for decades, and I can see why. Looking forward to digging into more of his books soon.”
Kaitlin from the Rock is here which is always nice. Even if she does claim that I forget about her. "On a whim, I downloaded the audiobook for The Boston Girl
, by Anita Diamant. It wasn't on my 'to read' list, but I was in need of an audiobook and it was available. I'm so glad I did--I absolutely love it! It's the story of Addie Baum, a young Jewish girl growing up in Boston during the 1910's-20's. The story is told by 85-year old Addie to her granddaughter as a series of memories. Addie's life is like that of many others of the time: She is pressured by her immigrant parents to drop out of school to work, and later, to find a husband and settle down. Addie wants to be independent and live her own life. The audiobook is narrated by Linda Lavin, whose accent (one part Bostonian, one part Jewish) is the absolute perfect fit for the story. I highly recommend this read, especially the audio version!
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from Meat Chicken with the final musings and of course, The Playlist. What’s good Pats? “Fall is officially here even if it was a gorgeous 87 degrees here yesterday. I know fall has arrived because the pumpkin craze is happening. The Pumpkin Spice is everywhere, from coffee drinks to candles to beer and even pizza. Folks need calm down with the pumpkin. The pumpkin is not on an endangered list. I promise you can still get pumpkin just about any time of the year if you so wish. It’s a delightful taste in small doses but this craze is getting a little out of control. Pumpkin pizza is just wrong. It just is. So this week I thought I’d pull together some new music and maybe start a new kind of craze, a dance craze. Trust me when I say this is even better than pumpkin. Hope you find a few, new spicy tunes in here to create your own dance party. Heck, you can even dance around a pumpkin if that’s your thing.“